national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

Publish your review: SUNY-Geneseo launches National Book Review Month

This February, SUNY Geneseo, home of Gandy Dancer, has launched NaRMo: National Book Review Month. Getting involved is simple: read a book or journal, write a review (100-1000 words), and post it to the NaRMo website. Find tips on review writing on the website, and read some great reviews already posted. In addition to books, […]

Pam Houston on Reading and Writing

  Pam Houston is the author of eight books, including the novel Sight Hound and the short story collection Cowboys Are My Weakness, named a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have been selected for The Best American Short Stories 1999, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. […]

Writing Prize Judges for 2014

  Bennington Writing Prizes of $250 are awarded in each of the writing genres; three issues of the online anthology feature a poem, story, or essay selected by well-known practitioners in their respective fields. Winning works will appear in the April, September, and December 2015 issues; other issues will feature Honorable Mentions selected by the […]

Works for Me! On Reading Fiction

  The editors of plain china aim to find the best undergraduate writing. But what exactly does this entail? How would you define great writing? What do you look for when you read a story—in plain china or for yourself? Here’s a glimpse at what compels the fiction committee:   Joey Grantham: Raymond Carver once […]

How to Write an Argument Essay

How to Write an Argument Essay An argument essay is writing that requires a view and counterview that are presented with supporting facts and evidence where the writer takes a specific stand on the argument and convinces the reader to view things in their light. Argument essays differ from expository essays in that they require […]

Ghost Proposal: An Interview with the Editors

On a crisp Vermont afternoon in fall 2011,  plain china nonfiction editor Naomi Washer sent her first email to writer Zachary Green, at Columbia College Chicago. Her intention was to solicit his piece, “I Will Send You This,” for plain china 2011. Written in letter form and later chosen as an honorable mention by 2011 […]