CNF: There Was a Coupon in the Newspaper

by Erin Pringle-Toungate

So after the dinosaurs and oil paintings, we boarded the shiny train that ran to nowhere but outside. I ran past the empty seats and Mom called SLOW DOWN and Grandma hurried after. Then she tripped, small woman, and broke against the concrete, her forehead blooming coffee-stained napkins from Mom’s pockets.

Erin’s first story collection, The Floating Order, is published by Two Ravens Press (2009). “How The Sun Burns Among Hills of Rock & Pebble,” the title story of her next collection, just came out as a chapbook with The Head & The Hand Press (2015). She’s now the fiction editor over at Literati Quarterly. Please visit www.erinpringle.com.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “There Was a Coupon in the Newspaper”?

I had my creative writing students write three-sentence pieces in order to teach them what few words can do. I did the exercise, too, of course. Then, I proceeded to write more and more, and now I’m deep into a larger work composed of three-sentence memoirs.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The next submission period opens September 15, 2019; submit here.


09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/09 • Chelsea Stickle
09/11 • Jeffrey Spahr-Summers
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/16 • Sarah Russell
09/18 • Ryan Stone
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/23 • TBD
09/25 • TBD
09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
09/30 • TBD
10/02 • TBD
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
10/07 • TBD
10/09 • TBD
10/10 • Lilian McCarthy
12/02 • Tara Campbell