Editor Update: James R. Gapinski named a finalist for Glimmer Train’s “Very Short Fiction Award”

James R. Gapinski’s story, “Migratory Patterns,” was one of 25 finalists for Glimmer Train‘s recent “Very Short Fiction Award.”

Read the full list of winners and finalists here.

Manuel Gonzales wins the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Manuel Gonzales’s short story collection, The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, was recently awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Congratulations, Manuel!

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!

Introducing our Innovative Short Fiction Contest

We’re pleased to announce the 2014 Innovative Short Fiction Contest.  Innovative writing takes risks that pay off.  Show us something new with your subject, style, setting, or characters.  Be bold.  Be creative.  Get weird with it.

Miniature Wife CoverThe winning writer receives $500, publication in The Conium Review, five free copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s book.

We’ll be open for contest submissions between December 15th and March 15th.  Until then, check out the contest guidelines and get your manuscripts ready.  You can also join our virtual mailing list if you want to get occasional e-mails about upcoming calls for submissions, contests, and other news.

Our judge is Manuel Gonzales.  He is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead Books, 2013).  He is also the current executive director of the Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit writing center for children.

Justin Campbell receives the 2013 Hurston/Wright Award

The Conium Review contributor Justin Campbell recently received the 2013 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award for African American College Writers for his novella excerpt, Sitting on the Knees of Gods.  The award was established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent.

More information on the award is available here: http://www.hurstonwright.org/#!college-awards/cs3d

Campell’s story, “Super Tuscan,” appears in our Spring 2013 issue.