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.

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 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

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.

William Cass wins The Examined Life Journal’s contest

One of William Cass’s stories, entitled “Empathy,” was selected as the fiction winner in The Examined Life Journal‘s recent writing contest.
William Cass  was a contributor to The Conium Review‘s Spring 2013 issue.  Congratulations on the winning story, William!

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.

Contributor News: Claude Clayton Smith wins the Great River Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Contest

Claude Clayton Smith (contributor to The Conium Review‘s Fall 2013 issue) won this summer’s Great River Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Contest.  Congrats, Clayton!

Additionally, his essay “Interiors” appeared in the fall issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly, and “Rat Cheer,” a brief memoir, will appear in the next issue of American Athenaeum.

Contributor News: Linda Boroff’s recent contest win, an article on Barbara Payton, and more

Linda Boroff (a contributor to our Fall 2012 issue) recently won second place in the American Gem Short Screenplay and Literary Contest with her story, “The Spirit Upwelling.”

She also wrote an article on the film noir actress, Barbara Payton, which recently appeared in the fashion and arts magazine, FutureClaw. The article includes several original photographs of her by Andre De Dienes.

Linda wrote the screenplay adaptation of the biography, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story by John O’Dowd, which is currently in development with producers Barrett Stuart and Ira Besserman.

Linda also signed an option agreement for her short story, “Light Fingers” with CAA and Brad Furman, director of The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner.

Lastly, Linda is currently working on a novella, tentatively titled “Rabies.”

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.