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Published May 28, 2014
Last year, World Literature Today posed a question on their blog, "Now we must write as if the planet were dying. What would you say to a planet in a spasm of extinction?" In a special section of the latest issue (May-August 2014), eleven writers share their responses from essays to poetry to booklists. Writers include Kris Saknussemm, Maya Khosla, Niyi Osundare, Wu Ming-yi, Michael Cope, Liu Ka-shiang, Ava Chin, Tom Zoellner, Eduardo Mitre, Pedro Shimose, and Amarsana Ulzytuev. Here is a sample from Cope's "The Stream":
How quickly the rain will cease
and the stream go back to sand,
the blooms wither to dust
in the wind, the diligent ants
bringing in their stores curl up
to be blown away, the shades
on the other shore dissolve into light;
and how lightly we will cross over,
with a single pace, our children
beside us or on our backs.
And here's the opening of Zoellner's "The Mountain That Eats Men": "Come see the mountain. It dominates the Bolivian city of Potos
Published May 29, 2014

Ascent, an online magazine publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, has just finished a website redesign. "Founded by Dan Curley at the University of Illinois, Ascent ... provokes and entertains the head as well as the heart," they write. "Now housed at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and edited by W. Scott Olsen, each issue features dramatic poetry, thoughtful essays, and fiction with a solid narrative. We publish as many first-time authors as well-known names. We promise good company to our authors, and work that matters to our readers." The screenshot on your left is their old design and the one to the right their new design. Check out the magazine and the redesign at
Published May 29, 2014
Wag's Revue recently sent out a note to congratulate the winner of their winter contest: first, Benjamin Harnett for his essay "Ghosts and Empties"; second, poet Kathryn Hindenlang; and third, Robert Johnson for his short story "Pay the Fish Lady."

These pieces will appear in Issue 18. Issue 17 is now available.
Published May 30, 2014

Tin House's summer reading issue is a beautiful oil on canvas painting by Jocelyn Hobbie titled Forsythia. Dig it? View more of her work on her website.


If you're not afraid of bears, PULP Literature's latest cover will make you question if perhaps you should be. A mutant, robotic bear stands out first, and all you can see of the dark army of bears behind it are their red dotted eyes. The work is by JJ Lee, and he also has another illustration inside the issue to accompany his writing "Built to Love."


Vallum's cover is a drive-in movie of sorts. It may be hard to see on the screen, but there are a bunch of matchbox cars lined up in front of an old television. I loved it even more when I read the title of the piece: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" by Andrew B. Myers.

Published May 30, 2014
In a second post in her series "My First Book of Poetry: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Independent Presses," one of Gulf Coast's poetry editors, Frances Justine Post writes advice on submitting your manuscript to small presses on the magazine's blog. "Independent poetry presses are publishing the most daring, mind-blowing work," she writes. "As a whole, they are not concerned with making money like the publishing behemoths of yore. They are interested in finding voices that speak to them. One of those voices may be yours"

She also suggests submitting during an open call instead of for a book contest. The publishers will select their favorites, but when it comes down to it, the final judge makes the decision. It may not be the publisher's top choice, but they support it. However, if you submit during an open submission, you'll know that they are backing your book one hundred percent. "They have chosen you because they believe in you," she writes. "In my experience, this makes all the difference. They want your voice in the world, so they will work really hard to make that happen."

In the rest of the blog post, she offers more advice. And in the post before that, she discusses putting your poetry manuscript together. There is also promise of part III. Read Gulf Coast's blog here.
Published June 02, 2014
This year's print edition of Booth includes the winners of the 2013 Booth Story Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. The first prize winner won $1,000 and second prize got $250.

First Prize
“Real Family” by Lenore Myka

Second Prize
“Little Miss Bird-in-Hand” by Annie Bilancini

“Some Helpful Background for the Incoming Tenant” by Jacob Appel
“Their Own Resolution” by David Armstrong (story withdrawn by the author)
“Little Miss Bird-in-Hand” by Annie Bilancini
“Plush” by Jennifer Caloyeras
“Real Family” by Lenore Myka
Published June 02, 2014
Frank X Walker, the first African-American Kentucky poet laureate (2013-2014), is featured within the current issue of The Louisville Review. The magazine hails from Spalding University, and so the editors are especially pleased to welcome him to the issue as he is a graduate of the Spalding University low-residency MFA in Writing. "In this issue," writes Sena Jeter Naslund, "we are proud to include the work of three of Frank's teachers while at Spalding: Molly Peacock...Greg Pape...and Jeanie Thompson..." Here is a sample of his first included poem, "Thanks," after Yusef Komunyakaa:
thanks for the tug at my heart string
and each beat that skipped
every time you were close enough
to be touched or touch but didn't.
thanks for the light that came on
and the sirens and storm warnings
after the tequila flavored kiss
and the inhibitions that took flight
joining the flock of sky gods
just outside our windows.
The issue also features poetry from Michael Fulop, Robert Fernandez, Joel W. Nelson, Okla Elliott, Jesse DeLong, John Blair, Roy Bentley, Natalie Price, Aaron Crippen, Andrew Payton, Drew Pomeroy, Brandon Rushton, Jessica Pace, Helen Tzagoloff, and Simon Perchik; fiction by Cailin Barrett-Bressack, Megan E. Calhoun, Ed Taylor, Margaret Hayertz, Kirby Gann, Gayle Hanratty, and Chervis Isom; and more.
Published June 03, 2014
The Summer 2014 issue of Rattle has some great poems. I only skimmed through a few of them, but each one I read made me happy I did. Here's a snippet of Nic Alea's "River," which opens up the issue:
I think I am in the back of
the car slamming my head against
the seat, I think I am screaming, no,
careless, maybe, I think I am too fast
over this canyon, I think my tape player
is stuck singing about the rain or
a field or no, this is a canyon and canyons have the once upon a river stuck to
the bottom, I'm going to hit the bottom
and it's going to burn like the summer
and we feel good peeling the dead skin
off our shoulders and I press my thumb
into your chest to watch my imprint glow
against you, I think you forgot about me,
maybe we kissed goodbye on your bed with
the windows open and the orange house across
the street steamed like a fat sun and I feel all over
the wood floor...
Published June 03, 2014
NANO Fiction has just announced that they are now able to pay their contributors: "Starting with issue 8.1, all writers who have work published in NANO Fiction (including reviewers and contributors to our State of Flash series) will not only receive two copies of the issue in which they are published, but they will now also be paid $20 per published piece!" Submissions will remain free, but there is now an optional tip jar to help support the magazine.
Published June 04, 2014
The Tusculum Review is proud to announce the winners of their 2014 prizes, included within the Volume 10, 2014 issue. Winners received $1,000 and publication.

2014 Tusculum Review Fiction Prize
Sara Pritchard, Final Judge
John Blair: "Biggest Snake in the Woods"

2014 Tusculum Review Poetry Prize
Jericho Brown, Final Judge

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow: "The Timekeeper"

Gail Giewont: "Identifying Angels"
Jed Myers: "Comfort"
Chris Vogt-Hennessy: "Requiem for Monogamy"

Visit the magazine's website to read more about the judges and order an issue to read the pieces.

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