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Themed Call for Submissions: Dis/appearances

IMG_0604Matt Tompkins’s Souvenirs and Other Stories hits shelves on June 15th.

To celebrate the book’s release, Matt Tompkins will be guest editing a special call for submissions. From June 1st to June 15th, submit flash fiction (1,000 words or fewer) centered around the theme “Dis/appearances.”

In Matt’s forthcoming book, the title story involves a number of souvenirs spontaneously appearing and gradually filling the narrator’s apartment. This call for submissions plays off that idea, but you can interpret the theme broadly. Your submission doesn’t necessarily need to be about the appearance (or disappearance) of objects, but the piece should include some form of unexpected arrival or departure.

Full guidelines will be posted within the next week or so. Start brainstorming now, and see if you can come up with a story that’ll knock Matt’s socks off. Hey, maybe you can write about disappearing socks?

Say hello to The Conium Review’s critique service (opens May 15th)

You’ve heard that same line from a dozen (or more) publishers: “Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to offer personal comments.” It’s true. Most small press editors are overworked and unable to provide individualized notes. But now you’ve got options. Starting on May 15th, we’ll begin accepting submissions through our new Feedback & Critique Service. The service is geared toward emerging authors, though authors at any level are welcome to submit work for feedback.

The submission fee for this service is $30. Within two weeks, you’ll receive an editorial letter containing a detailed critique (roughly one single-spaced page long). The editorial letter may also recommend some books and/or other literary magazines. When you submit your piece for critique, there’s also an option to have it considered for publication (provided that the submission has not been not previously published).

This is currently a pilot program, and the queue will initially be open from May 15th to May 31st. If there are enough submissions to sustain this service, it will be continually offered throughout the year. The editorial letters will typically be written by our founder and managing editor, James R. Gapinski. This is a unique opportunity to get your work reviewed directly by a seasoned editor with years of experience editing, publishing, and marketing a nationally distributed literary magazine.

Editor Update: James R. Gapinski interviewed at SmokeLong Quarterly

James R. Gapinski’s “Determining the Gull Bone Index” was recently published by SmokeLong Quarterly as a weekly feature. This flash fiction was just released as part of their quarterly edition (issue number 51). The issue also contains an interview, where guest editor Chase Burke asks James some questions about his piece. Check out the full interview here.

The full issue is available here, featuring flash fictions and supplemental interviews with twenty-one different authors!