Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 — Available Now!

It is with great pride that we present our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short ebook_coverStories: Volume II, featuring short stories from fifteen Ohio authors. This eclectic collection of literary and popular fiction spans several genres, and is sure to please readers of all types.

A mischievous caretaker monkey, a busted midnight joyride, a holocaust childhood, the goodness of Kentucky wonder beans–this latest volume of the best of Ohio presents all this and more between its covers. These engaging, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories are the best of the best, carefully selected from hundreds of submissions.

Purchase Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 here as a paperback or e-book.

Below you will find the complete table of contents. Browse it at your leisure, and when your interest is sufficiently piqued, we hope you’ll get yourself a copy and enjoy it as much as we do.

Congratulations to all the authors who were selected for publication!

“Miss Ellen Told Me” by Brooks Rexroat

“Nikos the Barber” by G.L. Mislin

“Hostess of the Dead” by Tonja Matney Reynolds

“Trey” by Scott Geisel

“S. 18th St.” by Emily Hitchcock

“Kentucky Wonder Beans” by Brenda Layman

“Plan J” by Chris Burnside

“The Weight of Indecision” by Michael O’Donnell

“How You Were Born” by Sara Ross Witt

“Pigtail Fatty” by Jennifer Bryan

“Starlit” by Ian Moeckel

“Joe and the Cake” by Charles Derry

“Emergency Candles” by Kathleen Nicklaus

“The Midnight Rambler” by Lawrence Parlier

“Second-Hand Monkey” by Tom Barlow

“The Joy of Argument” Flash Essay Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted a flash essay to “The Joy of Argument” flash essay contest.  We received lots of ridiculous arguments.  You can browse all of the entries here.

Before we announce the winners, don’t forget to check out The Joy of Argument by Albert The Joy of ArgumentNavarra. This succinct guide to argument is chock full of tips to help you use argument as a tool to get what you want. Mr. Navarra, along with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported Columbus Creative Cooperative and provided the prizes for this contest.

Learn more about The Joy of Argument here.

There were two contest winners.  One was selected by popular vote, and the other was selected by our esteemed judge, author and attorney Albert Navarra.

Mr. Navarra selected “The Art of Boredom: The One Subject American Schools Lack” by Diane Koffman as his winner. Diane’s piece was selected from the pool of entries based on the effectiveness of her argument, as well as the creativity demonstrated in choosing an absurd subject for which to argue. Vote count was not considered in this selection.

Nice work, Diane! Bragging rights are yours, and you’ve got $100 in prize money headed your way.

Read “The Art of Boredom” by Diane Koffman here. 

Now for your votes. Drum roll!

The top vote earner with 178 votes is “Taking Recycling to the Next Level” by Bob Garrett. Congratulations, Bob! Popular vote just netted you $100 in prize money.

Read “Taking Recycling to the Next Level” by Bob Garrett by clicking here. 

Special thanks goes to Albert Navarra and his publisher, Boyle & Dalton. If you’ve enjoyed this contest (or you need help becoming better at crafting your own arguments), consider checking out The Joy of Argument.

Thanks also to all the contestants who entered their best arguments. Absurd arguments were plentiful, which made for a fun judging process. Read all of the entries here.

Last Call for Workshop Submissions!

Hello workshoppers,

Tonight at midnight is the deadline to submit work for this month’s writers’ workshop. Send your short stories to Ian at workshops@ohiowriters.org if you want a story in the stack at the workshop on Wednesday, 07/27.

Join us next week for a collegiate-style peer review. You must be present to receive feedback on your story, so please only submit work if you’re confident you can attend on 07/27.

Learn more about our writers’ workshops here.

The novel workshop will take place at the same time and place as the short story workshop. This month we’ll be workshopping Gavin Anderson’s novel, which is available for download in the members’ only area of the website now.

Create a free CCC account here for access to the workshop materials. 

All of the short stories we’ll be reviewing next week will be available for download on the members’ only area of the CCC website by the end of the day tomorrow.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

See you next week!

Questions? Contact us or check out our Workshop FAQ.

The Joy of Argument Flash Essay Contest Ends Friday!

