Friday, July 30, 2010

2010 New Millennium Contest Winners

New Millennium Writings has announced the winners of their 2010 poetry, fiction, short-short fiction and nonfiction contest as:

Pamela Uschuk of Bayfield, Co, has captured the $1,000 Poetry Award for her poem, "Shostakovich: Five Pieces."

BK Loren of Lafayette, Co, took the $1,000 Fiction Prize for her story "Cerberus Sleeps."

Norma Shainin of Mt. Vernon, Washington, was awarded the $1,000 Short-Short Fiction Prize for her story "The Famous Writer."

Amy Andrews of Rochester, NY, earned the $1,000 Nonfiction Prize with her creative nonfiction essay, "hide and seek."

Their works are scheduled to appear in the next issue of NMW, due out this winter, and also at

Books :: Writing and Publishing

Carol Smallwood has been quietly creating a name for herself over the years, and I say quietly for a couple of reasons. First, she's a librarian! With both an MLS and an MA, she has focused her writing on resources for librarians. But I also say quietly because she has edited a couple of phenom publications, taking the back seat to the subject matter, as great editors do. Her latest collection is one not to be missed by any writer who is interested in learning more about publishing venues. That's right: I said Writer. Not just Librarians.

The book is Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (ALA Editions 2010), but any non-librarian writer who passes this book by because of that subtitle is making a huge mistake. This book is chock full of some of the most practical, hands-on, I've-lived-this advice from writers about the most wide array of publishing venues I have ever read in a single collection. There are 46 contributors to this collection, condensed into less than 200 pages. This is my kind of "guide" - it gets directly to the nitty-gritty of each individual topic in 92 (yes, you read me right) essays.

Granted, some of the topics covered are Librarian-specific, such as "MLS, MFA: The Working Librarian Pursuing a Degree in Creative Writing" (Colleen S. Harris), "Partners: Helping Your Hometown Paper Promote the Local Library" (Beth Nieman), and "Children's Librarians! Use Your Skills to Fill Your Collection Gaps" (Margaret Read MacDonald). Although, I did find the information insightful and even helpful as someone who works closely with librarians to help promote events, build collections, etc. But there are plenty more contributions that seem library-specific, like "Blogging: Writing Op-Eds" (Michale Dudley) and "The Poet-Librarian: Writing and Submitting Your Work" (Colleen S. Harris) that make consideration for the role/career of librarian, but could just as easily be applicable to anyone with any other career. Specifically for librarians, however, is insight in how to participate in these publishing venues either as part of the job to help promote the library/collections, or as a separate activity and the politics of keeping your writing life clear from that of public or institutional jobs and the overreaching restrictions those sometimes have.

The breadth of topics in this collection is most astounding. It's not just a something-for-everyone collection, it's an a-lot-for-anyone collection. For librarians who want to do ANY kind of writing, this book is a no-brainer to get, read, and keep in your personal resource library. For others - anyone interested in writing to publish, this is a resource to take a look at. There are plenty of other "publishing" resources out there - but in my recent research for a college-level course in professional writing, finding a book as comprehensive in voices and topics as this one is RARE. I wouldn't pass up using this as a resource with students interested in publishing. For students? Heck, for anyone trying to step into and make sense of where to get started or different directions to take in publishing.

Here's just an outline of the content:

Part 1 - Why Write

Part 2 - Education of a Writer
Getting Started
Writing with Others
Revise, Revise, Revise
Lessons From Publishing

Part 3 - Finding Your Niche in Print
Newsletters and Newspapers
Magazines and Professional Journals
Textbook Writing
Children's Literature
Writing on Specific Subjects

Part 4 Finding Your Niche Online

Part 5 Maximizing Opportunities

For a more detailed outline of content, visit the publisher's website: Writing and Publishing

Telling the Story Behind Storytelling Totem Poles

The current issue of Whispering Wind (V39 N2 I271) features the article "Totems at Sitka National Historical Park Sitka, Alaska" by Scott Jensen that is worth seeking out to read and share with others. This is a thorough exploration of the history of the totem pole in the Northwest Territory, and includes numerous, clearly referenced photos. Jensen's writing is well researched and documented and provides a solid historical understanding of the role of the totem pole in Native American storytelling.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

NewPages Updates

Publications and Publishers newly added to NewPages website:

The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines

The Meadowland Review - poetry, fiction, photography
Mused - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, artwork, photography
Survivor Chronicles – poetry, fiction, non-fiction
Melusine – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art
Status Hat! - fiction, creative non-fiction, articles, poetry, music
Stirfry – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction artwork, photography
Spiral Orb – poetry
Kritya – poetry, essays
The Fine Line - poetry, fiction, artwork
Suspense Magazine mystery, horror, thriller
Cousin Corrine's Reminders - writing, comics, photography
EOAGH - poetry, prose, articles
Lavender Review – poetry, art
The Country Dog Review - poetry
The Asian American Literary Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction
James Dickey Review - poetry, fiction, nonfiction

The NewPages Big List of Alternative Magazines

The Point - essays, reviews, symposium on arts and culture
GAY (alt)

Independent Publishers & University Presses

Bona Fide Books - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels
Cooper Dillon Books - poetry, chapbooks
Dedalus Books - fiction, nonfiction, translations
Paraguas Books - fiction, nonfiction, children's, Spanish language
Sasquatch Books - cookbooks, gardening, travel
Other Press (updated link)
8th House Publishing (Canada)
Hub City Press - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, regional, art
Monkey Puzzle Press - poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid works, essays, chapbooks
Mutual Publishing - fiction, nonfiction, Hawaii
Narrow House - poetry, fiction
Shearsman Books (UK) - poetry
Skysill Press (UK) - poetry

New Podcast on the Block :: Red Lion Square

With the staff of Amy Watkins, Host/Co-Editor, Jae Newman, Co-Editor, Shawna Mills, Artist, and Alex Copeland, Music/Technical Consultant - Red Lion Square is a free weekly podcast (archived monthly) of "contemporary poetry intended for a general audience."

The podcasts are short (the ones I sampled were 8-12 min.) with a pleasant mix of transitional music, intros, different poets reading, and a segment called "the after party," which might be music, interviews, or in the case of Episode 6, a visit to the Audubon Park Community Market to hear Poetry by Flashlight from Thomas Birchmire. The sound quality varies as some portions seem to be recorded by the writers themselves (tinny, in some cases) and most likely sent in, but what is recorded "in house" is top quality. Of course, the after party may allow the setting to lend its charm to the recording, but in the episodes I sampled, I had no trouble understanding the poet/musicians.

