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boulevard-spring-2015With its Spring 2015 issue, Boulevard celebrates 30 years of continuous publication. The editors write, "Since 1985, our aim has been to present the finest contemporary fiction, poetry, and essays on arts and culture in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer."

To celebrate, Boulevard has two special editions: an e-book anthology and this anniversary issue of the journal, which includes works by Alex Chernow, winner of the 2014 Poetry Contest for Emerging Writers, and a symposium on the artistic merits of contemporary television versus film. A full list of contributors for each volume can be found here.

Happy Anniversary Boulevard!
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literary-review-winter-2015The Literary Review: An International Journal of Contemporary Writing Winter 2015 is "The John le Carré Issue" and features this striking image of a Philippine Eagle. Photo by Klaus Nigge for National Geographic Creative (2008). Editor's introduction and full list of content can be found here.

storm-cellar-spring-2015Storm Cellar tackles "substantive topics," the editors write, "directly or indirectly. But Storm Cellar is not wholly serious; whimsy and humor are recurring features in its pages." If covers are any indicator, Storm Cellar persists with issue 4.2, themed "As Body is to Fetish," featuring "Mrs. Miller Believed She Was Allergic to Everything But She Hadn't Always Been This Way" by Andrea Joyce Heimer.
heavy-feather-reviewHeavy Feather Review 4.1 features "Little Bear - Honey Eater" by Michael McConnell, with equally intriguing "Little Zebra - Balanced Individual" on the back cover. Some of us here at NewPages have a thing for bears, so this one could not escape selection.
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chtenia-30Chtenia: Readings from Russia issue #30 is themed Science Fiction. "Let's be honest," the editors write. "There really is something fundamentally different about Russian literature."

In her issue introduction, Curator Yvonne Howell writes, "The first remarkable feature of Russian science fiction is the fact that it existed at all," and goes on to discuss the historical context of 19th century Russia. While science fiction is generally understood to have come as a 'hope and fear' response for the "collective fate of humanity" at the turn of the twentieth century when science and technology were burgeoning, Russia, Howell explains, was "in a technologically backward empire at the margins of the Western world." Yet, like all science fiction, Howell credits Russian writers, who faced with "conditions where practical tehcno-scientific improvements were lagging" were able to take "the scientific imagination . . . in unexpected directions."

See a full list of the issue's content here.
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Founded in 2004 Arielle Greenberg, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad, Court Green has announced its newest issue, 12, will be the last.

court-green-12The magazine was named after Court Green, the property in Devon, England, where Sylvia Plath lived and where she wrote her most famous poems, the Ariel poems. The editors say, "We wanted Court Green the magazine to be like Court Green the property in England: a space open and vulnerable to the world, sometimes restlessly so, and a space for intellectual, emotional, and linguistic experimentation." And so it has, for over a decade. For its final issue, the editors have "decided that the best elegy for the magazine might be to break Court Green's long-standing rule that the magazine never publish the work of its faculty editors. To celebrate the 12 years of imaginative energy that the editors brought to the magazine, we decided to create a space for the editors' poems. On the occasion, then, of Court Green's final issue, we present a selection of recent work by all of our current and past editors."

Work by Past and Present Editors: CM Burroughs, Two Untitled Poems; Lisa Fishman, "July-August, 2013"; Arielle Greenberg, "A Little Bit Lonely. (Money.)"; Tony Trigilio, "from Book 2. The Complete Dark Shadows (of my childhood)"; David Trinidad, "Anaïs." Each of these can be read full-text on on Court Green's website here.

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grist-journalGrist: The Journal for Writers published out of the University of Knoxville English Department has a lot to offer readers and writers in support of owning its subtitle to be THE journal for writers.

A visit to its recently revamped website reveals a clean and easy navigation design, leading visitors to one of three areas: Grist Essentials (information about the print publication); The Writing Life; Online Companion.

Grist promotes The Writing Life as "a place to learn about, hone, and discuss your craft as a writer . . . a dynamic discussion of contemporary writing—thoughts on craft, publishing, and the life that both shapes and is shaped by the words we put on the page." Features include news, craft essays, aspects of living the writing life, and Grist and writing-related events.

