Calling All Emerging Writers!

Enter the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: 1 May 2021

This contest is specifically for writers who have yet to publish their fiction in book form. Submit your short story (maximum: 3,500 words) by 1 May 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PDT for a chance to win $1000 (Canadian) and publication!

Entry fee is discounted and comes with a one-year print subscription to The Malahat Review.

$25 (Canadian) for each entry from Canada; $30 (Canadian) for each entry from the USA; $35 (Canadian) for each entry from elsewhere.

Go here for full contest guidelines.

Obama Sentence of the Day

Hopeless! Simply hopeless! I am ALL OVER 44’s A Promised Land.

Still Chapter 1:

  • The conviction that racism wasn’t inevitable may also explain my willingness to defend the American idea: what it was, and what it could become.

Sentence of the Day: A Promised Land, p. 38

44 writes too, too well. Self can see it now: a sentence of the day two, maybe even three, times a day.

This (2nd) sentence of the day comes right after a scene where Obama flies to LA at a friend’s invitation to attend the 2000 Democratic Convention, finds that he can’t rent a car to the Staples Center because his American Express card is over its limit, manages to get over there anyway (though he doesn’t spell out how), then finds himself “haplessly” circling “the perimeter” and “watching the festivities on mounted TV screens” because “the credential my friend had secured . . . didn’t allow entry to the convention floor.” He flies home in a “dark mood,” fuming about being “almost forty” and “broke.”

Without further ado, THE SECOND SENTENCE OF THE DAY!

  • I recognized that in running for Congress I’d been driven not by some selfless dream of changing the world, but rather by the need to justify the choices I had already made, or to satisfy my ego, or to quell my envy of those who had achieved what I had not.

In the above sentence, Obama makes multiple uses of the Oxford comma. Use this sentence as Exhibit A if you are ever doubtful of the power of a correctly placed Oxford comma!

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