New Submission Opportunities & Great Literature
NewPages Newsletter - Issue 74
News from NewPages
Happy first day of May! If you haven’t already done so, stop by the NewPages Big List of Writing Contests to find upcoming May deadlines. This page is frequently updated throughout the year with new contests and updated deadlines. Speaking of deadlines, don’t forget new micro-zine Dark Onus Lit is open to submissions year-round as is The New Verse News. This is also the last month to submit work to the New Letters Literary Awards as well as the Baltimore Review’s Summer Contest. The MacGuffin and Swan Scythe Press both have June 15 deadlines for their contests while Red Wheelbarrow and Bellevue Literary Review have upcoming contest deadlines in July.
Find out more information on these submission opportunities and to discover even more at the end of the newsletter. Subscribers with paid subscriptions get early access to these opportunities before they are featured on our website!
Last Saturday was National Indie Bookstore Day. We hope you were able to enjoy and support your local indie bookstores. Don’t know of any in your area? Dive into our handy Guide to Independent Bookstores in the US and Canada which we have recently done a major update on. In other news, if you have children who are ages 13+, AudiobookSYNC is a summer program offering free audiobooks for teens from now through August 2, 2023. Learn more here.
Be inspired and discover new issues of your favorite literary magazines on the NewPages Magazine Stand. We recently posted a full list of journals with new issues received during the month of April 2023, so do give that a gander. Recently featured, learn more about the May 2023 issue of World Literature Today which contains 16 bonus pages and ponders “The Future of the Book” with a marquee interview with Azar Nafisi.
Humana Obscura’s Spring/Summer 2023 issue is here with work by 77 new, emerging, and established contributors from across the globe, including Sarah Verardo, C.X. Turner, Gaylord Brewer, John Vukmirovich, Mel Adams, Ewa Matyja, and more. Blue Collar Review: Journal of Progressive Working Class Literature’s Winter 2022-23 issue features work speaking to “the bleak realities of our life for our laboring, and post-laboring classes” including work by Ed Block, Dan Sicoli, TK O’Rourke, Stewart Acuff, Livio Farallo, Joel Savishinski, Roibeárd, and Bill Ayres. Sky Island Journal’s Spring 2023 issue features sees them celebrating their sixth year of publication with poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction from writers across the globe.
Discover Ergi Press, the latest journal featured in our New Lit on the Block series. They publish zines and anthologies twice a year and promote themselves as “a down-to-earth DIY press publishing art, poetry and prose from LGBTQIA+ creators from all over.” Come back to our Magazine Stand throughout the week to discover even more new issues.
If you need some extra help building up your reading lists, the NewPages Book Stand is here to help with announcements of new and forthcoming titles from indie and university presses. Poppy and Mary Ellen Deliver the Goods by Roz Weedman and Susan Todd is the first book of the Frankenmuth Murder Mysteries. The Stanley family gathers in Michigan’s number one tourist town only to have their matriarch murdered. Local private investigators Poppy and Mary Ellen, who are hired to find a missing heir, get involved to help solve the crime.
Gauntlet in the Gulf: The 1925 Marine Log and Mexican Prison Journal of William F. Lorenz, MD, edited by Claude Clayton Smith, follows Dr. Lorenz as the fishing smack he was signed on to strikes a reef and he and the crew are rescued by a Mexican navy vessel only to be imprisoned as spies, smugglers, gunrunners, and fishing in illegal waters. Catherine Pritchard Childress’ Outside the Frame feature poetry that gives full-throated voice to those who are historically silenced while bearing witness to a complex culture that perpetuates the silence.
Deborah Pope engages with the nature of memory—its shifting constructions and needs, its equilibriums and disquiets—in her poetry collection Wild Liar. Stay tuned throughout the week to discover even more new titles by Emily Franklin, Andrew Collard, Joshua Shaw, and Jacqueline Vogtman.
Stay caught up at our blog. There you can take in short reviews, contest & book award winners, book & literary magazine news, new issues of literary magazines, new and forthcoming titles, and cultural & political news.
Get even more reading recommendations from our reviewers. Colm McKenna reviews Clarice Lispector’s An Apprenticeship or The Book of Pleasure which “is unconventional as a romantic novel” but features “some brilliant insights about love.”
If you’re interested in seeing your own review featured on our blog, please check out our revised guidelines and consider submitting to NewPages today. It’s free.
Below are this week’s writing contests, calls for submissions, and literary and writing events. Enjoy 24 opportunities to get your work published or to enhance your writing craft. Please note: only paid subscribers get access to this information! You can become a paid subscriber for only $5 a month and get early access to submission opportunities and events before they go live on our site.
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