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michigan quarterly review"Why our continuing attraction to Greece?" writes Keith Taylor in his introduction to the newest issue of Michigan Quarterly Review. "There is something in that small country out there on the edge of Europe that doesn't feel like the rest of the continent. Part of the attraction is certainly to the very different modern history, and to a landscape shaped by human use yet still oddly wild. . . . And, at the risk of belaboring the obvious, we continue to be drawn to Greece by the weight and presence of the classical tradition. We have tried to expand our canon and assume the influence of other traditions, but whether we like it or not, Western ideas continue to reflect the ideas first thought on those dry hills."

Michigan Quarterly Review Fall 2016 presents Returning to Greece: A special section of poetry on Greece with work by Lauren K. Alleyne, Christopher Bakken, Natalie Bakopoulos, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, and Allison Wilkins.

Wallace Stevens Journal Celebrates 40

Published January 11, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
wallace stevens journalWith its Fall 2016 issue, The Wallace Stevens Journal celebrates 40 years of publishing scholarly articles, poems, book reviews, news, and bibliographies. In his Editor's Column, "The Wallace Stevens Journal in the Age of Electronic Reproduction," Eeckhout is able to quantify the popularity, and correlating usefulness, of the journal being made accessible via Project Muse five years ago. Sifting through massive amounts of data, Eeckhout is able to distill numerous points of meaning and their impact on the journal's continuing success. What works have been most downloaded, from which institutions - and finding among the names Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and North Hennepin Community College, which are the top-most universities downloading, the popularity of specific issues (often themed), full-issue download vs. table of contents only, and more. Eeckhout comments on the how this data provides insight into, not only the world's continued interest in Stevens's work, but in the impact of The Wallace Stevens Journal in providing a place for a community of like-minded people to share their interests, explore them, and perhaps discover them for the first time. Four decades of worthwile effort we hope to see continued long into the future.

Gulf Coast 30th Anniversary

Published January 10, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
gulf coastWith their Winter/Spring 2017 issue, Gulf Coast celebrates its 30th anniversary. "Preparing for this milesone issue," write the editors, "we too tracked the past, interviewing Phillip Lopate and exploring the works of Donal Barthleme. We lingered over Barthelme's collage. They are inventive and uncanny, encouraging you to look closer and see differently. In that spirit, Digital Editor, Michele Nereim, embarked on the project of creating the small art-pieces featured throuhout this issue, scouring the Library of Congress digital archives, combining and refashioning old images so they might say something new, connect to now. Like how the wedding of unfamiliar words can forge new ideas. Or bring to light what's already there." Readers can enjoy these contributions along with a full content of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews - including a Q&A with Phillip Lopate - and the section "Art Lies: Art & Critical Art Writing."

Books :: Thrice Publishing Debut Novella

Published January 09, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

our dolphin joel allegrettThrice Publishing, from the editors of literary magazine Thrice Fiction, have published their first book: Our Dolphin by Joel Allegretti. In an interview with Thrice Publishing’s Editor-at-Large RW Spryszak, Allegretti discusses the inspiration for the novella, naming it a tribute to a few of his literary obsessions, including the works of Gabriel García Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, and Fellini.

In Our Dolphin, Emilio saves a dolphin that’s trapped on the beach, an act of kindness the dolphin does not forget. To learn more, check out the Thrice Publishing website for the full interview and ways to pick up some copies of the debut collection.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published January 09, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
concho river reviewThe most recent issue of Concho River Review: Literature from Texas and Beyond features a photograph by Tim L. Vasquez, Ziva-Gato Impressions, that provides me with a ray of warmth during just the start of our coldest months of winter here in the north.
skidrow penthouseWith cover art by Ric Best, the color scheme of issue 19 of Skidrow Penthouse is another kind of warming image - one that invites readers into what Editors Stephanie Dickinson and Rob Cook consider "our best issue yet."
crazyhorseThe reproduction can't quite seem to do justice to the vibrancy of the blue, red, and orange hues on the Fall 2016 cover art of Crazyhorse. "City" by W. Case Jernigan provides a unique perspective, as does the content of this publication. A full list of contents for the current issue can be found here.

New Lit on the Block :: Under a Warm Green Linden

Published January 06, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill

green lindenBuy a broadside; plant a tree.

I can’t imagine a more unique approach to both printing poetry to share with the world and planting trees to renew the planet. It is the creative genius of Under a Warm Green Linden, an online journal of poetry and poetics which publishes poetry (including audio recordings of poets reading their work), interviews with poets, reviews of poetry books, and poetry broadsides. Reviews and interviews are published throughout the year while the poetry journal featuring 24-30 poets is published twice a year, on summer and winter solstices.

