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Published May 22, 2017
main street ragIn his Spring 2017 Welcome Readers! section, Main Street Rag Publisher M. Scott Douglass offers readers a historical assessment of the publication's genre content. Having originally started as a poetry journal, Douglass says it was from the advice of Dana Gioia and others that he started publishing fiction and then later book reviews. Now, he says, with the Spring 2017 issue, "for the first time ever - the balance has been tipped in the favor of prose." He considers possible reasons for this, but the bottom line: "Main Street Rag needs poetry submissions. We need a lot of them. And we need them as soon as possible or the Summer issue may end up being a totally prose edition."

Whatever you can do to help, readers. The publication DOES accept simultaneous submissions, Douglass assures - though the website may not yet reflect this change in policy. Writers can expect a reasonable report time, and, according to Douglass, a review by "a tougher poetry editor than we've ever had before. . . but that only makes the magazine better." MSR  takes submissions via Submittable; there is a reading fee which is waived for subscribers.
Published May 18, 2017

jelly bucket graphicJelly Bucket, the literary magazine produced by students of the Eastern Kentucky University Bluegrass Writers Studio, has announced their 2017 contest winners:

Grand Prize Winner:
Marianne Peel, “Huckleberries and Homebrewed Boilo”

Fiction Winner
Emma Choi, “What Happened?”

Nonfiction Winner
JC Lee, “Abbatoir Blues”

Poetry Winner
Marianne Peel, “Huckleberries and Homebrewed Boilo”

Fiction Runner-Up
Elizabeth Burton, “Blood Moon”

Nonfiction Runner-Up
Lynn Casteel Harper, “The Meaning of Sovereignty”

Poetry Runner-Up
Amanda Chiado, “Plummet”

Learn more about the winners and judges at the Jelly Bucket website.

Published May 17, 2017
briar cliff review 2017 blogPick up a copy of the 2017 issue of The Briar Cliff Review to check out the winners of their annual contest (which—mark your calendars—opens for submissions every August): 

Fiction
Daniel Paul, “The Last Sun of Kansas”

Nonfiction
Lisa Lanser Rose, “Christmas in the Bitch’s Dollhouse”

Poetry
Jude Nutter, “Ianua: 19 September, 2016”

[Cover art: Michael Crowley, “The Stacks in Long Hall, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland”]
Published May 15, 2017
malahat review n198 spring 2017 blogThe Spring 2017 issue of The Malahat Review, published in memory of Richard Wagamese, features the Open Season Award winners:

Nonfiction
Matthew Hollett, “Kiki, Out of Focus”

Fiction
Rebecca Morris, “Foreign Bodies”

Poetry
Genevieve Lehr, “two tarantulas appear in the doorway during a thunderstorm”

Click the writers’ names above to check out interviews with each on The Malahat Review’s website.

[Cover art: Walter Scott, “Private Eyes”]
Published May 08, 2017
animal cover artAnimal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is "an online lit mag where artists of word and image explore the ephemeral boundary between human and animal." Each month, Animal publishes one story, one poem, and one essay, and for each, there is an accompanying "cover art" image. The Cover Art page on Animal is a collection of truly amazing and stunning artwork that will have viewers on a slow scroll to contemplate and enjoy each piece.
Published May 03, 2017
southern humanities reviewSouthern Humanities Review has been published fiction, poetry, and essays quarterly from the Department of English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama since 1967. The newest double issue (Vol 50.3&4) marks their 50th Anniversary, and features the essay winner of The Hoepfner Literary Award “Time, Sight, Orbs, Memory” by Megan Kerns. Fiction winner “Landfall: A Novella” by Michael Knight and poetry winner “Epithalamium” by Brandon Amico appeared in Vol 50.1&2. Full text and excepts from the winning works can be read here.
Published April 27, 2017
wallace stevens journalThe Wallace Stevens Journal Editors Steven Gould Axelrod and Natalie Gerber introduce readers to the Spring 2017 special issue feature Wallace Stevens and Robert Frost: A Reconsideration with these words: "One of the well-worn ironies of epoch-fashioning in literature is its tendency to position literary oeuvres in ways that serve the need for distinction and contrast without attesting to the surprising overlaps and conjunctions that exist in the lives and careers of the era’s foremost practitioners. This, in a sentence, is the story of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, two modernist American poets who have emerged—more so than most of their peers—at opposite ends of the modernist spectrum."

For a full list of contents, click here. Those with access to the journal through Project Muse can read full text; others can read the beginning portions of each entry.
Published April 26, 2017
anas atakoraIn Poet Lore's Spring/Summer 2017 feature World Poets in Translation, Hodna Nuernberg translates Togolese poet Anas Atakora. Nuernberg introduces the poet, "Atakora writes in a French that is simultaneously limpid and roiled by the undercurrents of Kotokoli, his mother tongue. . . Atakora's genius lies in his ability to draw inspiration from this duality, creating a poetic voice that plays with oppositions as he develops a personal lyricism rich with polyphony and intertextuality."

Nuernberg goes on to explain, "Atakora considers himself to be among the third generation of Francophone Togolese poets, tracing his lineage back to the neo-Négritude writers of the 1960s and 70s. The content-driven and politically engaged writing that characterized the work of the neo-Négritude writers is tempered in Atakora's work by his interest in stylistic invention and by his commitment to liberating poetic language from formal constraints, a sensibility he shares with writers of the second generation, who came of age during the cultural renewal of the 1990s."

Poet Lore Spring/Summer 2017 is available for single issue purchase in the NewPages Webstore.
Published April 25, 2017
boulevardThe Spring 2017 issue of Boulevard (vol. 32 nos. 2 & 3) features the winner of their 2016 Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets. Contest Judge Edward Nobles selected the works of Stacey Walker, who received $1000 and publication of her three poems, "Reading the Signals," "Pockets," and "Grace in War." Honorable mentions went to Hannah Leisman and Craig Van Rooyen. (Cover art: Fafal Olbinski, The Eye of the Medusa, 2017)
Published April 20, 2017
drowing gullThe Drowning Gull online biannual of art, nonfiction, poetry and fiction hails an eclectic editorial staff: Tiegan Dakin, a poet and artist living in New South Wales, Australia; Rebecca Valley, poet and writer living in Washington state; Shonavee Simpson, Australian freelancer from Newcastle; and Katelyn Dunne, a Chicago native currently living in Kentucky to attend university. “Living in different parts of the world,” says Dakin, “makes communication difficult at times. But we all have a common love of publishing, so we try tirelessly to make it work.” Read more...
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