The Joy of Argument Flash Essay Contest closes this Friday, 07/15 at 11:59 p.m. Don’t miss The Joy of Argumentyour shot at one of two $100.00 prizes!

Find complete rules and instructions for entering this contest here. 

Submit the most well-crafted argument you can for the most absurd premise you can think of, wrapping it up in 2,500 characters or less. One top vote earner will win $100.00, and another will be chosen by our esteemed judge Albert Navarra, attorney and author of The Joy of Argument.

Do you think goldfish should be allowed in movie theaters? Should spam be a mandatory side order at all breakfast joints? Would a statue of Jeff Goldblum enhance the natural beauty of your local park?

Convince us.

We’ve received some interesting submissions so far. Browse all entries here, and then submit your own to beat out the competition.

Time’s a tickin’! Click here to submit your own argument.

This neat-o flash essay contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra.  Mr. Navarra, together with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported the organization and provided funding for this contest’s prizes.

The Joy of Argument is a succinct guide to crafting better arguments.  Packed full of helpful tips and concrete strategies for engaging in productive, healthy discussion and disagreement, this book will help you to get more of what you want in life, and less of what you don’t.  Grab a copy from your favorite retailer and start expressing yourself more effectively.

Learn more and find links to retailers at www.JoyofArgument.comThe Joy of Argument is available from all major retailers in both print and digital formats.

Craft an Absurd Argument, Win $100

Our flash essay contest is underway! We’ve received some truly absurd arguments already, and we’re looking forward to reading yours before the contest closes on 07/15.

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Browse contest entries and learn how to enter by clicking here. 

If you’re interested in winning one of two $100 cash prizes, here’s your mission:

Craft the strongest argument you can muster for the most ridiculous stance. Our judge, Albert Navarra (a practiced attorney and author of The Joy of Argument), will be looking for the most persuasive essay on the most outrageous subject.

A second $100 winner will be chosen by public vote, so the sooner you submit your piece, the sooner it can garner the votes it needs to win! Get rules and instructions for entering here. 

This is, arguably, the greatest flash essay contest out there. We’ve already received entries that promote boredom in school, detail the reasons why you should kill your mother, extol the drinking of urine and, of course, at least one argument promoting Donald Trump for president. Browse all submitted entries here. 

Think you can top these? Prove it! Submit your own argument for a shot at $100. Get theThe Joy of Argument rules and instructions for entering here.

This awesome flash essay contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra.  Mr. Navarra, together with his publisher, Boyle & Dalton, have graciously supported the organization and provided funding for this contest’s prizes.

The Joy of Argument is a succinct guide to crafting better arguments.  Packed full of helpful tips and concrete strategies for engaging in productive, healthy discussion and disagreement, this book will help you to get more of what you want in life, and less of what you don’t.  Grab a copy from your favorite retailer and start expressing yourself more effectively.

Learn more and find links to retailers at www.JoyofArgument.comThe Joy of Argument is available from all major retailers in both print and digital formats.

New Flash Fiction Contest — Coming Soon

It’s been awhile since we’ve hosted a flash fiction contest. Hopefully, this hiatus has given perf5.500x8.500.inddyour writerly brain lots of time to stew up fantastical story ideas.

Our next flash fiction contest will open for entries on June 6th, 2016. The theme won’t be announced until opening day, but read on for clues and information about our fabulous prizes. If Ca$h money doesn’t get you gettin’ creative, I don’t know what will.

Here’s your first (and only) theme clue: This flash fiction contest is sponsored by The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra (Boyle & Dalton, 2015). In an age of cringe-worthy televised debates and the wild west of social media comment sections, this book is a compact guide to intelligent discourse. Whether you use argument in your professional life, or you simply want to make your opinions heard in everyday conversation, The Joy of Argument can help.

Learn more about The Joy of Argument here.

Buying this book will not be a requirement for entering the contest, but you’d be wise to hone your argument skills prior to June 6th. (Hint, hint. Nudge, nudge.)

