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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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Vol. 3 Pre-Orders on Sale Now!

Pre-orders for The Conium Review Volume 3 are on sale through early November or until supplies last. The current pre-order price is $10.00. Retail price will be $12.00 after release. Our last issue sold out early, so be sure to reserve your copy today.

The Conium Review Volume 3 features eight new stories from Olivia Ciacci, Tom Howard, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, Zach Powers, Christine Texeira, and Meeah Williams. In these strange and surreal stories, you’ll find a company that sells night-in-shining-armor-style happy endings, a boy with a second person trapped inside of him, and more. The pieces include fables, flash fiction, short stories, and novella-length fiction.

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.

Manuel Gonzales to teach at the University of Kentucky MFA Program

This year’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest judge, Manuel Gonzales, will teach at the newly established University of Kentucky MFA Program.  Other MFA Program faculty at the University of Kentucky include DaMaris Hill, Julia Johnson, Gurney Norman, Erik Reece, Frank X. Walker, Andrew Ewell, and Hannah Pittard.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, and he recently received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for his collection.

Congratulations on the new teaching job, Manuel!