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A&L Prize Submissions Open Through March

The 19th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Competition opens just in time for AWP. Our staff of readers and editors will be at booth 311 all day Thursday through Saturday to talk about the contest and recommend some of our personal favorite stories, essays, and poems from the last few issues. Issue 33, our most recent, will be available for a discounted price to browse through past winners of the A&L Prize: work by Micah Dean Hicks, Jude Nutter, and Dawn Davies. The best way to know what we’re looking for is to read what we’re publishing. We’ll be reading contest entries through the end of March.

If you’re at the conference, say hi to us at booth 311. If you’ve contributed to A&L, stop by for a picture with our editors and a pin!

 

A&L Prize Judges Announced

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We’re excited to have Richard Garcia, Amy Hassinger, and Sonja Livingston as judges for the 19th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Contest. Submissions open in February!

Last Month to Submit…

Our New Year’s resolution is to read more of your great work—help us out by submitting to Arts & Letters while you still can! Our reading period will only be open until the end of January, and we’ll be busy reading through the end of the month. If you’re feeling really ambitious, wait until February when the Arts & Letters Prize contest opens in all genres, including drama! The new judges will be announced soon, so keep checking back. Guidelines can be found here: http://artsandletters.gcsu.edu/submit/annual-prize-contest/

Gift Subscriptions are Back!

If you’re looking for holiday gifts for your literary friends, look no further! From now until the end of December, when you order a subscription of Arts & Letters, we’ll send one to a friend too. After you order through the Arts & Letters Exchange, send us an email (al.journal@gcsu.edu) with your friend’s address and a message to send to them with the journal. A subscription includes our most recent issue, Issue 33, and will be followed by Issue 34 when it comes out in the spring. It only costs $20 to receive two subscriptions—one for yourself, and one for your friend!

All our other products are on sale too. Digital issues are only $4 and our most recent issue, featuring Arts & Letters Prize winners in all genres, is going for $8!

Pushcart Prize Nominations Announced!

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Our assistant editors and interim editor, Peter Selgin, reviewed all the work we published in 2016 to decide on the six pieces to nominate for the Pushcart Prize. If you’ve missed these poetry and prose selections, we hope you’ll check them out in Issues 32 and 33. Thank you to all the authors who seek out Arts & Letters as a platform to publish your work!

Issue 32

Christopher McIlroy: “Camouflage”

Issue 33

Jude Nutter: “Iuana: Day Zero Plus Twenty-One”
Dawn Davies: “Mothers of Sparta”
Laurie Baker: “Love Them All, Trust No One”
Kerry Neville: “Remember to Forget Me”
Micah Dean Hicks: “The Deer”

Arts & Letters 33 is here!

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The fall issue arrived this week, and we’re excited to show it to you! Issue 33 features winning fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from Micah Dean Hicks, Dawn Davies, and Jude Nutter. This is a great issue for poetry and flash fiction lovers too. You can order it online at the Arts & Letters Exchange, where the digital edition will be available soon as well.

Check out our back issues at the store too if you want to know what we’re publishing! Our reading period will be open through January.

Give yourself something to be excited about later—pre-order Issue 33 today!

Issue 33 hit the press last month, and we’re looking forward to having the new issues in our hands soon! If you’re excited too, head on over to our store, The Arts & Letters Exchange, to pre-order print copies at a discounted rate. They’re available for only $8 if you order now before it comes out! The issue will feature the Arts & Letters Prize winners: Micah Dean Hicks, Jude Nutter, and Dawn Davies along with great work from the rest of our contributors. We can’t spoil everything, but the cover is perfect for lovers of old linoleum flooring…

Congratulations to Our Past Contributor!

Our Featured Author, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas.Our Featured Author, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas.

Congratulations to Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas on receiving a 2016 Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation! Her essay, “BOG-MIA-CID,” appears in Issue 30 of Arts & Letters from Spring 2015. Her nonfiction book, Don’t Come Back, which will include the essay, comes out in January 2017 from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State Press. The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program was established to support women writers who have shown exceptional talent at early stages in their writing careers. We are thrilled to hear they have chosen Lina for the award and encourage you to check out her book and read her essay from Issue 30!

Unclassifiable Contest Winner and Finalists Announced!

