Come follow us at The Conium Review Online Compendium

This particular WordPress blog has been dormant for a while, but all the content has been moved to our main site.  We recently changed our website and added WordPress.org functionality to it.  Our WordPress.com (dot-com, not dot-org) will be deleted soon.  Please follow the migrated blog if you want to keep receiving our posts.

You can find The Conium Review Online Compendium at http://coniumreview.com/online/

This site contains all our normal blog content, but it serves as a venue for online publication too.  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting new flash fiction to the site.  See what we’ve been up to, take a look at our upcoming print edition, and consider submitting to our Flash Fiction Contest ($300 prize, judged by Ashley Farmer).

We hope to see you at the new blog!

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The Conium Review panel at AWP

The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at this year’s AWP conference in Seattle, WA.

“Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication”

Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

3:00pm to 4:15pm

This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.

The panelists include Matt Muth (representing Pacifica), Stefanie Torres (representing Beecher’s), Joshua S. Raab (representing theNewerYork) and James R. Gapinski (representing The Conium Review).

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates.

 

 

Marc Schuster published in “The First Day”

Marc Schuster (Guest Editor of our Spring 2013 issue) was recently published in The First Day.  Checked out his essay, “Is Nothing Sacred?” on their website.

Other recent publications include “Form 28” in The Ampersand Review, and “Madrid” in Apiary Magazine.  He is also the author of The GrieversThe Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party GirlDon DeLillo, Jean Baudrillard, and the Consumer Conundrum, and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

James R. Gapinski’s work forthcoming in Leodegraunce’s anthology

leodegraunceJames R. Gapinski has two pieces, “The Woman Who Eats Bees” and “Backyard Pawn Shop,” scheduled to appear in Leodegraunce‘s upcoming flash fiction anthology.  The anthology is slated for early 2014.

James R. Gapinski is Managing Editor of The Conium Review.

Call for Submissions: 2014 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

The Conium Review‘s Innovative Short Fiction Contest is currently open for submissions.  The contest deadline is March 15th, 2014.  The contest judge is Manuel Gonzales, author of The Miniature Wife (Riverhead Books, 2013).

The winner receives $500, publication in our journal, five copies of the print issue, and a copy of the judge’s book.  The $15 entry fee includes a free digital download of the issue.  Up to 7,500 words of flash fiction or short stories.

Innovative writing should pack a punch.  Send us your weird, wild, and wonderful.  Take risks with your draft.

Read the full guidelines and submit your work here: http://www.coniumreview.com/contests.html

“The Conium Review” on a panel at AWP’s 2014 Conference

Vol2 No2The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at the 2014 AWP conference in Seattle, WA.  The panel is entitled “Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication.” It’s on Thursday, February 27th at 3:00 in the Western New England MFA Annex, room 301.

The other panelists include Stephanie Torres of Beecher’s Joshua S. Raab of theNewerYork, and Matt Muth of Pacifica Literary Review.

Independent publication is on the rise, spurring a small press renaissance. But starting a literary publication isn’t as easy as it sounds. The panelists represent relatively new journals that are successfully gaining readership and attracting attention.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates the session; she is a 2013 Jack Straw writer, and she teaches writing at Seattle Central Community College.

Here’s the panel description from the AWP schedule:

This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.

If you’re attending AWP this year, please stop on by!

Zapateria: The World of Zapatero

I always find out about these things long after they’ve stopped being news, but I’m told that today is International Short Story Day. To celebrate, here are a few links to short story sources you might enjoy:

  • Fiction by D. Thomas Minton Great short stories by a sci-fi writer I’ve quickly grown to admire!
  • Philadelphia Stories I used to be on their fiction board. Now I just read the magazine for fun. Great stuff.
  • Wild River Review They published my short story, “Slow.” How could I not link to them?
  • Tinge Published by one of my alma maters, Temple University. Always something interesting here.
  • Slab I wish I knew more about this journal. They published my short story “Mr. Schnell Feels Red.”
  • Tenth of December A wonderful short story by George Saunders.

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Small Press Reviews

Two literary journals arrived in the mail last week.

One — which shall remain nameless — is pretty well known, includes work from some big names you’ve probably heard of, and includes some mildly snarky, clever, self-aware, and affected stories, poems, and essays. In short, it’s the kind of journal that all the hip kids publish in, but one that leaves me a little cold.

The other journal was The ConiumReview, and it’s everything the first journal isn’t. Though I did recognize one of the names (Howie Good), the rest were all completely new to me, and their work was spectacular. Indeed, paging through the journal was like stumbling upon a treasure trove of works by up and coming writers.

Admittedly, some of the works are  odd, albeit in an endearing way. In one piece of flash fiction, for example, a young man dreams of eating…

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A First Look at the Cover of Vol. 1, No. 1

After careful consideration, we selected a cover image for Vol. 1, No. 1 of The Conium Review.   The artist behind this painting is Emma Cook.  She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota, is a recipient of the Carter Prize in Painting, and has shown her work at numerous galleries.

The issue is slated for Spring 2012 (with an anticipated February release).  There’s still time to pre-order the issue through our online store.  Inside this edition, you’ll find poems and stories from several new and established authors.

Here’s the mock-up of our inaugural cover.