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NewPages Newsletter Issue 93 Featuring 40 Calls for Submissions and Writing Contests
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Happy Monday! I hope the start of a new week is treating you well. Autumn officially hits us this weekend and September is over with already next Saturday. The weather still can’t make up its mind here if it should be summer or autumn which means you never know what to expect when you get up each day. With the end of the month looming before you, don’t forget to check out our Big List of Writing Contests for month-end and October deadlines!
Oh, and in case you missed it, or you subscribed to our newsletter after last Wednesday, our September eLitPak was officially released. Enjoy learning about open calls for submissions, writing contests, and creative writing programs. This month you can enjoy flyers from Ashland Poetry Press, the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s MFA Program, Madville Publishing, december magazine, Novus, Fauxmoir, Livingston Press, The Missouri Review, the 25th annual Taos Storytelling Festival, and Winning Writers.
Are you looking for something to brighten up your day? Look no further than Editor Denise Hill’s cover art recommendations. This week she has selected John Pepion’s Red-Winged Blackbird Council gracing the cover of Cutbank 99, Dawn Zinz’s work on the cover of Mid-American Review Issue 42.1, and Claire Desjardin’s colorful art on the cover of Grain Magazine’s 2023 issue celebrating 50 years of publication. After you’re done admiring the outside, please don’t forget to indulge yourself with the great writing and art on the inside.
Need more lit mag recommendations? Don’t forget to check out our Magazine Stand which announces the latest issues of literary and alternative magazine issues. Issue 49 of Wordrunner eChapbooks features Australian author Jane Turner Goldsmith’s The Essential Worker - an excerpt of seven linked stories from a composite novel in progress that recalls an eerie and uncertain time. Walloon Writers Review 2023 Eighth Edition is a collection of poetry, short stories and nature photography celebrating the unique experiences, adventure, and natural beauty of northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Boulevard Spring 2023 is a double issue (38.112 & 38.113) that includes winning entries from all three of the publication’s emerging writers contests: 2022 Poetry Contest winner Danielle Lemay, 2021 Fiction Contest winner Lacy Arnett Mayberry, and 2021 Nonfiction Contest winner Lee Anne Gallaway-Mitchell. Love learning about new and fledgling literary publications? You’ll definitely enjoy our New Lit on the Block series. The Dawn Review becomes the latest journal featured here. “We are called The Dawn Review because we are committed to renewal, in every sense of the word,” says Founding Editor Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎). Stay tuned this week to learn about the Fall 2023 issue of The Kenyon Review, Issue 34 of Jewish Fiction .net, the Fall 2023 issue of Tint Journal, the Fall/Winter 2023 issue of Humana Obscura, and discover 128 Lit.
If you enjoy discovering new books, our Book Stand is for you. It features new and forthcoming titles from indie and university presses. Let Our Bodies Change the Subject by Jared Harél is a poetry collection that dives headlong into the terrifying, wondrous, sleep-deprived existence of being a parent in twenty-first-century America. Keep an eye peeled to learn more about Forget I Told You This: A Novel by Hilary Zaid posting later this week.
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 more recommendations from our reviewers. Enjoy two reviews by our regular reviewer Kevin Brown. First, he covers Melinda Moustakis’ debut novel Homestead following a couple who agree to marry each other a day after their first meeting. “There are threats hanging over Marie and Lawrence’s relationship throughout the novel, whether that’s a grizzly bear attack or the secrets Lawrence keeps, leaving the reader wondering if what they have built can survive in the wild.” Next Brown tackles Theresa Runstedtler’s Black Ball which “digs deep into the NBA of the 1970s to show how a group of African American basketball players brought a new style of play to the sport, honed on playgrounds rather than high school and college gyms, where white players trained.”
Colm McKenna covers Lizzie Davis’ translation of The Devil of Provinces by Jaun Cárdenas which follows a failed biologist as he returns to his hometown. “There are some deceptively lighthearted moments early on, mostly musings about the emotional repercussions attached to going back home.”
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Below are this week’s writing contests, calls for submissions, and literary and writing events. Enjoy 40 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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