Thursday, March 31, 2011

apt: Reversing the Trend?

Edited by Randolph Pfaff, Carissa Halston, Robin E. Mørk, and J.F. Lynch, apt magazine of literature and art has been publishing online since 2005, and will continue to do so, but have now initiated an annual print issue.

Reversing the trend over the past years of print magazines going online, apt editors comment, "In a time when readers are crying that print is (finally, honestly, genuinely) dead, we've moved to a the tangible pages. Our approach to this shift is similar to our aesthetic. . . We want apt to surprise its readers with its willingness to showcase experimental work alongside traditional pieces, but also for the delivery of the material."

And, aptly enough, this first issue is available in paper or PDF.

The inaugural print issue of apt features the work of Brian Bahouth, David Bartone, Franco Belmonte, Liam Day, Javier Berzal de Dios, Shannon Derby, Cyndi Gacosta, Carissa Halston, Christina Kapp, J.F. Lynch, Seann McCollum, Dolan Morgan, Robin E. Mørk, Pete Mullen, Randolph Pfaff, Vincent Scarpa, Janelle M. Segarra, N. A’Yara Stein, and Curtis Tompkins.

apt is part of Aforementioned Productions. Aforementioned is a small press and producer of readings, theatre, and other literary events.

New Lit on the Block :: Toad

Toad is an online bimonthly of new poetry, prose, and visual art. Toad‘s "habitat is protected by conservationist, Bob Hicok, and nourished by the Creative Writing graduate students of Virginia Tech," and currently includes: Elias Simpson, Lauren Jensen, Julia Clare Tillinghast, Raina, Lauren Fields, Ashley Nicole Montjoy, Bryan Christopher Murray, Brianna Stout, and L. Lamar Wilson.

Toad {:1} includes works by Dorthea Lasky & Matthew Zapruder, Remica Bingham, Elisabeth Tonnard, Amit Majmudar, Randall Horton, Jack Ridl, Ghangbin Kim, Susan Schorn, Kimberly Grey, Katherine Bode-Lang, Lisa Norris, Peter Tonningsen, Quinn Latimer, Ashley David, Caren Beilin, and Brandon Downing.

Submissions to Toad are open year-round.

Discounted & Free Books from First Book

If you’re an educator or program administrator, and at least 50 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, First Book can help.

Eligible programs receive access to the First Book Marketplace, offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices. And if you serve a higher proportion of children in need — 80 percent or more — then your school or program may also be eligible for free books through the First Book National Book Bank and book grants through First Book’s local Advisory Boards.

Visit First Book online to learn more.

Room 2010 Writing Contest Winners

The newest issue (34.1) of Room Magazine, Canada's oldest literary journal by and about women, includes the first and second prize winners of the 2010 Contest.

Fiction, Judged by June Hutton
1st Place: "Chocolate Season" by Amy Kenny, Hamilton, ON
2nd Place: "Pill-Sorting for Dummies" by Judy McFarlane, West Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention: "Sum our Polaroids" by Kathleen Brown, Markham, ON

Poetry, Judged by Jennica Harper
1st Place: "Pre-med, Prepatoria" by Melissa Walker, Stratford, ON
2nd Place: "The Mountain Pine Beetle Suite" by Chantal Gibson, Vancouver, BC
Honourable Mention: "The First Word" by Kim Trainor, Vancouver, BC

Creative Non-Fiction, Judged by Lynne Van Luven
1st Place: "The Goddess of Light & Dark" by Jane Silcott, Vancouver, BC
2nd Place (tie): "Love and Other Irregular Verbs" by Sigal Samuel, Vancouver, BC
2nd Place (tie): "The Visitor" by Lesleyanne Ryan, Holyrood, NL

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Asymptote

Newly launched online translation magazine Asymptote publishes poetry, fiction, drama, criticism, interview, essay, as well as original English-language essays introducing a foreign writer and a wildcard special feature that varies issue to issue. Their first issue showcases 77 writers and translators working in 17 languages, and features Du Fu, Mary Gaitskill, Thomas Bernhard, Alain de Botton, Aimé Césaire, Ludwik Sztyrmer, and Gozo Yoshimasu.

Asymptote's editorial team includes:

Chief/Fiction/Visual/Special Feature: Lee Yew Leong (Singapore/Taiwan)
Poetry/Criticism: Brandon Holmquest (USA)
Drama: Nathalie Handal (Palestine/France/USA)
Nonfiction: Aditi Machado (India/USA)
Interview: Rotated between the editors
Contributing Editors: Sayuri Okamoto (Japan) and Anthony Luebbert (USA)

Cider Press Review Book Award Winner

Liz Robbins of St. Augustine, Florida won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award for Play Button as judged by Patricia Smith. She received $1,500, and her book will be published by Cider Press in 2012. The annual award is given for a poetry collection. The next deadline is November 30.

Interview with Dean Spade

"Trans-Formative Change": Meaghan Winter interviews Dean Spade,"America’s first openly transgendered law professor on the power of zines, the sacrifice social movements require, and the limits of legal reform."

CV2 Two-Day Ten-Word Poem Contest

At 12:00 midnight (CST), when Friday becomes Saturday, April 2, Canada's print poetry magazine Contemporary Verse 2 sends a list of 10 words to registered participants by email. Participants then have 2 days (48 hours) to write their best poem using each word at least once. The final submitted poem may not exceed 48 lines. Only one poem may be entered per participant.

There is a $12.00 registration fee for the contest. Also, a special Play & Read discount is only available to contest entrants. For an additional $10.00, contestants get a 1-year subscription to CV2 (60% off the standard subscription price!), four issues of new Canadian poetry, interviews and reviews. The contest fee can be paid by credit card online through PayPal or by a cheque/money order sent to the CV2 office. Registration and an email address are required to play.

The contest is open to both Canadian and international residents.

$900 in prizes + paid publication

All entrants receive a copy of the issue of CV2 featuring the winners of the 2-Day Contest.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Dragnet

Editors Andrew Battershill and Jeremy Hanson-Finger bring us Dragnet Magazine, a new online/eBook literary journal that "trawls the sea of stories for the best fiction."

Dragnet Issue One can be read three different ways: Computer (website, flipbook, eBook); Tablet (flipbook, eBook); Phone or eReader (eBook).

The inaugural issue features works by Sheila Heti, Joe Yachimec, Sasha Manoli, Claire Battershill, Thomas Mundt, J. R. Carpenter, Luke LeBrun, Andy Sinclair, Catriona Wright, Erica Schmidt, Agnes von Pfifferling, Hamish Adams, Jeff Fry, Jacob Wren, Amelia Floortje, Alexis Zanghi, Matthew R. Loney, and Aaron Fox.

Submissions for Issue Two are open until May 1.

Indian Review of World Literature Online

The Indian Review of World Literature in English is a bi-annual online scholarly literary journal that "aims to create an awareness among the general readers, research scholars and students of literature about the many forgotten and lesser-known classics of the world by publishing scholarly articles on various aspects of World literature."

