The program mentors are experienced young writers who are Foyle Young Poets, Scholastic Art & Writing Award Recipients, California Arts Scholars, and more. Each will choose up to 3 mentees with whom they will work for at least four (cumulative) weeks; after that, other arrangements can be made between the pairs, if it is desired.
For more information and to fill out an application, click here. The application is a google.doc, so you can access it on the GKA site if you are using Google Chrome as your browser. Otherwise, you have to log in to Google to access the application.
While Litro Magazine Editor Eric Akoto claims he won't attempt to give a full understanding of the history of Detroit that led it to becoming "the symbol of the American urban crisis," his introduction to Litro #143: Detroit does a pretty darn good job. More importantly, this issue's content focuses on the "hope for this once great city to rise again and rebuild itself."
Content includes fiction by Dorene O'Brien, "Way Past Taggin'," which takes readers inside the sub-culture of Detroit's graffiti artists, and Patricia Abbott's dark and gruesome story "On Belle Isle" about a photographer obsessed with photographing images of dead corpses. Amy Kaherl, one of the founding members of Detroit Soup, writes about her Detroit and its community in "A Community through Dialogue." A Q&A with Detroit photographer Amy Sacka explores her project "Lost and Found in Detroit," a photo series that began as a 365-day photo essay, where she literally took a photo a day, and has now extended to "The next 500 days." The issues closes with Bram Stoker Award and Locus Award winner Kathe Koja, who considers Detroit's new status in "The Limbo District."
Litro is fully available online as well as on Issuu.
Steven Gillis, publisher and co-founder of Dzanc says about the deal, "I could not be more pleased. Having worked with Rhonda and her staff prior for my own writing, I know what a level of excellence and professionalism she brings to the table. Providing Hawthorne with what Dzanc can offer, and in turn allowing Dzanc authors to avail themselves to Rhonda's magic as a marketer and publisher, is a perfect partnership that enables both houses to expand and become a real force for our authors in the industry."
First place: Clare Thompson-Ostrander [pictured], of Amesbury, MA, wins $1500 for "The Manual for Waitresses Everywhere." Her story will be published in Issue 97 of Glimmer Train Stories. This is her first national publication.
Second place: Wendy Rasmussen, of Seattle, WA, wins $500 for "Mesopotamian Nights." Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train, increasing her prize to $700.
Third place: Paula Tang, of Riverside, CA, wins $300 for "Little China House."
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline extended! Short Story Award for New Writers: June 10
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category run 1500-5000 words, but can go up to 12,000. First place prize is $1500. Second/third: $500/$300. Click here for complete guidelines.
by Margaret Zhang
For your wedding, you wore a bleached dress,
frills spilling over splintered bark skin.
The church sheltered us from thunder's tantrums
as you sat at the organ, stapling pages to
your membrane. . .
Read the rest and more great writing in the Spring 2015 Canvas, an online litereary publication "for teens, by teens," a project of the Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, New York.
Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize
Sean Howard, "Cases (Unbound Poems, from Nova Scotia Reports)"
Michael Prior, "The Hinny"
Julie Cameron Gray, "Skinbyrds"
Short Fiction First Prize:
Lisa Alward, "Cocktail"
David McLaren, "[nar-uh-gan-sits] a Rhode Island Thanksgiving"
Kari Lund-Teigen, "Something Like Joy"
These works can be read on The Fiddlehead website along with commentary from Editor Ross Leckie on the winning entries.
Eman Mohammed introduces her portfolio with several sections of writing: I. The Path / "You have to be a man"; II. The Blast Zone / Locked Doors; III. Mothers and daughters / "Many women died in the kitchen"; IV. Defining Moment / Broken Things; V. The Hole Inside My Heart.