Literary taxidermists take the first and last lines of a piece of writing (often a novel, but sometimes a short story or poem) and then use those lines as the beginning and ending of a new, wholly-original work. The idea originated in a book of short stories called The Gymnasium by Mark Malamud, "re-stuffing" what goes in-between the opening and closing lines of classic works by Milan Kundera, Virginia Woolf, Ian Fleming, and others. The Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition has tasked writers with stitching up the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Langston Hughes, A. A. Milne, Katherine Mansfield, Aldous Huxley, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury, and Dorothy Parker.

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From a chance encounter to a planned revenge, from a skeptical bride to a gun-toting NannyBot, from a lovesick angel to a text-messaging devil, from a homeless cat to a misunderstood hen—you've never read collections like these!




We're always on the lookout for interesting events related to literary taxidermy, including readings and workshops. If you know of any events—or would like to put one on yourself—let us know! We'll post them here.

In celebration of the fifth year of the Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition, we're pleased to present a series of readings by some of the remarkable literary taxidermists who have particiated in our competition. It's a great way to visit (or re-visit!) some of the most-exciting stories and poems from all seven anthologies of literary taxidermy from Regulus Press. You'll get to hear each story (or poem) in its entirety, and learn a little bit about how the piece came to be written.


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