Thursday, March 29, 2012

AROHO's Orlando Prize Winners

The Spring 2012 issue of The Los Angeles Review (volume 11) includes A Room of Her Own's Orlando Prize winners:

Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize
Doris Ferleger, “Five Full Moons"

Orlando Short Fiction Prize
Branden Boyer-White, “Crossing”

Orlando Flash Fiction Prize
Amy Silverberg, “Write This Down”

Orlando Poetry Prize
Kathleen Savino, “History of Glass”

A full list of winners and runners-up can be found here.

Southern Poetry Review Celebrate Ten+

Southern Poetry Review celebrates "ten years at home in Savannah." Having traveled from Florida to North Carolina and then finally to Georgia where it has been the past ten years, the publication has 'traveled the world by staying local.' Issue 49.2 offers a retrospective of those ten years (though not including poems already selected for their fifty-year anthology).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Flycatcher

Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination of literature and art published online twice a year (winter and summer).

Editors Christopher Martin, Kathleen Brewin Lewis, Karen Pickell, Precious Williams, Jennifer Martin, Laurence Stacey, Jordan Thrasher, and Megan Gehring created Flycatcher to help bring together a place-based literary conversation in suburban Atlanta. Flycatcher does not necessarily aim to be a regional publication, though the editors "do think of the southeastern United States as our literary ground." Readers of Flycatcher can expect to find "good, lyrical, sometimes gritty pieces of writing and art that are expressions of belonging to a place - or sometimes a lack of belonging."

The first issue features poetry from Janisse Ray, John Lane, Thomas Rain Crowe, Marianne Worthington, Erik Reece, J. Drew Lanham, Rosemary Royston; fiction from Sharanya Manivannan, Raymond L. Atkins, and Beverly James; nonfiction from Susan Cerulean, Bobbi Buchanan, Casey Clabough, Linda Niemann, Holly Haworth; visual art from Brian Brown, Sarah McFalls, and an interview with Barbara Brown Taylor.

While Flycatcher is planning for two issues a year, Martin says they hope to put out three or maybe four issues a year as they gain experience. Additionally, he says, "down the road, we'd like to explore the possibility of putting out one or two print issues a year. And right now we're figuring out ways to get Flycatcher out into the community through readings, workshops, and other events."

Flycatcher editors will consider all genres via e-mail. Deadline to be considered for summer issue is May 1, though submissions are accepted year-round and on a rolling basis.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: The Barefoot Review

The Barefoot Review is an online/PDF publication of poetry and short prose (non-fiction) meant to "provide a venue for people who have dealt with hardship to express themselves and read other about others who have faced hardship."

Specifically, this biannual edited by Amy King, Nicholas Gordon, Mel Glenn, and Jason Teeple "welcomes submissions of poetry or short prose from people who have or have had physical difficulties in their lives, from cancer to seizures, Alzheimer's to Lupus. It is also a place for caretakers, families, significant others and friends to write about their experiences and relationships to the person. They are a vital part to being able to live with an illness."

Why Barefoot? The editors give several meanings: "Baring your soul and expressing naked feelings. Bare feet ground you, give you balance, and connect you to the earth. The review is here from a desire to help others."

The editors understand that "writing can be a tremendous source of healing and allow difficult feelings and ideas to be expressed." And while they understand the unfortunate reality that they cannot publish every piece they receive, they note: "Writing, verbalizing feelings that may be subconscious or unexpressed is more important than the acknowledgment of being published here."

Contributors to the first issue include Sonnet Alyse, Karen Alkalay-Gut, Michele Battiste, Ruth Bavetta, Laura D. Bellmay, Linda Benninghoff, Mike Berger, Rose Mary Boehm, Harry Calhoun, Joan Colby, Carol Dorf, Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Elizabeth Dunphey, J. Míchel Fleury, Meg Harris, Anne Higgins, Val Morehouse, David Mullen, B.Z. Niditch, Darlene M. Pagán, Natalie Parker-Lawrence, Jason Parsley, Amber Peckham, Lisa V. Proulx, Michael Rowe, Willa Schneberg, Doug Schroeder, Aftab Yusuf Shaikh, Anne Shigley, Shelby Stephenson, Marc Thompson, and Judith Williams.

The editors hope that each edition will continue to print pieces from target individuals and provide a venue for talk and expression of these difficult issues. In doing so, and in continued promotion of the publication, The Barefoot Review will increase awareness of the subjects it publishes.

The Barefoot Review is looking for e-mail submissions from two categories of people: 1) those who currently have or have survived a serious health issue and 2) those in their lives — caregivers, families, significant others, friends, doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, anyone who has experiences to share. See the website for more specific details.

Glimmer Train January Very Short Fiction 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: Brad Beauregard, of Skowhegan, ME, wins $1500 for “What’s Kept.” His story will be published in the Summer 2013 issue of Glimmer Train Stories. This is his first story accepted for publication. [Pictured. Photo credit: Margit Studio]

Second place: Kim Brooks, of Chicago, IL, wins $500 for “A Year’s Time.” Her story will also be published in a future issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Weike Wang of Cambridge, MA, wins $300 for “A Flock of Geese Heading East.”

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

Deadline soon approaching for the March Fiction Open: March 31

First place prize has been increased to $2500 for this competition. It is held quarterly and is open to all writers. No theme restrictions. Most submissions to this category are running 2,000-6,000 words, but up to 20,000 are welcome. Click here for complete guidelines.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Literary Magazine Reviews

Check out the latest great post of NewPages Literary Magazine Reviews, including both new and established publications:

The Bitter Oleander
Cimarron Review
The Dirty Goat
Memoir (and)
New Madrid
Notre Dame Review
Poetry International
Toad Suck Review
World Literature Today

Friday, March 23, 2012

Amazon's Assault on Intellectual Freedom

"To do business with Amazon would mean reducing the profit margin to the point of often losing money on every book or ebook sold. . . Amazon is the Walmart of online bookselling. The dispute between Amazon and IPG [Independent Publishers Group] will affect every literate person in America. It is a matter that goes to the heart of what librarians have termed 'intellectual freedom.' In other words, the resolution of this dispute, one way or the other, will affect every individual American's access to certain books. It will affect your ability to choose what you read." Read more Amazon's Assault on Intellectual Freedom by Bryce Milligan on Monthly Review.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Crossed Out Magazine

Crossed Out Magazine is an online bi-annual (summer/winter) edited by John Joseph Hill and Ana Zurawski, with the first issue is focused on fiction.

Motivating their efforts to start up a new publication, Hill and Zurawski were driven by a desire "to publish short fiction that is fast paced and socially aware to some degree. We also believe that independent, free, online magazines allow writers a flexible and accessible platform to show their work." Which is what readers can expect to find in each issue.

The inaugural issue of Crossed Out features short fiction by Sam Pink, Melissa Reddish, Benjamin Willems, James Hritz, Chris Castle, James Ford, Thomas Sullivan, and Robert Gerleman, as well as photography by Justin Purnell.

Hill says their future plans for Crossed Out include creating a downloadable and printable version of the magazine for upcoming issues. He also notes expanding consideration for content: "We also accept other types of submissions (photography, art, poetry, CNF, etc) for Issue 2 if queried first."

Crossed Out is currently accepting short fiction and other content for Issue #2. Deadline: July 1, 2012; pay $20 USD per story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: drafthorse

drafthorse is a biannual (Feb/July) online publication of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual narrative, and other media art.

Editor Denton Loving, an emerging writer from East Tennessee, co-edits drafthorse along with Darnell Arnoult, prize-winning author of What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press). Liz Murphy Thomas is an artist, photographer and educator who serves as art editor.

Published by Lincoln Memorial University, located in the heart of the Appalachians, the theme of the drafthorse is “work and no work.” Denton Loving explains, "Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was established as a work school in the heart of Appalachia, and work continues to be a driving force in our contemporary lives. Work has defined our region beginning with indigenous peoples, and later with settlers of European and African descent who extracted a living on steep hillsides amid a stunning but often treacherous landscape. Today, alongside a liberal arts education, LMU offers professional education in the areas of osteopathic medicine, law, education and business. The editors of drafthorse are interested in work, or the absence of work, as an avenue to explore how people both manifest and transcend their nature as physical and spiritual beings."

drafthorse publishes content where "work, occupation, labor," explains Loving, "or lack of the same, is in some way intrinsic to a narrative’s potential for epiphany. While we at drafthorse are just as eager to publish stories or poems about a grape grower from the Napa Valley or photographs of lobster fishermen in Maine, we originate from the mountain South, and we will most definitely look to publish a healthy dose of storytelling that reflects our own history in relationship to labor."

Contributors in the first issue include Lisa Alther, Gloria Ballard, Joseph Bathanti, Gabriel Morley and Stephanie Whetstone with fiction; Matt Berman, Judy Goldman and Matt Martin with creative non-fiction; Michael Chitwood, Janet Kirchheimer, Maurice Manning, Chris Martin, Rosemary Royston, and Iris Tillman with poetry. Artwork by Jeff Whetstone and Robert Gipe.

Loving says the editors at drafthorse look forward to incorporating more music and film in the near future, and eventually hope to publish more than twice a year.

Submissions to drafthorse are accepted through email and on a rolling basis. The editors are particularly seeking original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Northwind

Northwind is a literary quarterly published by Chain Bridge Press available online and via Kindle and edited by Tom Howard (Managing Editor) and Abbe Steel (Editor).

Tom Howard commented on the motivation to start a new literary magazine: "I guess because a world full of stories is a richer kind of world. And there's something exhilarating about not only finding stories and poems that deserve an audience, but finding that audience as well. It's a challenge and a responsibility. We also happen to think that there's still a great demand for affecting and provocative stories and poetry, maybe a greater demand than ever. With the advent of mobile devices and e-readers, literature is so much easier to discover, and somewhere out there, there is a vast untapped audience of casual, intelligent readers who wouldn't have known how or where to buy a literary magazine even ten years ago. So we're in the business of discovery, in every way."

Readers who discover Northwind, as Howard says, can expect to find "A blend of realism, surrealism, humor, melancholy, the future and the past, great characters, sharp dialogue, unguarded and unsentimental poetry, and sustained, lyrical writing. And an occasional ghost or talking chimp."

The first issue of Northwind includes fiction by Christie VanLaningham, Malcolm Dixon, Miles Klee, L.E. Sullivan, Tom Johns, Amanda Bales, Michael Trudeau, Stephen Baily, and Robert Cormack; poetry by Carl James Grindley, Kenneth Pobo, Marydale Stewart, Mark Jackley, Steve Klepetar, Laura Kathryn McRae, June Sylvester Saraceno, André Demers, Madeline Schwartz, Robert S. King, Michael Alpiner, Sarah Landenwich, Mark Harrison, William Doreski, Courtney Taylor, Christopher Dungey, and James Hudson.

Looking forward, the goals for Northwind over the next year include expanding to different mobile/e-reader formats which will help continue the publication's effort to build on the idea of a community of readers and authors who can engage with each other easily. "That means taking advantage of social media," Howard says, "and making the website more personal and familiar for our readers and authors alike."

The other major goal for Northwind is to expand content to include regular weekly essays and blogs covering a wide spectrum of cultural topics, "something along the lines of The Morning News or the Slate culture section. This wouldn't replace the current magazine content, but instead would exist alongside it, and hopefully would bring a new and diverse group of readers to the site."

Northwind accepts submissions through its online submission form only. All genres are considered, although the editors prefer cross-genre and mainstream-accessible works over anything genre-specific. (In other words, well-written magical realism over fantasy or sci-fi.) Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but writers are asked to limit their submissions to one at a time in each submission category, although up to five poems may be submitted at one time. No themed issues are planned yet, but that may change - writers should always check out the publication's submission guidelines page for the most up-to-date information.

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Lit on the Block :: Monarch Review

Hailing from the west coast, The Monarch Review is available online (publish 3 times a week, or so) and in print (publish every six months, available to purchase online and in Seattle bookstores).

The editorial staff includes an eclectic mix of background and expertise with Jacob Uitti (Managing Editor, Poetry and Fiction Editor), Caleb Thompson (Nonfiction, Music and Poetry Editor), Andrew Bartels (Visual Art and Poetry Editor), Nick Koveshnikov (Technical Editor), and Evan Flory-Barnes (Music Editor).

Jacob Uitti provided some background information on the publication: "The Monarch Review was started in the spirit of the Monarch Apartments in Seattle, home to a myriad of writers, musicians, visual artists, thinkers, pranksters, cranks and the curious. We wanted to create a community, a forum, for upcoming and established writers and to continue the vagabond culture of the Monarch Apartments."

Both online and in print, readers can find "work that displays the inherent human conflict. Poetry and faith and doubt. Fiction that knows death but is not dead. Essays that illuminate the difficulty and yet the humor of life. Art and music a person can both lose and find oneself in."

