Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ashland University MFA at AWP

Ashland MFA faculty members, alumni, and students are represented on a dozen panels at the AWP Conference in Minneapolis, April 8--11, 2015.

Below is a list of conference sessions involving our Ashland writing community. Know of a book signing, reading or other event that we’ve missed? Please let us know so we can add it to the list:

We’ll be at Booth #308, so stop by and say hello.  See you in Minneapolis!

Thursday, April 8  

R112. More than a Family Affair: Using Family History in Creative Nonfiction.
Thursday, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Room 205 A&B, Level 2.
Jeremy Jones, Bonnie Rough, James McKean, June Melby
We all have those oft-repeated stories of larger-than-life uncles and of the courtship of great-grandparents and of closeted skeletons in the old homeplace. But how do we take these passed-around stories and move them beyond family reunions? How do we determine what is the stuff of literary nonfiction and what is best relegated to family history? Panelists whose books come from presses large and small discuss effective techniques for collecting and crafting—and publishing—family lore.

R176. The Book Problem: Innovative Programs for Writers of Long Projects.
Thursday 12-1:15 p.m.
Room 211 A&B, Level 2.
Andrea Dupree, Chris Castellani, Erika Krouse, Michelle Hoover, William Haywood Henderson
Typically, writers of book-length projects receive workshop feedback on chapters from instructors and peers, a process that works for some, but traps others in a cycle of endlessly revising small sections, never getting the full draft. Two innovative programs, Grub Street's Novel Incubator and Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Book Project, have developed ways of supporting authors in getting their full works drafted and refined. Lessons learned and processes to be replicated will be forthcoming.

R188. “Fashioning a Text”: Discovering Form and Shape in Literary Nonfiction
Thursday 12-1:15 p.m.
Room L100 H&I, Lower Level
Michael Steinberg,  Elyssa East,  Pat Madden,  Michael Downs,  Robert Root
Structure in nonfiction is often regarded as tandem or secondary to other concerns (voice, content, subject matter). Five writer/teachers--essayists, memoirists, and journalists maintain that “fashioning a text,” that is, discovering a work's shape, is central to the drafting process. Citing theirs and others' work, panelists will discuss the essential connection between their material and the forms they choose. In addition, they will explain when and how they decided what those forms would be.

R201. A Tribute to Charles Baxter.
Thursday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Room 200 B&C, Level 2.
Matthew Pitt, Michael Byers, Valerie Laken, Porter Shreve, Joan Silber
This panel celebrates Charles Baxter's prolific, multifaceted, enduring career. For over three decades, Baxter has produced signal achievements in short fiction, novels, poetry, and provocative criticism and craft essays, challenging the stale and shopworn in modern letters. He has also cemented a reputation as an esteemed and beloved mentor. This assemblage of peers, colleagues, and former students will offer testaments to Baxter's tremendous contributions and influence on and off-page.

R252. Mr. Capote's Nonfiction Novel: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective of In Cold Blood.
Thursday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Room L100 F&G, Lower Level.
Kelly Grey Carlisle, Ned Stuckey-French, Joe Mackall, Bob Cowser, Dinah Lenney
2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the serial publication of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, a seminal work in the genre we now recognize as creative nonfiction. Writers, editors, and critics assess the book's legacy, as well as the aesthetic and moral issues it raises. How did nonfiction writing change as a result of the book? In what ways does the book continue to influence contemporary writers? How has the experience of reading it changed since its first publication?

Friday, April 10

F123. Eye on the (Book) Prize: Submitting Short Story Collections to Contests.
Friday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level.
Steven LaFond, E.J. Levy, Nathan Poole, Kate Milliken, Alden Jones
Contests have become an essential avenue for short story writers aiming to publish a book. With hundreds of people vying for the prize, what can you do to make your story collection stand out? Recent winners of the New American Fiction Prize, Flannery O'Connor Award, Iowa Short Fiction Award, and McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction discuss their approach to writing, revising, and compiling a winning submission and suggest what you can do to prepare your manuscript before sending it to the judges.

F139. Boston Review 40th Anniversary Poetry Reading.
Friday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Room 101 D&E, Level 1.
Rickey Laurentiis, Carmen Giménez Smith, Robyn Schiff, John Koethe, Susan Wheeler
Gathering five outstanding poets whose work has appeared in Boston Review's pages in the course of its forty-year history, this reading features performances of poetic work that draw on diverse aesthetics and influences. A celebration of the rigor and range of Boston Review's contributors, the event showcases the eclectic vitality of contemporary poetry. Poetry editors Timothy Donnelly and BK Fischer will make brief opening remarks, and copies of the current issue will be offered to all who attend.

