The High Price of Freeways
Stories by Judy Juanita
Livingston Press, July 2022
Co-Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award, this collection looks at the Black experience in Oakland, California, from the founding of the Black Panthers to present day. Judy Juanita is a teacher, poet, novelist, and playwright who served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper of the Black Panther Party in 1968 while attending San Francisco State and joined the nation’s first Black Student Union.
Driftwood Press has announced last year’s Adrift Chapbook Contest Winners are available for pre-order on their website.
Jennifer Silverman’s Bath is set to be released in May of this year. 2021 contest judge Traci Brimhall had to say this about Silverman’s collection
Jen Silverman’s poems are baptisms of desire. They’ve traveled the world and come back to tell you the pleasure to be found there, the holes of each leaving, the way it is all “drenched in light and wine.” Economical in syntax and generous in image, Bath astonishes at every turn with its heart, its wisdom, its waters.
Melody S. Gee’s The Convert’s Heart is Good to Eat is set to be released in June. Brimhall said of Gee’s collection
Melody Gee’s gorgeous poems offer both divine wounds and delicious consolations. At the intersections of the familial and the sacred, The Convert’s Heart is Good to Eat reminds us that what is created is also consumed. Beautiful, sensory, and aching, this collection reminds us that not all hungers are mortal ones.
Pre-order your copies today!
Online literary magazine has officially released the results of its 13th annual Flash Fiction Contest. First place is “Thirteen Tips for Photographing Your Nephew’s Bar Mitzvah When You Still Can’t Forgive Your Brother-in-Law” by Nancy Ludmerer.
You will be able to read Nancy’s story and five additional finalists in Gemini‘s next issue due out later this month, including second place “The Tea Taster” by William Torphy.
- “Where the Dandelions Grow” by Genalea Barker
- “Rerun,” Yvonne Navarro
- “Santa Fe,” Dawn Burns
- “The Light of a Nearby Moon,” Heather Pfeffer
The Winter 2022 issue of Baltimore Review features creative nonfiction by Lucinda Cummings, Patricia Dwyer, Dan Hodgson, and contest winner Daniel Rousseau; fiction by Ross McCleary, Evan Brooke, Nicholas Otte, Mariah Rigg, and contest winner Robin Tung; and poetry by Francine Witte, Sara Henning, Rose Auslander, Stephanie McCarley Dugger, Lisa Suhair Majaj, and contest winner Aekta Khubchandani.
Head on over to Baltimore Review‘s website to read the Winter 2022 issue.
Congratulations to the winner of Frontier Poetry‘s 2021 Award for New Poets. This year’s judges were Rosebud Ben-One, Andrés Cerpa, and Mai Der Vang.
“a sonnet: a slaughter field” by Chibuihe Obi Achimba
“Herma” by Samuel Piccone
“Ashes Arts and Crafts” by Emily Hyland
You can read the poems at Frontier Poetry‘s website.
Congratulations to Ben Lof, winner of The Malahat Review‘s 2021 Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction. Lof won with his piece “Naked States.”
The story begins:
In January, Frank said to April, No more alcohol. This was not a New Year’s resolution. The vermouth pancakes tasted only of vermouth.
April said, Who the heck is named “Frank” anymore? I mean, what is this, the 1960s?
Frank said, That’s the booze talking, that kind of meanness. You used to be witty.
Oh? said April. I’m still witty, pal. Got buckets and buckets of wit.
So they dropped alcohol.
Lof was also interviewed for this issue, and you can check out the interview on The Malahat Review‘s website.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize in Issue 60 of Ruminate.
“The Florist” by Alex Cothren
“A Guide to Removal” by Amber Blaeser-Wardzala
“Katingo Carried 15,980 Tons and a Gentleman” by George Choundas
Finalists include Nina Gaby, Elizabeth Paley, Lauren Loftis, Skye Anicca, Catherine Miller, Alberto Daniels, and Suphil Lee Park.
Read comments on the winners from Judge Kelli Jo Ford inside the issue as an introduction to the pieces.
Glass Mountain hosts their annual Boldface Writers’ Conference. Attendees are invited to enter the Robertson Prize after revising their work. Winners of this free contest (one per genre) receive $100 and publication in Glass Mountain. This year’s winners are included in Volume 27.
“Four Yelp Reviews (After J. Bradley)” by Robin Burns
“The Masseuse” by John Cai
“An Obituary for the Ginko Berry Tree in Drexel” by Coutney DuChen
Learn more about the Boldface Conference here.
Featuring the Amon Liner Poetry Prize winner, “Pygmalion” by Megan Gower, an Editor’s Note from Terry L. Kennedy, and new work from Dan Albergotti, Talal Alyan, Ricky Aucoin, Joseph Bathanti, Ronda Piszk Broatch, Grant Clauser, Whitney Collins, Beth Dufford, Susan Grimm, Paul Guest, Julie Innis, Mary Elder Jacobsen, Justin Jannise, Julia Kenny, Mary Ann Larkin, Trapper Markelz, Joy Moore, Tomás Q. Morín, Elle Napolitano, and more. Find more contributors at The Greensboro Review website.
The Fall 2021 issue of Carve is out now and features the winners of the Raymond Carver Contest, guest judged by Leesa Cross-Smith.
“Habits” by Morgan Nicole Green
“The Pit” by Chris Blexrud
“Field Dressing” by Mariah Rigg
“What Happened With the Librarian?” by Haley Hach
“Kingdom of the Shades” by Nina Ellis
You can learn more about each story by checking out the author interviews following each piece. Print and digital issues are available at Carve‘s website.