We are excited to announce the winner of the second annual Unclassifiable Contest, judged by Michael Martone! Congratulations to Emily Wolahan with her winning Unclassifiable piece, “The Direct Account of Frank Thomas.” Her work will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of Arts & Letters.

Finalists:

Jessie van Eerden, “The Whole Painting”
Erik Hoel, “Higher Education”
Kirsten Imani Kasai, “A Snail Without its Shell is a Snail”
Tom Sheehan, “Letter Across Open Waters to Lost Comrades”
Penny Perkins, “My NPR Interview with Terry Gross”
Elizabeth Robinson, “Vulnerability Index”

Michael Martone writes of the winning piece: “What struck me about this solid and solidly articulated collage was the stuffness of all the stuff deployed here. This is the nominative on steroids. Nouns away! Subjected to subject. I like that the material nature of the piece, its artifice, was not just so much material but that it was also, part and parcel, connected to the content. This collage was cantilevered, a through truss bridge I could trust to carry me across the current of genre. It wears its brutalist architecture on its sly sleeve. It is engineered to move and is itself quite moving.”

Of the first finalist, Jessie van Eerden’s “The Whole Painting,” Martone also writes: “…painters have it easy. That wall of paint can be taken in all at once. This piece wants that all-at-onceness, goes all aerosol, creating an atmosphere more than a mean meaning, installs an instillation of words, does not simply re-create on a two dimensional space the illusion of a three dimensional world but throws in one or two more dimensions just for fun.”

Thank you to all who sent us their Unclassifiable work, and we hope you will consider us again for next year’s contest!

Regular Submissions Open Today!

We are now reading for regular submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and flash fiction! Check out our guidelines here and send us your best work through Submittable. If you’re looking for some examples of what we publish, all our issues are still on sale for half off through the end of the month, but only through the Arts & Letters Exchange. Flip through a print journal or download the digital version to see what we’re all about.

We can’t wait to read your work!

Summer Journal Sale

Here at the A&L office, we’re taking part in spring cleaning a little bit late. We want to get journals off our dusty shelves and into your hands…and also clear out some space for us to work on the upcoming fall issue! From now through August, everything in the Arts & Letters Exchange is going for half-price. That includes digital and print issues as well as subscriptions. Back issues are only $3, so stock up! Our regular reading period opens in August, so now is a great time to read up on what we’re publishing and get ready to submit your own work.

Follow the link above to get to our new store, and feel free to browse the issues for names you know or upcoming writers you’ve been wanting to read. The full indexes are included for each available issue.

Happy reading!

Drama Prize Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Matthew Minnicino, winner of the 2016 Arts & Letters Prize for Drama for “Funny Voices, or a Thing I Cannot Name.”

Judge Iona Holder Sun noted that the quality of play entrants this year was remarkable.

Minnicino will receive a prize of $500, as well as travel expenses to the Georgia College campus, where his winning one-act will be produced in the spring.

Digital Subscriptions on Marketplace

If Arts & Letters isn’t already on your summer reading list, now we’re making it easy to have the most recent issue sent to your email right away! From now until the end of July, you can order a digital subscription for only $6—that’s the same cost as a single digital back issue. We recently opened up the Arts & Letters Marketplace, a convenient way for you to order digital and print issues online.

If you order a digital subscription this summer, it will include a PDF of Issue 32, which features the 2015 Unclassifiable winner’s work in color, sent immediately. Issue 33, which will include the 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prize winners, will also be emailed to you when it comes out this fall.

Regular submissions open in August, and reading our most recent issue would be a great way to see what we’re looking for!

Get your digital subscription here!

18th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Winners Announced!

2016 Prize Announcement

Watch for Drama Prize winners to be announced July 1st!

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Prize contests, each of whom will receive $1000 and publication in the upcoming Fall issue of Arts & Letters:

Rumi Prize for Poetry
Judge: Carol Frost
WINNER: Jude Nutter, for “Ianua: Day Zero Plus Three” and “Ianua: Day Zero Plus Twenty-One”

“The poems in every [finalist] group show evidence of a poet’s passion for the sounds of words and for the art and imagination in varying mixtures that may result in that prickling feeling on the back of the neck that a reader feels when the poem is that good; but in [this] entry, the achievement is most through and through. I like the poems very much, not only for the elements I described but also for their heart. Congratulations to the poet.”