F156. University of Minnesota Press 90th Anniversary.
Friday, 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
Room M100 F&G, Mezzanine Level.
Sarah Stonich, Kate Hopper, Karen Babine, Erik Anderson
Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is among the most distinctive American university presses, with an international reputation for publishing boundary-breaking work. Since its inception, the Press has also maintained a commitment to publishing important books on the people, culture, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Please join this group of regionally-based fiction and nonfiction writers in celebration of the Press's ninety years of publishing.

F228. Bravery and Bearing Witness: The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction.
Friday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Room L100 J, Lower Level.
Sarah Wells, Bonnie Rough, Kate Hopper, Marilyn Bousquin, Brenda Miller
Reader response to scenarios where a writer has made herself vulnerable on the page often manifests itself as "Wow, you're brave!" The writer, however, may not feel anything close to brave. Is it bravery we're feeling when we tell our stories? Do we need courage to bear witness? Is it enough to share a personal story, or is there more at stake in the writing process? Panelists will speak to the power of vulnerability and necessity of craft in writing to transform the self and the culture.

Ashland Poetry Press Book Signings
Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
 (Booth #308)
Laura Van Prooyen, author of “Our House Was on Fire” 2-3 p.m.
J. David Cummings, author of “Tancho” 3-4 p.m.
Richard Jackson author of “Out if Place” and Resonance” 4-5 p.m.

F292. But I Need My Day Job: Creating a Kick-Ass Writing Education in Your Own Community.
Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Room L100 H&I, Lower Level.
Carrie Mesrobian, Jennifer Dodgson, William Haywood Henderson, Erika Krouse, Beth Nelson
Not everyone can pursue a writing degree or feels finished with their education once they have one. This panel brings students and teachers from the Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writers together to discuss models of writing education in community-based centers. Many writing careers have blossomed from such centers, into book deals, national awards, and more. Panelists will talk about how the programs work, how they can be replicated, and how efforts like these can help people make writing a lasting part of their lives.

Saturday, April 11

S123. Latina/o Poets as Publishers: A CantoMundo Roundtable.
Saturday, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Room M100 B&C, Mezzanine Level.
Deborah Paredez, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Juan Morales, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Casandra Lopez
How are Latina/o poets occupying and transforming the roles of publishers and editors today? This panel convenes CantoMundo founders and fellows to discuss their work as publishers of small presses, editors of literary magazines and blogs, and founders of new media platforms. Our roundtable conversation explores the particular challenges, visions, and contributions of Latina/o publishers and editors.

S174. Oracles and Appetites: Three Decades of the FIELD Poetry Prize.
Saturday, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 101 J, Level 1.
David Young, Mark Neely, Angie Estes, Jon Loomis, Mary Ann Samyn
For almost half a century, FIELD and Oberlin College Press have been publishing some of the most influential voices in contemporary poetry. In 1997 they began awarding the FIELD Poetry Prize to superlative books by both new and established authors. This reading by prizewinners from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s will showcase the aesthetic diversity of this influential series. David Young, a founding editor at the press, will moderate and discuss the selection process.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Calls for Submissions - February 2015

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions.

Journal Submissions

New Children’s Literary Journal Seeks Material
Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal for kids of all ages is seeking fiction, essays, and poetry for children for its debut May 2015 issue. Also accepting stories, artwork and photos by children.

Foliate Oak Online Literary Mag Seeks All Genres
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is seeking submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, flash, and hybrid. Submission Period: August 1 -April 24.

Barking Sycamores Reading for Unthemed Spring/Summer 2015 Issue
Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 5, Spring/Summer 2015. Unthemed. We seek poetry, short fiction, and visual art on any subject. We also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested writers consult our submission guidelines before sending any work to us. Submission period: January 20 – March 19, 2015.

Oklahoma Review at Cameron University – All Genres 
The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University. The Oklahoma Review will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until March 15. Submissions may be sent via email to Please send a cover paragraph with a short biography in the body of their email, and attach submissions in a single .doc or .rtf format. Indicate in the file name: your name and the title(s) in the following format (Author--Title of Piece). If you have any questions, please email Dr. Bayard Godsave at Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work becomes unavailable.

Feminist Fiction Contest and General Submissions 
So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Our fiction contest is also open for submissions, with a prize of $500 and publication in the journal. The entry fee is $15. Submissions should be sent electronically through Submittable and will be accepted until March 15.

New Journal Seeks Nonfiction With a Sense of Space
The Eastern Iowa Review: A Journal of Good Spaces is looking for creative nonfiction pieces of up to 3000 words or flash pieces up to 500 words. Accepting submissions through February 28.

pacificREVIEW Vivarium Theme
The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, photography, and artwork that speak to the theme of “Vivarium” and interrogate the ever-blurring line between "real" and "unreal" settings. Submission period ends February 28.

