CNF: Luck of the Draw BINGO

by Kathy Kehrli

[Editor’s Note: Click on the image below to view it at full size.]


Kathy Kehrli is owner of The Flawless Word, where she focuses her energies on math educational, financial, business, and marketing copy writing and editing. She is a graduate of the Pan-European MFA program in creative writing at Cedar Crest College. Her creative nonfiction has been published in the anthology In Celebration of Mothers and in The 3288 Review, York Literary Review, and The Sunlight Press. It also appears in the 2019 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, where it placed second in the publication’s annual essay contest. She was a finalist for the 2016 Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction and in Paper Nautilus’s 2018 Debut Series Chapbook Contest.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Luck of the Draw BINGO”?

I wrote this piece as an assignment for Nicole Breit’s CNF Outlier’s II course that tasked me with the generation of a visual essay. The form came quickly and naturally to me, but the initial draft left out what became of the two dogs mentioned in the essay. Nicole’s astute feedback challenged me to dig a little deeper into the animals, which ultimately opened up a greater level of impact with the overall story.


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.


08/19 • Nick Ackerson
08/21 • Tyler Friend
08/22 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
08/26 • Suzanne Verrall
08/28 • Amelia Wright
08/29 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
09/02 • Kim Peter Kovac
09/04 • Ugonna-Ora Owoh
09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
12/02 • Tara Campbell