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Left Margin LIT/Novel Brewing

Microfiction Contest

Date: November 7th

Where: Novel Brewing, 6510 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for our second microfiction contest at Novel Brewing!

Our contest judges are authors Melanie AbramsJay DeshpandeDickson LamKate O'Shaughnessy, and Aimee Phan

Come drink some good beer, write a story, and hang out with us on November 7th!



Melanie Abrams is the author of the novel Playing, which was published by Grove Atlantic and acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. Meadowlark, forthcoming from Little A in 2020, is her second novel. Melanie teaches writing classes at Left Margin LIT and in UC Berkeley’s English department. She is married to the novelist Vikram Chandra, and they live with their daughters in Oakland, CA.


Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger, named a top debut of 2015 by Poets & Writers, and of the chapbook The Rest of the Body (both from YesYes Books). His poems have appeared in Boston ReviewAGNIDenver Quarterly, Narrative, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award and has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, and Saltonstall Arts Colony. He has taught at Columbia and Rutgers and is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


Dickson Lam is author of Paper Sons: A Memoir. Lam’s work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, The Kenyon Review Online, Hyphen Magazine, The Normal School, PANK, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, and Kartika Review. He is a VONA alum and has been a resident fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He holds MFA degrees in creative writing from the University of Houston and Rutgers-Newark. Lam is an Assistant Professor of English at Contra Costa College and lives in Oakland.


Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of two books of fiction, the story collection We Should Never Meet and the novel The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. She has received fellowships and residencies from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, MacDowell Arts Colony, the Headlands Arts Center, Djerassi and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon,, and USA Today, among others. She currently teaches in the writing and literature programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Kate O'Shaughnessy writes middle grade fiction. Her debut novel, The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane, will be published with Knopf/Random House in spring 2020. She is a graduate of Yale University and an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). When she’s not writing, you can find Kate in her garden, eating good food, hiking with her dog, and chronically mispronouncing words she’s read but never heard said aloud.

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Microfiction Judges Fall 19 Website
Microfiction Judges Fall 19 Website
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