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gulf coastThe 2015 Gulf Coast Prize Winners have been selected, with the winning works published in the Fall 2015 issue of Gulf Coast.

Poetry winner selected by Carl Phillips
Emily Skaja, "My History As"

Nonfiction winner selected by Maggie Nelson
Aurvi Sharma, "Apricots"

Fiction winner selected by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
Sultana Banulescu, "The Last Dragoman"

Winners in each genre receive $1,500 and publication and honorable mentions receive $250. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the issue in which the winners are published. See the full list of winners and honorable mentions here.
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LukeDaniBlueFrom Editor Stephanie G'Schwind's Editors' Page for the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Colorado Review:

Twelve years ago, with the support of Emily Hammond and Steven Schwartz, now Colorado Review’s fiction editor, we founded the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction as a way to honor the memory of Liza Nelligan, a dear friend and Colorado State University English Department alumna. Nelligan passed away in 2003, and the Prize seeks to celebrate her life, work, and love of creative writing by awarding an honorarium and publication each year to the author of an outstanding short story. This year’s winner, featured in this issue, is Luke Dani Blue’s “Bad Things That Happen to Girls,” selected by Lauren Groff, who says of this story,
The magic in this story is subtle and slow-building and so unprepossessing that, while reading it, I understood I was holding my breath only when the story started to swim before me. Poor Birdie, poor Tricia! This story’s wisdom resides in the complicated web of emotion between mother and daughter, the gnarl of tenderness and fury and frustration and embarrassment, of primal loss and of overwhelming love. It’s a story that aches with truth and desperation, and I marvel at the way Blue ratchets up the motion, breath by breath, to the story’s logical but stunning end.
[Blue's winning story can be found in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue as well as on the Colorado Review website.]
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carve magazineNow in its 15th year, the Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Contest is one of the most well-known short story contests of our time. From over 1200 entries this year, 2015 Guest Judge: Andre Dubus III made the following selections:

"Arrangements" by Charlie Watts in Providence, RI

"Kudzu" by Andrea Bobotis in Denver, CO

"Jack Nicely" by Amanda Pauley in Elliston, VA

Editor’s Choice selected by Editor in Chief Matthew Limpede
"The Giant" by Joe Shlichta in Olympia, WA

Editor’s Choice selected by Associte Editor Suzanne Barnecut
"All That We Burned, All That We Loved" by Laura Haugen in U.S.A.

The winning works are available to read in the Fall 2015 issue of Carve Magazine as well as in full on the Carve website.
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chila woychikEastern Iowa Review is a new annual print publication, providing select essays online for readers to sample. Founding Editor Chila Woychik [pictured] embarked on this venture with six years' editorial management experience from Port Yonder Press as well as expertise publishing other literary magazines over the past several years. Assistant Editor Beverly Nault and other staff with Eastern Iowa Review bring both academic and professional experience, creating an eclectic team that provides plenty of input from which Eastern Iowa Review will take its direction.

With all her experience, Woychik not only knew what she was getting into with a literary magazine start-up, but sought it at this point in her career. “Book publishing is a lot of work,” she told NewPages. “I loved what I did at Port Yonder for those six years, loved every minute of it, but it became too much. Once I discovered the literary journal market and began to see my own writing being acquired, I felt it was time to move from small press book publishing to journal publishing. It's been a great change for me; I'm enjoying it immensely.”

The first issue of Eastern Iowa Review actually had a predecessor, Woychik explained, “We actually did a pre-issue we called the Bonté Review (French for ‘goodness’) but found the name didn't quite portray the sense of place I felt it needed. I've lived in the eastern part of Iowa for twelve years now and am enamored with this state, its people, and its topography, especially the rolling hills, trees, and wildlife in this area. I found it to be a fitting name, and though similar to another well-known publication in the state, I feel our focus is different and therefore have no need to compete with or be compared to another. Besides, Iowa is such a fantastic literary venue in itself that it deserves more than one or two journals.”

The (true) inaugural issue of Eastern Iowa Review includes creative nonfiction, literary fiction, and art, while the second issue, Woychik hopes, will be narrowed down “to the thing I love reading and writing the most: Annie Dillardesque lyric essays and Gertrude Steinesque / Anne Carsonesque experimental essays.” The Review isn’t ruling out the hybrid essay at this time, “though terms overlap so much that we're actually receiving a good number of generic creative nonfiction essays, a few of which we've accepted because they were good, though not necessarily containing the lyricism we're seeking,” said Woychik. “What we're after is the song, the lyricism, and the uniqueness, the experimental. There are plenty of outlets for general creative nonfiction but I want to wean us off that, if we can find enough of what we're seeking.”

For their first issue, Eastern Iowa Review was fortunate enough to snag Fulbright Scholar, Pew Fellow, Kingsley Tufts and Pushcart winner Afaa Michael Weaver to contribute an autobiographical piece on craft, and Stephanie Dickinson contributed three short literary fiction works. “As far as I'm concerned,” Woychik said, “Stephanie is one of America's most brilliant writers; everything she pens is linguistically beautiful, achingly so, even given the tough topics she often broaches.” Although the publication is new new, Woychik hopes that within the next few years they can attract both top-notch and beginning writers. “I would love to see Eastern Iowa Review be the breakout journal for a few soon-to-be nationally well-known authors,” keeping with their overall desire to “attract great writing, lyrical writing, experimental writing, from whomever, and see entire families enjoy it from front to back.”

Writers who submit works can expect that they will be treated to a thorough review process. Submissions are sent through Submittable, then Woychik assigns each piece to one reader/editor or possible more, even up to all four readers/editors. They record their recommendations, Woychik reads those, reads the work itself, and makes the final decision.

