Monday, June 29, 2009

Narrative Winter Contest Winners

FIRST PLACE
White Space by Janet Burroway

“HIS WRIST IS furred in gold and banded with a, Jesus, Rolex. From the sidewalk it was any other clapboard student digs, but now I remember that he comes from bucks, does Goldenhair. Kenilworth Adamson Lowenthal. What kind of parents pick three dactyls for a name?”

SECOND PLACE
New Year’s Weekend on the Hand Surgery Ward, Old Pilgrims’ Hospital, Naples, Italy by Adam Atlas

“WHEN THE AMBULANCE guys finally came, they were put out and winded. They asked me if I had a plastic bag for the piece of thumb and they watched with their arms folded while I stumbled around and found them a plastic bag.”

THIRD PLACE
That Ain’t Jazz by David Bradley

“COUSIN BERNARD AGREES that I’m trouble, with a capital T. The family buzz is, I'm destined for college. If I don’t get with it now, he says, I’ll end up with some intellectual gig and be swallowed by the Negro Bourgeoisie.”

READ THE WINNING STORIES.

Upcoming Contests:

The FIRST ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST, with $3,300 in prizes.
Entry deadline: July 18.

The SPRING 2009 STORY CONTEST, with $6,500 in prizes.
Entry deadline: July 31.

Jobs :: Various

Loyola College seeks a full-time Affiliate Instructor in Writing to teach first-year core writing course and upper-level course(s) in area(s) of expertise. One year contract, with possibility of renewal.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for a part-time faculty position in nonfiction writing, specifically creative nonfiction and/or magazine journalism.

Lebanon Valley College (PA) invites applications for a one-year, full-time position as a visiting assistant professor of English beginning fall 2009. July 1

Adjunct Teaching

From Inside Higher Ed: Can You Afford to be an Adjunct? - and it's not just about the pay. Miss Poor Prof gives insight into taking the "adjunct hit" and how to mitigate its effects.

Georgian Literature

No where can you find international issues more quickly anthologized through literature than in literary journals. Readers wanting to educate themselves on cultures and issues, and teachers wanting to engage students in global issues have instant access through numerous print and online publications. International Poetry Review* is one such journal, devoting its most recent issue to Georgia (v35n1). Guest Editor Dominik Irtenkauf introduces the issue with his comments, "Mythology in Georgia Today." It begins:

"In global terms, Georgia has become more popular because of the Caucasus conflict. When it comes to attracting the attention of the media, all too often, only bad news is good news. However, the newspaper headlines aside, Georgia is a country whose rich cultural history repays our careful attention...Nowadays, Georgian writers, poets most of all, suffer from financial and cultural deprivations in their country. Nevertheless, literature is strong there because of its rich heritage and voluptuous poetic language."

The issue includes the original poems, written in a Georgian alphabet Irtenkauf calls "all its own, not to be confused with the Cyrillic," and Bela Tsipuria, PhD in Georgian Literature, Tbilisi State University, provides an introduction worthy of its own study for the value of Georgian history she provides readers.

This issue of IPR is an outstanding example of the importance of literature in developing a broadly informed view of world cultures.

*The IPR website it a bit outdated, but Editor Mark Smith-Soto assures me updates are in the near future.

American Short Fiction Contest Winners

The Summer 2009 issue of American Short Story (v12 i44) includes "Mask of Destiny" by Karen Gentry winner of the annual American Short Fiction contest. Second place went to Robert Glick.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Passings :: Sam Weller

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Sam Weller, the venerable Salt Lake City bookseller known for his energetic personality and an uncanny ability to match a customer to the perfect book, died Tuesday. He was 88.

His death, attributed to causes of age, marks the passing of a literary era for Utah readers as well as for the nation's dwindling community of independent booksellers.

"It's a big ending," said Linda Brummett, manager of the general book department at the Brigham Young University Bookstore . "Sam really became a mentor to me and many other booksellers. In one way or another, we can all trace our heritage as booksellers back to Sam."

Glimmer Train Family Matters Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition.  This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family, with a word count range 500-12,000.  Monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place:  Randolph Thomas of Baton Rouge, LA, wins $1200 for “According to Foxfire”.  His story will be published in the Fall 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in August 2010.

Second place:  Amy S. Gottfried of Thurmont, MD, wins $500 for “Chim Chiminy”.  Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place:  Abe Gaustad of Germantown, TN, wins $300 for “A Month of Rain”.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadlines approaching!

Fiction Open:  June 30
This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories on any theme, with a word count range of 2000-20,000.  Click here for complete guidelines.

Best Start:  June 30
This new category is different from their others in that the piece should be an engaging and coherent narrative, but it does not need to be a complete story; it needs to be an important part of a story in progress.  Only open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed print publication with a circulation over 3000.  Maximum word count:  1000.  Click here for complete guidelines.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Passings :: Gerry Gilbert

Vancouver author Gerry Gilbert died this past week. From Remembering.ca:

"I've used up my reality" Tuesday, April 7, 1936 - Friday, June 19, 2009 Gerry, poet, moved into the past tense Friday in Vancouver after a lifetime dedicated to writing, photography and art. He will be greatly missed by his son Jeremy in Toronto and daughter Tamsin Bragg (Ritchie) in Saltspring Island, and by his grandchildren Cassandra and Drew Storey in Saltspring, and Matilda in Toronto. Gerry waspre-deceased by his daughter Lara, sister Linda, and parents Ralph and Betty, all of Vancouver. Gerry, once called the "Jude the Obscure of the Vancouver poetry scene," published many books of poetry and prose, including "Moby Jane," "Grounds" and "Azure Blues" and was for many years host of "radiofreerainforest" on Co-op radio. He published "BC Monthly," a writing journal, and had numerous photographic and audio-visual exhibitions. Through BC Monthly and radiofreerainforest, he was the most active of all the poets in the Vancouver poetry community in promoting and supporting the work of other poets from all the many groups and schools in the city. He lived for the last 40 years in and around Vancouver's Downtown East Side, subsisting on his writing. His family would like to extend their gratitude to Marlene Swidzinsky and James Campbell, Jamie and Carol Reid, and the staff of St. Paul's Hospital palliative ward. Gerry's ashes will be spread over the waters by Jericho Beach, to join his family there who preceded him.

