Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Emerging Poets winners: David Huebert (EVENT), Angela Waldie (TAR), Carolyn Sadowska (TNQ).
Established Poet winners: Clea Roberts (EVENT), Susan Stenson (TAR), Antony Di Nardo (TNQ).
The contest was a fundraiser for the Al Purdy A-frame Trust - established to save Purdy's famous home from demolition. Purdy was a significant Canadian poet, also called "the 'most', the 'first' and the 'last Canadian poet'." For more information about his legacy and the efforts to save his self-built home, visit www.alpurdy.ca
First Prize: Carolyn Hall
Second Prize: James Chessing
Third Prize: Kirsty Karkow
Honorable Mentions: John Barlow, Jennifer Corpe, Carolyn Hall, Origa, John Soules.
The deadline for the 2011 contest is March 13, 2011.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
PITTSBURGH, PA, JUNE 23, 2010: The Creative Nonfiction Foundation (CNF) has received a grant from the BNY Mellon Audience Development Fund to reach writing students in creative nonfiction Master of Fine Arts programs. The campaign aims to develop CNF’s relationships with MFA students across the country, engaging them as not only readers but as potential contributors.
"Creative Nonfiction is an essential resource for anyone studying the genre, and in forming early relationships with MFA students--as both readers and writers--the magazine will continue to reach and publish today's most promising new voices," CNF Editor Lee Gutkind said.
55 organizations applied for BNY Mellon Audience Development Fund grants, but only 21 received funding. The grant will enable CNF to offer complimentary departmental subscriptions to Creative Nonfiction to schools with MFA programs in creative nonfiction; to provide complimentary copies of its Summer 2010 issue (#39) for graduate-level classroom use; to make an editor available for an in-class discussion, in person or via telephone or Skype; and to provide subsidized Creative Nonfiction subscriptions for all active students in these programs (a 4-issue subscription will be available for $12, reduced from $32.).
Edited by Lee Gutkind, Creative Nonfiction has been devoted exclusively to vividly written literary nonfiction since its first issue, published in 1994. In March, with the publication of issue #38, the tri-quarterly journal re-launched as a quarterly magazine with an updated look and larger size. Expanded content combines long-form essays and true stories with columns on craft, reflections on the current state of literary publishing, encounters with editors and writers, regular columns by Phillip Lopate, Richard Rodriguez and Heidi Julavits, and more.
For more information, please contact Creative Nonfiction at (412) 688-0304 or email: fletcher-at-creativenonfiction-dot-org
[Press Release from CNF]
Poetry Winner: Josephine Yu, “Why the Lepidopterist Lives Alone”
Fiction Winner: Allis Hammond, “The Faces”
Both winners received a $1,000 prize and publication. The contest will be open again this fall.
Read more about Nusbaum in this Ann Arbor Chronicle article.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Steinbeck Prize Winner: Michelle Dove, "The Frost Queen of Louisa County"
Stenibeck Finalists: Paul Martone and Sam Wilson
Markham Award Winner: Scott Marengo
Markham Finalists: B.A. Goodjohn and D.E. Kern
The deadline for the 2010 awards is November 1.
