Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Le Guin Resigns

"And now you have sold us down the river."

Le Guin's words to the Authors Guild in her letter of resignation after their decision to "deal with the devil" in the Google settlement.

Crazyhorse Prize Deadline Extended

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize
The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize
$2000 each and publication in Crazyhorse
Prize Deadline Extended, Jan. 15 2010

Mail in or upload online up to twenty-five pages of fiction or up to three poems (up to 10 pages total of poetry). Reading fee of $16 per manuscript includes a one-year/two-issue print-and-e-book subscription to Crazyhorse starting with the next issue. Upload manuscript and pay reading fee by secure online credit-card payment via, or by check or money order. Full info on Crazyhorse website.

E-Writing and E-Reading

How E-Books Will Change Reading And Writing by Lyn Neary on NPR includes a look at Rick Moody's Twitter novel attempt and the attitudes toward experimental tech-medium styles of writing.

Andy Hunter on Publishing Perspectives has another take with Lessons from the Rick Moody Twitter Project.

Narrative Contest Winners

Narrative Fall 2009 Story Contest Winners and Finalists

First Prize: Joe David Bellamy, "East House"

Second Prize: Dave Bausch, "Dim Lighting at the After Party"

Third Prize: Nate Haken, "Leach Pad"

David Abrams
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Han-ping Chin and William O’Daly
Abby Frucht
William Litton
Jerry Mathes
Mary Morrisey
Evan James Roskos
Heather Sellers
Olivia Shannon

The Winter 2010 Story Contest, with a $4,000 First Prize, a $1,500 Second Prize, a $500 Third Prize, and five finalists receiving $100 each. Open to fiction and nonfiction. Entry deadline: Wednesday, March 31, midnight, Pacific time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dennis Brutus, poet and activist, dies at 85

Dennis Brutus, the prolific poet and impassioned activist who was imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela in South Africa, died at his home in Cape Town Saturday morning after battling prostate cancer. He was 85. Mr. Brutus was exiled from his native South Africa for more than 20 years, and he successfully lobbied to ban the apartheid regime's all-white Olympic teams from the games. (Vivian Nereim)

Read more on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Free Lunch to Cease Publication

Issue 42 (Autumn 2009) of Free Lunch will be the last, according to the Board of Directors of Free Lunch Arts Alliance. Ron Offen, the editor and founder of Free Lunch, has health issues that prevent him from continuing the magazine. Our best to Ron and those who support him in these times.

Peer Reviewers Sought

Plenum: The South Carolina State University Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is accepting applications for peer reviewers. Areas of particular need are film, Caribbean Studies, American Studies, Education, Educational Technology, Hispanophone literature and culture, feminist literary theory and philosophy, and postcolonial literature and theory. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields are also welcome to apply. Please forward a cv and writing sample (MS Word or RTF, please) to jis at scsu dot edu.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Seeking Editor

From the staff at Shape of a Box:

After publishing 62 weekly issues, Shape of a Box is looking for a new editor or editors to take over the enterprise.

If you are interested please email current editor, Jessie Carty: shapeofabox-at-gmail-dot-com

Ideally, Jessie would like someone to take over the online journal 100% but she would be willing to stay on and help with the transition.

If we are unable to find someone to take over the journal 100% then we would like to work with individuals who would be interested in 1 - handling the website, including assisting with registering the domain OR 2 - making videos from contributor supplied footage (any software to compile - iMovie, Movie Maker etc).

We will be taking interest on a first come first serve basis but we would like to announce our decision on editorship/ownership of the project by January 15th. You can also stop by the wordpress blog.

AKC Names Top Dogs in Pop Culture

In the top ten overall, #1 goes to Snoopy, no surprise there. The American Kennel Club goes on to name 125 pop culture dogs in all, including the top dogs in categories for literature (c'mon guess who - he's big and red), music, television, art, and more. Check out the story here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lit Trees for Christmas

The Concord Museum’s celebrates the holiday with “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature,’’ an exhibit that spans 14 years and generations of authors and readers. The museum is filled with trees of all shapes and sizes, each one decorated by a different volunteer and each tree adorned with ornaments inspired by a classic or contemporary children’s book. One tree is adorned with little blue schoolgirl uniforms and French flags in the spirit of “Madeline,’’ a character that has captured the hearts of petites filles since 1939. Another is topped with a safari hat and trimmed with bugs and flowers, a nod to “Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire.’’ There are 35 trees in the literary grove.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Somebody Not Black Month

Starting this December event in 2008, Carleen Brice celebrates the second annual Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Somebody Not Black Month. Her effort is intended to focus attention on the works of African American authors outside of the mainstream. Brice also maintains a blog White Readers Meet Black Authors, which she labels as an "official invitation into the African American section of the bookstore."

