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Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published October 23, 2014 Posted By

Arcadia's cover issue, as well as a selection included art within the issue, comes from Tammy Brummel, a freelance graphic designer in Oklahoma City. "My process involves compiling a library of photos and layering them on backgrounds," she writes. "I then add graphics along with other elements until they begin to react with one another and built a story."


Katelin Kinney contributes the cover art for the latest print edition of Thrice Fiction. She uses the methods learned from her BFAs in fine art painting and fine art photography to "create digital paintings where photos begin to morph into surreal worlds of fantasy and conceptual dramatizations.


Morgan Schweitzer created this cover art especially for The Normal School. "We stumbled on his work for another magazine and flattered him relentlessly until he agreed to do our cover," write the editors. "A longtime pro in animation and commercial illustration, he has a ton of range, so when we cut him loose on the cover we didn't really know what style would emerge, only that we were going to be excited about it."

DHQ Explores Shakespeare in a Digital Environment

Published October 23, 2014 Posted By
The newest issue of Digital Humanities Quartely is now available online and features an editorial by Martin Mueller, "Shakespeare His Contemporaries: collaborative curation and exploration of Early Modern drama in a digital environment," as well as articles on a range of digital issues: "Social Networks and Archival Context Project: A Case Study of Emerging Cyberinfrastructure" by Tom J. Lynch, "Digital Caricature" by Sean Strum, "J. M. Coetzee's Work in Stylostatistics" by Peter Johnston, and "Computers, Comics and Cult Status" by Jaime Lee Kirtz. DHQ accepts a wide variety of submissions: articles, editorials, reviews, and interactive media.
QueenNon-Sequitur by Khadijah Queen is the winner of the second Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. The award will presented, with a reading of the winning play directed by Fiona Templeton, on Monday, November 17th, 8:00pm  at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, New York NY 10014.

In addition to the reading, the winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and print publication of winning play by Litmus Press. And from this round on, the award will be biennial, with the winning play also receiving full production in the following year. The next call for entries will be in 2016.

In memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance, the Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance.  It wishes to encourage women writers who are taking risks with the playwriting form by offering the opportunity to gain wider exposure through readings and productions. The award also seeks to increase public awareness for this vibrant contemporary field.

Joyelle McSweeney was the winner of the inaugural award for her play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks.

Call for Submissions :: Responses to Ebola

Published October 22, 2014 Posted By
pdjdwkteFrom Broadsided Press:

The impact of the Ebola virus is devastating. People around the world are mustering to offer aid. In addition to physical and monetary assistance, we can offer solidarity, hope, and art. These things matter, too.

At Broadsided Press, we believe art and literature are as necessary as the news to understanding the world. They demonstrate the vitality of our interconnectedness.

Broadsided Press artists Ira Joel Haber, Amy Meissner, and Maura Cunningham (see below) have offered artwork in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

We now invite you to respond with words.

Send us stories or poems inspired by the images we've posted (along with guidelines) at Broadsided Responses: Ebola

Deadline: November 20, 2014

No fee for entry.

Please share this announcement widely. We'd like to welcome as many people as we can to participate.

Glimmer Train Award for New Writers Winners

Published October 21, 2014 Posted By
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their August Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition will take place in August. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

JohnThorntonWilliams1st place goes to John Thornton Williams [pictured] of Laramie, WY. He wins $1500 for "Darling, Keith, The Subway Girl, and Jumping Joe Henry" and his story will be published in Issue 95 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first print publication. 

2nd place goes to Stefan De La Garza of Fayetteville, AR. He wins $500 for "Chiaroscuro."

3rd place goes to Laura Jok of Houston, TX. She wins $300 for "As It Were."

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline soon approaching! Very Short Fiction Award: October 31. This competition is held quarterly, and 1st place has been increased to $1500 plus publication in the journal. It's open to all writers, with no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000. Click here for complete guidelines.

Getting the BANG!

Published October 19, 2014 Posted By
RogerBonairAgardTNGThe independent print literary review, The New Guard, has a unique monthly featured entitled BANG! Run as a kind of contest, BANG! showcases individual authors for one month. Each author installment is made up of three pieces in any combination: poetry shorts (20 lines) or fiction or nonfiction (500 words each) for thirty days. Bang! pieces are not published in The New Guard; the work is meant to be very short—flash-short—so that the pieces on Bang! serve as a kind of calling card for the author. Bang! installments run from the first to the first of every month. Writers are invited to submit their previously unpublished works for this feature year round.