Grist Editors write that the Online Companion "allows us to showcase the highest quality writing we receive throughout our reading period while also allowing those less familiar with Grist and Grist's content to get a feel for the wide variety of work we champion. Grist: The Online Companion is also a way to expand what we're able to publish because the online arena is more hospitable to a wider formal variety than is often able to fit in the print issue's 6 x 9 format." The current issue, #8, features poetry, collaborative poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and collaborative creative nonfiction by Mary Jo Balistreri, Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Matt Cashion, Jacqueline Doyle & Stephen D. Gutierrez, Alex Greenberg, Jennifer Savran Kelly, Joseph Mulholland, Brianna Noll, Nicole Oquendo & Mike Shier.
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aurvi-sharma"Eleven Stories of Water and Stone" by Aurvi Sharma is the winner of the 2014 Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, selected by judge Judith Ortiz Cofer.

Sharma's essay is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Prairie Schooner print edition and can also be read full-text online here.

Each year from May 1 to August 1, Prairie Schooner accepts submissions to the Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest, open to all types of creative nonfiction essays, up to 5,000 words. The entry fee is $18 and gets entrants a one-year subscription to the publication. Winner receives $250 and publication in the following Spring issue. See more specific guidelines here.
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their February Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition will take place in May. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Lillian Li ChristopherWang1st place goes to Lillian Li of Ann Arbor, MI [Photo credit: Christopher Wang]. She wins $1500 for "Parts of Summer" and her story will be published in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be her first print publication.

2nd place goes to Alex Wilson of Cardiff, CA. He wins $500 for "I Come from Killers."

3rd place goes to Camille Baptista of New York, NY. She wins $300 for "Hide and Seek and Hide."

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

Deadline soon approaching for the Very Short Fiction Award: April 30

This competition is held quarterly, and 1st place wins $1500, publication in the journal, and 20 copies of that issue. It's open to all writers, with no theme restrictions, and the word count must not exceed 3000. Click here for complete guidelines.
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Each spring, Michigan Quarterly Review welcomes applications for new blog contributors. They are looking for writers with backgrounds in various disciplines to create unique, thought-provoking posts of interest to MQR's online readership. Love to interview authors? Review books? Talk about the craft of writing or storytelling as it relates to some other discipline? Maybe you've got a great idea for a regular comic about the writing life—MQR is open to your pitches. Deadline for application is Wednesday, April 22. (Yes, now. Don't you work better under short deadline?) See full guidelines here.
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map-literaryBased out of The William Paterson University of New Jersey Department of English, Map Literary aspires "to pro­mote the finest provoca­tive writ­ing of our time, pub­lish­ing semi­an­nual issues of orig­i­nal fic­tion, poetry, and non­fic­tion in online for­mat." As part of this promotion, the website features a page under Pedagogy called Map Literary for the Classroom. Here, teachers can find examples of poetic themes and techniques from among contemporary authors published in Map Literary. Examples such as Alliteration/Consonance/Sound: Aaron Anstett, "Actionable" and Genevieve Kaplan, "(I'm) seated, or imagining"; End-stopped vs. Enjambed Line Breaks: Joe Lennon, "Part I" and Christopher Liebow, Excerpts from Riparia Suite. In all, there are 16 techniques with 24 examples linked to the full text. A great teaching resource!

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Poetry Now Program is a free online resource for educators from Trio House Press. "In order to promote the understanding and appreciation of poetry, our Poetry Now program provides educational materials and resources for use within classrooms, book clubs, or for individual usage. Utilize our poetry lesson plans or poetry prompts."

There's only a few contributions to this page, but it's a nice addition to lession plans and discussion points. "Discussion Links" provide lesson plans that encourage analysis, reflection and discussion about poems published by Trio House Press as well as influential public domain works and the "Write It" section encourages the writing process by providing prompts and writing exercises developed in conjunction with our Trio House Press poetry and other influential public domain works.

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