Author: Ally Pate

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Why I Stopped Valuing the New York Times Bestseller List

By Makena Marshall // As a kid, dreaming of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always wanted to write a famous book, one that everyone had read, was reading, or was about to read. As I got older, I noticed all the books I read had been on the “NYTBSL.” I loved these books, so I quickly made this list my goal—that is, until I discovered The Selection series by Kiera Cass.

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Missing the Holiday Season? Five Must-Read Poems & Books to Take You Back

By Mara Cobb // As the fiction editor of Tributaries, and as an English major, there is nothing that I like better than settling down in the winter with a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book. For me, Christmas books and poems, though, rise above the rest of my reading list each November and December. Here, I’ve compiled a list of five of my favorite Christmas stories and poems. There’s something for everyone’s literary taste here. So, grab that blanket and your favorite cocoa mug and settle in for a long winter’s read!

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Always a Reader Out There

By Travis Lang // Talking to people is scary—hearing what they have to say is even scarier. Yet this is the life of a literary journalist, and their stories help unravel mysteries and entertain the bored soul. As an IUE sports broadcaster and radio journalist, I understand these concepts, and I want to see how others put their skills into action. Here are a few things I’m looking for in literary journalism submissions.

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An Update: The 2020 Issue and Where We Are Now

The editors of Tributaries and I are pleased to let you know that we are currently accepting work for our upcoming issue! We are excited to continue working on the current publication despite the conditions imposed by Covid-19.

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Five Tips for Writing Fabulous Fiction We Want to Read

By Mara Cobb // Writers often ask us what we’re looking for in poems, stories, and essays. This post is intended to give a few ‘gentle pointers’ to those of you considering submitting to Tributaries. We’re excited to read your best work, but please do consider these quick tips before submitting.