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An early peak at the Collector’s Edition

Earlier this year, we announced some changes at The Conium Review. One major item is the shift from biannual to annual publication. However, we’re putting out two versions of the annual.  We’re doing a standard paperback, but we’re also doing a fancier, pricier, badassier collector’s edition.

The collector’s edition will be a box set that includes broadsides, little chaps, etcetera. It’ll contain all the stories from the standard issue, but presented in a unique, handmade, format. This is a book lover’s book. All the handmade artifacts will be housed inside a wooden box, shaped like a book, (yeah, the wooden box even has a faux spine!), perfectly sized to fit on your bookshelf.

We still can’t show a mock-up, because this isn’t a standard book. But this post provides your first taste. The first shipment of collector’s edition boxes arrived today.  Here’s the giddy first look into the first box:

Box full of boxes

And in case you’re not impressed with bubble wrap and crinkly brown paper, here are two of ’em out of the box:

Close-up of wooden boxes

Cool, eh?  These look naked now, but we’ll get the journal’s title across the front and spine, and we can’t wait to fill the boxes with stories.  Pre-orders go on sale in mid-October.  We’ll still offer a paperback edition.  But if you dig The Conium Review, you might want to get a snazzy collector’s edition. More pics and ordering details later as these things come together.

Introducing the 2014 Flash Fiction Contest

Beside Myself coverWe’re pleased to announce our annual flash fiction contest.  This year’s judge is Ashley Farmer.  She is the author of a The Women (Civil Coping Mechanisms, forthcoming 2016), Beside Myself (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2014), and Farm Town (Rust Belt Binder, 2012).  She’s also the Co-Managing Editor of Juked.

This contest is run through The Conium Review Online Compendium.  The winner receives a $300 honorarium.  The winning piece is posted online, but we’re also making the winning piece into a tangible object.  It will become a broadside or micro-chap that we will hand out for free at our AWP Conference table.  If the winner is attending the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis, there may also be a chance for an off-site reading of her or his work.  For the winning author, this a great opportunity to get your work out there and make some dough in the process.

The contest opens for submissions on October 15th and closes on December 15th.  There is a $10 contest entry fee.  Full guidelines available here.