From the University of Iowa Press’s website: “By turns haunting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Charles Haverty’s debut collection charts the journeys of men, women, and children cast out of familiar territory into emotional terra incognita where people and things are rarely what they seem. . . . There are secrets at the center of each of these daring and original stories—secrets that separate these characters from one another but grow in the mind and the heart, connecting them with all of us.”
To be available in October 2015, copies of Excommunicados can be preordered from the University of Iowa Press website.
Quiddity, the international journal and public radio program enters into its eighth year with a couple notable changes. Managing Editor Jim Warner will be handing over the role to John McCarthy, and the partnership with Benedictine University at Springfield has come to close. Quiddity will continue with a new relationship with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio's hub-station. As Warner writes, "Sharing our contributors' work with the public-radio audience is a crucial element to our mission at Quiddity and we look forward to sharing more work with you."
Publishing quarterly fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art, including cartoons, the current issue of The Tishman Review is available for free online. All issues are available to purchase as an e-book and in print-on-demand.
Porter tells me they started a magazine "to be DIFFERENT. We wanted to pay our contributors, we wanted to be hands-on editors—not only reading everything that comes in (and often providing feedback) but also editing accepted pieces, we wanted to be open to what authors are creating rather than having pre-determined ideas of what they should be writing."
As a result of their up-to-elbows approach, readers can expect to find a selection of poetry, prose and art that "speaks to the human condition" and "hopefully elicits a response, whether it be emotional or intellectual."
There have been no preset themes for submissions, though themes have appeared from among the works once they have been selected for publication. The editors shared, "We do like to publish work that challenges the 'isms of sex, race, age, etc."
Among those writers whose works have been selected, in poetry: Lauren Davis, Ace Boggess, Barrett Warner, Karla Van Vliet and Jennifer Martelli; in fiction: Tamas Dobozy, Amanda Pauley, Laura Jean Schneider, Lee L. Krecklow, James English, and Mercedes Lawry; in creative nonfiction: Robert Vivian, Jayne Guertin, and Kerrin O'Sullivan.
For the July issue, The Tishman Review will begin mini-contests in which readers (on our website) and the staff vote for their favorite piece in each genre and contributors will win prize monies. The editors hope to continue working on the publication's financial standing so as to increase contributor payments.
All poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions can be made through Submittable. There is a fee to submit works, which the editors felt a need to comment on: "There is a lot of controversy surrounding submission fees. On our website we've posted a Code of Ethics for our journal as we do charge a submission fee. We want each submitter to see what they are paying for. We also host regular no fee submission days that we announce through social media. We do not charge a submission fee for art or craft blog posts."
The Tishman Review also accepts submissions of book reviews and craft essays for the Craft Talk Blog (there is no pay for these contributors, but the byline is worth it – the blog already has some excellent content that has been featured on NewPages), as well as cover art, interior black and white art, and cartoons.
FIRST PRIZE (shared)
Linda A. Cronin, Cedar Grove, NJ, "Because It's Mine"
Linda Hillringhouse, Englewood, NJ, "The Bristol Plaza Hotel, Wildwood"
SECOND PRIZE (shared)
Dante Di Stefano, Endwell, NY, "A Morning Prayer While Pumping Gas at the Gulf Gas Station"
Abby E. Murray, Endicott, NY, "A Poem for Ugly People"
THIRD PRIZE (shared)
Jason Allen, Binghamton, NY, "Pop"
Kenneth Ronkowitz, Cedar Grove, NJ, "That Summer Between"
A complete list with honorable mentions can be found here.
Judge Karen Russell says of her selection, “The stories in Night in Erg Chebbi are sweeping and intimate and awesomely confident of their own effects. They document staggering, cataclysmic changes—forest fire, flash flood, revolution, murder—as well as the slow violence of grief and degenerative disease. [ . . . ] This is a collection with both depth and breadth, a book dedicated to revealing ‘the universal concealed in the weft of the particular.’ Hamlin spins the globe, jumping nimbly from a treetop lodge on a Brazilian riverbank to the lawn of a governor’s mansion on the eve of an execution to Merzouga, Morocco, ‘gateway to the dune sea of Erg Chebbi.’ [ . . . ] Each story here is a world in miniature, illuminated by the flashbulb bursts of Hamlin’s luminous, controlled prose.”
Available in August, readers can preorder a copy of Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories on the University of Iowa Press website.
First place: Spencer Hyde [pictured], of Franktown, CO, wins $1500 for "Light as Wings." His story will be published in Issue 97 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first major fiction publication.
Second place: John Patrick Sheridan, of Schenectady, NY, wins $500 for "The Narrators."
Third place: Steve Lambert, of St. Augustine, FL, wins $300 for "Fishing with Max Hardy."
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline coming up for the Fiction Open: June 30
Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly, and first place is $2500 plus publication in the journal. This category has been won by both beginning and veteran writers - all are welcome! There are no theme restrictions. Word count generally ranges from 2000 – 6000, though up to 20,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.
Pilgramage editors write, "The organization has a valuable mission and takes powerful photos that are haunting and tender. The photography intersects with the issue's words by encouraging us to look closer and take no detail for granted. It risks sentimentality and makes us look closer at an intimate moment for families. At the core of it, NILMDTS offers a uniquely valuable service to parents in need and navigates the tough terrain of grieving and celebrating life simultaneously. We encourage you to learn more and support NILMDTS at https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org."