Cuurent contributors include: Thomas Birchmire, Therese L. Broderick, Mark Russell Brown, Debra Kang Dean, Teneice Durrant Delgado, Stacia M. Fleegal, Kenneth P. Gurney, Marci Rae Johnson, Erin Keane, Karen Kelsay, Russ Kesler, Steve Kronen, Richard Newman, Daniel Romo, Jesse Jay Ross, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Andy Trevathan, Matthew Vetter, Jonathan Weinert, and Johnathon Williams.

Red Lion Square is open for submissions: "looking for smart, accessible poems that sound great out loud. We believe there is a difference between easy poems and accessible poems and that a good reading of a good poem can turn on a person's interest in poetry. We want those poems." Writers can submit written works to be read, or read their own poems and send in quality recordings in wav or mp3 format along with written submissions.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Submissions :: Art Exhibit & Quote Contest

Embracing Our Differences invites professional, amateur and student writers to participate in its 8th annual exhibit celebrating diversity. National and international submissions are encouraged. Entries should be no more than 30 words and express what the theme “embracing our differences” mean to you.

The exhibit, displayed during April and May 2011 in Sarasota, Florida, has been viewed by more than 850,000 visitors. Cash award of $1,000.00. Deadline for submission is December 20, 2010. There is no submission fee or limit on the number of entries. Submission forms and more information concerning past winning submissions are available at or by emailing Submissions may also be made online.

Naked Girls Want You

International literary salon Naked Girls Reading is looking for exceptional, "gut level" writing in the areas of Short Fiction, Poetry, Criticism and Erotica. In November 2010, an array of famous Naked Girls will read finalists in every category and give away the Naked Girls Reading Literary Honors at a special event in Chicago. This Honors includes a reader funded cash prize of at least $500 and the prestige of being the first recipient of the award.

Slow Reading

Patrick Kingsley of The Guardian writes a response to the question "Has endlessly skimming short texts on the internet made us stupider?" answering in the affirmative and consulting the research that says we need to slow down: The Art of Slow Reading.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Interview :: Marie Ponsot

Anna Ross interviews acclaimed poet Marie Ponsot just before her stroke, on oil, the oral supremacy of poetry, and (what else?) the end of the world: "Between Riddle and Charm."(Guernica, July 2010)

Florida Literary Arts Coalition 2010

2010 Other Words Conference
Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
November 4-6
Open for proposals, tables, sponsored readings.

Thursday, November 4 kicks off at 7:30 pm with a reading by local writers William Slaughter and Laura Lee Smith. The Thursday reading will begin at 7:30 pm.

Friday and Saturday events follow with panels and readings scheduled from 9 am to 5:30 pm and evening readings with a keynote event by Jeffrey Lependorf of CLMP and SPD. Evening readings feature Lola Haskins and Wil Haygood on Friday night and Diane Wakoski and Terese Svoboda on Saturday night.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Writing About Something.” Proposed panels should have a theme such as writing about art, writing about place, writing about baseball, writing about physics, etc. This will allow participants who want to include readings of their poetry, fiction, or nonfiction in their presentation to do so as long as it follows the thematic guidelines. There will also be panels about publishing, submitting work, agents, editors, small presses, teaching creative writing, collaboration, and others.

For a small additional fee, there will be creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and special sessions of workshops as outreach to underserved youth. Writing faculty currently include Terri Witek (poetry); Mark Powell (fiction); Lisa Zimmerman (poetry); Tania Rochelle (poetry). Conference writing staff (also for an additional fee) will offer individual manuscript consultations or advice for publishing one’s work.

Publishers and journals will be able to sponsor readings by their authors by signing up for a table at the book fair and paying a fee above the cost of a table alone.

At this time we are ready to entertain panel proposals in any area and to discuss with small presses and journals the methods for getting sponsored readings.

This information will be posted on the FLAC/Other Words blogspot, Facebook page, and website. Please see and, and become a fan on Facebook by searching “Other Words Conference.”

To make a proposal or get more information, please email Rick Campbell or Jim Wilson. Further details about scheduling, participating writers, conference hotels, and more will be posted soon.

Rick Campbell, FLAC,
Jim Wilson, Flagler College,


Conference dates November 4-6, 2010
Conference Fees
$80.00 Non FLAC members conference registration
$50.00 FLAC members conference registration
$100.00 Book Fair table with sponsored reading (includes one personal conference registration)
$60.00 Book Fair table only (includes one personal conference registration)
$25.00 Non FLAC member Student registrations
FLAC member students get free registration
Creative Writing Workshops ($25 and $15 for students )
Individual Manuscript Consultations ($40.00; 25 pages fiction and nonfiction; 12 pages of poetry)
Publishing Advice Sessions with editors and publishers ($30 for 20 minute session; advisers will not critique work)

A list of participants as of now:

Wil Haygood
Diane Wakoski
Terese Svoboda
Lola Haskins
Ken Hart
Terri Witek
Cyriaco Lopes
Lisa Zimmerman
Tania Rochele
Mark Powell
Marc Fitten
Stephen Corey
Sean Sexton
Lynn Aarti Chandhok
Kelle Groom
Shane Seely
Carol Lynne Knight
Allison Granucci
Michael Hettich
Kelle Groom
Jesse Milner
Shane Seely


All Nations Press
Anhinga Press
Autumn House Press
Yellow Jacket Press
University of Tampa Press
Kitsune Press
The Tampa Review
The Georgia Review
The Florida Review
Apalachee Review and Press

New Lit on the Block :: Spiral Orb

Spiral Orb is "an experiment in juxtaposition, interrelationships, and intertextuality — a cross-pollination." On the home page, readers will find an "opening poem" composed of "fragments from each of the pieces in Spiral Orb One. Standing also as the table of contents, each line is embedded with a hyperlink to its original poem. Once at each poem, you will find links to the other poems in Spiral Orb One. Anticipate the poems making contact with one another in an odd and perfect manner."

In reading through some of the poems/links, I'm not sure what that odd and perfect manner is, and, in fact, after the first couple of clicks, I stopped trying to figure it out and simply enjoyed reading through wherever it was the clicks took me. I'm more prone to liking the "random" nature of the perusal, a sort of hypertextual romp through a field of poetry (somewhat akin to Poetry's iPod poetry app, sans the emotional labeling). For those of us who look for a bit of controlled random in our days, this is one easy way to let your hair down and wander aimlessly without ever leaving your seat.

The first issue of Spiral Orb includes works by by Amanda Bailey, Lisa Bowden, Melissa Buckheit, Simmons B. Buntin, CA Conrad, Mary Christine Delea, William Doreski, Jacqueline Gens, Patrick Jones, Dorothee Lang, Tim Peterson (Trace), Michael Rerick, Heidi Lynn Staples, Abby Sugar, Erec Toso, and Donny Wankan.

