Various bits and pieces of writing news to ease you back into the world before the semester begins (unless, of course, you never left to begin with):
-Check out the recent SF Chronicle online, featuring a review of The Convalescent by alum Jessica Anthony (who will also be reading from her novel at this year's Fall for the Book Festival)as well as Alan's review of the new Thomas Pynchon book
-Boulevard had just opened for their short fiction contest, deadline 12/31 - this one offers a free subscription with the entry fee (ok, so not really free)
-Zoetrope: All Story is still accepting entries for their fiction contest, judged by Yiyun Li, who will be Visiting Fiction Writer this Fall at Mason
-And more contests from Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, and - yes - even Good Housekeeping
And don't forget - most lit mags are open to submissions either now or in just a few weeks - get those stories ready and sent out!