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rick-barot-ner New England Review editor, Carolyn Kuebler, introduces the publication's new poetry editor, Rick Barot, in her Editor's Note (v35.4). Not new to the publication, Barot was published in its pages in the past, then became a submissions reader. Kuebler writes that Barot "has a penchant for asking the hard questions, the big questions: What is NER for? What is our role in current events and conversations? What makes a piece of writing last beyond its immediate publication date? Must it, will it, should it? Why is so much of what we select so dark?" He turns these questions into conversation, and Kuebler shares what he comes to when considering works for the pages of NER. The Editor's Note can be read in full here.

Encouraging Young Writers

February 04, 2015
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Hanging Loose magazine, first published in 1966, includes a special section for "Writers of High School Age." High school authors published receive the same fee as others selected for publication and two copies of the issue in which their work appears. "We feel a special responsibility to those young writers who look to us not only for possible publication but sometimes also for editorial advice," write the editors, "which we are always happy to give when asked. Our work as editors is of course time-consuming, but we feel a strong commitment to give as much time and attention as possible to the work we receive from high school age writers." Full guidelines for submissions can be found here.

NewPages also has a Young Authors Guide, a listing of publications written for and accepting submissions by young writers as well as contests for young writers. This is an ad-free space and all listings are vetted for ethical treatment of minors submitting writing for publication and contests. If you know of a publication or contest we could list here, please contact us. Encouraging young writers is essential!
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Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize 2014 contest winner, runners up and honorable mentions, selected by Joshua Corey, are all featured in the winter 2014 issue of Spoon River Poetry Review. First place winner Emma Bolden received $1000, an introduction included in the publication written by Corey, and an invitation to read at this year's annual SRPR Lucia Getsi Reading Series, to be held in Bloomington, Illinois, in April 2015.

Emma Bolden, "It was no more predictable"

First Runner Up
Jonathan Soen, "Fragments from a Book"

Second Runner Up
Lynne Knight, "The Gospel of Infinity"

Honorable Mentions
Emma Bolden, "My little apparition, my little ghost"
Kathryn A Hindenlang, "This is the Nature"
Tori Grant Welhouse, "mor/bid"
Carine Topal, "Bone Jar: The Oven {An Elegy}"
Lynne Knight, "Sex"

The SRPR Editors' Prize is an annual contest in which one winning poem is awarded $1,000, two runners-up are awarded $100 each, and 3-5 honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published. The annual deadline is postmark April 15.
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Carolina Quarterly Winter 2014 issue features the winners of their "End Is Nigh" contest, in which the editors asked for "dispatches about anxious endings, anticipated apocalypses, doomsday prepping, or getting right with God and family before it all comes crashing down." The pool of entries was so strong, contest Judge Jim Shepard selected two winners ($575 each + publication) and two runners up ($150 each + publication).

Grand Prize Winners
"When Trains Fall From Space" by Ian Bassingthwaighte
"Cold Snap" by Robin McLean

Runners Up
"Blood by Blood" by Dominic Russ-Combs
"A Brief Chronicle of Jeff and His Role in What is Colloquially Known as 'The End of Civilization'" by Caitlin Campbell

The magazine originally announced that the winners and runners up would be published in separate issues, but all four appear in this issue (volume 64.2) along with commentary from Shepard on his selection, which can also be read here in the original announcement.
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Staring out the window at leaf bare trees, snow and ice, and grey skies threatening more accumulation to come, the cover of New Letters brought some much needed warmth of color to my day. "The Books of Common Prayer" by Margaret Brommelsiek is a hand-pieced collage, digitally scanned for archival printing.
Transference is the annual publication of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University and is available in print and online for free downloading. This year's cover features Leticia R. Bajuyo's "Wow and Flutter: Noiseless" - an installment of player piano roll paper, typewriter, metal, and table (2012; photo by Darrell Kincer).
Stunning for its visual composition, The Literary Review (TLR) fall 2014 issue, "Women's Studies: Not by the book," features Achim Thode's 1972 photograph of German visual artist Rebecca Horn, White Body Fan.
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The Winter/Spring 2015 issue of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts features the winners of the 2014 Gulf Coast Prizes:

"Engagement Party, Georgia" by Raena Shirali
Selected by Rachel Zucker

"Love Drones" by Noam Dorr
Selected by John D'Agata

"Kansas, America, 1899" by Edward McPherson
Selected by Andrea Barrett

The deadline for this annual prize is March 22, 2015. This year's judges are Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Fiction), Maggie Nelson (Nonfiction), and Carl Phillips (Poetry). The contest awards publication and $1500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 28.1, due out in Fall 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as Online Exclusives. The reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast and submissions are accepted both online and via postal mail.

