- Letter from the Editor
- Submissions are now open for the Winter issue! We are accepting submissions from 9/1/16 to 12/31/16.
- Contributing editor Mary Heather Noble was awarded won the Editor’s Prize for Creative Nonfiction Magazine‘s Learning From Nature issue. Huge congratulations to MHN! You can read her essay, “Eulogy for an Owl,” by pre-ordering the issue or subscribing to this well-respected craft resource.
- Mary Heather will also participate as a panelist at the 2017 Moravian College Writers’ Conference: Writing and Sustainability, in Bethlehem, PA, from February 3-4, 2017. The panel discussion will focus on crossing boundaries between art and science, and how writing can enrich one’s personal and professional life.
- Suzanne Farrell Smith’s essay, “Time of Death,” is forthcoming on Copper Nickel. As with Creative Nonfiction, you can subscribe or order issues online. Go for it!
- Editor Elizabeth Gaucher’s short story, “Acts,” was chosen by editor Michael Knost as the opening story for his unique anthology, Between the Lines. “This writing is well outside of my usual creative nonfiction writing. It’s really a kind of ghost-story-meets-spirituality tale, surrounded by a lot of horror stories. Great for Halloween!” — EDG
- Thank you to Gregory Fletcher, essayist from Issue #4, who after his work was published came back to us and asked how he could make a gift to Longridge Review to support our work. We were blown away by his generosity, and moved that he had such a positive experience with us. At Gregory’s advice, we have added a link where anyone so inspired can share the love: PayPal.Me/LongridgeEditorsLLC
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A heads up, this issue is really heavy. There is recounting of a lot of trauma.
But this is part of our mission, I believe. To bring forth how serious childhood is to who we become. To offer empathy and compassion for adults who are still trying to find themselves whole after harm they suffered at a tender age. Absolutely, sometimes the formative event is love or humor. But often, it is not.
Sometimes the harm is callous disregard. Sometimes it is violent assault. Sometimes it is the betrayal of a friend. Sometimes, it is a parent’s love growing mysteriously cold.
And yet….each of these writers still seems to carry a small, unextinguished light. The search for resolution and healing is much of what these essays have in common.
Christopher Woods‘ photographs carry that same small light in darkness.
We hope you will read each essay with care, and with time. There is much to learn here.
Peace and write on,
Editor, Longridge Review
Some sobering and ethical advice on nonfiction writing from the one and only Allison K. Williams, social media editor for Brevity‘s blog.
“In a subsequent draft, make sure you are at least as harsh with yourself as you are with everyone else. How do you reconcile your own behavior with the situation or the end result? Is there anyone who deserves the benefit of the doubt? Self-hagiography is boring. Nobody wants to be told you’re the hero of your own story, and very few situations truly involve a wronged innocent.”
You can read all her thoughts here: It’s My Story (And I’ll Tell It If I Want To).
Submissions are now open for the Winter issue.
9/1 – 12/31/16
We will consider one creative nonfiction piece (up to 6,500 words) per submission period. Please do not submit more than once during the reading period. Individual authors will not be published more than once per calendar year.
We accept only electronic submissions through our online submission manager, Submittable. There is no submission fee.
The title of your submission should be included with your name (e.g., Jane Doe “My Essay Title”). Include a short biography (five to seven sentences) with your submission.
Visit www.longridgereview.com for more information. We look forward to reading your work.
- Our next submission period will be in the Fall. Sign up to follow us (see the bottom middle area of our home page) to receive an email notification when submissions open.
- We are thrilled that Mary Heather Noble has joined Longridge Review as a reader and contributing editor. She is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Vermont after living in Oregon for nine years. Learn more about MHN on her website, Mary Heather Noble dot com
- Mary Heather recently was named a finalist by Bellingham Review for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction for her essay, “Eulogy for an Owl.”
- Suzanne Farrell Smith’s essay on mothering twins in the NICU is forthcoming from Under the Gum Tree. UGT is a storytelling project, publishing creative nonfiction in the form of a micro-magazine. Tagline: Tell Stories without Shame
- Editor Elizabeth Gaucher’s essay, “Allons, Enfants: A Young Appalachian in Paris,” appears now in the Summer 2016 issue of Still: The Journal.
- We are on Twitter and Facebook! Follow us to stay in the loop on all things Longridge: @LongridgeReview and Longridge Editors LLC.
Issue #4, Meet Our Writers
- manhood, /ˈmanˌho͝od/, noun
Gregory Fletcher (NYC) tells the tender yet complicated story behind his personal evolution into manhood. What does that word mean, anyway, manhood? And does it matter who defines it? Can a “real man” be provided for by his grandmother and come to believe in himself in an authentic way? Read this unique essay to broaden your understanding of identity, independence, and love.
- Sink or Swim
Rich H. Kenney, Jr., (Nebraska) returns to a harrowing summer filled with perceived monsters, hostile adults, and an unavoidable life-and-death encounter with his own anxiety. Despite all of this, somehow, he weaves mild humor and courage toward a conclusion that will make you proud to be human. Read his essay and be reminded how strong people can be.
