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Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award Winners

Published December 27, 2014 Posted By
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 January. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

eva-lomskiFirst place: Eva Lomski [pictured], of Melbourne, Australia, wins $1500 for "The Things We Build." Her story will be published in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Francisco Delgado, of Forest Hills, NY, wins $500 for "International Politics." His story will also be published in an upcoming issue, increasing his prize to $700.

Third place: Chris Santiago, of Pasadena, CA, wins $300 for "Flyover Country."

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

Deadline coming up for the Glimmer Train Fiction Open: January 2
Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, 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 – 8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.

Stoneboat Polar Plunge

Published December 26, 2014 Posted By
Sheboygan, Wisconsin is known to us Michganders as the place that breaks the winter storms for us before they head across Lake Michigan to our western shores. Which makes the Stoneboat fundraiser one that truly earns my respect for those kuh-ray-zee editors: On New Year's Day, they will be participating in the Polar Bear Plunge. For those of you in warmer climates who may not be aware of what this entails - imagine filling your bathtub with ice water, strip down to next to nothing... Enough said, right? Feeling the chill already?

The folks at Stoneboat will be plunging into frigid Lake Michigan, or at least going in as deep as their fundraising demands. Which is where you come in: The more money Stoneboat raises before the January 1 plunge, the further they will submerge themselves into the water. Here's their formula of how much and how deep they'll go:

stoneboat-polar-plunge$50 knees
$100 mid-thighs
$150 hips
$200 belly buttons
$250 chests
$300 shoulders

In addition, while they'll take donations in any amount, they are offering the following premiums to donors:

$10 a handmade Stoneboat bookmark
$20 a Stoneboat t-shirt
$50 a one-year subscription to Stoneboat and a poem of your choice (the first 10 lines, or the whole poem if it is 10 lines or less) will be read in the water/at the event*

The asterisk, fairly enough, ensures that no one succumb to hypothermia: "*We will try to read as many poems in the water as possible, and we'll ensure that all selections are read at the event."

So if you're still looking for a post-holiday gift for someone, I'd say the subscription and having the poem read (and recorded) at this event would be a great way to head on in to 2015. Get those Stoneboaters up to their shoulders; really, I think this is one freeze they'd appreciate!


Antigonish Review Contest Winners

Published December 25, 2014 Posted By
antigonish-reviewThe newest issue of The Antigonish Review features winning works for two of the publication's 2014 contests:

14th Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest
Judges: Patricia Young and Peter Sanger

First Prize: Harold Hoefle, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
Second Prize: Michael Prior, Toronto, ON
Third Prize: Joanna Lilley, Whitehorse, YT

10th Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest
Judges: Joan Baril, Reynold Stone, Gwen Davies and Heather Debling
Final Judge: Sheree Fitch

First Prize: Jen Julian, Columbia, MO
Second Prize: John O'Neill, Toronto, ON
Third Prize: Ryan Frawley, Edmonton, AB

SubTropics B-Side

Published December 23, 2014 Posted By
subtropicsI've noticed lately that print literary journals take a variety of approaches to how they use the back cover of their publication. Their backsides might be completely blank, carry over the cover art from the front, feature a separate artwork, be a money-making ad spot for anything from creative writing programs to publishing to chocolates, list contributors - and perhaps even include a tag line for the works inside.

The newest issue of SubTropics caught my eye for something quite different: Using the back cover to publish a contributor's piece. I've seen snippets on the back cover before, but not a whole work. Seeing Amy Hempel's name in table of contents, I went to the end of the magazine to find her work. Not there. I checked the contents again and saw "back cover" where the page number should have been. No kidding. What a great way to both include and feature a writer, and a great way to allow readers to do what we do naturally - look at the cover then flip to the back to get a quick "free" sample.

NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews

Published December 22, 2014 Posted By

After the hustle and bustle of whatever it is you're doing this holiday season, relax, unwind, pop the top off your favorite beverage, and enjoy some of the finest literary magazine review writing anywhere. NewPages reviewers take a thorough and critical look at the newest issues of both print and online literary magazines from around the globe. December's reviews feature and eclectic mix: Arroyo Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Common, The Florida Review, The Lindenwood Review, The Meadow, North Carolina Quarterly Review, Pacifica Literary Review, Pembroke Magazine, Quiddity, Skidrow Penthouse, Upstreet, and The Westchester Review. Whew! And if that's not enough, we have a full archive of past months' reviews and a full index of all the magazines we've reviewed over the past ten+ years. Enjoy!

Give a HOOT!

Published December 22, 2014 Posted By
hootSubscription that is! Still looking for a great gift for someone on your list? One of my favorites is HOOT postcard review of (mini) poetry and prose. This postcard publication arrives monthly with artwork and written work featured on the front and artist and author information on the back. As a postcard connoisseur, I can attest that these are well made - solid paper stock that does not get ruined by the postal machines. Minor smears and smudges of postal inking, but that's a part of the postcard character. If you like your cards pristine or to deliver them yourself, you can also purchase blank sets to send out. HOOT will also send a postcard to someone for you and write a message on the back. I can also attest to their staff having good, clear handwriting! Check them out today.

Rattle Poetry Prize

Published December 18, 2014 Posted By
vanRooyenThe Winter 2014 issue of Rattle features the Rattle Poetry Prize Winner, Craig van Rooyen ("Waiting in Vain"), as well as the works of all of the finalists. A full list of the finalists and more information about the Rattle Poetry Prize can be found here.

Pongo in Your City!

Published December 17, 2014 Posted By
Pongo Teen Writing, long based in Seattle, Washington training writers to work with troubled youth, is now prepared to bring Pongo training to your city!

pongo-teen-writingAccording to founder, writer, and teacher Richard Gold, "The Pongo methodology serves multiple audiences: (1) Therapists and teachers who work with at-risk youth, in private practice or through agencies or in special schools; (2) College students, therapists, artists, and teachers who are interested in starting writing programs in jails, shelters, hospitals, and special schools; (3) College students and faculty in schools of social work, medicine, creative writing, psychology, and education; (4) Staff in institutions, such as jails and hospitals, who are interested in expanding their programming. Multiple agencies, colleges, and institutions can come together to sponsor a Pongo visit and training."

You can read more about the training and a suggested outline for how it could work for you here.


Disability and Poetry

Published December 17, 2014 Posted By
poetryDisability and Poetry is the topic of discussion in the Poetry December 2014 feature "Exchange." Writers Jennifer Bartlett, John Lee Clark, Jim Ferris, and Jillian Weise share views on writing disability, publishing, accessibility, and form and embodiment. There are some startlingly hard-hitting statments, such as Bartlett's "I have resisted the term 'identity poet' when considering my own work; therefore, my biggest challenge is to address my cerebral palsy without poetics and other identities taking a 'back seat' in the process." And later, "I think publishing in poetry is inherently biased; it always will be."

Or how about Ferris's "Disability is dangerous. We represent danger to the normate world, and rightly so. Disabled people live closer to the edge. We are more vulnerable, or perhaps it is that we show our human vulnerability without being able to hide it in the ways that nondisabled people can hide and deny the vulnerability that is an essential part of being human."

The exchange is hard core honest (editors and publishers should be reading this), as well as enlightening for all (including literary event planners). The Exchange is available full-text online here.

Gift Idea :: SIGNED Poetry Broadsides

Published December 16, 2014 Posted By
todd-boss-broadsideHere's a great holiday gift for any poetry lover on your list: limited edition, (some) signed poetry broadsides from The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. I can personally attest to the quality of these beautiful, limited edition, letterpress (some of handmade papers) editions - having purchased a number of them at past AWP conferences. These are absolute collectibles and will definitely impress. Period. End of story. Order now to get them in time - but even late, they're worth the wait (for one, there is a pre-order for July delivery).
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