Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Kevin González – “Cerromar”
Jacob Powers – “Safety”
Erika Solomon – “Rules for Jews in Damascus”
The Fall 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: November 30, midnight, Pacific standard time.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Second place: Andrea Scrima, also of Berlin, Germany, wins $1000 for “Leaving Home.”
Third place: Brenden Wysocki, of Marina del Rey, CA, wins $600 for “A Dodgy Version.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Short Story Award for New Writers Deadline: November 30
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.
Modern English Tanka Press is dedicated to tanka education and welcomes innovative uses of their print and online resources: "We want to facilitate the use of our publications to the maximum extent feasible by educators at every level of school and university studies. Educators, without individually seeking permission from the publisher, may use our publications, online digital editions and print editions, as primary or ancillary teaching resources."
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"Nobody needs it anymore", says Rhoda Koenig [co-founder, along with Auberon Waugh, of the Bad Sex Award]. "Not that long ago, people would read quality fiction (as well as, of course, lots of rubbish) to discover what actually went on during sex, how people did it. Virgins wanted information, and experienced people wanted inspiration. If you were too young or poor to buy pornography or instruction books and had to go to the library, it was a lot less embarrassing checking out Lady Chatterley than a sex manual."
Read more: Bad Sex Please, We're British: Can Fictive Sex Ever Have Artistic Merit? by Arifa Akbar for The Independent.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Contributors include Sima Rabinowitz, Verena Stefan, Kate Clinton, Lauren Crux, Sarah Schulman, Susan Hawthorne, Arleen Paré, Renate Stendhal, Urvashi Vaid, Erin Graham, Bev Jo, Christine Stark, Elana Dykewomon, Sharanpal Ruprai, Elizabeth X, Lyn Davis, Monica Meneghetti, Betsy Warland, Lise Weil, Harriet Ellenberger, and Michèle Causse.
Editor-in-chief Lisa Weil will be stepping down with this issue and the magazine is in search of new leadership. Information about the changeover and contacting the publication is available at the close of Weil's editorial.
First Place: Kate Waldman
Second Place: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Third Place: Ezra Dan Feldman
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
The Narrative Magazine Fall 2010 Story Contest is still open to fiction and nonfiction. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: November 30, at midnight, Pacific standard time.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The editorial is followed by several of Bauer's poems, including one previously unpublished work.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
CVII is also planning a number of celebratory events and a coast to coast reading tour. Check their website for more information.
Why barns and why poetry? Dunlap writes on his blog, "I think it’s because they go so well together. This is a chance to bring art out of galleries and urban settings and put it in rural areas where it is rarely seen. And those kinds of peaceful settings are perfect places to take in a bit of poetry as well."
Dunlap has completed the first mural on a barn near Gaithersburg, MD. The barn is owned by a company of glass blowers called The Art of Fire. The painting is 10 ft tall and about 43 ft long and features the poem "Lost" by David Wagoner.
Dunlap plans to complete five more murals throughout 2011.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hey writes in the editorial for the first issue: "What is experimental to one person may be old hat to another. In general, we have sought to include works that represent as broad an experimental spectrum as possible. We have given preference to those works that provoke the reader or the viewer to question some aspect of tradition, convention, or expectation. We have looked for writing that teaches the reader how to read it, and art that teaches the viewer how to view it. And, in our evaluation of submitted work, we were not beyond the occasional outburst of: we know the good stuff when we see it!"
The first 100+ page issue of and/or features works by Carol Agee, Tanner Almon, George Anderson, Michael Andreoni, Jenn Blair, Ric Carfagna, James Carpenter, Brian Cogan, Kirk Curnutt, Nicole Dahlke, Arkava Das, Tray Drumhann, Joseph Farley, Adam Field, Howie Good, Thomas Gough, Aimee Herman, Jared Joseph, Mark L.O. Kempf, Ron. Lavalette, Donal Mahoney, Ricky Massengale, RC Miller, Antoine Monmarche, Kyle Muntz, Christina Murphy, Matt Parsons, Dawn Pendergast, Michael Lee Rattigan, Francis Raven, Mary Rogers-Grantham, Christine Salek, Chad Scheel, James Short, Bruce Stater and Lori Connerly, Felino A. Soriano, Orchid Tierney, David Tomaloff, Echezona Udeze, Justin Varner, and Christopher Woods.
