Monthly Archives: February 2014

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This week’s batch of contests includes a prize for our Minnesota residents, an award for women writers over 40, and more. Deadlines range from March 28-April 1.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is an annual literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. The winners each receive $10,000. Submissions should focus on a central message of peace, broadly defined as increasing understanding between and among people. Entry fee: $100. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Glimmer Train Family Matters Prize is now open for submissions. Stories can be about families of all configurations. Entries must be fiction (though they can draw on real life experiences) and should not exceed 12,000 words. The winner will receive $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. Second place will receive $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Third place will receive $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies). Entry fee: $15 per entry; no more than 3 entries per person. Deadline: March 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

Blanche Jennings Thompson was the editor of Silver Pennies (1925), a collection of poems for children. In the preface, she wrote, “If a poem is worthy at all, it isn’t tough—it is frail and exquisite, a mood, a moment of sudden understanding, a cobweb which falls apart at a clumsy touch.”

More quotes about poetry appeared in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review:  “Writing poetry is an unnatural act,” Elizabeth Bishop once wrote. “It takes skill to make it seem natural.” John Keats wrote in an 1818 letter, “If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.”

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Alex Berenson, John Brockman, John Browne, Beverly Donofrio and Barbara McClintock, Mary Cronk Farrell, Erin Fry, Alice Hoffman, Mike Offit, Wendy Pfeffer, Susan Goldman Rubin, Lachlan Smith, Wesley Stace, Natalie Standiford, and Neil Swidey. Titles under the jump.

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This week’s batch of prizes is a mixed bag of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awards. Deadline for each is March 15.

The Bellingham Literary Review Prizes award works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Poetry Award is given to a poem or group of poems of any style or length. The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction is given to a short story. And the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction is given to an essay. Poetry entries may be up to 3 poems per entry. Short story and essay entries may be up to 6,000 words. The winners will receive $1,000 and publication in the Bellingham Review. Entry fee: $20; additional entries $10 each. Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Colorado Review is currently accepting submissions for the Nelligan Prize for best short story. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. The winner will receive $2,000 and publication in the Fall 2014 issue of the Colorado Review. All stories will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $15 ($17 online). Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

In London, The Hatchet Job of the Year Award went to A. A. Gill for his Sunday Times review of Morrissey’s Autobiography. The autobiographer is a British singer and lyricist.

Gill wrote: “This is a book that cries out like one of his maudlin ditties to be edited. . .It is a heavy tome, utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likability.”

Gill also wrote that the book was “a potential firelighter of vanity, self-pity and logorrheic dullness. . . laughably overwrought and overwritten, a litany of retrospective hurt and score settling.”

The judges said Gill’s review was the “angriest, funniest and most trenchant” book review of the year. It is available on the Omnivore website, and quotes were generous in The Guardian and The New York Times. “Gill’s evisceration of Morrissey has a kind of music of its own,” said The Los Angeles Times.

Gill’s Hatchet Job Award was an ax buried in a book and a year’s supply of potted shrimp.

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Caroline Bock, Kathleen Long Bostrom, Sylviane A. Diouf, Anne Isaacs, Melissa Kantor, Susan Kuklin, Scott Lax, Janice Levy, Sophie Littlefield, Vinton Rafe McCabe, Jennifer McMahon, Charles Sheehan-Miles, and Judy Sierra. Titles under the jump.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

Someone at The New York Times Book Review must have been shot by Cupid’s arrow. In a roundup just before Valentine’s Day, 20 authors responded to the question, “What can literature tell us about love?”

Eileen Myles, author of Inferno: A Poet’s Novel, wrote: “Literature is love. I think it went like this: drawings in the cave, sounds in the cave, songs in the cave, songs about us. Later, stories about us. Part of what we always did was have sex and fight about it and break each other’s hearts… We love the feel of making the marks as the feelings are rising and falling. Living in literature and love is the best thing there is. You’re always home.”

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Jerome Charyn, Camilla T. Crespi, Pat Cummings, Megan Hustad, Doris Iarovici, Sara Latta, Edmund Levin, Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, Jamie Michalak, Michelle Richmond, Sheila Turnage, Michael Wex, and Kay Winters. Titles under the jump.

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This week’s batch of contests includes an Asian American poetry prize, a LAMBDA award, and a residency in Oregon. Deadlines range from March 1-15.

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is awarded to an exceptional book of poetry by an Asian American poet. The winner will receive $1,000 and book publication by Alice James Books. Manuscripts must be 50-70 pages in length. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. Entry fee: $28. Deadline: March 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The LAMBDA Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize recognizes LGBT authors who have written and published at least three novels, or two novels and substantial additional literary work such as poetry, short stories, and essays. Age is not a factor in defining mid-career. The winners receive $5,000 each. Deadline: March 7, 2014. For more information, including how to nominate a candidate, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

A select number of New York authors are being paid to appear at book club meetings where their books are on the menu.

Book the Writer was started by novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz last month. The club pays $750. Book the Writer’s cut is $350; the author gets $400. Venues are limited to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Korelitz, the author of Admission (2009) and a recent transplant to Manhattan with her husband, the poet Paul Muldoon, told The New York Times, “Most of us, whether or not we are ‘successful,’ really struggle financially in the city. Also, we’ve reached this point at which we’ve come to assume art should be free, and copyright is under assault, etc., and the bald fact is that the artist has to live, too. So I liked the idea of creating (or at least extending) a new income source for writers.”

Book the Writer authors for hire include Kurt Anderson, A.M. Homes, Zoe Heller, Amy Soln and Alexandra Styron.

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