Spiral Orb is open for submissions for Issue Two until September 1, 2010.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

4000 Words 4000 Dead

Jennifer Karmin has been collecting 4000 WORDS for the over 4000 DEAD Americans in Iraq. All words are being used to create a public poem. During street performances, she gives away these words to passing pedestrians. Submissions are ongoing as the Iraq War continues and the number of dead grows. Send 1-10 words with subject 4000 WORDS to

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Review Lit on the Block :: Reviews in Cultural Theory

Reviews in Cultural Theory
is a journal of book reviews that responds to new developments in the theorization of culture. Published online bi-weekly and collected into issues three times a year, Reviews in Cultural Theory seeks to provide a forum to foreground both new work in this field and the emergent community of scholars who share an interest in the complex and changing problematic of culture today.

Focusing on the wide distribution of short and timely reviews and review essays, the journal aims to remain responsive to the dynamism and pace of this field. The journal’s first three issues chart the contemporary shape of cultural theory as it touches on Visual Culture, Gender Studies, Geography, Queer Theory, Marxism, Anthropology, Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural History, and Sound Studies, among other fields and subjects, established and emerging. We welcome suggestions of new work for review.

Editors: Imre Szemán, Sarah Blacker, Justin Sully

Books :: Readings for Writers Now Available

"Readings for Writers is a very different creature from your usual anthology. Yes, everything here has appeared in The Kenyon Review sometime during the past seventy years. That should establish literary merit, aside from the fame of many of the featured authors. But a different principle of selection comes into play: choosing stories, poems, and essays from across the decades to provoke lively responses from writers today, to inspire and challenge." -David H. Lynn, Editor

Modernist Literature and Economic Theory Project

The Modernist Literature and Economic Theory Project is being developed by Tudor Balinisteanu (PhD English Literature).

Project Description:
This project aims to connect modernist texts with economic concepts in transnational perspective. It responds to a need to reassess the contribution of literature to our interconnected forms of social and material life. Once fully developed, it will provide resources to scholars interested in exploring the connection between literature and economic materialism. On the one hand, the project invites reflection on literature as a market form itself; on the other it invites explorations of the ways in which literature engenders forms of social performativity and agency that contribute materially to society, and can therefore be studied in the framework of economic theory.

Contributions to the site are invited, and will be acknowledged on the page where they are placed.

New LIt on the Block :: Pyrta

Janice Pariat, editor of the newly launched online publication Pyrta: A Journal of Poetry and Things, writes: Pyrta is a journal of poetry and other things based in Shillong, a small hill-station town in Meghalaya, India. It's a little bit local, and mostly universal. Pyrta aims to be a vibrant multicultural space - we'd like voices from all over to contribute quality work categorised broadly under Poetry, Photo Essays, Prose, Sketches and Local morsels (somehow, we don't like "tidbits"). We want to provide authors/photographers/artists, whether new or established, a platform to share what they love doing. We follow faithfully in the footsteps of Paul Valery who once said, 'I can't help it, I'm interested in everything.' Hence submissions are welcome from anywhere. about anything."

The first issue includes poetry bu Neel Chaudhuri, Trisha Bora, Nicholas Y.B. Wong, Kevin Simmonds, Sonia Sarkar, Robin Ngangom, Sharanya Manivannan, Piya Srinivasan, prose by Sajjawal Hayat and Samrat Choudhury, a photo essay by Shruti Singh, and sketches by Adam Pavitt & Stefan Ehrenfeld.

Published five times a year: Pyrem (Spring), Lyiur (Summer),
Por Slap (Monsoon), Synrai (Fall), Tlang (Winter), Pyrta is currently open for submissions for its next issue.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Indie Bookstores: Slash and Close

New or used, booksellers are struggling.

John King Books, an institution of used and rare books in Detroit, has slashed its prices in an effort to stay alive - "If we don't move the entire inventory in a fairly quick time - a couple months - then I don't know what I will do," King said.

And another indie bookstore closes its doors - Second Story Books, NY. Such closures as this are no longer surprising news, and Peter Applebome of the NYT explores why.

Band of Thebes Smacks Down Huffington Post

Band of Thebes slams Huffington Post's recent post 13 Great Books for Gay Teens, calling it "lazy" and "serving...some stale old titles" and "joining a parade of recent articles 'discovering' lesbian and gay YA novels" - that it seems HP may even have helped spiral. "It's hard to get a panoramic view looking through a microscope," BoT laments.

Marie Alexander Poetry Series Open Submissions Period

The Marie Alexander Poetry Series has an open submission period during the month of July. An award of $500 and publication will be given for a chosen collection of prose poems by an American poet. Submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages, which can include some lineated pieces, along with a cover letter with complete contact information and an SASE for notification only. Postmark must be between July 1 and 31. Entries should also include a simultaneous electronic submission of the manuscript (MS Word or PDF format) sent to . There is no entry fee.

Marie Alexander Poetry Series
Attention: Nickole Brown, Co-Editor
P.O. Box 5686
Louisville, KY 40255-0686

Books :: UDP Goes Digital Reissue

"Brooklyn indie poetry publisher Ugly Duckling Presse has turned to e-books as a means of re-issuing out-of-print poetry chapbooks, which has doubled readership for the books. The platform they’ve chosen — Issuu — has proven to be both robust and attractive, but also has complications in part because it is based on Flash." Read more about the e-re-issue on Publishing Perspectives.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

dislocate Contamination Issue & Contest Winners

dislocate #6 (Spring 2010) is themed "The Contaminated Issue." Editors Colleen Coyne and J. Lee Morsell explain the Latin root of "contaminate" as tangere "to touch" - and the negative connotations and associations with the word. "But contamination has long held a secondary meaning: it is a blending that produces something new. In this increasingly interconnected, and increasingly mediated, world, that second definition becomes as important and the first." Though I'm not so sure it will catch on in this more positive connotation, it certainly did attract a fair amount of subissions and contest entries for their Contaminated Essay Contest. The works of the winner, Lehua M. Taitano, and honorable mentions, Lehua M. Josh Garrett-Dvais, Katie Jean Shinkle, Nick Neely, and Brian Oliu, appear in this issue.