Each year Brice recommends a short list of authors, as well as provides plenty more on her blog. For 2009:

The Book of Night Women By Marlon James
Kiss the Sky by Farai Chideya
Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Big Machine by Victor LaValle
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
The Air Between Us by Deborah Johnson

Annual Sexiest Poem of the Year Award

From CAConrad's blog: "The Sexiest Poem of the Year Award is given annually to a finely crafted poem demonstrating a fearlessness which confronts injustice. The panel of judges is CAConrad sitting in five different chairs manifesting five different facial expressions. The judges must have a unanimous decision in order for the award to be granted. In the case where a unanimous decision is not decided upon, no award will be granted that year."

See the winner for 2009 here.

Art, Games, and Play

From Art, Games, and Play by Jim Andrews, Magazine électronique du CIAC, in which he explores art games and technology:

"The programmability and speed of computers allows them to respond and respond swiftly, even after numerous decisions, to human input. Most of the really popular computer games exploit this capability of the computer to the max. Good eye-hand coordination is necessary to most popular computer games. Art isn't without relation to such things. Dance and music require rhythm and bodily funktisity. When we dance or tap, hum or harmonize, sing or swoon to music, we're following patterns and drawing into them, we're reading and writing the air. It's a kind of wreading. Artists of interactive computer art get it. And they use this outrageously exciting new technology to work the body and mind in old and new ways that really do constitute a new art form: interactive computer art."

A Journey Through Literary America

Still looking for a holiday gift for that literary person on your list? A Journey Through Literary America is a collaborative work by writer Thomas R. Hummel and photographer Tamra L. Dempsey. The publisher's site describes the book: "This 304 page coffee table book takes a look at 26 of America’s great authors and the places that inspired them. Unique to this book of literary biography is the element of the photograph. With over 140 photographs throughout, the images add mood and dimension to the writing – and they are often shockingly close to what the featured authors described in their own words."

It is indeed a gorgeous book. Neither the text nor photos dominate, but work well in harmony to create a book that can be browsed for its images or curled up with and delved into for its writing. The content on the featured authors provides commentary about their lives in the places where they lived. Even if you already know the background of these authors (click here for the table of contents), seeing them recounted here in context with the photographs adds a new, warmer sense of story to their lives. The information looks both at the authors' lives past as well as how they continue to be recognized within the community in which they lived, and in some cases, in which their characters lived.

Additionally, the authors are running a writing contest on the theme My Hometown: "We want you to write about your hometown (we leave it up to you how you choose to define the term, whether it be the town your grew up in, the town you have adopted as your own, the place that feels most like 'home.') The most important thing is that your entry must strongly evoke place." Deadline August 1, 2010.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Review Lab - Columbia College

New out from the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College: The Review Lab with book reviews, interviews, blog, and guest columns, including Reviewing Essentials by Donna Seaman from which the following in an excerpt:

"Many writers are published first as reviewers, and many inquisitive, generous, and devoted writers, among them Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jonathan Lethem, continue to write book reviews because reviewing sharpens one’s literary insights and chops. We must read each other respectively, receptively, and critically to keep literature alive, vibrant, and varied. And we must follow the golden rule: review others the way you hope to be reviewed."

Any writers looking to follow Seaman's advice can contact me at NewPages, where we continually welcome new readers for lit mag and book reviews (soon to be revamped with a new editor - stay tuned!):

A Couple Grants

The Louisiana Publishing Initiative Grant is designed to assist writers complete for publication book-length manuscripts about the history and culture of Louisiana. Projects with publishing contracts or letters of interest are preferred. Deadline February 15, 2010. Pays up to $4,000. Preliminary application strongly encouraged
at least four weeks prior to the final deadline.

