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Published May 26, 2011
Twice yearly in print and online (aXmag), The Jackson Hole Review publishes fiction, essays, poetry and visual arts emphasizing themes relative to the West in a broad sense: "Small towns and mountain towns from the Rockies to the Great Smokies share their quest for the American identity with the neighborhoods of the Midwest and the coasts, whether city or suburb."

The inaugural Spring 2011 issue is themed Connect/Disconnect. Author Kim Barnes has observed, “There are so many ways in which the West – or at least the idea of the West – is a study in contradictions. We are both nomadic and desirous to put down roots… We want both community and isolation.”

Contributors include Diana Smith, Kirk Vandyke, Jacob Routzahn, Patty Somlo, Tricia Louvar, Caroline Treadwell, Jessica S. Tanguay, Sarah Wang, Courtney Gustafson, Dulco Jacobs, Elizabeth Tinker, Nicole Burdick, Linda Hazen, Marcia Casey, Susan Marsh, Devin Murphy, Jennifer Minniti-Shippey, Cal Grayson, Alexandra Rose Kornblum, Thomas Macker, and Mike Bressler.

Behind the scenes, Jackson Hole Review is made up of Editor-in-Chief Matthew Irwin, Managing Editor Amy Early, Art Director Benjamin Carlson, Associate Editors Benjamin Bombard and Robyn Vincent, Contributing Editors Nicole Burdick, Marcia Casey, Robin Early, Linda Hazel, Sarah Kilby, and Publisher Mary Grossman, Planet Jackson Hole, Inc., Jackson, Wyoming.
Published May 18, 2011
Tupelo Press has announced that Lynn Emanuel has selected as winner of the 2010-2011 Dorset Prize: Ruth Ellen Kocher of Boulder, Colorado [pictured] for her manuscript, /domina Un/blued.

Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri and Malachi Black of Provincetown, Massachusetts were named runners-up.
Published May 18, 2011
tak′tīl is a new quarterly online journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art. It's the aim of tak′tīl to keep the power of 'touch' even in an online format: "we look for work with haptic memory: sense-oriented poems and pieces of prose that convey as much through words as our synapses do when we touch and taste and smell. We want work that's blunt, raw, human, focused. We are less interested in pieces that are cerebral, and more in those that offer a unique sense experience—for instance, writing about food so vivid readers can taste oysters on their tongues, can feel the stretch and give of bread dough in their hands."

tak′tīl is Kaitlyn Siner, Editor-in-Chief & Non-fiction Editor, Michele Harris, Poetry Editor & Webmaster, Demetra Chornovas, Fiction & Marketing Editor, and Emily Frey, Managing Editor & Art Editor.

The first issue includes poetry by Ana Garza G'z, Cara Kelly, Kit Kennedy, Alan King, Karen Lake, Heather Wyatt; fiction by Louis Bourgeois, James H. Celestino, Andy Cerrone; non-fiction by Joel Coblen, Susan Hodaral, Sheila Squillante; art by Paul Shampine and George Shaw.
Published May 19, 2011
Ahsahta Press has announced the winner of the tenth annual Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition: Karen Rigby of Gilbert, Arizona [pictured], whose manuscript Chinoiserie was selected by Paul Hoover. She will receive the $1,500 prize in addition to the publication of her book by Ahsahta Press in January 2011.

Hoover also selected Early Poems by Lucy Ives of Flushing, New York, as the runner-up in the competition; her manuscript will be published by Ahsahta in September 2013.

Full list of semifinalists and finalists available here.

Sawtooth Poetry Prize 2012 Call for Manuscripts: January 1, 2012 through March 1, 2012. Final Judge: Heather McHugh. The winning volume will be published in January 2013 by Ahsahta Press.
Published May 19, 2011
Editor Larry Smith has revived Caliban, now Calibanonline:

In the mid-80s, American politics and writing took a turn to the right. The great American tradition of innovative, imaginative writing, from Whitman and Dickinson through the giants of the 20th century, was overshadowed by an obsession with literary formalism. Lawrence R. Smith founded Caliban in 1986 to counter this tendency. Writers who flourished in George Hitchcock’s legendary kayak magazine, which closed in 1984, moved to Caliban: Raymond Carver, Robert Bly, Colette Inez, James Tate, W.S. Merwin, Michael McClure, Charles Simic, Diane Wakoski, Philip Levine, Louis Simpson, Russell Edson, and many others. Writers who had never published in kayak also joined the Caliban scene: William Burroughs, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jim Harrison, Wanda Coleman, Louise Erdrich, William Stafford, among a host of others. Caliban was an instant success, praised by Andrei Codrescu in a review of issues #1 and #2 on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and given a Coordinating Council of Little Magazines award for outstanding new magazine. The original Caliban was also awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants in support of the publication costs of the magazine. The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, purchased the Caliban archives in 1997.