PPP the Place for Small Ventures

Started by Mathias Svalina and Zach Schomburg, Press Press Press is a "blog-shop for small poetry presses and journals" and features poetry, chapbooks, journals, and "things." The are multiple contributors to the blog, and when I contacted Mathias to ask about how it works, he replied: "Ideally PPP should be viral. All members have administrative power & have been encouraged to invite whomever they think would be a good fit to be a part of it. Zach Schomburg & I started it as a place to be able to check in to find about about new releases from micro-presses. I don't feel like we're in charge of it, though. The only rules are that presses can only post the latest releases, no back catalog, & there should be no 'bloggy' posts." Definitely worth a look and keeping an eye on.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Anniversay & Good-Bye Pindeldyboz

"In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pindeldyboz, we've made the decision to shut it down." - Whitney Pastorek, Executive Editor

Literary Magazine Submissions - How Much Will You Pay?

Since the recent Tin House announcement asking readers (NOT requiring them to do so, mind you) to purchase a book from an independent bookseller ("Buy a Book, Save a Bookstore") and use the receipt as their "ticket" to submitting work to the magazine as well as its contest, a slew of discussions have started about publications "charging" writers for submissions.

Brevity is asking its readers whether or not they should charge, and the nearly 300 responses run the spectrum of opinion on the matter.

The issue of charging for submissions is nothing new Narrative charges writers a "nominal" fee of $15-20 for all unsolicited submissions, and the The Missouri Review charges writers "a small fee" of $3 to submit their works electronically (I'm sure there are others, but this is who comes to mind at the moment). TMR Editor Speer Morgan in his discussion at this year's AWP (Session 179 - The Future of the Literary Magazine) made no apologies for charging writers this fee (and they seem not to be lacking in submissions). He felt it offered at least some means of screening submissions and lessening the mass-submit phenomenon available to writers who use e-services (sending to as many publications as possible without familiarizing themselves with the publications content).

It also reminds writers that there is a cost to these literary endeavors - magazines are not staffed, printed, or able to maintain an online presence/e-mail submissions out of the kindness of this society's heart - it takes cash, which the loss of several long-standing publications each year proves. I heard it's "Robin Hood robbing the poor to pay the rich," but I'm not sure I get that one, because anybody who think literary endeavors are rolling in it (esp. lit mags) is out of touch with reality (or needs to intern with a lit mag). I think it's more like, "You have a nickel and I have a nickel, so let's rub them together" - and hope we can keep this lit mag afloat another year.

Missouri Review also offers readers the option to send via traditional mail, which - remember - also costs money. Could not allowing submissions via electronic medium constitute a submission fee? I suppose you'll have to take that one up with the post office (which will soon be raising those fee rates).

I don't think this initiating act, which on the part of Tin House means encourage support for the literary community, should be the matter of contention. Sort of like playing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots with yourself ("Yeah! I knocked my block off!"). "Just going through this list of independent bookstores," NewPages Managing Editor Nicole Foor adds, "I can't believe how many of them have closed." Tin House is dead on with their effort. Buy books from indie bookstores and small presses, and buy/subscribe to literary magazines. Support the grassroots literary community - at their roots. That's the point.

Still, this subsequent conversation - whether or not to charge cash fees for submission - is a good one and worth ongoing consideration. Michael A. FitzGerald (author of Radiant Days, co-founder of Submishmash) offers a more writer-focused perspective on this matter here: Reading Fees From a Writer’s Perspective.

CNF Virtual Yard Sale

Until July 26 Creative Nonfiction is having a virtual yard sale with: 10% off subscriptions; books up to 40% off; 80% off back issues; and $5 CNF mugs.

NewPages Lit Mag Review

Check out the latest great post of NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews, including both new and established publications in print and online - with a special thanks to all the reviewers who dedicate their time and energy to recognize these publications and writers:

Alaska Quarterly Review
The Asian American Literary Review
Blue Earth Review
Bombay Gin
Carpe Articulum
get born
Glimmer Train
The New Quarterly
The Orange Coast Review
Oyez Review
Stone Canoe
West Wind Review

CLMP Classroom Lit Mag Adoption Program

Just in time for the new school year - the CLMP has started a new Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students program.

Most poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by emerging writers first finds its way into print through literary magazines, yet few student writers actively engage with the spectrum of magazines published today. By integrating literary magazines into course curricula and providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction between literary magazine publishers and creative writing students (a key component of the program), the Lit Mag Adoption Program promotes a generation of new writers that are also active readers and productive members of the larger literary community.

How it Works
The Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students allows undergraduate and graduate creative writing professors to include literary magazines in their courses. Students receive discounted, 1-year subscriptions for selected literary magazines (professors receive a free "desk-copy" subscription). Each participating class will receive at least two issues of the magazine during the semester. In addition, classes will have direct interaction with the magazine publisher/editor through a virtual (or in-person where local) "One-on-One" chat session.

Professors: Register your class now. Once you have submitted the online registration, your desk copy order will be processed and you will receive unique login information to provide to your students. Students will then order their discounted subscriptions through this website.

Students: Order your course subscription now. Note that you will need the unique login information provided by your professor. NOTE: course adoption subscriptions can ONLY be ordered through the CLMP site - NOT on the magazine's web site.

Participating Magazines
A Public Space
American Poetry Review
American Short Fiction
Antioch Review
Asia Literary Review
Beloit Poetry Journal
Colorado Review
Electric Literature (Digital Version)
Electric Literature (Print Version)
Iowa Review
Journal of Ordinary Thought
Kenyon Review
Missouri Review
New England Review
One Story
Poetry Magazine
Priairie Schooner
The Blotter
The Oxford American
TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature
Tin House
Tipton Poetry Journal
Verse Wisconsin
Virginia Quarterly Review
Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream

The CLMP site also includes several related essays:

Using Literary Magazines in the Classroom: What's New? Community Building with Literary Magazines By Kimiko Hahn

Literary Magazines: Gateway to Publishing Now By David H. Lynn

Literary Magazines in Context: A Historical Perspective By Carolyn Kuebler

New Lit on the Block :: Stirfry

Stirfry Literary Magazine was created by several members of the Young Writers’ Workshop of San Gabriel Valley and is currently edited by Alana Saltz [cover image shown], Cherisse, Carrie Rasak, Christina Young, and Henry Jacobs. Stirfry aims to showcase quality work from new,emerging, and established writers alike. The magazine also features original artwork and photography.

Authors and artists featured in the first volume include Mark Barkawitz, Crystalee Calderwood, Jim Fuess , Stefanie Maclin, Lorena Madrigal, Jeffrey Miller, Juliana Mims, Dillon Mullenix, C. Nadal, Denise Pater, Alana Saltz, Linda Wolff, and Claire Zhang.

Stirfry is now accepting submissions for their second issue, deadline TBA. For priority consideration, submit as soon as possible. Please read all of their guidelines before submitting.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Listen Up!