Books :: February 2017 Sneak Peek

Published January 05, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

christopher kang blogNext month, readers can look forward to the publication of two award-winning books: Small Crimes by Andrea Jurjević and When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other by Christopher Kang.

Andrea Jurjević won Anhinga Press’s 2015 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry with Small Crimes, which begins during the early 90s, the speaker living their adolescence during the Croatian War, and then moves on to post-war years and life in America. Judge C. G. Hanzlicek says the collection “is often dark but just as often beautiful” with language that “crackles with energy.” Learn more at the publisher’s website.

Christopher Kang’s When He Sprang From His Bed . . . is a daring book that challenges on every read. Made of 880 stories, the collection won the Green Mountains Review Book Prize, selected by Sarah Manguso. From the publisher: “Each story contains a world, tilted on its own axis, strange, remarkable and bursting with heart.” Read more about the book and Kang at SPD.

Mudfish Poetry Prize Winners

Published January 05, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Mudish 19 features the winner and honorable mentions for their 12th Mudfish Poetry Prize judged by Edward Hirsch:

mudfishWinner
“Wallis-Wallace” by Myra Malkin

1st Honorable Mention
“Letteromancy” by Mark Wagenaar

2nd Honorable Mention
“Visiting Emily” by Michael Miller

A full list of finalists can be found here.

Prairie Schooner Food Portfolio

Published January 04, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
prairie schooner"The very concept of food, the physical presence of it, the way it triggers all of the senses is a central part or live, human and otherwise. Whether abundant or scarce it occupies a part of our daily lives. The pleasure of it, the struggle for it, the fast from it, the feast in it, the joy of it, the worry for it, the nourishment from it, the gift of it, and sadly, in these times, the poison of it. It is, simply put, the inescapable commonality for all living things." So opens Guest Editor Matthew Shenoda's introduction to the Food Portfolio in the Winter 2016 issue of Prairie Schooner.

"In the following pages of this portfolio, each of the contributors approaches the topic with stunning attention in an exploration of the nuanced realities of food and the roles it plays in our lives. . . . To be sure, this topic is largely unending, woven so deeply into our very existence that we may never have enough to say about it. But here you will find a small sampling of the myriad ways we can understand the food of life through the food of language."

Authors whose works are featured in the portfolio include Craig Santos Perez, Uoumna Chlala, Evie Shockley, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Quincy Troupe, Chris Abani, LeAnne Howe, Aimee Nuzhukumatathil, Patricia Smith and Afaa Michael Weaver among others.

This issue is available for purchase in the NewPages webstore, which offers single issue copies of many great lit mags and a flat rate shipping option.

2016 Gulf Coast Prize Winners

Published January 02, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
The 2016 Gult Coast Prize winners can be found in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Gulf Coast:

cassidy thompsonFiction selected by selected by Ayana Mathis
"Destiny" by Mike Alberti

Nonfiction (Essay) selected by David Shields
"Witness Trees" by Cassidy Norvell Thompson
[pictured]

Poetry selected by Rick Barot
"Calisthenics" by Brandon Rushton

Winning author bios and a full list of honorable mentions can be read here.

Big Changes for Sewanee Review

Published January 02, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
george coreBeginning January 2017, you will no longer see the familiar blue cover of The Sewanee Review on your bookstore or library shelves or in the mail. The fall 2016 issue features an Homage to George Core [pictured], editor of The Sewanee Review since 1973, overseeing the continuation of one of the longest-continuously published periodicals in the United States - dating back to 1892. Robert Benson offers an introduction to the selection of essays and notes in honor of Core's retirement, with contributing authors including Dawn Potter, Floyd Skloot, Donald Hall, Jayanta Mahapatra, Sam Pickering, Wendell Berry, B. H. Fairchild, Kathryn Starbuck, Gladys Swan, and many more.

sewanee reviewAuthor Adam Ross has assumed editorial responsibility for the publication and plans to roll out a number of changes beginning in 2017. These include moving away from the traditional blue-covered publication to a cover that will vary with each issue, photo content inside the publication, and more online content for subscribers and purchasers to supplement the print copy. The staff has also expanded from three to five, and submissions are now being accepted online via Submittable.

Readers can most certainly depend upon the quality of the publication to remain high end, with content enhanced from contributors with Sewanee connections - both graduates and writers affiliated with the School of Letters and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Glimmer Train 2016 Sept/Oct Short Story Award for New Writers

Published December 28, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their September/October Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held three times a year 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 January: Short Story Award for New Writers. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

toby wallis1st place goes to Toby Wallis [pictured] of Haverhill in Suffolk, United Kingdom, who wins $2500 for “The Sudden End of Everything.” His story will be published in Issue 100 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be his first publication.

2nd place goes to L. E. Rodia of Allston, Massachusetts, who wins $500 for “Always Arriving.”

3rd place goes to Josh Randall of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who wins $300 for “Pump Head.”

