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alexandra-berlinaFounded by Alexandra Berlina, Department of American Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Readings: A Journal for Scholars and Readers is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue.

"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."
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speer-morganThe Missouri Review editor Speer Morgan begins the forward for the Fall 2014 issue themed Ultra-Violence: "Violence in literature and entertainment continues to be debated, and for good reason. One does get tired of it being so casually depicted in every imaginable format, from television and games to novels. However, in this issue of TMR I notice a good measure of violence and pain, reminding me of a truism about this and other subjects in literature—that it all depends on the handling."

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.

Remembering James Foley

December 03, 2014
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james-foleyMeat for Tea editor Elizabeth MacDuffie has dedicated the opening pages of the most recent issue (v8 n3) in memory of Jim Foley.

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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buy-great-lit-magHave a couple readers and writers on your holiday gift lists? Those are the EASY ones to buy for! Give literary magazines!

This time of year, a lot of publications have some great offers. For example, december magazine (how appropriate!) offers 20% off 1-year subscriptions to their literature and art journal. If you order by December 5, they'll send a copy of the most recent issue gift wrapped with a personalized gift card with the next issue to follow in the spring.

Not sure what publication to order? Then visit the NewPages Web Store and put together a gift basket of single issue copies! Just pick and click and we'll ship! What a joy that would be for anyone to be able to sample a variety of publications you can't find all at once in any bookstore. There are lots to choose from and any avid reader & writer would appreciate learning about a new publication just as much as getting their favorites. Best of all: We offer flat rate shipping - $3.50 no matter how many magazines you order!

Don't delay! Order today to get your gifts shipped on time!
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new-orleans-reviewVolumes 40.1 & 40.2 / 2014 of the New Orleans Review are amazing, gorgeous, so super cool and no doubt will be THE collectible edition of the year! As a fan of the unique and quality ephemeral, I nearly swooned when I pulled this out of the stacks - a box set of individual chapbooks in honor of "New Orleans Review's 45-year history of publishing innovative work from around the world."

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.
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american-short-fictionThe 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.


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The Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Atlanta Review is the Poetry 2014 issue, featuring just under 50 poets and just over 50 poems. Of these, 22 of the poets and their poems were selected for the International Publication Prize from the journal's annual contest. And one selected above all others as the Grand Prize winner: Joyce Meyers.

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.
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This inaugural issue of Profane Literary Journal features "A Feeling of Freedom" by W. Jack Savage, a painting with such rich texture it makes it appear as if the cover is actually canvas.
Each time I look at this cover, I can't help but hear the song "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'." They're not boots, actually, but shoes with pant legs, and a crowd of little people as the shadow of each footstep. The piece is Karma by Do Ho Suh (2003; Urethane paint on fiberglass and resin; 153 1/2 x 118 x 291 inches) and is a fitting image for the theme of the Fall 2014 issue of The Missouri Review: Ultra-Violence.

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Sierra Nevada College's English Program has released the winners of the 5th annual High School Writing Contest, a national competition which honors high school juniors and seniors in three categories: creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners in each category receive a cash prize of $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third, and the $100 Local's Prize honors student writers from Nevada and California. The winners also receive a $20,000 scholarship offer from SNC and consideration for publication in the Sierra Nevada Review, a literary annual which publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by emerging and nationally recognized authors.

The Winners

Creative Nonfiction

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

Verso Live Jour- nal

November 25, 2014
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versalAmsterdam-based Versal literary journal went on "intermission" last year, which Editor Megan Garr soundly defends does not mean the publication is dead. To the contrary, Versal is achieving goals they had set for their downtime (though selling out the back issues is still on the To Do List - which you all could help with!). In a bold step forward and away from their past, Versal has started a super cool new venture: Verso / live jour- nal which "renders the literary journal in live form." Each curated edition will feature one editor and one writer, and a selection of artists and thinkers in various forms: interviews, essays, slideshows, film, sound, and more. Each live issue is themed and edited: 1.1 "Hold Your Tongue" ed. Megan Garr; 1.2 "A Good Road to Follow" ed. Daniel J. Cecil; 1.3 "Chain Gang" ed. Anna Arov; 1.4 "Bad Dog" ed. Jane Lewty. Such a cool idea, but no surprise coming from Versal!

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