Tom Howard is the 2014 Innovative Short Fiction Contest winner!

The 2014 Innovative Short Fiction contest has ended, and Manuel Gonzales has selected the winner.  Congratulations to Tom Howard and his short story, “American Rag Story.”  This year’s judge, Manuel Gonzales, noted that this piece was “funny and tragic and formally interesting,” and he also liked that “it didn’t take itself too seriously.”  Tom Howard’s work has appeared recently in ARDOR, Storm Cellar, Quarter After Eight, Digital Americana and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.  Tom will receive a $500 prize, and his story will be published in the next issue of The Conium Review, due out later in 2014.

This year’s finalists were Amy Blakemore, Jack Granath, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, and Christine Texeira.  Honorable mentions include Colleen Burner, Julie Curwin, Will Kaufman, and Kendall Klym.

The Conium Review editorial staff thanks everybody who submitted and supported this contest.  We look forward to announcing next year’s judge soon, and we hope many of you will consider submitting again in 2015.

Check out Beecher’s at AWP

During AWP, Stefanie Torres will represent Beecher’s on a panel organized by The Conium Review.  And you can find Beecher’s elsewhere during the conference.

Stop by booth V13 to say “hi” to Beecher’s editors.

Be sure to stop by the University of Kansas & Beecher’s Reading March 1st, from 9:00am to 10:15am on the Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4.  Readers include Katie Savage, Kelly Barth, Anne Royston, and Mary Stone Dockery.

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.

 

 

Bernie Hafeli’s “Bear Season” nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

Bear SeasonBernie Hafeli’s Bear Season is nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. This annual award “honors exceptionally talented fiction writers whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” Congrats on the nomination, Bernie!

This year’s Pushcart nominees

Pushcart Prize 2014The Pushcart nomination process ended over the weekend, and we’ve mailed our contenders out. The Conium Review‘s nominees for 2014 are:

  • “A Kidnapping and a Church Van,” by Adam Padgett (fiction, Spring 2013)
  • “Of Course I Will Return It,” by Shellie Zacharia (fiction, Spring 2013)
  • “Orgasm,” by Robert Dart (fiction, Spring 2013)
  • “Sonora,” by Natalie Peeterse (poetry, Fall 2013)

Contest posted on Duotrope’s Digest

Duotrope’s Digest just listed our upcoming Innovative Short Fiction Contest ($500 prize and publication for the winning author).  You can find the listing here.

The contest opens to submissions on December 15th.  If you use Duotrope, click “track” to add the contest deadline to your list of tracked markets.  And while you’re clicking around, why not click “Favorite This Market.”

As always, remember to report your submission response times.  The more authors that report submissions, the more accurate and useful the database becomes for everybody.

NewPages.com reviews The Conium Review’s Fall 2013 issue

NewPages.com recently reviewed our latest issue.  The reviewer says “I found myself constantly itching to find out what was going to happen next . . . ” and she was pretty impressed with Claude Clayton Smith’s novella from the issue. Natalie Peeterse also gets a shout out; the reviewer says “Sonora” ” . . . cuts to the core of experience . . . ”  Take a look at the full review here.