Utah Writers' Contest Winners

The most recent issue of Western Humanities Review (Summer 2009) includes works by the winners of the 16th Annual Utah Writers' Contest. First prize in prose went to Matthew Kirkpatrick for "Different Distances"; first prize in poetry went to Christine Marshall for "Fits of White" (though she has several other poems published in this issue and not the one named in the contest).

Let Alimentum Adjust Your Attitude

The most recent issue of Alimentum: The Literature of Food (Issue 8) begins with a preface by publisher Paulette Licitra. Its beginning here is something I think many lit mags would agree with, and many readers will find encouraging in seeking out and not being afraid to explore the kind of literature being published these days. Licitra writes:

A couple of years ago someone took me aside and, in a wise-man-giveth-advice tone, told me to take "literature" out of Alimentum's subtitle.

"Literature scares people," he said.

Imagine that. Literature - the word, the idea, the stuff itself - scary. Not scary as in frightening, but as in boring. He thought literature was synonymous with snooze. As if, from this label, people would expect to find dry, bland, sleepy stuff between our covers.

Nothing's asleep between these covers. Every word is awake and raring to go.

The one thing we didn't want Alimentum to be is boring. In fact, one of our modi operandi is UNboring. Along with delightful, charming, chewing, tasty (even disturbing), and whoa and wow. And GREAT writing tops our list.

And guess what great writing is called?

Literature.

Even Merriam-Webster says so:

Literature: writings in prose or verse; especially: writing having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest.

Now who wouldn't want to read something like that. Turn these pages and you'll find: literature profound and soul-searching, ironic and funny, irreverent and silly, naive and sophisticated. And sexy, too.

Urban Lit

Ivory Sherman speaks out against Urban Lit: "Books were the last thing that the African-American people had that didn't promote negative stereotypes; but like a virulent virus, urban literature came and destroyed the true essence of books."

Big Fancy Words

A list of the most looked up words by readers of the New York Times.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Contest Controversy Abated

There are numerous "controversies" that surround writing contests, and many responses to these from contest sponsors. Here's a creative approach from PANK Magazine for their 1001 Awesome Words Contest, which offers prizes of $750/500/250:

"For the sake of transparency… We realize entry fees are controversial—acknowledged. Whether you believe us or not, this isn’t a reading fee — we consider it a privilege and pleasure to read your work. While we are hoping this will make us some money, we mostly want to hold a contest and we want to pay the winners, and we want the winners to truly benefit from participation. That said, the announced prize money is predicated on getting enough entrants (we don’t anticipate a problem). However, if PANK draws a prize pool less than $1500, we will announce how many entries we received, and we will pay the three winners on a graduated scale of 50%/33%/17% of the total prize pool. Good news last — if the prize pool exceeds $2000, PANK will lock its profit at 25% and increase the prize pool accordingly."

Kore Press Short Fiction Winner

Teresa Stores was selected by Tayari Jones as Kore Press Short Fiction Winner 2010 for her story "Frost Heaves." She is the author of three novels and her work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Stores is an associate professor of English at the University of Hartford.

The runners-up are Margaret Cardillo with "Hysterical," and Patricia Engel with "The Bridge."

List of Summer Reading Lists

The Book Beat Backroom has scoured and compiled a list of top 10 summer reading lists from a variety of educational sources as well as links to NPR, Berkley High School, and Reading is Fundamental.org: "These reading lists of recommended children’s books and young adult books are generally organized by grade level. Many of the elementary children’s reading lists include children’s picture books. Many of the recommended reading lists for middle schoolers include a mix of children’s books and young adult books. You’ll find classics and recently published children’s books and young adult books on these 2009 summer reading lists for preschoolers to grade 12."

Shout It Out for Your Library!

The New York Public Library has created a new campaign for libraries: "Shout It Out" - hoping to raise awareness for libraries in a time of drastic budget cuts. They've made a video callout featuring writers Colson Whitehead, Malcolm Gladwell, Amy Tan, and Nora Ephron as well as celebs Bette Midler, Jeff Daniels, Barbara Walters, Tim Gunn, and more. They hope that people will be inspired to speak out for their libraries and help make sure we can keep providing writers, readers, students, scholars, and so many more, the resources we all need. People can add their own response video, and visit the New York Public Library for other ways to take action. (via Deanna Lee, VP of Communications of The New York Public Library)

Monday, June 22, 2009

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winner

Michael Thomas won the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of English language fiction's richest prizes. His novel, Man Gone Down, depictes the difficulty of attaining the American Dream for an African American.

New Lit on the Block :: Triggerfish

Triggerfish Editor C.M. Bailey answers the question "How Did We Get Here?" in his editorial to issue #1 of this new online journal: "A few years ago, we began a journey to translate the fundamental values of our poetry site (criticalpoet.com) into a journal. The Critical Poet's mission is to provide poets with a safe harbor to engage with other writers, to work, to fail and to improve, all the while providing feedback through critiques. Not everyone takes criticism easily, however, it is only through this process that a writer can expect to grow. We wanted to bring that forward and there seemed no better way than with a journal."

Issue #1 includes a feature with poet Carla Conley, as well as works by Heather Lazarus, Colin James, Lise Whidden, Mary Susan Clemons, Ellen Bihler, Lisa Cronkhite, Lesley Dame, Donal Mahoney, Howie Good, Jasmine Templet, Lynn Otto, S. Thomas Summers, Leanne Drapeau, Dave Mehler, and Mal.

Triggerfish is published quarterly and open for submissions: Summer deadline May 15; Fall deadline August 15; Winter deadline December 15; Spring deadline March 15.

University of Georgia Press Flannery O'Connor Award

More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts. Winners for 2009 whose works will be published this fall are: Geoffrey Becker for Black Elvis and Lori Ostlund for The Bigness of the World.