—Carol Frost

Finalists:

Jessica Guzman Alderman
Leeya Mehta
Laura Sobbott Ross
Emily Cole
Gayle Kaune
Sally Derringer
Roy Mash

 

Fiction Prize
Judge: Kate Christensen
WINNER: Micah Hicks, for “The Deer”

 “‘The Deer’… is breathtaking and original and gorgeous. Striking, unerring, weird. I was so glad the writer didn’t tip his or her hand, ever: the reality of the story is unbroken. ‘The Deer’ is a riveting fable in its own right, but it also leaves me with a larger sense of a profound human struggle, something universal and shared having to do with our lost connection to our animal natures, our need to dominate and domesticate, because we can’t go back, we can’t regain what we gave up to be human.”

—Kate Christensen

Finalists:

Anne Holbrook, for “Tink’s Town”
Adrienne Bernhard, for “A Fable in Two Parts”
Laine Cunningham, for “The Butterfly Tree”

 

Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Faith Adiele
WINNER: Dawn Davies, for “Mothers of Sparta”

“‘Mothers of Sparta’…is sprawling, tackling topics that seem impossible to write or even contemplate. The author searches medicine, social policy, psychology, ethics, history, mythology and literature for answers. Demonstrating fearlessness and narrative control through repetition, questions and dry wit, she starts humorously and light, then ramps up the horror and dread.” 

—Faith Adiele

Finalists:

Cate Hennessey, for “Chasing Rabbits”
Clinton Peters, for “Giving Fire”
Kelly Allen, for “Some of Us Are Dogs on the Verge of Speaking”

Congratulations to all of our finalists! Prize submissions will reopen February 2017.

Unclassifiables Contest: May 1st

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The Unclassifiables Contest opens next week on May 1st! It will be open until July 31st, so you have all summer to polish up those genre-bending drafts that you don’t quite know what to do with. We’re looking for work that crosses genres, blurs boundaries, and plays with form. The contest is judged by Michael Martone, and the winner receives $500. More information on guidelines can be found here: Guidelines

Still not quite sure what we’re looking for? Check out last year’s winning piece by Melvin Adams in our archives: “Stoning the Porcupine”

Last Chance to Submit!

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The 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Contest closes March 31st. That means you still have nine days to send us your best, polished work! We can’t wait to read your poetry, prose, and plays! Our judges this year are:

Poetry: Carol Frost
Creative Nonfiction: Faith Adiele
Fiction: Kate Christensen
Drama: Iona Sun

All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication, and winners receive up to $1,000 and publication. Don’t miss your chance!

A Note on Issue 32

ERRATUM: In our current issue (Spring 2016; Issue 32), María Isabel Alvarez’s “War” is incorrectly listed as Creative Nonfiction in the table of contents. “War” is a work of fiction. We sincerely regret the error. An updated table of contents can be found online as well as in the digital issue, once available.

2016 Poetry Prize Judge, Carol Frost

Our Featured Author & 2016 Poetry Prize Judge, Carol Frost.Our Featured Author & 2016 Poetry Prize Judge, Carol Frost.

Carol Frost’s latest collection was published in 2014 by Tupelo Press (Entwined – Three Lyric Sequences). In 2010, The Florida Book Awards gave her their gold medal for Honeycomb. She has new work in Poetry, Kenyon Review, The New Republic and Shenandoah. Frost teaches at Rollins College, where she is the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Professor of English, and where she directs Winter With the Writers, a Literary Festival. We’re very pleased to welcome her to the Georgia College campus on March 15th to read from her most recent collection. Frost is also our poetry judge for this year’s Arts & Letters PrizesRead “Lucifer in Florida” and “Man-of-War” from her new collection on our Featured Archives page.

The 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prizes

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On February 1st, the 18th annual Arts & Letters Prizes will be open to submissions. This year’s judges are Carol Frost (poetry), Faith Adiele (nonfiction), and Kate Christensen (fiction). Prize winners will receive $1000 and publication in the upcoming fall or spring issue. We look forward to reading your work!

For more information, visit Arts & Letters Prizes.

The New Year’s Digital Deals

From now until the end of February, the Arts & Letters digital issues are available for purchase at discounted prices. Our digital back issues are only $4, and our current digital issue is available for just $5! And remember, our Arts & Letters Prizes Competition begins on February 1st. What better way to prepare than reading up on what we’ve been publishing? Purchase the current issue here and our back issues here.

