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Matt Tompkins writes “If My Book” piece for Monkeybicycle

Souvenirs 3d Book Mock-UpMatt Tompkins talks about his new Conium Press title, Souvenirs and Other Stories, for Monkeybicycle‘s “If My Book” column.

For this Monkeybicycle feature, authors compare their recently released books to weird things. It’s a fun column and a unique way to get a taste of a new book directly from the author.

In one section, Matt says “If Souvenirs and Other Stories were a cat, it would be a huge, flame-orange, polydactyl housecat.” Elsewhere, he remarks “If Souvenirs and Other Stories were an urgent question, it would be, ‘Great, but how will you pay the bills?'” Read the entire post here.

Announcing the 2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge: Lindsay Hunter

Lindsay Hunter headshotWe’re excited to have Lindsay Hunter as The Conium Review‘s 2016 Innovative Short Fiction Contest judge. The winner receives $500, publication, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. The contest guidelines are posted. The submission period starts on February, 1st, 2016.

Lindsay is the author of Ugly Girls, Don’t Kiss Me, and Daddy’s. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and a couple of pit bulls.

Thanks again to all those who submitted to the 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest. We hope you’ll submit again in 2016.

Call for submissions: flash fiction

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks flash fiction submissions. The current reading period runs from April 1st to June 1st, 2015. We want stories under 1,000 words that take risks. We publish plenty of paragraphed prose, but we like seeing oddball forms too: fiction written as lists, chat logs, bank statements, court transcripts, or whatever else you cook up.

Full submission guidelines are available here.

To get a better sense of what we’re looking for, take a look at some of our recently posted stories.