Jobs :: Various

Seton Hill University seeks published novelist of popular fiction (preferably mystery/suspense), to teach and to mentor novel-length theses in the graduate low-residency Writing Popular Fiction program (half-load), and to teach undergraduate courses in creative writing and first-year composition. Michael Arnzen, Division of Humanities.

Full-time Editor-Berkley Books, Penguin Group(NY).

Simon & Schuster Associate Publisher, Touchstone/Fireside (NY).

Full-time Editor, John Wiley and Son's Inc (Malden, MA).

Full-time Associate Editor, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, NY).

Writer/Editor, Membership Resources for adult audiences, Girl Scouts USA.

Residency

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center (Nebraska) offers up to fifty juried residencies per year to working artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts or arts education scholars. Residencies are available for two-, four-, six-, or eight-weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. Deadline September 1, 2009.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Special Call for CNF

I have now received two notices of extended deadline from Eastern Kentucky University's MFA program for their new publication of Jelly Bucket, so, either they're not getting enough submissions or not enough GOOD submissions. C'mon NewPages readers/writers - get off yer summer duffs and submit:

"The new literary journal for EKU's MFA program would like to announce a special call for non-fiction submissions. The deadline has been extended to July 15th. All submissions should be sent to: nonfiction(at)jellybucket(dot)org. All contact information should be on your submission. The inaugural issue will be released this November. Payment will be two contributor's copies." (Tasha Cotter, Poetry Editor/Editor-In-Chief)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Pearl's Summer Picks

Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks Summer's Best Books on NPR.

First Person Arts Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 15

First Person America: In These Hard Times

A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.

Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions - may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

The Nation on the Cost of Higher Ed

"Out of Reach: Is College Only for the Rich" is The Nation cover story for June 29, 2009 by Liza Featherstone: "As the cost of college hits the stratosphere, students are organizing to bring it down to earth." The Nation editors have their own input with "A Bailout for Students."

storySouth Million Writers Award Winners

The sixth annual storySouth Million Writers Award is now closed. The winners, based on the popular vote of readers, are:

First place: "The Fisherman's Wife" by Jenny Williams (LitNImage)
Runner-up: "Fuckbuddy" by Roderic Crooks (Eyeshot)
Honorable mention (third place): "No Bullets in the House" by Geronimo Madrid (Drunken Boat)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

2nd River Chapbook

New at 2River is Fortune Cookies, by Andrew Cox, number 19 in the 2River Chapbook Series. You can visit and read these prose poems online, or click Make-a-Book to download a PDF, which you can then print double-sided, fold, and staple. You'd then have a personal copy of the chapbook.

2nd River accepts submissions for their chapbook series. Submissions should consist of no more than 23 poems, and authors are asked to browse the series before submitting to be sure their work is a good match for 2nd River.

2nd River is also currently accepting submissions of unpublished poetry (June 1 - Aug 31) for their fall 2009 issue.

Interlochen Arts College

Interlochen Arts Academy, world renown for its school-year academy and summer arts programs, now offers an Adult Arts Program.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Narrative Puzzler

Narrative has a weekly Literary Puzzler feature, challenging readers to participate. Last week it was the infamous six-word story form, and this week: Neologisms, which asks readers to submit their own best new words. Winners receive a three-month pass to Narrative Backstage or a digital edition of 18 Lies and 3 Truths. Win or not, the puzzlers are fun to play.

Pongo Seeks Volunteers (WA)

From Richard Gold, Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project:

Pongo is doing wonderfully and looking for volunteers for the fall. Pongo volunteers will make a six-month commitment (once a week for three hours plus), and they will learn our techniques for helping abused, neglected, and other traumatized youth to express themselves therapeutically through poetry. More information is included below.

WHAT IS PONGO? Since 1992, the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project has worked with teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives. We help young people express themselves through poetry, and the teens often write about traumatic life experiences. Through creative writing, Pongo helps its authors communicate feelings, build self-esteem, and take better control of their lives. Each summer we publish chapbook compilations of the teens’ work. The chapbooks are distributed free to incarcerated youth and others. You can find out more about us at www.pongopublishing.org .

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND FREE TRAINING: Are you interested in learning how to use creative writing therapeutically with incarcerated, homeless, and other distressed youth? The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project is offering volunteer opportunities and trainings at several sites this fall, to run mid-September 2006 to mid-April 2007. The sites and possible schedules include:

King County Juvenile Detention, Seattle, Tuesdays, noon-3:15 PM
Child Study and Treatment Center (state psychiatric hospital), Tacoma, Mondays, noon-3:15 PM
(Please feel free to contact us if you will not be available on these schedules but would like to be informed about schedule changes or other volunteer opportunities.)

People who join the Pongo program will be well-trained and well-supervised, and they will work as part of a close-knit team of four to six people, under the direction of a Pongo project leader. Every weekly session includes one hour of training (with discussion about poetry, traumatized youth, and writing activities).

We are looking for mature individuals who have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and an ability to adapt to institutional rules. Ideal candidates will write poetry, have education as teachers or counselors, and have experience working with distressed youth. Candidates must make a commitment to attending the weekly Pongo sessions, being on time, and staying with the program until its completion in April.

If you are interested in becoming a Pongo volunteer, please contact us soon. Spaces are limited, and the application and interview process must be completed in early August. You can begin this process by emailing us a copy of your resume and samples of your poetry. Our address is info-at-pongopublishing-dot-org . We welcome your questions, too.

Art :: Brock Davis

Brock Davis set out on January 1, 2009 to "Make Something Cool Every Day." The result is some creatively whacky art with fascinating series (including painting his own hand with gold spray paint - which he does not recommend). Brock is "an artist and musician who works in a variety of mediums. Professionally, I work as a group creative director and art director for an ad agency in Minneapolis."

Online Artists Community: Create Culture

"Create Culture is a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY. We promote and co-produce arts learning programs with artists around the world. You can visit www.createculture.us to learn more about the organization and the trip we are co-producing in Morocco next year. The social network www.createculture.org is a project of Create Culture intended to break down barriers for artists and arts lovers around the world. The network is evolving but currently has a unique focus on workshops, an incredible gallery, and a wonderful mix of members from Kuala Lumpur to Kailua."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hudson Prize Contest Winner Announced

Black Lawrence Press has announced Patrick Michael Finn as the winner of the 2009 Hudson Prize. His short story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet will be available from Black Lawrence Press in 2011. Finalists and semi-finalists are listed on the Black Lawrence Press website.

