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Published August 01, 2011
Palooka: Issue 2 - cover art, "Flying Clowns Descend on the Schoolyard" by Joe Harvasy (2008). I have a friend who is deathly afraid of clowns who would find this cover stunning in a very literal-psychological sense. I find the colors (great reproduction) and style to be the stunner; the clowns themselves - well, there's some dark humor at work here I can appreciate. Havasy comments on the artwork: "The flying clowns painting was originally a print I did for a show titled 'They're Out to Get Me' about childhood fears. I wanted to show clowns doing everything scary possible. Four years later the Alcove Gallery was having a show titled 'Circus,' and I decided to do a gigantic 2' x 3' painting of the clowns. The painting currently resides in Oslo, Norway, in the collection of Nicholas Paulik."
Published July 25, 2011
Editor & Fiction Editor Thomas Dodson introduces the first issue of Printer's Devil Review by presenting two stories on the origin of the term "printer's devil" and likening the efforts of this new journal to that of the apprentice version of the story: "We are not publishing industry professionals, but rather practicing writers and artists who volunteer our time to bring work we admire to a wider audience. Because we’ve never published a journal before, we accept that we’re bound to botch pages, spill ink everywhere, and occasionally step on some toes. At the same time, we want to indicate our desire to encourage writers and artists who are, like us, in the journeyman stage of their creative careers. The magazine exists specifically to provide new and emerging writers and artists with access to publication."

The first issue, available in full online as a pdf download, features fiction by Norah Piehl, Cat Ennis Sears, Christine Gentry, and Kate Racculia, photographs by Jarrod McCabe and paintings by Sean Flood, and poetry by Franz Wright, Kendra DeColo, Laura Cherry, Chris Hall, Mary Beth O'Connor, and Suzanne Frischkorn.

You can also get Printer's Devil Review for your iPad, iPhone, or Ipod Touch from Apple's iBookstore for $1 download.

Additional staff members working on the publication include Fiction Editor Kate Estrop, Nonfiction Editor Chris Willard, Poetry Editors Ian Poole and Bonnie Rubrecht, Visual Arts Editors Jess Barnett and Joshi Radin, and Editorial Consultant Timothy Gager.

Printer's Devil Review is open for submissions for their second issue until August 1.
Published July 26, 2011
“My Beautiful, Brash, Beastly Belfast,” by Seamus Scanlon, wins the Gemini Magazine 2011 Short Story Contest and the $1,000 prize.

The second place prize of $100 goes to Paul Hellweg for “Little Chang.”

Honorable Mentions:

“Eyes Wide Open” by Colleen Quinn
“Cecilio Breaks the Law” by Mary E. Nelson
“The Stone Carver” by Ann Marie Samson

Read the winning stories and more at
Published July 26, 2011
Lishanu is an online haikai journal, presenting work across the haikai range - haiku and renku, haibun and haiga - with a significant difference: the journal is interlingual. This means that every item is published bilingually - in English and at least one other language. The goal of Lishanu is to promote haiku in a truly international way.

Languages represented in issue #2 include Afrikaans, Croatian, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Macedonian, Nepali, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.

First published online in 2005, Lishanu fell silent until now. Norman Darlington, founder and editor-in-chief, welcomes readers back with this brand new issue and a call for submissions to continue the publication. Issue #3 will be published by early 2012, but, Darlington notes, "depending on quality and quantity of submissions, we may bring this date substantially forward."

In addition to Darlingon, the Lishanu editorial team consists of the following language editors:

Claire Chatelet (French)
Gerd Börner (German)
Jasminka Nadaškić-Djordjević (Serbian)
Tomislav Maretić (Croatian)
Maya Lyubenova (Bulgarian)
Valeria Simonova-Cecon (Russian)
Carlos Fleitas (Spanish)
Andrea Cecon (Italian)
Published July 26, 2011
Still Point Art Gallery is a virtually art gallery that opened its first show on April 14, 2009. The Gallery presents several group exhibitions each year "organized around a topic or theme as a way to attract a wide range of artists and as a way to creatively curate the exhibitions to the online public." The Gallery also presents work from a number of "Gallery Artists" whose submissions for exhibitions "were so skillful and engaging that they were invited to show more of their art for a longer period of time."

Still Point Arts Quarterly is The Gallery's print publication. Along with extensive art portfolios, Still Point Arts Quarterly prints short articles and essays (approximately 400-1500 words) about art. These are not articles about art methods, techniques, art supplies, equipment, art marketing, building a website, etc., but rather The Quarterly seeks "provocative and original material that is about art, the idea of art, the making of art, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, the artist’s subject, the artist’s relation to his or her medium."

