First 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.
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:
$200 belly buttons
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!
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
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.
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!
According 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.
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.