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Amelia Gray readings at AWP

Amelia Gray (current Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge and future galactic overlord) will be reading on Friday and Saturday at the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

On Friday, April 10th, find Amelia at Lee’s Liquor Lounge (101 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Other readers include Tarfia Faizullah, Janaka Stucky, Adrian Matejka, Monica McClure, Brian Foley, Lisa Ciccarello, Sampson Starkweather, and Sheila Squillante. Co-sponsored by Ninth Letter, Birds, LLC, Black Ocean, Hobart, Barrelhouse, and [PANK]. Find this event on Facebook.

On Saturday, April 11th, she’ll be reading again at Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN). The reading celebrates Amelia’s new book, Gutshot (published by FSG Originals). The event is also co-sponsored by Paper Darts. Other readers are Brandi Wells, Dessa, John Brandon, John Jodzio, Lindsay Hunter, Laura van den Berg, Safy-Hallan Farah, and Simon Jacobs. $5 at the door. Find this event on Facebook and RSVP here.

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James R. Gapinski’s AWP Bookfair table/booth picks

With over 700 presses and organizations represented at AWP, it’s difficult to see them all. Naturally, I need to start with a self-serving plug: your first stop should be Table #2025: The Conium Review.  After that, explore as many new presses and publishers as possible (that’s my gameplan). But it’s good to have a few specific tables in mind—beacons amid the storm.  Here are my top ten exhibitors (in order by table number):

  1. Table #226: Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions
  2. Table #324: Small Beer Press
  3. Table #343: Fiction Collective 2
  4. Booth #415: NewPages.com
  5. Table #422: NANO Fiction
  6. Table #439: The Review Review
  7. Table #925: Juked
  8. Booth #1007: VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
  9. Table #1122: [PANK] / Tiny Hardcore Press
  10. Table #1837: Two Dollar Radio

So if you’re a bit lost, maybe use these tent-poles as your guide too.  But don’t get stuck on lists and favorites; the most interesting conversations often come from presses you’ve never heard of.

About the Author

James R. Gapinski is The Conium Review‘s managing editor. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College. His work has appeared in theEEELNANO FictionHeavy Feather ReviewJukedAtticus Review, Word Riot, and elsewhere.

A preview of our free AWP micro-chap

Stop by our table (#2025) at the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis and get a free copy of John Englehardt’s micro-chapbook, This Is Great But You Don’t Need It.  John’s story won our 2014 Flash Fiction Contest; you can currently read the story on our website.

We’ll have 100 copies of this micro-chapbook available, each is individually numbered. Get them while supplies last!

And remember, you can also pick up one of our free postcards at this year’s conference. We’ll have discounts on current and back issues, and be sure to stop by our off-site reading at Eat My Words Bookstore.

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Announcing the 2015 Flash Fiction Contest Judge: Laura Ellen Joyce

We’re pleased to announce that Laura Ellen Joyce will judge The Conium Review‘s 2015 Flash Fiction Contest.  The winner receives $300, online publication, publication as a broadside or micro-chap, and a copy of Laura Ellen Joyce’s latest book. The submission period runs from August 15th to October 15th. Full guidelines are already posted, so get those manuscripts ready.

Laura Ellen Joyce headshotLaura Ellen Joyce is the author of The Luminol Reels (Calamari Archive, 2014) and The Museum of Atheism (Salt Publishing, 2012). From 2012 to 2013, she was project coordinator of the AHRC Global Queer Cinema network between 2012-2013. She currently lectures in film and literature at Edinburgh Napier University.

You can read last year’s winning flash fiction, This is Great but You Don’t Need It on our website, and we’ll be distributing free printed copies at the upcoming AWP Conference in Minneapolis. Additional flash fictions (including some contest finalists) are also available online. It’s recommended that you read some of our previously published flash before submitting to the contest!

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