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.

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Editor Update: Hillary Leftwich published in Monkeybicycle

Hillary Leftwich’s story, “A Small Infestation Following a Big Stroke of Luck,” was recently published in Monkeybicycle.  Congrats on the publication, Hillary!

Her work has also recently appeared recently in NANO Fiction and is forthcoming in Progenitor.  Follow Hillary on Twitter at @hillaryleftwich.

Contributor Update: Thomas Dodson’s work forthcoming in The Chicago Quarterly Review

Thomas Dodson’s “The Death of Elpenor” will appear in the next issue of The Chicago Quarterly Review.

Additionally, the magazine Tom edits, Printer’s Devil Review, has just released a new issue.  You can find the latest PDR here.

Congrats on the upcoming publication and on putting out another issue of Printer’s Devil Review!

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.

Editor News: Hillary Leftwich wins the 2014 Writers Studio Literary Contest

Hillary Leftwich’s flash fiction piece, “Free Lunch,” won the 2014 Writers Studio Literary Contest and is nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Congratulations, Hillary!

Hillary is one of our Fiction Editors.  Her work is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, she’s a co-founder of the Denver Shitty Writers group, and she was recently interviewed by The Missouri Review for their Working Writer Series.

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!

Contributor Update: Lauren Hall published in Cleaver Magazine

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 FictionEunoia ReviewApiary, and Fiction Writers Review.   She also received the 2012 William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Check out Beecher’s at AWP

During AWP, Stefanie Torres will represent Beecher’s on a panel organized by The Conium Review.  And you can find Beecher’s elsewhere during the conference.

Stop by booth V13 to say “hi” to Beecher’s editors.

Be sure to stop by the University of Kansas & Beecher’s Reading March 1st, from 9:00am to 10:15am on the Robert Muroff Bookfair Stage, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4.  Readers include Katie Savage, Kelly Barth, Anne Royston, and Mary Stone Dockery.