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In anticipation of her new book, Groundspeed (Univ of Akron Press) due in March & in honor of Winter Storm Jonas, get Emilia Phillips’ Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike for $5!

Welcome to the 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


TODAY: 92Y Discovery/Boston Review Contest winners receive a reading at the 92Y, publication in Boston Review, and $500 each.  ENTER.  Deadline January 25–NOW!

Dwayne Betts

Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Seriesand author of Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books) has a compelling piece, “Only Once I Thought About Suicide,” at The Yale Law Journal.

“I wonder as always which is worse: playing poorly the great cards you’ve been given or playing them well” —Liz Ahl’s poem, “In the Poker Room” which had its start as a Grind Daily Writing Series submission, appears at Panoply.

Julia Ridley Smith

Julia Ridley Smith

ArtsGreensboro has announced the recipients for their 2016 Regional Artist Grants & 2015–2016 Teacher Art Grants. Congratulations to our Fiction Editor Inch, Julia Ridley Smith on receiving a 2016 Regional Artist Grant!

The latest issue of Cream City Review has a few BCP friends and family inside. Check out work from Soham Patel, contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series; Philip Schaefer, Frost Place Chapbook Competition finalist; Jess Smith, Inch #25 contributor, and Michael Walsh, Inch #10 contributor.

Congratulations go out to Laura van den Berg, author of There Will Be No More Good Nights Without Good Nights, for her book Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) which has been long listed for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

Author of Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look AlikeEmilia Phillips has a new poem, “The Episode of Cops in Which My Father Appears,” up at Vinyl Poetry and Prose.

Michael Martone

Michael Martone

Congratulations to Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, an editors’ selection from the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, on being selected by Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature as the winner of the 2016 Mark Twain Award for contributions to Midwestern literature.

The Winter 2016 issue of The Southern Review is packed with plenty of great writers including: Anna Ross, author of the forthcoming 2015 Frost Place Competition editor’s selection Figuring;  Al Maginnes, contributor to Inch #22; and Frost Place Chapbook Competition finalist, LA Johnson.

You know his successful debut, Mezzanines, and his superb work as editor for The Collagist, now BCP alum Matthew Olzzman will be releasing his next full-length book of poems this fall. Look for Contradictions in the Design coming from Alice James Books.

Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis

Beloit Poetry Journal provides Books in Brief for two of our favorites: contributor to Another & Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series, Vievee Francis’ Forest Primeval (Northwestern Univ Press) and J. Scott Brownlee’s Requiem for a Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books).

“If you’re bored enough you’ll never die,” from “L’Heure Bleue or the Judy Poems” by poet Elisa Gabbert, contributor to Inch #16, appears at Apartment Poetry.

“I’m curious about the bottomless violent impulse within humans––currently, historically, and prehistorically––and the human body as a vessel for violent acts, but I think I’m more interested in the body as representation of a person’s interiority.” Anders Carlson-Wee, author of Dynamite, selected by Jennifer Grotz as the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Competition winner, interviewed at Slice Magazine.

Roxane Gay, contributor to Inch #19, author of the bestseller Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial), has a new short story, “Baby Arm” published at The Forge.

Congratulations to the National Book Critics Circle Award announced finalists chosen in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonficton and Poetry. Awards will be given out on March 17.

“I’d like to think of its structure as organic, but I was certainly making choices to help that happen. Ideally, I always want to write into a place where I’m both in control of and being controlled by. It’s a little like surfing, riding a wave.” —Paul Lisicky talks about his new book, The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press) at Electric Lit.

‘Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.’ —Zadie Smith  21 Pieces Of Advice For Aspiring Writers



NOW: The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe ReviewDeadline January 31.

NOW: The Main Street Rag Poetry Award is an annual full-length poetry book contest sponsored by Main Street Rag and one of the ways they select the poetry manuscripts they publish. Deadline January 31.

NOW: nominate an emerging LGBTQ writer for the 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Deadline January 31.

NOW: Deadlines approaching for prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at Crazyhorse. This year’s judges are: Joan Silber (fiction), Brenda Miller (nonfiction), and Khaled Mattawa (poetry). Deadline January 31.

NOW: For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about LEARNING FROM NATURE. The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University will award $5,000 for best essay, and Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Learning from Nature” issue of the magazine to be published in fall 2016. Deadline February 1.

NOW: Orison Books accepts submissions of full-length poetry (60 – 100 pp.) and fiction (minimum 30,000 words) manuscripts for consideration for The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction. Deadline February 15.

NOW: The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is accepting applications for this summer’s conference scheduled to run August 10 until August 20. APPLY. Deadline March 1.

NOW: The Sewanee Writers’s Conference begins to accept applications on January 15 for this summer’s conference scheduled to run from July 19 until July 31. APPLY.

NOW: U of A Press, CantoMundo Establish Poetry Prize. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to a book of poetry by a contemporary U.S.-based Latina/o poet. The University of Arkansas Press will publish the book. Deadline April 15.

NOW: 2016 New Women’s Voices Series Chapbook Competitionfrom Finishing Line Press, awards a prize of $1,000 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Deadline April 16.