New Submission Opportunities & Great Literature
NewPages Newsletter - Issue 76
News from NewPages
Forget about cherry blossoms, tis the season for the crab apple trees to be in full bloom. A perfect time of year with Mother’s Day just passing this weekend. So, if you took the weekend off to celebrate a mom or mother-like figure in your life, NewPages is here with submission opportunities you may have missed as well as great new issues from literary magazines and new and forthcoming books from indie and university presses.
Speaking of Mother’s Day…did you accidentally miss out on getting a gift for Mother’s Day and have a writing mom in your life you’d like to help celebrate? Consider gifting her a NewPages Newsletter subscription. Paid subscribers get early access to the majority of our submission opportunities and upcoming event notices before they go live on our site, so it’s perfect for the writing parent in your life.
Speaking of submission opportunities, don’t forget May 22 is the deadline to enter fiction, essays, and poetry to the 2023 New Letters Literary Awards! And now you are down to only one month to write, edit, and submit your best poems to the 28th annual Poem Hunt from The MacGuffin. Paid subscribers can learn more about these and other opportunities at the end of this newsletter. Plus, our eLitPak newsletter is being released Wednesday afternoon, so you’ll find even more info and opportunities in that.
Do you have a budding young writer in your life or a child or teenager you’d like to encourage in their writing? Don’t forget that NewPages offers a vetted Young Writers Guide featuring publications, submission opportunities, and writing contests for young writers. Each opportunity is researched before being added so you can have peace of mind in letting your child submit.
Looking for some great literary magazines to curl up with? Stop by our Magazine Stand for regular issue announcements from literary journals. The May 2023 issue of Poetry sees guest editor Charif Shanahan endeavoring to include a range of voices, aesthetics, geographies, languages, identities, and subjects with work by Danusha Laméris, Álvaro De Campos, Toi Derricotte, Rodrigo Toscano, and more. Online magazine Fictive Dream publishes one story every Friday and Sunday. Recent contributors include Claudia Monpere, Brian Sutton, Heather Haigh, Catherine McNamara, Gay Degani, Robert Sachs, and more.
Do you like work based on recent public news and current events? Topical Poetry features such work twice a month. Recent contributors include Veronica Caporuscio, Gabby Gilliam, Chris Bullard, J.B. Hogan, and more. ANMLY #36 features two folios: it’s a good day to be trans! (on trans joy) and Queering the Nigerian Divine (edited by Logan February).
Wordrunner eChapbooks Spring 2023 anthology is on the theme Salvaged and explores what can be salvaged from lost or damaged relationships, troubled times, or long lives well lived. The most recent issue of online quarterly Brilliant Flash Fiction is an eclectic mix of stories from Sean Burke, Lucy Hooft, Bayveen O’Connell, Aston Lester, and more. Nimrod’s Spring/Summer 2023 issue, Body Language, explores any and all ideas about the body. You’ll also find the winners and honorable mentions of the sixth Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers.
Don’t forget to check out the Magazine Stand throughout the week to discover new issues of the Society of Classical Poets, Colorado Review, The Louisville Review, The Iowa Review, Plume, The Lake, Valley Voices, AGNI, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
In book news, check out the latest announcements from indie and university presses about new releases and upcoming releases on the NewPages Book Stand. Daniel Galef’s Imaginary Sonnets is set to be released by Word Galaxy Press in July 2023. It features a cast of people and objects from mythology, history, the news, and the quotidian parading through a variety of imaginative scenarios. Releasing in September from Able Muse Press, Katie Hartsock’s second full-length collection of poetry Wolf Trees muses on classical and modern figures, family, motherhood, the wolf and coywolf, glucose tablets, and the lot of the diabetic.
Marina Rubin’s Knockout Beauty and Other Afflictions is a collection of stories of desire, damage, and human meandering. Martin Wiley’s When Did We Stop Being Cute? is a novel in poetic form telling the story of a young man dealing with the challenges of being mixed-race, growing up, facing the police, and confronting himself.
Awaiting by Charisse Pearlina Weston is part autobiography, part play, and part fictive dream as long poem. In Brother Poem Will Harris attempts to reckon with the past while mourning what never existed with sequences addressed to a fictional brother. Dream of Xibalba, Stephanie Adams-Santos’s incantatory long poem, draws the reader into a dreamworld where the barrier between life and death grows porous, populated by ancestors and spirits.
Don’t forget to come back to our Book Stand throughout the week to find more titles by Fred Moten, David Alpaugh, Julia Wertz, Ana Božičević, poetry by Pablo Neruda and photography by Milton Rogovin, Mark Ernest Pothier, and Michael Earl Craig.
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. Kevin Brown dives into Sebastian Barry’s latest novel Old God’s Time which “explores the ripple effects of trauma that stems from the violence and abuse Irish priests inflicted on children.” Jack Bylund finds John West’s Lessons and Carols: A Meditation on Recovery a “thoughtful and poetic memoir, beautifully written and rife with striking imagery.”
Meanwhile Kate Flannery covers New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust edited by Howard Debs and Matthew Silverman which serves as a “good place to start that conversation” on what the Holocaust was and how it happened and how we can avoid such atrocities in the future.
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 20+ 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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