Every year, Nimrod puts out a special issue dedicated to that year's awards: The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. This fall, Nimrod honors the selections made by fiction judge Chris Abani and poetry judge W. S. Di Piero. "The winning stories and poems display a breadth of style and creativity, each one unique in its approach to its subject."
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
Shobha Rao's "Kavitha and Mustafa"
Jill Logan's "Little House"
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
If you wonder how we pick Lit Mag Covers of the Week, it really is just looking at the issue and catching ourselves saying, "Oh, that's a cool!" Exactly what I said when I picked up Whiskey Island issue 64. St. Paul, Minnesota painter Aniela Sobieski, also an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, has her work "Young Buck," oil on canvas, featured on the cover. While still gorgeous, it's not quite in full. Visit her website for the whole picture.
This September/October 2014 cover of Ragzine had been showing up on our slider feature, and each time, I am absolutely drawn to this image. "Ida & Disa" is a photo by Mia Hanson whose interview is included in this issue online.
Number 2 Summer 2014 of Red Earth Review struck me because I recognize that precarious-looking train trestel trusted to hold up a ton of freight through wooded swamp. We have a few of those near where I live, in addition to reminding me of the film scene from Stand By Me. "People Get Ready" is the photograph by Wilma Whittaker.
In the interview, Strayed talks a lot about how it is to share truth in writing and the challenges that come along with it: "I always say, if you're going to show anyone's ass, it had better be your own. Memoir writing is about the journey of the self. It's about saying, this is my subjective view of this experience, and that gives you an enormous amount of power. You get to say what's true; you're the god of that world. So I belive in searching my soul to tell the necessary truths, and sometimes that involves other people, but I always try to do it with a sense of compassion."
In response to a question about what she gains from writing about difficult experiences, Strayed conveys that writing is her own kind of therapy: "I've been able to forgive and understand and accept many of the hardest things in my life via my writing. The fictional character in Torch who is the stepfather, Bruce, is based loosely on my own stepfather. There was no way I could get inside the consciousness of Bruce without loving Bruce, forgiving Bruce, and understanding why he did what he did. Once I did that, I understood why my stepfather did what he did, and it wasn't about not loving me; it was about his own survival. Being able to step back from my own life by going deep into the life of literature has been healing over and over again. There's this strange dichotomy where you have to go deeper into your life while also stepping back from it so that you can craft it into a book or an essay."
The conversation wraps up with a thought from Strayed about the debate on if you need to live in NYC or have an MFA in order to be a writer: "I think that whole thing is so unbelievably ridiculous . . . What I say is, do the same thing as a writer that you do as a human, to seek out the people who inspire you, who comfort you, who challenge you, who enlighten you, who will offer you shelter when you need it and a push out the door when you need it. I root for real life."
This is guide where young authors (as defined by each publication - sometimes it includes college-age) can find places to publish their writing. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a select list of publications in print as well as online that have open submissions with guidelines, an editorial selection process, and a regular print cycle. Some publish only young authors, some publish all ages for young audiences. For more specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website.
Also included in this guide are contests for young writers. These are carefully selected for quality and sensitivity to not wanting young writers to be taken advantage of (with promises of publication and high entry fees). Almost all are no-cost entry with some awarding scholarship money.
This is not a paid-for page or an advertising page in any way. It is a page I have put together as a resource to encourage young writers in their interest.
If you know of other publications or contests that could be added to this list, please e-mail me with information: denisehill-at-newpageswork.com
Here is a short bio from Chinese Literature Today, and you can read a few of his poems on their website: Yang Mu was born in 1940 in the small coastal city of Huilan in east Taiwan as Ching-hsien Wang 珙씀獻. He received his BA in English from Tunghai University in Taiwan, his MFA from the University of Iowa, and his PhD in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at many universities in North America, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, but he spent most of his academic career at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has also served in important administrative positions, including the founding dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Dong Hwa University in his hometown of Hualian and the founding director of the Institute of Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica, the premiere national research institution in Taiwan. He currently holds an endowed chair at Dong Hwa.
Yang Mu has been writing poetry continuously for sixty years. The longevity of his career is matched by his extraordinary creativity, which has exerted a transformative influence on Taiwanese poetry in general from the 1950s to the present. His poetry assimilates the best that the Chinese and the Western traditions have to offer, deftly blending classicism and surrealism, romanticism and modernism. His poetry may be lyrical or dramatic, contemplative or defiant, elegiac or erotic. In an age when poetry is indisputably considered to be minority literature, Yang Mu enjoys enduring popularity among readers of several generations. His accomplishments beyond the realm of poetry are demonstrable in prose, literary criticism, scholarship on classical Chinese poetry, comparative literature, and editing, as well as the translation of poetry.
Yang Mu has been married to Ying-ying Hsia for thirty-five years; they have a son, Bruce. The couple now lives in Taiwan most of the year, dividing their time between Hualian and Taipei.
Columnist Fanfic writer Elizabeth Minkel weighs in on (whether or not) adults (should be) reading YA literature on the New Statesmen: Read whatever the hell you want: why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature.
Princeton University now houses 180 linear feet of materials documenting Toni Morrison's life, work, and writing methods - with more to continue being added.
I guess it's time to re-read Moby Dick and Nathaniel Philbrick's book that shares its title with the Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea so I can keep up with the coming onslaught of comparative news stories and blog posts.
Grad School's Mental Health Problem and When Education Brings Depression are two insightful articles that might just be what someone needs to read or have shared from a friend, and don't discount comics for their reach in portraying psychological illness. [Thanks Gerry Canavan for this trio of links.]
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