The Conium Review’s website will be down for a couple days

Our website will be down for a couple days.  We’ve performing some major updates, shifting web hosts, and generally spicin’ things up around here.

The blog will remain active through most of the upgrade, but the main site (including our store) will be down.  If you have questions about the journal, submissions, or purchases, you can always e-mail us at editors@coniumreview.com

Thanks for understanding!

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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.

The Conium Review welcomes two new editors

We’re pleased to welcome two new staff members to The Conium Review: Hillary Leftwich and Adam Padgett.

Hillary Leftwich lives in Denver, CO.  She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University, and she’s co-founder of the “Denver Shitty Writers” group.  She was recently interviewed by The Missouri Review for their “Working Writer Series.”  You can follow her on Twitter or read her WordPress blog.

Adam Padgett was a contributor to The Conium Review‘s Spring 2013 issue. His fiction has also appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Santa Clara Review, Cold Mountain Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is a mentor for PEN America’s Prison Writing Program, and he teaches writing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  You can follow Adam on Twitter.

The Conium Review needs a few new editors

We’re looking for a few new Fiction Editors and Poetry Editors to join The Conium Review staff. All staff positions are on a volunteer basis. You can apply from any location; all the reading is done on a computer. We’re only looking for a handful of new people, so get your application in early before the positions fill up!

If you’re interested, please submit your information through our online form: http://www.coniumreview.com/join-our-staff.html

Check out our Innovative Short Fiction Contest on Facebook

The Conium Review‘s Innovative Short Fiction Contest is in full swing, and now there’s a Facebook event page so you can easily remember the deadline and invite friends to submit: https://www.facebook.com/events/568889706531007/

Please spread the word.  Every submission helps support the contest and our journal’s future publications.

Call for Fiction and Poetry Submissions: The Conium Review

The Conium Review is currently open for fiction and poetry submissions.  Submit between January 1st and April 1st, 2014 using our Submittable page.

We publish innovative writing from new and established authors.  There are no line limits or length restrictions.  Simultaneous submissions are okay.  Find the full guidelines on the Submittable page or on our website.

One more week until the Innovative Short Fiction Contest begins

The Conium Review‘s Innovative Short Fiction Contest begins in one week.  Mark your calendars, and get your submissions ready for December 15th.  The contest guidelines are available here: http://www.coniumreview.com/contests.html

The winner receives $500, publication, copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s book.

Call for guest reviewers and bloggers

Hey, bloggers and book reviewers. From November 1st to December 1st, we’re seeking new blog posts. Send us interviews, writing strategies, reading habits, and anything else related to writing and reading.

Be a part of The Conium Review‘s growing online presence. Our print publication has been called “spectacular” by Small Press Reviews, and Prick of the Spindle says we’re “raising a unique voice.  And it’s one worth listening to.”

We’re looking for polished writing; make sure your language is crisp and creative. Every blog submission is considered by at least two staff readers before we decide to accept or reject it, so make sure your prose is engaging; you need to impress both staff readers.

See the blog post guidelines here, and check out the book review guidelines here.

Or go submit your posts through our Submittable page.

If you have an idea for a regular column or feature? E-mail us here: editors@coniumreview.com

Thanks for submitting!

“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!