Holiday Subscription Special

It’s a great time to order an Arts & Letters subscription. From now until the New Year, you can receive upcoming Issues 31 and 32 in the mail and have them sent to a friend for free! Purchase two subscriptions for the price of one: only $20. Don’t forget to leave a message and a second address in your order. Or, if you’re interested in reading up on our back issues, pick one up for only $6!

 

Unclassifiables Contest 2015 Winner and Finalists!

The Unclassifiables Contest is now open for submissions until July 31st!The Unclassifiables Contest is now open for submissions until July 31st!

Our Unclassifiables Contest has ended, and a winner has been chosen by our judge, Michael Martone!

Winner:
Melvin Adams, “Stoning the Porcupine”

Finalists:
Reg Darling, “Life in Wartime”
Diane Glancy, “qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm”
Anders Howerton, “Cross Over, Boy, Cross Over”
Kendall Klym, “The Dance Quiz”
Andrea Witzke Slot, “The Wall”
Rebecca van Laer, “Do you Fear Palindromes, Too?”

Of this year’s winner, “Stoning the Porcupine”, Martone writes – “I liked very much the true all-out, all-in commitment to collage…the piece is an archipelago of intriguing island word chains. It uses the synaptic white space fully, inviting the reader to improvise and revise the associative leaps. And there are pictures! Sure we are used to now the blending and bending of genres – fiction, nonfiction, poetry – and yet, we are less ready to confuse the categories of “writer”, “editor”, “publisher”, “designer”. “Stoning the Porcupine” is already ready to use the incredibly powerful typesetting tool most of us still use like a hobbled 19th century typewriter, the computer, to mash-up the old assemblage line. This then is an unclassifiable indeed, transgressing genre, sure, and in its deconstruction constructing a whole new classification of author itself.”

Thank you to all who submitted there most creative, thought-provoking, genre-bending work! We hope to read from you again very soon.

A Look Into Our Upcoming Issue: Poet, Todd Davis

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Todd Davis’ poems “Burn Barrel” and “By the Rivers of Babylon” hold images that heavily contrast with each other to create a stimulating tension. Davis builds the environments in his poems with great purpose. Of his poetry, Davis writes: “Much of my poetry grows out of my lived experience in central Pennsylvania. This is an area of the country that has been abused: clear-cut several times; mined for coal; polluted with the growth of industrialization; and then left to try to heal itself. Sadly, it now finds itself being injured once again with the radical shift to fracking for natural gas. There is poverty here, both in the flesh and in the spirit. There is also great beauty and resilience. I hope that my poems, when taken together, offer glimpses of the people I love and live among the places that sustain our lives.” We are grateful that Davis chose to share his work with us again—two of his earlier poems appear in Issue 14 of Arts & Letters.

Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry—Winterkill, In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe—as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. “Burn Barrel” and “By the Rivers of Babylon” are from of his fifth book, Winterkill, which Michigan State University Press will publish in January 2016. He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. He is the winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and the Chautauqua Editors Prize. He is a fellow of the Black Earth Institute and teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona College.

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A Look Into Our Upcoming Issue: Poet, Kate Partridge

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Reading Kate Partridge’s poem “Ends of the Earth”,  we were struck by its travels through legend and geography as we weave through each section. The voice is real and humble. We were intrigued. We are grateful for her work, as we are grateful to all our contributors, and we’re excited to share this poem with you in our upcoming fall issue.

Kate Partridge’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado ReviewBlackbirdPleiades, and Verse Daily. She received her MFA from George Mason University, and she now lives in Anchorage, where she teaches at the University of Alaska, coordinates the Crosscurrents Reading Series, and co-edits for Gazing Grain Press.

Send Your Flash Fiction!

We recently added a flash fiction category on our submittable page. We are excited to discover the surprising and moving pieces that arise from this new addition to our magazine. Send us your work!

Flannery O’Connor and Southern Women Writers Conference 2015

Join us to celebrate the best in contemporary writing! Georgia College’s Flannery O’Connor and Southern Women Writers Conference 2015 will take place September 17-19. The conference will include presentations on Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Caroline Gordon, Carson McCullers, Katherine Anne Porter, Lillian Smith, and Eudora Welty. For a look at the full schedule, accommodation details, and other important information, visit Georgia College’s O’Connor Conference 2015 webpage.

