The Flatirons Literary Review is a Boulder, Colorado, purveyor of perfectly ripened, fresh-picked prose and poetry. We select the finest local writing across the genres, to ensure a varied literary diet, rich with regional flavors.
Think Globally, Read Locally

Think Globally, Read Locally

I’ve been fooling around with the idea of a sustainable, local literary magazine for quite some time now.
Latest entries
I PROMISE NOT TO SUFFER by BWWer Gail Storey is a Finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Awards

I PROMISE NOT TO SUFFER by BWWer Gail Storey is a Finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Awards

By Lori DeBoer Gail Storey’s memoir, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Coast Trail, has been named a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards.  Gail is a professional member of the Boulder Writers’ Workshop.  Her book tells the hilariously harrowing story of hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from...
"Gall-E-Gee" by Christina Antus

“Gall-E-Gee” by Christina Antus

First-Place Winner, 2013 Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Contest, Judge Gene Perret Until now I never really knew where my gallbladder was or what it did. I also didn’t really care. I actually still don’t. But, the stars have aligned in the shape of gallstones and here we are. About a year and a half ago,...
"The Princess in the Bomb Shelter" by Jessica Fishman

“The Princess in the Bomb Shelter” by Jessica Fishman

    Third-Place Winner, 2103 Boulder Writers’ Workshop Comedy Writers’ Contest, Judge Gene Perret Before heading to the Purim party, I look in the mirror again. My princess costume is sexy, not slutty – the perfect combination for an ancient Jewish holiday. Tonight marks the Jews of Shushan surviving Haman’s attempt to kill them a...
2013 Comedy Writing Contest Now Open

2013 Comedy Writing Contest Now Open

Gene Perret, one of the nation’s top comedy writers, will judge the Boulder Writers’ Workshop 2013 “Make Me Laugh” Writing Contest.  Contest winners who live in Colorado will be eligible to have their works published in the Flatirons Literary Review. The top ten winners and finalists for the contest will be invited to read their...
"Mariano's Crossing" by David Jessup

“Mariano’s Crossing” by David Jessup

Review by Teresa Louis “History gives us the facts.  Fiction imagines the why.” –David Jessup Takansy tightens her grip on the soft doeskin shroud holding her daughter’s body.  The lightning is closer now, and she readies herself for a silent count of five.  She prays her sleeping husband will not hear the sound she is...
Author John Shors Hosts Literary Salon in Boulder (9/13/2013)

Author John Shors Hosts Literary Salon in Boulder (9/13/2013)

John Shors, a Boulder resident and New York Times bestselling author, will be hosting a special Literary Salon and Fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13,  2013, at The Fuse at the Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. The event is free and open to the public; please register at www.boulderwritersworkshop.org/writing-workshops-classes-events/event-registration. Shors will...
Writing Through Doubt

Writing Through Doubt

By Lori DeBoer, FLR Editor & Publisher One of the most daunting aspects of being a writer is dealing with self-doubt. Insecurity can paralyze us, keeping us from even getting started. Even as a writing coach, with years of professional writing behind me, I can fall into that hole; comparing myself to my more prolific...
Hold That Thought

Hold That Thought

By Lori DeBoer, FLR Publisher & Editor One of my favorite pieces of advice comes from one of my friends, Lee Gutkind, who many of you may recognize as the founder of the influential literary journal Creative Nonfiction.  I had the privilege of driving him around to help him secure an apartment before his visiting...
The Short Form

The Short Form

By Lori DeBoer, FLR Publisher & Editor Seasoned writers will tell you that writing short is more difficult than writing long.  Trying to tell a story in under a thousand words forces you to think about its essential elements.  Writing short is a great strategy when you are trying to bring focus to a longer...
Alexander Fuller Reading at the Boulder Book Store  (9/7)

Alexander Fuller Reading at the Boulder Book Store (9/7)

Alexandra Fuller will be speaking about and signing copies of her new book Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness on September 7, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street. Vouchers are $5 and get you $5 off the author’s featured book or $5 off a purchase on the day...
Writing the Novel (9/12 - 11/14)

Writing the Novel (9/12 – 11/14)

If you are in the thick of writing a novel and could use guidance from someone who has been there and gotten published, this workshop is for you. Jenny Shank, author of The Ringer, teaches this eight-week workshop. She’ll give you the scoop on first-rate storytelling and how to turn up the tension. You’ll hone...
Writing the Short Story and Personal Essay (9/14 - 11/2)

Writing the Short Story and Personal Essay (9/14 – 11/2)

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the short form packs a punch for readers and offers the best publishing opportunities for new writers.  In this eight-week class, writer and editor Michael Smith gives you the structure and knowledge you’ll need to produce a polished, professional piece.  Through lectures, exercises and assignments, you’ll learn the elements...