The Fall 2020 issue of Glass Mountain features the Robertson Prize winners: Sarah Han Kuo in fiction, Yasmin Boakye in nonfiction, and Stephanie Lane Sutton in poetry. Also in this issue, find art by Martin Balsam, Jailyne España, Rain Mang, and more; fiction by Rain Bravo, Eric Dickey, Caitlin Helsel, and others; nonfiction by Linda Schwartz; and poetry by Danny Barbare, Emily Fernandez, Kathy Key-Tello, Stephanie Niu, and more. Find this issue at the Mag Stand.
Featured in our latest issue is the 2020 Adrift Contest winning story “Myopic” by Mason Boyles, selected by T. Geronimo Johnson, alongside another story, “Whomp,” by Lynda Montgomery. From the whispers behind grief to the galactic weight of finding a new identity, the poetry in this issue drills into some of mankind’s most intimate desires and conflicts. See what else is in this issue at the Mag Stand.
River Styx has extended the deadline of their Microfiction Contest from December 31 to Midnight, January 8!
Extended Deadline: Midnight, January 8
River Styx offers a prize of $1,000 for a single microfiction story of 500 words or fewer. The top three stories will be published, and all stories will be considered for publication. Your choice of entry fee: $20 to receive a one-year (two issue) subscription or $15 to receive just the issue with the winning stories. Submit up to three stories per entry, maximum 500 words per story. Additional stories may be submitted with additional fees. Submissions may not be previously published either in print or online. Submit via mail or Submittable. Complete guidelines are posted at www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest/.
In the latest issue, now at the Mag Stand: Poet Lee Herrick delivers heart and fire and Sebastian Mathews writes about melody and technique. Travel with Jeremy Bassetti or spend an in evening in Nashville’s Red Phone Booth. Also in the issue: a sit down with Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown, Freddie Ashley of the Actor’s Express, and the life and works of Rebecca Evans. Plus even more fiction, essays, and poetry.
A lot of year-end news is coming your way from Auroras & Blossoms! From royalty payments, to new issues and poetry forms, there’s plenty to look forward to! [Read more…] about Year-End News from Auroras & Blossoms
Memoir Magazine annually holds the Memoir Prize which awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in three categories: traditionally published, self-published, and unpublished. The awards include a cash prize, a feature in Memoir Magazine, and a year’s worth of free advertising. This is the only prize of its kind solely focusing on memoir. The 2021 prize deadline will be announced in January.
The grand prize winner of the inaugural Memoir Prize for Books is Relief by Execution: A Visit to Mauthausen by Gint Aras.
The finalists and category winners were:
- Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg
- Wild Blueberries: Nuns, Rabbits & Discovery in Rural Michigan by Peter Damm
- Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen by Liliana Velasquez
You can view the full list of honorable mentions at Memoir Magazine‘s website.
Are you a follower of literary blogs? Do you love nonfiction? Did you know online literary magazine Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has a (nearly) daily blog? It should definitely be on your blogroll! You can find reviews, articles, and so much more.
I highly recommend checking out Lisa Kusel’s “Blurb Your Enthusiasm” posted on December 18. The piece is an interesting take on the value of blurbs on the back of your book and the luck of a lesser known writer getting a big name to step in and contribute a blurb. It was particularly interesting to me because I actually do not heed blurbs on the back of books. When trying to select a new book to read, I always felt annoyed when I saw blurbs from others when I what I wanted was a brief book summary to actually let me know what the book was about.
Have you ever selected a book based on the back cover blurbs alone?
While you are checking that out, don’t forget to scroll through more posts. They are definitely an interesting read.
Raleigh Review has announced the winners of their 2021 Flash Fiction Prize. Congrats to the winner, honorable mention, and finalists.
“Monument” by Amina Gautier
“1985” by Katherine Hubbard
“Hansel and Gretel on Trial” by Amina Gautier
“You Two” by Alana Reynolds
You can look forward to reading these pieces in the forthcoming Spring 2021 issue of Raleigh Review. Enter your own work to the 2022 prize opening in July 2021.
Literary magazine Glass Mountain has launched a new website as they transition from a print journal into an online-only journal. They are also working on digitizing their past volumes. You can keep up on the status of this project on their archives page.
Glass Mountain was conceived of in 2006 by the undergraduate students of the University of Houston and was designed as a counterpart to their literary magazine Gulf Coast, which is edited by graduate students in the creative writing program. It’s name hails from Donald Barthelme’s short story “Glass Mountain.”
This journal is ran and edited by undergraduate writers and is dedicated to showcasing the writing of fellow undergraduate writers from across the country. They accept submissions year-round from emerging and undergraduate writers. They do not charge a submission fee.
You can read their current Fall 2020 issue in its entirety online. It features the winners of the Robertson Prize, Sarah Han Kuo (fiction), Yasmin Boakye (nonfiction), and Stephanie Lane Sutton (poetry).
They also hold an annual conference dedicated to emerging writers. The 2021 Boldface conference will be conducted virtually May 24-28.
Don’t forget to stop by their listing on NewPages to learn more, too.
Online literary magazine The Write Place at the Write Time has created a virtual holiday bizarre to help bring people together and offer support during these troubling times. They are featuring vendors who are WPWT authors, artisans, artists, and staff as well as friends and family connected to WPWT.
From their Facebook page:
The Facebook page will feature, in addition to the individual vendors, holiday facts from around the world and across time as well as uplifting posts (links to heart-warming stories, quotes, holiday communications from WPWT to let you know you are thought of and cared about in this season and always) and of course an awesome raffle… We already have one of our NYT best-selling authors helping to spread holiday cheer by donating books to our raffle and other great authors, sites are joining.
Currently the bizarre is up and running now and will extend through mid-January, although they may choose to extend the bizarre past that. You can find stories, traditions, and great items for yourself and others in your life. They also have resource pages if you would like to reach out and help to support others during this time. They also plan on offering up writing prompts to help inspire.
Since the journal’s first issue in 2010, they have published over 400 works of fiction never before published in English. These were originally written in sixteen languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Danish, English, Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Polish, German, Croatian, Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish). This current issue contains 18 works of fiction, so don’t miss out on your chance to read exceptional Jewish fiction from a unique online journal.