Friday, June 25, 2010
On a practical note for dog owners: NewPages would like to recognize PoopBags.com for providing a great product that we wholly endorse. We've worked with another not-so-great online company, and have found PoopBags.com to be the kind of product and business we are happy to support. Please check them out for your green-dog needs.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
A portfolio section provides a tribute to Collom’s influence: "It opens with an interview of him by two Bombay Gin editors, Jennifer Aglio and Suzanne DuLany. Collom discusses how he introduces his students to a pantheon of writers that includes Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Stephen Jay Gould, and how his writing projects take radical shapes, investigating the ways old forms evolve into new. The haiku morphs into the lune, or the fourteen-line sonnet’s tight formalism restructures itself as the acrostic or mesostic. At the end of each year’s course, Collom’s group compiles a photocopy anthology of its writings. We’ve reproduced some of this twenty-odd-years of poems, polemics, word-forms, & collages. There are also new poems in the eco-lit vein by Jack Collom, and by Naropa University colleagues Joanne Kyger, Hoa Nguyen, Elizabeth Robinson, & Andrew Schelling. And finally, there is an archival talk on ecology & poetry, given by Eleni Sikelianos at a Naropa Summer Writing Program panel in June 2009." [from the Editor's Note]
First Prize - Joan Mazza of Mineral, Virginia
Second Prize - Linda Fuchs of Columbus, Ohio
Third Prize – Carma Graber of Bloomington, Minnesota
And honorable mentions: Zan Bockes, Eufemia Fantetti, Eufemia Fantetti, Kate Flaherty, Catherine L. Martell
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The 2010 Fiction Prize winners judged by Frederick Barthelme: Cheryl Alu, David Driscoll, Chelsea Lemon Fetzer, Cary Groner, Kristen Iskandrian, Rich Ives, Lee Johnson, Kate Kraukramer, Jim Ruland, Melissa Swantkowski.
The 2010 Poetry Prize winners judeged by Angela Ball: Susan Thomas, Victoria Anderson, Kaveh Bassiri, Deborah Brown, Andrea Carter Brown, Laurie Capps, Joseph Michael Farr, Jeff Hoffman, Rich Ives, Vandana Khanna, Martin Lammon, David Dodd Lee, Matt McBride, Joe Sacksteder, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, Cecilia Woloch.
The Mississippi Review annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the winter print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. The 2011 contest deadline is October 1, 2010.
PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s oldest literary and human rights organization, announced today the creation of PEN Reads, an online reading group that will bring readers and writers together to discuss works of literature relevant to PEN’s mission. The inaugural title will be The Hour of the Star (New Directions) by the legendary Brazilian author Clarice Lispector.
Each book will be discussed for five weeks on the PEN web site, which will feature a series of posts by writers, translators, scholars, and other prominent literary figures. They will discuss the novel and its author and how the book speaks to PEN’s mission to foster support for basic human rights and promote mutual understanding through the shared experience of literature.
Readers will be able to comment on each post, participating in a larger dialogue with the discussion’s contributors and with each other.
The initiative was created by PEN’s Membership Committee under the leadership of former Chair Jaime Manrique. He says, “PEN Reads’ choice of The Hour of the Star by the great, and incomparable, Clarice Lispector as its inaugural author reaffirms PEN’s commitment to honor, and help preserve, the literary legacy of the writers of the world whose works matter in a major way.”
The inaugural post, by award-winning novelist Colm Tóibín, will appear at www.pen.org/penreads at noon on Tuesday, July 6.
NewPages encourages group participants to check with local, independent booksellers to purchase The Hour of the Star - and to purchase an extra copy to donate to your local library if they don't already have one.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
To begin the process for selection as a Pongo volunteer, please email your resume and a writing sample (preferably poetry) to richard-at-pongoteenwriting.org. In your resume or email message, please include all of your experience working with youth. Also, please state your availability to volunteer on a weekday afternoon during the coming school year. Finally, please review the Pongo web site, including the expectations on this page.
Until the final showdown on July 11, thirty-two soccer teams will compete in South Africa to steal Italy’s crown as World Cup champions.
For the players, the games are the ultimate moment of competition. For the countries they represent, it’s a time for national pride. For South Africa, the World Cup is a chance to grow, pumping more than 50 billion dollars into the economy and turning the world’s eye to their spot on the map.
The face of the World Cup is Zakumi, a golden leopard with flowing green hair. He’s fifteen, called “Za” for short, and lives by the official motto, “Zakumi’s game is fair play.”
The designers assigned to create Zakumi set out to integrate the many aspects of the World Cup into a single marketing image: a mascot. What would you have come up with?
This week, Literary Puzzler challenges you to create your own World Cup mascot. In just three or four sentences, provide a portrait of the character you’d craft as the image of the summer’s competition.
Send your mascot to Puzzler by Sunday noon, Pacific daylight time.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition. This competition is held quarterly 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 take place in October. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.
