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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."

2016 Profane Nonfiction Contest Winner

Published December 06, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
kat mooreThe 2016 Profane Nonfiction Prize winner is “The End of the World" by Kat Moore. She will receive the $1,000 honorarium and publication in the Winter 2017 Issue 3.

Judge Dinty W. Moore [no relation] comments on the winning work: "'The End of the World' is a powerful, intricate, and compelling memoir essay. While other writers might have sensationalized the lurid aspects of heroin use and addiction, Kat Moore uses intimate detail and a matter-of-fact narrative to show just how quotidian the day-to-day life of a junkie can be. Superb writing and voice."

Contest Finalists: "Full Count" by Devin Kelly; "This is a Test of the Emergency System" by Jill Kolongowski; "Newmom" by Molly Pascal; "Pruritus" by JD Schraffenberger.

Profane is a winter annual print and audio journal of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. Every published poem and piece of prose is recorded in the author's own voice.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published December 05, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
woven tale pressIssue #9 of the monthly online journal The Woven Tale Press features the steel scupture "Facing the Elements Blindfolded" by Ruud Schrijvershof, with addtional images of his works included inside the publication. The Woven Tale Press is a fine arts and literary magazine with the mission to grow Web traffic to noteworthy writers, photographers, and artists.
sounder review"Lion" by Cesar Valtierra draws readers in to Issue 6 of The Sounder Review, an online and print jounral of art, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Based in Upstate New York, TSR "strives to question, redefine, and challenge conventional viewpoints; to usurp the definition of reality and truth."

Motion Poems Season 7

Published December 05, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill

motion poems 7The seventh season of Motion Poems has begun. If you're a 'series' watcher and love getting your installment fixes - then tag onto Motion Poems. This season's installments are being produced in partnership with Cave Canem, "a home for the many voices of African American poetry." Motion Poems combines works from great poets with outstanding contemporary filmmakers to create free films for everyone to enjoy. This season, Motion Poems will be releasing each new film monthly via Facebook and posting announcements of the release on Twitter and Instagram, so LIKE and FOLLOW Motion Poems to stay up-to-date with the series. You can also sign up for their quaterly newsletter which includes links to the films as well as other news and updates. The first film in the series is the stunning and leave-you-speechless "How Do You Raise a Black Child?" by poet Cortney Lamar Charleston and filmmaker Seyi Peter-Thomas.

Books :: November 2016 Award-Winning Books

Published November 30, 2016 Posted By Katy Haas

life as it daneen wardropWith November practically over, let’s take a timeout to look back at award-winning small press and university press books published in the past few months.

In September, Rules for Lying by Anne Corbitt was published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press. Winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel, Rules for Lying follows characters through a police investigation that makes them question their memories, allegiances, and actions, all while hiding secrets of their own. Check out the publisher’s website for more information.

Earlier in November, The Ashland Poetry Press released Life As It by Daneen Wardrop. The collection was selected by David St. John as the winner of the 2015 Snyder Memorial Prize Contest. The collection of prose poems (Wardrop’s third collection) features themes of music, family life, spirituality, and more. Check out the publisher’s website for multiple ways to order copies.

Also out this November is The Expense of a View by Polly Buckingham, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The stories explore the psyches of characters, most displaced and disturbed, under extreme duress. Judge Chris Offutt called the collection “a carefully rendered examination of memory, loss, and sadness.” University of North Texas Press’s website has a preview of Buckingham’s collection and ways to order.

Check out these three award-winning books and show your support to small and university presses.

2017 Typewriter Calendar

Published November 30, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
writing disorder calendar januaryThis has got to be the perfect gift for at least one person on your holiday list: a 2017 calendar featuring 12 vintage images typewriters and the women who wield them. The Writing Disorder online quarterly literary journal of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, interviews and reviews is offering this custom-made item, and right now at a 20% discount. Proceeds support the publication - a win-win all around!

Hudson Review Fiction Contest Winner Timothy Dumas

Published November 29, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
timothy dumas hudsonFiction Contest Winner "The Colonel's Boy" by Timothy Dumas is highlighted in the autumn 2016 issue of The Hudson Review, and is available for readers full-text online here. This is his first published story.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published November 28, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
fiddlehead“to pursue the unattainable” (2011; mixed media on paper; 22" x 30") from Carol Collicut's  Marcus Aurelius Series is featured on the autumn 2016 cover of The Fiddlehead: Atlantic Canada's International Literary Journal and looks similar to a form of asemic writing.
into voidPublished out of Dublin, Ireland, this second issue of Into the Void Arts and Literature features "In the Dream I'm Falling" by Zach Moroney on its cover.
southeast reviewNewPages will always favor any lit mag cover that features the Detroit Tigers "D" on its cover. Though the black and white rendition of "An Ode to Farad #1" by Jamea Richmond-Edwards doesn't quite do it justice, readers can find the full-color image inside The Southeast Review v.34 n.2, as well as and interview with the artist by Jessica Reidy.

