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My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Dzanc Prize

Dzanc Books (www.dzancbooks.org) announces the inaugural Dzanc Prize – a monetary award to a writer with both a work in progress, and an interest in performing some form of literary community service.

The award itself will be a total of $5,000 to be distributed in two payments over the course of a twelve month period. The purpose of this prize is to give monetary aid to a writer of literary promise, in order to provide a budgetary cushion for them, allowing the author to concentrate his/her efforts on the completion of their work in progress.

Eligibility: Any author with a Work in Progress, and a project in mind that can be deemed Literary Community Service.

Timing: The Inaugural Dzanc Prize will be issued for the 2008 calendar year. We will accept submissions from authors from now through November 1, 2007. The announcement of the winning author will be made during the month of December 2007. The announcement will be made both via email to the author, and on the Dzanc Books website (www.dzancbooks.org), as well as sent to trade journals (P&W, Publisher’s Weekly, etc.).

Submissions: Authors please send your current cv, a description of your Work in Progress, along with a ten page excerpt, and your planned Literary Community Service. These should be sent as MS Word Attachments in an email to info@dzancbooks.org.

Dzanc Books will be selecting the author who will receive this $5,000 Prize based on a combination of the Work in Progress, and the intended Literary Community Service. It would probably benefit authors who are submitting to become familiar with Dzanc Books and the types of authors we will be publishing, as well as the Educational Programs Dzanc Books sets up and runs.

Some examples of Literary Community Service:
- Running a series of writing workshops in a school
- Volunteering to do a storytime session or series at your local library
- Volunteering to work at a local book festival (if the festival is run as a non-profit)

The winner of the Dzanc Prize will receive a check for $2500 in the month of January 2008. The remaining $2500 will be paid once the Literary Community Service has been completed.

Dzanc Books will make no claims towards the winner and their Work in Progress. If at the time the author has completed the work, they wish to submit it to Dzanc Books, we will be delighted to have a look. Their manuscript will go through the same reading process every other submission goes through.

The submissions for the Dzanc Prize will be reviewed by, and the prize will be awarded by a panel of Steve Gillis, Dan Wickett and Keith Taylor. All writers, including friends and associates of the panel, are eligible for the prize. The integrity and objectivity of Dzanc Books will not be compromised and, given our vast connections to so many great writers, exclusion of any kind would be impossible.

Any questions can be submitted to info@dzancbooks.org.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Storyglossia Issue 19

has published.

I'm looking forward to reading all these new stories.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Various things have kept me from updating this blog as regularly as I'd like. But I'll try to do a quick catch-up in this post.

First, there's a beautiful piece by Claudia Smith called Catalog in Literary Mama. Next, the Emerging Writers Network has announced their fiction prize winner and the finalists. Congrats to all! And there's an announcement regarding the second annual EWN contest. Good luck to all who enter!

Also Kelly Spitzer has yet again dazzled us with another way to connect to other writers in her new Showcase. Don't forget to check out her Writers Profile Project which is always fascinating.

Next, the fabulously talented Pia Z. Ehrhardt announces her upcoming book tour for her short story collection Famous Fathers

Susan Henderson talks about Indie Presses over at LitPark and Steven Mcdermott has another story in his collection podcasted called Gas Money

My talented friend, Myfanwy Collins, has stories here and here.

In case you missed it, New Pages has a new batch of literary journal reviews.

Ron Currie Jr.'s website is up and looking fresh. And Claire Cameron's book, The Line Painter is available for purchase. I ordered mine through Amazon CA and it should be here in NC soon.

Not only is Robin Slick a talented writer, a cool person, and a great mom, she also is a savvy business woman. Here's her very own Cafe Press Store.

And the new elimae is live.

I'm sure I missed a ton of other things, which I'll be adding here as I think of them.

Hope you're all having fun writing and reading.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

RIP Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, 84, has died.* In my early twenties I read my first two Vonnegut books: Cat's Cradle and Galapagos. Those two books completely changed the way I viewed literature. Mixing satire, science and politics, his work stands out among the best work of all time. Twenty years later, the last Vonnegut book I bought was A Man Without a Country.

The world will miss him for sure. I will miss him.

Two years ago I entered a writing contest sponsored by the Writers' Workshop of Asheville. I don't often enter writing contests, but this one was guest-judged by Kurt Vonnegut. My story was awarded an Honorable Mention, which was nice, but even better was receiving my story back with Kurt Vonnegut's compliments on the first page and the fact that when I took the story out of the envelope the smell of cologne on the manuscript knocked me on my ass. :)

Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut, for all you've done.

*Article courtesy of The New York Times

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sharon Hurlbut

Or in the writing world known as Ann Walters is up next in the Writer's Profile Project. Once again Kelly digs out some great answers from her guest and you have to love the spunk of that girl Sharon!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Insolent Rudder Spring 2007

The new issue is live and it is full of cool things like A Quarterly Conversation with the talented and lovely Sue Henderson, an author spotlight on the soulful and handsome Jeff Landon, poetry by Dennis Mahagin and stories by Debbie Ann Eis, Andrea Fitzpatrick, William R. Stoddant, Davin Malasam, and me.
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