First place: Jenny Zhang (pictured), of Iowa City, IA, wins $1200 for “We Love You Crispina.” Her story will be published in the Fall 2011 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Second place: Joy Wood, of West Bloomfield, MI, wins $500 for “The Man in the Elevator.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
Third place: Linda Legters of Newtown, CT, wins $300 for “When We’re Lying.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching!
Fiction Open: June 30
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.
The Department of English and the BFA program at Stephen F. Austin State University seek applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of creative writing, with a specialization in literary non-fiction and a possible strong secondary area in poetry or fiction.
Oklahoma City University seeks applications for part-time faculty to teach in a new low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program, scheduled to begin in Summer 2011. Submit materials by June 31, 2010.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Ledge 2009 Poetry Awards Competition winners and finalists have been announced and will have their poems published in The Ledge #33, to be published in 2011:
First Prize ($1,000)Philip Dacey of New York, NY
Second Prize ($250) Jennifer Perrine of Des Mones, IA
Third Prize ($100) by Kate Hovey of Northridge, CA
Finalists: Samantha Barrow of New York, NY; Francis Klein of Glen Ridge, NJ; Joyce Meyers of Wallingford, PA; Debra Marquart of Ames, IA; Tiffanie Desmangles of West Lafayette, IN; and Marsh Muirhead of Bemidji, MN.
Also to be published in The Ledge #33 are the winners of The Ledge 2009 Fiction Awards Competition:
First prize ($1000) Michael Thompson of Indianapolis, IN
Second prize ($250) Kate Reuther of New York City, NY
Third prize ($100) Paullette Gaudet of Seattle, WA
Honorable Mention: Clare Beams of Norwell, MA; Sean Lanigan of Somerville, MA; Anne Trooper Holbrook of Tunbridge, VT; and Kelly Luce of Woodside, CA.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Motherhood Muse – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, photography
Visions – poetry, fiction, art
Ezra: An Online Journal of Translations poetry, short prose, excerpts, and play scenes from any era
SpringGun - poetry, flash fiction, book reviews, essays, interviews, and any form of intermedia art (video art, screen literature, electronic writing, digital poetry)
The Broken City - poetry, fiction, non-fiction, comics, art and photography
Bull Men's Fiction
Dante’s Heart – fiction, drama, poetry, art, mixed media
ScissorTALE Review – poetry, short fiction, flash fiction
Shadowbox - creative nonfiction, interviews, reviews, art
New additions to the NewPages Guide to Independent Publishers & University Presses:
New additions to the NewPages Guide to Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals:
Words and Music Festival, New Jersey
Write to Publish (Oolicon) Conference
The Shadowbox site is designed to be interactive (click the objects), and will be published biannually. The first issue features interviews with Brenda Miller, a book review of David Shield's Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, an art gallery featuring words and images of Margo Klass and Frank Soos, and new writing by Bev Aliff, Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon, Daniel Hales, Jena Huisken, Stephen Graham Jones, J. Michael Martinez, Kerry Muir, Megan Nix, Linda Norton, Karen Michelle Otero, Robert Vivian, and Jake Adam York.
Shadowbox reads submissions May 15 - October 15 and December 15 - April 15.
The latest issue of Memoir (and) includes the winners for the 2009 Prizes for Memoir in Prose or Poetry:
Grand Prize to Joe Wilkins
Second Prize to Cynthia Helen Beecher
Third Prize to Melanie Drane
The Memoir (and) Prizes for Memoir in Prose or Poetry are awarded to the most outstanding prose or poetry memoirs—traditional, nontraditional or experimental—drawn from the publication's open reading period (May 1 - August 16). There is no contest entry fee.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We're also trying out a new format for our reviews - if you love it or hate it, let us know.
The NewPages Magazine Stand is frequently updated, including short blurbs and cover images of new lit mags. It's a virtual newsstand, better than any bookstore or library selection I know! Stop by and check it out to get an inside (and outside) look at some latest issues.
The residency begins July 1st and ends August 31st, and includes an award of $1,000. The Resident Poet will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the Resident Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. There are no other specific obligations.
