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Emily Koon wins the Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest!

Matt Bell has selected Emily Koon‘s We Are Still Here as the 2016 Conium Press Book & Chapbook Contest winner!

Emily Koon headshotYes, Emily Koon. The same Emily Koon who won our Innovative Short Fiction Contest in 2015, judged by Amelia Gray. As always, the judging process was 100% blind, and Matt Bell was instructed to recuse himself if he could identify the author. We’re surprised that her work anonymously bubbled to the top twice — but then again, not too surprised — she’s just a damn good writer.

The stories in We Are Still Here are an eclectic mix including fairy tales, ghosts, Lizzie Borden, and people living in a Sears. In the title story, a family visiting an amusement park flees after a fatal roller coaster accident, only to find the real horror is on the chairlifts. In “The People Who Live in the Sears,” a group of people who find the real world too painful to function in make new lives in their local Sears department store. In “The Ghosts of St. Louis,” two teenagers living in a futuristic North America attempt to make sense of a world marred by climate change. Characters in these stories wrestle with questions of death, loneliness, abandonment, and their capacity to love, be loved, and inflict pain on others.

Emily Koon is a fiction writer from North Carolina. She has work in Potomac Review, The Rumpus, The Conium Review, Portland Review, and other places. She can be found at twitter.com/thebookdress.

Emily’s manuscript will be published by Conium Press, and she will receive $1,000, ten author copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.

This year’s finalists are Tori BondSamantha Duncan, Claire Hopple, and Rachel Luria.

We’re grateful to all the authors who submitted, and we hope you’ll join us in congratulating Emily, singing her praise on social media, and buying/reading her kickass book when it hits shelves. We expect to release Emily’s collection in late 2017 or early 2018.

“The Conium Review: Vol. 5” cover

The Conium Review: Vol. 5 is slated for release on December 15th. Here’s a mock-up of the new issue’s cover. Like the last couple issues, the front is rather minimal while a larger image wraps around the back. Any guesses what those scraggly lines are? Answer: broken chain-link fence. Pre-orders for The Conium Review: Vol. 5 will go on sale this weekend!

"The Conium Review: Vol. 5" cover

“The Conium Review: Vol. 5” cover

It’s Launch Day for “Souvenirs and Other Stories,” by Matt Tompkins!

It’s launch day for Souvenirs and Other Stories, by Matt Tompkins! We’re pleased to release this collection of six short fictions, lauded by Beth Gilstrap, author of I Am Barbarella, as “a strange, heartbreaking, and often darkly comical book.” Jen Grow, author of My Life as a Mermaid, also says that Souvenirs is “a compelling universe that normalizes the bizarre.” This funny, absurd, surreal collection is available in select bookstores, and you can get it online using the links below:

Buy it directly from Conium Press.

Buy it on Amazon.

Buy it from Barnes & Noble.

This is also the last day to submit to our “Dis/appearances” theme, guest edited by Matt Tompkins in celebration of his new book.

We also have several Souvenirs giveaways going on right now. Free copies are available through the following promotions:

Enter the Goodreads giveaway.

Enter the LibraryThing giveaway.

Enter our Twitter giveaway here.

Lastly, if you’re a literary reviewer interested in Souvenirs, please contact us to request a copy. If you’re a bookseller or librarian, you can order through our distributor, Ingram Book Group.

We’re excited to see this book officially hit shelves. Get your copy today, and remember to leave a Goodreads and/or Amazon review, chat about Souvenirs on social media, and tell your friends about it. Thanks for supporting small press publishing and independent literature!