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Published June 26, 2016
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March/April Fiction Open competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers. Stories generally range from 3000-6000 words, though up to 24,000 is fine. The next Fiction Open will take place in July. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Taiyaba HusainFirst place: Taiyaba Husain [pictured], of Mumbai, India, wins $3000 for “How You Respond in an Emergency." Her story will be published in Issue 99 or 100 of Glimmer Train Stories. This is Taiyaba's very first published story!

Second place: Edward Porter, of Oakland, CA, wins $1000 for “Storm Dogs” and publication in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Anne Vinsel, of Salt Lake City, UT, wins $600 for “Goyische Turkey with Post-its.”

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

Deadline soon approaching!
Short Story Award for New Writers: June 30
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize wins $2500 (increased from $1500!) and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published June 20, 2016

ninth letterAmong the blue-font decorated pages of the latest issue of Ninth Letter, readers will find an art feature and interview with Bert Stabler and Katie Fizdale, a look at Detroit by Caitlin McGuire in the “Where We’re At” section, and the 2015 Literary Award Runners-Up, listed below.

Creative Nonfiction:

Julie Marie Wade, “The Regulars”

Fiction:

Zach VandeZande, “Status Updates”

Poetry:

Monica Sok, “Here Is Your Name”

Rachael Katz, “All About Flash”

Check out all the other goodies inside this new, shiny (no, really, it’s literally shiny) issue of Ninth Letter and grab yourself a copy.
Published June 17, 2016

rhino 2016The 2016 issue of RHINO is out and includes the 2016 Editors’ Prize winners and the 2016 Founders’ Prize winners inside.

Editors’ Prizes 2016:

First Prize

Lee Sharkey, “Tashlich”

Second Prize

Catherine Wing, “Report from the Neandertal Mind”

Honorable Mention

Teresa Dzieglewicz, “Stranger, thank you for giving me this body”

Translation Prize

Anonymous translated from the Anglo-Saxson by Bill Christopherson, “The Seafarer”

Founders’ Prize 2016:

First Prize

Greg Grummer, “The Great Butterfly Collapse”

Runners-Up

Katie Hartsock, “On the Heat of Upstate Travel in the Advancing Polar Air”

Teresa Dzieglewicz, “St. Maria Goretti speaks to the girl”

Readers can find these poems on the RHINO website, with a full table of contents linking to the writers’ websites.

Published June 16, 2016

december v27 n1 spring summer 2016The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of december features the winner and finalists of the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize (with submissions opening back up in autumn). This year, the magazine received over 1,200 contest entries, which were then narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists. From these selections, judge Marge Piercy selected the following for the winner, honorable mentions, and finalists.

First Place:

Jim Dwyer, “Enlightenment”

Honorable Mention:

Kate Gray, “Reassurance” and “For Every Girl”

Finalists:

José Angel Araguz, “Cazar Means to Hunt Not to Marry”

Debbie Benson, “Uchi Vallai”

Kierstin Bridger, “Preparing to Sink”

Tova Green, “March Storm at Abbots Lagoon”

John McCarthy, “What I mean When I Say I Don’t Box Anymore”

M.H. Perry, “Cardamom, Osprey, Banff, Us”

Cocoa M. Williams, “Leda on a Stoop in St. Bernard Projects (1974)”

Grab a copy of december’s Spring/Summer 2016 issue to read these poems.

Published June 14, 2016
Carve Magazine offers all of its stories online for free for readers because, the editors write, "good honest fiction should never disappear into obscurity." The Premium Edition is what they call their print issue, which includes content readers cannot find online. The Spring 2016 issue features winners of their inaugural Premium Edition Contest, an annual open October 1 - November 15 for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. One winner in each genre is awarded a $1000 cash prize and publication in the spring print edition. The 2015 contest winners are:

FICTION: Joe Dornich in Lubbock, TX for "The Reluctant Son of a Fake Hero"
POETRY: Moira Thielking in Katonah, NY for "Pirating (Salt Enough)"
NONFICTION: Kerry Muir in Annapolis, Maryland for "Martin"

A full list of semi-finalists and finalists can be found here.
Published June 08, 2016

missouri review spring 2016The Spring 2016 issue of The Missouri Review is titled “Wonders and Relics” and some of the wonders readers can find in the issue include the winners of the 2015 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize.