To be eligible, applicants will have published at least one book of poems. Applications will be judged by members of The Frost Place Board of Trustees.
BatCat Press is staffed by high school students who attend Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter High School (Midland, PA). All staff members "major" in literary arts and are upperclassmen who have taken at least two semesters of bookbinding (both of which are taught by Deanna Mulye, who also runs the press). The students read submissions, discuss what should be published, and then physically print and make all of the books in-house, by hand. Their run numbers vary depending on the project - they averaged about 200 copies per title this year.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Jeff wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2011.
Lizzie Hutton’s manuscript She’d Waited Mellennia was named runner-up and will be published in the fall of 2011.
Guidelines for the 2011 prize are available on the New Issues Poetry website.
However, Black Lawrence Press just sent out an e-mail with the following information:
Because we know that many writers have been hit especially hard by the economic downturn, we are offering a fantastic early bird special. If you submit your manuscript to The St. Lawrence Book Award before June 30, 2010, we will only charge you the price of one of our titles. The choice is yours. Most of our titles are priced between $14 and $18. (And we carry great chapbooks that are only $9!)
Here’s how it works:
1) Go to www.blacklawrencepress.com.
2) Click on the “Books” button on the left side of the page.
3) Order a title that interests you.
4) Shortly after placing your order, you will receive an email from Paypal with your receipt. Keep that for your records. Don’t worry about forwarding it to us; we can cross-check everything on our end.
5) Send your cover letter and manuscript to email@example.com before June 30, 2010. In your cover letter, note the title that you purchased.
6) That’s it!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
"From now until Flag Day, June 14, buy a book at www.Press53.com and we will send another book to a soldier in your name at no additional cost to you. Choose from any of our 50-plus titles and we will send a copy of the same book to an active duty soldier in your name. Soldiers will be selected from www.AnySoldier.com."
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
FIRST PLACE ($4000)
"A. Roolette? A. Roolette?" by Adam Prince
SECOND PLACE ($1500)
"Savior Games" by Cori Jones
THIRD PLACE ($500)
"Every Good Marriage Begins in Tears" by Katie Chase
FIVE FINALISTS ($100 each)
Helen Maryles Shankman
The Spring 2010 Story Contest, with a $3,250 First Prize, a $1,500 Second Prize, a $750 Third Prize, and ten finalists receiving $100 each. Open to fiction and nonfiction. All entries will be considered for publication. Contest Deadline: July 31, midnight, Pacific daylight time.
The Second Annual Poetry Contest, with a $1,500 First Prize, a $750 Second Prize, a $300 Third Prize, and ten finalists receiving $75 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Open to all poetry submissions. The contest runs from May 26 to July 18, at midnight PDT.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Here's what you do:
1. First forward this email to your friends and encourage them to vote a bunch.
2. Click on this link - http://mlb.mlb.com/peopleallstarsamongus/
3. Click on "Seattle Mariners."
4. Vote for me.
5. Do it again and again. (You have to refresh the link each time you vote.)
And while you're there - check out the other teams and finalists - if Seattle isn't your team, you can go on and vote for your own state. There's no limit on voting, no registering, no nonsense. Just a couple clicks is all it takes!
Tricia Bauer, of West Redding, Connecticut, was awarded the first annual FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her novel Father Flashes. The prize includes publication by FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, and $15,000. Melanie Rae Thon received special mention for her manuscript The Voice of the River. The judge was Carole Maso.
Sara Greenslit, of Madison, Wisconsin, has won this year’s FC2 Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest for her novel As If a Bird Flew by Me. The prize includes publication by FC2 and $1000. Kathleen M. McLaughlin, for her manuscript Burn, and Erin M. Kautza, for her manuscript Expiration Dates of Various Creatures, were both cited for special mention. The judge was Susan Steinberg.
Through these contests, Fiction Collective Two aims to publish and promote the work of writers of fiction deemed experimental, innovative, or too challenging for contemporary commercial presses.