 

Unclassifiables Judge Michael Martone to Read at Georgia College

We are pleased to welcome Michael Martone to Georgia College on September 15, 2015. Martone recently published a collection of essays, Racing in Place. He has been awarded two fellowships from the NEA and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His works have earned him numerous awards from magazines like The Florida Review and Story. More information on Michael Martone and the Georgia College visiting writers schedule can be found on the Georgia College webpage here.

The Spring Issue is Now Available for Purchase!

Spring 2015 Issue 30Regular Submissions Now Open!

Exciting News! The Spring 2015 Issue of Arts & Letters (Issue 30) is now available for purchase! This is the second of our redesigned issues: new style of cover art, improved paper stock, different dimensions, etc. This is also our first issue featuring Flash Fiction, and it includes poetry by writers like Sarah Gordon and James Allen Hall.

Be one of the first to get Issue 30! You can purchase it online through our secure Submittable store here, or you can Subscribe to Arts & Letters online here! Give it a read and let us know what you think.

Last Chance to Submit to the Arts & Letters Prizes!

Arts & Letters PrizesSubmissions for the 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prizes are Now Closed.

The Arts & Letters Prize Contests are almost over, and today and tomorrow (March 31st) are your last chances to submit your work to win one of our $1,000 prizes. Just a reminder that our Poetry contest is being judged by Stephen Dunn, our Creative Nonfiction contest is being judged by Barbara Hurd, our Drama Contest is being judged by Iona Holder, and our Fiction contest is being judged by the exciting young writer, Kyle Minor.

Send us your best work, and remember, that even if you do not win one of our contests, all submissions will be considered for publication in Arts & Letters.

Arts & Letters Drama Prize Judges

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The Arts & Letters Drama Prize (for a one-act play) is for $1,000, a production at Georgia College, and domestic travel expenses to attend the production (usually mid-late March). The preliminary judge will be Eddie Zipperer, an award-winning playwright whose most recent full-length published play is Beware the Licorice Vines (Dramatic Publishing Co, 2014). His play Nicolas the Worm was part of the 2012 Nuestras Voces Reading Series at Repertorio Espanol (Off-Broadway).

The final Judge will be Iona Holder, the Arts & Letters Prize play director since 2009. So get your One Act Play polished up and send it in to our contest!

This Year’s Arts & Letters Fiction Prize Judge

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The Arts & Letters Prizes are now underway, and submissions are being accepted until March 31st! This year’s Fiction judge is Kyle Minor, author of the story collections Praying Drunk and In the Devil’s Territory. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers.

We’re delighted and honored to have this exciting new fiction author judging the fiction submissions that come into our prize contest! So, pick out your best fiction piece, clean it up, and let Kyle read your work! Remember, the winner of the fiction contest gets a $1,000 prize, and all submissions will be considered for publication for Arts & Letters!

Arts & Letters Prize Submissions Are Now Open!

Arts & Letters PrizesSubmissions for the 18th Annual Arts & Letters Prizes are Now Closed.

Arts & Letters Prize Submissions for Creative Nonfiction, Drama, Fiction, and Poetry are open as of February 1st and will be open until March 31st. The winner of the contest for each genre will receive a prize of $1,000, so send us your best work!

Our judges this year are phenomenal. Stephen Dunn is judging our Poetry contest, while Kyle Minor is judging for Fiction, and Barbara Hurd is the judge for Creative Nonfiction. And even if you don’t end up winning the contest, we will consider your work for regular submissions, so send us your work early and often! Click here to submit through Submittable!

Arts & Letters Issue 29 Digital Version

Issue 29 - Digital VersionCheck out the digital version of our new issue for Fall, Issue 29!

Arts & Letters has undergone a full restyling, and Issue 29 also marks our triumphant return to color (as opposed to our black and white tuxedo designs). The journal has been updated all the way down to the paper stock and typography. A physical copy of our new issue can be purchased through our secure Submittable store for only $12.

Arts & Letters works hard to stay relevant and accessible to computer, tablet, and even phone readers. To make our journal convenient and easy to read for our digital users, we have made Issue 29 available as a digital copy that can be purchased through our Submittable store for the discounted price of $8.

35 Debut Authors Over 35

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Before you sing “Auld Lang Syne” we’ve got one more 2014 book list for you! Our co-managing editor has put together a list of 35 debut authors aged 35 and over. … read more

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We Have an Exciting New Issue

Issue 29 - Digital VersionCheck out the digital version of our new issue for Fall, Issue 29!

