For Rattle #51, the editors put out the call for submissions from women poets with the same great uncertaintly every magazine risks when planning a themed issue or special feature. Rattle editors must have been pleased, as the issue features "a lengthy tribute to 31 feminist poets" selected from "the thousands of poems" submitted. Also included in the issue is a conversation with Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts. The feature explores the question, "What does it mean to be a feminist poet in the 21st century?" Rattle editors surmise: "There might be as many answers to that question as there are feminist poets—each of those featured provide their perspectives in an especially important contributor notes section."
Featured poets: Lisa Baird, Michele Battiste, Roberta Beary, Heather Bell, Claire Blotter, Leila Chatti, Ann Clark, Barbara Crooker, Denise Duhamel & Maureen Seaton, Julie R. Enszer, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Beth Gylys, Kelsey Hagarman, Sandra Kohler, Amy Miller, Abby E. Murray, Jenny Qi, Jessy Randall, Laura Read, Lucinda Roy, Yaccaira Salvatierra, Amber Shockley, Robin Silbergleid, Julie Steiner, Lisa Summe, Katherine Barrett Swett, Kelly Grace Thomas, Amy Uyematsu, Julie Marie Wade, and Sara Watson.
Co-founded by Tracy Bealer, PhD in American literature with an emphasis on 20th century masculinity, and Natalie Leppard, PhD in American literature with an emphasis on 20th century terrorism, Albeit publishes scholarly articles and "practical documents" such as syllabi, lesson plans, and book reviews that can be used alongside an existing course, as a theme, or upon which to build a course. The articles and documents are meant to be accessible to professors and college students alike.
Published twice a year, previous issue themes include Horror (1.1), Failure (1.2), and Women on War (2.1). The current call for proposals is for issue 4.1: Black Lives Matter. Abstracts are due by August 1 with complete articles by October.
Saranac Review 11 features cover and full color internal art by Canadian artists, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, formerly known as The Royal Art Lodge.
The Rag online monthly "focuses on grittier forms of contemporary short fiction," with this issue featuring Alan Shapiro's "Has and Have" with cover art by Matthew Laznicka.
Editor William V. Ray engaged a variety of professionals in the conversation, and while based in Massachusetts, the topic is pertinent nation wide. Participants include: Rachael Avery Barton, Middle School History Teacher; Michael Capuano, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 7th District; Kenneth Hawes, Senior Lecturer in Education, Wellesley College; Phillip James, History Department Coordinator, Lincoln-Sudbury R.H.S.; Véronique Latimer, High School Art Teacher; Arthur Unobskey, Assistant Superintendent, Gloucester Public Schools; Isa Zimmerman, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The Courtship of Winds publishes two online issues per year of poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces, essays, photography, art, and short pieces of music.
“Textures and Contrasts: Starting Points for Travel Writing” by Sheila Madary
“On Asking the Hard Questions” by Silas Hansen
“Becoming a Writer in Due Time” by Chelsey Drysdale
“On Keeping a (Writing) Notebook (or Three)” by Randon Billings Noble
Read these and the newest in brief nonfiction at Brevity.
First place: David Mizner [pictured], of New York, NY, wins $3000 for “Your Swim." His story will be published in Issue 99 or 100 of Glimmer Train Stories.
Second place: Ezekiel N. Finkelstein, of New York, NY, wins $1000 for “Clayton and the Apocalypse – scenes from an earlier life” and publication in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Third place: Karen Malley, of Holyoke, MA, wins $600 for “Fragile.” Her story will also be published in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching for the Short Story Award for New Writers: February 29
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 (just increased from $1500!) and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second/third: $500/$300 and consideration for publication. Click here for complete guidelines.
The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. For a full list of Honor Books as well as a printable color brochure of the award winners, visit the AILA website.
The theme for New Madrid Winter 2016 is "Evolving Islands" and features a selection of essays, poetry, and fiction in response to this theme. The cover art is courtesy of NASA, "Eluthera Island, Bahamas, 2002."
In keeping with Creative Nonfiction's theme "Let's Talk About the Weather," this cover image comes from artist and designer Mark Nystrom's "wind drawings" series. Driven by the weather, this series is a drawing process Nystrom developed using weather instruments and custom electronics that collect wind data that is then digitally interpreted. Nystrom's images accompany each essay in this issue of CNF.
Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction
Judged by Molly Antopol
"The Forest" by Sharon White
Neil Shepard Prize in Nonfiction
Judged by Amy Fusselman
"They're Not Pretending Anymore" by Harry Leeds
Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry
Judged by Mike Young
"I Took to Walking Down the Middle of Highways to Avoid Getting Shot" and
"Pageantry Reigned Supreme at the 128th Veiled Prophet Ball" by Annie Christain
Read a the full list of finalists and winners here.
"Farewell the Beagle!" by Susan Richardson
"Time Awaits Her Arrival" by Susan Cowger
"The Secret Historian" by Elisabeth Murawski
Judge Laura Kasischke writes, "This was no easy task. The poetry submitted to the 20th National Poem Hunt Contest was remarkable. The range of styles and subject matters was vast, of course, but the mystery and loveliness of these many pieces remained consistent. Reading such a wealth of powerful poetry, I felt renewed in my hope for the craft. Any art form that calls so many sharp-eyed, witty, passionate minds to it can never die. In the end, I chose the poems that wouldn't leave me alone, the ones I found myself thinking about for days after reading them."
The Spring 2016 issue of The Gettysburg Review features a full color section of the paintings and collages of Jacqui Larsen, as well as this cover work (oil and collage), Trotting a Fenced Field.
The most literal of the 'making me want to look inside' covers this week is The Missouri Review, themed "Behind the Curtian." This cover image, "Matter," by Logan Zillmer reveals summer behind the curtain of winter - appropriate considering the below zero winchill outside.
Fiction: "Messiah Complex," Michael Olin-Hitt [pictured]. Judge Bryan Hurt writes, "I was drawn into the story by Josh's kinetic voice and hooked by his spirited and smart digressions. The author carefully and subtly adds so many layers: there's sadness and loss but it's met with optimism and empathy.
Poetry: "Slow Motion Landscape," Sam Gilpin. Judge Victoria Chang writes, "here, grass is 'guillotines,' speech 'wrens us in its folding,' and sunsets 'thrum.' The language is fresh and new in this sequence poem, but even more interesting is the mind behind the poem--one that both thinks and sees abstractions and paradoxes that make the reader read and re-read, think and re-think, see and see again."
The winners' works will be included in the 2016 issue, available in June at the Prism Review website.
Applicants should have 1-3 years of experience as an editor/copyeditor with at least a BA degree. The deadline for application is February 19, 2016, so check out the job posting here, and good luck!
But it's a serious let down if the writer can't uphold the promise of such a great opener. No worries here: Townsend delivers. Her essay takes readers through her summer spent at this pond, and it is almost utterly painful when she must separate herself from the place (c'mon - no spoiler here - summers do come to an end).
How many of us know this very experience: "I was homesick for the pond for months after leaving it. I missed the silence and the stillness, nothing but the sound of owls calling at night and wind in the pines. I missed my meditative forays, alone in the canoe. I missed the sight of Grace, reading across the room. But more than anything else, I missed who I was at the pond. Or rather, I missed the way that I forgot myself in its presence. Returning to the normal world and resuming my studies was a letdown after living as elementally as I had. As time passed, I would slowly understand that, without intending to, we had in fact lived more deliberately at the pond than I realized." Double wow.
Read it. All of it.
Open Minds Quarterly is a publication of "poetry and literature of mental health recovery." The winners of their annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers is divided over two publications. The first, second, and third-place poems are published in the spring issue, with honorable mentions following in the fall issue. The Honorable Mentions are "The Rain King" by Thomas Leduc, "Ophelia" by Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, "Observational" by Katy Richey, and "The 4th Floor" by Katy Richey.
Gabe Herron: You have to forget time because it's going to take how long it takes, not one minute longer, not one minute less.
Carrie Brown: I'm interested in how shockingly difficult it is to be good. And I'm interested in our failures in that regard—exactly how we fail and why, how we console ourselves and others, how we forgive ourselves and others, how we fail to forgive.
Stephanie Soileau [pictured]: I believe in storytelling as a way to map and explore the ambiguities of human experience, and it is this belief that motivates me as a fiction writer. Stories have given me a language to express the contradictions in my own experience, and because...
George Rabasa: The fragrant mess is being constantly stirred, the recipe changing, if not hour by hour, certainly from one week to the next: memory agitates, imagination warps, new stuff is learned and enters the mixture.