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Published June 08, 2007
A Convergence of Convergences
"To celebrate the release of Lawrence Weschler's Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, we are launching an extravagant new contest: A Convergence of Convergences. Submit your own convergence—an unlikely, striking pair of images, along with a paragraph or three exploring the deeper resonances. The best contributions will be posted on the site, along with responding commentary from Weschler."

See the list winners at McSweeny's.
Published June 08, 2007
"FAULT Magazine ( is seeking short stories, nonfiction essays, photographs and animated works that deal with human flaws. Each issue of the magazine will focus on a single undesirable characteristic, exploring who is affected by it, the impact it has on individuals, when it can be especially bad (or actually good), and any other aspect of the flaw that is interesting to consider."

More info here:
Published June 07, 2007
Tell Us Your Dive Bar Stories
"Barrelhouse is searching for non-fiction about your favorite dive bar, your best or worst dive bar story, the 'I never thought these letters were true until I wound up shirtless drinking shots of Black House with three old men on a Sunday afternoon' kind of dive bar story. It's not really a contest, but the ones we like best will be published in a special section of our next print issue."

Uh...pseudonyms allowed?

For more info, stagger on over to Barrelhouse.

Published June 06, 2007
Ballyhoo Stories: 50 States Project
Ballyhoo is currently "accepting submissions for all states except California, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Ohio, and Indiana. Stories should show a strong representation of the people and culture of the particular state. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words and have the state as either the subject or the setting. Please be sure to read one or two of our current stories for an idea of what we are looking for."

Stop by Ballyhoo for more info:
Published June 06, 2007
War and the Environment: Cause and Effect

The literary anthology, North Atlantic Review, is open to submissions on war and its effect on the environment or the environment and its effects on war. We invite you to write an essay, short story, poem, song, or journal based on personal experience or philosophy. Please keep submissions under 5,000 words. This is a new section of the journal and will be included in future issues.

For more information: North Atlantic Review Submissions
Published June 05, 2007
Greatcoat - A biannual publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews, and photography, the editors of Greatcoat, "being of relatively sound mind and possessed of radically different literary tastes, do hereby relinquish any claim to rational thought, free time, and dreams of profit; in short, we have no illusions about what makes a literary journal successful."

Nano Fiction: A Journal of Short Fiction from the University of Houston, "NANO Fiction is a non-profit literary journal run entirely by undergraduate students at the University of Houston. We plan to publish twice a year, with issues appearing each spring and fall. Our purpose is to share undergraduate work with others in a form that can be easily digested in a short amount of time."
Published June 04, 2007
Check out Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant blog - Richard Peabody: Mondo Literature - where Ed gives a well-deserved tip of the keyboard to Richard and his life-long dedication "to printing work by unknown poets and fiction writers, as well as seeking out the overlooked or neglected..." publishing "'name' writers — sometimes before they were 'names'." And recognizing that: "As if being an unparalleled literary impresario and entrepreneur isn’t enough, Rick is also a superb poet and fiction writer." If you don't know Gargoyle or Richard or Ed - you can get it all - and then some - in this one read.
Published June 02, 2007
a.magazine: nonfiction narratives of Africa — due to launch in 2007 — is the first exclusively nonfiction literary magazine dedicated to publishing Africa’s stories by writers from across the globe, and, most importantly, emerging and established writers who call the continent of Africa their home. a.magazine is published quarterly, available in U.S. bookstores and to subscribers worldwide.
Published June 02, 2007
Crazyhorse prize judges (Fiction judge: Antonya Nelson, Poetry judge: Marvin Bell) are pleased to announce:

Crazyhorse Fiction Prize Winner: Karen Brown for the story "Galatea"

Fiction finalists: Jacob M. Appel, Kathy Conner, Rick Craig, Diane Greco, and Ann Joslin Williams

Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize Winner: Jude Nutter for the poem "Frank O'Hara in Paradise"

Poetry finalists: Kurt Brown, Colin Cheney, Melody S. Gee, Luisa A. Igloria, John Isles, Joshua Kryah, Gabriella Klein Lindsey, M.B. McLatchey, Xu Smith, and Jared White

The 2007 Crazyhorse Prize Winners receive $2000 each and publication in Crazyhorse Number 72, due out Nov. 1, 2007.
Published June 02, 2007
2River has just released the 11.4 (Summer 2007) issue of The 2River View,with new poems by Philp Brady, Therese Broderick, Ryan Collins, LydiaCooper, Michael Flanagan, Nancy Henry, Laura McCullough, Karen Pape, PetreStoica, and Sally Van Doren; and art from the Underground Series by MeganKarlen.

Take a few moments to stop by 2River and read or print the issue, available as PDF.

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