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NewPages Newsletter Issue 90 Featuring 37 Calls for Submissions and Writing Contests
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Happy Monday! Hard to believe September is already here next week, isn’t it? How the year is just flying by. With September kicking off next Friday, don’t forget to check out our Big List of Writing Contests for upcoming fall deadlines. We are also still going through and adding more bookstores to our Guide to Indie Bookstores. If you don’t see your favorite bricks and mortar store on the list, please let us know!
Our August eLitPak was sent out to current newsletter subscribers last week. If you missed getting that in your inbox, you can view it online here. This month’s eLitPak included flyers from Winning Writers, the 25th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, Consequence, The Missouri Review, and Livingston Press. If you’re interested in participating in an upcoming eLitPak, you can learn more here.
While last week’s cover art picks were on the darker side, this week’s are full of vibrant colors and include Fran de Anda’s work on the cover of the 2023 issue of Pembroke Magazine, Zhang Xiaogang’s work on the cover of Brick 111, and Claire Lawrence’s painting on the cover of Pulp Literature’s Summer 2023 issue. After you’re done admiring the vibrant colors on the outside, don’t forget to check out the vibrant writing on the inside.
Speaking of literary magazines, shall we dive into the latest issue releases on the Magazine Stand? South Dakota Review Volume 57, Number 3 includes work by Alison Zheng, John Walser, Yelizaveta P. Renfro, Joe Davies, Audrey Fong, and more. Issue 3 of The Dawn Review celebrates work that is surprising and otherworldly. In every piece, the self is intimately connected to its environment. The 2023 issue of the nationally acclaimed literary magazine The Meadow captures readers with the cover photo, Lichen Fang, by Mike Clasen. Once inside, featured writers will continue to captivate.
The Ganga Review 2023 features Michele Alborg, Hila Amit, Edward Bruce Bynum, Ch’oŭi, Craig Czury, Daniel De Leon, Antonio Di Bianco, Craig Evenson, just to name a few contributors. The Spring 2023 issue of The Baltimore Review features their summer contest winners selected by Judge Kelly Weber: Rochelle L. Johnson for flash creative nonfiction; Robin Littell for flash fiction; and Jarrett Moseley for prose poem.
If you love discovering new and fledgling publications, don’t forget to follow our New Lit on the Block series. Immigration Diaries is a new online journal of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and visual art founded by Yawen Yuan. Yuan lived in Shanghai until she was nine years old when she then moved to New York City. She recounts that for many years after immigrating to the United States, she felt lost and alone in her experiences. Read the full interview here.
Come back to the Magazine Stand during the week for our full list of new issues received for the month of August, plus more information on Cutleaf August 2023, Fictive Dream August 2023 content, Terrain.org August 2023 content, and discover the rebirth of Shō Poetry Journal.
With fall looming next month, it’s a great time to bulk up your reading list to find great books to while away the winter months. The NewPages Book Stand is here to help with recommendations from indie and university presses. Tara Kelly’s moving memoir, No Last Words, is a clear-eyed excavation of the lives lived together and apart by two charismatic modern Americans, a story told in love and compassion for herself and others. In Jill Hoffman’s long-awaited second novel, STONED, forty-year-old mother of two Maud Diamond is getting a divorce. Having experienced the colossal disappointment of being jilted by a famous artist, she falls in love with a poor unknown artist who assuages the disappointment but leads to other ills.
The thirteen stories in Rebecca Turkewitz’s debut collection, Here in the Night, are engrossing, strange, eerie, and emotionally nuanced. With psychological insight and finely crafted prose, Here in the Night investigates the joys and constraints of womanhood, of queerness, and of intimacy. Forthcoming in January 2024, All the Ways We Lied by Aida Zilelian is set in Queens, New York, and follows the Manoukians, a dysfunctional Armenian family and the fraying rope that binds them.
Releasing in September The Weight of Ghosts is a circling of grief following the death of author Laila Halaby’s older son when he was twenty-one, a horror that was compounded by her younger son’s drug use, the country’s slow eruption as it dealt with its own brokenness, and reckoning the author had to do regarding her own story. Robert L. Penick’s short, masterful poems have been making appearances in small press magazines since the early 1990s. The Art of Mercy, his first full-length collection, contains excerpts from four chapbooks as well as fifty-seven new and previously uncollected poems, representing the best of a long, quiet career in the poetry trenches.
Want to discover even more new and forthcoming titles? Check out our full list of Books Received during the month of August 2023. Plus, come back to the Book Stand throughout the week to discover more about Toy Gun: Poems by Matt Coonan, You Were Watching from the Sand: Short Stories by Juliana Lamy, Morpheus Dips His Oar: Poems by Tamara Madison, Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton edited by David Grundy and Lauri Scheyer, Down Here We Come Up by Sara Johnson Allen, and Sukun: New and Selected Poems by Kazim Ali.
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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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