The North Carolina Grants for Writers program operates on a two-year cycle. Writers will be eligible to apply in the fall of every even-numbered year. Artist fellowships are designed to support the achievements of North Carolina artists and to recognize the central contribution they make to the creative environment of the state. Currently grants of $10,000 are awarded to artists to set aside time to work, buy supplies and equipment or pursue other artistic goals. Grant funds can support any expenses related to the proposal. Grant funds cannot support academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

Postdoctoral Researcher/Resident Scholar

Louisiana State University
Postdoctoral Researcher/Resident Scholar
The Southern Review

This is a two-year non-renewable twelve-month appointment & carries a salary of $32,000 & benefits (Pending final administrative approval). Preferred start date is August 1, 2010.

The Scholar will commit 20 hours per week to editorial duties at The Southern Review & teach one class per regular semester in the English Department (courses assigned by departmental need and/or Fellow's expertise).

Required Qualifications: Terminal degree (MFA, PhD or equivalent); one year editorial experience on the staff of an established literary journal.

Additional Qualifications Desired: Ability to demonstrate the following: editorial expertise with fiction, nonfiction, & poetry; a broad knowledge of literature, especially contemporary; basic computer skills; a solid understanding of publishing, especially small presses & literary magazines.

Special Requirements: All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States; ability & willingness to work some holidays. Flexible scheduling of hours may be available.

Responsibilities: handles manuscript review & selection, proofreading, circulation development, fundraising support & conference participation; teaches one class per regular semester for the English Department; produces new works of prose or poetry culminating in a public presentation the final semester of the residency.

An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Application deadline is January 4, 2010 or until a candidate is selected.

Apply online at: Position #034688. AA/EOE

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Glimmer Train Family Matters Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories of their October Family Matters competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) The next Family Matters competition will be held in April. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Cary Holladay [pictured] of Memphis, TN, wins $1200 for “The Flood.” Her story will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in February 2010.

Second place: Scott Tucker of Seattle, WA, wins $500 for “Where the Boys Went Swimming.”

Third place: Megan Mayhew Bergman of Raleigh, NC, wins $300 for “The Two Thousand Dollar Sock.”

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

Also: Fiction Open competition (deadline soon approaching! January 2)

Glimmer Train hosts this competition quarterly, and first place is $2000 plus publication in the journal. It’s open to all writers, no theme restrictions, and the word count range is 2000-20,000. Click here for complete guidelines.

Poster Contest

Let's Save Michigan!

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Let's Save Michigan have issued an open call to artists, illustrators, and graphic designers for original posters to inspire Michiganders to revive their state. The new posters should be a call to action, and serve as part of a campaign to rally citizens to do the hard work that's necessary to position Michigan as a state that will thrive in the future. Ultimately, the posters should aim to be forward-looking, inspirational, and must include the phrase "Let's Save Michigan" in the design.

The hope is to highlight the actions and assets that are critical to moving the cities forward, whether that is renovating historic homes, planting community gardens, extensive public transportation and bike lines, public art, or whatever the artist believes will carry Michigan through the 21st century—and beyond.

Ideally, the new posters will be in the fashion of Works Progress Administration artwork of the 1930s, which is the subject of DIA exhibition, and depict regional, recognizable subjects—ranging from portraits to cityscapes and images of city life that remind the public of quintessential American values such as hard work, community and optimism.

Open for Entry: December 15 to February 15

The winner will be awarded $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $250.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Lit Mag Reviews Posted

A new batch of literary magazines reviews has been posted, including reviews of Bartleby Snopes, Bellevue Literary Review, Bloodroot, Evergreen Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gander Press Review, Gigantic Sequins, Hanging Loose, inscape, Iowa Review, Long Story, MAKE, make/shift, Malahat Review, The Meadow, Moon City Review, Paul Revere's Horse, and Shenandoah

Read Music?

The International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) has created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poet Lore Celebrates 120 Years in Print

BETHESDA, MD (Oct 14) — Poet Lore, the nation’s oldest continuously published poetry journal, marks its 120th anniversary this year.

At a time when many literary journals (and the publishing industry of which they are part) are struggling, Poet Lore, with its distinctive historic look, has remained true to its core value — bringing great poetry to light — and created a proven and lasting nationwide identity. E. Ethelbert Miller and Jody Bolz carefully read every submission they receive, and their work reaffirms the value of poetry in a landscape that often devalues the written word. “Poetry may not be regarded as culturally central,” Jody Bolz explains, “but it's still what people turn to at the most important moments in their lives. At every life-cycle ritual—from naming ceremonies to funerals—the language of poetry speaks to us and speaks for us. As editors, our role is to connect poets and readers, building upon Poet Lore's 120-year-long record of literary discovery.”

