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NewPages Newsletter Issue 90 Featuring 35 Calls for Submissions and Writing Contests
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Happy Monday. It is the final Monday of August already. Since September is officially here on Friday, don’t forget to review the NewPages Big List of Writing Contests so you don’t miss out on any late August and early September deadlines. If you have no major plans ahead for the 3-day Labor Day Weekend, NewPages has plenty of good reading and submission opportunities to keep you busy! If you do have plans, we wish you have a great weekend and safe travels.
With it being Monday, NewPages Editor Denise Hill has another trio of cover recommendations in our Lit Mag Covers of the Week. Enjoy Deanna Dikeman’s photograph Sprinkler on the cover of Epiphany’s Summer 2023 issue, have a stare down with the Octopus artwork gracing the cover of Sugar House Review’s Summer 2023 issue, and enjoy a mixed media beach scene by Andrea Carlson on the cover of the Michigan Quarterly Review’s Summer 2023 issue. After you delight in the covers, don’t forget to delight in the works between them.
Keeping with the theme of literary journals, stop by the Magazine Stand to discover which magazines have new issues available in print and online for you to enjoy. Contributors featured during the month of August on the website of The Society of Classical Poets include Leland James, Julian Fite, Lucia Haase, Monika Cooper, and more. Terrain.org also publishes work on a rolling basis. Recent work includes an essay by Laura Jackson Roberts (with audio), nonfiction by Jessica Gigot, a story by Megan Campbell, and so much more.
Recent contributors to online journal Fictive Dream include Graham Mort, Sharon Boyle, Robert Scotellaro, and Kerry Hadley-Pryce to name just a few. The September/October 2023 issue of World Literature Today presents a cover feature devoted to Indigenous Literatures of the Americas, showcasing contributions by sixteen Native writers from the “long, long continent” of the Western Hemisphere. Online journal Cutleaf, which publishes a new issue every other week, recently featured work by Gary Fincke, Kristin Lindsey, Annette Pearson, Jacob Boyd, and others.
The new issues listed here are only a drop in the bucket. Enjoy a complete list of journals with new issues released or received in August here. Also, learn more about new, fledgling, and journals making a comeback in our New Lit on the Block series. Recently featured is Shō Poetry Journal, a new print publication released twice a year, and while it can’t be said it has a happy origin story, Editor Johnny Cordova has turned adversity into a beautifully crafted opportunity for both readers and writers.
Don’t forget to come back to the Magazine Stand throughout the week to discover more new issues from The MacGuffin, The Missouri Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review.
If you’re looking to bulk up your reading list for colder weather and holidays, NewPages has you covered with our Book Stand which features new and forthcoming titles from indie and university presses. Poet, novelist, and essayist Kazim Ali’s latest collection, Sukun, is due out from Wesleyan University Press in September and draws a generous selection from Kazim’s six previous full-length collections and includes 35 new poems.
Currently available, Down Here We Come Up by Sara Johnson Allen (winner of the 2022 Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press) is about three women who have lost connection with their children, through alienation, adoption, and across a militarized border. Selected Poems of Calvin C. Hernton edited by David Grundy and Lauri Scheyer promises to be the definitive guide to Calvin C. Hernton’s unparalleled poetic career, re-introducing readers to a major voice in American poetry.
Morpheus Dips His Oar: Poems is the third full-length collection of poems from Tamara Madison who welcomes the reader to step into her craft for a tour that tracks the movement of a life. Releasing in September, You Were Watching from the Sand by Juliana Lamy is a collection in which Haitian men, women, and children who find their lives cleaved by the interminably strange bite back at the bizarre with their own oddities.
Through each poem in the debut collection Toy Gun, Matt Coonan fires his offbeat childhood and adolescence at the page. 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 The Cruelties of Brooklyn by Paul Schaeffer, each poem builds upon the next to create an unsparing vision of all the characters in the poet's childhood and adulthood that is nevertheless suffused with a love of humanity.
Stop by the Book Stand during the week to discover Asides: Occasional Essays by George Singleton, Sex Augury: Poems by C. Bain, Rock Stars by Matt Mason, Boundless Deep, and Other Stories by Gen Del Raye, and Ropes: 10th Anniversary Edition by Derrick Harriell.
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.
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Below are this week’s writing contests, calls for submissions, and literary and writing events. Enjoy 35 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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