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Submissions :: Young Writers

Published August 06, 2007 Posted By
Attention Young Writers: Submit your work to be read at an upcoming live production!

If you are between the ages 14 and 21 and enjoy writing, please submit your poems, stories, or essays to be considered for reading at an upcoming live production of A River & Sound Review.

"Writers may submit up to three poems, or an essay or story up to 1,000 words in length. Selection of the work will be based on the literary merit of the submission and its appropriateness for our program. Due to our production schedule and limited staff, it may take us up to three months to notify you of our acceptance of your submission."

See submissions page here: Young Writers Submissions for A River & Sound Review

For more information about opportunities for yount writers, visit NewPages Young Authors Guide.

Sunday Elegy

Published August 05, 2007 Posted By
The Dead Bird Elegy
By Martha Henry
Most of us have our own ways of avoiding the idea of death, if not the actual event itself. But we also have ways of confronting death, usually in a sideways way, like Zombie movies or estate planning. Then there are the traditional Buddhist methods, such as meditating on the uncertainty of the time of death or hanging out with fresh corpses in a charnel ground. Me, I take photographs of dead birds.

Read the rest, or listen to the the MP3 version, on tricycle: the independent voice of Buddhism.

What's on YOUR iPod?

Published August 04, 2007 Posted By
How about FREE audiobooks? LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. Download HEAVEN for the literati! LibriVox also welcomes volunteer readers and listeners for editing recorded works and maintains a strong community among its regulars with message boards and podcast updates.

In Memoriam :: Aura Estrada

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
"New Directions mourns the loss of Aura Estrada, essayist and reviewer, wife of Francisco Goldman, and a great friend who helped us publish Roberto Bolano in the United States. One of our finest Spanish language fiction readers and advisors, Estrada died on July 25 in a surfing accident off the coast of Mexico. Her reviews appeared in many publications, including Bookforum and Boston Review, which published her review of two recent New Directions books in its July/August 2007 issue. A brilliant essay by Aura Estrada on Bolano and Borges can be read on the Words Without Borders website."

Book Sale! Coach House Books

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Who can resist a sale, especially when it involves books, and especially from a really cool small press? "The Scorching Summer Sale has been extended through August! Purchase any two Coach House books from the website and receive a third book absolutely free! (The free book must be of equal or lesser value than the two purchased books.) Simply place an online order for two books of your choice, then send an e-mail to with your name and selection of third book. Act quickly. The sale ends August 31."

Awards :: Wallace Stevens Award

Published August 03, 2007 Posted By
Charles Simic has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. The $100,000 prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. The Academy's Board of Chancellors, a body of sixteen eminent poets, nominates and elects the Wallace Stevens Award recipient.

Books :: War Poetry

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
The Baghdad Blues by Sinan Antoon
Published by Harbor Mountain Press

"Baghdad Blues shares with war poetry, especially that of World War I, the sense of underlying shock and horror at the human cruelty and waste. But, Antoon’s poetry is more nightmarish. It starts with enormous schizophrenic intimations of a self caught between repression, fear, and resignation under a dictatorial role, to end up amid scenes of horror that have become the legacy of the 2003 invasion and occupation. Sinan Antoon’s Blues snatches its images from among metal, armor, deserted places, explosions, to build up an identity for an Iraqi soul in a world which is drifting fast into horror which Joseph Conrad-Kurtz’ cry cannot fathom or reach. As befitting the title, sound summons its power from everything in Iraq: from the dictatorial decrees and their demand for appreciative applause, to the air, sea, and land bombardments and explosions. The agonized soul has to cope up with these by its music, its beats of the heart as it perceives all from a hole somewhere, a hole that might offer a glimpse, perhaps of hope, that the poet calls Baghdad Blues."
—Muhsin al-Musawi
Professor of Arabic Literature at Columbia University and Author of Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition and Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

