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):
- Table #226: Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions
- Table #324: Small Beer Press
- Table #343: Fiction Collective 2
- Booth #415: NewPages.com
- Table #422: NANO Fiction
- Table #439: The Review Review
- Table #925: Juked
- Booth #1007: VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
- Table #1122: [PANK] / Tiny Hardcore Press
- 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 theEEEL, NANO Fiction, Heavy Feather Review, Juked, Atticus Review, Word Riot, and elsewhere.
James R. Gapinski’s flash fiction, “The Pharmacist,” was recently published on Juked‘s website.
James is The Conium Review‘s Managing Editor. More of his recent fiction can be found online at theEEEL and Word Riot.
We’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.