The second issue includes art portfolios by Michal Barkai, Jeanne Bessette, Stephen and Tomasko; articles: "A Confession in Clay" by Amanda Wolfe, "A Terrible Lucidity" by Joyce Glasner, "Learning to Draw" by Peter Steinhart, and "The Art of Noise" by Riley Passmore; and poetry by Charlotte F. Otten, and Michelle Ward-Kantor.

An overview of this content is available on the publication's website, as well as full submission guidelines for The Gallery as well as The Quarterly.
Published July 27, 2011
The newest issue of Weave Magazine (Issue 6) includes a unique insert - inspired by the cover art by deona fish. The insert is eight paper pages with a muslin cover, stamped with the art title "the clothesline." It is sewn onto the inside front cover, the line of the stitch follows the clothesline on the cover art. The insert features the works of Andrew Knock, Rebecca Dunham, Sarah Machinak, Jane McCafferty, and Mary O'Donnell, and is, in its own way, a celebration and appreciation of the in-your-hand print publication. As Founding Editor Laura E. Davis notes: "With electronic publishing on the rise, Weave remains committed to print." And readers like me will do likewise, with great appreciation for these creative endeavors.
Published July 22, 2011
Menda City Review Founding Editor Terry Rogers writes, "It's been a pleasure to see this little literary project I started more than five years ago grow to the mature collection of letters that it is today. But, well, my fire for this project is burning out. Upon completion of this issue, number eighteen, I'll be taking an indefinite break from the publication of MCR. The site itself and all its contents will remain intact - I care far too much for our contributors to allow their creations to vanish, and the cost of publication has been paid for this year. There is a chance that I'll catch my breath and resume afresh in 2012 - I am allowing for that possibility. At this point, however, I'm leaning more toward finding a suitable and reasonably-competent publisher (or college) to whom I can relinquish complete ownership and control. If you have any sincere ideas for me, please share them in an email, and I'll certainly consider them."
Published July 22, 2011
Tupelo Press has announced the winner plus runners-up and finalists of their 2011 First/Second Book Award as selected by D. A. Powell:

Lantern Puzzle by Ye Chun (叶春) of Columbus, Missouri [Photo Credit: Shawn Flanagan]

Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts for Storm Toward Morning
Juliette Rodeman of Columbia, Missouri for Reckless Fire

The Editors of Tupelo Press singled out for Honorable Mention Kathy Nilsson of Cambridge, Massachusetts for The Infant Scholar.

Other Distinguished Finalists:
Joseph Campana of Houston, Texas for Natural Selections (withdrew prior to judging, won the Iowa Prize)
J.L. Conrad of Madison, Wisconsin for Disaster Fruit
Rebecca Hazelton of Madison, Wisconsin for Fair Copy
Anna Journey of Fairfax, Virginia for Whisper to the Hive
Stacy Kidd of Stillwater, Oklahoma for Red House Over Yonder
David Roderick of Greensboro, North Carolina for Dear Suburb
Siobhán Scarry of Ridgewood, New Jersey for Pilgrimly
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer of St. Louis, Missouri for Clarkston St. Polaroids
Eliot Khalil Wilson of Denver, Colorado for This Island of Dogs

This annual competition has historically been open to any poet writing in English who has not previously published a full-length collection of poetry. In 2011, in recognition of how difficult publishing a second book can be, Tupelo Press also accepted submissions of manuscripts from poets who have previously published one full-length book of poems.
Published July 24, 2011
From the Avery website:

For four years, Avery has been publishing emerging authors alongside established ones; young writers alongside older; women alongside men; urban alongside rural. Every single page of our book is devoted to the unpublished short story, so we’ve been able to get over ninety short stories out into the world.

And yet, no matter how widely we cast the net, we’re always going to miss a few states, a few cities, a few voices. Sometimes a story’s voice is too good, too different, too true to fit into an issue.

We decided something had to be done.

The 25 Cities Project is our effort to offer readers even more variety, to encourage writers from more diverse backgrounds to throw their hats in the ring. The short story has been evolving for quite some time now, and through each phase we see changes in style, tone, mood. Above all else, though, we see and seek out changes in voice. So much depends upon who’s telling us the story, and from what vantage point they’re telling.

Visit Avery for a full list of cities, submissions received thus far (some cities still not represented!) and guidelines. PHOTOGRAPHY submissions are also being accepted.
Published July 24, 2011
Calls for Submissions updated - lots of quality publications, anthologies, and inaugural issues looking for fresh, new, writers and established voices. Contact me if you have a CFS you'd like considered for listing: denisehill_at_newpages_dot_com

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