Creative Nonfiction Special Topics for Issues and Anthologies
Creative Nonfiction & In Fact Books are currently seeking work for multiple upcoming anthologies and special topic issues.

Becoming a Teacher (anthology)
What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

The Weather (special issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine)
True stories--personal, historical, reported--about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever's happening where you are. Cash awards.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

New Literary and Creative Arts Magazine Seeks French and English Material
FishFood Magazine is also currently seeking submissions for its second issue. We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, micro fiction/flash fiction, all types of poetry, submissions in French, personal essays, letters and diaries.

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Submissions for Print Issue
Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.
Submissions details.


Willow Books Literature Awards
The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. A grand prize of $1,000, book contract and sponsored reading will be awarded in prose and in poetry. The submission deadline for entries is Thursday, April 30, 2015. Four Finalists will be announced on May 15, 2015. The Grand Prize winners will be announced on June 1, 2015.

Hudson Prize for Poetry or Short Story Collection
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication.

Go Viral with Fiction International Short Short Fiction Contest 
Fiction International is accepting submissions for its Short Short Fiction Contest: Virus. Please submit 300 words exactly, which deal with viruses in some way (biological entitites, cultural memes, activist movements, etc). First prize is $500 and publication on website. Submissions must be exactly 300 words in lenth excluding title. Deadline is March 1.

RiversEdge Offers Prizes in Poetry, Prose and Art
RiversEdge Journal is awarding three prizes of $300 in poetry, prose, and art. Previously unpublished work only. Deadline is March 1

Glimmer Train – New Writer Award
Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. First prize 1,500, second and third place cash prizes and publication as well. Most submissions runs 1,500-6,000 words, but as long as 12,000 words are accepted.

PEN/Fusion Emerging Nonfiction Writers Prize.
This new prize from the Literary Awards Department at PEN American Center will recognize a promising young writer under the age of 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue. Eligible applicants will have the chance to have their work read by distinguished writers John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henríquez. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and be honored at our 2015 PEN Awards Ceremony this summer. Submissions close on February 27.

Colorado Review Short Fiction Contest
The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered annually for a previously unpublished short story of no more than 50 pages. The winning short story will be published in the 2015 fall/winter issue of Colorado Review; the writer receives a $2,000 honorarium. Deadline is March 14, $17 entry fee.

CSU Poetry Center Contest for Poetry and Essay
Cleveland State University Poetry Center is accepting submissions now through March 31, 2015 for their 2015 Book Competitions. Cash and publication prize for First Book Poetry, Open Book Poetry. CSU has added a prize for an Essay Collection this year.

Persea Contest for Previously Published Poets
Persea Books is accepting entries for the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award through March 5th. The contest winner receives publication and $1,000.00, plus an additional $1,000 toward promotional expenses (e.g. travel to/from readings). American poets who have published at least one previous collection are eligible.

Short Story Competition with Treasure Theme
Momaya Press is now accepting short story submissions for the 2015 Short Story Competition. This year's theme is Treasure and the deadline for entry is 30 April 2015.

Annual Poetry Contest Open to All
Port Yonder Press is accepting submissions for the 2015 ZERO BONE poetry prize. Low reading fee, cash prizes for first, second, and third place. Send up to 5 unpublished poems. Open until the end of February.

Caterpillar Contest for Children’s Poetry
Caterpillar Magazine announces their inaugural Poetry Prize - a prize of €1,000 (c. $1,185) for a poem written for children by an adult. The competition is open to anyone, as long as the poem is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 (c. $14) per poem. Deadline March 31.


OUTSpoken LGBTQ+ Writers Program
Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts are now inviting submissions of poetry, prose, short plays, film, and other forms of socially conscious performance by LGBTQ+-identified writers for its upcoming OUTSpoken program scheduled for this summer in Knoxville, Tennessee. Winners receive publication in Stirring: A Literary Collection, a travel honorarium, and a staging of their work. Read more about this unique literary event.

The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
Stipends and awards are available for The Writer's Hotel event this summer, June 10-16 in NYC. Deadline is March 7, 2015.

River Teeth Creative Nonfiction Conference
Join the community of nonfiction writers in Ashland, Ohio, for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and building the kind of relationships that sustain writers throughout the writing process, from early draft all the way through to book promotion. Featured speakers are Cheryl Strayed and Jerald Walker. Deadline for student scholarships and manuscript consultations is March 1. Discount for early registration ends April 15.

Registration Open for HippoCamp Conference for Creative Nonfiction
Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission. This three-day event will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre- and post-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa. August 7-9. Registration is now open!


Creative Writing in Spain
University of Memphis is sponsoring its summer Creative Writing in Spain Program, open to all students, graduate or undergraduate, whether currently enrolled in a program or not. Each year, the program attracts students from all over the country. Deadline for applying is March 1. Choose from a two-week and four-week session.