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.

Manuel Gonzales to teach at the University of Kentucky MFA Program

This year’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest judge, Manuel Gonzales, will teach at the newly established University of Kentucky MFA Program.  Other MFA Program faculty at the University of Kentucky include DaMaris Hill, Julia Johnson, Gurney Norman, Erik Reece, Frank X. Walker, Andrew Ewell, and Hannah Pittard.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, and he recently received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for his collection.

Congratulations on the new teaching job, Manuel!

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!

Manuel Gonzales reading at AWP

Manuel Gonzales (author of The Miniature Wife and the judge for The Conium Review‘s Innovative Short Fiction Contest) will be reading at a Riverhead Books event during AWP.

Room 618/619/620, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Since its founding, Riverhead Books has published the freshest, most memorable and diverse new voices in literary fiction. Riverhead authors have won Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Critics Circle Awards, Story Prizes, and been named to Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, and the New Yorker’s 20 Under 40, among many other distinctions. Four of Riverhead’s acclaimed writers will read and discuss their work with Riverhead’s director of publicity.
The other readers are Nami Mun (author of Miles from Nowhere), Danielle Evans (author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self), and The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost).
Jynne Dilling Martin moderates this session.

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.

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.

Manuel Gonzales to read at the 2014 AWP Conference

Manuel GonzalesCome see our upcoming contest judge, Manuel Gonzales, reading from The Miniature Wife and Other Stories at the AWP 2014 Conference.

Manuel will read on Saturday, March 1st at the Washington State Convention Center, Level 6 for the event “Celebrating 20 Years of Extraordinary Fiction at Riverhead Books.”  The readings go from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm.  In addition to Manuel’s reading, you’ll hear recent work from Jess Row (author of Nobody Ever Gets Lost), Danielle Evans (author of Before Your Suffocate Your Own Fool Self), and Nami Mun (author of Miles from Nowhere).

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.