An interview with Tayden Bundy, editor of Ashden Review – a new flash fiction journal

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My name is Tayden Bundy. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. I have had few pieces published. I won first prize in the prose category for my short story entitled “Linger” in Illuminations and have also been published in The Airgonaut and Laurus Magazine. I was also previously an intern for Prairie Schooner.

Ashden Review is currently on pause but will return in 2018.

Ashden Review Mission:

Ashden Review is a print and digital literary journal published biannually. Issues of Ashden Review include flash fiction, short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photography. Ashden Review seeks to publish and promote works that capture the essence of retelling stories by providing a permanent home for the words strung together by one individual to be passed around later like moonshine around a campfire. We strive to share the best with our readers and help promote the work of individuals who pour their lives into their craft.

Ashden Review is a project for independent study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After Spring Semester 2018 Ashden Review will continue as an independent literary journal. The first issue will be a project for the class. After the first issue, Ashden Review will print issues on a biannual basis on its own.

Tayden Bundy

Why did you start your publication?

I started Ashden Review because I am currently an English major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I wanted to utilize what I have learned while attending classes. I am a writer myself and I understand that being published is something that most writers aim for, I wanted to be a part of that, and I wanted to help others achieve their dreams. I also interned for Prairie Schooner and found the experience incredibly rewarding.

What is the most gratifying element of publishing the written word?

I love being able to allow others to share their art. As a writer, I understand how important publishing can be. When a writer works hard and creates something beautiful, others should be provided the opportunity to be exposed to that talent.

What are your happiest memories in your writing/publishing career?

Being published for the first time stands out. I have been writing since I was a child and being able to see my work in print was incredible. Now, I hope to be able to share the work that others produce so that they can receive that same feeling.

How do you handle success and failure?

We are currently working on our first issue so I am keeping a level head. There are a lot of literary journals and finding the right place for your work can be difficult. I hope that writers and photographers will find a place for their work within the first issue of Ashden Review so that we can set a platform to build on and grow in the future. As a writer, I understand that being rejected is a part of the process. I take the comments and rejection letters seriously and I move forward from there. Being rejected is difficult, but it is simply a part of the process.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

I write because I love to write. I can’t go a few days without sitting down and writing. I think that the love for what I do is what keeps me going when I am exhausted. I always find time for what I love.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

My advice to young and new writers is to keep on writing and read all that you can get your hands on. Also, don’t let rejections get you down. They are a part of the process. Take advice from other writers and work everyday to make yourself better. The only way to become a better writer is to write.

Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)

I am a traditionalist. I actually have never owned an eBook. I love the way a book feels in my hands. I love the smell. I look at computer screens all day and a book allows me to get away from that.

Do you blog?

I currently do not blog. I never really got into it. I suppose I might someday, but as of right now I haven’t jumped on that train.

Do you self-publish?

I have not self-published any of my work, but I am not opposed to it. I think that if I get to the point where I feel that is the best route for me I will take it. As of right now, however, I haven’t felt the need to do so. I respect anyone who is able to self-publish and get their work out there.

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

We are currently working on our first issue. We are open for submissions until December 31st and will hopefully be publishing in the spring of next year. We accept all genres.

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