Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The first issue features works by Carol Berg, Jessica Bozek, Blake Butler, Neil de la Flor, Andrew Farkas, Ori Fienberg, Elisa Gabbert, Kelly Haramis, Roxane Gay, Kyle Hemmings, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Gregory Lawless, Jefferson Navicky, Lance Olsen, Joel Patton, Christopher Phelps, Derek Philips, Cynthia Reeser, Kathleen Rooney, Davis Schneiderman, Maureen Seaton, David Silverstein, Susan Slaverio, Kristine Snodgrass, and William Walsh.
"Artifice is looking for previously-unpublished stories, prose works, and poems, pieces that are (as the name implies) aware of their own artifice." In addition, Artifice has pretty lengthy and entertaining Wishlist of "things that we'd be pretty excited to see in our submissions." I can't even begin to tell you what these are (you won't believe me) - check it out for yourself.
There are no minimum or maximum length requirements for individual poems. We, however, have a three-poem limit for submissions. The only requirement is that you incorporate all six words into one poem. We are most interested in fresh and surprising poems that seamlessly integrate the list words.
Submissions will only be accepted via e-mail. Please e-mail submissions to:
by May 15, 2010.
Please visit www.kennesaw.edu/thelistanthology for more information.
Poetry, Demons, and Dragons (about a boy who created a poetic dragon to battle an inner demon)
Mike (about Seattle's Poet Populist - and Pongo volunteer - who brings the tempests of his own life into the public discussion of poetry)
Hearts Out Loud (about kids who wrote on murder and loss, and now write with purpose and gratitude)
Shannon (about an ex-offender who volunteers in the prison where she was once incarcerated)
I Feel Like Weights Have Been Lifted (about how much the Pongo teens love writing and use it to relieve distress)
Mission Creek (about my current workshop with incarcerated women)
Monday, March 29, 2010
"The journal reviewers from Utah State University are all graduate students, many of whom also teach introductory level writing courses to first and second year students. Several have interned with Isotope: A Literary Journal of Nature and Science Writing and with Western American Literature. As part of their creative nonfiction workshop, students had the opportunity to read some of the best writing being published by small and literary presses. They were impressed by the quality and diversity found in the journals, as well as by the exciting use of image. The Utah State University reviewers can be reached by contacting their instructor, Jennifer Sinor: jennifer.sinor-at-usu-dot-edu"
The student reviews are noted by the addition of "Utah State Univeristy" or "Pacific State University" after the reviewer's name. Check out what these avid readers, current editors, and up-and-coming writers have to say about the publications.
The publication is online and can be downloaded as a PDF, which features bookmarks linking to each of the works. There is also an embedded version available at Scribd.com. Starting with Issue 2, Two-Bit Magazine will also be available print-on-demand through MagCloud.
For submissions, Williams says, "Two-Bit Magazine is a publication dedicated to exposing emerging, talented writers and artists, as well as new work from veterans. We are looking to build an eclectic body of work: short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry of any genre or form, serialized novels and novellas, and graphic novels and comics. We will also accept academic work, reviews, essays."
Betty Crumrine Scholarship to a single parent who is committed to writing and who could not otherwise attend the workshop.
Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship for a week-long conference of intensive study in poetry and an honorary seat at the banquet opening night.
Bill Baker Scholarship for a writer who is nominated by someone who can testify to his or her qualifications both as writer and community member.
Deadline: May 1, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
First Prize: David Sullivan - "Angel Jibril, the Messenger"
Second Prize: Danny Dover - "Yukon Territory"
Third Prize: Regina Murray Brault - "Genealogy"
Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Scott Atkins - "Arrival"
Eileen Malone - "What's All This Crap About Closure?"
Ivy Schweitzer - "Elegy for a Miniskirt (Fawn, Suede)"
In order to attract great stories, Lazar and Swerling have created a US$1,500 (£1,000) prize for the best one submitted each month. From the submissions, 50 stories will be shortlisted each month, get narrated by kids and filmed, and the film attracting the most traffic on the site will win the prize. The first selection will be announced April 5.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Very Short Fiction competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories with a word count not exceeding 3000. No theme restrictions. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in July. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.
First place: Mike Schiavone, of Gloucester, MA, wins $1200 for “Wackers.” His story will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo attached. Photo credit: Sarah Tew Photography.
Second place: Jake Wrenn, of Downers Grove, IL, wins $500 for “The Accidental Marathon.”
Third place: David Abady, of Brooklyn, NY, wins $300 for “Big Girl.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching!
