David Meischen: Recent Successes

  • BEST NEWS of my writing life! “How to Shoot at Someone Who Outdrew You,” a chapter from my memoir in progress, was selected for Pushcart Prize XLII. I am grateful to Mark Drew at The Gettysburg Review, for this nomination. Through a partnership with The Gettysburg Review and other journals, “How to Shoot” is live (though under a different title) at Literary Hub ⇒
  • Late in 2017, The Ocotillo Review, nominated “Rivets,” flash fiction, for a Pushcart. Read it here ⇒
  • “Cicada Song” received the 2017 Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story from the Texas Institute of Letters—for the best short story by a Texas author published in 2016. In the fall, Salamander nominated this story for a Pushcart Prize. It’s in Issue 42, Spring/Summer 2016—my fifteenth story to be published and my longest story in print!
  • I’ve had good luck with flash—short-short pieces that, in my case, draw on memory, essay, and poetry. “Conversations with Paul,” in which I address a good friend who took his own life forty years ago, is online at CutBank’s All Accounts and Mixture, a fourth annual celebration of LGBTQ writers.
  • “Nines and Elevens,” another chapter from my memoir in progress, is forthcoming in Chautauqua: Wild and Tame, due out in June 2018
  • I have an agent representing my novel in stories. An excerpt from this manuscript won the 2011 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest in Mainstream Fiction. Ten of the stories have been published—in Bellingham Review, Copper Nickel, The Evansville Review, The Gettysburg Review, Limestone, Prime Number, Printer’s Devil Review, Salamander, Talking Writing, and Valparaiso Fiction Review.