🎉Awards, awards, awards: Tufts, Yale Younger, UNT Rilke, & more! Much to celebrate in this week’s Bull Pen, where each week we round up good news, including links to new poems, essays, and stories from the literary citizens of the larger Bull City!  —Noah Stetzer





Beautiful tributes to C.D. Wright featured at The Volta’s Evening Will Come include one by Kate Bernheimer, author of Floater (In Floater, Kate Bernheimer introduces us to Mike, a girl with a mysterious connection to a recent set of bridge suicides).

🎉Congratulations! Tufts Poetry Awards recipients & finalists have been announced; Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude and Danez Smith, [insert] boy have been named the winners.

Jeff Oaks, long-time participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, has a poem, “Advice” up at The Good Men Project.

PEN America announces preliminary winners of 2016 PEN Literary Awards; remaining winners will be announced on 4/11.

🎉Congratulations! Rick Barot’s Chord (Sarabande Books) has been awarded The UNT Rilke Prize.

Study in Charlotte

Study in Charlotte

Set in the modern day, A Study in Charlotte centers on Charlotte and Jamie: two friends who find themselves framed for murder at their American boarding school. She’s the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, and he’s the great-great-great-grandson of John Watson. The two will have to call on every ounce of inherited sleuthing skill they have in order to find the real killer. BCP editor, Brittany Cavallari’s A Study in Charlotte (HarperCollins) reviewed by Kristian Wilson at Bustle Magazine.

Inch #16 contributor, Ron Riekki has three poems featured at Calvary Cross and a story, “The Unabridged Autobiography of Ron Riekki,” at Apeiron Review. 

🎉Congratulations! Alice James Books announced that the winner of the Alice James Award is Anna Rose Welch of Erie, Pennsylvania, for her manuscript, Noah’s Woods.

Tamiko Beyer, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, is featured at Vida Reads with Writers

Inch #28 contributor, Amy Weldon’s project “Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America” featured at Dragonfly Books.

Airea D. Matthews

Airea Dee Matthews

🎉Congratulations! Yale University Press announced a winner in the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, selected Airea D. Matthews’s manuscript, simulacra.

Poetry basically taught me how to learn, so now I tend to see everything through the lens of how to put a poem together. Jamaal May, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, talks about craft at Lightbox Poetry.

Robert West, contributor to Inch #8, has a poem, “To a Bluesman” included at Still: the Journal.

Inch logoInch #16 contributor, Kathleen Rooney has her piece, “Le Bon Sens” featured at The Atticus Review. Kathleen also has fiction, “La Page Blanche” & “Georgette (Affiche)” published at The Ilanot Review.

Colleen Abel, participant in the Daily Grind Writing Series, has an article, “Why do Americans still believe bad science that suggests ‘fat’ means ‘unhealthy’?” featured at Quartz.

PRE-ORDER ANNA ROSS’ FIGURING FOR $10! FiguringEditor’s Selection in the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition.  Coming soon! ORDER NOW.

🎉Congratulations to Jessica Plante, participant in the Daily Grind Writing Series, named finalist in the 2016 Mississippi Review Contest.

Benjamin Garcia’s two poems, that began as submissions for the Daily Grind Writing Series, “Heart Conceit” & “Dress Rehearsal” are published at West Branch.

Inch issues #23, 19, 6, & 3 contributor, Emma Bolden’s two poems “Are We Our Asking” & “Corrections” included at the latest Ilanot Review.

Emma Sovich, poet, Washington College alum, and contributor to Inch #18, is profiled at The Elm Newspaper.

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Look for your Bull City Press friends and family at Table 943 at the AWP16 Bookfair in Los Angeles. March 31-April 2.


SUBMIT:  March is no-fee month at Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

APPLY: BCP’s Matthew Olzmann is teaching SURPRISE AND REVELATION: BUILDING AND OVERTHROWING EXPECTATIONS IN A POEM a workshop through Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. “This will be a generative workshop.  In addition to daily discussions, there will be exercises for both creating new poems and revising existing work.   The goal will be one new poem each day.”

SUBMIT:  The Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000.

SUBMIT:  Sibling Rivalry Press’ open submission period for full-length poetry manuscripts, chapbooks, and pretty much anything you want to throw at us runs each year from March 1 – June 1.

APPLY: Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S.

APPLY: Poet Jeff Oaks, participant in The Grind Daily Writing Series, will lead a Summer Workshop at Chatham University; “We will split our time between experimenting with both traditional and unconventional compositional procedures and responding to the poems students create. Expect to write 8 to 10 new poems over the course of our time together.”

APPLY: The 6th annual Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference is an intensive seven-day writers’ conference held in Erice, an ancient, hilltop town on the western coast of Sicily. Featuring five workshops with six participants in each group, the conference provides a small group of writers with a concentrated and personalized Bread Loaf experience.

REGISTER: The North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Creative Writing Program at UNC Greensboro bring you the 2016 Spring Conference: a full day of Master Classes, breakout sessions, conversations, and more. This year’s Spring Conference again will be in UNCG’s MHRA Building, on the corner of Spring Garden and Forest Streets, and in the Curry Auditorium next door, offering classes on the craft and business of writing and publishing.