It’s a process that will provide readers with “the strongest, highest level, prose” the editors can find in the lyric and experimental realms. Woychik added, “I also have a special interest in seeing young people, beginning in middle grade or so, discover a love of the literary world, something beyond ‘simple’ reading. I'm not sure why we often wait until a person gets into university to introduce them to the world of literary writing. I would like to see young folks catch the rhythm of fine literary writing, the lyricism inherent in good writing, long before they reach college. So we have a ‘wide audience’ requirement, that is, we would like the material, literary and high level as it is, to also be fitting for most all ages.” Beginning with the second issue, Eastern Iowa Review will be able to offer accepted contributors a complimentary copy of the issue plus a small stipend, and also enter their work into the Eastern Iowa Review Essay Award pool, an annual award for the most outstanding lyric and/or experimental essay accepted.

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ala workshopThe American Library Association is hosting the 90-minute online workshop What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific. Susanne Caro, former State Documents Librarian for New Mexico State Library, is the workshop instructor and will cover: Basic information and research needs; Collection selection; Where to find financial and human resources; Awareness of digital preservation needs; and The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization. This workshop could be of interest for literary magazines with print archives they'd like to consider digitizing to preserve and make avaiable to a new generation of readers.

Let's Get Digitized

December 02, 2015
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Prism 1971PRISM international - Canada's oldest literary magazine with its first issue published in 1959 - has taken a huge step in preserving its history. The Prism staff initiated and funded the digitization of its entire archive of magazines. The University of British Columbia's Digitization Centre completed the task over a four-month period, making 194 issues available online; new issues will be added when published. “The digitization of PRISM international’s archives is an important step in preserving and promoting influential literature, both Canadian and international,” says current Poetry Editor, Dominique Bernier-Cormier, "connecting different communities, and generations, of writers and readers."

Promotions Editor Claire Matthews entices readers to dig into the past issues, "You can check our early works by writers such as recently [Governor General Literary Award] nominated Robyn Sarah whose work first appeared in PRISM 13:1 [Summer 1973] or Seamus Heaney, who published two poems in issue 12:1 [Summer 1972]. In 1996, PRISM also managed to publish a translation by Seamus Heaney of the Irish poem 'The Yellow Bittern,' originally written by the 17th-18th century poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna. In a brief interview, Sarah O’Leary, author of When You Were Small (Simply Read Books, 2008), divulges how she was able to get her hands on work while she editor of PRISM international."
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American Life in Poetry: Column 556

Marge Saiser is a Nebraskan who has written a number of deeply moving poems about love. Here’s one for our holiday season:

Thanksgiving for Two

The adults we call our children will not be arriving
with their children in tow for Thanksgiving.
We must make our feast ourselves,

slice our half-ham, indulge, fill our plates,
potatoes and green beans
carried to our table near the window.

We are the feast, plenty of years,
arguments. I’m thinking the whole bundle of it
rolls out like a white tablecloth. We wanted

to be good company for one another.
Little did we know that first picnic
how this would go. Your hair was thick,

mine long and easy; we climbed a bluff
to look over a storybook plain. We chose
our spot as high as we could, to see

the river and the checkerboard fields.
What we didn’t see was this day, in
our pajamas if we want to,

wrinkled hands strong, wine
in juice glasses, toasting
whatever’s next,

the decades of side-by-side,
our great good luck.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2014 by Marjorie Saiser, “Thanksgiving for Two,” (2014). Poem reprinted by permission of Marjorie Saiser. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Syria Broadsides

November 23, 2015
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Lost Souls SyriaBroadsided Press has selected poems to accompany artwork for six collaborations in response to the war in Syria. Available for free download to share: work by Moustafa Jacoub and Kirun Kapur, Ira Joel Haber and Nick Almeida, Karen Cappotto and Lena Khalif Tuffaha, Janice Redman and Katherine DiBella Seluja, Sarah Van Sanden and Tiffany Higgins, Undine Brod and YOU - one poster with an image and no text, allowing you to add your own poem. A GREAT classroom assignment for teachers across disciplines as well as personal writing exercise - one that provides an outlet as well as outreach. The Broadsided website also includes a Q&A with each artist/writer about their works.
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mark rogersIssue #192 of The Malahat Review features the winner of the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, Mark Rogers, "Heaven and Back Again, or The Goddit." Of Rogers' winning story, contest judge Elyse Friedman called it "a strange, modern-day fairy tale about children who escape the control of their parents—and the earthly realm—only to return as shells, their essence gone." In addition to publication, Rogers receives $1,000 and is featured in an interview with Jack Crouch on The Malahat Review website.

The Common Classroom Deal

November 17, 2015
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jennifer ackerThe Common offers a great 'package deal' for teachers who want to use the publication in their classrooms, including discounted subscription prices, plus a free desk copy and sample lesson plans. Classroom subscription includes two issues for every student, plus an in-person or Skype visit from Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker [pictured]. Subscription price: $17/student.

The Common features contemporary literature and art from around the world and can recommend issues for curriculum in:

the commonContemporary Literature
Creative Writing
Editing and Publishing
Travel Writing
Web Writing
Comparative Literature
Landscape and Architecture
Place-Focused Seminars
First-Year Seminars
Rhetoric and Composition
Interdisciplinary Studies
Translation Programs

The Common editors recommend the publication for high school, undergraduate, and graduate-level courses, helping meet the folowing objectives/core standards:

Help students develop critical thinking, close reading, and rigorous analytic writing skills.
Inspire creative expression.
Encourage students to think of themselves in the roles of editors and publishers.
Enrich knowledge of domestic and global languages, histories, and literatures.


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