You are invited to participate in the first World Listening Day, which happens on Sunday, July 18, 2010.

The purposes of World Listening Day are:
  • to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology;
  • to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography;
  • and to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices.
World Listening Day is being organized by the World Listening Project, in partnership with other organizations. July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Schafer is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. The World Soundscape Project, which he directed, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field, and his book Soundscape: The Tuning of the World helped to define many of the terms and background behind the acoustic ecology movement.

The World Listening Project invites you to participate in World Listening Day. Here are several possibilities—
  • You can set aside some time when you pay attention to your soundscape.
  • You can organize a soundwalk or a listening party when people play field recordings.
  • You can organize a performance event that involves field recordings and other artistic expressions that explore our soundscape and how we can listen to our sonic environment.
  • You can facilitate an educational event that relates to acoustic ecology, field recordings, or a similar topic.
  • You can contact organizations or individuals that are listed as participating in World Listening Day, to see if you can get involved that way.
Visit The World Listening Project for more information.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Interview :: Vanessa Place

Dan Godston interviews Vanessa Place - poet, novelist, critic, editor, founder/editor of Les Figues Press. Godston talks with her about her influences, her novel La Medusa, the latest projects with Les Figues Press, and the lit scene in LA. ( - Detroit)

21 Reasons Why This Movie Sucks

Playwright/performer Prince Gomolvilas takes on the movie 21, starting with the question:

"What is the greatest piece of Asian-American literature of all time?"

And it's not The Joy Luck Club or No-No Boy...

21 Reasons Why This Movie Sucks

Faulkner House Books

Opened 15 years ago in New Orleans French Quarter, the Faulkner House Books is located in a building where Faulkner rented rooms for a year in 1925 before leaving for France. In addition to William Faulkner, specialties include Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy, Modern First Editions, Southern Americana with an emphasis on New Orleans and Louisiana-related titles, and Johnsoniana. Special requests and search requests are also welcome.

Got a cool, indie bookstore in your town? Be sure it's on our Guide to Independent Booksellers. If you're traveling, be sure to check the guide for stops along the way.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

GAY Relaunch

Founder/Editor-in-Chief of GAY e-magazine, Candy Parker invites readers and writers to this e-zine by lesbians with a sense of humor. "GAY's primary mission is to provide a publication forum for lesbian humorists. We also publish interview/profile features on lesbian comedians and others of interest to the community. In keeping with our theme, all interviews/profiles feature a humorous element of some sort. Humorous essays published in GAY are also accompanied by original artwork created by our all volunteer staff."

While GAY is a relatively new venture (re-launched on April 1, 2010), it has garnered some attention. Most recently, Parker was honored as one of GO Magazine's "100 Women We Love Class of 2010" (June/July 2010 issue).

Survivor Chronicles Online

Survivor Chronicles is a small independent publication dedicated to trauma release, healing and survival. We are mostly a poetry magazine, but also invite short fiction/non fiction as we acknowledge the fact that many writers/artists are more comfortable expressing themselves through other styles.

We want to hear from you:

•If you have survived a major trauma, or are in the process of surviving it.
•If someone close to you has survived a major trauma or is in the process of surviving it.
•If you are a social worker or health worker or any other professional and have seen trauma at close range.
•If you are a writer or artist who deeply empathizes with the human condition and can portray trauma and its process and/or effects honestly and sensitively.
•If you are a photographer who has documented trauma and its survival.

Here are some general submission guidelines:

•We prefer shorter pieces to longer ones, owing to the attention span of the average internet reader.
•We love poetry, and occasionally well crafted short fiction, and are also interested in analytical opinion pieces (non fiction) and musings about trauma survival and its relationship with leading a meaningful life.
•In the body of an email, paste 1-5 poems, or short fiction/non fiction within 1500 words.
Artists and photographers can send 1-5 pieces for consideration; email •as separate attachments.

New Lit on the Block :: Tottenville Review

Tottenville Review is a collaborative of authors, reviewers, and translators, dedicated to finding and writing about new voices in literature. While open to reviewing and interviewing even the most established, their primary focus will be debut books, or books by relatively new authors, including works in translation published in the US for the first time.

The first issue includes interviews with Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (When Skateboards Will be Free), and Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances). In upcoming issues interviews are planned with John Wray (Lowboy), Jeff Rotter (The Unknown Knowns), Josh Weil (The New Valley), and Nam Le (The Boat).

Tottenville Review
will be published quarterly with a simple goal: to contribute to the dialogue and to spread awareness of new, promising authors.

2010 Hudson Prize Winner

The editors at Black Lawrence Press have announced that Sarah Suzor has won the 2010 Hudson Prize with her manuscript, The Principle Agent. A full list of the 2010 Hudson Prize finalists and semi-finalists can be found here.

Plan B Press Celebrated

Guest edited by stevenallenmay, the Summer 2010 issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly online celebrates the history of Plan B Press, with poems by 21 authors published by the press from its founding in 1999 to the present. Featured poets include: Lamont Steptoe, Mary Ann Larkin, Jason Venner, Dan Maguire, Tony Brewer, Tina Darragh, Gray Jacobik, and Tony Medina. The issue traces the press's evolution as it moved from Leola, PA to Philadelphia, to the greater DC area.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tin House Launches Buy a Book, Save a Bookstore

Tin House Implements New Policy for Fall Reading Period. Unsolicited Submissions must be Accompanied by a Receipt for a Hardcover or Paperback from a Real-Life Bookstore.

PORTLAND, OREGON (JUNE 30, 2010) In the spirit of discovering new talent as well as supporting established authors and the bookstores who support them, Tin House Books will accept unsolicited manuscripts dated between August 1 and November 30, 2010, as long as each submission is accompanied by a receipt for a book from a bookstore. Tin House magazine will require the same for unsolicited submissions sent between September 1 and December 30, 2010.

Writers who cannot afford to buy a book or cannot get to an actual bookstore are encouraged to explain why in haiku or one sentence (100 words or fewer). Tin House Books and Tin House magazine will consider the purchase of e-books as a substitute only if the writer explains: why he or she cannot go to his or her neighborhood bookstore, why he or she prefers digital reads, what device, and why.

Writers are invited to videotape, film, paint, photograph, animate, twitter, or memorialize in any way (that is logical and/or decipherable) the process of stepping into a bookstore and buying a book to send along for our possible amusement and/or use on our Web site.

Tin House Books will not accept electronic submissions. Tin House magazine will accept manuscripts by mail or digitally. The magazine will accept scans of bookstore receipts.