The Indian Review of World Literature in English welcomes submission of articles on various aspects of World literature in English. Scholarly articles on individual authors or works are welcome for publication, subject to the evaluation by the editorial team. Published in January and July every year, the articles that appear in the online journal will be published in book form either as collections or monographs.

Collaboration Ciccariello & Breeze

Fogged Clarity features the slidewhow Eros, than[atos]kfully, "an expansive and cerebral collaborative series of visual poetry by artists Peter Ciccariello and Mez Breeze."

Narrative Fall 2010 Story Contest Winners

Winners and Finalists of the Narrative Fall 2010 Story Contest can be read on their website:

First Place
"Reading Henry James in the Suburbs" by Heather Brittain Bergstrom

Second Place
"The Barbarians" by Alexander Maksik

Third Place
"The Vanishing" by Russell Working

The WINTER 2011 STORY CONTEST, with $6,500 in prizes is open until March 31 at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Lit on the Block :: Anomalous

Anomalous Press, launched in March of 2011, as a non-profit press and online publication, available in both visual and audio forms on various platforms. Anomalous Press "has its sights set on publishing chapbooks, advancing audio forms and creation, and supporting all sorts of alternative realities of the near future."

Anomalous #1 is available online with PDF, MP3, Kindle, and eBook versions available in trade for a Tweet or Facebook post.

Anomalous welcome submissions of literary works of texts (poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation) and hybrid, muti- and new media, audio or video literary works, and images year-round.

Contributors to the first issue include Naomi Ayala, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Alma Baumwoll, William John Bert, Emma Borges-Scott, Ann Cefola, Hélène Sanguinetti, Mike Czagany, Venantius Fortunatus (d. ca. 600 AD), Janis Freegard, A. Kendra Greene, Ashley Elizabeth Hudson, Sarah McBee, Colby Somerville, Patrick Swaney, Sarah Tourjee, Henry Vauban, and Eugenio Volpe.

From "In the Winter" by Naomi Ayala:

There’s a gulf between me and god.
I fill it with angry fish
whose backs catch the sun.

2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize Winner

Jendi Reiter's "Bullies in Love" was selected as the winner of the 2010 Anderbo Poetry Prize, as judged by MacArthur Fellow Linda Bierds. Honorable Mentions went to James K. Zimmerman and Thea S. Kuticka. All poems are available full-text on

Tripwire Re-Launch & Translator Microgrants

Tripwire, a journal of poetics, was founded in 1998 by Yedda Morrison and David Buuck. Six issues were published between 1998-2002, with a special supplement published in September, 2004 for the RNC protests in New York.

Tripwire is being re-launched and is accepting submissions of essays (on contemporary writing, performance, and art), experiments in criticism, poetics statements and investigations, interviews, translations, black and white art work, long-form review essays (that consider several books or authors linked around central themes or questions), performance scores, etc.

Submissions should "engage or address" at least one of these "constellations," each further described on the Tripwire website: PERFORMANCE/WRITING; CONCEPTUALISM AND IDENTITY; NARRATIVE/PROSE; WHAT IS POETICS?

Tripwire also has initiated "Microgrants for Translation," a donation-based method of recognizing the important role of translators of contemporary avant-garde and experimental writing.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their January Very Short Fiction competition. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories with a word count not exceeding 3000. No theme restrictions. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in July.

Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Matt Lapata, of Chicago, IL, wins $1200 for “Ohio Home.” His story will be published in the Summer 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. [Photo credit: Dio Traverso.]

Second place: Jennie Lin, of Mountain View, CA, wins $500 for “Seven Winters of Teeth.”

Third place: Rav Grewal-Kök, of Brooklyn, NY, wins $300 for “Prisoners.”

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

Deadline for the March Fiction Open: March 31

This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers. Word count range: 2000-20,000. No theme restrictions. Click here for complete guidelines.

Radio 3 & Naughty Bronte

"The BBC's Radio 3 is to air an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights complete with foul language. Romantic figures Heathcliff and Cathy will be heard using strong swear words in the station’s adaptation of one of literature’s most famous and tempestuous love stories. It is understood the expletives are used in the heat of the moment as the two characters argue. But eyebrows have been raised at the decision to air the scenes at 8pm on Sunday night." Read more on Mail Online.

Well, you know where I'll be Sunday night...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Habitus: The Berlin Issue

Issue No. 7 of Habitus, a publication "rooted in the experience and language of the Jewish diaspora," focuses on Berlin. In his editorial, "Becoming Berlin," Joshua Ellison explores the role of memory in the Berlin culture and society. He writes, "For societies, memory becomes a matter of public accountability, so the moral stakes are high. The painful process—very much active and agonizing in Germany—of defining and interpreting shared history is part of the pact we enter that creates community. In public, we decide what to remember, and that tells us something essential about who we are now. Berlin is so dense with reminders of the past that the contemporary city sometimes seems to recede, driven under the surface by their weight. But the question of what Berlin’s memorial culture tells us about contemporary Germany is still an open one."

The full editorial is available online.

Event Non-Fiction Contest Winners

Issue 39.3 of Event Magazine (CA) features works by winners of the 2010 Non-Fiction Contest as well as an introduction by Judge Lynn Coady. Ten manuscripts were chosen from 153 entries and sent without the writers' names to Coady for final judging. The three winners of $500 each + publication are:

"Dreamers" by Jane Finlayson, Toronto, ON
"Sleep, Mother and Child" by Suzanne Nussey, Ottawa, ON
"Issues of Skin" by Chris Urquhart, Vancouver, BC

The 2011 Event Non-Fiction Contest is currently open until April 15.

Script Frenzy 2011

If writing a novel in a month isn't your thing, how about a script? Script Frenzy - 30 days - 100 pages - April. Are you in?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Alligator Juniper Contest Winners

Alligator Juniper annual 2010, a publication of Prescott College, includes the winners of the 2010 National and Student Writing and Photography Contest:

National Prizewinners
Fiction: “Wings Raised Up ” by Laurie Ann Doyle
Poetry: “In Leaving My Lover Teaches Me Half a Bible Story ” by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Creative Nonfiction: “The Mormon Martyr’s Guide to Chemical Reactions ” by Miles Fuller
Photography: “Covenant Transport I ” by Marilyn Szabo (selected by David Taylor)

Prescott College Student Prizewinners
Fiction: “How to Become a Model ” by Laura Hitt (selected by Vickie Weaver)
Poetry: “Tierra Bendita ” by Jessica Roth (selected by Zach Savage)
Creative Nonfiction: “White Birds ” by Jessica Roth (selected by Dianne Aprile)
Photography: “Guardian Angel ” by K. Angeline Pittenger (selected by David Taylor)

A complete list of winners and finalists is available on the AJ website.