In 2010, fourteen years after the physical magazine closed, Smith started an online version. It looks just like the old Caliban: it has the same design, format, and even the same typeface. You hear the sound of turning pages as you move through it in virtual space. As one artist remarked, “This is the way angels read.” In addition to the outstanding contributors that characterized the old magazine, the new Calibanonline features full color, high-resolution art reproductions throughout each issue, short art videos, and recordings of original musical compositions. In that sense, the new online version offers even more than the original.

Pictured: Issue #3 is a celebration of George Hitchcock, who died in August of 2010 at the age of 96, featuring a portfolio of his artwork and late poems, an interview with Marjorie Simon, and contributions from Robert Bly, Wanda Coleman, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, John Digby, Nancy Willard, Charles Bernstein, Ray Gonzalez, Jim Hair, Christine Kuhn, A.A. Hedgecoke, Greg Sipes, Nico Vassilakis, Thomas Lux, Marjorie Simon, Shirley Kaufman, Margaret Atwood, Tim Kahl, Stephen Kessler, William Harmon, Deanne Yorita, Robert Peters, Jack Anderson, Vern Rutsala, Lou Lipsitz, Tom Wayman and Linda Lappin.
Published May 20, 2011
Read the 2010 OPEN CITY RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest Winner: "The Wrong Heaven" by Amy Bonnaffons.
Published May 25, 2011
Persimmon Tree’s online magazine featuring "the creativity and talent of women over sixty to a wide audience of readers of all ages" includes a special section in their Spring 2011 issue of poems from the East Coast States, guest edited by Hannah Stein. Authors include Sasha Ettinger, Sandra Kohler, Janet Krauss, Diana Pinckney, Marjorie Norris, Susan Roche, Ada Jill Schneider, Dorothy Schiff Shannon, Carole Stone, and Dale Tushman.

Persimmon Tree ordinarily does not accept submissions of poetry. However, two times a year they hold contests and publish the winning poems submitted from poets who live in a specific geographical region. Here is the schedule:

Fall 2011 — WESTERN STATES (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, NV, ID, AZ, UT, MT, WY, CO, NM). Submissions accepted April 15-June 15, 2011.

Spring 2012 — CENTRAL STATES (TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, AL, TN, KY, IN, MI, WI, IL, OH, WV, PA). Submissions accepted Oct. 15-Dec. 15, 2011.

Fall 2012 — INTERNATIONAL. Submissions accepted April 15-June 15, 2012.
Published May 25, 2011
Inkwell and he Manhattanville College Master of Arts in Writing Program have announced the 2011 winners of their annual competitions. Winners appear in the Spring 2011 issue.

The 13TH Annual Short Fiction Contest
Grand Prize: $1500 & Publication In Inkwell
Competition Judge: Catherine Lewis
Winner: "Jesus Permit" by Janet Hilliard-Osborn
Notable Finalist: Gregg Cusick

The 14th Annual Poetry Contest
Grand Prize: $1000 & Publication in Inkwell
Competition Judge: Mark Doty
Winner: "My Father Was a Detective" by Jeanne Wagner
Notable Finalists: Sharon Klander, Tara Taylor, Leslie St. John

The Elizabeth McCormack/Inkwell MAW Student & Alumni Contests in Poetry & Fiction
Poetry Winner: Shane Cashman
Fiction Winner: Todd Bowes
Published May 16, 2011
Edited by Peter Lucas, Abigail Wheetley and Amy Graziano, Prime Mincer publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry in a print and e-version (Smashwords) three times a year (March, July, November). Free previews are available online.

The first issue includes works by David Cozy, Jared Yates Sexton, Rusty Barnes, Hobie Anthony, Eleanor Levine, Jackson Lassiter, John C. Mannone, JP Dancing Bear, Stephanie Dickinson, Portia Carryer, Dustin Monk, Desiree Dighton, Michael Meyerhofer, Lisbeth Davidow, Bryan Estes, Paul Kavanagh, Shawn Mitchell, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Grace Koong, Kate Ristow, Jay Boyer, Jon Tribble, and Amy Schreibman Walter.

Prime Mincer accepts fiction and creative nonfiction submissions up to 7500 words and graphic narratives up to 25 pages (print size — 6×9).

For poetry, Prime Mincer's 2011 poetry contest with final judge Rodney Jones, is open until October 1. First prize is $300, publication, 10 copies, and runner-up receives $50, publication, and 5 copies. All entries considered for publication.
Published May 16, 2011
Join local poets and lovers of poetry May 20 - 22 (Saginaw, Michigan) in celebration of Theodore Roethke's 103rd birthday. Also in attendance will be the late poet’s widow, Beatrice Roethke Lushington and Tess Gallagher, contemporary poet and Roethke student. Visit the Friends of Roethke website for more information and a full schedule of events.
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