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The University of Akron Press has recently been closed. Founded in 1988 the UA Press has published over 100 titles in the areas of regional history and culture, politics, business, and poetry. The press has established itself as a respected and active academic publisher, and it is unfortunate to see a budget crisis force them to close their doors. A message on the UA Press website suggests that forthcoming books will still be published and book proposals will be considered, though the future is still uncertain.

A recent petition on Change.org has been met, urging President Scarborough and the Board of Trustees to reverse their decision, reinstating staff and allowing the UA Press to continue publishing. Help support the reinstatement of the UA Press! Check out the petition, UA Press’ site and Facebook page for more information.

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From ‘France in the year 2000,’ courtesy of the Public Domain Review

Augury Books reading period has closed—

Thank you very much to everyone who sent your work to us for consideration for 2016 publication, and those of you who helped spread the word and share with your friends and writing contacts.

We will be posting updates later this year after we consider everyone’s work. Follow our blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for updates on finalists and publication selections.

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Halina Duraj, author of The Family Cannon (Augury Books, 2014), will be reading at the Federal Dust Reading Series on August 1st. Hosted by Matthew Zingg, the event will take place at Litmore in Baltimore, Maryland. Authors featured during this event include Eric NelsonAlicia Puglionesi, and Michael B. Tager. For more details, see the reading series’ site!

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Only one more day left in our open reading period for poetry and prose!

Submit now via Submittable, and thank you for your interest in Augury Books!

From Richard Dadd, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke courtesy of the Public Domain Review

From Richard Dadd, The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke courtesy of the Public Domain Review

Just three more days left in our reading period! We are still accepting full-length manuscripts in the categories of poetry and prose—prose being short fiction collections or creative nonfiction essay collections. Find our detailed submission guidelines and easily submit your work—all by clicking on this Submittable link.

Thanks to all of you who have already shared your work with us, and thanks in advance to those who will be polishing up those manuscripts in these next three days to send to us. We can’t wait to read your manuscripts!

For automatic updates on this and other events, just follow this blog by clicking on the “Follow” prompt when you roll over the lower right corner. We’ll keep you posted on our selections for 2016 publication and share excerpts from our finalist manuscripts.

Have friends who might want to submit? Let them know!

 

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A detail from “Shells and other Marine Life from Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (1734),” courtesy of the Public Domain Review

Augury is excited to announce our new partnership with Literary Hub! A joint project of Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature, LitHub works with publishers, bookstores, journals, and non-profits to bring together online literary content, providing a platform for smart and engaging writing regarding all things books. Learn more about LitHub here.

Only four more days left in our open reading period for poetry and prose!

Submit now via Submittable, and thank you for your interest in Augury Books!

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The New York City Poetry Festival, put on by the Poetry Society of New York , will celebrate its 5th year on July 25th and 26th, with two full days of readings on three stages at Governors Island. This year’s line up includes Augury’s own Joe Pan  (Hiccups, 2015) and Carey McHugh (American Gramophone, 2015), as well as Nick Flynn, Amanda Smeltz, and Kiki Black, among many others. McHugh and Pan will be reading Saturday, 12 PM at the Algonquin Stage.

Join the festival both Saturday and Sunday between 11 AM to 6 PM, with a Vendor’s Village of booksellers, artists and craft makers, and food truck catering. Admission is free — don’t miss out!

Check out the Festival’s website for a full line up of each day, directions, and any additional info.

 

Augury’s Reading Period Is Open for Prose and Poetry May 1 – July 31, 2015:

Submit now via Submittable, and thank you for your interest in Augury Books!

Original Cover Art by Mike Miller

Original Cover Art by Michael Miller

Augury Books is excited to join Randall Horton and designer Michael Miller in unveiling the cover art for the upcoming Hook (2015).

Hook: A Memoir is a gripping story of transformation. Without excuse or indulgence, author and educator Randall Horton explores his downward spiral from unassuming Howard University undergraduate to homeless drug addict, international cocaine smuggler, and incarcerated felon—before showing us the redemptive role that writing and literature played in helping him reclaim his life. The multilayered narrative bridges past and present through both the vivid portrayal of Horton’s singular experiences and his correspondence in letters with the anonymous Lxxxx, a Latina woman awaiting trial. Hook explores race and social construction in America, the forgotten lives within the prison industrial complex, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Read author bio and praise for Hook.

Augury’s Reading Period Is Open for Prose and Poetry May 1 – July 31, 2015:

Submit now via Submittable, and thank you for your interest in Augury Books!

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