Lit Mag Update :: StoryQuartely

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
StoryQuarterly announces that our new system for receiving submissions year-round is now online. Also, the SQ Fiction Contest is accepting entries until September 30 and offers a First Prize of $2,500, a Second Prize of $1,500, and a Third Prize of $750. Additionally, ten Finalists will each receive $100. The new issue of SQ is also online, featuring:
Charles Johnson’s short story “Night Watch, 500 BCE”
Steve Kistulentz’s short story “Reykjavík the Beautiful”
Gary Buslik’s short story “Don’t Open That Door”
Elea Carey’s short story “First Love, Last Love”
Darrach Dolan’s short story “Riot”
Golda Goldbloom’s “Wyalkatchem Stories”
Skip Horack’s short story “Bluebonnet Swamp”
Hannah Pittard’s short story “Pretty Parts”
Emily Rapp’s short story “November”

Contests for Anthology :: Press 53

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
Press 53 will hold eight category contest from now until March, 2008. Winners of each contest will be published Fall 2008 in the Press 53 Open Awards Anthology. Categories will be judged by eight award-winning & industry professional judges. Categories include: poetry, flash fiction, short-short fiction, genre fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, novella, and young writers.

Submissions :: North Central Review, IL

Published August 02, 2007 Posted By
The staff of the North Central Review invites you to submit to the national, undergraduate literary journal published by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The North Central Review considers all literary genres, including short fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and mixed-genre pieces, for two issues annually. The submission deadlines for the Fall and Spring issues are October 15 and February 15, respectively.

Job :: Sarah Lawrence College, NY

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Sarah Lawrence College seeks established nonfiction writers to fill two half-time tenure-track positions beginning in the fall of 2008. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate nonfiction-writing workshops, regular individual tutorials with students, and supervision of M.F.A. theses. We are looking for candidates with an M.F.A. or equivalent, at least one published book, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and a willingness to participate actively in the nonfiction-writing program and the academic life of the college.

Please send a letter of application, a C.V., samples of writing, and three letters of recommendation to Nonfiction Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks, Faculty Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708. Applications should be postmarked by November 15, 2007.

Contest Winner :: Lynne Thompson

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Perugia Press publishes one collection of poetry each year, by a woman at the beginning of her publishing career. Beg No Pardon by Lynne Thompson, winner of the 2007 Perugia Press Prize, has just been released. Visit Perugia Press website for details and ordering information.

Submissions :: Palabra

Published August 01, 2007 Posted By
Palabra: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art invites submissions of short fiction, poetry, short plays and novel excerpts. Looking especially for work that pays attention to language as much as content, takes literary risks and explores new territory in Chicano & Latino literary art.

Photos :: Buddha Project

Published July 31, 2007 Posted By
Lens Culture: Photography and Shared Territories
"The Buddha Project encourages people worldwide to participate by submitting photos of found Buddha, sacred Buddha, ancient Buddha, kitschy Buddha, handmade Buddha. An archive of hundreds of Buddha images may well generate good karma for everyone involved, viewers and contributors, alike. As of July 12, 2007, there are 318 photos in the collection. Please participate by contributing your images of Buddha. Notice Buddha in your surroundings and share your discoveries with others. It will make you feel good. Guaranteed."

New Online Journal :: Delmarva Poets

Published July 31, 2007 Posted By
The first issue of the Delaware Poetry Review, an online magazine featuring new works from the Mid-Atlantic region, is now available. The inaugural issue features 23 poets. The Delaware Poetry Review was formed when the editors of five well-respected, award-winning journals in Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC (Bay Oak Press, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bogg, Delmarva Quarterly, Delmarva Review, and Gargoyle) decided to collaborate on a new project together. Read it here: Delaware Poetry Review

Submissions :: Bent Pin Journal

Published July 31, 2007 Posted By
Bent Pin Quarterly, an online journal, is seeking original poetry, flash fiction, essays and creative non-fiction for its Fall 2007 edition. Also needed: original submissions for two regular features: Story within Story, flash fiction (or other genre) that somehow nests two unfolding, releated stories; The Poem at Length, one longer poem, or a poem series. Bent Pin publishes online on January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1,and reads submissions year round. We are now reading for our Fall 2007 issue which will be published on Oct 1.

