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Published June 24, 2007
The Carve Volume 8 Issue 2, Summer 2007

Hybrid
by Stephanie Dickinson
I’m looking at myself in the taxi’s side mirror. You will never get a kiss because you’re invisible, the mirror says, a glare of sun where my face should be...[Read more]

Samurai Bluegrass
by Craig Terlson
Their harmonies teeter on the edge of sweetness and mournful whine. It's that high lonesome sound. The bluegrass band enraptures the pierced patrons, their ghost-white faces tilt toward the stage...[Read more]

Turning the Bones
by Marcy Campbell
Jillian and I are sitting on the hard-packed earth in front of a large fire, the flames illuminating the faces of the others in the circle. The air is saturated with the smell of spice, strong coffee and sweat...[Read more]

If You Don't
by Rob Bass
When Ryan is four and Colleen is two, another toddler comes up to her in the sandbox and kicks over the upside down bucket mold she's just finished patting down to perfection. She throws her hands up in the air and lets loose with a great wail and Ryan stomps over to push the offending party down into the sand...[Read more]
Published June 23, 2007
The summer 2007 issue of Contrary Magazine features the prose poetry of wildlife biologist Patrick Loafman, whose eye for the natural captures the magical. Poetic prose is Contrary's specialty, and you'll find more examples in stories by Thomas King (of McSweeney's and The Believer), Sarah Layden, and Amy Reed. We also have new poetry by C.E. Chaffin, Derek Pollard, Taylor Graham, and Patrick Reichard.

In other news from Contrary:
A poem by Contrary Poetry Editor Shaindel Beers won first place in the Dylan Days Festival, honoring Bob Dylan, in Hibbing Minnesota. Her poem "Rewind" surpassed about 400 poems from 250-300 poets from almost every state and most continents.

Two Contrary contributors have new books out: Mary E. Mitchell's novel Starting Out Sideways (St. Martin's Press), and Corey Mesler's winner of the Southern Hum Chapbook Competition,The Lita Conversation.
Published June 23, 2007
Interesting indeed, given the number of lit mags currently in editorial and financial flux, as noted in the Virginia Times Quarterly Blog. Magazines mentioned include Ploughshares, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Granta, Paris Review, The Antioch Review, and most notably (for their unique response) McSweeny's, facing $130,000 debt has turned to an online auction to raise money (a guided tour of the Daily Show with John Hodgman is still availaible - but hurry).
Published June 22, 2007

Raving Dove is an online literary journal dedicated to sharing thought-provoking writing, photography, and art that opposes the use of violence as conflict resolution, and embraces the intrinsic themes of peace and human rights.

Summer 2007 Contributors: Martha Braniff, Howard Camner, Sharon Carter, DB Cox, Arlene Distler, Michael Estabrook, Joachim Frank, David V. Gibson, Cory Hutcheson, John Kay, Laurel Lundstrom, Caroline Maun, Beverly Mills, Russell Reece, Anthony Santella, Dorit Sasson, Sarah Shaw, Roger Singer, Townsend Walker, Harry Youtt, Changming Yuan

Published in February, June, and October, Raving Dove welcomes original poetry, nonfiction essays, fiction, photography, and art. See submissions guidelines for complete details. Now reviewing work for the winter 2007 edition, which will be online on October 21st.
Published June 20, 2007
Joan Siegel
Getting Ready for Winter


Sunlight hardens like resin.
Squirrels quiver on high branches
stuffing their hoard in hollows.
The cat thickens his fur.
[. . .]

Read the rest on Folio: A Literary Journal at American University
Published June 18, 2007
On Space
by David Gessner, Ecotone Editor

Ecotone, Volume 2 Issue 2

"I admit that it is a strange and contrary impulse to focus on retreat during times of war, when you can’t help but find a military connotation in the word. But one thing I’ve learned from my reading is that retreat often leads to its opposite..."

Read more: Ecotone.
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 (www.faultmag.com) 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: www.faultmag.com
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: http://www.ballyhoostories.com/
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