2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry Winner

Published November 23, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
yusuf saadi malahatYusuf Saadi is the winner of The Malahat Review 2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Judge Steven Heighton selected "The Place Where Words Go to Die" from 519 poems entered in this year's annual contest. Read Heighton's comments about Saadi's work here. Malahat poetry board member Samantha Ainsworth interviewed Saadi and explores questions like "Which comes first, the poet or the poem?" and "Do you have readers in mind when you write poetry?"

Lilly and Rosenberg 2016 Poetry Fellows

Published November 22, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
2016 lilly fellowsNovember 2016 Poetry Magazine features works from the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows: Kaveh Akbar, Jos Charles, Angel Nafis, Alison C. Rollins, and Javier Zamora [as pictured]. The Poetry Magazine website includes the full content from the publication, in addition to recordings of several of the Fellows reading their works. The Poetry Foundation selects five poets between the ages of 21 and 31 years annually for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows, each of whom receives $25,800 to support their further pursuits in writing. Read more about each of the Fellows here.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published November 21, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
new guardThis whimsical "Dinosaur Feeding Frenzy" by Robert C. Jackson on the cover of Vol. V of The New Guard is an oil on linen, three panels sized 48" x 36" or 48" x 108". The issue itself is a contest winners frenzy, featuring winners, finalists and semifinalists of the The New Guard Vol. V Knightville Poetry Contest and the Machigonne Fiction Contest.
catamaran literary readerI couldn't look away from this child's searching expression on the fall 2016 cover of Catamaran. "Via Mal Contenti" by Bo Bartlett is an oil on linen (82 x 56; 2006) is as haunting as Founder and Editor in Chief Catherine Segurson's closing words in her editor's letter: ". . . please remember to vote this November, because we are responsible for the world our children will inherit."

New Lit on the Block :: Sink Hollow

Published November 17, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill

sink hollowSink Hollow is a landmark of Logan Canyon, at the mouth of which stands Utah State University and its iconic Old Main Building bell tower. In the canyon, Sink Hollow refers to a series of depressions that trap cold air, causing the hollows to be noticeably colder than the rest of the canyon. Visitors can expect to find frost on a July afternoon in the sinks.

WLT Women Writers Issue

Published November 16, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
michelle johnson wltThe November-December 2016 issue of World Literature Today is dedicated "cover to cover" to women writers.

Managing Editor Michelle Johnson [pictured] writes in the Editor's Note: ". . . several months ago [the editors at WLT] decided to dedicate the November 2016 issue exclusively to women writers—and women reviewing women writers. The editorial team briefly considered creating such an issue without comment—as if WLT existed in a utopia of parity where all writers in a literary magazine might just happen to be women. But in 2016, giving women the whole issue is still noteworthy even for a magazine like WLT with a strong track record of publishing women writers."

The collection opens with Alison Anderson's "Of Gatekeepers and Bedtime Stories: The Ongoing Struggle to Make Women's Voices Heard," part of The Puterbaugh Essay Series. See a full list of contents here.

The Louiseville Review Celebrates 40 Years

Published November 15, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
louisville reviewThe Louisville Review celebrates 40 years of continuous publishing with its Fall 2016 issue. In her Editor's Note, Sena Jeter Naslund writes, "When I first held the newborn literary magazine in my hands, with great joy and satisfaction in 1976, and placed it alone, upright and wobbly on my office shelf, I thought, Someday there will be a whole row of this journal. That vision has come true, thanks to the initial support of the University of Louisville, the diligence of Karen J. Mann and myself in fundraising and cost-cutting, and to the generous continuing support of both the magazine and our Fleur-de-Lis Press by Spalding University. I thank these institutions, and Karen, the writers who have contributed their work to these eighty issues, and the enthusiastic readers over the last forty years." Thank you TLR and congratulations!

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published November 14, 2016 Posted By Denise Hill
fieldJorge Mayet's De Mis Vivos y Mis Muertos (2008, electrical wire, paper, acrylics, fabric) is featured on the cover of the poetry journal Field's fall 2016 issue. Inside, readers can find a symposium on the work of C.D. Wright, with essays by Jenny Goodman, Laura Kasischke, Pamela Alexander, Sharon Olds, Kazim Ali, and Stephen Burt.
river teethThis fall 2016 cover of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative features the photography of David FitzSimmons, "Sweet Gum and Moon, Ashland, Ohio."
the gettysburg reivewIn keeping with what seems to be a 'tree' theme, this acrylic on panel by Eric Green, entitled "Pole," is just sample of the kinds of stark yet lush images included in his full-color portfolio inside The Gettysburg Review, winter 2016.
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