Hello. Greetings from the ether, this week are two events that I think the community ought to be aware of. Both will be reviewed by the EMU:CW:B staff and/or its affiliates.
Chronologically the first event is Storytellers Lounge. This event is held in the Student Center room 300 and begins at 9pm October 25th, this Thursday. It is part of an ongoing series that takes place every four weeks. “Storytellers Lounge is a whole new experience for almost anyone who attends. Inspired by the Moth StorySLAM, eight to ten people will have the opportunity to share a real-life story with an audience. The performers will range from emerging writers, performers and artists to EMU faculty, staff and students with the purpose to entertain, inspire and motivate.”
The second event I wish to bring to the attention of the community is the Madhouse Poetry Night. More than a few Eastern Michigan University students will be performing at the Ugly Mug Friday October 26th starting at 7:00pm. Be aware, there is a one drink minimum. For more information I’ll leave this link here.
Also, in the interest of keeping the reader engaged I would like to address the banner art for the Creative Writing Blog. We are currently accepting photo-submissions to replace our banner art. If you have a picture/image you feel would work just perfectly in that space please submit via the submissions page.
Nerve Lantern is looking for performance texts and texts about performance for Issue 6. Deadline is October 1, 2012. See the guidelines for more info.
Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published in Winter 2012-13. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to submit. Submissions are open from September 1 to November 1. Authors selected for inclusion will receive a free two-year subscription to Ninth Letter and the opportunity to submit for free to an upcoming writing contest in 2013.
See full details at: http://ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit
specs is currently accepting submissions of critical and/or creative work (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cultural criticism, historical inflection/reflection, art, photography, film, digital @#($*, and pieces that blur boundaries unnamed and unknown that challenge the collective and redefine reality) for the 5th volume on the theme of “OutSourced.”
Extended Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2012
Send all critical submissions in an .rtf or .doc file in Times New Roman Font to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief cover letter and indicate whether you wish to be considered for the print edition, the web edition, or both.
Submissions for poetry, fiction, and mixed genre should be sent to email@example.com. Prose submissions are limited to less than 6000 words and poetry submissions to 10-12 pages. Critical prose pieces will be peer reviewed. Simultaneous submission of creative work is allowed if indicated on the cover letter, but authors must inform specs immediately if work is accepted elsewhere.
Get full submission details here: http://specsjournal.org/submit
There’s only one month left to submit to the 2012 Not-Otherwise-Specified (NOS) Book Contest! The Final Submission Deadline is September 15.
Prize: 1,000 + publication by Les Figues Press
Judge: Sina Queyras <http://lemonhound.blogspot.com/>
Eligible Submissions: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, memoirs and all forms not otherwise specified.
All entrants receive a TrenchArt title of their choice (http://www.lesfigues.com/lfp/265/trenchart-titles).
For submission information, visit the Les Figues website (http://www.lesfigues.com/lfp/242/featured-figs).
Lots of opportunities for submitting work are popping up all over. Check these out:
The Istanbul Review – Call for Submissions for 2nd volume to be published in Winter 2012 – Deadline: October 1, 2012 (Click image for full details.)
Litmus Press – Call for submissions for Aufgabe #12, scheduled for Spring 2012 release – Deadline: September 15, 2012
Submit up to 8 pages of poetry in English. View guidelines and submit work via Submittable. Unsolicited poetry in translation will be considered, but please be aware that most translations published in Aufgabe are by solicitation. (Art is by solicitation only.) Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw work that is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible. Review of past issues of Aufgabe is strongly encouraged before submitting. The reading period for submissions for essays, notes, and reviews section will be announced separately. Essays, notes and reviews are not accepted at this time.
Temenos Special Edition – Call for submissions for Fall 2012 print and online editions – Deadline: October 5, 2012
Submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and artwork, as well as a brief cover letter, contact information, and third person bio of 50-150 words. All documents must be submitted as .doc or .rtf attachments (not .docx), via temenos.submittable.com/submit. Submissions for the special print edition must be accompanied by a $6 fee. Submissions for all regular online editions are free, no matter how many times an individual submits.
The proceeds from the Fall 2012 Temenos Special Edition will be donated to the Isabella County Human Rights Committee for their work supporting local LGBTQI youth.
Full details here: Temenos Special Edition Fall 2012 (Official Call for Submissions) Trap Doors and Little Triggers
Great Lakes Book Project – Call for submissions for Great Lakes-themed anthology; estimated publication in December 2012 - Deadline: September 1, 2012
Submit a 500-5000 word creative non-fiction piece about the lakes. Selected authors will receive a complimentary copy of the book. 15% of the proceeds will be
going to the Great Lakes Protection Fund. Check out www.thegreatlakesbookproject.com for more information.
Gulf Coast‘s 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now accepting submissions. Ander Monson will judge entries.
Entrants can send up to three pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, or micro-nonfiction of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website. The deadline for entries is September 1, 2012 and all entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Click here for how to enter.
Last year’s winners, selected by Sarah Manguso, are available on the Gulf Coast website: Erica Olsen for “Grand Canyon II,” Sonja Vitow for “Master Bedroom,” and Paul Zaic for “Why I Became a Fireman.”
Ander Monson is the author of a number of paraphernalia, including a website, a decoder wheel, several chapbooks, as well as five books, most recently Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (Graywolf Press, 2010) and The Available World (Sarabande Books, 2010). He lives in Tucson where he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and edits the journal DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press.
Stay updated on the contest and other Gulf Coast announcements via Facebook and Twitter.
Arts review Fogged Clarity is inviting gifted poets, authors, artists and musicians to write and perhaps share their work in its new, expanded blog. Over the past three and a half years the journal has received more than a half-million visitors, and been cited on NPR, Pitchfork, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Huffington Post, while debuting work by Pulitzer Prize finalists, Guggenheim fellows, and other fine artists. The journal’s acclaimed interview series has featured discussions with Jeffrey Eugenides, Carl Phillips, TC Boyle, Bela Fleck, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Jeff Daniels among many others.
Fogged Clarity is looking for artists to join its community and share work, promote events, write about craft, or anything else they see fit. Write as little or as often as you like, about whatever you like. The goal is to provide a forum for creative voices and generate a dialogue between artists. With the traffic the site receives, your work will be read, and for the next two months, until monthly issues resume, every post will appear on the front page.
If you are interested in contributing, email
RyanDaly@foggedclarity.com and he will set you up with an account.
HOBART: another literary journal is in the midst of its first ever contest. Six winners will be chosen, one each by one of HOBART‘s book division (Short Flight/Long Drive Books) authors.
Entry fee: $16 entry fee; enter as many times as you like, but each entry is $16
Prize: $500 (for each winner; for a total of $3,000 in prizes). All entrants will receive a copy of HOBART 14 (or any past issue or SF/LD book of your choice)
Judges: SF/LD authors Mary Miller, Adam Novy, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Elizabeth Ellen, Jess Stoner, and upcoming author Dylan Nice.
All submissions will be read blind. Each of the 6 winning stories will be published in HOBART 14 with an introduction by the judge who chose it.
Deadline: May 31, 2012 (or until all 6 judges have chosen a winner!)
Bonus: $100 BISON PRIZE(s?) for best cover letter ridiculing or praising contests, name-calling, admonishing us for using one, etc.
Enter through HOBART‘s online submission manager: