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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.

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More good publication news: Alice Lichtenstein‘s novel Lost, her follow-up to 2000’s The Genius of the World, “an intimate record of love and loss” (NYTBR), has been acquired by Scribner and is slated for publication in March of 2010.

PANK No. 3 is out, and you’ll need both hands to count the Fictionauts in it: Rosanne Griffeth, Michelle Tandoc, Rachel Yoder, Daniel Nester, Blake Butler, Molly Gaudry, Kathy Fish, and Scott Garson.

Keyhole #6 looks especially tasty. Guest-edited by William Walsh, it features stories by Matt Bell, Blake Butler, Kim Chinquee, Michael Martone, and Tao Lin. Michael Kimball provides the artists’ bios in postcard-form.

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Marcy Dermansky‘s second novel Bad Marie, the follow-up to Twins pitched as “Mary Gaitskill meets The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” has been sold to HarperPerennial.

Roy Kesey‘s story “Double Fish” won the Missouri Review‘s Editor’s Prize Contest.

The 2009 Tournament of Books — a “Battle Royale of Literary Excellence “– is underway at The Morning News. Maud Newton is among the judges, and Keith Lee MorrisThe Dart League King is in the running.

Caketrain rereleased Lizzie Skurnick‘s book of poems, Check-In. Lydia Copeland‘s collection Haircut Stories is now available in the Achilles Chapbook Series.

In Poets & Writers, Jofie Ferrari-Adler conducts a Q&A with four young editors — Lee Boudreaux, Eric Chinski, Alexis Gargagliano, and Richard Nash: “I do want to feel that the writer has access to something larger than himself.”

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The annual AWP conference is underway in Chicago, and we wish we could be there. We’ll have to console ourselves with Gail Siegel‘s “Check-in, AWP.”

We already mentioned the Keyhole reading and Dogzplot’s flash fiction contest — but there are lots more events involving Fictionauts.

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Mary Akers‘s debut collection Women Up On Blocks is available now for pre-order, and Press 53 offers signed copies. WeWomenGlobally has an interview with Mary — and a great photo.

Big World, Mary Miller‘s collection of short stories from Hobart, is now shipping, and Shane Jones‘s debut novel Light Boxes is available from Publishing Genius. If you hurry, you might still win the contest. Holy Land has an interview with Shane.

The Northville Review, edited by Erin Fitzgerald, makes its debut — with a story by Scott Garson.

At if:book, Dan Visel links Ben Greenman‘s Correspondences to the postcard art of Ray Johnson: “Greenman’s work, like that of Johnson’s before him, anticipates a new kind of relation between the author and the reader. The reworking of this relationship in increasingly varied ways will be the most significant aspect of the way our reading changes as it moves from the printed page to the networked screen.”

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Esquire points to five great online literary magazines, several of which happen to be published by or feature contributions from Fictionauts: Narrative, Flatmancrooked, Guernica, Anderbo, and The Adirondeck Review.

On February 11, Blake Butler and Barry Graham will join a group of writers for an Orange Alert reading during the AWP in Chicago. Blake will also be reading at “no point in not being friends” in Manchester on January 27.

KORA is a new journal of “avant-garde poetry, prose, & ‘experimental’ literary hybrids.” The inaugural issue features work by J.A. Tyler and Sean Lovelace. Sean will also guest judge the Dogzplot 2009 AWP Flash Fiction Contest, and he has a story in Diagram 8.6: “My Grief Upon the Death of Regis Philbin.” Terese Svoboda is in the same issue, with a piece called “Noble Savage.”

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Daniel Nester surveys literary journals, including Caketrain, The Lumberyard, Atlas, Bateau, and Chautauqua, for Library Journal.

Janice Erlbaum‘s essay “Girl Meets Toy” was voted one of’s ten best of 2008, and she just joined the board of Girls Write Now, the New York creative writing and mentoring organization that is having its annual winter reading this Saturday, January 17.

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If we’re reading that cocktail napkin right, Blake Butler, Matt Bell, Kim Chinquee, Kathy Fish, Rosanne Griffeth, Claudia Smith, and Kelly Spitzer contributed stories to the handwritten issue of Keyhole Magazine.

Kelly Spitzer also recently interviewed Mary Miller, author of Less Shiny and the forthcoming Big World, on her site Writers in Profile.

Blake Butler‘s novella Ever is getting released by Calamari Press on his birthday, January 14. Watch the official and unofficial trailer.

Sarah Weinman read 462 books last year, and Carolyn Kellogg asked her: “So how do you do it?”

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Shari Goldhagen, Claudia Smith, Molly Gaudry, and Amy Guth contributed essays to What Happened To Us These Last Couple Of Years, an anthology of writing inspired by the Bush years and edited by David Barringer.

When the Flock Changed, an excerpt of Maud Newton‘s novel-in-progress, is available at Narrative Backstage.

The December issue of elimae features work from five Fictionauts: Brian Beatty (“Corduroy“), Kim Chinquee (“Five Fictions“), Meg Pokrass (“Two Fictions“), Randall Brown (“Something Else“), and Jennifer Pieroni (“Three Fictions“).

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Mad to Live, Randall Brown‘s (very) short fiction collection, has won the Flume Press Fiction Prize. Read more…

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