New Lit on the Block :: inter|rupture

Founded by Curtis Perdue and Anna Pollock-Nelson inter|rupture is an online publication that "aims to startle and assault the current by providing readers with emerging and established artists who crave discovery." inter|rupture will publish three times a year (February, June, and October) and primarily feature poetry, though each issue will contain one piece of fiction and one visual artist. Plans are to include book reviews, essays, and interviews.

The first issue features poetry by Mary Kovaleski Byrnes, Matt Hart, Anthony McCann, Sarah Green, Russell Dillon, Dean Young, Caroline Cabrera, Katie Quarles, Phillip Muller, Emily Thomas, Jim Storm, Arisa White, Tim Greenup, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Shiaw-Tian Liaw, Peter Jay Shippy, b: william bearhart, Nena Villamil, Javier Zamora, Rebekah Remington, Katherine Factor, Nate Pritts, and one work or art by Nicolle Richard (no fiction this issue).

Submissions of poetry, fiction, and artwork are being accepted for future issues.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Paris Review Interviews Reviewed

Check out Henry Tonn's review of the newly developed online archive of The Paris Review interviews: The Paris Review Interview Reviewed. These interviews date all the way back to 1950, and are available full-text on The Paris Review website.

Seattle Review & "The Long View"

With Volume 4 Number 1 2011, The Seattle Review has changed over in both format and content. Editor Andrew Feld writes: "Starting with this issue, we will publish, and only publish, long poems, novellas, and long essays. Instead of the standard journal format, where the table of contents lists twenty or thirty poets, with two or three poems by each one, and a few short stories and.or essays, each issue of The Seattle Review will feature five or six poets, and one or two prose writers. We are even willing, if we find work which offers the interest and delight to warrant it, to devote an entire issue to one author."

Feld notes this is a gamble in both finding content and readership, but is also confident the first issue will establish this new place for both.

This first newly formatted issue features works by Bruce Beasley, Martha Collins, Cyrus console, Nicole Cuddeback, Robert Fernandez, David Hawkins, Lee Sharkey, Andy Stallings, Brian Teare, and Paige Even Chant.

Online Publications :: Haiku Page

Published for the past four years by The Yazoo River Press, Haiku Page features haiku, senryu, and essays on haiku. Past issues featured haiku from the South, haiga by student from Texas, and 46 Balkan poets. In 2011, Haiku Page will publish one issue each year with haiku accepted for publication being translated either into or from Chinese. An online version of the journal can be printed by poets and readers. For the 2012 issue, the editors are more interested in haiku on environment issues. The current issue features works by Lenard D. Moore, Saša Važiæ, Jane Stuart, Richard Stevenson, Stjepan Rožić, and Zhao Kun.

Southeast Review Contest Winners

Published at Florida State University, the most recent issue of The Southeast Review ( v29 n1) includes winners and finalists from their 2010 contests:

World’s Best Short Short Story Contest judged by Robert Olen Butler

Winner: Betsy Denson, “Rest” and “Motion”
(Note: In what TSR considers a "rare" event, all three of Denson's submissions were selected as winning stories!)

Mical Darley, “Bruce Ismay Commentates the Winter Olympics, St. Mortiz, 1928”
Betsy Denson, “Impact”
Jen Fawkes, “Dear Ahab”
M.J. Fievre, “On the Balcony”
Amina Gautier, “Prone”
Kim Henderson, “The Carousel”
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, “A Clean-Shaven Man”
Rebecca J. Schmuck, “There Are No Philosophers Anymore”

SER Poetry Contest judged by Barbara Hamby

Winner: Rebecca Hoogs, “Miss Scarlet”

Chuck Carlise, “Street Ghazal”
Alicia Case, “Inversion”
Chad Faries, “Fracture: Of Flying”
Dion Farquhar, “Legacy”
Gabor Gyukics, “Forge or Subdue”
Rebecca Lauren, “Eschatology”
Ellen LaFlèche, “Midwife Man”
Jeanne Wagner, “Kentucky is the Saddest State”
Diana Woodcock, “Counting Desert Birds”

SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest judged by Julianna Baggott

Winner: Deborah Thompson, “See Monkey Dance, Make Good Photo”

Lisa K. Buchanan, “Sixty-Seven Reasons to Answer the Door on Saturday at 6:03 a.m.”
Caitlin Leffel, “Hope for Dead Letters”

The Southeast Review 2011 contests are open until March 15.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Malahat Review Creative Non-Fiction Prize Winner

The Winter 2010 (173) issue of The Malahat Review includes the winner of the 2010 Creative Non-Fiction Prize, Eve Joseph, whose essay, "Intimate Strangers," was selected by final judge David Leach from 188 entries. An interview with Joseph is available on TMR website. The deadline for the 2011 Creative Non-Fiction Prize is August 1, 2011. First prize is $1000 (CA) + publication.

New Lit on the Block :: Anak Sastra

Edited by Kristopher Williamson, American traveler now living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Anak Sastra is an online publication showcasing short fiction and creative non-fiction in English by writers of Southeast Asian countries as well as the experiences of expatriates and tourists living or traveling in Southeast Asia.

Currently in its third edition, Anak Sastra includes works by Jill Widner, Jonathan Lim, Shaz Johar, Sharanya Manivannan, Rafi Abdullah, Bryan Normanm, Tia Sumito, Paul Gnana Selvam, Khairul Hj Anwar, Karl Wendt, and Paige Yeoh.

Anak Sastra is open for submissions of short stories, fiction or nonfiction, for its quarterly editions.

[Note: Anak Sastra is best viewed in Explorer or Firefox.]

Open Minds :: Women & Mental Illness

Open Minds Quarterly remains one of my favorite stalwart publications. I first used it when I taught a writing course themed "Understanding Disability," and have remained a fan ever since. It is published by the Northern Initiative for Social Action out of Sudbury, Ontario, with the tag line: "Your psychosocial literary journal." Never afraid to take on mental health issues most 'in the news' but certainly least understood (like PTSD when so many vets began - and yes continue - returning home to inadequate health care and support), this latest issue is yet another example of the importance of the publication's role for readers and writers. The winter 2011 issue is focused on "Women & Mental Illness: As told by women in poetry and essays." The publication remains fearless in its position that "consumers/survivors of mental health services are intelligent, creative, and can make a valuable contribution to society if given the opportunity to do so." It behooves each of us to finish out this contribution by reading what these brave and talented authors have to share.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ellie Awards

Congrats to these Ellie Award winners of the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Awards for Digital Media: The Oxford American (Video), Poetry (Podcasting), Virginia Quarterly Review (Multimedia Package).

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What's in The Cupboard?

Co-edited by emily danforth, Dave Madden, and Adam Peterson and published in Lincoln, Nebraska, The Cupboard was originally a monthly 'pamphlet,' and downloads of the first sixteen issues can be found in the archives on the website. These can be printed and "assembled" by readers from PDFs.

