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.

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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.

Check out the lit mag “From Sac”

Check out From Sac, a collective of Sacramento Valley writers. The Executive Editor is Jon Alston (he was also a contributor to our Spring 2013 issue). The journal is open to submissions year-round. You can find out more details here: http://www.fromsac.com/

And check out Jon Alston’s blog here: http://jaawriter.blogspot.com/

Printer’s Devil Review releases its latest issue

Printer’s Devil Review has just released a new issue, featuring several poems, a short story about queer life in rural America, and a story by David Varderman that’s accompanied by illustrations from Harriet Burbeck. This issue also features excerpts from Gemma Cooper-Novack’s novel Go Home Faster, Jade Sylvan’s memoir Kissing Oscar Wilde, artwork from Keith Francis, and more.  You can find the issue here: http://www.pdrjournal.org/fall2013

Fall 2013 contributor, Thomas Dodson, edits and designs Printer’s Devil Review.

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!

Fall 2013 Cover Art Unveiled

Vol2 No2We’re pleased to unveil the cover art for The Conium Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2013).  The artwork, entitled “River Horse,” is courtesy of Loren Kantor, a LA-based woodcut artist and writer.  Loren has worked in the film industry for twenty years as a screenwriter and assistant director, and he’s been carving woodcuts for the past five years.  You can find more of his work at woodcuttingfool.blogspot.com

“The Conium Review” is Looking for a Guest Editor

Vol. 1, No. 2 is almost completely wrapped up, and it’ll ship to bookstores and subscribers in July!  This means that Ian Chung has completed his stint as Guest Editor.  We’re conducting our search for the next Guest Editor now; if you’d like to work on an issue on The Conium Review, please visit this link for more details.

http://www.coniumreview.com/call-for-guest-editors.html

Temporarily Closing the Submission Queue

As we start the layout, printing, and PR for the second issue, we are temporarily closed to new submissions.  We’ll begin taking submissions again in late June.  Any outstanding submissions will be responded to soon as we make those final selections for Vol. 1, No. 2.

But there’s still plenty of publicationsarticlespodcasts, and other goodies to find on our website in the meantime!

Journal Review: Eunoia Review

Eunoia Review

Eunoia Review provides a twist on the usual electronic literary publication.  This website doesn’t serialize its offerings; instead, two new pieces of writing are posted every day.  As such, I can’t offer a review of a specific Eunoia Review issue or volume.  The entire publication is one long, continuous edition.  What I can offer, is an overview of the publication concept and a cursory review of the site’s literary work.This is hardly the first time the “story-a-day” or “poem-a-day” concept has been utilized, but this website stands apart from imitators (or forerunners) through its timely, well-organized editor.  Ian Chung is the architect of this project, and he provides a sleek site without the constant self-promotional clutter of some projects run by a single editor.  He isn’t doing this for recognition or propagation; Ian Chung just wants to read, review, and perhaps publish your writing.  In his 2011 Duotrope interview, Chung says that on most days, he checks for new submissions right after rolling out of bed.  This guy is dedicated.

The editor of this project genuinely wants to read your writing; he cares, he’s interested in craft, and he’s busting his ass to put out new work every day.  This makes Eonioa Review very approachable.  Duotrope’s submission tracker reports just over a 50% acceptance ratio as of November 21, 2011.  Among the Eunoia Review archives, there are hundreds of excellent literary works.  However, a several published pieces could use polish here and there, but that’s okay because Chung’s publication gives new authors a fighting chance.  I’m not going to beat down a journal that has so many good vibes coming from its concept, editor, and writers.  Chung’s approachability and speedy response times to most submissions make this electronic publication is the ideal market for any emerging author.

Eunoia Review’s wide tent is perfect for almost anyone.  Beginners and seasoned hands will find an inviting atmosphere around the site and its cordial editor.  Additionally, avid readers will revel in its daily approach to publishing.  Each time you slide open that laptop lid, you are greeted by two new daily poems or stories. It’s a good concept, and it comes together seamlessly at Eunoia Review.

Review by James R. Gapinski
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