Now entering the second half of its second decade, Arts & Letters has been a staple in the literary community, but for those familiar with the print journal, it will look totally different. The journal has gone through a complete redesign, including the cover, typography, page stock, and layout, and we’re excited about our first restyled issue now available for Fall 2014 (Issue 29).

To match the dazzling new design, this issue features fantastic work, including new fiction by Amy Hassinger, poetry by James Doyle and Charity Gingerich, a collaborative essay by Denise Duhamel and Julie Marie Wade, and the winners of the Arts & Letters Prizes in all genres. Be sure to get your hands on the new issue. You can buy a copy online or get a yearly subscription.

Meet Visiting Writer, Poet Jericho Brown

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We are so thrilled to have Jericho Brown join us on campus this Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm, as part of GCSU’s creative writing program’s Visiting Writers series. Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems.

Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta. You can read more about Jericho and his works at his website.

A Poem by Galway Kinnell

DAYBREAK

On the tidal mud, just before sunset,
dozens of starfishes
were creeping. It was
as though the mud were a sky
and enormous, imperfect stars
moved across it as slowly
as the actual stars cross heaven.
All at once they stopped,
and, as if they had simply
increased their receptivity
to gravity, they sank down
into the mud; they faded down
into it and lay still; and by the time
pink of sunset broke across them
they were as invisible
as the true stars at daybreak.

Meet the 2015 A&L Prizes Nonfiction Judge

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It is a privilege to have Barbara Hurd as the judge for the Arts & Letters Journal nonfiction prize this year.

Barbara is the recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007. She teaches creative writing in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Ms. Hurd has published several award-winning books, including: Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains, Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year, Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and The Singer’s Temple, winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award.

We are honored to have an author as esteemed as Ms. Hurd serve as this year’s nonfiction judge. Read more about Barbara and her work on her website.

Meet the 2015 A&L Prizes Poetry Judge

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Get to know this year’s Arts & Letters Prizes Poetry judge: Stephen Dunn.

It’s a great honor to have Stephen Dunn as this year’s poetry judge. His work has appeared in countless journals, including The Atlantic, The Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, The Georgia Review, the American Poetry Review, and so many more.

Mr. Dunn has been recognized for his work with many prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his book Different Hours in 2001, the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, and too many more to fit into this post.

We are extremely excited to have such a prestigious poet as Mr. Dunn serving as this year’s poetry judge. To learn more about Mr. Dunn or his publications, please visit his website: www.stephendunnpoet.com.

Meet 2015’s A&L Prizes Fiction Judge

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Get to know this year’s Arts & Letters Prizes Fiction judge: Kyle Minor

We’re honored and excited to have Kyle Minor as this year’s fiction judge. He is an accomplished writer whose credentials and publications speak for themselves, having been published in prestigious journals like Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review.

Kyle has just published his second novel, Praying Drunk, in February through Sarabande Books. It received rave reviews from The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times and many others. Time Out New York said Minor’s writing “Ranges from cheeky observational comedy to frightening surrealism.” See his interviews in The Believer, Tin House, and Pen/American.

Announcing 2014’s Arts & Letters PRIME Poetry Prize Winners!

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The results are in for our PRIME Poetry Prize Contest. We had the most submissions we’ve ever had for this contest, but after long hours and many difficult decisions, we were able to choose this year’s winner and honorable mention!

The winner of the PRIME Poetry Prize contest is Melissa King Rogers for her poems “Grief: Topography,” “Passage,” and “Happy Hour.”

2014’s honorable mention is Rebecca McKanna for her poems “When I Watch the TV Show of the Man Who Took My Virginity” and “Epithalamium for a Bride on Vicodin.”

Congratulations to these poets for their excellent work! Look forward to their work in the upcoming issues of Arts & Letters!

We Now Accept Flash Fiction

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As the old adage goes, it’s not about quantity, but quality. Arts & Letters is, for the first time, accepting Flash Fiction submissions for publication. We want punchy, tight, and innovative Flash Fiction, work that intrigues and mystifies in its brevity.

To submit Flash Fiction to the journal, you simply need to go to our Submit page and continue to our Submittable portal. There, you will find submission guidelines for fiction, and you’re able to submit up to three shorts of about 500 words each. We look forward to seeing your best work!

