Issue: December 14, 2017

Hi, and welcome to this week's Reno News & Review.

On the cover is our annual Winter Guide, which features stories about getting out in the cold. This year, you can read about winter photography, the Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, and indoor options for winter recreation for those people who just don't like the cold.

Over in the arts section, there's a story from Arts Editor Kris Vagner about University of Nevada, Reno art department alumna Joan Arrizabalaga's current solo show. It's part of University Galleries' exhibition series examining its permanent collection prior to the opening of a new arts building in 2019.

Also—and this is big news—it's time for our annual 95-Word Fiction Contest! The idea is to write a short story that's exactly 95 words long. It's an exercise in creative writing under pressure. Here's an example:

"I Want a New Drug," he said.

"I Can't Go for That," I countered.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want," he shot back.

"I Just Want to Be Your Everything," I replied.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand," he retorted.

"Where Did Our Love Go?" I asked.

"What's Love Got to do with It?" he exclaimed

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," I said.

To which he replied, "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict."

Choosing our roadtrip playlists is always a chore.

We want 95 words, as counted by LibreOffice, Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Please email submissions to and include the subject line "Fiction 2017." Put each story in the body of an email, because we definitely won't open any strange attachments. We require the author's name, email address and phone number listed above each story. That stuff won't count toward your word count and will be removed before judging. Titles are acceptable but not required (and also don't count among your 95 words).

Stories must be received before 9:01 a.m. on Jan. 11. We'll publish the best stories a few weeks after that. Need some inspiration? Look at last year's winners here:

Happy reading! Good luck with your 95-Word Fiction entries. We'll look forward to reading them.


Jeri Chadwell

RN&R Special Projects Editor