To celebrate the fall publication of Blake Butler‘s Scorch Atlas, indie publisher featherproof books is holding a remix contest: “Download Blake’s story “Tour of the Drowned Neighborhood,” and have at it. Write a new story using just a few sentences, rearrange all of the sentences, scrap the whole thing and write your own story under that title. Turn it into a goddamned sestina.” Blake will judge the contest.
Sabra Wineteer launches Live Oak Review, an online magazine dedicated to “promoting, celebrating, and providing stewardship for the authentic Southern literary voice.” The inaugural issue features a story by Marsha McSpadden.
Author Author‘s Bethanne Patrick has a video interview with Michael Kimball about his novel Dear Everybody. Together with Luca Dipierro, Michael is also making a film called 60 Writers/60 Places. In the trailer, Blake Butler reads on the subway.
Molly Gaudry‘s “Revaluing Nature Writing: Toward Love and Flower Power,” a piece of criticism, appears in Fringe: “We are faced now with the challenge of rediscovering human nature’s place in nature—a place where, I propose, neither eco-consciousness nor ego-consciousness should be privileged over the other.”
The Winter issue of Willows Wept Review is live, with work by Kim Chinquee, Morgan Harlow, Tiff Holland, and J.A. Tyler. 971 MENU‘s new issue features “His Face” by David Erlewine and “In Your Direction” by Lydia Copeland.
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“I tap the gavel gently, ever so gently, against the edge of my filing cabinet, and whisper ‘Overruled!'” Sean Lovelace links to an impromptu lit happening in the customer review section of a crystal gavel for sale at Amazon.
The nominations period for the 2009 storySouth Million Writers Award is now open. Matt Bell won last year for his story “Alex Trebek Never Eats Fried Chicken.” Matt’s new story “An Index of How Our Family Was Killed” just went live at Conjunctions, you can listen to him read “Hold On To Your Vacuum” as a web extra at Keyhole, and his story “Mario’s Three Lives” has been reprinted in the second volume of Best American Fantasy.
Elizabeth Ellen interviews Sam Pink for Hobart: “if i read something i wrote and get the sudden urge to breakdance, then i know it is ready to be sent out.”
To put it bluntly, print literary journals make me feel bad because their contents are available to very few readers. Whereas I know online fiction is read, and more importantly, read for pleasure. I hear from my readers fairly often, and as a reader myself, I delight in discovering new stories, sharing them widely, and interacting with writers—something not easily done in print.
A lot of online fiction is all about surprise and grabbing attention — it can be very immaturely pitched, but I see that as a correction to an excess of maturity in academy fostered writing.
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