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Lamar York Prize Winners

Published July 02, 2015 Posted By
amy-clarkThe Chattahoochee Review Spring 2015 includes the winners of the Lamar York Prizes for story, judged by David James Poissant, and essay, judged by Marcia Aldrich. Each winner receives $1000 and publication. This year's recipients are Joel Wayne for "Brother's Keeper" (fiction) and Amy Clark (pictured) for "The Rocks" (nonfiction). A complete list of finalists can be found here.

Books :: John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Published July 01, 2015 Posted By
excommunicados-charles-havertyThe John Simmons Short Fiction Award is open to any writer who hasn’t previously published a volume of prose fiction. Charles Haverty is the 2015 winner with his forthcoming collection Excommunicados.

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: Some Changes

Published July 01, 2015 Posted By

quiddity 8 1Quiddity, 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."


Mississippi Review Contest Winners

Published June 30, 2015 Posted By
mr 43Mississippi Review Summer 2015 is their "Prize Issue," so includes the "The Parents" by Charles Ramsay McCrory, winner of the fiction prize, and "Just Talking to Myself" by Sarah New, winner of the poetry prize. The remainder of the issue includes finalists for each of the prizes. A full list of authors can be found here.

New Lit on the Block :: Tishman Review

Published June 30, 2015 Posted By
tishman-reviewThe Tishman Review gets its name from Tishman Hall, located on the campus of Bennington College where co-founding editors Maura Snell and Jennifer Porter gave their graduate lectures and readings as students in the Bennington Writing Seminars. They are joined by Joanne Nelson, editor for creative nonfiction.

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.

2014 Ginsberg Poetry Award Winners

Published June 29, 2015 Posted By
The 2015-2016 annual issue of Paterson Literary Review generously features all the winners and honorable mentions of their 2014 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award:

paterson 43FIRST PRIZE (shared)
Linda A. Cronin, Cedar Grove, NJ, "Because It's Mine"
Linda Hillringhouse, Englewood, NJ, "The Bristol Plaza Hotel, Wildwood"

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.

Writers Reread Childhood Favorites

Published June 29, 2015 Posted By
brick-95Now this is cool: Brick 95 has a special feature "On Childhood Books" in which 17 writers reread and comment on books of their youth. Featured authors include Marina Endicott, Pico Iyer, Colum McCann, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Melora Wolff, Eugene McCabe, George Murray, William Kowalski, Frank Macdonald, Aga Maksimowska, Sarah Faber, John Goldbach, Eliza Robertson, Yasuko Thanh, Madeleine Thien, Lisa Moore, and Johanna Skibsrud. Some books you may recognize: Black Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Crime and Punishment, Stuart Little, The Hardy Boys, Peter Pan, and many more. Great concept. Great read. Brick includes some samples on their website here.

Books :: Iowa Short Fiction Award

Published June 26, 2015 Posted By
night-in-erg-chebbi-and-other-stories-edward-hamlinThe 2015 Iowa Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press has been awarded to Edward Hamlin for his debut collection Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories.

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.

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their Very Short Fiction Award. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers for stories with a word count under 3000. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in July. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

SpencerHydeFirst 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.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Published June 25, 2015 Posted By
pilgrimage-sleepPilgrimage magazine (v38 n3) features black and white photography from the organization Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS). From the organization's website: "NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring the child's legacy."

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"

Vallum 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

Published June 25, 2015 Posted By
vallum-surrenderThe Vallum Award for Poetry 2014 Contest Winners are featured in the newest issue.

1st place
"The Long Study" by Alexei Perry Cox

2nd place
"Last evening I stumbled" by Carla Barkman

Honorable mentions
"Apple to Apple" by Susan Hughson
"pass this note" by Domenico Capilongo

Books :: Gival Press Poetry Award

Published June 24, 2015 Posted By
we-deserve-the-gods-we-ask-for-seth-brady-tuckerThe Gival Press Poetry Award is held annually. Open to national and international poets, winners receive $1,000 and publication. The 2013 winner, We Deserve the Gods We Ask For by Seth Brady Tucker was published this past fall.

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.

Threatened Languages Dialogue

Published June 24, 2015 Posted By
YMR Spring 2015Yellow Medicine Review Spring 2015 features "Entering Language from Two Directions" a roundtable conversation with poets who work directly with/in threatened languages. Participants include LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jacqueline Osherow, James Thomas Stevens, and Karenne Wood. Megan Snyder-Camp moderates the conversation and begins: "This is a conversation between poets who enter language form two directions: in addition to engaging language on the page in a variety of innovative ways, these poets also work as linguists, translators, and/or language activists...Grounded in our craft, our conversation covered both what these poets bring to the page and also what happens on the page, while also exploring historical and contemporary context."

