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!

Contributor News: Jen Knox’s “Don’t Tease the Elephants” Now Available

Dont-Tease-the-Elephants-Front-Cover-260x390Jen Knox‘s (contributor to our first issue) latest short story collection, Don’t Tease the Elephants, is now available as an ebook from Monkey Puzzle Press.

Jen Knox earned her MFA from Bennington College in 2010. She works as a creative writing professor at San Antonio College and copy editor at Frost & Sullivan. Jen mentors for the PEN American Center. She was nonfiction editor for The Bennington Review (2010) and Quiz & Quill (2007); she worked as a fiction reader for Our Stories Literary Journal and now reads submissions for PANK.

Jen’s writing has won the Global Short Story Competition and was chosen for Wigleaf’s 2012 Top 50. Two of her stories have received Finalist status for Glimmer Train competitions and three of her stories have received honorable mention. Her chapbook, The Aquarium, earned finalist status in the Black Lawrence Press’s 2012 Black River Chapbook competition.

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!

Two of our editors will be reading during AWP

Susan Lynch (our Associate Editor) and James R. Gapinski (our Managing Editor) will be reading at an off-site even during the AWP conference in Seattle, WA.

Lit.mustest: “I Saw Them When…”

Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Third Place Books in Ravenna and the Lit.mustest reading series present an evening with award-winning and recently published students and alumni from Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

Other readers include Shelly Weathers, Jeff Eisenbrey, Sarah Kishpaugh, Kim Mayer, Rachel Serrit, Isla McKenna, and Samantha Kolber.

Upcoming Event: Pacifica Issue #3 Release Party

Pacifica is celebrating its third issue at The Pine Box in Seattle, WA on February 17th, 2014.  Chelsea Werner-Jatzke (a former The Conium Review contributor) will be reading some of her fiction at the event.

You can find the full details, including a list of the night’s poetry and fiction readers on Facebook.

Later in February, Chelsea will also moderate an AWP panel that includes Pacifica‘s editor, Matt Muth, James R. Gapinski (our Managing Editor), and representatives from other small press publications.

Contributor News: Chelsea Werner Jatzke published in “Keep This Bag Away From Children”

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke’s story story, “Soup and/or Sandwich,” was recently published in Keep This Bag Away From Children.  Read it here.

Chelsea’s work appeared in our Fall 2012 issue, she was a 2013 Jack Straw writer, and she’ll be moderating two panels at the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle, WA.

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.