Roundup: The End—Putting Your Story to Bed

In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on story endings.

So you’ve got a great story, but don’t know where to start when it comes to ending it.  Sound familiar? The following expert advice on ending stories will help you find your story’s final landing spot.

From Ploughshares:

the end.

From Around the Web:

  • “Have you ever heard someone read and not been sure when to clap? Those readers need to close the door a little harder,” says Cat Rambo from io9. 
  • Laura Miller via Salon thinks “Last lines, like first ones, often suffer from a bad case of Trying Too Hard.”

Follow the Leader


And this blog post lived happily ever after

The end.


Just kidding, it was all a dream.

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About Jon Simmons

Jon Simmons is the marketing intern at Ploughshares Literary Magazine and a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing candidate at Emerson College. Jon writes short stories and poems and many to-do lists.
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