"The Long Study" by Alexei Perry Cox
"Last evening I stumbled" by Carla Barkman
"Apple to Apple" by Susan Hughson
"pass this note" by Domenico Capilongo
Judge Lisa Graley, winner of the previous year’s poetry award, says of her selection, “This is sinewy writing at its most sturdy and tenacious. His—tangle of silk and muscle—is sure to stagger and transfix.”
More information about the Gival Press Poetry Award and We Deserve the Gods We Ask For can be found at the Gival Press website.
James Wright Poetry Award
Oliver de la Paz, Judge
Winner: "Mapping the Tongue" by Geetha Iyer
Runner-Up: "Iki Dugno," by Keith Kopka
Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
Alissa Nutting, Judge
Winner: "Postcard from a Funeral, Cumberland, Maryland, October 16, 1975" by Miles Harvey
Runner-Up: "The Turnip Girl," by Laura I. Miller
See the full list of finalists as well as judges' comments on the winning works here.
Shaun explains: "Writing Maps are created to suit writers of all genres and levels. Writing Maps are devised to inspire stories, spice up your writing routine, expand your work, develop work-in progress, and make sure you have writerly fun in ways that'll surprise you." There are currently 16 maps available with more planned, such as Writing School Map and Write Around the Garden.
In addition to the Writing Maps, Shaun is editor of The A3 Review, a publication folded in the same style as the maps, featuring poetry and prose with a 150 word limit. With room for a cover and back cover, 14 writer's works can be featured in each publication. The contributors come from a monthly writing contest in response to changing prompts. Current and upcoming prompts: Green Things; Journeys; Hands. Contest winners receive a cash prize, with two works selected each month for publication in The A3 Review.
Online literary magazine Subprimal Poetry Art is having a contest to select the theme for their next issue. They are looking for submissions of a theme title and description of approximately 100 words. There is no entry fee to submit to this contest and you can enter up to three times. The winner will receive $50 USD.
The deadline to enter is July 28th. Subprimal Poetry Art suggests taking a look at past issues and themes before submitting. You can find full guidelines and details here: subprimal.com/contests.
From the editors: “Parisio’s wise and moving words emerge from his training as a naturalist, teacher, journalist, and conservationist. This is a book of poems written by a poet who pays keen attention to the natural world that is quickly being destroyed. It is an important book for our time.”
Parisio has worked as an interpretive naturalist for 40 years and is a nature columnist for the local paper in New Paltz, NY. His work can be found in three regional anthologies, as well as The Kerf, Spillway, and Common Ground Review, among other journals.
Fredric Price, founder and publisher of Fig Tree said, "We typically describe 'American' as dealing with the people or institutions of the United States; this does not mean that the protagonist must be a citizen or that the action must take place exclusively within our country. But the book needs to be grounded in American values, culture or history and American readers need to be able to identify with the characters and the story. For us, the 'Jewish experience' means engaging with what it means to be a Jewish American, or how one goes about his or her life practicing (or denying) his/her Judaism, or how one copes with Jewish identity, or deals with social/political/cultural issues associated with being Jewish or interactions between/among Jews and other groups."
Fig Tree accepts agented and unrepresented manuscripts and pay competitive advances and standard royalties. All of their books will be available in print and e-format, and promoted using a combination of traditional and social media approaches.
First Prize Creative Nonfiction
Dogwood Grand Prize
"Los Ojos" by Daisy Hernández
Judge Jill Christman
First Prize Poetry
"Under The Tongue" by Ed Frankel
Judge Mark Neely
First Prize Fiction
"We'll Understand It By and By" Rosie Forrest
Judge Rachel Basch
A full article with judges' comments can be read here.
Also check out this interview with artist Shanna Melton, whose gorgeous painting of Espranza Spalding is featured on the cover.
Lisa Sewell was recognized in 2014 with her winning collection Impossible Object, selected by Series Editor Leslie McGrath for “its eloquence, originality, cohesion, and craft.”
Released in April, readers can pick up copies of Impossible Object from the publisher’s website or from SPD.
While Litro Magazine Editor Eric Akoto claims he won't attempt to give a full understanding of the history of Detroit that led it to becoming "the symbol of the American urban crisis," his introduction to Litro #143: Detroit does a pretty darn good job. More importantly, this issue's content focuses on the "hope for this once great city to rise again and rebuild itself."
Content includes fiction by Dorene O'Brien, "Way Past Taggin'," which takes readers inside the sub-culture of Detroit's graffiti artists, and Patricia Abbott's dark and gruesome story "On Belle Isle" about a photographer obsessed with photographing images of dead corpses. Amy Kaherl, one of the founding members of Detroit Soup, writes about her Detroit and its community in "A Community through Dialogue." A Q&A with Detroit photographer Amy Sacka explores her project "Lost and Found in Detroit," a photo series that began as a 365-day photo essay, where she literally took a photo a day, and has now extended to "The next 500 days." The issues closes with Bram Stoker Award and Locus Award winner Kathe Koja, who considers Detroit's new status in "The Limbo District."
Litro is fully available online as well as on Issuu.
"Nearly 9 million people call the five boroughs home," Rattle editors write, "squeezing into a land area of just 305 square miles. How does life in such a unique locale enter into the poetry, and what do New Yorker poets have in common? We explore, in the smallest regional theme we've ever done."