We’re on the Hunt for Creative Nonfiction

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Since Montaigne popularized the essay in the 16th century, a line of great essayists has led to today’s explosion of Creative Nonfiction, with the word “creative” adding its timely energy to the form.

From Ashley Butler’s dense fragmentation to Lacy Johnson’s defiant vulnerability to Lia Purpura’s analytic lyricism, the genre has been cracked wide open. We’re looking for your best-crafted work to fall in line with these greats.

For an example, in our upcoming Fall issue you’ll find an excellent essay written collaboratively by Julie Marie Wade and Denise Duhamel.

Whether your Nonfiction is a highly-researched journey into the color red or a sprawling personal narrative, or some combination of research, fact, and fancy, we want to see it. And remember that we also nominate for Best American Essays.

So show us what you’re working on! Submit now!

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Regular Submissions Now Open

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We welcome you back after a long summer which had you checking and checking and checking our website, and the moment has finally come where we open the doors, roll out the red carpet, shake your hand and cordially, happily, and spiritedly invite you to submit to our regular submissions.

But don’t be fooled. Just because they’re called “Regular Submissions” doesn’t mean we want regular work. What we should do is call them “Extraordinary Submissions” No matter what you call them, submitting to Arts & Letters is now something you can do.

It’s time to brush off your laptops and desktops, polish up your poems, stories, and essays and submit them to us. We are reading submissions daily, and our turnaround rate is very quick! We try to be as speedy as possible because we know how maddening it can be to have your writing locked up for most of the year.

Also, simultaneous submissions are fine with us. Just add a note on Submittable if you need to withdraw anything.

So just click the big blue button on our submit page, and I’ll see you in Submittable!

Arts & Letters is Moving to All Online Submissions

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As of January 1, 2015, Arts & Letters will no longer be accepting print submissions. While we have had great luck with print submissions in the past and value all of our print submitters, we are simply getting too many submissions to keep up with the legwork print submissions requires. Happily, this move will allow us to keep better track of our submissions and move toward a quicker response time.

All submissions as of 2015 will be done through our online submissions managers through Submittable. We chose to go this route because we and a majority of our users have found our online manager to be quick, convenient, and easy to track.

We appreciate all of our submitters who prefer print submissions, and we hope that they will continue to submit their work to us online. We’re confident the the time we save from ending print submissions will allow us to improve all aspects of the journal for our readers.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing your submissions framed in Submittable orange!

Announcing the 2014 Arts & Letters Prize Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 Prize contests, each of whom will receive $1000 and publication in upcoming issues of Arts & Letters:

Poetry/Rumi Prize (Final Judge: Beth Gylys)
WINNER: Emma Hine, “Distortion for Afterwards”
Finalists: Carolyne Wright, Amy Woolard, Kim Garcia, Jennie Malboeuf, Ashley Lumpkin, Jenny Molberg

Fiction Prize (Final Judge: Jayne Anne Phillips)
WINNER: Holloway McCandless, “Motu Tapu”
Finalists: Morgan Harlow, Sophie Monatte

Creative Nonfiction/Susan Atefat Prize (Final Judge: Bret Lott)
WINNER: Leonora Smith, “Blood Sick”
Finalists: Jeffrey Schneider, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Alexandra Newton Rios

Drama Prize (Final Judge: David Muschell)
WINNER: Drew Katzman, “A Rare and Fleeting Thing”
Finalists: Ariadne Blayde, Wendy Dann, Bruce Hoogendoorn, Arnold Johnston, Dan Morra, Cary Pepper, Bridgette Portman, Carolyn Nur Wistrand

Congratulations to all finalists as well. We begin reading for next year’s prizes in February, 2015.

Now Nominating for The Best American Nonrequired Reading

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In our mad dash to promote our contributors, Arts & Letters nominates for The Best American Nonrequired Reading: a home for the strange, the funny, and the lovely.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading publishes an exciting array of essay, fiction, journalism, comics, and humor. As opposed to most literary anthologies, this one uses a reading committee made up of high school students who function under the watchful eye of the illustrious Dave Eggers (of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern and the best-selling memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius).

“This offbeat but vital anthology” features work firmly on the line between literary and entertainment, between wisdom and humor. Give students a chance to replace Julius Caesar and The Scarlet Letter and this anthology is what they come up with.

