Brotherhood (2018) is a 25-minute documentary written and directed by Meryam Joobeur that documents the story of a Tunisian shepherd’s family whose son left home to join the Islamic State at war as a consequence of the Arab Spring Uprising (2010-2013) and is now returning home to Syria. The film “dispels the stereotypical notions of what it means to be Muslim as it deepens our understanding of the Arab world.” A feature-length version is currently in development.
The NewPages January 2022 eLitPak newsletter was officially emailed to our newsletter subscribers Wednesday afternoon. If you’re not a subscriber, sign up today! You’ll not only get our monthly eLitPak, but our weekly newsletter with submission opportunities, upcoming events, and more.
This month’s eLitPak features fliers from The Caribbean Writer, Caesura Poetry Workshop, About Place, Your Personal Odyssey Writing Workshop, Consequence, National Indie Excellence® Awards, Kaleidoscope, Elk River Writers Workshop, Blue Mountain Review, SIR Press, and CARVE Magazine. Find calls for submissions, writing and book contests, new issues announcements, and upcoming events.(more…)
CRAFT has announced the winners of its 2021 First Chapters Contest selected by guest judge Masie Cochran of Tin House. The winning entries will be published in December, so keep an eye out!
Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions. You can view the full longlist and honorable mentions here.
First Place: Sam Simas, We the Liars
Second Place: Sena Moon, Familiar Strangers
Third Place: Leigh Comacho Rourks, When We Drowned
Vanessa Banigo, The Nigerwife
Catherine Carberry, Untitled
Catherine Con Morse, The Notes
C. Quintana, The Twisted Fate of La Media Luna
Steve Sanders, The Agreed Upon Facts
Kirsten Scott, Liberty Park
Amy Stuber, In a Dark Corner Shining
JJ Tan, Angels Unaware
Allison Torgan, Red State
John Vurro, Video Planet
Taylor Werner, What Empties As It Fills
Marie Williams (Nia Forrester), Those Less Fortunate
Issue 43 of Nimrod International Journal is all about award winners! Check out the winners and finalists of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction
“White Black People” by Celine Aenlle-Rocha
“The Inventories” by Paula Closson Buck
“A Dolphin in Pain” by Rachel Furey
“God Is In Your Body” by Rachel Reeher
“Wife Of; or, What Does It Mean to Be Haunted?” by Jennifer Blackman
“The Southern Part of the State” by Teresa Milbrodt
“Thug” by Edvin Subašić
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
“Spell for Patience” and other poems by Emily Rose Cole
“Now” by Julie Marie Wade
“Vanishing Point” and other poems by Laura Apol
“Like a Friend” and other poems by Francesca Bell
“Everything I Love I Want to Consume” and other poems by Angela Sucich
Winners receive $200 and publication. Runners-up and finalists also receive publication. You can read the pieces now in Issue 39 released in October.
Stephanie Chang | Poetry | Kenyon College, ‘25
Enshia Li | Nonfiction | Stanford University, ‘22
Amal Haddad | Fiction | Swarthmore College, ‘22
Delilah Silberman | Poetry | Bennington College, ‘21
Aluna Brogdon | Fiction | Williams College, ‘26
Eliza Browning | Poetry | Wheaton College, ‘22
David Emeka | Fiction | The Federal University of Technology – Owerri, ‘21
Aidan Forster | Fiction | Brown University, ‘22
Jack Goodman | Poetry | Walter Payton College Preparatory School, ‘22
Sharon Lin | Poetry | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ‘21
Sofia Montrone | Fiction | Columbia University, ‘21
Jackson Neal | Poetry | University of Wisconsin – Madison, ‘23
Ngoc Pham | Poetry | Macalester College, ‘21
Kit Pyne-Jaeger | Fiction | Cornell University, ‘21
Clara Rosarius | Fiction | Oberlin College, ‘23
Kyle Wang | Poetry | Stanford University, ‘22
Sometimes it can be hard to get started when you sit down to write, but River Heron Review has some tips at their blog. Judith Lagana, founding co-editor of the journal, offers up three simple strategies for creating new writing.
The first tip she gives is: “Pull a line or sentence from something you’ve recently read that particularly resonates with you. [ . . . ] Consider the intention of the line. Consider how the author uses language to construct the line and give it meaning. Meditate on the line. Consider each word individually and then, write.”
Check out her two other tips for generating your own writing prompts at the River Heron Review website and get to writing.
In first place, we have Tanya Perkins with “Agora é Sempre” in which “a mere thousand words encompasses oceans complete with their currents, riptides, rogue waves. and rolling plastic.”
In second place, is “Play That Again” by John Glowney. “As the title suggests, an odd set of piano lessons becomes a story that is also about music and emotion, and youth, and the recognition of beauty.”
Candice May’s “How to Develop (Film)” took home third place with its use of modernistic techniques that never overwhelm the underlying story.
You can read all three pieces on The Masters Review‘s Blog.
Magical Realism from Madville
A book flies away as soon as it’s completed, defining a pivotal point in the life-arch of the protagonist. A Quiver in the Purlieu, by Amit Verma is a work of magical realism, a coming of age story in the context of the ever expanding universe.
With this online space, your work will be read and edited by editor-partners Jenny Molberg, Kathleen Volk Miller, Rob MacDonald, and Mike Good.
Digital versions of Frontier‘s poetry chapbooks: How Often I Have Chosen Love by Xiao Yue Shan, Shadow Black by Naima Tokunow, and In the Year of Our Making & Unmaking by Frederick Speers will be paired with guided learning materials about crafting your own chapbook.
Participants will also receive over 40 pages of submission advice from editors from a selection of other literary magazines. Frontier promises to “send you a dozen great places that could be a good fit for your particular voice. Every participant will get individualized recommendations from our experienced team.”
The Italian Professor’s Wife by Ann Pedone
We Are Children by Bill Ayres
Watts UpRise by Ron Dowell
The Bones Beneath by Sheila Smith McKoy
Splendor of Ignition by Robert Miltner
Passaic by Paula Neves
The Past Tense of Green by Alison Prine
The Ice Beneath the Earth by Brian Ascalon Roley
Tom Lombardo served as the only reader and judge for this contest, and Pedone’s manuscript was chosen from more than 380 entries. The Italian Professor’s Wife will be published by Press 53 in April 2022.