The first print issue features works by Rebecca Hoogs, Rebecca Bridge, Jason Whitmarsh, Jim Brantingham, Amy Gerstler, Jed Myers, Ed Ochester, Abigail Warren, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde (poetry); Chris Engman, Jesse Sugarmann (visual art); Jim Brantingham, Zac Hill, Valery Petrovsky, Caleb Powell (prose); and Julie Larios (interview).

Uitti says hopes the publication continues to put out high quality work, to maintain a community under the umbrella of the publication, and to reach more people in the coming months and years.

The editors encourage submissions of all work: "If it's good, it's good," Uitti says. The Monarch Review accepts submissions year-round via Submishmash. Currently, there are no thematic issues planned.

Help Save Charles Olson’s Neighborhood

Peter Anastas, author of the Charles Olson memoir, From Gloucester Out is asking supporters to sign a petition and forward it to friends, poets, Olson and Gloucester lovers, who live outside of the city: "We are fighting hard to save Olson's neighborhood from the development of a luxury resort hotel at the Birdseye site, proposed by billionaire Jim Davis, owner of New Balance shoes. If the Fort goes, so will the rest of the waterfront. Can you imagine a high-end hotel in this iconic working class, ethnic neighborhood? Olson would be turning over in his grave."

Slate Launches Book Reviews

Slate has just launched a new, monthly feature called the Slate Book Review. The first Saturday of every month, the Slate Book Review will take over the Slate homepage with reviews of new fiction and nonfiction; essays on reading, writing, and books of years gone by; author interviews; videos and podcasts, and much more.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

subTerrian Lush Triumphant Literary Award Winners

Winners of the subTerrian 2011 Lush Triumphant Literary Awards can be found in the newest issue (Winter 2011/#60):

Michael Kissinger (Vancouver, BC) for "The Phantom"

Creative Non-fiction:
Mark Anthony Jarman (Fredericton, NB) for "The Troubled English Bride"

Kevin Spenst (Vancouver, BC) for "Five Poems from Ignite"

Runners-up will be featured in the Spring 2012 (#61) issue. A full list of winners is avaialbe on the magazine's website.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Dreams of William Golding

Airing March 17 on BBC's Arena, The Dreams of William Golding reveals the extraordinary life of one of the greatest English writers of the twentieth century. With unprecedented access to the unpublished diaries in which Golding recorded his dreams, the film penetrates deep into his private obsessions and insecurities.

See preview clips and read commentary on New Statesman.

Naugatuck River Review Contest Winners

Winners of the Naugatuck River Review 3rd Annual Narrative Poetry Contest are included in the Winter 2012 issue (#7) of the journal:

First Prize of $1000 plus publication: John Victor Anderson of Lafayette, LA for his poem, “Alligator Kisses”

Second Prize of $250 plus publication: Lisa Drnec Kerr of Ashfield, MA for her poem, “Walking Horses”

Third Prize of $100 plus publication: Monica Barron of Kirksville, MO for her poem, “Hunting Song”

Also included is the poem "Second Hand" by contest judge Patrick S. Donnelly.

A full list of finalists and semi-finalists is available on the magazine's website.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Poetry Hunt Contest Winners

The newest issue of Schoolcraft College's national literary magazine The MacGuffin (Winter 2012) features the winners of the issue of the 16th National Poet Hunt Contest, judged by Terry Blackhawk:

First place:
Barbara Saunier, "My Body, This Aging Cheese"

Honorable mention:
Sharron Singleton, "Hunger Moon"
Liza Young, "The Color of Pleasure"

Monday, March 12, 2012

NewPages Book Reviews

Check out the NewPages Book Reviews for March and read the thoughtful commentary and analysis of the following titles:

The Hermit
Fiction by Ali Smith

Fiction by Brian Evenson

Killing the Murnion Dogs
Poetry by Joe Wilkins

Darling Endangered
Fiction by Carol Guess

Going to Seed
Poetry by Charles Goodrich

On Subjects of Which we Know Nothing
Poetry by Karen Carcia

The Last of the Egyptians
Cross-Genre Work by Gérard Macé

Fiction by Stephen Beachy

The Joy of the Nearly Old
Poetry by Rosalind Brackenbury

Writing the Revolution
The Feminist History Project’s Collected Columns of Michele Landsberg
Collection by Michele Landsberg

Panic Attack, USA
Poetry by Nate Slawson

Fiction by David Szalay

Gathered Here Together
Fiction by Garrett Socol

Hagar Before the Occupation / Hagar After the Occupation
Poetry by Amal al-Jubouri
Translated from the Arabic by Rebecca Gayle Howell, Husam Qaisi

