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The Spring 2015 issue of Open Minds: The Poetry and Literature of Mental Health Recovery features winners of the 2015 BrainStorm Poetry Contest:

open-minds-quarterlyFirst Place
"J'Arrive" by Cindy St. Onge
Portland, Oregon, USA

Second Place
"Curb Collection" by Tamara Simpson
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Third Place
"What Has and Hasn't" by Tyler Gabrysh
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Honorable Mentions to be published fall 2015:

"Ophelia" by Ruthie-Marie Beckwith
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

"Observational" and "The 4th Floor" by Katy Richey
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

"The Rain King" by Thomas Leduc
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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glass-kite-2Glass Kite Anthology's Summer Writing Studio for Young Writers is accepting applications until June 27. According to Glass Kite Anthology Founders and Editors-in-Chief Margaret Zhang and Noel Peng, this is a free, online writing studio for high/middle schoolers, intended to guide, inspire, and mentor young writers of prose and poetry during the summer months.

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.
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litro-143While 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.

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dzanc-booksHawthorne Books has announced a merger with Dzanc Books. As of June 1, 2015 Hawthorne is an imprint of Dzanc. The merger allows both houses to maintain their own individual editorial vision while working together on select projects. In addition to having offices in Ann Arbor and New York, a publicity center for both presses will be headquartered at Hawthorne's Portland, Oregon office, and Rhonda Hughes will serve as Dzanc's Director of Marketing and Publicity. Dzanc and Hawthorne are distributed by PGW.

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."
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Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March Family Matters competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family of all configurations. The next Family Matters competition will take place in September. Glimmer Train's monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

Clare-Thompson-Ostrander-PWFirst 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.
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vine-leave-14Vine Leaves Literary Journal is looking for "a dedicated and vignette-loving editor to help us navigate our impressive prose submissions." They are hoping for someone wanting to stick around for a while who will make a 10-15 hour monthly volunteer commitment. For a full job description, click here. Deadline June 15, 2015.

The Daily Vonnegut

June 04, 2015
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Kurt-VonnegutThe Daily Vonnegut is a site of reviews of Vonnegut's work, interviews with Vonnegut friends and scholars, links to Vonnegut-related resources, trivia, and "all things KV." Writer Chuck Augello, who is also fiction editor of Cease, Cows, and long-time Vonnegut fan John Rebernik are the editors keeping the site fresh with a video of the month and a trivia challenge, in addition to other content. And they are looking for works by others to post on the site. Writers can send up to 2000 words on "How has Kurt Vonnegut and his work impacted your own work and your life?"
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I am Stapled to Your Alabaster Skin
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.
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The Spring 2015 issue of The Filddlehead includes the winners of their 24th annual Tell It Slant literary contest:

fiddlehead-spring15Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize
Sean Howard, "Cases (Unbound Poems, from Nova Scotia Reports)"

Honorable Mentions
Michael Prior, "The Hinny"
 Julie Cameron Gray, "Skinbyrds"

Short Fiction First Prize:
Lisa Alward, "Cocktail"

Honorable Mentions
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.
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eman-mohammedThe photography and writing of TED Fellow Eman Mohammed is featured in the spring/summer 2015 issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. Eman Mohammed is a Palestinian refugee born in Saudi Arabia and educated in Gaza City. She is the first female photojournalist in Gaza, having started at the age of 19. The mother of two daughters, Eman "continues to shed light on hidden stories by documenting not only the war, but its aftermath and its effect on the people of the region."

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.

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