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  • Film :: Brotherhood by Meryam Joobeur

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    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.

  • NewPages January 2022 eLitPak

    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.

  • CRAFT 2021 First Chapters Contest Winners

    CRAFT 2021 First Chapters Contest

    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

  • Nimrod International Journal’s 2021 Prize Winners

    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

    First Prize
    “White Black People” by Celine Aenlle-Rocha

    Second Prize
    “The Inventories” by Paula Closson Buck

    Honorable Mentions
    “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

    First Prize
    “Spell for Patience” and other poems by Emily Rose Cole

    Second Prize
    “Now” by Julie Marie Wade

    Honorable Mentions
    “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 of the 2021 Adroit Prizes

    Adroit Journal‘s Adroit Prizes are awarded to two undergraduate or secondary students annually. The 2021 judges were Carl Phillips and Samantha Hunt.

    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

  • Writing Prompts from River Heron Review

    watercolor painting of a river heronSometimes 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.

  • The Masters Review 2021 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

    The Masters Review has announced the winners of its 2021 Flash Fiction Contest judged by Stuart Dybek.

    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.

    Don’t forget, The Masters Review has two contests currently open to submissions: Novel Excerpt Contest (deadline 11/30) and the Chapbook Open for Emerging Writers (deadline 12/31).

  • November 2021 eLitPak :: A Quiver in the Purlieu

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    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.

    View the full November 2021 eLitPak Newsletter.

  • Frontier Winter Poetry Lab

    This past spring, Frontier Poetry ran their first Poetry Lab, and they’re back with another one this winter.

    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.”

    You can learn more about the poetry lab at Frontier‘s website and register for the $299 lab through their Submittable. The deadline to register is November 30.

  • 2022 Press 53 Award for Poetry Winner

    Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the Press 53 Award for Poetry.

    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.

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