The Cupboard has evolved into a quarterly publication of creative prose with each volume featuring a body of work by a single author. Design and layout are done by William Todd Seabrook.

Recent authors include James Scott / Ryan Call, Andrew Borgstrom, Amanda Goldblatt, Joshua Cohen, Michael Stewart, Caia Hagel, Mathias Svalina, Louis Streitmatter, and Jesse Ball.

The Cupboard is also holding its first-ever contest, featuring guest judge Michael Martone. The winning author will receive $500 and publication. Manuscripts between 4,000 and 10,000 words, of one piece or many, are being accepted until March 31, with the contest fee applied to a subscription if the writer chooses.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Shared Office Space in SoHo

Although Open City Magazine will cease publication, Open City Books remains in business in its shared office space with As such, Open City Books and are looking for new office-mates for their "sunny and fully-equipped office in a great elevator building in NYC's SoHo."

For more info and photos visit: and

Knee-Jerk Offline Issue and Contests

Knee-Jerk, publishing online since 2009, has now gone "offline" with a print annual which includes fiction, essays, full-color artwork, comics and Reviews of Things by David Shields, Kim Chinquee, Jack Pendarvis, Joe Meno, John McNally, Lindsay Hunter, Roy Kesey, Dan Kennedy, Kathleen Rooney, Billy Lombardo, Michael Czyzniejewski, Lucy Knisley, Greg Fiering, and many more, as well as interviews with Glen David Gold and Harold Ramis.

Knee-Jerk is open for submissions for both their online and offline editions, and has announced their first Essay and Chapbook Contests, which rum May 1 - June 30, 2011.

New Lit on the Block :: Kugelmass

New from Firewheel Editions (Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics) with Editor David Holub and Publisher Brian Clements, comes Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor. In the "Rambling from the Editor," citing some statics about new literary journals failing within the first 20 minutes of establishing writers' guidelines, Holub answers the question "Now why would we go and do this?" with "The truth is we are foolish: we did not think this through. But even if this endeavor is high in its potential for doom, that's really what humor is all about. Humorists are gutsy, putting themselves out there like that."

The first issue of gutsy writers who Kugelmass has helped to put out there include Steve Almond, Mike Birbiglia, David Kirby, Simon Rich, Larry Doyle, Larry Gaffney, David Galef, Kurt Luchs, Teresa Milbrodt, Thomas Mundt, Dan Pope, D. Harlan Wilson, and Curtis VanDonkelaar.

Kugelmass publishes biannually and accepts submissions of stories and essays of "1,000 words or 4,000 words or any count in between. Except 3,258. It can go to hell."

Online Film Journal: The Projector

The Projector: Film and Media Journal is an electronic peer reviewed journal on film, media, and culture, published bi-annually by the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The journal welcomes articles, interviews, reviews, and screenplays from emerging and established scholars and practitioners.

The most recent issue edited by Cynthia Baron and Rosalind Sibielski is themed "Reflections on (Film) Genres and on (Women’s) Bodies in Art and Performance" and features contributors Sudipto Sanyal, Mark Bernard, Heidi Nees, and Hope Bernard, and "Forum Participants" Melinda Lewis, Kevan A. Feshami, Angie Fitzpatrick, Lizabeth Mason, Katie S. Barak, Mallory Jagodzinski, and Justin Philpot.

The Projector is currently seeking essays for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues. Particularly interested in scholarship that engages in interdisciplinary analyses of film and media texts, including those that examine them from a cultural studies, political economy, qualitative audience research, industry analysis, feminist, queer theory, or critical race theory perspective. Essays that engage with theoretical debates in film, media and cultural studies, as well as those that engage in critical examinations of aesthetic practices are also invited, as well as essays that examine alternatives to corporate media.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Southern Poetry Anthology CFS

Conceived by Series Editor William Wright in 2003, The Southern Poetry Anthology is a projected twelve-to-sixteen volume project celebrating established and emerging poets of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Inspired by other single-volume anthologies, The Southern Poetry Anthology aspires to provide readers with a documentary-like survey of the best poetry being written in the American South at the present moment.

Currently available are volumes on South Carolina, Mississippi, and Contemporary Appalachia. Forthcoming are volumes on Louisiana and Georgia with plans for Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, The Gulf Coast, and a final volume collecting highlights of the series.

Submissions are currently being sought for the sixth volume: Tennessee.

For more information and submission guidelines, contact William Wright: vercimber at or Jesse Graves: gravesj at

New Lit on the Block :: draft

draft: the journal of process, is a new educational literary journal which features stories, drafts, and interviews about the writing process, emphasizing the importance and diversity of the creative process, especially for new writers and students in writing classrooms.

The premier issue includes Greg Hrbek's "Saggitarious," featured in Best American Short Stories 2009, and Mary Miller's "Once Upon a Time, Bananas." Each work is shown in final draft, followed by first draft (and in Hrbek's case, "cuts" from the draft) and then an interview with the author about their writing and revision process for the featured piece.

draft editors Mark Polanzak and Rachel Yoder are "interested in mechanics, techniques, approaches, triumphs, failures, concussive frustration - everything that goes into crafting a publishable piece of creative writing through revision. We ask authors to reveal their tricks behind the illusions. To tell us how it’s done, or try to."

It is their hope that draft find its way to as many writers, MFA programs, college and university English departments, writing institutes, writing conferences, retreats, and workshops as possible. "We hope our detailed examination of the important and mysterious work that goes into story making will help to illuminate your own."

Single copies of the publication are available for $15, though the first 'sneak peek' issue is only $10. Annual subscriptions (2 issues) are available for $25, and classroom copies can be purchased in quantities of 10 or more for a 20% discount.

When Libraries Die

deTROITfunk takes a look at what happens to libraries when they die. Apparently, they decay into the books left behind.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Witness Online

In the Editor's Comment to volume 24 (2011) of Witness, the question of print vs. online is explored. Citing the publication's mission to make Witness more accessible, as well as the waning prejudice against online publications and the cost savings, the decision was that "Witness will once again be published three times a year: in print every January, and online in May and September. Our digital issues will appear as whole, original publications...and will continue to be distributed in e-book formation to our library subscribers. Similarly, in 2012, our print issue will be available in electronic format for a variety of devices. Going forward, the print issue will also be entirely given over to thematic work, beginning with this volume, 'Blurring Borders.'"

Play Ball! Puffin Circus

The new edition of Puffin Circus online is a baseball-themed issue and is available as a PDF. Why baseball? Editor Anthony Kendrick says, "Baseball, at its best, is fluid and beautiful. It is history, math, science, art, and music converging. To use a cliché – it is poetry in motion."

The issue features writing by Larry Lefkowitz, Wilda Morris, Clem J. Nagel, Francis Raven, Bruce Harris, Francis DiClemente, Kristin Fouquet, Christopher Woods, Gerry Fabian, John Pursch, John Grey, Frank Morris, Eric Stone, Eric Cartwright, Aaron Poller, Laura Garrison, Jon Sindell, and Louis Staeble. Cover image: Denny Marshall.

