Read the rest in Glimmer Train Bulletin #98, a free monthly of craft essays.
Traditionally a body in its longing turns to salt.
We punish the gesture. Which is looking back. Which is the city that is burning.
But with children inside. Which only women do. So really, we punish the dress.
Which absolves the gesture.
The ocean is inside you they say. As if this helps.
I walk around all day like this.
Read the rest on Banango Street.
First place: Zeynep Ozakat of Istanbul, Turkey, wins $2500 for "Moving from Istanbul." Her story will be published in Issue 96 of Glimmer Train Stories. This will be her first published story. [Photo credit: David Samuel]
Second place: David Szucs of New York, NY, wins $1000 for "Rhubarb and Pussy Willow."
Third place: Jonathan Frith of Cold Spring, NY, wins $600 for "Meese's Father."
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline TODAY for the Short Story Award for New Writers: February 28. 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.
The online Adroit Journal regularly features cool cover art. The last several issues have a "floaty" theme about them. "Whirl" is an award-winning piece by Jedidiah Gist, a freshman at Clemson University.
The newest issues (January 2015) of Ameican Tanka is themed "an inch of freedom." A sampling of first lines: "from my garden / bindweed creeps" (Robert Amis); "the storm / predicted and mapped" (Jari Thymian); "temple-bell / stirs devout thougts" (Vishnu P. Kapoor); "Uncle A with the rolling / musical chuckle -" (Roger Jones).
American Tanka is an online publication that "seeks to present a small selection of some of the most well-crafted English-language tanka being written today, in a visually calm space that allows the reader's eye to focus on the single poem and linger in the moment it evokes." Having begun as a print journal in 1996, Founder and Editor Laura Maffei produced the publication until 2008. After a two-year hiatus, Maffei brought the journal back online in the original one-poem-per-page format. American Tanka is published once or twice per year.
. . .
The machete sugarcane bled
Red on the island
dark and Jíbaro, Salinas poor,
Red was the language we spoke,
fertile in storied humility.
The good Red on the Mainland,
the mixed and other and ancient and othered,
rich 'got some Indian in me' reigning Red
whose scorn I
I didn't know then.
my mutilated being
my maternal brown stain
"why is your last name Reyes?"
"is your husband Spanish?"
. . .
Read the full poem here.
Chrislove examines LGBT character visiblity in comic books and graphic novels - and offers loads of resources.
Just for fun: 6 Classic Novels That Could Use a Sequel - ETonline provides their opinion on what the sequel would include.
"Twitter's not literature, but it can be a novel teaching tool" poses Harriet Line in the Times Higher Education.
From one literary lover to another, homeless man given a Kindle by a kind-hearted stranger.
The Bronte sisters' family dining table has been saved from auction with the help of the Bronte Society and its supporters.
Jacqueline Sahagian offers 10 Better Books by the Authors you Read in School - good for starting a healthy literary argument!
Gender gaps in journalism classes and newsroom concern students.
Let's get together, yeh-yeh-yeh: We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.
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Who's Running Your Writers' Group? Why You Should Be Careful
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