We are deeply saddened by the loss of Claudia Emerson this past week. In her spirit, and to continue our chapbook contest, we are securing another judge, whom we will announce as soon as possible. In the meantime, the deadline for submissions is being extended to January 15th. If you have already submitted a chapbook through Submittable and wish to send a revised version before the deadline, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. All new submissions will only be accepted through our Submittable site.
The Cortland Review features a lovely Poets in Person segment with Claudia and her husband Kent at their home in Fredericksburg, VA, in 2012, that you can view here.
The last stanza of Claudia’s poem “Inheritance” sums up what her writing and presence have meant to so many:
And to her, I owe this terrible desire
for lightness, a dark longing to wake to crow—
black wings, to hold in my mouth not some sweet
insistent lyric—but the one raucous thought that bears
repeating, to carry between my lips the wild
plum—round as a vowel—become perfect, singular
in its loss of the world, to steal away from here
the vain detail I love—a thing bright and shiny
that bears its saving: a thimble, a ring, a needle—
its only eye worn wide, diminishing.
Open to all writers in the U.S. All winning titles will be considered for publication by Apprentice House Press.
For guidelines, entry fees and prizes, please click here.
Deadline: December 15, 2014
We are please to announce our 2015 Pushcart Prize nominees:
“Sacrament” by Sarah Jane Miller
“Memory Palace” by Aaron Brown
“The Tomb of Lady Fu Hao” by Barbara Daniels
Honorable mention: “Viewer Discretion Advised” by Roy Bentley
“Drinking the Allegheny” by Rachel Mangini
“The Widow Complex” by Gwen Goodkin
“Rescue” by Soon Wiley
Honorable mention: “Water” by Daniel Enjay Wong
Good luck to all the nominees!
Submissions are now open for our second annual chapbook contest, to be judged this year by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson!
Deadline December 15th. The winner will receive $500, plus five letterpress-cover copies of the chapbook. Read the submission details and enter the contest here.
You can also purchase Glassland, Jessica Poli’s winning chapbook for our first competition, by clicking here.
Poet and former judge Oliver de la Paz offered this citation for his selection of Glassland:
The poems in Jessica Poli’s remarkable chapbook, Glassland, are little dioramas. Behind the glass enclosure are heartbeats fraught with all the wonder and despair of loves and losses that have outgrown their housing. A door melts behind a person leaving. The barns are “half-eaten/in the dark.” Somewhere, the “lightning/connects to the machine.” The poems in Glassland give a sense of the fragility of aquarium glass, and yet the foundations, the flesh, bear up the heavy weight of our humanity.
To celebrate the forthcoming release of jmww editor Jen Michalski’s latest collection of fiction, From Here, Atticus Review invites reader submit a found postcard (can be scanned as a .JPEG or .PNG or from the Internet) and an accompanying postcard story about the card (up to 500 words in a Word document) to email@example.com; the winner will be published in Atticus Review and receive a signed copy of Jen’s forthcoming collection, From Here. Deadline: August 30th.
To read other postcard stories from Jen Michalski, Erin Fitzgerald, Judith Krummeck, Timmy Reed, Laura Ellen Scott, and Joseph Young, go From Here Postcards.
We’re crazy excited to be in process with Ink Press Productions on designing and printing Jessica Poli’s winning chapbook, Glassland, for our inaugural chapbook competition. Here are a peek at two poems from the chapbook, “[anesthesia]” and “For When the Gold Lights Catch Us,” that were first published in the journal Whiskey Island.
Oliver de la Paz offered this beautiful citation for the work:
The poems in Jessica Poli’s remarkable chapbook, Glassland, are little dioramas. Behind the glass enclosure are heartbeats fraught with all the wonder and despair of loves and losses that have outgrown their housing. A door melts behind a person leaving. The barns are “half-eaten/in the dark.” Somewhere, the “lightning/ connects to the machine.” The poems in Glassland give a sense of the fragility of aquarium glass, and yet the foundations, the flesh, bear up the heavy weight of our humanity.
Jen and Ashlie
The Fall 2014 issue (October 1) of jmww will be a theme issue: poems in translation. We are reading now; spread the word! To submit work, please upload two to four poems in translation, along with the original text, that clearly designates the original’s author.
All submissions that are not poems in translation during this period will be declined.
To submit, please go to our Submittable page.
Barrelhouse editor Susan Muaddi-Darraj will lead a 6-week online workshop June 30th to August 8th that will focus on writing ethnicity. Workshop space is limited to 12 participants, and there are only a few spots left!
Register now at http://www.barrelhousemag.com/?p=1494.
jmww spring 2014 contributor Meg Eden (“Rendering” and “Bird’s Eye Maple“) curates the Facebook page “Meg Eden Writes Poems”:
Publication opportunities, scholarships, readings, events, giveaways, and more! This site is a place for local and global writers to network!
Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/megedenwritespoems
Good advice from Alyse Bensel (along with four points of advice) in the Los Angeles Review. (especially for us journals always looking for a few good reviewers):
The course transformed the way I thought of myself as a writer. For the first time, at the AWP Bookfair, talking to presses and journals with a clear purpose in mind, I felt like a literary citizen. Someone who cared and contributed to this thriving, vibrant community. A cliché maybe, but nonetheless still true.
To read more, go http://losangelesreview.org/book-reviewing-primer/.