That 120-year-long record is what Poet Lore and its publisher, The Writer’s Center, honor. It’s a rich and varied story, and as you’ll see below, the journal has played an active and important role in bringing literary talent to light.

Founded in 1889 by two brilliant, iconoclastic scholars, Helen Clarke and Charlotte Porter, as a journal “devoted to Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature,” Poet Lore developed an early following among literary societies and later expanded its influence by offering unique features, such as its “Play Series” — which in 1913 was the first to print a complete, English-language edition of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull.” And Walt Whitman, in the final year of his life, ran three paid advertisements in Poet Lore for Leaves of Grass.

During the course of its illustrious history, Poet Lore has played an active role in introducing American readers to the likes of some of the finest international poets. In its early years, in fact, very few American authors were published in Poet Lore. For the majority of its content, Poet Lore set its sights abroad. Among the many authors who were discovered or whose careers on the international stage were advanced by Poet Lore include Maxim Gorky, Henrik Ibsen, Frederic Mistral, and August Strindberg. And it was among the first publications to introduce the work of Bengali poet and Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore to American readers. In the late 20th Century, Poet Lore published the early work of such remarkable American poets as Mary Oliver, Colette Inez, Cornelius Eady, Carl Phillips, Carolyn Forché, Sharon Olds, Dana Gioia, Pablo Medina, and Alice Fulton, among many others. In recent years, the editors were the first to publish the poetry of Dwayne Betts, who sent his submission from prison.


Founders Charlotte E. Porter and Helen A. Clarke were writers, editors, Shakespeare and Browning scholars, and literary critics at a time when women in these roles were few and far between. Porter composed poetry, Clarke wrote musical compositions, and both wrote essays and reviews that appeared in early editions of Poet Lore and elsewhere.

Porter and Clarke were both named “Helen” at birth. Charlotte later changed her name from Helen Charlotte Porter to Charlotte Endymion Porter, borrowing her middle name from the Keats poem. The two women exchanged rings in a commitment ceremony and lived together until Helen A. Clarke died at age 65. Charlotte Porter scattered Helen’s ashes by their summer home in Penobscot Bay, Maine.

Whitman advertised his finally completed Leaves of Grass in three 1892 editions of Poet Lore.

Poet Lore was famous in the early 20th century for translations, publishing, for example, an early edition of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” in its folios and presenting literary luminaries like Ibsen, Strindberg, Gorky, D’Annunzio, Mistral, and Tagore to readers early on.

The first piece of writing F. Scott Fitzgerald ever placed (outside of school publications) was the poem “The Way of Purgation.” He sold it to Poet Lore in September of 1917, but for reasons unknown to the current publishers, it didn’t appear in the next issue, or any subsequent. It was finally printed in our Winter 1989-1990 issue (Vol. 84, No. 4) with the note: “Poet Lore apologizes for any inconvenience this delay may have caused.”

Poet Lore’s executive editors read all submissions, without regard to the reputation of the poet, year-round. They meet in Washington, D.C., to read aloud their selections and winnow the stacks of poems.

About The Writer’s Center: Since 1987, Poet Lore has been published by The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. The Writer's Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. We are an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community of writers. As one of the premier centers of our kind in the country, we believe the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages. Writing is interdisciplinary and unique among the arts for its ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience. It enriches our lives and open doors to knowledge and understanding. The Writer's Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. We are supported in part by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Quinnipiac University (CT) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position beginning in Fall 2010. Applications must be received by February 28, 2010.

Kent State University (OH) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in poetry writing. January 15, 2010

Seton Hill University seeks published genre novelist (priority for popular mystery/crime/suspense writer; will also consider fantasy or romance author) for tenure-track position in our low-residency MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, starting June 2010. February 3, 2010

The Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fellowship offers a talented writer one academic year to study creative writing full time at Iowa State University and focus on his/her creative work without distraction. January 5, 2010

Bath Spa University seeks Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Creative Writing and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer: Creative Writing (Nature Writing. Closing Date: 12 noon, 11 January 2010

Emerson College Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Creative Nonfiction writing. Review begins December 15 until filled.

Minnesota State Universit Mankato English/Creative Writing - Fiction, Assistant Professor. January 15, 2010. Additional information on Minnesota State University, Mankato can be found here.

Stephen F. Austin State University
(Nacogdoches, TX) Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature. Posted December 4, 2009 until filled.

