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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.
Lauren Hall recently had two prose poems, “The Miser” and “Possum,” published in Cleaver Magazine.
Lauren was a contributor to our first issue. Her work has also appeared in NANO Fiction, Eunoia Review, Apiary, and Fiction Writers Review. She also received the 2012 William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor, James R. Gapinski, will be on a panel at this year’s AWP conference in Seattle, WA.
“Let’s Avoid a Quick Death, Please: Starting and Sustaining a New Literary Publication”
Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
3:00pm to 4:15pm
This panel explores the process of starting and sustaining a new literary publication. Countless small presses and journals launch every year only to die after a couple issues. Let’s talk with some people who avoided that fate. This panel will discuss how to choose the right publishing medium, secure funding, attract readers, and deal with unexpected hurdles.
The panelists include Matt Muth (representing Pacifica), Stefanie Torres (representing Beecher’s), Joshua S. Raab (representing theNewerYork) and James R. Gapinski (representing The Conium Review).
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke moderates.
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.
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.
Our Associate Editor, Susan Lynch, has two poems in the Winter 2014 issue of Elohi Gadugi: “The Halcyon” and “It Can Happen Just Like That.”
Congratulations on the recent publication, Susan!
Our Associate Editor, Tristan Beach, reviewed Natalie’s chapbook in 2012. We also published Natalie’s poem, “Sonora” in our latest issue, and the poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last December.
We’re proud to have published Natalie’s work, and congratulate her on this recent award from the Montana Arts Council.