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amiri-barakaThe newest issue of Indiana Review includes a special folio, "Understanding Readiness," which is "meant to present diverse explorations and meditations on the impact of the writing, the figure, and political influence of Amiri Baraka" Poetry Editor Nandi Comer and Editor Britt Ashley write, "The voices in this section share Baraka's aesthetic bravery - one that grabs its audience, demanding we listen to issues concerning contemporary American life. It also must be noted that the diversity in aesthetic and background of these writers speaks to the span of Baraka's reach."

Writers contributing to this folio: francine j. harris, Patricia Smith, Roger Reeves, Tarfiah Faizullah, Toi Derricotte, Matthew Shenoda, and avery r. young. Included with the written works are Amiri Baraka's original drawings curated from Indiana University's Lily Library.

Conium Collectible

January 27, 2015
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conium-reviewVolume 3 of Conium Review is one of the most unique collectible editions of a literary magazine I've seen to date. "This is a book for book lovers," say the editors. The "container" is a hand-stamped wooden box, conditioned with linseed, mineral, and orange oils. Inside are eight new stories from Olivia Ciacci, Tom Howard, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, Zach Powers, Christine Texeira, and Meeah Williams. Each individual micro-chapbook, broadside, and booklet is printed on unique paper, including parchment, linen, and recylced stock. This volume is also available in the standard perfect bound book form for non-collectors simply looking for good reading. Both can be ordered from the publication's website.

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poem-cityWhile the submissions for this are limited to Vermont poets, the idea is one that could easily be adapted for your own city or college campus!

The Kellogg Hubbard Library invites Vermont poets - professional or amateur - to submit their original poems for PoemCity 2015, a city-wide event, now in its sixth year, that displays poetry on local business storefronts as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Chosen poems will appear throughout the downtown district of Montpelier, Vermont, during April 2015.

"Poetry has an important place in the lives of Vermonters," said Kellogg-Hubbard Library Program and Development Coordinator Rachel Senechal. "PoemCity collaborates with many organizations, schools, and individuals, to read, hear, write, and discuss poetry, the language soul. With the many poems displayed in our downtown windows, it is our goal to make poetry accessible to our community, and to inspire new readers and writers of poetry," she said.

Along with displayed poems, PoemCity will also offer poetry workshops, public readings, panel discussions, and visual poetry and art displays throughout downtown. The month-long schedule of events and programming is free and open to the public.

Poets of all ages are welcome to submit up to three poems no longer than 24 lines each for consideration of public display. Each poem should be original work by the author, who must be a Vermont resident or student. Deadline to submit is January 31, 2015. Visit to submit.
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bridge-eightBased out of Jacksonville, Florida, the biannual print Bridge Eight Literary Magazine publishes literary fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.

The magazine is published by Bridge Eight, a small independent press that seeks to build the literary culture of Northeast Florida, while publishing work from writers all over the world.

Publisher Jared Rypkema is based in Jacksonville, a city known for its seven bridges. He says, "Bridge Eight provides an 'eighth bridge' that will take readers to new imaginative destinations, connecting new voices and new readers, and venturing far beyond the boundaries of the city we call home." Since its inception, Rypkema notes, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine has been wonderfully received both locally and regionally, earning the support of Jacksonville's cultural council and arts community. Others working to make the publication happen include Managing Editor Coe Douglas, Senior Fiction Editor Melanie Webb, and Senior Poetry Editor Teri Youmans Grimm.

Bridge Eight started as a community-building organization that sought to connect Jacksonville-based writers and create a movement of literary culture within the city. After a year of hosting workshops and community events, the literary magazine concept was born in order to publish outside influences alongside those grown in Jacksonville, FL. Since there were no other independent literary magazines in Jacksonville, Bridge Eight became the only one of its kind when it published its first issue in November 2014.

Rypkema tells me, "As artists and writers first, publishers second, we carry a commitment to bring our readers the best writing we can, presented in the best way possible. We work with amazing artists for our design and the best printers in the country. For readers, this is a magazine that will not only be a great read, but feel and look amazing as well."

Recent contributors include Mark Ari, editor of EAT Poems, Editorial Advisor to Fiction Fix, and author of The Shoemaker's Tale; Teri Youmans Grimm, author of Dirt Eaters and Becoming Lyla Dore (forthcoming); and Lee Matalone, whose writing has recently appeared in the Noctua Review, Verbaleyze's Young Writers Anthology, the Eunoia Review and the Stoneslide Corrective.

Bridge Eight continues to host workshops for Jacksonville-based writers and presents the semi-regular reading series, Abridged. Rypkema looks to the future of the publication: "As almost all other independent literary magazines, sustainability was key to our foundation. The decisions we've made and people we've worked with over the past year have set the magazine up for success in the years to come - where we hope to become a go-to for literary publishing in Northeast Florida. Bridge Eight Literary Magazine will always be on the lookout for excellent work that speaks to the very elements of humanity."

Bridge Eight Literary Magazine accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions received on or before February 15, 2015 will be considered for Issue 2 (Spring 2015).

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