National Novel Writing Month

November, in the writing world, is known as National Novel Writing Month, or NANOWRIMO for short. If you haven’t ever heard of this wonderful idea, it’s exactly as the title says: once you sign a pledge (either to the website or to yourself), you have from November 1st to November 30th to complete the story […]

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Writing Fiction

So you have decided to write a short fiction story to submit to the MoRe Prize, where Ellen Hopkins will have a chance to read your work, and you could possibly win a prize, but you have no idea where to start at? You came to the right blog post, friends, because I am here to share Casey’s […]

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Open Mic Nights

You’ve been working on a poetry or short story piece for what seems like years, and it is almost perfectly complete. What do you do next? Do you jump right into submitting it to magazines like the Mochila Review, or do you wait for a while, letting it stew in the computer and mock you? […]

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Staff Spotlight: Meet the Web Team

Meet the web team for the Mochila Review! Web Manager Lindsey Lucas is a senior pursuing degrees in English for both Literature and Creative Writing and Publishing. Social Media Editor Cameron Pike is a sophomore pursuing a degree in English for Creative Writing and Publishing. Web Editor Zachary Evans is a junior pursuing a degree […]

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The MoRe Prize, and Guest Judge Ellen Hopkins

Have you ever written a short-story (less than 3,000) words that you were so immensely proud of, that you needed everyone everywhere to read it? Have you ever written something and wanted someone famous to read it? If you have, we have an amazing offer for you, and it comes by the name of Ellen […]

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The Importance of a Cover Letter

  The feeling of submitting a piece of work to a literary journal is unique—the excitement of having your work read, the terror of the possibility of a rejection letter, the pure joy of the possibility that your work is accepted. In this rush of feelings and deadlines, it is easy to forget one of […]

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Writers Block

So, you’ve just heard that The Mochila Review’s submissions are going to open October 1st, right? You get excited—this is the year that you’re going to get published, you just know it—and sit down at your computer to write. Nothing comes to you. You get up, put on a pot of coffee, dig through your […]

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Episode 3: Adjectives

Are adjectives too overused, or are they useful? Co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Lindsey Lucas tackle the question in this episode of Mochila Chat, featuring J.L. Johnson Jurgenson’s “Crooked,” read by the author, and Hart Crane’s “My Grandmother’s Love Letters,” read by Aaron Burnsprung. Crystal Crawford tells us about Bowling Green State University’s MFA program. Image: […]

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Episode 2: Animals

This episode features Steven Amen’s “How to Raise a Pig,” read by the author, and Emily Dickinson’s “A Bird Came Down the Walk,” read by Ronald Baker. Co-hosts Lindsey Lucas and Chris Pankiewicz talk about animals in writing. Adriann Dunn introduces us to the MFA program at Iowa State University. Image: “Laughing Blue Pig” by […]

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Episode 1: Routines

Co-hosts Lindsey Lucas and Chris Pankiewicz talk about authors who write about daily routines. Featuring Colleen Trittipo’s “Routine,” read by the author, and Thomas Hardy’s “The Voice,” read by Erik Burns-Sprung. Adriann Dunn gives us a look at Antioch University’s Masters program in creative writing. Image: “Ink Wash” by Aaron Gerber.

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