Wednesday, October 08, 2014

BIG NEWS :: The Blog has moved!

We are thrilled to unveil our new website design, which you can find on the very same URL you are used to ( The layout and design are slightly different, but we are still bringing you the same great content. Please poke around and let us know if you have any trouble finding anything or if anything isn't working correctly. We are still working out some bugs, but we couldn't hold off sharing it with you any longer! We would love to hear from you, so if you have any positive feedback or places we could improve, please do get ahold of us through the contact form on the site.

PLUS! A new website means that our blog is now hosted on We are hoping this will create much more traffic to the site. Plus, there are menu options so you can jump directly to different features in the blog, if that is your fancy. If you have our blog bookmarked, please update your bookmark to and go take a look. All blog posts will now be featured there instead.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Delete Press Offers Free e-Book for National Poetry Month

From Delete Press:

In solidarity with National Poetry Month, Delete Press is pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of:

(A Mystery, in Faits Divers, about the Poetic Field) [Book One]

Edited and Introduced by Anonyme

with an Afterword by Tao Lin

This illuminated document is the second in our e-series and is available for free at

Wilkes University New Playwriting and Screenwriting MFA Degree

Wilkes University has launched a new option for an MFA program, in screenwriting and playwriting, located in Meza, Arizona. It will be a hybrid program involving both online classes and weekend classes, and the first program starts in August 2014.

“We believe there is sufficient interest in these two areas to open this new way of delivering the program on the ground in Arizona,” says Bonnie Culver, co-founder and director of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program. “We have several Los Angeles-based faculty and producers who are eager to work with us to deliver these degrees in Mesa.”

Read more about the program and upcoming workshops here.

2013 Flash Fiction Open Results

In 2013, Unstuck magazine held a Flash Fiction Open Contest, judged by Amelia Gray. The winning results are featured in issue 4 (2014) of the magazine: Emily Kiernan's "Palinopsia" and Dennis James Sweeney's "When He Comes Home from the War."

Gray writes this about Kiernan's piece: "There are a few tricks here that might grow dull employed with a bigger word count ... but which sparkle nicely in a piece of this length. This is bold and surprising short work, it is arresting, and proves to me that our subject can be well known, even a little quaintly known as a piece of culture ... and fine work prevails to create a thing which is wholly new. Here also lies the first footnote I've liked outside of Infinite Jest, which frankly deserves its own sub-prize."

And about Sweeney's piece, she writes, "This is a lovely, efficient piece and perfectly presents outright danger in the post-trauma mundane. This is a story that I could spend hours going through with students were I not legally barred from interacting with young people."

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

High School Lit Mag Awards

The 2013 results are in for the Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines through the National Council of Teachers of English. Organized by state, you can see the awards of these high school literary magazines. There were a total of 373 entries with 26 Highest Award recipients.

New Lit on the Block :: The Austin Review

The Austin Review, a neatly-bound, fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand journal, is now being produced in Austin, Texas, three times a year. Editor-in-Chief Michael Barrett says that Austin “is home to an incredibly talented group of writers and publishers, and we thought the city deserved a journal bearing its name.” Publishing four short stories, four pieces of flash nonfiction, and on essay or work by a notable author in each issue, The Austin Review is also available as a Kindle version.

But with so many literary magazines already out there, the question is always, why start another? Well, along with the common mission to discover new work from emerging authors, Barrett, to some extent, wants to “highlight the talented authors coming from Austin and help expand the literary community in the city.”

As the magazines grows, Barrett—along with Managing Editor Tatiana Ryckman and Associate Editor Wendy Walker—plans to keep to the nine works per issue but to eventually share a limited number of additional works on their website. “We also intend to expand our nonprofit and outreach efforts and help promote the love of literature in our community,” he states.

The first issue features short stories by John Jodzio, T Kira Madden, Derrick Brown, and Boomer Pinches; flash nonfiction by David Olimpio, Lisa Wells, Caitlyn Paley, and Patrick Madden; and an essay by Sheila Heti. “Readers can expect to find contemporary works of the highest quality, curated with great care and attention to detail,” says Barrett.

The magazine accepts submissions year-round through Submittable, and you can purchase a print copy from their website or a digital version from Amazon.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hamilton Arts & Letters First Chapbook

The online Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine has just started a new chapbook series in which over the next two years they hope to publish one chapbook a year, expanding to more after that. Just released is their first chapbook: Nelson Ball's A Rattle of Spring Frogs.

Here's the description from HA&L: "Noted for poems described as 'compressed meditations,' Nelson is also admired here as a leader in the small press revolution that took place during the 1960s." Accompanied with the chapbook is a contextualized essay and a reading. See more and read here.

Black Warrior Review Annual Contest Winners

Congrats to the winners of the Ninth Annual Contest for Black Warrior Review, which are featured in the latest issue:

Mari Christmas: "Baby"

Meredith Clark: "Lyrebird"

Hannah Aizenman: "History, or Umbilicus"

Chad Brandon Anderson
Diana Arterian
Colin Bassett
Kelly Connor
Matthew Fee
Yanara Friedland
Maggie Glover and Isaac Pressnell
Lauren Hilger
Kristen Iskandrian
Sara Jaffe
Dong Li
Jacqueline Lyons
Cate Lycurgus
Emily Moore
Bruno Nelson
Leah Poole Osowski
Anne Ray
Allie Rowbottom
Jayme Russell
Brittney Scott
T.D. Storm
Shawn Wen

Friday, March 28, 2014

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

I picked this cover of Witness not after having looked at it but after having read about it: "One of thousands of copper canisters preserving the cremated remains of patients who died at a state-run psychiatric hospital in Salem, Oregon, between the 1880s and the 1970s and whose ashes remain unclaimed by their families."


The photograph on the cover of Big Muddy's latest issue makes you wonder why this kid has abandoned his (her?) bike, and where exactly is that ladder leading to? Bradley Phillips is the photographer.


It was like love at first site with this cover of The Georgia Review. From the staff of music at the top, to the illustrations, to the text, measurements, and symbols sketched throughout, this design by MF Cardamone (Elvis with Sweetgum, 2010) is capturing. More work from this artist is inside, too.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Naugatuck River Review Contest Issue

Naugatuck River Review's Winter 2014 issue features the winners of the 5th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, judged by Susan Deer Cloud.

First Prize ($1000):
"Woodland Refuge" Margaret Bobalek King

Second Prize ($250):
"Christmas Eve 2011 After Taking Yu Troung to Radiation, Christmas Eve 2012 After Learning He Passed"
Lindsay Wilson

Third Prize ($100):

“Married but Separated: Prayer” Catherine Arra
“Digging Grave” Jerry Brunoe
“Last Chorus” Joanne Clarkson
“What Fernando Saw” Ben Gunsberg
“Fisherman’s Knot” Ross Howerton
“The Journey” Hayley Hughes
“Another Episode in the Annals of Shame” Lynne Knight
“Blue Balls” Raul Palma
“June First Matt Pasca
“Beets” Linda Neal Reising
“Hoarder” Val Dering Rojas
“Heartbroken Gorilla” Scott Ruescher
“Two Approaches to Gardening” David Sloan
“Bones” Dina Stander
“Uncle” Will Stockton
“UC Berkeley, Sproul Plaza, May 1969″ Joanna White
“In the Checkout Line at the Health Food Market” Claire Zoghb

To see a list of semi-finalists, click here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NewPages Mailing Lists Sale

In case you haven't heard, NewPages is having a sale on our digital bookstore mailing lists and library mailing lists--save 50%. This is a one-time fee, with up-to-date lists and a delivery guarantee to postal addresses. Learn more and purchase here.