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My thoughts on writing on The Story Prize blog

02 Nov 2018

I offer some advice to writers on The Story Prize blog. You can read my post here. 

Microfiction included in NY Times “Spooky Story” project

01 Nov 2018

My story, “When the Female Students of Mount Washington High School Didn’t Want to Go on the Tour of the White House,” a response to Francesca Woodman’s photograph,  was part of the NY Times’ Instagram project pairing writers with eerie images. You can read the stories here. 

My story “The New Order” on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading site

31 Oct 2018

Electric Literature features my story, “The New Order,” from my forthcoming collection, on the Recommended Reading site today, with a generous intro from Molly Antopol. You can read the story here. 

My story “The Elevator,” from The New Order, published in Guernica magazine.

25 Oct 2018

My story, “The Elevator,” which appeared in The New Order, is published in Guernica magazine. You can read the story here. 

Arkansas International Journal reviews The New Order

24 Oct 2018

“Karen E. Bender’s new story collection is steeped in the present political moment, with an eye to our future. Our cultural corrosion—especially our denial of sexual assault and gun violence—impacts Bender’s female narrators in quiet, resounding ways.”  You can read the full review from the Arkansas International Journal here. 

Martha Stewart Living features my journal ideas for National Novel Writing Month

20 Oct 2018

Martha Stewart Living features my tips for National Novel Writing Month in the November “Out and About” column, You can read the tips here. 

“The Pilot’s Instructions” in the October issue of The Yale Review

15 Oct 2018

My story, “The Pilot’s Instructions” appears in the October 2018 issue of The Yale Review. The story is part of my new collection, The New Order. You can read the story here.

The New Order on list of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now in print edition of November O magazine

12 Oct 2018

The print issue of the November O magazine is out and features The New Order on a list of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now. Here’s are photos:

O magazine reviews The New Order!

10 Oct 2018

“Supremely crafted short fictions”–O magazine includes The New Order on a list of 10 New Books to be Thankful for in November. You can see the review here.

Starred review for The New Order in Booklist!

01 Oct 2018

“With literary virtuosity, psychological authenticity, and breath-catching insight, Bender dramatizes gripping personal dilemmas compounded by a new order of social tyranny.” Booklist gives The New Order a starred review! You can read the full review here. 



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