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. Winning manuscripts are published by the press and their authors are awarded cash prizes of $1,000.

New Pages Updates

The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines
One Page Stories – fiction, memoir, personal essay
Chtenia Readings - Russian fiction, translation
Arroyo Literary Review - poetry, fiction, artwork
Second Run - poetry, fiction, plays, essays
The Sienese Shredder - poetry, critical writing, art, music
Cafe Review - poetry, reviews, artwork
Gigantic - fiction, dialogues, artwork
Hobble Creek Review - poetry, nonfiction
Siren - poetry, prose, nonfiction
Everyday Genius - poetry, fiction
Eyeshot - fiction, essays, rants, reviews, photographs
Farrago's Wainscot - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Fiction Weekly - fiction
On the Premises - fiction
Lalitamba - poetry, fiction, essays, translations, interviews
Paul Revere's Horse - poetry, fiction
Guernica - poetry, fiction, features, interviews, art, photography (a long-time favorite listed as alternative, now also listed as lit)


Alternative Magazines
World Affairs

Independent Bookstores
[THANKS NP blog readers for the adds on this list!]
Book Trout, Old Saratoga Books (Schuylerville, NY)
Buy the Book (Kawkawlin, MI)
Loganberry Books (Shaker Heights, OH)
Wolfgang Books (Phoenixville, PA)
Yesterday's Muse (Webster, NY)
The Bookery Nook (Denver, CO)
Urban Think! Kids (Orlando, FL)
Inner Wisdom (Galesburg, IL)
Old Saratoga Books (Schuylerville, NY)
Big Sleep Books (St. Louis, MO)
Next Chapter Bookshop (Mequon, WI)
Paragraphs (South Padre Island, TX)
[Words] (Maplewood, NJ)
Barner Books (New Paltz, NY)
Sandman Book Co (Punta Gorda, FL)

Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats & Book & Literary Festivals
Wildbranch Writing Workshop
NorthWords Writers Festival
Whitehorse Poetry Festival
Squire Summer Writing Residency

Monday, June 15, 2009

June Lit Mag Reviews Online

Stop by and check out the freshest batch of NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews of the following print and online publications: Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, American Short Fiction, Black Warrior Review, Freight Stories, Georgia Review, Hawk & Handsaw, Jabberwock Review, The MacGuffin, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Sentence, Sewanee Review, South Loop Review, West Branch, World Literature Today, ZZYZYVA.

Passings :: Harold Norse

"Harold Norse, whose poetry earned both wide critical acclaim and a large, enduring popular following, died on Monday, June 8, 2009, in San Francisco, just one month before his 93rd birthday. Norse, who lived in San Francisco for the last thirty five years, had a prolific, international literary career that spanned 70 years. His collected poems were published in 2003 under the title In the Hub of the Fiery Force, and he continued to read publicly into his 90s, bringing his work to new generations."

Read more about Norse on his site and on his page with the Beat Museum.

The Beat Museum will be hosting a Memorial for Harold on Sunday, July 12th, time TBA.

Congratulations Geo

Congratulations to long-time friend and colleague George Staley, who officially retires today after 35 years of teaching.

Espresso Isn't Just for Coffee Anymore

The new Espresso Book Machine is out - currently in 15 bookstores, and another 100 projected (Strauss). "The EBM is a fully integrated patented book making machine which can automatically print, bind and trim on demand at point of sale perfect bound library quality paperback books with 4-color cover indistinguishable from their factory made versions."

Badgerdog Instructors and Internships

Badgerdog Literary Publishing of Austin, Texas, runs both in-school and after-school creative writing workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Central Texas for which there are Workshop Instructor positions. Badgerdog also has internships available: Youth Voices in Ink editorial internships; Badgerdog teaching internships; American Short Fiction internships; business internships; and PR and journalism internships. More information about each and the application process can be found on the Badgerdog website.

Poetry is Everywhere

The Found Poetry Project was conceived by Timothy Green and Megan O’Reilly Green back in 2005 and launched December 2008. The intention of The Found Poetry Project is "to raise awareness of the poetry that appears anywhere we choose to look." To that end, the editors have established the following guidelines for found poetry, or FoPo, to be considered on their ongoing blog site:

1. The original author must not have intended the text to be poetry.
2. The found poem may not be sourced from literary fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. If the author seems to have been intentionally using poetic elements, it does not qualify for our purposes, even if those elements were employed in prose.
3. The original source of the text must be known. Source material may be anonymous, such as graffiti, signage, etc., but all published works must be properly cited.
4. The original text must not be edited by the finder, except by omission, punctuation, or lineation. Finders may cut words and add line breaks, but may not add words or rearrange text.
5. Finders may either choose to leave the poem untitled, or add their own.

Submissions are open, limited only by your own vision to see the poetry.

New Lit on the Block :: A River & Sound Review

Based out of Puyallup, Washington, it is partly true to say that A River & Sound Review is one of many efforts created "to promote the literary arts in a rural community with an undernourished appreciation for belles lettres." For the rest of the truth, visit the website! AR&SR publishes an online literary journal that features the best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction,and humor (currently reading August 1 to October 31, 2009).

Issue Number 1 features poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Adrian Gibbons Koesters, Anne McDuffie, Kristine Ong Muslim, Peggy Shumaker, Patricia Staton, and Julie Marie Wade; fiction by Simon Fruelund and David Huddle; essays by Susan Casey, Leslie Haynesworth, and Anne-Marie Oomen; humor by Brian Doyle.

