5 of the Best Memoirs of the Past 5 Years

5 of the Best Memoirs of the Past 5 Years

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Memoirs are all about the personal. They allow writers an outlet to put their perspective — feelings and opinions and all — on the page. And readers are given the chance to personally connect with someone they relate to — or don’t relate to. Here are some of the best memoirs of recent years.   1. Heavy: An American Memoir  by Kiese Laymon, 2018   Laymon’s Heavy is about many things. If it had to be placed in a nutshell, it would be: a black man confronts his childhood and coming of age by directly writing to his mother. Written …

Longlist for World’s Richest Short Story Prize Announced

Longlist for World’s Richest Short Story Prize Announced

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‘Richest’ here does not mean substantial content of the short stories — although each of these eighteen stories undoubtedly has that too. ‘Richest’ here literally means the most money. The winner of this award will receive £30,000 ($38,074.95), which is the largest amount offered in any English language short story prize contest.  The prize in question is for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. It is open to any writer who has been published in Ireland or the UK. The story must be under 6,000 words. The longlist has just been announced and the eighteen writers include both well …

5 Up-and-Coming Female Authors You Need to Know

5 Up-and-Coming Female Authors You Need to Know

Women have a lot to say — or write. Contemporary fiction is currently filled to the brim with smart and savvy female authors blowing readers away with their debuts. If these authors aren’t on your shelf already, go ahead and assume that they will be by the time you reach the end of this list. Here are a few incredible modern storytellers that you need to know. 1. Sally Rooney     If you haven’t heard the name, Sally Rooney, you may have seen one of novels — Conversations with Friends or Normal People — on Instagram, where they have …