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Scary Short Story Contest

Lovely CC Readers, Starting this Thursday, Cease, Cows will be accepting submissions for our Scary Short Story Contest. Your mission? Submit one previously unpublished flash fiction piece that will scare the cud out of us in 1,000 words or less. Our editorial staff reads contest entries blind, so please do not include any identifying information on the…

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CC’s Best of the Net Nominations 2016

Lovely CC Readers: Fall is in the air. Soon our days will be shorter, our sleeves will be longer, and pumpkin spice will take over the world. It is also time, once again, to make our annual nominations for Best of the Net. With so many fantastic pieces to pick from, we can assure you that this was…

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And the nominees are…

Dearest Readers: We here at Cease, Cows are pleased to announce our nominees for this year’s storySouth Million Writer’s Award. All stories had to be longer than 1,000 words and first published online during the 2015 calendar year. And we could only pick three (argh, the struggle). Without further ado, the cows’ nominations: HAZMAT by Timothy Day From…

cover for author Kelly Luce's book "Pull Me Under"

The Toast Always Wins: An Interview with Kelly Luce

Kelly Luce’s debut collection, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, published in 2013 by A Strange Object, is an imaginative delight, unpredictable, amusing, and frequently heartbreaking. Set in Japan, Luce’s stories bring the reader into a world that’s slightly askew yet still familiar. They tickle the mind and touch the heart while lingering in…

author photo and book cover for "I Hate the Internet" by Jarett Kobek

Shamanic Hilarious Exorcisms: An Interview with Jarett Kobek

Whoever you are, you need to read I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek. Seriously. Kobek’s novel will challenge, entertain, educate, and possibly enrage you, but this wild comic romp is the smartest work of fiction I’ve read in years. I Hate the Internet follows a colorful cast as they navigate the pitfalls of gentrification,…

book cover for "Choose Wisely: 35 women up to no good"

This Is Horror Award Nomination!

Lovely CC readers, Our beloved founding editor, H. L. Nelson, co-edited a dark fiction short story anthology entitled Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books), with stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Diane Cook, and 33 other fearless women writers. We are pleased to announce that it has received a…

cover of novel "F 250" by Bud Smith

Taking That Flying Leap: An Interview with Bud Smith

F 250, a new novel by Cease, Cows contributor Bud Smith, is a lively comic romp, a love story about characters making the often difficult transition to adulthood. CC‘s head editor, Chuck Augello, spoke with Bud about F 250 and his other work. CA: How would you describe your novel F 250 to someone who has just…

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CC’s 2015 Best of the Net Nominations

Lovely CC Readers, It’s once again time for us to give a little love to those writers who the cows feel deserve a nomination for the estimable 2015 Best of the Net awards. Without further ado, the cows’ nominations: Fiction: The Contents of Her Stomach by Chelsea Laine Wells An Earthly Guide to Sainthood by Giovanni De Feo…