AR&SR also produces a live literary productions and releases them as podcasts: "it's a fresh and humor-filled presentation of a literary reading, one like you've never heard or seen before." Averaging nee show every 12 weeks AR&SR will open to booking performances. Their upcoming live shows include Tacoma, WA on August 9, featuring David Huddle and Jennifer Culkin with musical guest Jerin Falkner, and on to Seattle in October with Crab Creek Review.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Lit on the Block :: The Raleigh Quarterly

The Raleigh Quarterly is a new hybrid online/print publication of stories, essays and poetry. Selections from the ongoing web posts are compiled in a print quarterly, the first issue of which includes works by Christy Thom, Graham Misenheimer, Lauren Turner, Anna Podris, Nick Pironio, Benjamin Fennell, Caroline Depalma, Yvonne Garrett, Dorianne Laux, Alice Osborn, and Michael Fischer. The web posts allow readers to register as community members to comment on the works.

Also included on the site is a video of RQ publishers, Greg Behr and Billy Warden on the program The Artist's Craft hosted by Stacey Cochran in a discussion of the future of literature, publishing on the Web.

The CW Program Controversy

In his June 8 New Yorker article "Show or Tell:
Should creative writing be taught?
" Louis Menand takes on the creative writing program through a thorough response to Mark McGurl's The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. Coming to the comment, "For, in spite of all the reasons that they shouldn’t, workshops work," how Menand gets there is worth the read.

More Turkey on the Shelf?

According to Turkey's Today's Zaman, a Nobel Prize, the European Union, and ─░stanbul named as a European Capital of Culture for 2010 are a few of the reasons why we might be seeing more Turkish works in translations. Of course, money helps: "...the project called The Introduction of Turkish Culture, Art and Literature (TEDA) has served as a turning point. As part of the project which is led by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, close to 600 publications have been translated into different languages since 2005, giving foreign readers the opportunity to get to know 150 Turkish authors. The number of books translated within the context of the project in the last four years is almost six times as many as the number of books translated in the history of Turkey...TEDA is a translation subvention project running in developed countries such as England, Germany and the US. Foreign publishers that want to translate Turkish works into their own language apply to TEDA; publishers who receive subsidies from the project can then pay for translation and copyright expenses. Publishers report the sale figures of translated books to TEDA every six months. Owing to the project, the works of many Turkish authors and poets are being read in foreign countries."

Read more here.

Writers Beware! Resources

I just can't bang the drum enough for the folks at Writers Beware! If you still don't know about them, go, now, and read their blog. At the very least, here's two, super-cool articles that should be required reading of anyone who says they are interested in publishing their writing:

Writer Beware by Victoria Strauss
Excuse Me, How Much Did It Cost You? by A.C. Crispin

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Another Indie Bookstore to Close

Independent since 1980, Shaman Drum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will close at the end of June: "Earlier this year, [owner Karl] Pohrt announced the store was struggling financially from a 'perfect storm' created by the ailing state economy, large drops in the store's textbook business and overall technological shifts that have affected the entire book industry."

Jobs :: Various Publishing

Palgrave Macmillan is currently seeking an Assistant Editor who will report to the Publisher.

Chronicle Books
announces openings for a Children’s Marketing Manager, an Editor of Art and Design, as well as ongoing internships and biannual design fellowships.

Oxford University Press Acquisition Editor, Journals.

Simon & Schuster Associate Editor for The Atheneum Books for Young Readers & Margaret K. McElderry Books.

NewPages Updates

New additions to the NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:
Labletter – fiction, poetry, text and image, photography, criticism, interviews
Puffin Circus – poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, artwork, cartoons
Mayday Magazine - nonfiction, microfiction, poetry, political/cultural commentary, translation, and visual art
The Writer’s Block - poetry, fiction, flash fiction, reviews, photography, and artwork
322 Review – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art


AND

New additions to the NewPages List of Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats & Book & Literary Festivals:
Rosemont Writers Retreat
DePaul Summer Writing Conference
Words Alive Literary Festival
Hay Festival
Wordstock Festival
Roaming Writers Workshop

If you have suggestions for additions to any of our guides, please drop us a line: denisehill[at]newpages[dot]com

Yes Virginia, There is a Hockey Poetry

In honor of the playoffs, and rootin' for the Red Wings to take the cup, a brief highlight on Randall Magg's Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, "a saga written in the character of Terry Sawchuk, one of hockey's greatest goalies":

Denied the leap and dash up the ice,
what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk
and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere
as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,
which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart
in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.
But it's their saving sense of irony that further
isolates them as it saves.

- from "One of You"

Published by Brick Books: "In compact, conversational poems that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. But no summary touches the searching intensity of Maggs's poems. They range from meditations on ancient/modern heroism to dramatic capsules of actual games, in which the mystery of character meets the mystery of transcendent physical performance. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is illustrated with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony."

New Lit on the Block :: 322 Review

Editors John Schoen, Jackie Cassidy, Steven Harbold, David Brennan, Jonathan Perrotto, John Schoen, Chris Vicari, Mark Buckalew, Sean Piverger, and readers Jamie Elfrank, George Ganigan, Shannon Spillman are the powerhouse behind 322 Review's impressive debut. The online journal includes and accepts submissions of of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and mixed media, as well as plans to include podcasts and video.

In addition to and interview with and featured writing by Thaddeus Rutkowski, issue one includes fiction by Douglas Bruton, Kristopher Jansma, Douglas Bruton, and George Ganigan; creative nonfiction by Kaysie Norman; poetry by Richard Fein, Howie Good, Jill Jones, Niels Hav, Robert K. Omura, Charles Musser, Ray Succre, Leslie Tate, and Rachel Bellamy.

The site also features an online gallery of works by artists Boz Schurr, Danni Tsuboi, Lauren Taylor Tedeschi, Peter Schwartz, John Berry, Sean Jewell, Christopher Woods, and Adriana Brattelli.

322 Review will publish online quarterly and run its "most exemplary" submissions in print twice a year. Full submission information and deadlines can be found under Writer's Guidelines.

[Image: jaco2 by Danni Tsuboi]

What Book Got You Hooked on Reading?

What book got you hooked? First Book wants to know: "This summer we are all about celebrating the stories that no child should grow up without – the classics, bestsellers and quirky favorites that got you reading and reading and reading some more. To introduce children to great stories, we need your support and we've set a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of August. Tell us What Book Got You Hooked and make a donation so that all children have access to great books!"

