A Writer’s Greatest Fear

By Mel Blasingame | April 10, 2019

After weeks, months, maybe even years of work, you’ve finally completed a writing project that you feel deserves an award. It’s your baby—you brought an idea to life, nurtured it, and helped it grow into what it is today. Congratulations! You’re a proud parent! You want to show off your accomplishment to the world, but you can’t yet. There’s one crucial aspect of the creative process that every writer needs to go through: peer review. Don’t panic! I know it … READ MORE…

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Return to Simplicity

By Edward Callery | April 5, 2019

I often find myself craving the thought patterns and imagination of younger years—a reality unhinged, naïve, and above all else, limited. My appreciation for reading has really dulled over these past few years; I guess academic writing will do that to you, but I find myself coming to blows with it more and more often. What I can’t forgive is the same disregard from creative writing—just carelessly preparing extravagant dishes, only to try and force-feed them down my metaphorical gullet. … READ MORE…

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So You Want to Write a Thesis

By Lauren Kennedy | March 28, 2019

By the time you start grad school you will hear all your fellow students talking about their thesis ideas. Knowing that you have to write a thesis, a large body of work with your own research and contribution to a field of study, can feel overwhelming at times. The first suggestion I have is to think about what interests you the most. For me as a literature major, this can be anything as general as deciding between British literature, American … READ MORE…

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Being the Black Girl

By Kyra Foreman | October 3, 2018

Writing has been a part of my life since I learned cursive in the third grade, but I didn’t fall madly in love with it until well into my high school years, where I was often known as the “Black One” or “That Black Girl with the Weird Hair.” Writing became the channel that I never knew I needed. I struggled with my identity as a Black girl and what it means to be black. People often tried to quantify … READ MORE…

Parenting is Editing

By Timi Matlack | September 26, 2018

Editing and parenting are essentially the same craft. As in editing, I spend hours “correcting” mistakes, problems, and critical thinking errors only to have my work ignored or disregarded. As in editing, all my modifications are considered mere suggestions up for negotiation. Consider this argument I had with my daughter: She wanted to play outside in the nude. Social convention requires me, as a parent, to discourage public nudity; however, bargaining with a three-year-old is not as easy as employing … READ MORE…

Where are the LGBT+ Characters?

By Mel Blasingame | September 19, 2018

How many protagonists can you count off the top of your head that can be labeled as canonly gay, asexual, bisexual, transgender, etc.? It’s hard, isn’t it? As an avid reader in high school, I found the library’s stock of novels that showcased an LGBT+ protagonist to be almost nonexistent. There were a few books scattered here and there that hinted at it, sure—a non-focus character comes out at the very end, or maybe someone mentions the subject once in … READ MORE…

How to Make a Million Bucks

By Jordon Whipkey | September 12, 2018

I discovered my passion for writing by accident. I didn’t have a passion for writing right away, but I had the confidence to be the best. Writing was a huge part of my life during high school. In high school I won a poetry contest celebrating Oklahoma’s centennial celebration, which culminated in earning a college scholarship for creative writing. With my scholarship secured, I decided to pursue a church music degree at a Christian university instead of a writing degree. If … READ MORE…

Intersections – What it Means to Me

By Caitlin Carnall | September 5, 2018

Diversity in Literature: Intersections Literature is a preserved collection of the human experience. It transfers thoughts and ideas into a shareable medium. Literature by nature is diverse, but does it represent the expanse of the human condition? Does it provide a truly collaborative snapshot, or merely the most popular narrative? We are all humans, and like literature, exist in a variety of forms. We are diverse in race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, occupation, etc. Literature helps … READ MORE…

Throw Away Your Television

By Logan Cohen | August 31, 2018

“That day when our minds roam free, We began to live without agenda. That beautiful release for you and me, We can all flourish in beautiful hacienda. Where we do not live by another decree, And we can relax in peace. Outgrow our nervous nature, And we will find peace of mind, As far as can be seen Not a worry is in sight, And not one involuntary notion, Not a single distraction from divine delight.”

Suga by Fierce Sonia (Editor’s Pick Winner)

By Anna Dore | July 4, 2018

Fierce Sonia’s work, Suga, has been selected as our Editor’s Pick by New Plains Review’s Visual Art Editor, Stella Kim. We found the piece to be beautiful, strong, and one of our favorites from this round of submissions. Fierce Sonia is a mixed media artist. She builds a substrate with acrylic paint and collage. A narrative is constructed by the tension between the lush layers moving to dreamy feminine mindscapes with a brighter palette. If you listen closely her work … READ MORE…

China’s Top 3 Ancient Books

By Wenchuan Hu | April 19, 2018

China, known as one of the world’s four ancient civilizations, and the written history of China dates back to the Shang Dynasty which is over 3,000 years ago. In such a long history, literature has an important position at all times. Here are China’s top 3 ancient books, which all have historical significance and remain valuable today. Three Character Classic It served as a child’s first formal education at home from 13 century to even late 18 century. The text … READ MORE…

Submitting to a Literary Magazine

By Kelly McConnell | April 12, 2018

Do you have some stories or poems you want to publish in literary magazines, but you don’t know how and where to start? Have no fear, for I am here to tell you how! Follow along as I take you on a step-by-step process, and then you’ll be able to submit your work in no time. STEP ONE: FIND LITERARY MAGAZINES TO SUBMIT TO Pretty simple step, right? But it’s important to know how to classify your work so that … READ MORE…

Orality vs. Literacy

By Alexandria Sanders | April 5, 2018

In Walter Ong’s Orality and Literacy, he noted the differences between literate and illiterate cultures. Ong emphasized speech being the primary and more vital language used as opposed to written texts. Although speech is still prominent over writing, this current “high technology” age gives writing more weight on a scale of importance. This ability to write and record gives us a wider range of accessible knowledge than oral cultures.             Literate cultures exist in a world where a great amount, … READ MORE…