We're well into the 2018 Pinch Literary Awards! We spoke to Eliza Smith about her experience entering the contest in 2017. Eliza's piece, "All These Apocalypses," won our contest in creative nonfiction last year!
What are you reading right now?
Abandon Me by Melissa Febos and This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins—both as incredible as you've heard.
What is the most "pinchy" (kinda weird and cool) thing to happen to you recently?
On my way to Ireland in December, I was mistakenly detained in Toronto and made to get an emergency passport (that I didn't end up needing). But Toronto was great, especially the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, where I got a room and fell asleep listening to live jazz. I look forward to going back on purpose sometime.
Anything you're working on now that you want to hype?
I'm working on an essay collection about womanhood and loss and all those lives we never lived but are still ours. It won't see the light of day for some time, but I'm hyped to keep working on it.
Why should people enter The Pinch's contest?
A chance to work with a wonderful staff, have their work read by incredible judges and potentially featured alongside talented writers. I entered on a whim, and am so glad I did.
Thanks for the interview, Eliza! Don't forget to submit to the contest. The deadline is March 15th. You can submit in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.