First Book will also be bringing back their "vote for a state" campaign to give the state which receives the most votes 50,000 new books. Past winners include Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Champion Takes on Alexie's Take on Kindle

Edward Champion interviews Sherman Alexie regarding his "controversial remarks" made at the BEA about his position on the Kindle as "elitist." The topic wanders to related issues, such as the rights of authors in a world of varying forms of publishing technology and reading.

Isotope on the Endangered List

This is indeed sad news for me, since it was only after reading Isotope that I believed English and science could really get along in the same mind of appreciation and learning. Something countless years of education failed to convince me of.

From the Terrain.org blog, posted by Simmons B. Butin:

Worst Event/Activity

I have very sad news to share -- news I learned yesterday but wasn't prepared to share until today (and I do have permission). As many of you know, Christopher Cokinos founded and has served as the editor of the outstanding journal Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing for more than a decade now. Many of you also know that state university funding has been drastically cut nearly everywhere. Combine those two, and we learn that Utah State University will no longer be publishing Isotope.

Folks, Isotope is one of the three or four best environmental literary journals, and its closure is a huge blow not only to the good folks working on the journal at USU, but to environmental and science literature readers and writers everywhere. But what to do? We need to find a large endowment to sustain the journal, under Chris's excellent editorial skills, and find it now. So ante up!

There is a possibility that Isotope will move to another university or other editing team, but unless it stays at USU, as far as I know Chris will no longer be the editor. That is sad, indeed.

New Lit on the Block :: The Lonesome Fowl

Founded by poet A. Minetta Gould, The Lonesome Fowl joins the online ranks of ars poetica and beyond. Accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-ficiton, the first issue features works by Tim Lantz, Kim Chinquee, Greg Gerke, Grove Koger, Kristin Ravel, Forrest Roth, and Amber Nelson.

Exhibits: Graphic Art & Grand Text Auto

Two cool exhibits at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

Vivid Lines in Graphic Times
May 21 to July 26, 2009


This selection of works, specifically paintings and works on paper from the museum's permanent collection, shares a graphic quality. Whether these artists appropriated images from consumerist culture, took influence from comic books, or simply utilized graphic techniques in their creative process, their works illustrate how meaning and feeling can be conveyed differently through the graphic line. While clearly referencing the Pop Art movement, these works from the 1970s through the late 1990s incorporate the movement's vibrant color and readymade images but deliver a more serious message. [Image: David Wojnarowicz]


Grand Text Auto
April 14 through July 26, 2009


Many blogs have spawned books over the last few years, but grandtextauto.org is the first to become an art exhibition. This blog about computer mediated and computer generated works of many forms—including net.art, hypertext fiction, and computer games—is collaboratively written by Mary Flanagan, Michael Mateas, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, Andrew Stern, and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. In this exhibition, the bloggers put their ideas into practice by displaying a variety of cutting edge works of digital art of their own creation.

Jobs :: Various

The Faculty of Letters of the University of Lausanne invites applications for Full or Associate Professor in English Literature, starting January 2010.

Managing Director: Poets & Writers.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Submit Your Piece of Peace

Judy Lucas is gathering 1000 Pieces of Peace - or more! Modeled after the story of Sadako and the 1000 origami cranes, Judy is "gathering poems, quotes, and prose pictures about peace from writers around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, published or not. They will be arranged in a book, the proceeds of which will go exclusively toward building in West Virginia the worlds first silly hospital, a proto-typical model of health care delivery" - this based on the medical philosophy of Patch Adams. Visit the Patch for Peace page or the Gesundheit! Institute site for more information.

To participate in the 1000 Pieces of Peace, visit this page for submission information. Though the website says the deadline has passed, Judy has assured me she will accept submission until June 30. Don't delay your piece of peace!

Teaching Artists Survey

From Teaching Artist Research Project (TARP):

The Survey Lab is collaborating with the National Opinion Research Center to carry out the first large scale survey of teaching artists. They are currently in the phase of locating teaching artists to participate in a web survey they expect to field in Spring 2009.

If you are a teaching artist, or if you manage a program that hires teaching artists - you can register for the survey on the site. They will send a link to the survey itself as soon as it "goes live" in your community.

If you are someone who hires teaching artists, you can help the project to develop a more complete list. Contact info available on the site.

Learn more about the Teaching Artist Research Project here.

Blue Mountain Center Residency/Award

The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize. It is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom heard. He was also the author of a number of books for children. Deadline July 1, 2009

Orange Prize 2009

Marilyn Robinson wins the UK 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction for her book Home. The Orange Prize for Fiction was established in 1992 to recognize outstanding women authors whose works might otherwise be overlooked by other awards.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Comments on Bromige Requested

In response to my previous post about the passing of David Bromige, his family has asked that those who would like may visit Remembering David to post reactions to David's death and reflections on his life.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Colbert Guest Edits Newsweek June 8

From The Gawker: "In a move that sort of reeks of desperation more than it does slick PR, Newsweek's Jon Meacham announced that Stephen Colbert will be the magazine's guest editor for the issue hitting newsstands on June 8." As if the last issue with "Crazy Oprah" on the cover wasn't enough...

Passings :: William Witherup

From The Stranger: John Marshall, the owner of Open Books up in Wallingford (WA), informs us that local poet William Witherup died yesterday of leukemia. Here is what Marshall has to say about him: "Bill was, to various degrees, very sweet and very crusty. He spent much of his life, politically and through poetry, focused on the plight of Downwinders, of which he was one—people who grew up and lived downwind of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation."

From West End Press: Bill Witherup was born in 1935. He grew up in eastern Washington, around Hanford from the time his father took a job there.

After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to San Francisco in 1960, later dividing his time among rural retreats near Monterey and Big Sur in California and a ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

His poetry darkened following the death of his father in 1983. While Witherup has endured periods of breakdown and hospitalization during his adult life, his dedication to poetry has remained unrelenting.

Passings :: David Bromige

From the Press Democrat:

David Bromige’s bold and experimental poetry won him multiple literary honors and the respect of readers around the world. But the retired Sonoma State University professor and former Sonoma County Poet Laureate, who died June 3 at home in Sebastopol at the age of 75, will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his rapier wit and generous support of other writers.

