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Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature 52 celebrates "New Fiction" and includes excerpts from the 2015 Shortlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction:

banipal-52Ahmed el-Madini: Willow Alley, trans. Paul Starkey
Jana Elhassan: Floor 99, trans. Robin Moger
Atef Abu Saif: A Suspended Life, trans. William M Hutchins
Lina Hawyan Elhassan: Diamonds And Women, trans. Sophia Vasalou
Hammour Ziada: The Longing Of The Dervish, trans. Jonathan Wright
Shukri al-Mabkhout: The Italian, trans. Raphael Cohen

The winning entry will be announced May 6, 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to this and other great content, Banipal continues to include "Prison Writing," which first started with the self-themed issue #50. The editors continue the feature with two "new and powerful testimonies in, and will remain open indefinitely for more contributions."

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flower-conroy Heavy Feather Review 4.1 includes the winning entry of the publication's annual chapbook contest, Facts About Snakes & Hearts by Flower Conroy. Judge Kristina Marie Darling, author of The Arctic Circle, had this to say about the winning entry: "Formally dexterous and luminous in its imagery, Flower Conroy's Facts about Snakes & Hearts skillfully situates the age-old tradition of the love lyric in a postmodern literary landscape. Presenting us with 'flames,' 'a wishing bell,' and 'a brass bed made of not,' Conroy shows us 'how longing is mapped,' restoring a sense of wonder to a familiar narrative arc. She offers us poems that are as sure of their singular voice as they are diverse in style and metaphor. This is an accomplished sequence and Flower Conroy is a writer to watch."
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pulp-literature-spring-2015Pulp Literature Spring 2015 features the winner of the 2014 Raven Short Story Contest, "The Inner Light" by Krista Wallace. The editors comment that this story is "a chilling tale of the theatre, and the sacrifices made for art." The story is followed by an interview with the author in which Wallace comments on places to find humor in writing, how her winning story came to be, current works in process, and advice for writers.
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crazy-horse-napomo-2015Two aspects of the annual Crazy Horse NaPoMo issue (17.2) caught my attention. The first was the editor's note in which Carrie Jerrell comments on the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference and compares attending this event to writing poetry. Really. Read her comments in full here.

The second was just the titles of some of the poems in the table of contents. These would grab the attention of even the most reluctant poetry reader: "For Sale: Positive Pregnancy Test, Used"; "The Morning Police Found You in a Green Recycling Bin"; "Encounter in East Coker"; "Looking for God in a Panel of Stained Glass"; "Your Presence Was the Question"; "A Kite Addresses Benjamin Franklin"; "Eighteen Photos of Me Holding Up a Boulder"; "[If You are Squeamish]"; "We Were Warned" - and many more.

The poems behind these titles do not disappoint, though the Crazy Horse NaPoMo issue never has!
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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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