Meet Becky


 My secret is this: In love, the first to leave is the winner. In whatever ways you can, leave him. Be the first to exit bed in the morning, the first to close your eyes at night. Deprive him of you, so that he might have opportunity to miss you. Return if you must, but make sure you are always the first to leave. – Becky Mandelbaum


I found my new favorite local writer. Friends, meet Becky Mandelbaum.

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas, which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review, the RumpusNecessary FictionSalt HillGreat Jones StreetHobartMidwestern GothicMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Washington and works in North Cascades National Park. – The Missouri Review

The piece below is EXCELLENT, and I feel like we are soul sisters in our style.

“The First to Leave is the Winner”

Becky Mandelbaum’s pitch-perfect story “The First to Leave is the Winner” features a jilted fiancee who, in the very long run, gets her revenge.  The story appeared in our winter 2017 issue. Mandelbaum also talked with the TMR staff about writing fiction and about her story. You can read that interview here. – The Missouri Review


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