March Fiction Open: March 31
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers. Word count range: 2000-20,000. No theme restrictions. Click here for complete guidelines.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Unfortunately, WTR suffered a major web-tastrophy, and are in the process of rebuilding their site. The main page is up, as well as the purchase page, but others, such as the submissions page, will be forthcoming.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This first issue includes:
Essays "Poetry Is Dead: The Autopsy: What does this mean for Canadian poetry?" by Editor; "The Shrinking Space of Poetry" by Betsy Warland; "The Living Language of Spoken Word" by Chris Gilpin.
Poems by Chris Gilpin, Sean Horlor, David Brock, Rachel Rose, Jill Mandrake, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Ahmed El-Hindy, Leah Rae, Sandra Bigras, Ryan Longoz, Leni Goggins, Yi-Mei Tsiang, Mirak Jamal, Natalie Gray, and Kat Friedman.
Interview with James Deahl.
Issues are currently themed, and submissions are being accepted for the next issue: TV, Beer and Video Games. Deadline May 31.
"The 2010 War, Literature & the Arts Conference (Sept 16-18, Colorado Springs, CO) seeks authors and poets to read their work (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) at this distinguished, international conference. The theme of the conference is the "Representation and Reporting of America's Wars: 1990-Present". Mark Boal, screenwriter and producer of The Hurt Locker, heads our keynote speakers." Deadline May 1, 2010.
The conference is also open for submissions for conference sessions until May 1, 2010.
The Hunger Mountain web site includes a full-content section on Young Adult and Chilren's Literature, including a tribute to Norma Fox Mazer, essays on controversial issues (writing about sex and whether or not children's poetry "matters"), discussions of female fairy tale characters, a tool box, fiction, poetry, and more.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thanks for your question/comment Yelizaveta. I'll open this one up for comments/conversation.
Friday, March 19, 2010
AlphaAlpha is composed of 365 instances of the letter "A" plus one more for the leap year. The letters are collected in groups of about ten. "AlphaAlpha" is a collaborative work and includes participants artists & poets from several places around the world. AlphaAlpha is a good example of the possibilities of net art.
It is better visualized with Firefox and 1200 X 800 screen resolution.
[via Regina Pinto]
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Editor: Porter Fox
Designer: Manda Yakiwchuck
Interactive Producer: A’yen Tran
Liberal Copy Editor: Kim Stravers
Contributing Artists: Kara Blossom, Tony Bones, Antonin Kratochvil, Orien McNeil, Swoon
Contributing Writers: Bill Berkson, Alan Bernheimer, Arthur Bradford, Larry Fagin, Heidi Julavits, Josip Novakovich, David Quammen
Nowhere does not accept unsolicited writing, but welcomes letters to their online forum.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It reminded me of trees I have known, and the willingness of some people to care for them rather than just tear them down when they are ill or diseased. It also brought to mind the chestnut tree at the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, that years ago was very ill and many feared would need to be removed. The tree had been mentioned numerous times in Anne's diary - being one of the few images of nature she could see during the day through the uncovered attic window. The tree was not only saved and remains under care, but seedlings from its chestnuts were sprouted and shared. You can read more about it on the Anne Frank Museum Amsterdam website, including an interactive monument to the Anne Frank Tree where you can "Leave a Leaf."
Guernsey recalls Donald Hall's labeling of this multiple submissions batching as "McPoem" and the movement of "poe-biz." Guernsey writes: "In addition, the letters themselves have taken on a generic sameness: an opening paragraph asking that the poems be considered...then an indented section in bold face listing the poems, and last by a longer paragraph listing the poet's publications and mandatory M.F.A. I have also heard (with horror) that there are actual services out there that will handle all of one's submissions and rejections, getting poems constantly in the mail and frantically keeping them there.
"'Multiple submissions' is conducive to mass production, and acquiring a long list of publishing credits has become, for some, their goal. But poetry is not some kind of commodity like pork bellies. We should care where our poems go and who reads them. Anne Bradstreet even thought of her poems as her children - a sentimental notions perhaps, but one that kept her from sending them carelessly into the street."
For anyone who has seen Barks read along with musicians (visit YouTube if you have not), this interview adds another layer of depth to the idea of poetry and music combined, as well as to the complexity of Barks. As Barks says of joining his reading with musicians, "I work regularly with cello; I mean any instrument. The poem feels just so bare or something; I think the music puts it out of the mind, puts it in that layer below, back down in the water table. Somewhere the music lets the personality maybe dissolve a little more, or the ego. A lot of people think that the poem should stand on its own, but it feels good; it feels like I'm giving up some of my proudness, pride in the language of selection, when I let the music carry it along."
