"Readings is a new peer-reviewed journal in literary studies intended to be read by both scholars and the general public. Like other journals, we look for academic quality and originality. Unlike most, we also care for high readability and the potential interest of literature-loving non-scholars. We welcome submissions on all aspects of world literature (be it canonical or contemporary, children's, 'genre' or 'literary' fiction), including the interplay of literature and other media as well as issues of translation and reception. Imagine a friend who loves literature but is no scholar as your ideal reader. To put it more grandly: our idea of a Perfect Paper hovers between PMLA and The New Yorker."
Morgan goes on to discuss Shakespeare and Anthony Burgess, commenting, "Unfortunately, what's hard to avoid in life becomes a fundamental subject in serious art." He then introduces the works in this issue, sussing the art of that which we find hard to avoid, various forms of violence we wish not to know, but which, as "handled" by these authors, has much to offer readers.
MacDuffe writes, "I remember him thusly: Jim came into the [UMass] grad English program a few years after I did. He was in the MFA program and I was in the Ph.D. program, but his was a pleasant presence in the hallways, and we discussed lesson plans and teaching ideas on a number of occasions. I knew him to be a thoughtful, caring, teacher and a smiling, kind, person. I was more of a friend of friend to him . . . Still, I knew him well enough to admire his courageous actions and to be devastated by his violent, untimely death. I can only imagine the pain his family is enduring and I humbly hope that giving them an issue of the magazine celebrating the man he was helps ease their pain in some small way."
Writers contributing to the memorial include Molly Crabapple, Samantha Wood, Cathy K. Schlund-Vials, Connolly Ryan Tracy Cummings, Tom Kealey, and Kristin Bock.
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The seven books include: Because You're Mine by Cassie Condrey, the 2013 Walker Percy Prize in Short Fiction selected by Christine Wiltz; Starbaby Blooms A Tuber Rose by Tessa Fontaine; A is for Afterimage by Christine Hamm; Literature for Nonhumans by Gabriel Gudding; Two Stories by Luis de Lión (tr. Silvia Juarez-Gomez & Nathan C Henne); Circus Freaks by Ana María Shua (tr. Steven J. Stewart); and Wastoid by Mathias Svalina.
The publication can be purchased via the publication's website - but hurry. Their issues often sell out, and I imagine this one won't last.
The Fall 2014 issue of American Short Fiction features Scott Gloden's "What Is Louder," the winning entry of the American Short Fiction Contest. His same story had been awarded second place in the Glimmer Train March 2014 Family Matters Contest.
Gloden's story is about a man who works in a post office and his brother who is soldier in Pakistan. Contest judge Amy Hempel praised the story for its new territory, commenting, "the ending is unnerving, very unsettling, and continues the story in a reader's imagination."
An excerpt: "My brother tells me that the bombs don't look like they did on television when we were young: they're not bowling balls with wick spouts that fire out like a sparkler. Instead, they're clock radios; they're wads of Silly Putty with electromagnetic current running through sparse wires; they're ramshackle, he even said—so much so, a bomb looks more like something you store in the garage, which you don't need every day but keep around in case of emergencies."
Winners of the American Short Fiction prize receive $1000 and publication.
Each Fall Issue includes at least 20 Publication Prize winners from their International Poetry Competition with one named for the grand prize cash award of $1000. Every Spring Issue of Atlanta Review includes an International Feature with poets from a different country or continent. The feature for spring 2015: Russia.
First Place: Lindsay Emi (Westlake Village, CA), "Latin Class in Seven (VII) Parts"
Second Place: Darla Macel Anne Canales (Erie, CO), "Oven"
Third Place: Gabriel Braunstein (Arlington MA), "Family on the Commuter Rail"
Local's Prize: Isabella Stenvall (San Luis Obispo CA), "Wars with Numbers"
Finalists: Emily Zhang, Oriana Tang, Aletheia Wang, Jack Priessman, Annie Harmon
First Place: Emily Zhang (Boyds MA), "Midwestern Myth"
Second Place: Lucy Silbaugh (Wyncote PA), "Burrowing"
Third Place: Laura Ingram (Disputanta VA), "Absolute Value"
Local's Prize: Erin Stoodley (Ventura CA), "Ghosts"
Finalists: Lindsay Emi, Jessica Li, Tatiana Saleh, Madison Hoffman, Oriana Tang
First Place: Oriana Tang (Livingston NJ), "Bildungsroman"
Second Place: Catherine Valdez (Miami FL), "Mami"
Third Place: Ruohan Miao (Chandler AZ), "Dust Bowl"
Local's Prize: Ava Goga (Reno NV), "Notes on Repression"
Finalists: Emily Zhang, Katia Kozachok, Allie Spensley, Emma Symmonds, Jessica Prescott