Please send manuscripts to:

Save a Book
Tin House Books
2617 NW Thurman
Portland, OR 97210


Save a Book
Tin House Magazine
PO Box 10500
Portland, OR 97210

[From Deborah Jayne, Director of Publicity, Tin House Books]

Boston Review Short Story Contest Winner

Chang-rae Lee selected Adam Sturtevant's story "How Do I Explain?" from a pool of over 500 applicants for the Boston Review's 17th annual short story contest. You can read the story here.

New Lit on the Block :: Latern Review

Latern Review is a new online journal of Asian American poetry, edited by Iris A. Law and Mia Ayumi Malhotra, with Brandon Chez as Submissions Database Administrator. In addition to written works in "a vast range of poetry styles as well as a mixture of voices from different generations," LR also features the works of several visual artists "whose images reflect and engagement with metapohor, gesture, and texture that is almost poetic." LR also includes a Community Voices section "which features pieces by members of the community surrounding the Asian American poetry organization Kundiman, and a review of Sun Yung Shin's Skirt Full of Black."

The first issue includes works by Kevin Minh Allen (Nguyễn Đúc Minh), Maria T. Allocco, Tamiko Beyer, Rebecca Y.M. Cheung, Ray Craig, Rachelle Cruz, Asterio Enrico N. Gutierrez, Luisa A. Igloria, Subhashini Kaligotla, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Hsiao-Shih (Raechel) Lee, Henry W. Leung, Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Matthew Olzmann, Soham Patel, Craig Santos Perez, Jon Pineda, Jai Arun Ravine, Bushra Rehman, Barbara Jane Reyes, Melissa Roxas, Sankar Roy, Eileen Tabios, Vanni Taing, Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American PoetryKristine Uyeda, Vuong Quoc Vu, Ocean Vuong, Elaine Wang, Steve Wing, Frances Won, Angela Veronica Wong, and Changming Yuan.

The reading period for Latern Review is currently closed but will open for Issue 2 in late summer.

Garrison on Self-Publishing

"And if you want to write, you just write and publish yourself. No need to ask permission, just open a website. And if you want to write a book, you just write it, send it to or BookSurge at Amazon or PubIt or ExLibris and you've got yourself an e-book. No problem. And that is the future of publishing: 18 million authors in America, each with an average of 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives. Average annual earnings: $1.75."

From: "When everyone's a writer, no one is: In a world where everything's free on the web, what will happen to publishing" by Garrison Keillor, May 25, 2010, The Baltimore Sun

Books :: Why Fiction?

New from University of Nebraska Press: Why Fiction?

"[O]ne of the most important works of narrative theory to come out of France in recent years—Jean-Marie Schaeffer understands fiction not as a literary genre but, in contrast to all other literary theorists, as a genre of life. The result is arguably the first systematic refutation of Plato’s polemic against fiction and a persuasive argument for regarding fiction as having a cognitive function.

"For Schaeffer fiction includes not only narrative fiction but also children’s games, videos, film, drama, certain kinds of painting, opera—in short, all the intentional structures arising from shared imaginative reality. Because video games and cyber-technologies are the new sites of entry for many children into such an imagined universe, studying these cyber-fictions has become integral to our understanding of fiction. Through these avenues, Schaeffer also explores the foundations of mimeticism in order to explain the important effect fiction has on human beings. His work thus establishes fiction as a universal aspect of human culture and offers a profound and resounding answer to the question: Why fiction?"

Poetry MS Feedback

Susan Kan, founding director of Perugia Press, is now offering a personal manuscript review service for individualized feedback on poetry manuscripts.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Passings :: Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar tribute on the Washington Post.

Books :: Jan Kurouac

Jan Kerouac: A Life in Memory is the first biography of post-Beat novelist and poet Jan Kerouac. Edited by Gerald Nicosia, it contains contributions by Nicosia, Phil Cousineau, Brenda Knight, Aram Saroyan, Brad Parker, John Allen Cassady, R.B. Morris, Jacques Kirouac, Adiel Gorel, Lee Harris, Mary Emmerick, Lynn Kushel Archer, Carl Macki, John Zielinski, Buddah (John Paul Pirolli), and Dan McKenzie, as well as a long interview with Jan by Nicosia and over 40 photographs. The book, 189 pages with color cover and black-and-white illustrations, will be signed and personalized by Gerald Nicosia upon request.

More Students, Less Writing Support

In response to an increase in students at Marymount Manhattan College, the Writing Center will now be closed.

As Harold would say: What?!

Dedalus Soars - Again

Dedalus Books (UK) is able to continue publishing thanks efforts from writers JM Coetzee, Jonathan Coe, and the president of the European Commission to get the Arts Council to reinstate funding.

New Lit on the Block :: Supermachine

SUPERMACHINE is a Brooklyn-based reading series and now a print journal of poetry. The biannual publication is edited by Ben Fama with contributing editors Shonni Enelow, James Copeland, and Michael Barron, with a cover drawing by Sidney Pink for this first issue.

The inaugural issue features works by Lindsey Boldt, Brandon Brown, Brent Cunningham, Christian Hawkey, Will Hubbard, Paul Killebrew, Noelle Kocot, Natalie Lyalin, Derek McCormack, Lee Norton, Douglas Piccinnini, Genya Turovskaya, Jeffrey Yang, and Matthew Zappruder.

SUPERMACHINE reads submissions during March & April, and again during September & October.

Lit Spotlight :: Splash of Red

With the addition of Splash of Red (Asbury Park, NJ) to the NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines, I had a marked increase in e-mails from Editor Dylan Emerick-Brown providing updates - not just of publication content, which is itself impressive, but of several other activities organized by Splash of Red. I asked Dylan if he could give me a snapshot of all of these activities and accomplishments, which he has provided here. Now, I hope you're sitting down as you read this - because most amazing of all - Splash of Red is celebrating its one-year anniversary. That's right - all of this is within the first year of publication. And, Dylan tells me, he could add to this on a weekly basis.

Splash of Red is truly a model of what can be accomplished when people are driven by their love of literature and for their community. I know there are many wonderful publications out there participating in similar ways, both in publishing and in their communities. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line and let me know. Other publications, new start-ups as well as those long-established, could certainly benefit from knowing what others are doing. And it's to the benefit of us all to encourage more of these activities in expanding and supporting our larger literary community.

From Dylan Emerick-Brown:

In the past year, our first year, Splash of Red has published interviews / articles with or work by:

Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction Eleanor Strout;
Pulitzer Prize winner in Non-Fiction Diane McWhorter;
Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction Junot Diaz;
Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction Robert Olen Butler (free download audio recording);
Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry & former US Poet Laureate Charles Simic;
Pulitzer Prize finalist in Poetry Sydney Lea;
Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky;
Jorge Colombo - the artist whose iPhone drawing made The New Yorker’s cover history;
John Hemingway - author & grandson of Ernest Hemingway;
Mark Vonnegut - author & son of Kurt Vonnegut;
Sue Monk Kidd & Ann Kidd Taylor;
Frank Warren - editor & creator of Post Secret;
William P. Young - author of The Shack;
Arthur Nersesian - “underground” New York City author;
Philip Connors - rising non-fiction author of the critically acclaimed Diary of a Fire Lookout.

Events Organized for the Asbury Park community:

Live reading with Pulitzer Prize finalist in Poetry Sydney Lea;
Live reading with author of Sex with Kings & Mistress of the Vatican Eleanor Herman;
Live reading / Pitchapalooza with author & editor David Henry Sterry;
First art exhibition of Danielle Lovallo;
Live reading with author of Me and Orson Welles Robert Kaplow;
Live Skype event featuring Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish post-screening of the film;
Live reading with Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction Junot Diaz
(7/18) Live Skype event featuring Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction Robert Olen Butler.

Splash of Red organized a public mural project on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Three local artists were chosen to select three poems published on the website and create a piece of art inspired by a stanza. This unique marriage of literature and art will be revealed July 4th weekend. Additionally, Pulitzer Prize winner in Fiction and New Jersey local Junot Diaz lent a quote - the only he has ever written about the Jersey boardwalk - from a currently unpublished book that will be painted as the fourth panel in the overall mural. The mural itself will be painted on the eastern front side of the historic Asbury Park steam plant. Featured artists are Porkchop, Jeff Allen and Joey Parlett. Featured poets are Anthony Alessandrini, Catherine Owen and Tom Faure.

Other literary experiments include the revealing of a previously unpublished rough draft of a poem by Pulitzer Prize finalist in Poetry Sydney Lea alongside the finished published version for educational value.

We took a poem from poet Anthony Alessandrini and a piece of art from artist Joey Parlett. Each was given the others’ work and from that, created a piece of art all their own inspired from the others’ artistic medium. The result was a poem inspired by art and art inspired by a poem in a fascinating controlled experiment.

Lastly, we have published many emerging and well-known authors of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, artists and graphic narrative illustrators. This has all been accomplished in the past year, July 3 being our one-year anniversary. This has been made possible through hard work, dedication and a passion for bringing quality work to those who appreciate it. We are more than simply an online literary magazine. We are a literary experience.

In case you were wondering, our title comes from these three inspirations: 1) the infamous red ink in draft after draft to get the best quality writing, 2) the blood and passion that goes into only the most skillfully crafted art, and 3) great work stands out just like a splash of red.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Steve Almond on Self Publishing

Writer Steve Almond is self-proclaimed as "crazily" self-publishing one of his books. In April, he spent the day on the Chester College of New England campus and interviewed with Compass Rose staffer Laura Evans, who delved into this experience of self-publishing. The following is an excerpt from the full interview.

LE: You’ve recently begun self-publishing, right?

SA: It’s been pretty basic. There were a couple of projects, some things I wanted to put into the world, and it didn’t seem appropriate for some corporation or publishing house to invest money in me because I didn’t think the books were going to be profitable in that way. They’re too personal and kind of strange. These days you can put out books yourself fairly cheaply, and the best thing about it is that they cost less. And rather than have the book be a commodity that a corporation puts out and sells to a bookstore and maybe someone comes along and picks it up if you’re lucky, I can read from these books to an audience. Then, if they like it, they can buy it from me, the artist. It’s a nice feeling to be able to have it in person, like an artifact of some kind rather than a commodity that someone expects to make money on. And there’s a beautiful simplicity to it. Technology’s done all these bad things and so forth, but it also has created the opportunity for artists young and old to democratize the means of production. I’m just taking advantage of that.

I mean, I have this new book coming out, the Rock and Roll book, that Random House is publishing, and I’m delighted. That’s a whole other thing. I hope it sells a zillion copies. But I don’t have to worry about that with these little books. I just get to have the pleasure of reading them to people and having them connect in a more personal, organic way.

LE: So when would you advise self-publishing?

SA: Well, you need to do an apprenticeship. It’s great to just publish because the means are there, but your work has to be worth putting into the world. You have to spend some time, usually alone, sometimes depressed, working, and writing and writing and writing, and making bad decisions, then eventually some pretty good decisions, and then hopefully at some point some really good decisions. True decisions. I don’t know how long that takes for anybody else (for me it took twenty years), but I don’t think it’s reasonable, and would probably be very frustrating to just self-publish and expect that you’ll have a readership. You know, I’m happy to have put a few hundred of these little books into the world, but I’ve invested a lot of time and energy into becoming a better writer, earning the privilege of being able to read to people. Most writers right out of the gate don’t have that.

Read the full interview here.

Kesey on Kesey

Jim Kesey (now 70 years old), cousin to author Ken Kesey, talks about the author's life as Pentacle Theatre in Salem, Oregon opens the stage production of "Cuckoo's Nest."

New Lit on the Block :: The Fine Line

The Fine Line is a new online literary magazine edited by two UC Santa Cruz graduates, Cyndi Gacosta and Danna Berger. Using Issuu to present the publication online, The Fine Line publishes poetry, short stories and artwork. The first issue includes works by Jennifer Bierbaum, Leslie Chu, Kris Edward Dahl, Dana Facchine, Regina Green, Victor Gulchenko, Jack Mackenna, Catherine McCabe, Ruben Monakhov, Colin Powell, Boris Uan-Zo-li, E.M. Radulovic. Submissions are currently being accepted for the winter issue; deadline October 1, 2010.

Gary Sullivan Original Comic Art for Sale

Gary Sullivan is selling original art he's done for the "New Life" series of poetry comics which have appeared in Rain Taxi from 1997-present. Comics versions of poetry by K. Silem Mohammad, Rod Smith, Katie Degentesh, Tao Lin, Flarf Basquiat/Kevin Young, and more to come.

CNF Book Project: Immortality

From Creative Nonfiction Magazine:

For a new book project to be published by Southern Methodist University Press, entitled "Immortality," we're seeking new essays from a variety of perspectives on recent scientific developments and the likelihood, merits and ramifications of biological immortality. We're looking for essays by writers, physicians, scientists, philosophers, clergy--anyone with an imagination, a vision of the future, and a dream (or fear) of living forever.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

For examples, see Creative Nonfiction #38 (Spring 2010).

