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Published June 17, 2011
Issue 40.1 of Event: Poetry and Prose includes a special section titled "Notes on Writing" and features works by Lynn Crosbie, Amber Dawn, Charles Demer, Jenn Farrell, Ray Hsu, Debra Marquart, and Susan Olding.
Published June 18, 2011
Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, published by Akashic Books. Pre-orders are still being accepted and will come signed by both the author and illustrator. It's also available for download on Audible, read by Samuel L. Jackson.
Published June 20, 2011

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family. The next Family Matters competition will take place in October. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here. First place: Rebecca Podos, of Brookline, MA, wins $1200 for “The Fourth.” Her story will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo credit: Holli Downs.]Second place: Marjorie Celona, of Madison, NY, wins $500 for “Gladstone.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Clark Knowles of Portsmouth, NH, wins $300 for “Each Other’s Business.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.Deadline soon approaching for the Fiction Open: June 30Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly, and first place is $2000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers and there are no theme restrictions. The word count generally ranges from 3000 – 8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.

Published June 21, 2011
"I wonder if we're in danger of forgetting that the difficult pleasures of literature are not unscaleable peaks but exhilarating walks amid the joys of mountain air." - Peter Craven, The Drum
Published June 21, 2011
Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run, electronic journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech (ISSN 1948-3511). The journal incorporates a variety of communication technologies to sustain a conversation about the topics and questions raised in each issue. The journal welcomes contributions of articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, essays, interviews, and other works using a variety of media.

Public Knowledge Journal seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and multimedia submissions for Volume 3, Issue 2, on Academic Research. The deadline for scholarly articles and book reviews is September 1, 2011. Non-peer-reviewed and multimedia work will be considered throughout the lifespan of the issue.
Published June 14, 2011
In the introduction to the inaugural issue of Boat Magazine, Editor Erin Spens writes, "We got a few blank stares when we told people we were picking up our 8-month-old studio and moving it to Sarajevo for a month to make a magazine. We suspected there were a few reasons for the confusion; magazines seem to be a dying art form, moving a brand new business in the middle of a recession is ludicrous, and Sarajevo? Where is Sarajevo? Precisely."

The concept for Boat Magazine is a fresh one. Travel to "forgotten cities," dock there for a month and set up a publication studio that pulls together "the most talented people we know; writers, photographers, illustrators, musicians… gave them a blank canvas, and set them loose on the streets" to create a magazine focused on that host city. Sarajevo is their first stop on this new venture.

The magazine features works by Dave Eggers, Jasmin Brutus, Lamija Hadžiosmanović, Ziyah Gafić, Max Knight, Sarah Correia, Jasmin Brutus, Zoë Barker, Davey Spens, Milomir Kovačević, Danis Tanović, Lara Ciarabellini, Bernie Gardner, Enes Zlatar Bure, Jonathan Cherry, Sam Baldwin, Neno Navaković, Agatha A. Nitecka, and Sophie Cooke.
Published June 14, 2011
Ohio State University Swallow Press announced the 15th Annual Winner for the 2011 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize winner is Nick Norwood for Gravel and Hawk. Final Judge for the competition was Mark Halliday. This is an annual contest open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have. Deadline is October 31.
Published June 15, 2011
Letter Machine Editions celebrates the dual selection of Farid Matuk's debut collection This Isa Nice Neighborhood for Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards (administered by the Arab American National Museum) as well as the runner-up for the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America. This September, Farid will be honored at the Awards Ceremony of the Arab American National Museum in Washington, D.C. In anticipation of this event, Letter Machine Editions is offering copies of the book for $10 postage paid until September 1.
Published June 15, 2011
"Emo, Meet Hole" is the title of The Literary Review's Spring 2011 issue. Editor Minn Proctor writes, "Whether or not I associate emo (acute aesthetic sensitivity disorder coupled with a tendency to self dramatization) with poetry because Lord Byron is an oft-cited progenitor or because my ex-poet-boyfriend liked Morrissey too much, the spectre of a brooding young man with wet eyes and disheveled hair looks quaintly over a certain tenor of literature...and exes, too. Much to my poetry editor's dismay, I called for an emo-themed issue of TLR. My undergraduate interns thought it was hilariously apropos and everyone else thought I was speaking in tongues. And yet we moved forth."

The result is the current issue, with poetry, fiction, and essays by over a dozen authors as well as a variety of book reviews. Several pieces are available full-text online: Poetry by Michael Morse, "Void and Compensation (Poem as Aporia Between Lighthouses)," and Michael Homolka, "Thirteenth Birthday"; Fiction by Christine Sneed, "Roger Weber Would Like To Stay"; and an essay by Anthony D'Aries, "The Language of Men."

[Cover art by Carrie Marill.]
Published June 15, 2011
Based out of Newtown, CT with a focus on the local arts community, The Newtowner is also open to and encouraging of national readership and submissions. The quarterly, trade-sized print publication includes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, essays, features, columns, artwork and photography, cartoons, profiles and interviews with local writers and artists, book reviews, "On the Town" - arts reviews of local theatre, dance, music and arts events, "Off Main St" - cultural events and locations of interest outside our local area, "The Newtowner Book Club" - read along and join discussions online, a directory of local arts and literary groups, and a calendar of local arts and literary events.

The Newtowner also includes "Youth Expressions," a section of the magazine for young artists, poets and writers and visual artists. Currently, The Newtowner accepts creative nonfiction, fiction, columns, poetry, art and photography mediums from high school- and middle school-aged students.

Founding Editor Georgia Monaghan writes: "Newtown has a unique literary, artistic, and community spirit dating back to the philanthropist Mary Hawley, who laid the foundation for Newtown's excellence in education and the arts. Boasting an inordinate number of literary and artistic residents both past and present, Newtown continues to act as a magnet, attracting established and emerging writers and artists of every kind. How many small-town libraries have a whole section dedicated to their town's authors and illustrators? How many towns of this size can boast upwards of twenty book clubs within its borders?"

And now The Newtowner itself can be added to those bragging rights!

Full subscription and submissions guidelines can be found on The Newtowner website.

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