Bin Laden's Bald Spot
Fiction by Brian Doyle

Piano Rats
Poetry by Franki Elliot

After the Tsunami
Fiction by Annam Manthiram

The Love Lives of the Artists
Five Stories of Creative Intimacy
Nonfiction by Daniel Bullen

The Story of Buddha
A Graphic Biography
Graphic Novel by Hisashi Ota

There But for The
Fiction by Ali Smith

NewPages Updates

Added to the NewPages Big List of Literary Magazines:
Box of Jars [O]
Burntdistrict [P]
Featherlit [O]
Flashquake [P/O]
Flycatcher [O]
The Golden Triangle [O/APP]
Hoot [O]
Marco Polo Arts Mag [O]
Mascara Review [O]
Red Booth Review [O]
Sprung Formal [P/O]
Tiny Lights [P]
Writer's Ink [O]

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Southeast Review Contest Winners Issue

You can read the winners and finalists from The Southeast Review 2011 contests, listed below, in the newest issue (winter/spring, Volume 30.1):

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

Winner: Kim Henderson, “A Burnside Park Sunburn”

Jen Fawkes, “Chrysalis” and “Hobbled”
Thomas Israel Hopkins, “The Coat My Mother Gave Me”
Elizabeth Long, “Trip Talk”
Nancy Ludmerer, “Ecosystem”
Steve Mitchell, “Flare” and “Watching the Door”
Niloo Sarabi, “Abba”
Jeannine Dorian Vesser, “Summer Vacation”

SER Poetry Contest judged by David Kirby

Winner: Francine Witte, “Wolf Logic”

Samuel Amadon, “Evergreen Avenue”
Kevin Coll, “Buddhist”
Deborah Flanagan, “Casanova: On Flight”
Melanie Graham, “Blood Words”
Kiki Vera Johnson, “The Excavation”
Rebecca Lauren, “The Year of Fires”
Greg Weiss, “The May or May Not Blues” and “The Mississippi Scheme”
Kathleen Winter, “Jellyfish Elvis”

SER Narrative Nonfiction Contest judged by Mark Winegardner

Winner: Jacob M. Appel, “Livery”

Carol J. Clouse, “The Luck We Spent”
Barbara W. Sands, “Safe in the Arms of Elvis”

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mississippi Review: A Barthleme Retrospective

The Mississippi Review celebrates 30 years with its newest issue (volume 39, numbers 1-3). "Thirty-three and a half, to be exact," Editor Julie Johnson begins her introduction. She's not speaking so much of the magazine itself as she is of Frederick Barthleme's long and distinguished history with the magazine before his 'impolite jettison' - "as part of a putsch at the university." Johnson took over and then subsequently received an offer from the U of Kentucky. Her final act as editor of the MR: "to highlight the thirty years the magazine had been Barthleme's."

Johnson and Associate Editor Elizabeth Wagner have trolled the sixty-five archive issues of Mississippi Review, attempting to select only two pieces per issue (arduous!). The result is this massive collection, this tome (800+ pages), certainly colljavascript:void(0)ectible for ardent readers, and no doubt teachable as an anthology of contemporary literature as much as it is a study of the editorial mark of Barthleme.

Nicely played Julie.

[Single copies of this issue of Mississippi Review are available for purchase from the NewPages Webstore.]

Weave Poetry & FF Winners

Winners of the Weave 2011 contests are featured in the newest issue (7). The winner of the poetry contest, selected by Lisa Marie Basile, is "Dream" by Caleb Curtiss. Honorable mentions are "Peach Pull" by Jada Ach, "Fig Eaters" by Megan Cowen, and "Caroline Fox Considers Jeremy Bentham's Proposal (1805)" by Noel Sloboda. The winner of the flash fiction contest, selected by Bridgette Shade, is "White Bread" by Kelly Brice Baron. Honorable mention is "Blighted" by Andra Hibbert.

