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Winners of the 2007 River Cities’ Reader Short-Fiction Contest PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:39

Reader issue #635 For the River Cities' Reader's fourth-annual short-fiction contest, we got mean. Diabolical. Bound-for-hell cruel.

Oh, sure, in the past we gave the challenge of starting or ending with a particular line, or including seven specific words in a story. We've limited you to 200 words.

This year, in addition to the relatively mundane prompts of a photograph and a fortune cookie, we devised what we called the "Wheel of Fortune challenge," in which authors could not use the letters R, S, T, L, N, and E. As you'll see from the winners and other selected entries, that nasty constraint gave us our most creative and playful entries.



Winners of the 2007 Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 02:30

The Midwest Writing Center has announced the winners of the 34th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, and the River Cities' Reader, as one of the contest's sponsors, is pleased to publish selected entries. Other sponsors of the contest were the Sam's Club Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency).

The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on May 19 at the Butterworth Center in Moline.


Enter the River Cities’ Reader 2007 Short Fiction Contest PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:27

Reader Short Fiction Contest What do a fortune cookie, a photograph, and a few missing letters have in common?

They're the Starting Points for the River Cities' Reader 2007 Short Fiction Contest.


A Mind in Fragments: Kathleen Lawless Cox, "Journal of the Unconscious" PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:24

Kathleen Lawless Cox - Journal of the Unconscious Kathleen Lawless Cox's new book, Journal of the Unconscious, is a necessarily self-indulgent affair. The title is perfectly descriptive rather than being arty, and the volume - less than 80 pages - is a collection of recorded "visions" from 1973 and 1974.

The Wild Woman: Kathleen Lawless Cox, "Citizen of the Earth" PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Literature
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 02:49

Reader issue #608 Kathleen Lawless Cox's novel Maeve was written over 29 years. Her new book, the poetry collection Citizen of the Earth, has been four decades in the making.

The 68-year-old author - born in England, raised in Ireland, a U.S. resident since 1961, and a Quad Cities citizen for the bulk of the past 45 years - is matter-of-fact about the book's creation.

"I had approximately 40 years' worth of poetry sitting around," she said this week, "and I decided I would like to do a book that covered those 40 years but with the best poems that I could muster out of the pile."

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