New Lit on the Block :: Saltwater Quarterly

Katie McClendon, Managing Editor and Founder, along with Bridgette Hahn, Poetry Editor, and Jessi Bee, Designer and Prose Editor, have released the first issue of Saltwater Quarterly, a print literary journal "devoted to publishing works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that exemplify the craft of writing while remaining free of oppressive language or themes" with a focus on works by "underrepresented authors, specifically members of oppressed communities."

The first issue is a simple 31-page, 5.5 x 7, saddle stitch chapbook-style publication, but the layout and design are elegantly done, with attention paid and credited to typography (a basic publishing concept so readily overlooked by new publications these days). Writers featured include Nicholas YB Wong, Bo Schwabacher, Marita Isabel, Luca Penne, David Glen Smith, Michael Lee Rattigan, William Doreski, Edmund Sandoval, Jeremy Halinen Heather C.D. Davis, Teresa Chuc Dowell, and Caroline Picker.

Submissions for fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry are open for issue #3 until July 15. Single copies and subscriptions can be ordered from the site, and some samples from issue #1 are also available for reading.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prufer Leaves Pleiades

After 14 years with Pleiades: a Journal of New Writing, Kevin Prufer has moved to the creative writing program at the University of Houston. Prufer will continue as Editor-at-Large for Pleiades, with Phong Nguyen and Wayne Miller taking over daily operations. Nguyen will continue as co-editor for fiction along with Matthew Eck and Miller will continue as co-editor of poetry, now with Marc McKee. Issue 31.1 is Prufer's final issue, so includes his and Miller's poetry selections for the last time.

Polaris Undergrad Magazine Broadens Submissions

Previously closed submissions for Ohio Northern students only, Polaris magazine is now open to all undergraduate writers nation wide as well as internationally. Issue 54 is the first open issue, publishing works from the "global undergraduate writing community." Polaris publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art and has a yearly genre contest with cash award and publication. According to Khaty Xiong,Co-Editor, "Polaris has a yearly submission period from about October/November through February." Single copies can be obtained by contacting the editors.

New Lit on the Block :: Certain Circuits

Founder Bonnie MacAllister has publicly introduced Certain Circuits, an artists' collaboration of poetry, experimental prose, art, and new media. CC is especially interested in documenting multimedia collaborative work between artists. The first issue features work from artists in Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico, India, Japan, Oman, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The first issues is laid out online with plans to publish print copies. CC is also curating their first gallery exhibit in Philadelphia featuring a multimedia collaboration between their contributors.

CC is currently accepting proposals for multimedia, audio, and art on a rolling basis, though the reading period for poetics and prose is currently closed.

Issue 1.1 in print features the following contributors - those whose works also appear online have an asterisk:

Art: Alison Altergott* - Kirsten Ashley* - Eleanor Leonne Bennett* - Helene Constant* - Natalie Felix - Joanna Fulginiti* - Amanda Lovelee* - Ana Viviane Minorelli* - Jed Mauger Williams* - Ruth Schanbacher* - Cait Spera* - Rachel Udell* - Nico Vassilikas*

Collaborations: Handmade Philly* - Brian and Ashley Howe* - Horsey* - Radio Eris - Val Broeksmit (Bikini Robot Army) with Burnside Bums - Megan Kelley and Suguna Sridhar - Michelle Wilson* and Mary Tasillo - Jim Tuite and Patrick Morris* - Christopher Gage and Megan Kelley* - Adam Zucker and Jason Maas* - Greg Bem and Linda Thea

Poetry: Joe Amaral - Courtney Bambrick - Beth Boettcher - Zachary Bushnell - Brooke Bailey - Jane Cassady - Stuart Cooke - Iris Jamahl Dunkel - Fernando Flores - Alexander Jorgensen* - Jeff Mark - Monica Pace* - Tanya Perkins - Kathleen Radigan* - William Rodeffer* - Suguna Sridhar* - Hal Sirowitz* - Bill Wolak

Prose: Spencer Carvalho - Stephanie Dickinson* - David Hewitt* - Jeff Siegel*

Multimedia: Jeff Siegel*

Naugatuck River Review Contest Winner

Naugatuck River Review’s 2nd Annual Narrative Poetry Contest winners and finalists all have their works published in Issue 5 of the publication. For a full list of authors, visit the NRR website. The prize winners are:

First Prize of $1000 plus publication: Jon E. Seaman of Portland, OR for his poem, “A Bag of Wasps”

Second Prize of $250 plus publication: Nancy Otter of New Britain, CT for her poem, “Hart Crane”

Third Prize of $100 plus publication: Monica Hand of New York, NY for her poem, “Snuff“

Please for the World

With our thoughts on so much unrest in the world, and on the people of Japan, including our friend Jesse Glass from Ahadada Books - Japan (who is okay!), this week's American Life in Poetry Column seems perfectly matched.

American Life in Poetry: Column 312

Ellery Akers is a California poet who here brings all of us under a banner with one simple word on it.

The Word That Is a Prayer

One thing you know when you say it:
all over the earth people are saying it with you;
a child blurting it out as the seizures take her,
a woman reciting it on a cot in a hospital.
What if you take a cab through the Tenderloin:
at a street light, a man in a wool cap,
yarn unraveling across his face, knocks at the window;
he says, Please.
By the time you hear what he’s saying,
the light changes, the cab pulls away,
and you don’t go back, though you know
someone just prayed to you the way you pray.
Please: a word so short
it could get lost in the air
as it floats up to God like the feather it is,
knocking and knocking, and finally
falling back to earth as rain,
as pellets of ice, soaking a black branch,
collecting in drains, leaching into the ground,
and you walk in that weather every day.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©1997 by Ellery Akers, whose most recent book of poetry is Knocking on the Earth, Wesleyan University Press, 1989. Reprinted from The Place That Inhabits Us, Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010, by permission of Ellery Akers and the publishers. Introduction copyright © 2011 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. There are no costs for reprinting the columns; we do require that you register your publication here and that the text of the column be reproduced without alteration.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Eat Write Egypt in NYC

Alimentum's second Eat These Words Food Tour & Writing Workshop with Editors Paulette Licitra & Esther Cohen features an Egyptian tour of NYC: dine Egyptian, shop Egyptian, visit a Mosque, and write your thoughts and impressions. Sunday, May 1st, 2011, Manhattan & Astoria, Queens from lunchtime through the evening. Includes:lunch, dinner, tour, and workshop.

Sycamore Review Poetry Prize Winners

The Winter/Spring 2011 Sycamore Review includes works by the winner of the Wabash Prize for Poetry, "Selene's Horse" by Nancy K. Pearson: First Runner-Up, "Water Witching" by Jonathan Rice: and Second Runner-Up, "Looking over His Shoulder, Eadward Muybridge Address the Mirror" by Alexander Lumans.

