10 Gifts to self
Ideas for what to give the most important writer on your list: you. BY ANICA MROSE RISSI
14 Widen your freelance horizons 13 freelance markets to explore beyond article writing. BY KERRIE FLANAGAN
22 “The Elders”
Read the first-place winner of our 2020 fall short story contest. BY JENNIFER CHEN
26 Building your characters into bona fide people Tips for turning flat characters into three-dimensional ones. BY JOSH SIPPIE
30 Let bylines be bylines
(...and know how they can advance your career.) BY DANA SHAVIN
December 2021 Volume 134 Number 12
DEPARTMENTS 8 From the Front Lines
Mirror works, window works It’s time to broaden what we mean by ‘literature.’ BY YI SHUN LAI 36 Literary Spotlight
Storm Cellar BY MELISSA HART 38 Conference Insider
Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference BY MELISSA HART
IN EVERY ISSUE 2 From the Editor 4 Take Note 40 Markets 47 Classified advertising 48 Gigi Will Know
Cover: PONYHEAD/Shutterstock writermag.com • The Writer | 1
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