• May 2022 eLitPak :: Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

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    The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Winners are published in the spring issue of BLR. For each genre, first prize is $1000 and honorable mention is $250. Submit your best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction through July 1. Visit website.

    View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.

  • New Book :: Antipodes

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    Antipodes: Stories
    Fiction by Holly Goddard Jones
    University of Iowa Press, May 2022

    In this collection of eleven stories, a harried and depressed mother of three young children serves on a committee that watches over the bottomless sinkhole that has appeared in her Kentucky town. During COVID lockdown, a thirty-four-year-old gamer moves back home with his parents and is revisited by his long-forgotten childhood imaginary friend. A politician running for a state congressional seat and a young mother, who share the same set of fears about the future, cross paths but don’t fully understand one another. A woman attends a party at the home of a fellow church parishioner and discovers she is on the receiving end of a sales pitch for a doomsday prepper. These stories and more contemplate our current reality with both frankness and hard-earned hopefulness, realism and fabulism, tackling parenthood, environment, and the absurd-but-unavoidable daily toil of worrying about mundane matters when we’ve entered “an era of unknowability, of persistent strangeness.” Holly Goddard Jones is associate professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is author of Girl Trouble, The Next Time You See Me, and The Salt Line.

  • Magazine Stand :: Months to Years – Spring 2022

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    It is the mission of Months to Years to “cultivate a beautifully designed online space to share compelling and original nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography that explores mortality and terminal illness.” As Editor Renata K. Louwers writes in this issue’s introduction, “We think things are going along a certain way with certain predictable events. And they are. Until suddenly, they’re not. What can we do besides surrender to the moment, maybe use the Calm app, and hope for the best? Some of us pray, some of us meditate or exercise, and some of us write. Others take photos or create visual art. Art – via the written word or visually – has served as a crucial coping mechanism for humans through the centuries.” We are no different than our ancestors.

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  • New Book :: Rotura

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    Rotura
    Poetry by José Angel Araguz
    Black Lawrence Press, March 2022

    Selected out of the Black Lawrence Press open reading period, the shifting speakers and landscapes of Rotura allow the poet to explore the themes of the Latinx experience and life itself; truth, family, longing are searched through language both direct and lyrical. It’s a long journey, but Araguz’s poems travel borders and boundaries creating an essential collection. José Angel Araguz’s most recent collection is An Empty Pot’s Darkness (Airlie Press). He blogs at The Friday Influence. José is an Assistant Professor at Suffolk University where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Salamander and is also a faculty member of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program.

  • Where to Submit Round-up: May 20, 2022

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    Happy Friday! Mother nature is still not able to make up her mind if it’s supposed to be winter, spring, or summer. If you’re sick of the weather whiplash, it’s a great excuse to stay inside a bit longer and keep your submitting and writing goals strong.

    Take a gander at the NewPages weekly round-up of where to submit your writing to. Don’t forget newsletter subscribers get first access to writing contests and calls for submissions every Monday morning, so subscribe today!

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  • New Book :: Inside Outrage

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    Inside Outrage
    Poetry by Gary Glauber
    Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, September 2022

    Inside Outrage by Gary Glauber captures wild wisdom and abject love, the amity and misguided memories keeping us whole in this precarious viral existence. These points of refuge and resilience both unmask and protect us, using frustrations to confront rooted fears. In the end, we must own identities, forgive mistakes, and grow older through the salvation of words. In daring to learn the steps and missteps of this odd dance called life, we maneuver through to find where our ‘inside outrage’ happily resides.

  • Magazine Stand :: The Dillydoun Review – Issue 16

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    The newest issue of The Dillydoun Review online monthly literary journal features short stories by Haley Glickman, Phoebe Baker Hyde, Byron Spooner; flash fiction by Michael Edwards, Kyle Glover, Kevin Joseph Reigle; poetry by Dale Cottingham, Darren C. Demaree, Jeffrey Dreiblatt, Philip Jason, Jess Levens, Anthony Salandy; prose poetry by John Chambers, Kate Sullivan; nonfiction by Patricia Feinman, Linda Springhorn Gunther; and flash nonfiction by Kyle Ingrid Johnson, Victoria Lewis, Ashley McCurry, Yelizaveta P. Renfro, Sue William Silverman.

    The editors also announced that The Dillydoun Review is now a paying market, offering $20 per acceptance to be paid on publication day via PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle, and they “will continue to work on ways to increase the pay rate as soon as possible.”

  • Magazine Stand :: Superstition Review – Issue 29

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    The Spring 2022 issue of Superstition Review is available for readers to access online, with fiction by Abbie Barker, Bradley Sides, Nadine Rodriguez, Ryan Habermeyer, Sahalie Angell Martin, and William J. Cobb; nonfiction by Cindy Lee, Haolun Xu, Laurie Blauner, Marcia Aldrich, and Wendy Gan; poetry by Taylor Byas, Sophia Liu, R.J. Lambert, Nathaniel Rosenthalis, Michael Chang, Meghan McClure, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, Ja’net Danielo, Hannah Smith, Dorsía Smith Silva, Dorothy Chan, Donte Collins, Donna Vorreyer, Christen Noel Kauffman, Carolyn Oliver, Brett Hanley, and Brandel France de Bravo; interviews with Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Gillian Sze, Kathryn Davis, Melissa Chadburn, Paul Tran, and Yanyi; and art by Delta N.A., Elaine Parks, Emily Rankin, Jenny Day, Michelle McElory, and Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad.

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  • New Book :: She Has Dreamt Again of Water

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    She Has Dreamt Again of Water
    Poetry by Stephanie Niu
    Diode Editions, March 2022

    In her debut chapbook She Has Dreamt Again of Water, Stephanie Niu imagines the deep sea as sanctuary. Her poems seek solace from generational guilt and a fractured family by diving into dreamscapes where gills grow as easily as wings. Here, the world shimmers with small, stunning miracles: a fish that looks like light, a river delta seen from the moon, a single coyote in the road. In the search for sanctuary, “There is no split, a real self and a dream self / to divide neatly. There are just dreams.” Even upon waking, “she does not weep. She has dreamt again / of water, that place where the river / meets the sea, where long-legged birds / tiptoe through the cordgrass, dipping / their heads to feed.” In these poems, the surreal and unseen suggest the shapes of shared longing. Stephanie Niu is a poet from Marietta, GA. She earned her degrees in symbolic systems and computer science from Stanford University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award for work on decolonizing historical narratives of overseas Chinese laborers through digital techniques. She lives in New York City.

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  • Contest :: 5th Annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize

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    Conduit Books & Ephemera has announced their 5th annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize is accepting entries through July 7, 2022. This prize is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection and is dedicated to championing poets who dance to their own tune not to be different, but to be true. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.