The journal seeks submissions from writers and/or other sorts of artists whose work openly challenges the boundaries (mimetic, aesthetic, symbolic, cultural, political, philosophical, economic, spiritual, etc.) of literary and/or artistic expression. The deadline for Volume 2 is March 1, 2011.
Monday, November 15, 2010
From Strange Flowers and Gubbinals: On Teaching and Pain by Frank Kovarik
Read the rest - it does offer hope.
Authors whose works were chosen for the C4 Anthology: Andrea Uptmor, Angie Lee, Scott Cheshire, Alanna Peterson, Eric Freeze, Steve Almond, Sarah Salway, Svetlana Lavochkina, Valerie O’Riordan, L.E. Miller, B.J. Hollars, C. Dale Young, Andy Henion, Aaron Block, Steve Frederick, Trevor J. Houser, Roy Giles, Emily Ruskovich, David Peak, Castle Freeman, Jr., Ron MacLean, Corey Campbell, Taryn Bowey, Michael Mejia, William Pierce.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Excerpt from "My Inner Latina: Dancing toward a lost heritage" by Reine Dugas Bouto, published online in Etude: New Voices in Literary Nonfiction.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"Censors...go through already published works as well as the never-ending flow of new ones, checking line by line to see whether they were compatible with the "core Islamic values" the new administration wanted to assert.
"In practice, though, the censors only look at literature, books on art, and works on literary criticism and theory, which account for about 40 per cent of all books published in Iran."
Books Stuck in Iran's Censorship Quagmire
By Omid Nikfarjam; source: Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR)
Also included is Heather Freese (Contributor – “The Popular Girls’ Guide To Sticking It To Your Friends” LAR Issue 6) answering the question: "Should a reader have to 'understand' a story?" as well as other questions on issues of style and technique (including the use of second person).
Week Two focused on "Narrative Tension and Anticipation in the Short Story" and Week One on "The Importance of Beginnings" - both of which can be found in the Archives.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
"Yet all this suffering somehow does not destroy us; we endure, and we incorporate it into the life we are trying to save, to maintain, to extend..."
And so begins this issue of The Healing Muse in recognition of its content, and the content of each and every issue. Hard core. Truthful. Honest. And recognizable, 'relatable' to so many of us.
Ouch. But true. Read on.
"Kindle-like products seem fine enough, but marketing has induced many people I know into feeling guilty for continuing to prefer regular books and journals. I believe that physical matter in literary art, as in the universe, cannot be destroyed. One must know how, and sometimes where, to look. My institution’s library just celebrated the installation of a book 'robot' — sealed up, like Poe’s Fortunato, in a cave-like room—where the library will seclude a promised 80 percent of its books and print journals, accessible for request but not for browsing. We can browse cataloguing-in data; but books and journals on shelves, in aisles, belong to the physical world, due for a change. The library has its reasons, as a friend points out, trying to fulfill contradictory missions: to provide access and also preserve the materials. Articles and chapters on library reserve for student reading now must be digitized; so none of my own students need get up and actually enter the library. This weightlessness, I admit, weighs on me..."
And there's more. Read the rest here.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Chinese Literature Today
Paterson Literary Review
Santa Clara Review
Santa Fe Literary Review
The Seattle Review
Yellow Medicine Review
If you are interested in writing literary magazine reviews for NewPages, visit the Reviewer Guidelines.