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

Deadline soon approaching for Family Matters: January 2
Glimmer Train hosts this competition once a year, and first place has been increased to $2500 plus publication in the journal, and 10 copies of that issue. It’s open to all writers for stories about family of any configuration. Most submissions to this category run 1000-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. Click here for complete guidelines.

2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Published December 22, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

james crews blog imageSoutheast Missouri State University Press announces the winner of the third annual Cowles Poetry Book Prize, held in honor of Vern Cowles: James Crews of Shaftsbury, VT with his winning manuscript Telling My Father.

Readers may recognize James Crews’s work which has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals. No stranger to writing award-winning books, his first poetry collection The Book of What Stays won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Books of the Year Award. Telling My Father will be published by Southeast Missouri State Press.

2016 Raymond Carver Contest Winners

Published December 21, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
Winners of the 16th annual Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Contest can be found both in the Fall 2016 print issue of Carve as well as online here. Guest Judge Caitlin Horrocks selected the following works:

carveWinners of the 2016 Raymond Carver Contest

1st place
"And It Is My Fault" by Janet Towle

2nd place
"Come Down to the Water" by Emily Flamm

3rd place
"A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse" by Sam Miller Khaikin

Editor's Choice
Selected by Anna Zumbahlen
"Mostly Sunny (With a Slight Chance of Rain)" by Chelsea Catherine

Editor's Choice
Selected by Claire Schadler
"A Wave Breaking" by Phoebe Driscoll

Books :: Forthcoming from Mad River Books

Published December 21, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

dont come back lina maria ferreira cabeza vanegasOhio State University Press has announced Mad River Books, their new literary imprint. Mad River Books will publish diverse and creative literary writing that’s both artistic and daring as they push boundaries, explore uncharted areas, and generate new ideas.

One of the first books under this imprint is Don’t Come Back by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, who won the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. The collection of lyrical and narrative essays, experimental translations, and reinterpreted myths explores home, identity, family history, and belonging while examining what it means to feel familiarity but never really feel at home.

Copies of Don’t Come Back are available for pre-order at the Ohio State University Press website, or readers can sign up to be alerted when the book is published without pre-ordering. While at the website, readers can also check out the other books forthcoming from the Mad River Books imprint.

Books :: 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize Runners-Up

Published December 20, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

kill the dogs heather bell blogBack in September, we let you know about Zeina Hashem Beck’s prize-winning chapbook 3arabi Song. Fans of Beck’s chapbook, chosen out of 1,720 entries to the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, may also enjoy the chapbooks of the three runners-up: Kill the Dogs by Heather Bell, exploring an overarching metaphor of women fighting dog; Ligatures by Denise Miller, revealing the honesty and depth that is lost when the media reports on murders of black people by police; and Turn Left Before Morning by April Salzano, about the daily struggles when parenting a child with autism.

Subscribers to Rattle received 3arabi Song with their copy of the literary magazine earlier in the year, and then received one of the three runners-up with the latest issue, good motivation for subscribing to magazines.

Submissions to the 2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize are now open until January 15, so consider submitting while you’re picking up copies of last year’s four chosen chapbooks.

2016 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Published December 20, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
kenyon reviewEncouraging sophomore- and junior-aged writers around the globe, the annual Kenyon Review's Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers awards one writer publication and a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Two runners-up receive publication. The Nov/Dec 2016 Kenyon Review features Winner Alyssa Mazzoli, "Death Uses a Lot of Laundry Detergent," and Runners-Up: Carissa Chen, "Parable," and "Annalise Lozier "f(x)." Editor at Large Natalie Shapero offers an introductory comments on the poems as well. Each of the works can be read on the Kenyon Review website along with past winning entries. The contest is open annually from Nov 1 - 30. There is no entry fee.

Rattle 2016 Poetry Prize Winner

Published December 19, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize is one of the best-known both for its prestige and for its prize. The winner recieves $10,000 plus publication, and ten finalists also receive publication and the chance to be selected by subscribers for the $2000 Reader's Choice Award (voting takes place December 1, 2016 – February 15, 2017). The Winter 2016 issue of Rattle (#54) includes:

rattle2016 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner
Julie Price Pinkerton, “Veins”

Finalists
Noah Baldino
Ellen Bass
C. Wade Bentley
Rhina P. Espaillat
William Fargason
Ingrid Jendrzejewski
David Kirby
Craig Santos Perez
Emily Ransdell
Patrick Rosal

In addition, six other poets' works were offered standard publication in future issue: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Leila Chatti, Chera Hammons, Liv Lansdale, Christine Potter, and Wendy Videlock.

