There are only a few more days to submit work to Gulf Coast‘s Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and 2015 Prize in Translation.
The Barthelme Prize is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008 after American postmodernist author Donald Barthelme, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $250. All entries will be considered for online publication. Prose author and journalist Steve Almond is this year’s judge.
This season, the 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation is open to fiction and nonfiction in translation. Akin to the Barthelme Prize, one winner will receive $1,000 and journal publication; two honorable mentions will receive $250; all will be considered for online publication. This year’s judge is Ammiel Alcalay, the poet, critic and translator, among many other titles.
We are pleased to announce that we are working with SPD to distribute our recent back catalogue and forthcoming titles! Founded in 1969, Small Press Distribution remains the only distributor in the country focusing solely on independently published literature. A non-profit aiming to help under-represented literary communities participate in the marketplace, SPD offers book distribution, information services, and public advocacy programs to hundreds of small publishers. Learn more about SPD here.
Halina Duraj (TheFamily Cannon, Augury Books, 2014) read at the Federal Dust Reading Series on August 1st. The reading took place at Litmore in Baltimore, Maryland. Litmore aims to provide a space for writers, readers and audiences to come together for workshops, readings, and support. The space provides daily and monthly writing studios, houses a free access community poetry library, and also sells vintage clothes (as pictured!).
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.