For Better for Verse

For Better for Verse is "an interactive on-line tutorial that can train you to scan traditionally metered English poetry. Here you can get practice and instant feedback in one important way of analyzing, and developing an ear and a feel for, accentual-syllabic verse."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Laura Veirs - Magnetized

What NewPages is listening to: Laura Veirs. As one YouTube user comments: "I am angry at the world that she isn't extravagantly famous. This song is amazing." (DrGrabow) Her range of style is what's amazing, and her videos a fun venture into alt-indie media - more artistic than flashy.

Pongo Teen Writing Resources

The Pongo Teen Writing Project has just launched a new web site that features 34 online writing activities for youth who have led difficult lives. These activities are geared to teens who may never have written before. The activities may also be downloaded for use in the classroom, etc.

As examples of writing exercises, the web site has an activity "I Just Thought You Should Know," which could be a letter to a missing parent, or "Letter After a Time," which is a letter to someone important who died. There are activities called "You Don't Know Me" and "Anger" and "Love, Sometimes" and "Addicted."

When teens finish their poems online they have the option of printing and emailing their poems to themselves and their friends, and also of submitting their poems to Pongo. In addition, the site contains information for teachers, 100 teen poems, and a project journal.

This web site brings together some of Pongo's best work from the last 15 years. Pongo's writing program has served over 4,000 teens in juvenile detention, the state psychiatric hospital, homeless shelters, and other agencies.

New Lit on the Block :: Still

Still: Literature of the Mountain South is an on-line literary journal featuring literature of the Southern Appalachian region with fiction editor - Silas House, poetry editor - Marianne Worthington, and nonfiction editor - Jason Howard.

Still is published three times a year, in October, February and June, with submissions accepted from December 1 - 31.

The first issue of Still features fiction by Mark Powell, Kathi Whitley, Tiffany and Williams, poetry by Steve Holt, Ron Houchin, Irene Latham, Lisa Parker, and Joshua Robbins, nonfiction by Donna McClanahan, Karen McElmurray, and Beth Newberry, an interview with Jack Wright (filmmaker, musician, writer, scholar, activist, veteran, and Appalachian “cultural worker” - Jack’s label for himself), and a video/audio of the song, "Who Owns Appalacia" performed by Sue Massek on banjo with vocals.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rain Taxi Online Auction

Rain Taxi: Review of Books, a nonprofit literary organization, is running their annual online fundraising auction this week. There are first editions, gorgeous broadsides, rare chapbooks, quirky used books, as well as original art, an article of clothing, a decorative bag, a crazy quilt, and more. Many items are SIGNED by the authors and/or artists. This is a great way to support a valued publication in the literary culture and get some cool stuff (think holiday gifts!). Bidding is conducted on eBay.

Lambda Rising Bookstores to Close

Lambda Rising, known for 35 years as Washington's “bookstore that celebrates the gay and lesbian experience,” has announced the imminent closing of their two stores in Washington DC and Rehoboth Beach DE.

Emory University Fellowship

The Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University is accepting applications for one Junior/Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Poetics for an academic year of study, teaching, and residence in the Center. The deadline for submissions of completed applications is February 18, 2010; awards will be announced in mid-April 2010.

Black Lawrence 2009 Book Award Winner

Black Lawrence Press has announced Brad Ricca the winner for the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award for his poetry manuscript American Mastodon. Ricca receives $1,000 and publication. American Mastodon will be available from Black Lawrence Press in late 2011.

In addition to naming the winner of the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award, Black Lawrence Press editors have chosen Finalist Eric Gamalinda’s short story collection People Are Strange for publication from Black Lawrence Press in late 2011.

Sean Bernard
Seth Borgen
Valerie Finn
Amy Havel
Tyrone Jaeger
Marylee MacDonald
Marjorie Manwaring
Andrew McIntyre
Edward Mullany
Mike Schiavone
Ira Sukrungruang
Steven Tarlow

Joshua Butts
Carrie Conners
Tracy DeBrincat
Christine DeSimone
Sarah Wetzel Fishman
Jeremy Griffin
Tina May Hall
Karen Holman
Steve Kistulentz
Mary McCray
Jennifer Moses
Carrie Oeding

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Added to NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

nthWORD - satires and allegories, articles on politics and pop-culture, fiction, poetry, visual art
Rust and Moth – poetry, photography, art
The Mom Egg – poetry, creative prose, short fiction
Eudaimonia Poetry Review
The Lyric Magazine
nthWORD satire, allegory, articles on politics and pop-culture, fiction, poetry, visual art
The Round
The Poetry Porch
Write This
shady side review – fiction, non-fiction, poetry

Added to NewPages Independent Publishers & University Presses:

Palm Press

Added to NewPages Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary:Festivals

Page Turner Literary Festival

Image Inspired Writing Contest :: Underwater New York

From Nicki Pombier Berger, Editor-in-Chief, Underwater New York:

The Underwater New York Shipwreck Story Contest: In conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum

Underwater New York is an online anthology of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City.

Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely. On the floors of New York City’s waterways, no fewer than one hundred and seventy shipwrecks languish. Although their exact locations must remain secret to thwart the efforts of amateur looters, we are asking you to dive in and mine the wreckage.

Draw your inspiration from our gallery of shipwreck images and tell a story—fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry—in 3000 words or less, that brings these ghost ships back to life.

As with our regular submissions, we are not asking for explanations, but rather the stories that these shipwrecks evoke. Be as creative as possible, but to qualify for the contest, your story must reference a shipwreck specifically in the NYC waterways.

Underwater New York presents the Shipwreck Story Contest in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition, Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Maritime and Landscape Painter.

The winning story will be published in Underwater New York, and its author* will have the chance to read at Underwater New York Free Music Friday: Shipwreck Stories at the American Folk Art Museum on March 5, 2010.

• Submit contest entries online.

• The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2010.

• Contest winners will be announced on the Underwater New York website on February 23rd.

• Visit the site for more details, and to view the gallery of shipwreck images.

*Provided the author is located in, or can travel to, New York City

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kirkus Reviews End

Nielsen Company to close Kirkus Reviews and Editor & Publisher.

Narrative 30 Below Contest Winners

Narrative Magazine has announced the winners and finalists of the 30 Below Contest (all entrants are between the ages of 18-30):

First Prize: Montana Ray "The Blessing"
Second Prize: Greg Brown "Smokejumpers"
Third Prize: Christa Hillstrom "Depth of Field"

Carrie Braman
Ashley Kunsa
Kate Levin
Michael Mitnick
Golan Moskowitz
Richard Sonnenmoser
Diana Spechler
Jackie Thomas-Kennedy
Emily Van Kley
Sara Zandieh

Thursday, December 10, 2009

MFA Program-Off Contest

Time to make your MFA program shine with this contest from Creative Nonfiction. Win a reading at the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver, publication in the summer 2010 issue of CNF, and bragging rights for your program!

Judge: Barbara Lounsberry, co-author (with Gay Talese) of Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality


Contest is open to any student currently enrolled in an MFA creative writing program.

Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, no more than 3,000 words, and unpublished.

This is a blind read; your name should appear only in the cover letter, and each page of the manuscript should include the title of the piece.

No excerpts will be considered; your submission should be a single and complete piece.

Only one submission per author will be considered.

Please send submission and a cover letter with your name, university, complete contact information and title of the work to:

Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: AWP Program-Off
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

New Lit on the Block :: experiment-o

experiment-o is an annual PDF magazine established in 2008. "Its aim is to bring attention to works that do what art is supposed to do and that is to risk." The magazine is published by Amanda Earl of AngelHouse Press.

experiment-o will consider interviews, reviews, visual art, visual poetry, concrete poetry, poetry, prose, manifestos, maps, rants, blog entries, translations and other digital miscellany.

Issue Two (2009) features works by Jamie Bradley, Peter Cicariello, K. S. Ernst, Caroline Gomersall, John C. Goodman, Jeremy Hanson-Finger, Gil McElroy, Christine McNair, Sean Moreland, and Dominik Parisien.

Issue One (2008) features works by Gary Barwin, Emily Falvey, Spencer Gordon, Camille Martin, rob mclennan, Sheila E. Murphy, Pearl Pirie, Roland Prevost, Jenny Sampirisi, and Steve Venright.

Emerson Society Awards 2010

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society announces three awards for projects that foster appreciation for Emerson.

*Research Grant*
Provides up to $500 to support scholarly work on Emerson. Preference given to junior scholars and graduate students. Submit a 1-2-page project description by March 1, 2010.

*Pedagogy or Community Project Award*
Provides up to $500 to support projects designed to bring Emerson to a non-academic audience. Submit a 1-2-page project description by March 1, 2010.