Judith Kroll, Nonfiction Winner, "Happy Families"
Sara Batkie, Fiction Winner, "Cleavage"
Anne Marie Rooney, Poetry Winner, "Flower sonnet"
Friday, November 05, 2010
"The poets I have chosen as Guernica’s November guest poetry editor use 'family' in a variety of ways. But they all make the personal universal and the intimate a revelation, and they do this without self-pity or sentimentality. I was drawn by the deepening into humanness in each poem—lucid yet somehow mysterious—yet these poets did not try to be mysterious, which would have come across as pretentious and dishonest."
Basics in a Nutshell will introduce writers to the basics of creative nonfiction, exploring both the techniques used to gather information and the literary skills needed to turn bare facts into personal and compelling essays.
Writing the Personal Essay takes a close look at the writing and research skills needed to write a memoir or personal essay and refines them over the course of 10 weeks.
A complete outline of course content is available online. Registration is limited to 12 students each.
FIRST PLACE ($3,250)
Scott Tucker, "I Would Be Happy to Leave This Asylum"
SECOND PLACE ($1,500)
Peter Grimes, "Victoria"
THIRD PLACE ($750)
Megan Mayhew Bergman, "Birds of a Lesser Paradise"
TEN FINALISTS ($100 each)
Jerry Mathes II
E. V. Slate
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
If you or someone you know is currently incarcerated, you are eligible to order a FREE copy of the Handbook for Writers in Prison. Workshop instructors who would like to use the Handbook for Writers in Prison for classes are encouraged to purchase copies for only $5.
The 12th Annual Tupelo Press Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry is an open competition with a $3,000 prize. Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad (translations are not eligible for this prize). Final judges will be the editors of Tupelo Press and the journal Crazyhorse. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded to the online Submission Manager between January 1 and April 15, 2011.
Monday, November 01, 2010
There are a limited number of Issue #1 Journals with the DVD of Francesco Levato’s complete award winning cinepoetry selection, War Rug. Copies can be ordered through Marick Press.
Contributors for Issue #1: Kazim Ali, Nin Andrews, Lana Hechtman Ayers, Janet Barry, Tara Betts, Bhisham Bherwani, Sylva Boyadjian-Haddad, Martha Carlson-Bradley, Lee Ann Brown, Laynie Browne, Wendy Burk, Amanda Cobb, Joanna Penn Cooper, Melinda Curley, Stephan Delbos, Chard deNiord, Tenzin Dickyi, Karen Dietrich, Jonas Ellerstrom, Kathleen Fagley, Howard Faerstein, Patricia Fargnoli, Roberta Feins, Adam Fieled, Alice B. Fogel, Laura Davies Foley, Mary Gilliland, Mariela Griffor, James Harms, M.C. Jones, Ilya Kaminsky, Talia Katowicz, Anchia Kinard, Francesco Levato, Sara Lefsyk, Louise Landes Levi, Lesle Lewis, Barbara Lovenheim, Terry Lucas, Erica Lutzner, Mayra MacNeil, Tamara J, Madison, Eric Magrane, Kent Maynard, Tim Mayo, Mary McKeel, Stephen Paul Miler, Malena Morling, Nikoletta Nousiopoulis, Annemarie O’Connell, Ivy Page, Barbara Paparazzo, Alexandria Peary, Jane Lunin Perel, Douglas Piccinnini. Verandah Porche, Kyle Potvin, George Quasha, Steven Riel, Edith Sodergran, Leah Souffrant, Cinnamon Stuckey, K.A. Thayer, Matthew Ulland, Miguel Alejandro Valerio, Mark Watman, and Dorinda Wegener.
Submissions are being accepted for Issue #2 (Spring 2011), edited by James Harms, until December 15, 2010.
Second place: Jennifer Tomscha, of Ann Arbor, MI, wins $500 for “Sure Gravity.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.
Third place: Kate Rutledge Jaffe of Missoula, MT, wins $300 for “Talk About the Weather.”
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching for Family Matters: October 31
This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) Click here for complete guidelines.