New Submission Opportunities & Great Literature
NewPages Newsletter Issue 89 Featuring 37 Calls for Submissions and Writing Contests
News from NewPages
August is officially half over with already this week. While that’s sad as back-to-school is upon educators and students, the good news is the NewPages August eLtiPak will be coming out this Wednesday, so please look forward to it! If you, like myself, have overexerted yourself on one last hurrah before the end of summer, we are bringing you news of great literature to read and plenty of opportunities to get your submission juices flowing while your body recovers.
If you haven’t yet had your last hurrah and will be traveling, don’t forget to check out our Guide to Indie Bookstores in the US & Canada. We’ve been updating this section like crazy over the spring and summer months and we still have plenty of more updates to make. With all of the additions, I am sure you will be able to find a cool indie bookstore to discover during your travels. If you are looking to market your own book, NewPages does offer mailing lists to indie bookstores, Barnes & Noble bookstores, public libraries, academic libraries, and newspapers.
In this week’s Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week, Editor Denise Hill has selected some darker covers. Included we have Isabella Castellane’s Invasion from Notre Dame Review’s Winter/Spring 2023 issue, Martins Deep’s photograph Mask from Freefall Spring 2023, and last, but definitely not least, we have Cynthia Farnell’s photography from Five Points 22.1. Once you are done admiring the art, please don’t forget to admire the work between the covers.
Looking for more new issues? Stop by our Magazine Stand throughout the week to catch up. The Tiger Moth Review Issue 10 celebrates the voices of writers and artists from Singapore, the region, and the rest of the world with work by Liberty Leggett, KayLee Chie Kuehl, Andy Oram, Zen Teh, and more. The third edition of The Gettysburg Review Volume 34 features paintings by Marjorie Thompson and writing by Linda Mannheim, Asha Thanki, Talley V. Kayser, Kathryn Nuernberger, Alice Friman, Fleda Brown, and many more. The August 2023 issue of The Lake is currently online and features work by Gale Acuff, Kate Gale, Charlie Hill, Beth McDonough, Lauren K. Nixon, and more.
You Tell Me is the theme of Mudfish 23 print literary journal. Honesty, emotion, shock, subtlety, poems whose reverberant language and intensity awaken more poems in the reader’s mind. The Summer 2023 print issue of The Main Street Rag is available for purchase and opens with “Abandoned Places,” an interview with photographer Lynn Black, whose work is featured on the cover.
If you love discovering literary magazines, you will love the New Lit on the Block feature. Last week we introduced you to The Clinch: A Martial Arts Literary Magazine which is an open-access online biannual of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts edited by Grant Young. Don’t forget to come back to the Magazine Stand throughout the week to discover Immigration Diaries and learn about the latest issues of Baltimore Review and Ganga Review.
With cooler weather perhaps on the horizon with Autumn starting next month, NewPages has plenty of new and forthcoming books from indie and university presses to recommend on our Book Stand. In Ray Trotter’s collection of stories, And Dogs to Chase Them, ordinary humans are pushed to do things in out-of-the-ordinary ways. Winner of the 2023 Whiting Award for Drama, Emma Wippermann’s Joan of Arkansas is an election-season closet drama about climate catastrophe, divine gender expression, the instructions of angels, and heavenly revelation relayed via viral video.
In Joy Taylor’s satirical fiction Silent Bob, BJ and Rainey are two misfits from a rural town in Kentucky living their everyday lives, until they stumble upon a shocking secret: humanity is controlled by invisible creatures called the viziers who manipulate through pheromones and telepathic suggestion. In November 2018, Kandi Maxwell, already struggling with anxiety and chronic fatigue, faces her family’s unthinkable losses after the Paradise Camp Fire. Discover her story in Snow After Fire: A Memoir of the Paradise Camp Fire & its Aftermath. Omekongo Dibinga’s Lies About Black People: How to Combat Racist Stereotypes and Why it Matters is designed for anyone who wants to examine their own biases and behaviors with a deeper critical lens in order to take action, make change, and engage positively in the fight for racial equality.
Grzegorz Wróblewski’s Dear Beloved Humans offers a representative selection of poems by a Polish writer and visual artist based in Copenhagen for the last thirty-five years. This is the third volume of Wróblewski’s work to be translated into English by Piotr Gwiazda. Feast of the Ass by Jahan Khajavi draws extensively on Iranian poetic traditions and the history of their reception in English translation, presenting a series of verses that play in the fields of love poetry’s address. Coming to the Book Stand this week discover more titles by Robert L. Penick, Laila Halaby, George Franklin, Aida Zilelian, Rebecca Turkewitz, and Jill Hoffman.
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.
The 2023 Poetry Marathon is now open to applications through August 28. No running required, but stamina and perseverance is definitely needed. Learn more here.
Get more recommendations from our reviewers. Colm McKenna reviews A Practical Guide to Levitation by José Eduardo Aguaulusa. “The stories compiled here are brought together by abstract and metaphysical topics, with the backdrop of colonization and civil war an everpresent.” Meanwhile Kevin Brown tackles Black on Black by Daniel Black which “takes a different approach to Blackness than many contemporary writers.”
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 38 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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