Fiction Winner:

Emma Törzs, “The Wall”

Poetry Winner:

Phillip B. Williams, Four Poems

Essay Winner:

Genese Grill, "Portals: Cabinets of Curiosity, Reliquaries, and Colonialism"

Excerpts from the winning pieces and a foreword by the magazine’s editor, Speer Morgan, can be found on The Missouri Review website.

Published May 27, 2016
boa editions logoOut now from BOA Editions, LTD. is Remarkable by Dinah Cox, winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize. From the publisher’s website:
Set within the resilient Great Plains, these award-winning stories are marked by the region’s people and landscape, and the distinctive way it is both regressive in its politics yet also stumbling toward something better. While not all stories are explicitly set in Oklahoma, the state is almost a character that is neither protagonist nor antagonist, but instead the weird next-door-neighbor you’re perhaps too ashamed of to take anywhere. Who is the embarrassing one—you or Oklahoma?
In Fall, Kathryn Nuernberger’s poetry collection The End of Pink will be released. The winner of the 2015 James Laughlin Award, The End of Pink (Nuernberger’s second collection) is “populated by strange characters” and is “equal parts fact and folklore.” Copies are available for preorder at the BOA Editions, LTD. website.
Published May 26, 2016
The summer/fall 2016 issue of Gulf Coast, in addition to a lot of great writing for their themed "Archive Issue," includes winners from two of their contests:

The 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation
Judged by Ammiel Alcalay
Winner ($1000 + Print publication)
Samantha Schnee for her translation from Carmen Boullosa's The Romantics' Conspiracy.
Honorable Mention ($250 + Online publication)
Rebeca Velasquez for her translation from Irma de Águila’s El hombre que hablaba del cielo, or The Man Who Spoke About the Heavens.
Brad Fox for his translation from Sait Faik Abasiyanik's novella Havada Bulut, or A Cloud in the Sky.
Commendation
Jonathan Larson for his translation of Friederike Mayröcker's études.
J. Bret Maney for his translation of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner's Manhattan Tropics.

2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Fiction
Judged by Steve Almond
Winner ($1000 + Pring publication)
"Taylor Swift" by Hugh Behm-Steinberg
Honorable Mention ($250 + Print publication)
"The Deer" by Nickole Brown
"Threeway" by Wes Wrobel
Published May 25, 2016
The Hudson Review has announced the winners of their 2016 Short Fiction Contest:

First Prize ($500)
“The Comfort Weaver” by Alia Ahmed
“The Colonel’s Boy” by Timothy Dumas

Second Prize ($250)
“Leah, Lamb” by Dana Fitz Gale
“Shadow Daughter” by Leslie Pietrzyk

Honorable Mention
“Einhorn’s Kosher Palace” by David Klein
“Those Who Burn” by Lara Prescott
“The Wedding at Valocchio” by James Vescovi

Alia Ahmed's "The Comfort Weaver" is published in the spring 2016 issue of The Hudson Review and is also available full-text on the publication's website here.
Published May 24, 2016
The Lamar York Prize honors the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review by awarding $1,000.00 each and publication to a winning story and essay. The 2016 winners appear in the spring 2016 issue.

Fiction Winner
Judged by Tayari Jones
"Y'all's Problem" by Beth Ann Fennelly

Nonfiction Winner
Judged by Dinty Moore
"Trip" by Audrey Spensley

The Lamar York Prize is an annual contest that accepts submissions between October 1 and January 31.

[Cover art: The Baron in the Trees, 2011 by Su Blackwell; detail and artist's statement included in the issue.]
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