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Call for Submissions: 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest

The Conium Review‘s Innovative Short Fiction Contest is currently open for submissions.  The contest deadline is May 1st, 2015.  This year’s contest judge is Amelia Gray, author of Gutshot (FSG Originals, 2015), THREATS (FSG Originals, 2012), Museum of the Weird (Fiction Collective Two, 2010), and AM/PM (Featherproof Books, 2009).

The winner receives $500, publication in our journal, five copies of the print issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book.  The $15 entry fee includes a free digital download of the issue.  Up to 7,500 words of flash fiction or short stories.

Innovative writing should pack a punch.  Send us your weird, wild, and wonderful.  Take risks with your draft.

Read the full guidelines and submit your work here:

http://coniumreview.com/contests/innovative-short-fiction-contest

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Amelia Gray is this year’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge

Vol. 3 Collector’s Edition Preview: “American Rag Story,” by Tom Howard

Here’s peak at The Conium Review Vol. 3 Collector’s Edition.  Tom Howard’s “American Rag Story” won our Innovative Short Fiction Contest (judged by Manuel Gonzales, author of The Miniature Wife).  Manuel called the story “funny and tragic and formally interesting.

Brown cardstock cover, black front leaf, and linen interior pages.  Volume 3 releases on November 30th.  Remember that the a paperback edition is available too!

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Announcing the 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest Judge: Amelia Gray

Amelia GrayWe’re pleased to announce that Amelia Gray will judge The Conium Review‘s 2015 Innovative Short Fiction Contest.  The guidelines are already posted on our contests page.  The winner receives $500, publication, five copies of the issue, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Submissions open February 1st, 2015.  Get those manuscripts ready!

Amelia is the author of three kickass books (soon to be four): THREATS, Museum of the Weird, and AM/PM.  Her latest collection, Gutshot, will be available April 15th, 2015.

We’re looking forward to next year.  In the meantime, we’re pushing through the 2014 publication cycle. In a couple months, you can pick up the latest issue and read the 2014 winning story, selected by Manuel Gonzales: “American Rag Story,” by Tom Howard.

Thanks again to all who submitted in 2014, and be sure to send us your work for the 2015 contest.

Tom Howard is the 2014 Innovative Short Fiction Contest winner!

The 2014 Innovative Short Fiction contest has ended, and Manuel Gonzales has selected the winner.  Congratulations to Tom Howard and his short story, “American Rag Story.”  This year’s judge, Manuel Gonzales, noted that this piece was “funny and tragic and formally interesting,” and he also liked that “it didn’t take itself too seriously.”  Tom Howard’s work has appeared recently in ARDOR, Storm Cellar, Quarter After Eight, Digital Americana and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.  Tom will receive a $500 prize, and his story will be published in the next issue of The Conium Review, due out later in 2014.

This year’s finalists were Amy Blakemore, Jack Granath, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, and Christine Texeira.  Honorable mentions include Colleen Burner, Julie Curwin, Will Kaufman, and Kendall Klym.

The Conium Review editorial staff thanks everybody who submitted and supported this contest.  We look forward to announcing next year’s judge soon, and we hope many of you will consider submitting again in 2015.