Guidelines: Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less, postmarked by August 6, 2010, and clearly marked "Immortality" 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 to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Immortality
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Days With My Father

Days With My Father by Phillip Toledano is a photo essay of Phillip's relationship with his aging father. Full photos and text available online, but also available in paper book format. Absolutely beautiful and worth the time to read/view it all - and share with others.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Short Fiction Fund-Raiser

READ International is a UK-based agency that sends used books to poverty-stricken areas of the world where they are used in literacy programs, in schools and in the community. Writers have become essential to the agency's fundraising efforts through Read for READ International, a short story contest with a difference. Stories from 30 short-listed authors are competing until mid-July to raise the most money for the organization. The ten stories that raise the most money will go to a judging panel and the top three will be included in a fundraising anthology alongside work by established writers. Readers are asked to support their favorite story by donating a minimum of 2 pounds (about $3 US dollars) through a secure donations site via Pay Pal.

Several other charities are asking authors to donate stories. Cross Genres is currently asking authors to post stories to support re-building efforts in Haiti. Oxfam is well-known for its fundraising anthologies and the planned Write for Charity anthology will support the work of Unicef Canada.

Submitted by Kate Baggott
Freelance writer, English teacher

Friday, July 09, 2010

Fiesty Small Presses

Check out Anis Shivani's 15 Feisty Small Presses And The Books You're Going To Want From Them on The Huffington Post.


Bucknell English Department seeks Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing). Oct 15 deadline.

UNC Pembroke seeks Assistant Professor in English Education and Assistant Professor in English/Interim Editor, Pembroke Magazine.

Penguin has a job opening for an Editor in their Young Readers division (NY).

Penguin also offers ten-week internships in areas such as contracts, editorial, graphic design, managing editorial, marketing, production, publicity, sales, subsidiary rights, and operations. Fall deadline for application is Aug 15 (Spring Jan. 11, Summer Feb. 28).

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Tupelo Press 2010 Contest Winners

Kathleen Jesme of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota has won the 2010 Tupelo PressSnowbound Chapbook Award for her manuscript, Meridian.

Mary Molinary of Memphis, Tennessee has won the 2010 Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First/Second Book Award for her manuscript, Mary & the Giant Mechanism.

A lists of Finalists and Semi-finalists for both contests are available on the TP website here.

Forché Broadside at Kore Press

"What Comes" is a of a brand new poem broadside by Carolyn Forché from Kore Press. Laser-printed, rubber-stamped & signed by the author; 8.5 x 14," black & red inks, $8 (+s/h). See website for a larger image and to place an order - limited edition of 100 (I got mine!).

Seven-Year-Old Poet

Seven-year-old Kenyan Bridget Nyambura is making a name for herself writing and reciting her award-winning poetry. She's performed at political rallies, on television and radio, and for political dignitaries.

"During political functions she has performed 'Wakenya kwa nini', a poem that calls for peace. She says she was inspired to write the poem after the post election violence in 2007/2008. 'I saw how people died during the post-poll chaos just because of politics and I decided to write a poem. I always recite it in the presence of politicians because politics was the cause of the chaos.'” (Daily Nation)

The Library Hotel

"The Library Hotel New York City is Midtown Manhattan's most celebrated concept luxury boutique hotel. Fashioned from a landmark 1900 brick and terra cotta structure, this boutique treasure has been beautifully restored into a small luxury New York City hotel of the highest caliber. An oasis of modern elegance, the Library Hotel in New York and its attentive staff provide a thought provoking experience to sophisticated Midtown Manhattan travelers with a passion for culture and individual expression. Each of the ten guestroom floors at the Library Hotel in New York City are dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System*: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion."

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

CNF Seeks Animal Illustrations

Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking medical/biological illustrators for #40: Animals. This is an excellent opportunity for illustrators (student or professional) to have their work prominently featured in a literary magazine with an international audience and a circulation of over 7,000.

Artists will work closely with editors and designers and receive a modest honorarium. Creative Nonfiction is seeking all types and interpretations of animal illustration in the field of medical and biological illustration.

Interested artists should email three low-resolution jpeg samples of their best work to information[at] no later than July 15th. Artists will be chosen by August 1st, with work taking place between early August and the middle of October.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

IR Blue Light Trivia Contest

From IR Associate Editor Deborah Kim: "Indiana Review is having the Blue Light Trivia Contest in July. Each week, we'll be posting a different trivia question. First person to answer correctly in the comments will receive our newest issue, 32.1, Summer 2010."

New Lit on the Block :: Chinese Literature Today

Chinese Literature Today is a new literary magazine from the World Literature Today organization. Their mission is to provide English-speaking readers with direct access to Chinese culture via high-quality translations of Chinese literature. In addition to literary essays written to be accessible to the general reader, the publication will feature fiction, poetry, and book reviews.

The first issue, due out in July, includes: new work from Bi Feiyu and Bei Dao; Bi Feiyu on memory’s distortion; Mo Yan rewrites the boundaries of world literature; pecial feature on the work of Sinologist David Der-wei Wang; tension between the old and the new in China’s twin cities of literature: Shanghai and Beijing; fresh translations of early modern writers He Qifang and Tang Xuehua; new poetry by Zhai Yongming, Xi Chuan, and Zheng Xiaoqiong; a revealing new interview with Can Xue; Hongwei Lu interrogates the Body-Writing phenomenon: Is there more to it than sex and drugs?

Briar Cliff Review Contest Winners

The latest issue of The Briar Cliff Review (v22, Spring 2010) features the winners of the 14th Annual Briar Cliff Review Contest. Each author received $1000 and publication.

Poetry - Jude Nutter, Edina, MN for "The Alchemists"
Fiction - Daryl Murphy, Chicago, IL for "Philly"
Creative Nonfiction - Joe Wilkins, Forest City, IA for "My Mother's Story, Retold an Annotated"

The deadline for the 15th annual contest is November 1, 2010. Full guidelines are available on the BCR website.

Kevin Prufer Steps Down

After fourteen years of editing Pleiades, Kevin Prufer is stepping down to make the move to join the creative writing faculty at University of Houston. "Others, notably Wayne Miller, Phong Nguyen, and Matthew Eck, will handle the day-to-day editing of Pleiades. From afar, I'll join Joy Katz as Editor-at-Large and continue my work co-direting the Unsung Masters Series."

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Quiddity Book Trailer Contest

Quiddity literary journal (Benedictine University at Springfield) and public-radio program (Illinois Public Radio) is holding a Trailer Contest for Writers and Small Presses. Two prizes of $350 as well as broadcast, Web, and print promotion by Quiddity will be awarded — one prize each in the categories Manuscripts and Books. Runners-up and/or honorable mentions may also be selected. The contest closes October 20, 2010 (postmark deadline). Full guidelines can be accessed here.