IR Contest Winners & Graphic Memoirs

Published June 23, 2015 Posted By
IR 37n1Indiana Review v37 n1 features 2014 Fiction Prize winner ("The Passeur" by E.E. Lyons) and finalist ("Come Go With Me" by Nora Bonner), 2014 1/2K Prize Winner ("The Girl Next Door to the Girl Next Door" by Amy Woolard), and, while not a contest winner, a cool "Special Folio: Graphic Memoir" featuring work by Bianca Stone, Douglas Karney, Diane Sorensen, Arewen Donahue, and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.
The newest Mid-American Review (v35 n2) features winners and runners-up of the magazine's 2014-2015 Poetry and Fiction Awards:

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.

Essays on The Alchemy of Print

Published June 22, 2015 Posted By
BirkertsThe Sewanee Review Spring 2015 issue takes a close look at the print world with its theme "The Alchemy of Print." Essays include Sven Birkerts [pictured] on "The Little Magazine in the World of Big Data"; A. Banerjee on T. S. Eliot's editing career, "T.S. Eliot and the Criterion"; Robert Buffington on Allen Tate's time at the Sewanee Review; Stephen Miller on the life of the Partisan Review, "Memoirs of a New York Intellectual Manque"; David Heddendorf on "Reading that Isn't Reading"; John Maxwell Hamilton's "The Gospel on Book Theft"; "Price Control and the Publisher" by James L. W. West III; "Everything an Anchor" by Fred Chappell; "The Man Booker Prize for 2014" by Merritt Moseley; "Remembering Winston Churchill: The making of a Book" by Mel Livatino; and "The Cheever Misadventure Revisted" by Scott Donaldson.

Writing Maps

Published June 18, 2015 Posted By
writing-mapFrom the mastermind of Shaun Levin come a couple of fantastic creations. The first is Writing Maps. Simply designed and beautifully executed, these illustrated maps are printed on sturdy 11x16 paper and folded into eight, making the closed map about postcard size. Each map contains writing prompts related to the subject of the map. For example: Write Around the House: Writing Prompts to Explore the Rooms We Inhabit; Writing Art: Writing in Galleries and Museums; The Café Writing Map: Writing Prompts for Cafes, Bars, Bistros, and Pubs; Writing Things: Writing About Objects and the Things We Carry; How to Write a Story Writing Map; Write Around the Bookshop.

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.

subprimalOnline 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:

owl-invites-your-silence-richard-parisioThe Slapering Hol Press Sanger-Stewart Chapbook Competition is open to writers who haven’t yet published a chapbook collection. Richard Parisio is the 2014 winner with his collection The Owl Invites Your Silence, released this year.

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.

19th National Poetry Hunt Winners

Published June 16, 2015 Posted By
Winners of the 19th National Poet Hunt Contest along with commentary from Judge Carl Dennis are featured in the Spring 2015 issue of The MacGuffin.

macguffin-spring-2015First Place
"Requiem" by Timothy McBride

Honorable Mention
"Voyager Greets Life Beyond the Heliosphere" by James K. Zimmerman
"Moher" by Kevin Griffin

Fig Tree Books Expands to YA

Published June 16, 2015 Posted By
Fig Tree Books, "Publishing the Best Novels & Memoirs of the American Jewish Experience (AJE)," has announced that it is now accepting AJE memoirs and young-adult and graphic-novel manuscripts in addition to literary novels.

fig-tree-booksFredric 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.

Dogwood 2015 Prize Winners

Published June 15, 2015 Posted By
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose #14 features the winners of their 2015 contest. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, with two additional entries receiving $250 each as well as publication.

dogwood-14First 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.

Books :: Tenth Gate Prize

Published June 12, 2015 Posted By
impossible-object-lisa-sewellThe Word Works’s Tenth Gate Prize, “named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets.”

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.

Litro : The Detroit Issue

Published June 11, 2015 Posted By

litro-143While 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.

Rattle Tribute to New Yorkers

Published June 11, 2015 Posted By
rattle-48The newest issue of Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century (#48) features a Tribute to New Yorkers. In addition to a conversation with Jan Heller Levi, recorded live in her Manhattan apartment, the publication features works by "real New Yorkers": Ryan Black, Susana H. Case, Bill Christophersen, Coco de Casscza, Kim Dower, Tony Gloeggler, Linda S. Gottlieb, Michele Lent Hirsch, Jan Heller Levi, Arden Levine, Martin H. Levinson, Peter Marcus, Joan Murray, Harry Newman, Myra Shapiro, Katherine Barrett Swett, and Marilynn Talal.

"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."

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