Writers with at least three published books of fiction (story collections or novels or a combination) are eligible for the Doctorow Prize. The next judge will be Ben Marcus.
The Sukenick Prize is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Its next judge will be Kate Bernheimer.
The submission period for both contests is 15 August to 1 November. Visit the website, fc2.org, for further information and guidelines.
Monday, June 07, 2010
Winner: Barbara Maloutas for "Her Not Blessed"
Runner-Ups (in no particular order):
"The first day of spring" by Erin Hinkes
"28 DAYS / (from Temporality) by Stephen Radcliffe
"Not Blessed, A Collaboration" by Soham Patel, Deborah Marie Poe & Gene Tanta
Les Figures will be posting these stories (one story per day) on the Les Figues blog: GIVE A FIG. The stories will also be archived as PDF's on their website.
"The goal: write a complete novel in only 72 hours. The reward: a heck of a creative experience and one coffee-stained, tear-tinged, rule-breaking first draft. And for the winning author, publication. (Cash prizes too.) It's a Canadian born, now international, literary rite-of-passage."
The contest takes place every Labor Day weekend - this year: September 4-6, 2010.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
No entry fee.
The awards are for non-American-born writers of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction who are living and working in the U.S., age 38 and under; one $25,000 prize, + four $5000 prizes.
There is also a $100,000 Vilcek Literature Prize for one non-American-born writer of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction who is living and working in the U.S., no age restriction, but there is no application process for this prize.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
"Author of 30 books of poetry, new fiction, criticism, and plays. Most recent poetry books include Day Ocean State of Stars' Night (Green Integer, 2007), New Time (Wesleyan), and It's go in/quiet illumined grass/land (The Post-Apollo Press). Works of new fiction include Defoe (Green Integer), Dahlia's Iris (FC2), and Orchid Jetsm (Tuumba). Her Selected Poems, 1974 2006/It's go in horizontal will be published by University of California Press in spring 2008. Awards: American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation), Poetry Center Award (San Francisco State University), and Lawrence Lipton Prize." (Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts)
Essays must be: unpublished, 3,000 words or less, postmarked by June 4 , 2010, and clearly marked “Pushing the Boundaries ” on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information (address, phone, and email) and SASE:
Attn: Pushing the Boundaries
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Second place: Sean Padraic McCarthy, of Mansfield, MA, wins $1000 for “The Piper.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Third place: Nick Yribar, of Ann Arbor, MI, wins $600 for “The Getaway Driver.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching!
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) Click here for complete guidelines.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The first law of ecology states that everything is connected to everything else. An appreciation of this systemic connectivity suggests a wide range of poetry will offer a meaningful response to the current crisis, including work that harkens back to Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing regional effects.
Please submit 1-3 poems, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to: poetsforlivingwaters-atyahoo.com
Rescue Press publishes work by activists, artists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, list-makers, philosophers, poets, scientists, writers, and creative thinkers of all kinds. They are interested in small collections of artwork, comics, compositions, essays, experiments, how-tos, interrogations, lectures, lists, manifestos, notes, outlines, poetry, procedures, questions, reviews, sketches, stories, technical prose, textbooks, travel writing, and more. As their byline says: "Rescue Press is a library of chaotic and investigative work."
Rescue Press is based out of Milwaukee and will have an open reading period soon hopes to publish three more books within the next calendar year (fiction, non-fiction, maybe more poetry, etc.).
Fiction judge: Aimee Bender
Fiction Winner: Marjorie Celona for the story “All Galaxies Moving”
Fiction finalists: Clifford Garstang, Jacob M. Appel, Lucy Ferriss, Nicolaus Aufdenkampe, Jamey Bradbury, Becky Margolis
Poetry judge: Larissa Szporluk
Poetry Winner: Juliet Patterson for the poem “Extinction Event”
Poetry finalists: Sam Witt, Andrew Demcak, Steven Kilpatrick, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Sierra Nelson, Bianca Stone, Broc Rossell, Susan Sonde, Cecilia Woloch, Jay Peters, Patrick Haas