*Subvention Award*
Provides up to $500 to support costs attending the publication of a scholarly book or article on Emerson and his circle. Submit a 1-2-page proposal, including an abstract of the forthcoming work and a description of publication expenses, by March 1, 2010.

Send Research, Pedagogy/Community, and Subvention proposals to:

Leslie Eckel


Daniel Malachuk

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

How Poems Work Essay Contest - Canada

From Arc Poetry Magazine: Write and submit an essay deconstructing a published poem by a Canadian poet. Arc will select a winning essay from each province for publication in their How Poems Work webzine. Arc will select a national winner whose essay will appear in their print magazine, and who will be commissioned to write two new essays for Arc’s How Poems Work webzine. (The winner will also be offered a mentorship opportunity with Arc’s Poet-in-Residence.) All winners receive a free one-year subscription to Arc.

Deadline: February 1, 2010

A Few Fellowships and Residencies

Winter Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. The postmark deadline for the 2010-11 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2009. 2010-2011 Visual Arts Fellowship applicants may apply online beginning December 1, 2009. Online submissions must be received by midnight February 1, 2010.

The Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship is an annual writer-in-residence position named in honor of Reginald Tickner, whose 41-year career at Gilman impacted thousands of Gilman students. Jan 8 deadline.

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing at The Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Deadline Feb 20.

T-Shirt Subscriptions from McSweeney's

McSweeney's is now offering a new subscription: A Year of New Shirts. They've asked six artists to each come up with a t-shirt idea, which is then printed and sold as both a subscription and as individual shirts. Currently, subscribers will start with Tucker Nichols's "Hetch Hetchy". Visit McSweeney's website for more info.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ever Been Autocompleted?

Autocomplete Me is site devoted to submissions of "autocomplete" strands from Google searches. Autocomplete is explained on the site: "Remember that time you were innocently searching for 'how to avoid swine flu' but Google assumed you were searching for 'how to avenge your brother’s death'? Yeah, that totally wasn’t what you were searching for, but it ended up being super helpful after your best friend 'accidentally' stabbed Michael." There are text as well as screen capture submissions, so you can see better how this works. You submit the strand, it could end up on the site, and readers vote for their favorites.

Rumi CD from Tupelo

The first Tupelo Press Audio CD is Pure Water: Poetry of Rumi, An Evening with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen, cello. Recorded live at Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2005. Available for $16.00.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Lit Mag Mentors

A regular section in The Louisville Review, "The Children's Corner" accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12.

The Fall 2009 issue features works by Kian Brouwer, fifth grade, Danielle Charette, high school senior, Carla Hasson and Katie Metzger, both seventeen-years-olds, and Ema Williamson, eleventh grade.

More importantly, all are young writers who have the support and encouragement of others in their lives who have helped them take this step in sharing their work with others. And most importantly, The Louisville Review has provided this opportunity for them. Let's call it "Lit Mag Mentoring." It sure would be nice to see this in more publications; not only does this foster a new generation of writers, but readers of literary magazines. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Eward, meet Buffy. Buffy, slay Edward.

Rebellious Pixels remix of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. "It’s an example of transformative storytelling serving as a pro-feminist visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior." It's brilliant.

AROHO's 2009 Contest Winners

A Room of Her Own Foundation's 1st To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize Winner was Genevieve Kaplan's manuscript, In the Icehouse. Her book of poetry will be published by Red Hen Press in the fall of 2010.

2nd Annual To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize
Postmark Deadline: August 31, 2010
Judge: Alice Quinn

Fall 2009 Orlando Prize Winners

Orlando Poetry Prize Winner
Mary Ellen Sanger, "Secrets of a Wooden Saint in a Church in Jalcomulco"

Orlando Nonfiction Prize Winner
Patricia Henritze, "Learning to Talk"

Orlando Sudden Fiction Prize Winner
Alyssa Cooper, "Tin Man Tick-Tock"

Orlando Short Fiction Prize Winner
Lyn Hawks, "The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future"

Orlando in 2010, New Deadlines and Information
Orlando Nonfiction & Short Fiction Deadline — 1/31/10
Orlando Poetry & Sudden Fiction Deadline — 2/28/10
New dates and online forms will be available the week of 11/16/09

On the Importance of POV

"Point-of-view is arguably the most important decision for an author to make since it determines—from the first word of the narrative—how the prose will be presented to the reader."

From "On Point-of-view" by Bret Anthony Johnston, Grist (vol. 1, 2007).