Monday, March 15, 2010
The Antigonish Review
The Barcelona Review
Black Warrior Review
The Gettysburg Review
Iron Horse Literary Review
The Kenyon Review
The Laurel Review
The Literary Review
The Massachusetts Review
North Dakota Quarterly
Southern Humanities Review
The Threepenny Review
World Literature Today
[via Ruthann Robson, "Before and after Sappho: Logos"]
Umbrella Factory is open for submissions. Their site also includes a feedback forum and information about workshops held in the Denver, CO area.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Scapegoat - poetry, flash fiction, book reviews
The Pennsylvania Literary Journal - poetry, book reviews, non-fiction essays
Puritan Magazine - poetry, fiction, interviews, reviews
Independent Publishers and University Presses
RockSaw Press - poetry, chapbooks
Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies &
Book & Literary Festivals
Lake Forest Literary Festival
Friday, March 12, 2010
NewPages has never been to Denver before, so we're looking for recommendations for nearby/walking distance stops - like restaurants (ethnic fare?), bars (nearby microbrews?), liquor stores with local wines and beers, bookstores, museums, cool shops, etc.
Copper Nickel Guide to AWP Denver is extremely helpful. We'll be keeping an eye on that. Anyone else out there doing something similar? Individual recommendations are fine, but having a guide like this is great.
"Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A remix manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Who Does She Think She Is? is a documentary featuring "five women who navigate some of the most problematic intersections of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. Through their lives, filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll explores what it means to nurture children and family, and keep the creative fire burning within."
DVD purchase option for teachers includes a curriculum guide with questions and assignments for students as well as research resources.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Applicants should have strong writing and editing skills and a background in the arts, as well experience in production of print and online media. BOMB is a small office and the ideal candidate will communicate well with the staff.
Send a CV and cover letter to Nick Stillman at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 19. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Christopher Miller, The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank (Harper Perennial)
Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier (Graywolf)
Mary Robison, One D.O.A., One on the Way (Counterpoint)
Blake Butler, Scorch Atlas (featherproof)
Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood (Ecco)
Narrative is a premier online literary magazine with the mission of transitioning great literature into the digital age and uniting readers and writers around the world and across generations. In its seventh year, Narrative operates under an original model, combining the values and standards of a nonprofit institution with the ethos and sensibility of a start-up: a fast pace, a tireless staff, and ceaseless determination to stretch every dollar to its fullest in support of the mission.
You have a passion for literature, strive for excellence in everything you do, thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace, and are eager to envision, collaborate on, and execute ideas and tasks. You are a high-energy, low-maintenance, well-rounded person with the ability to ensure that projects, people, paperwork, schedules, and other responsibilities are timely, exceptional, and on target. For this position, we need someone who is friendly, professional, reliable, diplomatic, extremely organized, a good conversationalist, a solid writer, computer savvy, and conversant with traditional publishing, social media, electronic publishing, iPhone applications, public relations, and marketing.
Narrative is located in San Francisco and needs local interns but, as a Internet-based, digital publication, also works with interns in various locations.
How to Apply: Please send your CV and a letter indicating what you can bring to Narrative: interns-at-narrativemagazine-dot-com
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Grassroots Undergraduate Literary Magazine of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is looking for two new co-editors for the 2010-2011 academic year. The position is a paid undergraduate assistantship. Job responsibilities include helping to organize meetings with the Grassroots staff and other Grassroots editors, soliciting submissions and advertising the magazine, helping to design and lay out the magazine, assisting with the Devil's Kitchen Literary festival, and plenty of other odd tasks that the magazine requires. As a co-editor, the student will work with two other editors, another co-editor and an editor in chief, as well as the grassroots staff and various members of the English department staff. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in publishing, literature, or creative writing!
The job is $10/hour and is 10 hours a week. Co-editors are required to keep some set office hours every week in the Grassroots office. An interest and a passion for literature is a must have; InDesign skills are desired, but not necessary.
If you have a student you think would be interested, please forward this information to them. To apply for this position, the student must submit a complete resume and cover letter to Pinckney Benedict in the English Department Office, Faner 2380. Any questions about the position can be sent to grassrootsmag-at-gmail-dot-com.
Application deadline is Friday April, 9th.
Application deadline: March 15
Learn creative nonfiction techniques, work with science, technology and public policy scholars, consult with editors of major magazines and more ... and get paid for the experience!
The Consortium for Science Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University is presenting an intensive two-day workshop, "To think / To write / To publish," led by Lee Gutkind, Editor of CNF and Distinguished Writer in Residence at CSPO. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation selected writers can attend this workshop absolutely free.
This is an opportunity to hone your craft, meet with editors, get feedback and make connections in the science writing community. You will learn how to apply creative nonfiction techniques, to work with scientists, to consult with editors of major magazines and to publish creative nonfiction.
Poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, documentary filmmakers, bloggers and other writers involved in alternative media, and museum communicators may apply. Applicants should be at the beginning stages of their careers; please see the application for complete guidelines.