New Lit on the Block :: Rubbertop Review

Being a Michigander, I've been raised not to take kindly to the Buckeye state, but there are always exceptions to that, especially for anything outside of college football. Rubbertop Review is worthy of just such an exception. Touting itself as "An Annual Journal of The University of Akron and Greater Ohio," Rubbertop Review is a print annual in its second issue of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Unique to this publication is that each issue of Rubbertop will feature 1/4 of its content from undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Akron. The remainder of the journal will feature work by writers living in Ohio as well as beyond, with no requirement of university affiliation. Rubbertop Review bases selection solely on "the quality of writing and the passion for the craft."

I picked up Volume Two at AWP, which contains interviews with writers Joyce Dyer, Nin Andrews and Holly Goddard Jones, and works by Sandra Bannister, Tony Bradford, Curt Brown, Kyle Brown, Ed Buchanan, Noah Falck, Ryan Fletcher, Scott Geisel, Eliese Colette Goldbach, T.M. Gottl, Brian Hohmeier, Michael Krutel, Daryl Largent, Dave Materna, Robert Miltner, Ryan Mohr, Michael Parsons, Sammy Snodgrass, Nick Sturm, and Diane Vogel Ferri.

Submissions for the third issue have just recently closed, but issue four will be open for both new and established writers from September 1 – February 1. Professor Eric Wasserman, Rubbertop's faculty advisor can be contacted for copies (e-mail address on website).

Toad Suck Review Takes Over The Corpse

Edited by Mark Spitzer, Toad Suck Review is a national/international literary journal published by the Department of Writing in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. Its mission is "to publish the most cutting-edge works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations and reviews in the Universe."

The 2011 debut of issue #1 (the “transitional issue”) marks the transition of the publication from the legendary Exquisite Corpse Annual, which the Writing Department published from 2008 to 2010. “The Toad” now takes the place of “the Corpse” in rebirth of a literary endeavor.

The Toad Suck Review website includes the editorial from this first issue with a discussion of the contributors and future of the publication.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

NewPages Updates

The following have been added to The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

Saltwater Quarterly – fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry
inter|rupture – poetry, fiction, art
Anak Sastra – fiction, creative non-fiction
Draft – first and final drafts with author interviews
Polaris - undergraduate poetry, fiction, visual art, and nonfiction
Kugelmass – humor stories and essays
12th Street - fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, visual art, photography
Poetry South – poetry
The Emerson Review- fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art
Haigaonline - haiga

The following have been added to The NewPages Big List of Alternative Magazines:
Obit - a forum for ideas and opinions about life, death, and transition

Writing Conferences, Workshops, Retreats, Centers, Residencies & Book & Literary Festivals
E-POETRY 2011 (New York) - International Digital Language Arts Festival, May 18-21

Friday, March 11, 2011

Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing

From Dave Housley (Barrelhouse magazine):

"Get the real scoop directly from the people who are making decisions about publishing every day. Conversations and Connections is held in downtown Washington, DC, and features editors from a mix of established and cutting-edge literary magazines and small presses. Our panels and craft workshops are led by writers and editors from a wide variety of styles and genres, all speaking to issues that will help you take your writing to the next level. Our keynote this year is Steve Almond. Your registration fee of $65 includes the full day conference, a book of your choice, a year subscription to a participating literary magazine, and one ticket to 'speed dating with editors,' where you'll get immediate feedback on your work. This conference sells out every year."

Date: April 16, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lost & Found Chapbook Series

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative features extra-poetic work – correspondence, journals, critical prose, and transcripts of talks – of New American Poets, their precursors and followers. These primary documents are uncovered in archival research and edited by students and scholars at The Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as visiting fellows and guest editors, and prepared by Ammiel Alcalay, General Editor. Lost & Found puts into wider circulation essential but virtually unknown texts to expand our knowledge of literary, cultural, social, and political history.

Subscription prices vary by level of support, but all include the chapbook series for the year. The 2011 Lost & Found Series II (ISBN: 978-0-615-43350-9) includes:

Selections from El Corno Emplumado/ The Plumed Horn
ed. Margaret Randall

Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
ed. Ana Božičević

Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
ed. Ammiel Alcalay

Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
ed. Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

Jack Spicer’s Translation of Beowulf:Selections
eds. David Hadbawnik and Sean Reynolds

Robert Duncan: Olson Memorial Lecture #4
eds. Erica Kaufman, Meira Levinson, Bradley Lubin, Megan Paslawski, Kyle Waugh, Rachael Wilson, and Ammiel Alcalay

Contest Alert from Writer Beware

Victoria Strauss on Writer Beware gives input on the contest: "When entering a competition, you should always know exactly with whom you're dealing." Seems to go without saying, and yet...

Crow Arts Manor to Open in Portland

Crow Arts Manor is a 500-square-foot space in Northeast Portland, Oregon that will be home to classes (writing, fine and graphic arts), music, readings, and gallery space.

Crow Arts Manor means to offer affordable, six-week classes from a roster of instructors known as some of Portland's most talented writers and artists. Currently scheduled is Emily Kendal Frey: Poetry Workshop; Jesse Reklaw: Elements of Cartooning; Zachary Schomburg: The Narrative Prose Poem.

Crow Arts Manor has access to the original Baptist chapel in the building and will be hosting a number of musical performances and literary readings. The gallery will host 8-10 visual artists, with work rotating every three months. They are also in the process of building one of the largest libraries of independently produced books and journals in the country with the goal to have the space open six hours a day, inviting the public to come and read.

The grand opening is April 8-10.

[Logo image by Jennifer Parks.]

Video-Poetry Magazine Jupiter 88

With an endearingly low-budget production style, Jupiter 88 is an enjoyable way to take in contemporary poetry read by the poets. Hosted and published by poet CA Conrad, episodes thus far include video-poem readings by Joanna Fuhrman, Stacy Szymaszek, Laura Spagnoli, Ryan Eckes, Paul Legault, Janet Mason, Joshua Beckman, Robert Dewhurst, Michelle Taransky, Anne-Adele Wight, Eileen Myles & Leopoldine Core, Erica Kaufman, Filip Marinovich, Rod Smith, Mel Nichols, Ryan Walker, Frank Sherlock, and Debrah Morkun.

Sampsonia Way

Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh celebrating literary free expression and supporting persecuted poets and novelists worldwide.

