June Round-Up

What Happened

We were open for submissions during the entire month of June for our fifth annual Black Box Poetry Prize, judged by Cathy Park Hong. It was our most popular reading period yet, and we'll be announcing the winning manuscript(s) later this year. An excerpt from Sara Deniz Akant's Babette, which won last year's contest, can be found here.

The Colorado Review published a review of Anne Germanacos' masterful second book Tribute, calling it "beautiful, neurotic and poignant," while Publisher's Weekly covered the winner of our third annual Black Box Poetry Prize, Bridgette Bates' What Is Not Missing Is Light; Bridgette Bates also discusses her debut poetry collection at the Poetry Society here.

In the latest issue of LVNG Magazine, smoking new work by Calenday author Lauren Haldeman appears alongside In Canaan author Shane McCrae and Open Prose Series editor Hilary Plum. Lauren Haldeman was also interviewed by Dan Rosenberg at American Microreviews & Interviews.

What's Next

Our next reading period begins in January, when we accept submissions for our annual Open Prose Series. Information about our latest selection, Christian TeBordo's Toughlahoma (which is also number seventeen on Small Press Distribution's May/June Fiction Bestsellers List) can be found here.