“I am happy to say that in the last week of his life his family was reading to him my new memoir and he was laughing at my jokes. He never missed a joke,” said former SSU colleague and novelist Jerry Rosen.

Bromige, he praised, “knew as much about contemporary poetry as any person in the world” and managed to communicate his love for poetry to his students during 25 years at SSU.

Read the rest here.

Friday, June 05, 2009

What Plagiarism Looks Like

It makes it really difficult to have conversations with students about plagiarism when we know about incidents such as this one in which Jacksonville State University President William Meehan's dissertation was found to have the highlighted passages copied directly from Carl Boening's dissertation (and supposedly more that was not verbatim). Both received their doctoral degrees from University of Alabama, and to date, investigations of this were dropped when JSU spokesperson said "there was no substance to the accusations." Apparently, someone else thinks there is substance to the charge and posted the What Plagiarism Looks Like website, which includes this image as well as the full text of both Meehan's and Boeing's dissertations as pdf files. To think I was giving students zero grades on papers for plagiarizing while Meehan was given a PhD and a presidency.

For more on the issue, see also The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog and Michael Leddy's blog Orange Crate Art.

Confess Your Secret Food

Alimentum: The Literature of Food has a special offer for new and renewing subscribers: "Tell us your Secret Food and receive one free issue! Your Secret Food is the food you love but tell no one about. Tell us and we'll not only gift you an extra issue but broadcast your Secret Food on our website this Fall. Your chance for Food Fame!"

All you have to do is place a regular subscription order online (or by mail) then send Alimentum an email with your secret to secretfood[at]alimentumjournal[dot]com. You'll get three issues for the price of two.

The Splinter Generation Becomes Ongoing

The Splinter Generation, a one-time-only publication received so much positive attention, the editors have decided to re-launch the journal as an ongoing publication featuring short fiction, poetry and nonfiction from writers born between 1973 and 1993. They've also given the site a new look, added some great new editors and are now accepting submissions.

The Splinter Generation is looking for the best poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction. In particular, they're looking for work that captures what it is to be a member of this generation. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but the reading period will end on November 1.

Newport Review Flash Fiction Contest Winnners

The newest issue of Newport Review online includes the winners of their Flash Fiction Contest:

First Prize
"Company of Heaven" by Marc Harshman

Second Prize
"Mirror" by F. J. Bergmann

Third Prize
"Real Self" by Suzanne Lamb

Honorable Mention
"Take Me Away, Spank Junkies" by Penni Jones
"Loose" by Tammy Delatorre

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno

I love Green Porno.

Where is All the Writing About Our Work?

Alain de Botton in his Boston Globe article Portrait of the Artist as a Young Data-Entry Supervisor says, "It's time for an ambitious new literature of the office[. . .]many contemporary writers are notably silent about a key area of our lives: our work. If a proverbial alien landed on earth and tried to figure out what human beings did with their time simply on the evidence of the literature sections of a typical bookstore, he or she would come away thinking that we devote ourselves almost exclusively to leading complex relationships, squabbling with our parents, and occasionally murdering people. What is too often missing is what we really get up to outside of catching up on sleep, which is going to work at the office, store, or factory."

Though we readers of literary magazines and small press publications know that these stories are being written and published, you just may not find them on the chain bookstore best seller shelf or paid-for-promotional-space tables.

Two such examples of these pockets of publication include two upcoming collections:

Anthology. On the Clock: Contemporary Short Fiction of People and Their Work. Working Lives Series from Bottom Dog Press Inc. Oct 1

Anthology: Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians (a working title), edited by Tracy Nectoux and published by Library Juice Press as part of the series Gender and Sexuality in Librarianship. Dec 31

Audio :: Wordslingers

Hosted by poet Michael C. Watson, Wordslingers is live radio for poetry and the conversations and culture it ignites, with a particular emphasis on Chicago. Twice each month, poets and writers convene in WLUW's studios to read their work aloud, and explore how poetry interacts with Chicago's broader literary culture.

Redivider Quickie Contest Winners

Redivider Quickie Contest 2009 Winners & Finalists

Prose
Judged by George Singleton
Winner: "Confession" by John Stadler
Finalists: J. Bowers, Ashley Luster, Roberta Hartling Gates, James Tadd Adcox

Poetry
Judged by Rane Arroyo
Winner: "Tinnitus Valentine" by Erin Keane
Finalists: Judy Halebsky, T.A. Noonan, Sean Keck, Donna Vorreyer

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Taking Lit Outdoors

Two teachers in Eugene, Oregon combine literature and outdoor adventure for a true experience in exploring writing.

Glimmer Train March Fiction Open Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March Fiction Open.

First place: Justin Torres of New York, NY, wins $2000 for “Surrender Unto Us”. His story will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in May 2010.

Second place: Vauhini Vara of Iowa City, IA, wins $1000 for “We’ll Rise Above the Sky”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Keith Meatto of New York, NY, wins $600 for “Tierra Santa”.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

And beginning June 1, Glimmer Train opens a brand new category! Guidelines here: Best Start.

Fellows Announced in Applied Translation

The first four recipients of Dalkey Archive Press’s Applied Translation fellowship program have been announced.

The new program, which is the first of its kind in the world, was created in response to the need on a national and international level for providing practical experience to young literary translators. Although only in its first year, the program received over 130 applications from 35 countries.

The four recipients are Rhett Warren McNeil (USA), Ursula Meany Scott (Ireland), Jamie Richards (USA) and Kerri Pierce (USA).

Read more about the fellows here.

Film :: Two of the Missing

According to Press 53, movie rights have been optioned by Millennium Films and shooting is scheduled for Two of the Missing: Remembering Sean Flynn & Dana Stone, a Vietnam War memoir written by Perry Deane Young, first published in 1975. The new edition released by Press 53 includes 18 pages of photos, many published for the first time.

