CNF: Luck of the Draw BINGO

by Kathy Kehrli

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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 the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.” Congrats to Christopher Allen for 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 open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.


05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/23 • Nance Van Winckel (1 of 8)
05/27 • Natasha Sajé
05/29 • Carolyn Oliver
05/30 • Nance Van Winckel (2 of 8)
06/03 • Ankita Banerjee
06/05 • Rachel Rodman
06/06 • Nance Van Winckel (3 of 8)
06/10 • Erica Soon Olsen
06/12 • Beverly Jackson
06/13 • Nance Van Winckel (4 of 8)
06/17 • Avra Margariti
06/19 • Tommy Dean
06/20 • Nance Van Winckel (5 of 8)
06/24 • Stephen Reaugh
06/26 • Hege Lepri
06/27 • Nance Van Winckel (6 of 8)
07/01 • Danielle Hark
07/03 • Shirley Harshenin
07/04 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
07/08 • Matthew Barrett
07/10 • Andrew Stevens
07/11 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
07/15 • Peter Cherches
07/17 • Christopher Ryan
07/22 • Jessica Kehinde Ngo
07/24 • TBA
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