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Denise Hill

PWs LGBTQ Feature

May 26, 2015
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rainbow-booksPublishers Weekly's May 25 LGBTQ feature kicks off a month-long look—in print, online, and elsewhere—at various corners of LGBTQ publishing. Below are topics already covered (each are linked to their full article on the PW site), with more issues planned for June, such as finding, publishing, and marketing LGBTQ titles, romance, comics and manga.

What authors, editors, and others would like to see next from LGBTQ publishing
How some key LGBTQ publishers are pushing boundaries in the category
How official classifications of LGBTQ books have evolved over the decades, and what that's meant for readers
How religion houses are adapting to shifting public opinion around LGBTQ issues
How transgender characters are being depicted in books for children and young adults
Why one transgender author writes about all sorts of experiences, not just her own
How a Philadelphia AIDS charity stepped in to keep the historic Giovanni's Room bookstore thriving

In addition, PW is running a "Queering the Title" contest, #queerabook. "We want to hear your boldest ideas for titles of LGBTQ books that don't exist—yet. Yes, it's a fun game, but it's also a way of getting people to think about how much space there is in the 'canon' for queer and trans stories." Twittering begins June 1.
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sierra-nevada-review-26The newest issue of Sierra Nevada Review features select winners of their 5th annual High School Writing Contest, a national competition for high school juniors and seniors. Chosen from a record 525 entries from students across the United States, 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. For a full list of winners, visit SNR's website here. Included in the issue:

First Place: Emily Zhang (Boyds MA), "Midwestern Myth"

Lindsay Emi (Westlake Village, CA), "Latin Class in Seven (VII) Parts"
Gabriel Braunstein (Arlington MA), "Family on the Commuter Rail"

Oriana Tang (Livingston NJ), "Bildungsroman"
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sin-fronteras-19Sin Fronteras / Writers Without Borders print journal has been around for 19 years, but as Co-editor Ellen Roberts Young tells us, "We have only in the last two years begun using the web to tell the wider world that we exist." Publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, aesthetic reviews, as well as short plays, submissions are currently open until June 30. "Writers from around the U.S. and beyond are included issue #19," Young says. "We'd like to hear from more."

Though Sin Fronteras is based out of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Young warns the biggest mistake writers make in their submissions: "Sending something because it is about New Mexico instead of sending fully polished work. In deciding what to submit, remember that the border between the U.S. and Mexico is not the only border that raises issues. We are interested in work that describes or challenges borders of all kinds: physical, social, intellectual."
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louisville-spring2015NewPages loves to encourage young readers and writers, evidenced by our Guide for Young Authors which lists publications with content by and for young readers as well as carefully vetted contests for young writers. Listed on our resources is the The Louisville Review, which features "The Children's Corner" in every issue, publishing poetry from students in grades K-12. Their newest issue (spring 2015) features works by Kristin Chang, Diamond Woods, Diamond Hoffman, Ella Lombard, Mary Moore, Shirley Lu, and Shakthi Shrima. If you know young readers and writers, please encourage them! [Cover Photo: Manikin by Jack Daily]
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The Malahat Review #190 features the winners of the 2015 Open Season Awards:
Rebecca Salazar, "synaesthesia"

Wanda Hurren, "Rain Barrel"

Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Michael Carson, "The Neanderthal and the Cave"

The publication includes an interview with each winning author which are also available on the publication's website here.

[Cover Art: Étant donné: the Loris perched on his neoclassical plinth, 2008. Polystyrene, concrete adhesive, paper, paint / 68 in. × 24 in. × 21 in. / Collection of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art / Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay]

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ChelseyClammer 02Minerva Rising literary journal "Celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman" offers a $500 scholarship to provide one woman with financial support to further her writing endeavors, awarded during Women's History Month. The Owl of Minerva Award application requires women writers to answer the questions provided on the award page here. The judges will read for clarity as well as creativity. Writers may answer the questions in the genre they feel best represents each applicant. The application period ends June 1, 2015. Winner will be announced Fall 2015. [Pictured: 2014 Owl Award Recipient Chelsey Clammer]
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larry-levisThe Southern Review spring 2015 begins with a twenty-some page tribute entitled, "Larry Levis: Unpublished Poems and the Cast of His Nest."