Poems-For-All

Published July 30, 2007 Posted By
"They're scattered around town -- on buses, trains, cabs, in restrooms, bars, left along with the tip; stuffed into a stranger's back pocket. Whatever. Wherever. Small poems in small booklets half the size of a business card. A project of the 24th street irregular press, which cranks them out to be taken by the handful and scattered like seeds by those who want to see poetry grow in a barren cultural landscape." Visit Poems-For-All to see samples, get a hold of a few, and submission guidelines.

Language Links from Verbatim

Published July 30, 2007 Posted By
Verbatim Magazine
"The Language Quarterly Language and linguistics for the layperson since 1974"
Their "large list of language links" is a great resource including: Print Dictionary Links; Wordplay Sites; Online Fun Dictionaries; Language-Related Sites and Blogs; Word-A-Day Sites and Other Mailing Lists; Grammar, Spelling, and Usage Sites; Language and Dictionary Societies; Names Sites; and more. It's a word-person's resource heaven on the internet!

Residency :: Olivet College, MI

Published July 27, 2007 Posted By
2008 Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency
Intensive Learning Term poet-in-residence program, April 29-May 16, 2008
Poets who have published at least one book of poetry are eligible. Application deadline: Postmark by September 10, 2007

Contest :: CBC Literary Award

Published July 27, 2007 Posted By
The CBC Literary Awards competition is the only literary competition that celebrates original, unpublished works, in Canada’s two official languages. There are three categories—short story, poetry, and creative nonfiction—and $60,000 of prize money courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, winning entries are published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and visibility is offered to the winners and their winning entries by CBC. Deadline: November 1, 2007

Film :: China

Published July 25, 2007 Posted By
Manufacturing Art
By Noy Thrupkaew

"Manufactured Landscapes is a new film about an artist who documents Chinese factories explores the toxic interdependence between developed and developing nations. Rendered in exquisite calligraphic brushwork and soaring white space, many later-era Chinese landscape paintings depict both the artist's interior terrain and the visible world. Artist Edward Burtynsky's photographs of industrial wastelands work the same way, even though their disturbing beauty inverts the pristine ideal by drawing on mountains of rubble and polluted rivers..." Read the rest: The American Prospect

Front Page...Ads?

Published July 25, 2007 Posted By
A Fading Taboo
By Donna Shaw

"Paper by paper, advertising is making its way onto the nation’s front pages and section fronts...Whatever the shape, size or hue, the long-unfashionable page-one advertisement is gaining grudging acceptance from many editors, page designers and even reporters." Read the rest: American Journalism Review

Feature Mag :: American Forests Magazine

Published July 24, 2007 Posted By
"For more than a century American Forests has been the magazine of trees and forests for people who know and appreciate the many benefits of trees. Stories are written to entice a general audience to care about tree planing and include profiles, indepth looks at current controversies, practical stories on current research, and how-to's.

"The mission of our publication is to foster appreciation for trees and forests and to offer a responsible, science-based discussion of the trends, issues, policies, and management of America's forest resources. We seek to educate, entertain, and enlighten our audiences with compelling writing, eye-catching photography, beautiful illustrations, and exciting design."

Issue available online as PDF download.

Film :: Vancouver Queer Film Fest

Published July 24, 2007 Posted By
The 19th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival
August 16-26, 2007
More info: Out on Screen

Short Story :: Adbusters

Published July 24, 2007 Posted By
Winter was wild this year...
by Zdravka Evtimova


"Winter was wild this year. The sky was full of snow and wind; the trees in front of the cafe looked like stubbly old men in the white air; it was cold in the narrow room overlooking the Struma River that flowed tiredly, grumbling to its rocks. Gogo slept by her side, bent double, his skin whiter than the January sky. She lived in the caf
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