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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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Bulletin Board

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 Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.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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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Rabih Alameddine, Susan Cheever, Joseph J. Gabriele, Dorothy Gallagher, Cindy Jenson-Elliott, John Katzenbach, Michael Kurland, Sarah-Kate Lynch, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Penelope Rowlands, Charles Sheehan-Miles, Lan Sluder, April Smith, and Tracy Weber. Titles under the jump.

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Bulletin Board

This week’s batch of contests includes prizes for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as an award for writers with children under the age of 18. Deadlines range from Feb 15-28.

The Arcadia Short Story Contest is currently seeking exceptionally well-crafted short stories. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. There are no criteria for style or substance. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) sponsors annual competitions for book-length works: the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, both of which award the winners $5,500 and publication, as well as AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction and AWP Prize for the Novel, the winners of which receive $2,500 and publication. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Only book-length manuscripts are eligible. The Award Series defines “book-length” as: 48 pages minimum text for poetry collections; 150-300 manuscript pages for short story or creative nonfiction collections; and at least 60,000 words for novel manuscripts. Entry fee: $20 for AWP members, $30 for nonmembers. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award is intended for individual writers with families (at least one child under the age of 18). Applicants from the San Francisco bay area will be given preference, but writers from anywhere can apply. Writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry are encouraged to apply. The winners will receive $6,000. Applicants should submit their portfolio as well as a biography, an artist statement, their CV, and a description of how they will use the award. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

With all the hysterical headlines and TV chatter about the Super Bowl, how about a time out? The game has been around a long time.

Back in 1925, Robert Benchley wrote an essay entitled, “How to Watch Football.” This was before television. To smart guys like Benchley, Prohibition, which began in 1920, was a joke.

Benchley’s suggestion was: “Start drinking from the flask at, let us say, ten o’clock in the morning of the game. If necessary, or rather as soon as necessary, re-fill the flask. Be within calling-distance of a good, soft couch, with an easy pillow for the head. Don’t eat any lunch. Turn the heat on in the room and shut the windows.

“Then when it comes time. . .for the game, you will already have started with Old Grandpa Sandman, on the road to Never-Never Land . . . .You, my little man, will be safe and warm at home, [which] after all, is the place to be on the afternoon of the game.”

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Steven Axelrod, Lillian Stewart Carl, Eric Carle, Wiley Cash, Peter Clines, William Esmont, Connie Goldsmith, Carl Hiaasen, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, Paula McCoy-Pinderhughes, Jennifer Ouellette, Cheryl Reavis, Robert Riche, Imogen Rose, Terry Shames, Todd Strasser, and Janice Phelps Williams. Titles under the jump.

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Bulletin Board

This week’s batch includes prizes for our Kentucky residents, our Midwest residents, women, and translators. Deadlines range from Jan 31-Feb 15.

The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are given to Kentucky artists, including writers, who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. Applications in the literary arts categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry will be accepted this year. Fellows will receive $7,500. Awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist’s career. Applications will be reviewed using the following performance expectations: artistic excellence and professional achievements. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Susan B Anthony Institute for Gender and Women Studies at the University of Rochester is offering its annual Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. The winner will receive a cash prize of $7,500. The prize will be awarded to a woman who is a USA citizen, and who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction, whether novel, short stories, or experimental writing. Works written primarily for children and publications from private and vanity presses cannot be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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