On April 6, 1970, Sean Flynn, along with his friend and fellow photojournalist Dana Stone, were captured by Communist forces near Cambodia and never seen again. Sean was 28 at the time of his capture; he would have been 68 years old this year. Sean Flynn was the son of legendary film actor Errol Flynn. His capture in 1970 set off an international plea for his release and the release of several other journalists who were captured while covering the war.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Job :: Adbusters CW

Adbusters magazine is looking for a creative writer who can deliver colourful, edgy copy on myriad subjects. Assignments will range from short blurbs for the magazine and website to full-length articles, email broadcasts and fund-raising letters. Looking for a dynamic person interested in writing about the environment, art, technology, activism and politics. Open to Vancouver residents only. Email your resume, cover letter and two writing samples to: editor[at]adbusters[dot]org

New Lit on the Block :: Puffin Circus

Edited by poet Anthony Kendrick, Puffin Circus is a new independent, semi-annual literary journal based in Somerset, Pennsylvania that prints poetry, art, short stories, essays, book reviews, and cartoons.

The first issue features poetry and prose by Joseph Reich, Kenneth Pobo, Michelle Danner, Laura Garrison, Hannah C. Langley, Barbara Crooker, James Rioux, Richard Fein, and Rudy Sturk, short stories by David Moyer and Wayne H. W. Wolfson, an essay by Francis Raven, creative nonfiction by Robyn Bolton, and art by Francis Raven, Paul Woods, and Tim Welch.

Submissions are being accepted for the second issue of Puffin Circus, and, as always, writers are encouraged to read a copy before deciding if their work is right for submission.

Visit Indie Bookstores!

Travel plans this summer? Check out NewPages Guide to Independent Bookstores in the U.S. and Canada. Conveniently organized by state and city, with hotlinks, you can easily print these pages or view them on your PDA.

Know of a bookstore not listed? Please let us know!

Text as Art: Other C/lutter

Other Clutter is an online gallery space designed to explore “text as art”. Taking inspiration from the visual poetry of bpNichol and Steve McCaffrey the site has set out to examine text (words, letters, phrases, sentences, found text, pictures etc.) as an inherently visual space.

Contributors are often artists and poets who view language and its component parts as visual objects that lend themselves to shifting meanings and therefore recognize that words visually contain multiple entryways into understanding. Other Clutter is a space for both writers and artists to dismantle and reconstruct the political and representational overtones of text and art.

Other C/lutter also sponsors The Scream Literary Festival, July 2-13 in Toronto, for which they are seeking art submissions for gallery display.

[Image: from (th)ink: a collaboration between andrew topel and john m. bennett]

Monday, June 01, 2009

Controversy in Dublin, Ireland

Apparently the controversy with the Dublin Writers Festival is that it excludes Irish-language writers:

Dear Administrators,

Once again the Dublin Writers Festival has excluded Irish-language writers from any meaningful participation in the Festival events and activities. This behaviour by the organizers is shameful, offensive, and imperious. Indeed, I call for a boycott of the Dublin Writers Festival. It is my intention to urge writers, artists, and other citizens (in Ireland, Britain, the U.S. and other countries) to withdraw any and all support from the Festival and its activities. I urge an earthquake of a protest campaign until there is a constructive remedy to this imperiousness!

For creative diversity in Ireland,

Seamas Cain
http://alazanto.org/seamascain

[Reprinted here by permission of the author.]

New Lit on the Block :: Pakistaniaat

Pakistaniaat is a refereed, multidisciplinary, open-access academic journal offering a forum for a serious scholarly and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani history, culture, literature, and politics.

Articles in this first issue include “Introducing the Urdu Short Story in Translation” by Muhammad Umar Memon; “Community Learning Center Programs and Community Literacy Development in Asian and the Pacific Countries: Bangladesh, Iran, Vietnam and Pakistan as Case Studies” by Akbar Zolfaghari, Mohammad Shatar Sabran, and Ali Zolfaghari; “The Mediatization of Politics in Pakistan: A Structural Analysis” by Muhammad Atif Khan.

The publication also features book reviews, poetry and prose, translations, interviews, and Urdu works. All text is available online and can also be ordered in print copy.

Press 53 Contest Winners Announced

Press 53 has announced the winners for their 2009 Open Awards - honorable mentions and finalists can be found on the Press 53 website.

Young Writers (13-17)
Judge Tavia Stewart
First Prize: Beckett Bathanti of Vilas, NC for Short Story: “The Return”
Second Prize: Clara Fannjiang of Davis, CA for Poetry: “Letter to My Sentry,” “Foible,” and “Shakespeare's Curse”

Poetry
Judge Kathryn Stripling Byer
First Prize: Janice Townley Moore of Young Harris, GA for “Windows Filled With Gifts,” “I'd Like to Think the Truth About the World,” and “Beginning Homer's Illiad Once Again.”
Second Prize: Malaika King of Pinehurst, NC for “On Your Birth Day,” “Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis,” and “Swift Water.”

Flash Fiction
Judge Mark Budman
First Prize: Shannon Barton-Wren of San Francisco, CA for “San Diego, 1978”
Second Prize: Jason Stout of Atlanta, GA for “Paper Boats”

Short-Short Story
Judge Scott Yarbrough
First Prize: Kirk Barrett of Wilmington, NC for “Sarajevo Roses”
Second Prize: Jesse Tangen-Mills of Bogata, Columbia for “Twenty Ways to Love Before Dying”

Short Story
Judge Rusty Barnes
First Prize: Ryan Stone of Rossville, IL for “Run Nowhere”
Second Prize: Taylor Brown of San Francisco, CA for “Kingdom Come”

Genre Fiction
Judge Laura Benedict
First Prize: Alexander Lumans of Carbondale, IL for “Haruspices”
Second Prize: Jeff Bond of Midland, MI for “Motown Mojo”

Creative Nonfiction
Judge Dinty W. Moore
First Prize: Laura S. Distelheim of Highland Park, IL for “On Ruth, Whom I Couldn't Let Slip By”
Second Prize: Kate Carroll de Gutes of Portland, OR for “Cure”

Novella
Judge Ashley Warlick
First Prize: Jan Parker of Fuquay-Varina, NC for Hard Times and Happenstance
Second Prize: J.W. Robison of Effingham, IL for The True Adventures of Mustard Tater