Two winners will be selected from the pool of submissions. One winner will be chosen by the public via popular vote and awarded a prize of $100.00. The sooner you submit your story after the contest opens, the sooner you can begin collecting votes, so be ready to roll on June 6th!

The second winner will be selected by a panel of CCC judges, and will be also be awarded $100.00.

As with all of our contests, every winner takes home bragging rights, which they are strongly encouraged to lord over everyone they know.

We’ll announce more details as the contest draws near, but for now, get your brain wheels turning! Questions? Contact us here.

Final Call for May’s Short Story Workshop

Tonight at midnight is the deadline to submit a short story to be workshopped at next week’s writers’ workshop.

Who doesn’t have a dusty old file on their desktop labeled “Writing that desperately needs to be workshopped”? Your cat is tired of reading your short stories, and any feedback he provides is subjective, and probably gibberish.

A group of strangers reading the work you’ve put so much time and effort into can be intimidating, but it’s the best way to get solid, objective feedback you can use to become a better writer.

You do NOT need to be a CCC member to attend or submit work, and we welcome writers of all skill and experience levels. Whether you’re a grizzled writing veteran with published work under your belt, or you’re just starting to develop your writing chops, CCC’s writing workshops are a great place to meet other local writers and get feedback in a collegiate-style peer review.

Sold? Submit your short story to Ian at workshops@ohiowriters.org by tonight at midnight to have it in the stack at the workshop next Wednesday, 05/25. You must be present at next week’s workshop to receive feedback, so please only submit work if you’re confident you can attend.

You don’t have to submit work to attend and/or participate. Bring a friend or fly solo, stop by the workshop next week and see what we’re all about.

Questions? Contact us here, or visit our Workshop FAQ here.

See you there!

Makers Market 11/28

Columbus Creative Cooperative is proud to be a participating vendor at the Makers Market happening this Saturday, 11/28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Narrows:  126 Muskingum Ave. Suite Z, Zanesville, Ohio.

Take a trek to Zanesville on Small Business Saturday to check out this cool event that’s featuring small businesses from around the Muskingum Valley. Get out of town, and explore what other writers, craftspeople, artists and artisans are creating outside your own locale.

Join the Facebook event here to view the complete list of vendors.

Swing by the CCC booth on Saturday and say hello, check out some of our books, and learn about our upcoming projects. After you’re through strolling around the market, grab lunch or a coffee at The Bridge Cafe next door (go for the chicken and waffles, trust me), or a pint at Weasel Boy Brewery upstairs.

The Narrows is a space for entrepreneurs, artists and other folks with big ideas, founded by CCC Director Brad Pauquette and his wife Melissa. Check out this recent article in the Times Recorder for more insight into some of the cool stuff happening at this space.

This event is free and open to the public. You DO NOT need to be a CCC member to attend, and no RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact us by clicking here.

Writers’ Workshop Update

Howdy, workshoppers.

Due to some space and coordinator transitions, as well as the close proximity to the holidays, we will NOT be holding our monthly writers’ workshop in November or December. The next writers’ workshop will be held on January 27, location to be announced.

We’ll be sending out emails and putting up blog posts closer to 01/27 to let you know where we’ll be meeting, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Learn more about our writers’ workshops here.

If you use your holiday time to work on that unfinished stack of writing you’ve been neglecting, you’ll have lots of material to submit to the workshops at the start of the new year!

Questions? Contact us by clicking here.

Free Seminar — The Craft of Critique

Join us for a free seminar on Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bexley Library: 2411 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

CCC Director Brad Pauquette will discuss giving and receiving constructive criticism as a writer. Learn how to identify and implement helpful criticism to improve your writing, as well as tips for crafting insightful, constructive criticism for your peers.

Whether you’re a NaNoWriMo-er who’s anticipating feedback from your first beta readers, or you’d like to become better at reviewing the work of others, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss.

You can join the Facebook event here.

Brad Pauquette is the founder of the Columbus Creative Cooperative writing workshops, as well as the CEO of Columbus Publishing Lab. You can learn more about Brad on his website by clicking here.

This seminar is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be a CCC Member to attend this event. Bring a friend, bring your questions, and we’ll see you there!

Questions? Contact us by clicking here.