2016 Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Fiction Winner

Published December 15, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
farah aliJudge Gish Jen has selected Farah Ali’s “Heroes” as the 2016 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, which is published in the newest issue of Colorado Review (43.3 Fall/Winter 2016). A finalist in other contests, this is Ali's first published story, and she has a collection of short fiction in the works.

Books :: December 2016 Award Publications

Published December 14, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

garage just torch it dylan debelis blogDylan D. Debelis’s poetry and vignette collection The Garage? Just Torch It. was published earlier this week from Vine Leaves Press. A semi-finalist in the Vine Leaves Annual Vignette Collection Award (submissions currently open until February 28), this collection is, according to the Vine Leaves website, a “rally cry for the healing power of wonder and the disarming catharsis of grief.” Debelis “balances themes of belonging, love, politics, illness, family and forgiveness with stunning imagery and an intense playfulness.” Paperback and e-book copies are available at the publisher’s website.

Published by BkMk earlier in the month was Bonnie Bolling’s The Red Hijab. The poetry collection won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by H.L. Hix in 2015, and is written from the perspective of an American poet living in the Middle East. In his foreword to the collection, Hix says it “does not pretend divine perspective, and does not purport to have an answer to the conflicts reported in the news. It does, though, adopt an alternative form of attention and offer an alternative kind of account.” This results in a “more complex portrait than the news presents.” Stop by the publisher’s website to learn more about The Red Hijab.

New from CNF :: True Story

Published December 14, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
true storyNew from Creative Nonfiction is the monthly True Story, a pocket-sized (4.25x6.75) paperback featuring one long-from essay. Spotlighting one author per month, CNF aims to provide readers the widest possible variety of styles and content in their selections. Steven Kurutz's Fruitland headlined Issue 1 (39pp; read excerpt here), and just out, Issue 2 delivers Steven Church's Trip to the Zoo (25pp; read excerpt here). Available in one- and two-year subscriptions, this is a great holiday gift idea for the readers and writers on your list!

Terrain.org 2016 Contest Winners

Published December 13, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
terrain.orgThe 2016 Terrain.org contest winners and finalists have been awarded with comments from the judges on winning entries available here.

Fiction
Judged by Kate Bernhiemer
Winner: “Varya’s Black Suede Shoes” by Peter Justin Newall
Finalist: “Everest” by Scott Spires

Nonfiction
Judged by Lauret Savoy
Winner: “Geography of the Self” by Catherine Mauk
Finalists: “Life After Life” by DJ Lee and “The Fursuit of Happiness” by Meg Brown

Poetry
Judged by Eamon Grennan
Winner: “Boyhood Trapped Between Water and Blood”, a long poem by William Wright
Finalists: “Smoke and Miracles” by Kevin Miller, three poems by Cecily Parks, and three poems by Katie Prince

The next Terrain.org contest is open for submissions in January 2017. Winners receive $500, finalists $100.

Best Holiday Gift Idea

Published December 12, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
Got readers and writers on your holiday gift list? Not sure what to give them this year, or maybe the 'blank book' idea is wearing thin? How about a gift basket of top-notch literary magazines? Every reader and writer will appreciate having a selection of the newest issues of the country's best literary publications, and the NewPages webstore makes it easy as sugar cookies to get your hands on these! Just stopy by our webstore, chose any single issue copies you want from a variety of publications, and we will ship them to you (or to your gift recipient) for a flat fee of $3.50 (U.S. Media; other rate options available). A bargain! Want one? Want a dozen? The more the merrier, and the shipping is the same. So stop on by this week and get your holiday shopping done!

Indiana Review Annual Poetry & Fiction Prize Winners

Published December 08, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
The Winter 2016 (38.2) issue of Indiana Review features the winners and runners up of their annual poetry and fiction contests:

Winner 2015 Fiction Prize
Judge Laura van den Berg
Simon Han, "Be Tanly"

Winner 2016 Poetry Prize
Judge Camille Rankine
Alicia Wright, "His Father's Wake"
Finalists 2016 Poetry Prize
Anna Leigh Knowles, "The First Year We Lived Underground"
Talin Tahajian, "Hibernation"

Broadsided Call for Writing and Art NoDAPL

Published December 07, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
burn barrelIn addition to the December 2016 Broadsided Collaboration: Burn Barrel, art by Sarah Van Sanden, poem by Todd Davis, Broadsided Press is offering the community "a powerful collaboration of defiance and hope in the face of difficulty": NoDAPL Responses Feature.

"We want your writing and art in response to the Action at Standing Rock," write the editors. "In the past, we've provided art for you to spring from. This time, we want to open our submissions to visual artists as well as writers. Guest editor Tiffany Midge will help select final pieces. We waive submission fees for those directly involved in the resistance. Please help share the word."

Broadsided Press was founded in 2005 and publishes an original literary/artistic collaboration each month for download with the mission, quite simply, "to put literature and art on the streets."
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