In her Editor's Note, Jessica Faust explains how she was first asked about publishing some of Levis's unpublished poems which were being compiled for a book edited by David St. John. "In subsequent conversations with other contributors, I came across many poets who had been either mentored by Levis or influenced by his work. I was not surprised: my own admiration for Levis's work draws me to writing that echoes his style and subjects. What began as a suite of Levis poems grew into a tribute that would also include works by writers he taught or inspired or who were his friends."

The selection includes an introduction by David St. John, five poems by Levis, and poetry by Philip Levine, David St. John, Ryan Teitman, Peter Everwine, Anna Journey, John Estes, and Joshua Poteat.
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julep-journal-winter2015Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Julep Journal has just issued its third print volume to complete its first year of publication. Named, as you might well have guessed, after the delightful southern cocktail, the editors comment, "We identify with it. It's Southern by origin and in spirit. It's refreshing, clean. It's simple but has innumerable variations."

In keeping with that refreshing spirit of variation, Julep publishes all genres – fiction, poetry, creative essays, academic treatises – and, according to the editors, "we especially love pieces that exist between or beyond those boundaries. In other words, if it doesn't fit in with more rigid, binary journals, there is a home in Julep."

Giving this new writing a home are founding editors Joseph Storey, Kevin Foster and Greg Frank, and editors Brittney McKenna and Theron Spiegl, who "like good Southerners, believe in the power and beauty of a fine physical object."

When asked the motivation for starting up a literary magazine, the editors go back: "Years ago, we would sit around coffee shops and complain about the state of cultural journals. So many do little more than spin the wheels of their chosen genre, advance a binary political position with an inherently limited type of nuance, or represent only a corner of a region. We dreamt of a journal that advances art, represents the spectrum of the creative work of a region, and pushes beyond political binaries. The narrative of the Southern Renaissance, Nashville and the surplus of its creative economy, was rolling at the time. So we decided to start a journal as a platform for the work that was happening."

As such, readers of Julep can expect to find anything and everything that fundamentally excellent writing and visual art. "A distinctly Southern, non-binary artistic and cultural perspective," the editors promise readers. "The best work of upcoming Southern intellectuals and artists." The most recent issue features works by Eileen Fickes, Stephen Mage, Daniel Pujol, Cameron Smith, Matthew Truslow, Jessica Kennedy, and featured artist Robert Scobey.

While publishing as a triannual the first year, the editors are planning to extend the length and cultural commitment of each journal and move to biannual printing. "We want every issue to eclipse the last in cohesiveness of theme, quality of work, and physical beauty. In order to accomplish this, we're planning to publish twice yearly rather than thrice, with a greater range of art. We also want to build and grow our partnerships with artistic and cultural institutions across the South, including cohosting events of all types. Why create if it's not ambitious?"

For writers, the editors are always accepting new pieces. The next issue will be available in mid-June, with plans to select pieces for Issue Five by the end of July. Visit the Julep website for more specific information about genres.

The most unique quality of Julep's model is editorial. We reject the notion that ideas – and the attempts of writers and artists to express those ideas – exist in a vacuum. Julep's team of editors support writers as they hone – and even sometimes create – their pieces. It's a messier process, but the pieces turn out better and the final product is more thematically cohesive.
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tishman-reviewIn addition to publishing short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round, The Tishman Review keeps a regularly updated Craft Talk Blog that features interviews, commentary, reviews, and craft essays. These essays come in many styles: analyzing other's work, "On Writing Towards Both the In-group and the Outliers" by Linda Michel-Cassidy; soul-bearing commiseration, "The Rejection Blues" by Jennifer Porter; confessional, "On Writer's Block" by Maura Snell; writing practice, "Breaking Lines" by Barrett Warner; an editor's perspective, "An Authentic Voice" by Jennifer Porter; writer-to-writer extensive focused discussion, "Objects in First-Person Fiction, or The Unreliable Narrator's Stuff" by Linda Michel-Cassidy; and a thumping substantial analysis turned conversation between works by Calvino, Woolf, and Agee, "Lightness in Childhood" by Jennifer Porter.
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