There are a limited amount of spaces but those selected will receive an honorarium and all expenses for the two days of the workshop and the three day conference ("The Rightful Place of Science?") that follows. The application includes a two page letter describing your interest/background in science, technology, and public policy - as well as a one page biographical statement.
For more information about the application process, the workshops and the conference, visit the CSPO website and click on "Opportunities for Writers."
Friday, March 05, 2010
Each contestant must be the top prize-winner of an officially sanctioned American collegiate book collecting contest. The principal criteria will be the intelligence and originality of the collection and the potential of the entrant to evolve the collection and develop new collections. The contestant’s understanding of the collection’s subject and its bibliography as well as the creativity of approach are the primary criteria.
Entries for the 2010 competition must be submitted by June 4, 2010.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
The Perugia Press Prize is given annually for a first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman. The prize is $1000 and publication by Perugia Press.
Finalists: Susanna Childress, Entering the House of Awe; Danielle Cadena Deulen, Lovely Asunder
Semi-Finalists: Shannon Amidon, The Garden After; Joanne Diaz, Violin; Emari DiGiorgio, Hot Bullets; Mary Kaiser, The Paradiso Shuffle; Christina Lovin, A Stirring in the Dark; Beth M. Martinelli, A Quiet Room; Barbara Paparazzo, The Corridor of Lost Steps; Anna Ross, In the Room Next Door; Bethany Schultz Hurst, Birds, Disappearing; Joan I. Siegel, Soundings; Eva Skrande, My Mother’s Cuba; Annette Spaulding-Convy, In Broken Latin
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
The story of how SR began is recounted in the introduction to An Anthology of Stories from the Southern Review (LSU 1953). It has been 75 years since the Louisiana State University president, James Monroe Smith, first began the journal. It was in 1942 that "because of the war and the national economic crisis, the university suspended publication of the journal" - until 1965. Leiby writes, "It's sad for me to thing about this gap in our history, the words and works we could have brought to readers in those intervening twenty-three years. And it's not lost on any of us here that we are again a country at war, a nation deeply affected by bleak economic realities."
But, Leiby shows her gratitude to a supportive administration and especially to readers who have kept the magazine running, who have helped to maintain SR as a "grand literary legacy."
At such times of struggle for so many in the literary community, her words of appreciation are well received. We do not want to have to wonder about lost years of voices and words, and we won't have to, as long as we keep our readership and support of literary magazines strong.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
There is Blake Butler reading in a subway, Deb Olin Unferth in a Laundromat, Jamie Gaughran-Perez in a beauty salon, Tita Chico in a dressing room, Gary Lutz at the botantical gardens, Will Eno in a park, Tao Lin next to a hot dog cart, and Rick Moody on a baseball field.
The writer and the writing go on no matter what is going on around them.
This and other contests for youth are listed on NewPages Young Authors Guide.
Monday, March 01, 2010
This inaugural issue includes prose and poetry by Erinn Batykefer, Richard Boada, T.M. De Vos, Kathleen Hellen, Kevin Debs, Colin James, Dorine Jennette, Richard Jordan, Rachael Lyon, Beth Marzoni, Nick McRae, Carine Topal, Lenore Weiss, Theodore Worozbyt, and Alison Hennessee.
Sakura Review is currently open for submissions until March 15.
First - Carol Howell
Second - Aashish Kaul
Third - Eric Wasserman
In Curso Honorum - Lisa Ni Bhraonain
Honorable Mentions: Paul Fahey, Brian Duggan, Chellis Glendinning, and Loree Westron
The editors write of the contest: "The Novella Award was a new addition to Carpe Articulum this year. Many nay-sayers thought that it wouldn't garner the attention it needed to sustain itself since the Carpe Verbum Short Fiction Award was already offered here. We are proud to announce that it has been the most cussedly attended award series in Carpe Articulum's seven-year history. We were heart-broken to leave out many of the incredible pieces that had so much to offer Carpe's reader...but then, this quarterly collector's volume would have been 700 pages long! We hope to encourage other Literary Reviews to likewise offer this particular genre as an award series. So many fascinating stories are ineligible for print in journals simple due to their length. Such a sad reason for them to never see the light of day..."
Deadlines for upcoming Carpe Articulum contests are outlined in this issue as well as on the publication's website.
As part of his own new beginning the journal itself will take on some newness, including a larger format and full-color cover, a new section of reviews, which Perry considers an "attempt to expand [their] own participation in the larger poetry community," and, finally, a new feature: 4x4. Each issue will include the same four questions asked of four of that issue's contributors.
As all good things must come to an end, our farewell to Tom O'Grady, and to Nathaniel Perry: here's to new beginnings!