- Doll Blanket
Karen McDermott (Los Angeles) There are times when the sheer breathtaking honesty of an essay leaves me very quiet for a long time. “Doll Blanket” is such a work. If you write, you will recognize how difficult it can be to disclose the events Karen describes here, but even more how so it is to disclose the feelings. If you are mostly a reader, you will recognize it as well. Few essays will lay it bare like this one does.
- The Snake
Mariana McDonald (Georgia) reminds us that knowing guilt and even some concept of sin comes early in life. A child perceives danger, reports said danger, a life ends — but the child’s trouble is just beginning. This deceptively simple narrative has all the great themes of unforgettable tales like Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Crane’s The Blue Hotel, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Garden of Eden myth. At the same, it avoids feeling derivative by staying true to one girl’s unique life-changing event. Don’t miss this one.
- Heritage Pass
J. R. Tappenden (St. Louis) shines light on a hard reality, that some of our favorite childhood memories can sometimes be tied to an ugly truth. Gorgeous old airplanes open up the world of flight and freedom. But in the end, they once had a dark purpose. How do any of us balance the beautiful and the dreadful? Once we understand, can we pass on the things we love to those we love in a moral way?
- That Good Hair
Bobby Wilson (China) writes about his hair. Or, well, does he? His hair is a part of everything, but as you roll through this fast-paced narrative, at some point you will start to realize that hair is the vehicle on which you travel, and from which you see the writer’s experience. Early lines like, “My brother and I embarked on eight long years of hair purgatory,” made this an essay one we couldn’t resist. Being “full Black” makes finding a barber a priority. Wave amplitudes. Cornrows. Hairlines. Tapers. Tweezers, razors, gel, doo rags. Good hair. More than anything else, Wilson explores what it means to relax and learn to love yourself.
Sharon Lyn Stackpole (West Virginia) studied painting and art history at West Virginia University under the tutelage of the renowned professor and art historian Marian Hollinger. Her warm and delicate work glows on the pages of Issue 4.
You can find it all and more right here: Longridge Review #4, Spring 2016.
p.s. Want to write for us? See submission guidelines here: Longridge Review SUBMIT
We are committed to not charging fees to submit work. At the same time, we welcome your support!
It costs $200 a year to use our submissions manager, and all of our editorial talent is volunteer. If you would like to help us out, you may make a contribution here: PayPal.Me/LongridgeEditorsLLC.
All support will be recognized in future issues of LR with donor permission. Thank you!
Issue 3 is here, and I am hustling through the last-minute finishing touches that seem to persist no matter how many months in advance we start putting things together for Longridge Review.
Is every bit of formatting perfect yet? Alas, no.
But I find myself soaking in the joy that comes from reading, re-reading, and working through questions with a wonderfully diverse cadre of writers; the quality of our journey far outweighs the frustrations of errant HTML code.
We don’t usually do much with unusual formatting of essays. So far we have allowed white space to inform the reader of paragraph breaks rather than indents. Indent more than one way? Add numerical or linear cues? Experiment with starting a line with a comma?
Except that was all before I read Tom Lin’s Godzilla, a narrative with visual structure that not only informs us how to read it but also seems to subtly mimic the loneliness and staggered footsteps of the title creature itself. This is a powerful, complex essay that lingers. By examining his childhood impressions of Godzilla, Lin also opens the door to his memories of his grandfather, of the island of Taiwan’s history, and the legacy of the atomic bomb. Lin gifts the reader with a woven vision of family, culture, and destruction. Ultimately, he asks the reader to consider the lost voices and languages of a people but also of their hearts.
I will write up my usual synopsis of each essay and blog those out soon. For now, I can’t hold these back another hour. They are each just too special, and they await your discovery. Visit our home page for links to:
- Rebecca Chekouras (California), July 11
- Ryan C. Dailey (Chicago), Home/Life
- Janet Garber (New York), A Closet of One’s Own
- Tom Lin (Ohio), Godzilla
- Ana Christina Peters (South Korea), War
- Emily Rems (New York), Extra Help
- Allison Spector (North Dakota), The Bucket Boys
- Margaret Redmond Whitehead (Brooklyn), Over the Limit
Elizabeth Gaucher, Founding Editor, Longridge Review
Anymore, people seem to think they don’t have time to read for pleasure.
Longridge Review is here to help you fix that.
Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable with the gorgeous visual tones of artist Michael Teel, then peruse these terrific new essays:
- Within an Inch of My Life
Faith Gong (Vermont) reflects on chasing perfection after the grades stop, and in the process reveals a lifelong struggle that is both chilling and inspiring.
- Temple Bar
Patricia Hopper (West Virginia) takes the reader to her childhood Ireland, complete with sights, smells, sounds, and people.
Connie Kinsey (West Virginia) is haunted by the ghost of a little girl in her elementary school decades ago.
- The Space in Between
Susan Krakoff (Ireland) grapples with slivers of memories about her father.
- Doubt Matters
Jeremy Paden (Kentucky) explores the dark fires of doubt, losing faith, and an emerging new concept of God.
- Beauty Walks a Razor’s Edge
Amy Sprague (Wisconsin) remembers the last enchantments of childhood with an adored cousin as his chronic illness advances.
You can find it all and more right here: Longridge Review #1, Fall 2015.
p.s. Want to write for us? See submission guidelines here: Longridge Review SUBMIT