Friday, February 29, 2008
The party will begin at 8pm, so you have time to eat dinner before you arrive.
We'll have a mix of editors and contributors reading from the issues, as well as an open mic somewhere in there.
Okay, here are the facts:
Monday, March 3, 2008
@Busboys and Poets
4251 South Campbell Ave.
In Shirlington Village
Easily accessible by car - just follow the 395 exit marked "Shirlington" and follow the sign to "The Village at Shirlington"- located across the street from Harris Teeter, The Arlington Public Library, and the new Signature Theater.
Friday, February 22, 2008
For each word entry, all synonyms are linked under separate sections, categorized according to the different meanings of the word. The format is more alike to that of a dictionary. The real benefit to this book is the extensive list for each entry. For some, there are hundreds of synonyms. Anyways, you got to trust me on this one. I'm buying another myself because my old copy is literally falling apart.
You can buy it here on Amazon.com.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Congratulations to them.
To see their winning poems (and the official prize page) go here. Click on "prizewinners" under 2007 Awards in the left sidebar.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
There are three more fiction dinners planned for this semester, to be hosted in turn by Bill Miller, Alan Cheuse, and Kyoko Mori (in a combined fiction-non-fiction dinner). Stay tuned for more information.
The last image in this series illustrates how much fun we had all night:
Friday, February 15, 2008
CANDID YAK – Spring 2008
February 22, 2008--------------GMU Campus: Johnson Center 3rd Floor Mtg. Room E
POETRY: Corey Spaley
FICTION: Rebecca McGill
NON-FICTION: Mike Scalise
March 7, 2008-----------------Firehouse Grille (3988 University Dr., Old Town Fairfax)
POETRY: Dan Ford
FICTION: Elizabeth MacBride
NON-FICTION: Misty Thomas
March 21, 2008-----------------GMU campus: Johnson Center 3rd Floor Mtg. Room E
POETRY: Angie Mazakis
FICTION: Kirsten Clodfelter
NON-FICTION: Kristin Hahn
April 4, 2008--------------------Firehouse Grille (3988 University Dr., Old Town Fairfax)
POETRY: Joe Hall
FICTION: David Rider
FICTION: Becky Bikowski
April 18, 2008------------------The Prose House (4131 Leonard Dr. Fairfax, VA)
POETRY: Ed Davis
FICTION: Jennifer Goldsmith
FICTION: Allyson Armstead
May 2, 2008-------------------Firehouse Grille (3988 University Dr., Old Town Fairfax)
POETRY: Caren Scott
FICTION: Kristin Von Kundra
NON-FICTION: Abby Martin
OPEN MIC Featuring 1st Year MFA Students: Sandy Marchetti starts it up
- Willow Springs #61/Spring 2008
- Quarterly West #65/FallWinter 20072008
- Passages North 29.1/WinterSpring2008
- The Yalobusha Review Volume XIII 2008
- Cutbank #68/Winter 2008
- The Hopkins Review Winter 2008 (first issue)
- Redivider Volume 5, Issue 1
- Santa Clara Review FallWinter 2008
- Portland Review Summer 2007
- Sonora Review #51
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Basically, here's the info:
Submissions must be written by an American and must be unpublished.
Stories must be typed and double-spaced, between 2,500 and 8,000 words.
Authors should enclose a cover sheet with name, address, phone, email and title of entry.
Author's names should not appear on the manuscript. However, each page should be numbered.
Manuscripts should be stapled or paper clipped for submission.
The competition will begin accepting entries November 1, 2007. Entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2008.
Please send all submissions to:
Nelson Algren Awards
435 N. Michigan Avenue, TT200
Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, February 8, 2008
- I don't know how new this news is, but Jennifer Atkinson has a new book coming out with Etruscan Press - Art Taylor wrote up a quick, five minute interview in the The Mason Gazette.
- And a friend of mine pointed out this old radio interview on KCRW's Bookworm, during which Michael Silverblatt talks with Courtney Angela Brkic about her book, The Stone Fields.
- Drama over in the UK: the people running the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize (that includes judge Zadie Smith) decided not to give out the award this year. The whole thing is sort of confusing, but basically it starts with Zadie Smith's decision to withhold the award, followed by lots of chatter from contest participants about this and that, then some weird talk of splitting the award among the short-listed authors, and then lots of shit-talking in the comments section. The happy ending? The award money will go to an international charity.
- In other contest news, Playboy is currently reading for their annual College Fiction Contest. For work-safe guidelines go here. To read last year's winner, a story called "Lizard Man" by David James Poissant from the University of Arizona, go here. And yes, MFA students are eligible, and there is no entry fee. But this is coming up soon; the post mark deadline is Feb 15th.
- The L Magazine announces its fourth annual Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition. Basically, semi-finalists give live readings of their work (no more that 1,500 words) at NYC bars and compete for cash, and the judges' approval. Go here for details.
- Luna Park, the popular lit-mag review blog, just launched their first issue. Contents include an article from Gary Percesepe on reading for the Antioch Review, an interview with Plimpton Prize winner Benjamin Percy, and an interesting essay on the latest AWP conference in NYC.
- Writer, Rejected has started a new feature at his blog Literary Rejections on Display: the Rejected Story Corner. Basically, he posts a much rejected story by some anonymous reader, and then everyone comments on it. Afterwards, he posts excerpts from the many rejections it has received so everyone can compare notes.
- An online Times article on Master Eggers.
- Discussion over at Kelly Spitzer's blog about magazines that pay versus magazines that don't and contest fees versus prize money.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Candid Yak Friday (2/8) at the Firehouse Grill in Old Town Fairfax. Looks like things will get started around 8pm.
Readers for the evening are poet Rachel Lyon, non-fiction writer Casey Wiley, and fiction writer Regan Douglass. I hear that Ed will also be there doing things, like introducing people, which should be a pleasure. If you cannot go, kick yourself - he has a fine looking mustache these days.