Peter K. Hixson Contest Now Open For Submissions Poetry and Short Story Writers ONLY

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Deadline: Saturday, July 31st

Congratulations to Mary Bess Dunn! When Mary Bess Dunn first submitted her work to our Review Board in 2009, we were immediately blown away by her unique and arresting prose. We couldn’t help but read her work aloud to each other in the office, captivated as we were by her relatable characters, tangible settings, and engaging plotlines. In the past three years, she has acquired many well-deserved acceptances from highly esteemed journals. She has also received a Pushcart Nomination. Watch Mary Bess’s short video to learn more about her writing process and experience with Writer’s Relief.

In Mary Bess Dunn’s Words:

When I made the decision to write full-time, I had no idea how consuming the submission process would be. I struggled for several years trying to find the balance between writing, submitting, and living an already full life. An acquaintance of my stepdaughter’s mentioned she had started writing and had had great success with Writer’s Relief. I was pleased and relieved to discover such a first-class operation. I’ve been with Writer’s Relief for about three years.

My Writer’s Relief team keeps me motivated and on target. For me, knowing I’ll have an opportunity to send a story out every two months helps me focus on the work at hand and provides a reassuring sense of structure. The quality of my Writer’s Relief team’s editing services, coupled with their uncanny ability to locate just the right journal for my stories, never ceases to amaze.

Writer’s Relief is a gift I give to myself and my writing. A gift that never disappoints. Thank you, Writer’s Relief.

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About Mary Bess Dunn:

After a career in teacher education, Mary Bess Dunn started a second career writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  In 2011 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Alembic, The Best of Pif Magazine: Off-Line, Gertrude Press, Quiddity International Literary JournalThe North Atlantic Review, Sanskrit Literary Magazine, and online in Folly, The Smoking PoetStone’s Throw Magazine, and Verdad.

She is a graduate of Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and has participated in Sewanee Writers’ Conference and The Writers Workshop at Kenyon College. She is a professor at Tennessee State University and an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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