The October BANG! author is native of Trinidad & Tobago, Cave Canem fellow, and author of three full length collections of poetry, Roger Bonair-Agard. He is an invited contributor. Former BANG! authors include Alexandra Oliver, Mike Heppner, Marc Mewshaw, Timothy Dyke, Marcia Popp, Quenton Baker and Lissa Kiernan.

American Life in Poetry :: Robert Haight

Published October 18, 2014 Posted By
American Life in Poetry: Column 498

Here's a lovely poem for this lovely month, by Robert Haight, who lives in Michigan.

Early October Snow

It will not stay.
But this morning we wake to pale muslin
stretched across the grass.
The pumpkins, still in the fields, are planets
shrouded by clouds.
The Weber wears a dunce cap
and sits in the corner by the garage
where asters wrap scarves
around their necks to warm their blooms.
The leaves, still soldered to their branches
by a frozen drop of dew, splash
apple and pear paint along the roadsides.
It seems we have glanced out a window
into the near future, mid-December, say,
the black and white photo of winter
carefully laid over the present autumn,
like a morning we pause at the mirror
inspecting the single strand of hair
that overnight has turned to snow.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by Robert Haight from his most recent book of poems, Feeding Wild Birds, Mayapple Press, 2013. (Lines two and six are variations of lines by Herb Scott and John Woods.) Poem reprinted by permission of Robert Haight and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Poet Bruce Bond Wins 2014 Tampa Review Prize

Published October 14, 2014 Posted By
Bruce TFRBruce Bond, of Denton, Texas, has been named winner of the 2014 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Bond receives the thirteenth annual prize for his new manuscript, Black Anthem. In addition to a $2,000 check, the award includes hardback and paperback book publication in 2015 by the University of Tampa Press. A sampling of poems from Black Anthem will appear as a "sneak preview" in a forthcoming issue of Tampa Review, the award-winning hardback literary journal published by the University of Tampa Press. Bond's book will be released in the fall of 2015.

The judges also announced ten finalists this year:

Brian Brodeur of Cincinnati, Ohio, for "Persons of Interest";
Polly Buckingham of Medical Lake, Washington, for "A Day Like This";
Mark Cox of Wilmington, North Carolina, for "No Picnic in the Afterlife";
Tom Hansen of Custer, South Dakota, for "Body of Water, Body of Fire";
Judy Jordan of Anna, Illinois, for "Children of Salt";
Tim Mayo of Brattleboro, Vermont, for "The Body's Pain";
Robert McNally of Concord, California, for "Simply to Know Its Name";
Joel Peckham of Huntington, West Virginia, for "Body Memory";
Brittney Scott of Richmond, Virginia, for "The Derelict Daughter"; and
Carol Westberg of Hanover, New Hampshire, for "Terra Infirma."

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry is given annually for a previously unpublished booklength manuscript. Judging is by the editors of Tampa Review, who are members of the faculty at the University of Tampa. Submissions are now being accepted for 2015. Entries must follow published guidelines and must be postmarked by December 31, 2014.

Winners of The Enizagam Literary Contest

Published October 14, 2014 Posted By
enizagamThe latest volume of Enizagam, a literary journal edited, designed, and published by the high school students of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts, features the winners of their annual Literary Awards in Poetry and Fiction.

Winner: Kat Harville
Finalists: Laura Jo Hess, Michael Mlekoday

Winner: Mirene Arsanios
Finalists: Alma Garcia, Mary Kuryla

Of Arsanios’s short story, Daniel Alarcon writes: “Mirene Arsanios has written a dreamy, sultry gem of a story. “B” is about love and desire and growing up; about the power dynamic between two girls on the cusp of being young women. I was drawn in by the careful, supple language, and the poetic rendering of a scene that is both mesmeric and utterly real. Bravo!”

Of Harville’s poems Eileen Myles writes: “Kat Harville #1 for me. I love the intense verbiness. It’s wild stuff full of sprung energy, shrinking and pouncing, full of animals and animalism, full of pronouncements: I am the terrible vanilla and you….It’s brave, passionate, fun dark work that is running on its own honor, its own steam and it does not let up and I am never once disappointed in this work. She plays it to the end, a real poet.”

From the Library of Congress, Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Young authors in grades 4-12 can enter, with levels set at 4-6, 7 & 8, and 9 - 12. Different deadlines apply, so see the guidelines.

The Letters About Literature also provides a Teaching Guide with activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.
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