Previous issues of the magazine have focused on Burma, China, Cuba, Haiti, and Iran. The current issue of the magazine includes:

"Soandry del Rio: Can't Stop. Won't Stop." by Joshua Barnes
"You Must Face the Consequences: The Price of Committing Journalism in Zimbabwe" by Elizabeth Hoover
"Under the Shadow of Drug Trafficking" by Silvia Duarte
"Aaron Jenkins: Getting Stuff Off His Chest" by Jen Lue
"Women Who Don't Bite their Tongues: Writing Workshop Celebrates More Than Thirty Year" by Elizabeth Hoover

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Pudding Magazine New Editor

Connie Everett has taken over the editorial role for Pudding Magazine, one of the longest-running print journals in the U.S. Printed by Pudding House Press, Pudding Magazine continues its quarterly tradition with a look to updating guidelines, subscriptions, and submissions online. Welcome aboard Connie - great to see PM continue onward and e-ward!

Flying House Writer-Artist Collaboration

Flying House is an annual collaboration project that kicks off in May with the announcement of five artist-writer pairs. Once the pairs are picked, they have a good month to swap ideas back and forth. After six months, with deadlines and check-ins along the way, Flying House culminates in a visual and written representation of the collaborations in a gallery space with a reading and celebration.

On Saturday, December 11, five writers met their five artist partners at the Maes Studio in downtown Chicago, IL, for a night of artistic revelry. The participants were:

Megan Fink and Chris Annen
AB Gorham and Michael Maes/Jillian McDaniel
BJ Hollars and Jenae Neeson
Daniel Letz and J Paonessa
Danilo Thomas and Jason Watts

Applications for the 2011 Flying House are open until April 25. Artists and writers need not apply together, in fact, Flying House discourages that.

Welcome :: BRICKrhetoric

Sarah Khan is the editor of BRICKrhetoric, an online literary & visual arts journal based in Chicago. "BRICKrhetoric was established in 2009 to provide a canvas for emerging and established artists alike to share their work, illuminating topics in the humanities for the discovery and enjoyment of its readers. BRICKrhetoric features original poetry, prose, artwork and photography with a multicultural and urban focus."

BRICKrhetoric was founded in November 2009, on the campus of East-West University in Chicago, IL, and initially invited submissions from students, faculty, staff & friends of the university for the first three issues. In December 2010, BRICKrhetoric became independently-run by a small group of volunteers, and shifted its focus to include students from across Chicagoland (and beyond) with a mission to support literacy, promote cross-cultural perspective, celebrate the literary/visual arts, and provide a canvas for writers/artists (of any age) to share their work.

[Pictured: "Love Joy Faith Destiny Unity" by Alfred Phillips from the June 2010 issue]

Dos Passos Features Bonnie Bolling

The Dos Passos Review Spring 2011 (7.2) offers a special preview of the works by Briery Creek Press Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry 2011 winner Bonnie Bolling. Over a dozen poems from her collection In the Kingdom of the Sons are offered in this journal issue.

Against Expression Preview

The introductory essays and Table of Contents to Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (2011, Northwestern U Press) are available for download. The first essays by the editors are "Why Conceptual Writing? Why Now?" by Kenneth Goldsmith and "The Fate of Echo" by Craig Dworkin.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

River Styx Poetry Contest Winners

Issue 84 of River Styx includes poems by the winners of the 2010 River Styx International Poetry Contest:

1st Place Stephen Gibson, "Megapixels"
2nd Place Diana Arterian, "The Albatross, Golden Mollymawk"
3rd Place Will Greenway, "Annunciation"
Honorable Mention Susan Cohen, "Pantoum of The Blue Virgin"

The 2011 contest is currently open until May 31, 2011; Judge B. H. Fairchild.. Entrance fee includes a one-year subscription to the magazine, all entrants are considered for publication, and the winners are published with the first place winner receiving $1500.

New Lit on the Block :: Parcel

Edited by Kate Lorenz with Designer Justin Runge, Parcel is a biannual print publication, sent to subscribers with limited edition broadsides and postcards. Publisher Heidi Raak is also owner of The Raven Book Store, in Lawrence, KS.

The first issue of Parcel (Spring 2011) includes works by Kate Bernheimer, Brooklyn Copeland, Daniel Coudriet, Nick Courtright, Jenny Gropp Hess, Daniel A. Hoyt, Friedrich Kerksieck, Jeffry Koterba, Kristy Logan, Peter Longofono, BJ Love, Anthony Luebbert, Michael Martone, Susan McCarty, Jaclyn Mednicov, Matt Moore, Matthew Nienow, Brian Oliu, Pamela Ryder, Christopher Salerno, and J.A. Tyler.

Parcel is available for subscription ($20/yr) and is open for online submissions using Submishmash.

Alimentum Wants Your Menupoems

For the 5th year in a row Alimentum celebrates National Poetry Month with menupoems - broadsides placed in area restaurants for the month of April.

From Esther Cohen, Alimentum's menupoems editor:

We've been wondering
What menu of words
What words would make you
Really happy to see
On your menu
Words to replace
The ordinary army
Meat fish dessert?
For me, it may be
bright green
Incomparable you've never tasted
anything quite so good before
Winter kale. For you?

Submission period ends March 15th, 2011.

Visit the Alimentum website for submission information.

Music on Burner

The newest issue of Burner Magazine online is The Music Issue, with editorials and features of Yoko Ono, Saul Williams, Broken Social Scene, Chromeo, Pendulum, Russ Chimes, Peaches, Seefeel, Humans, Bikini, and Canadian media personalities, Jian Ghomeshi and Kate Carraway. All selected poetry, prose, photography and visual art revolve around the theme of music.

The First Line Celebrates 13

2011 marks 13 years in print for The First Line. To celebrate, they are offering the Spring 2011 issue as a free download until March 13. Happy 13 TFL - and thank you!

Monday, March 07, 2011

NewPages Updates

The following have been added to The NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:

ottawater – poetry
New Mirage Journal – poetry, reviews
Cats with Thumbs - poetry, fiction
Muse India – poetry, literary criticism, essays, interviews, reviews short fiction
Bat Shat Magazine - prose, poems, and flash fiction
Lingerpost – poetry
The Caterpillar Chronicles – poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed genre, video, art, photography, mixed media
SPLIT – poetry, fiction, art, photography
Dear Navigator - fiction, essay, poetry, audio, video, hybrid, collaboration
Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies - scholarly and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani history, culture, literature, and politics
Blue Lotus Review - poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, art, photography, music, film
Ontologica – nonfiction, fiction, poetry, art
Sliver of Stone - fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, visual art
BRICKrhetoric - poetry, prose, photography, artwork
Oklahoma Review – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry
Red River Review - poetry

Job :: Assistant Editor

Applications are invited for an Assistant Editor, University of Illinois Press, located at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Coach House Books Sales

Three great sale opportunities coming up at Coach House Books: 20% off on all books by women authors in celebration of International Women's Day (Tuesday, March 8); to observe Pi Day (Monday, March 14, or 3-14), every single title or item in the Coach House online catalogue will be discounted $3.14; and for St. Patrick's Day (Thursday, March 17), all books with greenish covers are 20% off.

