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Caitlin Scarano’s “Pitcher of Cream” selected for the Best Small Fictions anthology

Best Small Fictions 2016 coverCaitlin Scarano‘s “Pitcher of Cream” has been selected for the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fiction anthology!

Caitlin’s story recently won our 2015 Flash Fiction Contest, judged by Laura Ellen Joyce. It was published on our website, and it will be re-released as a limited-run micro-chap later this month. The micro-chap will be available for free at the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Caitlin will be doing a signing at our exhibitor table (#1238) on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00pm to 4:00pm.

Last year’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest judge, Amelia Gray, also had her piece “These Are the Fables” selected for the Best Small Fictions anthology. Additionally, Amelia’s story “On a Pleasant Afternoon, Every Battle Is Recalled” was named a finalist.

John Englehardt‘s “This Is Great But You Don’t Need It” was also named as a semifinalist—this piece was originally published on our website and was made into a micro-chap for the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Lastly, Daniel Aristi (former contributor to our website) had his Sand story, “Tempus Fugit,” selected for publication, and Mercedes Lawry (former contributor to our website) was named a semifinalist for her recent Cleaver Magazine story, “Was there transposition?

We’re excited to see so many contributors and friends of The Conium Review on the long list and short list for Best Small Fictions, and we hope you’ll all pick up a copy when Queen’s Ferry Press releases the anthology later this year. The full list of semifinalist, finalists, and winners is available on the Queen’s Ferry Press website.

Editor Update: James R. Gapinski received an honorable mention in “Flash Phenom” contest

Flash Phenom coverJames R. Gapinski’s flash fiction, “Finding Moonlight,” received an honorable mention in The Molotov Cocktail‘s Flash Phenom contest (all submissions needed to involve some strange phenomena). The contest winner was Shane Page for “House of Spiders.”

As an honorable mention, James’s piece will appear The Molotov Cocktail, and it will also be included in a forthcoming print anthology of prize winners and finalists. The full announcement is available on The Molotov Cocktail‘s website.

The Conium Review’s 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominees

Pushcart Cover 2016The Conium Review‘s annual Pushcart Prize nominees are:

  1. Emily Koon’s “The People Who Live in the Sears” (print)
  2. Sarah Mitchell-Jackson’s “Clown Boutique Fairy Tale” (online)
  3. Marina Petrova’s “Dictator in a Jar” (print)
  4. Zach Powers’s “The Eating Habits of Famous Actors” (print)
  5. Melody Sage’s “The Petrified Forest” (online)
  6. Tamara K. Walker’s “Camisole” (print)

Congrats to all six nominees!

 

About the nominees:

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

Sarah Mitchell-Jackson is a writer of short and long works of fiction and has been known to pen the odd poem. She lives in Cambridge, UK, with her husband and son. You can find her online at smitchjack.wordpress.com.

Marina Petrova lives and writes in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Underwater New York, and Calliope Anthology. She received an MFA from The New School in May 2014.

Zach Powers lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia. His debut book, Gravity Changes, will be published in spring 2017 by BOA Editions. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyn Review, Forklift, Ohio, Phoebe, PANK, Caketrain, and elsewhere. He is the founder of the literary arts nonprofit Seersucker Live (SeersuckerLive.com). He leads the writers’ workshop at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, where he also serves on the board of directors. His writing for television won an Emmy. Get to know him at ZachPowers.com.

Melody Sage is a professional artist. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2013, Quaint Magazine, Apeiron Review, and elsewhere. She is the 2014 recipient of the Scott Imes Award and currently resides in Duluth, MN.

Tamara K. Walker dreams of irrealities among typewriter ribbons, stuffed animals and duct tape flower barrettes. She resides near Boulder, Colorado with her wife/life partner and blogs irregularly about writing and literature at http://tamarakwalker.wordpress.com. She may also be found online at http://about.me/tamara.kwalker. Her writing has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The Cafe Irreal, A cappella Zoo, Melusine, Apocrypha and Abstractions, Gay Flash Fiction, Identity Theory, a handful of poetry zines, and several themed print anthologies published by Kind of a Hurricane Press.

Our 2015 “Best of the Net” Nominees

We’ve submitted our 2015 nominations for the Sundress Publications anthology, Best of the Net. This year’s nominees are Benjamin Allocco’s “Spider and John Englehardt’s “This Is Great But You Don’t Need It.”

Benjamin Allocco lives and teaches in Upstate New York. His work has been published in The Fanzine, The Conium Review, Fiction Southeast, and Prick of the Spindle.

Follow him on Twitter @benjaminallocco.

John Englehardt has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas. He won the 2014 Wabash Prize in Fiction, and his work has been published in Sycamore Review, The StrangerThe James Franco Review, The Monarch Review, and Monkeybicycle. Currently, he edits fiction for Pacifica Literary Review, and is a fellow at The Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

Naturally, this was a tough decision. There were many deserving pieces published on our site in the past year. In fact, we arrogantly think our whole damn website deserves anthologization or some sort of prize (we can provide a gold-medal-sized SASE upon request). Two other favorites that were heavily considered for nomination are Ingrid Jendrzejewski’s “The Box of Skinny Women and Jinny Koh’s “Fish Head.”