We Want The Best American Essays

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We’re very excited to announce that we’re now nominating for The Best American EssaysArts & Letters wants to contribute to the pioneering work of this anthology in the ever-innovating genre of Creative Nonfiction. By submitting to Arts & Letters, you open yourself up to the possibility of nomination after publication!

If the American short story really came into its recognizable form around a hundred years ago, then the American essay has just started taking form the last 30 years. The Best American Essays has been at the helm of this development since the beginning (1986). The contemporary essay is carefully crafted, illuminating, and often uses natural language that appeals to a general audience.

The Best American Essays prefers fully-developed works which use form flexibly and intuitively—to the extent the content demands. Since today’s essay, as a genre, is still in its infancy, we see a high variety of form and voice and perspective. It’s an exciting time to be writing essays and The Best American Essays is consistently promoting a definition and creating a standard for what the essay is, what it accomplishes, and how it looks.

PRIME Poetry Prize Now Closed

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The submission period for our summer poetry contest ended on July 31st. We expect to announce a winner by the end of September.

The PRIME Poetry Prize winner will receive $401 and publication in Arts & Letters as well as the Fall issue of PRIME. There may be Honorable Mentions as well. These would be offered publication in both Arts & Letters and the Fall issue of PRIME (paid at normal contributor rates: $50.00 for poetry).

Alice Friman is our final judge. She’s the ongoing Poet-in-Residence of Georgia College and she has a new book (her fifth!), The View from Saturn, coming out with LSU Press later this year. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, New Letters, and The Southern Review.

We Love The Best American Short Stories

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Want to be nominated for next year’s issue of The Best American Short Stories? Submit to Arts & Letters. We nominate!

The Best American Short Stories has been an institution since 1915 (98 years!). It has helped usher in the establishment of the short story as a “particularly American genre.”

Edward J. O’Brien, at the ripe age of 23, began the anthology, publishing the likes of Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Dorothy Parker, Erskine Caldwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck, and Richard Wright.

Think of the successful American short story writers, and you’ll be sure to find them all in The Best American Short Stories.

Arts & Letters nominates for Best New Poets

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Best New Poets is an annual anthology out of University of Virginia in conjunction with their literary magazine Meridian. They pick 50 poems a year from poets who haven’t published a full length work, but had their work published in a journal the same year.

It’s a fierce competition, but we want to push the poets we publish into the spotlight!

Instead of just publishing work and then putting it to bed in Past Issues and Archives, Arts & Letters tries to keep the work of contributors alive by nominating deserving work for outside prizes and anthologies such as Best New Poets.

Arts & Letters Nominates for the Pushcart Prize

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Did you know Arts & Letters nominates for the Pushcart Prize?

The Pushcart Prize and Anthology has been running for decades (est. 1976) thanks to nominations from hundreds of unpaid volunteers across the country. This prize is a loud voice for the small press! It has become a venue of critical praise untouched by “big bucks and bluster.”

We’re so proud to support Pushcart Press in their vision to award the most deserving writing of the small presses—and at the same time honor the writers we publish who deserve this special recognition.

We’ve had Robert Gibb, Laurie Lamon, and Dana Fitz Gale nominated for works we published.

If you’re not familiar with Pushcart, check them out and see who they awarded this year!

Ask Alice

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Ask Alice is a video program where Alice Friman, Georgia College Poet-in-Residence, addresses your questions about the writing life. Submit a question through Submittable and she’ll choose the best questions to answer in future Arts & Letters PRIME Ask Alice videos. Previously, Alice has answered questions on publication, revision, overcoming your inner critic, and writing good love poetry. Past programs are available on the Ask Alice page.

Check it out and then submit your question through our free Submittable category; if your question is selected, you will receive a free subscription to PRIME! Submit here.

We’re excited to announce that Alice Friman has a new book of poems, The View From Saturn, forthcoming this year from LSU Press. Also, a new version of “Ask Alice” will be in the forthcoming Prime 3.2.

Submission Status Update

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Open soon: PRIME Poetry Prize submission period is May 1 to July 31. 

Closed: Regular submissions. Reading period: August 1st to January 31st.

Closed: Arts & Letters Prize submissions. We are now in the blind review of submissions; finalists will be submitted to our final judges late April/early May, and we will announce winners in June.