New Lit on the Block :: Blue Lotus Review

Blue Lotus Review is a literature, art, and multi-media online journal. Editor Amy Willoughby-Burle says she's "been rolling this idea around in my mind for some time. What makes a person with too much on her plate already desire to start a journal? My best answer: to see what’s out there. To be a part of it." Blue Lotus Review is a nice addition to this fray of what's out there, taking advantage of the online medium to provide high quality visual artwork as well as easily accessed, quality recordings from musicians. While there's no film as yet, BLR submission guidelines include this.

The Summer 2010 premier issue features Paintings by Jim Fuess, Chuck Bruursema, Ernest Williamson III, Audrey White; Poetry by James H. Duncan, P.D. Lyons, Heather Burt, Corey Mesler, and Alicia Valbuena; Fiction by Adam Moorad; Music by Tyler Boone and Freddy Bradburn.

The Winter 2010 current issue features Poetry by John Middlebrook, Kenneth P. Gurney, Andrea Janov, John Grey; Fiction by Erik Berg, John Sharp, and James Devitt, Jr.; Paintings by Ira Joel Haber; Photography by Jeffrey Douglas DeCristofaro; Music by Night's Bright Colors (Jason Smith, James Richards, Mariya Potapova, and Bryan Morissey).

Blue Lotus Review is published quarterly and is open year-round for submissions of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, art, photography, music, and film (via YouTube hosting).

Happy 50th Another Chicago Magazine

ACM - Another Chicago Magazine celebrates its 50 issue with this year's first volume.

"To be perfectly honest," the Statement of Purpose in 50.1 reads, "we never thought we'd make it to a 50th issue. ACM has never been known for fundraising skills, financial acumen, or an airtight organizational structure. Mostly we've just been known for being independent since 1977 and for publishing young and exciting writers as frequently as we can manage it on a shoestring budget."

And to celebrate these roots and publishing, this issue is indeed "Another Chicago Issue" (split into two issues this year) featuring Chicago writers from "wildly different backgrounds and styles: novelists, experimental poets, writers with agents and book deals, writers who've only just begun to place work, editors, publishers, and general roustabouts and hermits alike."

How can we resist?

NOR Poems Disliked and Poems Loved

The New Ohio Review Symposium for Spring 2011 presents three poets' discussions on someone's "bad (weak or shallow or disappointing) poem" and someone's "good poem." With six poems "on the table" Wayne Miller, Helena Nelson, and David Rivard conversed via e-mail, and the results appear in this issue.

And the poems? Okay, here they are:

Wayne Miller presented "In America" by Susan Wood, and "The Nurse" by Dana Levin.
Helena Nelson presented "Rapture" by Carol Ann Duffy, and "Offering" by Michael Laskey.
David Rivard presented "The Idea by Mark Strand, and "Kindergarten" by Dennis Schmitz.

For good or bad - you'll need to read it yourself.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Open City Closes

Open City Magazine has announced it will cease publication after a solid twenty-year run. The final issue of the magazine, Open City #30, was published in December 2010 and is still available in some stores as well as online.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Oates Receives National Humanities Medal

Oates and Obama

Toni Morrison On Reading

Former professor Morrison speaks on idea of reading: “Invisible ink is what lies under, between, outside the lines, hidden until the right reader discovers it,” Morrison said. “By right reader, I’m suggesting that certain books are not for every reader ... Even a reader who loves the book may not be the best or right lover. The reader who has made the book is the one attuned to ... discover the invisible ink.”

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Friday, March 04, 2011

Vonnegut Rules for Writing on Foliate Oak

You have to love a lit mag that lists "Kurt Vonnegut Writing Tips" in their submissions guidelines. From Foliate Oak - currently accepting submissions for artwork, prose and poems.

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story:

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

TED Digital Imprints

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) one of my favorite stops for GREAT informative, smart, video has recently launched TEDBooks, an imprint of short (less than 20,000 words) nonfiction works designed for digital distribution. Titles include Homo Evolutis by Juan Enriquez & Steve Gullans; The Happiness Manifesto by Nic Marks; and Beware Dangerism! by Gever Tulley

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Interview with Farideh Hassanzadeh-Mostafavi

The Winter 2011 online issue of New Mirage Journal includes Georgia Ann Banks-Martin’s interview with Iranian poet Farideh Hassanzadeh-Mostafavi as well as a selection of the poet's work.

The interview begins: "What inspires you to write?"

FH-M: "Violence. I mean my need to resist against violence. And violence has many manifestations such as fall, disloyalty, darkness, indifference, absence, ignorance, war, censorship, fetters, and many other things, sometimes as simple as a single white hair mid the black curls!"

New Mirage Journal is a quarterly journal publishing poetry from all over the world. "We are interested in high quality work that dares to speak of race, the human condition, the 'struggle' in fresh new ways."

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Glimmer Train December Fiction Open Winners

Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their December Fiction Open competition. This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers for stories with a word count range between 2000 – 20,000. The next Fiction Open will take place in March.

Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place: Stefanie Freele, of Geyserville, CA, wins $2000 for “While Surrounded by Water.” Her story will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Second place: Dana Kroos, of Las Cruces, NM, wins $1000 for “Sleepwalkers.” Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Joseph Johns, of Decatur, GA, wins $600 for “Reckoning Day with High Cirrus.”

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

Short Story Award for New Writers: Deadline February 28

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. Most submissions to this category run 3000-6000 words, but can go up to 12,000. Click here for complete guidelines.

A Guide to Literary Scotland

Compiled in association with the University of Glasgow’s Department of Literary Studies and the Association of Scottish Literary Studies, offers a new guide details 60 places to visit in Scotland associated with writers and their works: writers' homes, birthplaces, graves, locations vividly described in novels and poems, theatres, writers' museums and more. The guide can be downloaded from the website and includes full color pictures throughout. Be patient: with 60 pages full-color, it takes several minutes to download.

New Lit on the Block :: The New Guard

Under the guidance of Shanna Miller McNair, Publisher, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The New Guard is the first "independent multi-genre literary review in the state of Maine" whose aim is to "juxtapose narrative with experiment and create a new dialogue." TNG is a print annual, available for purchase directly from the publication.

The New Guard held two contests for their premier issue: William Derge won the contest in fiction judged by Debra Spark, and Payne Ratner won the contest in poetry judged by Donald Hall. Each contest offered a $1,000 prize and publication in this issue along with all the finalists.

This inaugural issue features new essays by Jaed Coffin & Bill Roorbach, and a segment called "Writers to Writers: Fan Letters to the Dead," a collection written especially for TNG. Contributors to the fan letter segment include Sven Birkerts, Adam Braver, Boman Desai, Annie Finch, John Goldbach, Tom Grimes, Richard Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, Thomas Lynch, Josip Novakovich, Lewis Robinson, Afaa Michael Weaver & Scott Wolven.

The New Guard seeks to publish literary and experimental fiction, narrative and experimental poetry. Submissions for the next issue will begin Spring-Summer 2011.