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Glimpse Interns, Guest Editors and Design Leads

Glimpse is an interdisciplinary journal that examines the functions, processes, and effects of vision and its implications for being, knowing, and constructing our world(s). Each theme-focused issue features articles, visual essays, interviews, and reviews spanning the physical sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Glimpse is currently seeking conscientious, self-directed interns that can commit to meeting in person as a team for 2-4 hours on Saturday mornings in Boston (or via Skype, if necessary), and to working independently for 6-18 hours per week. Internships are available for 10, 15, and 20 hours per week. Glimpse can endorse work for college or graduate credit, or offer access to office and studio resources for your own projects. Their objective is to create opportunities that benefit their interns and the journal equally. Application deadline for Spring interns is December 20.

Glimpse also welcomes inquiries for Guest Editors and Guest Design Leads for upcoming themed issues.

Open Minds Honorable Mentions

The newest issue of Open Minds Quarterly includes poems from the honorable mentions from their seventh annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest: Tracy King, David O'Neal, Michale Conner, Diane Klammer, Benjamin Hawkes, and ky perraun. Open Minds Quaterly is a publication of The Writer's Circle, a project of Northern Initiative for Social Action. NISA is "built on the premise that consumer/survivors of mental health services are intelligent, creative, and can make a valuable contribution to society if given the opportunity to do so."

Ugly Duckling Presse 2010 Subscriptions

Another great holiday gift - UDP basic subscriptions (limited to 200) receive more than 20 books throughout the year, sent directly to your home, including new works of poetry, essays, and artist books by emerging and established writers and artists. The books are all uniquely designed, with frequent use of letterpress, hand-sewn binding, and more, demonstrating “a philosophical curiosity about what makes a book a book” (Michael Miller, Time Out New York).

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Eudora Welty Review

In 2009, the Eudora Welty Newsletter from Georgia State University metamorphosed into the Eudora Welty Review, an annual journal, published each April. The innaugural issue contains essays chosen from past Eudora Welty Newsletters.

Beginning in 2010, the Eudora Welty Review will publish lengthier scholarly essays, inaugurate a book review section, and maintain regular features for news and notes, textual analyses, checklists, and new archival materials, still with appropriate illustrative materials. Additional scholars have been invited to assist EWR editors as peer reviewers and members of the Advisory Board.

EWR editors are currently accepting essay submissions for the 2010 issue.

Afghan Women's Writing Project

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project began as an idea during novelist Masha Hamilton’s last trip to Afghanistan in November 2008. Her interest in Afghanistan was sparked in the late 1990s during the Taliban period, when she understood it was one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.

The project reaches out to talented and generous women author/teachers here in the United States and engages them, on a volunteer, rotating basis, to teach Afghan women online from Afghanistan...Portions of the work will be put on a blog on a regular is intended to instill a sense of pride for these is also intended to educate us, the teachers and readers of the blog, about what the Afghan women’s childhoods and young adulthoods were like under the Taliban, and what they feel about current conditions in their country...[it] is also meant to be a record of the project is intended to provide a positive link between Afghans and Americans at a time when those relationships have to some degree soured.

Bonfire Broadsides

Run by Sasha Steensen and Gordon Hadfield, Bonfire Press is the Center for Literary Publishing’s letterpress imprint. Using a Vandercook SP15 letterpress, type, and photopolymer plates, Bonfire produces a series of poetry chapbooks and broadsides. Two new broadsides recently added by G.C. Waldrep and Martha Ronk. Great for holiday gifting.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Chomsky Interview on Guernia

Chomsky Half Full: Chomsky discusses the hypocrisy of neoliberalism, where he feels hopeful about democracy despite U.S. terrorism, and his friendship—okay, passing acquaintance—with Hugo Chavez & other “pink tide” presidents.

Bigger Burnside

The newest Burnside Review breaks away from it's trademark 6x6 format for a special "All-Oregon Issue." According to its publishers, "With the prize money from last year’s Literary Arts publishing fellowship, we decided to give back to our state. The special edition is a truly Oregonian creation; cover art by the Mercury’s art director Justin Scrappers, design and printing and stiching by Pinball Publishing. The issue features 33 of Oregon’s finest writers, including, Willy Vlautin, Kevin Sampsell, Vern Rutsala, Mary Szybist, Michele Glazer and Floyd Skloot."

Achebe Speaks Out

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has spoken out about his dislike at being labeled "the father of modern African literature".