Every year around this time I try to figure out ways to describe the season’s third Literary Upstart reading as something other than “the third and final semifinal,” but, you know what, fuck it. We have three semifinals, followed by a final. Thus, the third semifinal is the final semifinal. Got it? Good.
So Literary Upstart, the L’s short fiction competition and reading series, brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School, will be holding its third and final semifinal a week from today, next Thursday, at Spike Hill off the Bedford stop, which still has that “new Upstart venue” smell. And that “dollar beer” smell.