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Published March 31, 2011
The newest issue (34.1) of Room Magazine, Canada's oldest literary journal by and about women, includes the first and second prize winners of the 2010 Contest.

Fiction, Judged by June Hutton
1st Place: "Chocolate Season" by Amy Kenny, Hamilton, ON
2nd Place: "Pill-Sorting for Dummies" by Judy McFarlane, West Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention: "Sum our Polaroids" by Kathleen Brown, Markham, ON

Poetry, Judged by Jennica Harper
1st Place: "Pre-med, Prepatoria" by Melissa Walker, Stratford, ON
2nd Place: "The Mountain Pine Beetle Suite" by Chantal Gibson, Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention: "The First Word" by Kim Trainor, Vancouver, BC

Creative Non-Fiction, Judged by Lynne Van Luven
1st Place: "The Goddess of Light & Dark" by Jane Silcott, Vancouver, BC
2nd Place (tie): "Love and Other Irregular Verbs" by Sigal Samuel, Vancouver, BC
2nd Place (tie): "The Visitor" by Lesleyanne Ryan, Holyrood, NL
Published March 31, 2011
If you’re an educator or program administrator, and at least 50 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, First Book can help.

Eligible programs receive access to the First Book Marketplace, offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices. And if you serve a higher proportion of children in need — 80 percent or more — then your school or program may also be eligible for free books through the First Book National Book Bank and book grants through First Book’s local Advisory Boards.

Visit First Book online to learn more.
Published March 31, 2011
Toad is an online bimonthly of new poetry, prose, and visual art. Toad‘s "habitat is protected by conservationist, Bob Hicok, and nourished by the Creative Writing graduate students of Virginia Tech," and currently includes: Elias Simpson, Lauren Jensen, Julia Clare Tillinghast, Raina, Lauren Fields, Ashley Nicole Montjoy, Bryan Christopher Murray, Brianna Stout, and L. Lamar Wilson.

Toad {:1} includes works by Dorthea Lasky & Matthew Zapruder, Remica Bingham, Elisabeth Tonnard, Amit Majmudar, Randall Horton, Jack Ridl, Ghangbin Kim, Susan Schorn, Kimberly Grey, Katherine Bode-Lang, Lisa Norris, Peter Tonningsen, Quinn Latimer, Ashley David, Caren Beilin, and Brandon Downing.

Submissions to Toad are open year-round.
Published March 31, 2011
Edited by Randolph Pfaff, Carissa Halston, Robin E. Mørk, and J.F. Lynch, apt magazine of literature and art has been publishing online since 2005, and will continue to do so, but have now initiated an annual print issue.

Reversing the trend over the past years of print magazines going online, apt editors comment, "In a time when readers are crying that print is (finally, honestly, genuinely) dead, we've moved to a the tangible pages. Our approach to this shift is similar to our aesthetic. . . We want apt to surprise its readers with its willingness to showcase experimental work alongside traditional pieces, but also for the delivery of the material."

And, aptly enough, this first issue is available in paper or PDF.

The inaugural print issue of apt features the work of Brian Bahouth, David Bartone, Franco Belmonte, Liam Day, Javier Berzal de Dios, Shannon Derby, Cyndi Gacosta, Carissa Halston, Christina Kapp, J.F. Lynch, Seann McCollum, Dolan Morgan, Robin E. Mørk, Pete Mullen, Randolph Pfaff, Vincent Scarpa, Janelle M. Segarra, N. A’Yara Stein, and Curtis Tompkins.

apt is part of Aforementioned Productions. Aforementioned is a small press and producer of readings, theatre, and other literary events.
Published March 25, 2011
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Very Short Fiction competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories with a word count not exceeding 3000. No theme restrictions. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in July.

Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Matt Lapata, of Chicago, IL, wins $1200 for “Ohio Home.” His story will be published in the Summer 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo credit: Dio Traverso.]

Second place: Jennie Lin, of Mountain View, CA, wins $500 for “Seven Winters of Teeth.”

Third place: Rav Grewal-Kök, of Brooklyn, NY, wins $300 for “Prisoners.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline for the March Fiction Open: March 31

This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers. Word count range: 2000-20,000. No theme restrictions. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published March 26, 2011
Published March 28, 2011
Tripwire, a journal of poetics, was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and David Buuck. Six issues were published between 1998-2002, with a special supplement published in September, 2004 for the RNC protests in New York.

Tripwire is being re-launched and is accepting submissions of essays (on contemporary writing, performance, and art), experiments in criticism, poetics statements and investigations, interviews, translations, black and white art work, long-form review essays (that consider several books or authors linked around central themes or questions), performance scores, etc.

Submissions should "engage or address" at least one of these "constellations," each further described on the Tripwire website: PERFORMANCE/WRITING; CONCEPTUALISM AND IDENTITY; NARRATIVE/PROSE; WHAT IS POETICS?

Tripwire also has initiated "Microgrants for Translation," a donation-based method of recognizing the important role of translators of contemporary avant-garde and experimental writing.
Published March 28, 2011
Jendi Reiter's "Bullies in Love" was selected as the winner of the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, as judged by MacArthur Fellow Linda Bierds. Honorable Mentions went to James K. Zimmerman and Thea S. Kuticka. All poems are available full-text on Anderbo.com.
Published March 28, 2011
Anomalous Press, launched in March of 2011, as a non-profit press and online publication, available in both visual and audio forms on various platforms. Anomalous Press "has its sights set on publishing chapbooks, advancing audio forms and creation, and supporting all sorts of alternative realities of the near future."

Anomalous #1 is available online with PDF, MP3, Kindle, and eBook versions available in trade for a Tweet or Facebook post.

Anomalous welcome submissions of literary works of texts (poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation) and hybrid, muti- and new media, audio or video literary works, and images year-round.

Contributors to the first issue include Naomi Ayala, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Alma Baumwoll, William John Bert, Emma Borges-Scott, Ann Cefola, Hélène Sanguinetti, Mike Czagany, Venantius Fortunatus (d. ca. 600 AD), Janis Freegard, A. Kendra Greene, Ashley Elizabeth Hudson, Sarah McBee, Colby Somerville, Patrick Swaney, Sarah Tourjee, Henry Vauban, and Eugenio Volpe.

From "In the Winter" by Naomi Ayala:

There’s a gulf between me and god.
I fill it with angry fish
whose backs catch the sun.
Published March 24, 2011
Issue No. 7 of Habitus, a publication "rooted in the experience and language of the Jewish diaspora," focuses on Berlin. In his editorial, "Becoming Berlin," Joshua Ellison explores the role of memory in the Berlin culture and society. He writes, "For societies, memory becomes a matter of public accountability, so the moral stakes are high. The painful process—very much active and agonizing in Germany—of defining and interpreting shared history is part of the pact we enter that creates community. In public, we decide what to remember, and that tells us something essential about who we are now. Berlin is so dense with reminders of the past that the contemporary city sometimes seems to recede, driven under the surface by their weight. But the question of what Berlin’s memorial culture tells us about contemporary Germany is still an open one."

The full editorial is available online.
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