Anniversary :: Barrelhouse 10th

Barrelhouse, the independent non-profit literary organization, has successfully published their biannual print journal of fiction, poetry, interviews and essays about music, art and the "detritus of popular culture" now for ten years. Barrelhouse continues to host a monthly reading series in DC, showcasing the work of other lit mags and small presses, and offer online workshops for writers to "get the straight dope" on their writing. Barrelhouse also has a website chuck full of literary goodness, including Barrelhouse Online, which currently features "the poetry issue" edited by Justing Marks. Happy Anniversary Barrelhouse - here's to many more!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Books :: Modern Haiku Anthology

New from Modern Haiku Press: Haiku 21: An Anthology of Contemporary English-Language Haiku edited by Lee Gurga and Scott Metz with an introduction by the editors. Over 600 haiku by more than 200 poets, perfect bound, 205 pages.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Midwest Short Fiction Contest Winners

The newest issues of Laurel Review (Fall 2011) features the winners of the first annual Midwest Short Fiction Contest for 2011. The winning story is "The Lost Episodes" by Bryan Furuness, and the runner-up is "Our Time in Norrmalmstorgh" by Christopher Merkner.

New Lit on the Block :: Sucker

Sucker Literary Magazine is an annual PDF and Kindle publication for young adults produced by Senior Editor/Founder Hannah Goodman, Art, Layout, and Design Executive Editor Alyssa Gaudreau, and Copy Editor Bouvier Servillas.

Goodman's initial searches for exclusively young adult lit mags did not yield the kind of literature she was looking for, so she started Sucker to fill this void. In Sucker, she tells us, readers can find "edgy, compelling, new YA literature that both teens and adults can enjoy." Goodman expands on their concept of edgy: "This means we do not avoid sex, drugs, complicated friendships and relationships with parents. It also means that we don't want to preach to teens about those subjects. That being said, it’s not just about the subject. It’s also about language and voice: authentic sounding characters and a narrative voice that reflects the tone of the story."

Sucker editors also hope that writers will see the publication as "something different" from other YA venues: "Not just 'please no more vampires.' If you love writing about vampires, then put him on a skateboard and have him crash into a human teenage guy. Maybe they fight and maybe the vampire loses. Maybe they become great friends. Maybe they fall in love."

Sucker is also a different venue for writers in that the editors will be on the lookout for "raw talent that just needs a smidge of guidance." Goodman explains: "Our staff readers fill out detailed feedback sheets to decide if the pieces should be accepted or rejected. Pieces that readers feel are close to being 'there' are critiqued and sent back to our senior editor." From there, they will "invite the writer to be mentored for a draft or two."

Contributors to the first issue of Sucker include: R F Brown, Claudia Classon, Shelli Cornelison, Candy Fite, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Hannah R. Goodman, Paul Heinz, Natalia Jaster, Josh Prokopy, James Silberstein, Mima Tipper, and Aida Zilelian.

Like so many new publications, Goodman's plans for the future of the publication is simply to continue producing quality issues. She hopes to see the publication available as a print-on-demand version as well.

Sucker is currently open for submissions until May 1 via e-mail. Full guidelines on listed on the site.

Missouri Review Online Anthology: textBox

textBox is an online anthology of exceptional fiction, essays and poetry published in The Missouri Review since 1978. It is available free online. Still new, the future of textBox will include more stories, essays, and poems, audio files, author interviews, and more. Teachers & Students - TMR would like your feedback on how to continue improving the site for academic use. Readers can be notified when new content is added or changes are made to the site.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Film: Reckoning with Terror - Readers Invited

In Doug Liman’s film Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the "War On Terror" ordinary Americans stand side-by-side with actors, writers, and former military interrogators and intelligence officers in a reading of official documents that reveal the scope and cost of America’s post-9/11 torture program.

Participants are now being invited to select a script, video the reading, and upload it to the site.

Doug Linman, director of the The Bourne Identity and Fair Game, teams up with the ACLU and PEN AMERICAN CENTER on a national grassroots film to fight torture.

[Pictured: Actress Lili Taylor reads from the sworn statement of an interpreter at the Kandahar detention facility in Afghanistan.]

Friday, March 02, 2012

NewPages Magazine Stand

Got a bookstore or library near you with dozens of new lit and alt mags on the racks? Yeah, me neither, which is why we created the NewPages Magazine Stand for information about some of the newest issues of literary and alternative magazines. The Magazine Stand entries are not reviews, but are descriptions provided by the sponsor magazine. Sometimes, we'll have the newest issue and content on our site before the magazine even has it on theirs!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

New Publication: Eventual Aesthetics

Evental Aesthetics is an international, online, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to philosophical perspectives on art. Publishing three times per year, with one themed issue each year, the journal invites experimental and traditional philosophical ideas on all questions pertaining to art, music, and literature, as well as aesthetic issues in the non-artworld, such as everyday aesthetics and environmental aesthetics. The inaugural issue is "Aesthetics After Hegel."