Pre-orders for The Conium Review: Vol. 5 are now available! The issue ships on December 15th, 2016. It features new fiction from Jessica Roeder, Samantha Duncan, Liz Kellebrew, Kate Gies, Shane Jones, Kathryn Hill, Emily Koon, Jasmine Sawers, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, and Maryse Meijer. Reserve your copy here.
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.
We’re holding another themed call for submissions from July 1st to July 15th: “Fragmented.”
This special call for submissions is guest edited by Melissa Reddish. Melissa’s forthcoming Conium Press title, Girl & Flame: A Novella, is full of fragments. Reddish’s sentences are sharp; her chapters read like flashes of fire and smoke; and her characters often find themselves splintered, raw, and emotionally fragmented.
The “Fragmented” theme can be interpreted broadly. Yes, sentence fragments count, but don’t limit yourself to that. Your theme should deal with some form of fragmentation, but the exact context is up to you. Have fun with the concept. Take risks with your story and see how things turn out.
Submissions should be 2,000 words or fewer. Melissa will select one piece for publication as a limited-run micro-chapbook. This micro-chap will be shipped as a free pre-order bonus with Girl & Flame (release date is August 15th). This is a great opportunity to see your short work as a standalone piece, distributed to Conium Press readers. Full guidelines are already available here.
Last but not least, here’s a preview of Olivia Ciacci’s piece from the The Conium Review Vol. 3 Collector’s Edition. “Nostalgia” jumps between characters in the past, present, and distant future.
The interior printed on 24-lb linen paper. The cover is 65-lb cream cardstock with a red leaf underneath.
Volume 3 releases on November 30th. Get yours while you can!
Just a couple days until The Conium Review Vol. 3 Collector’s Edition is released (and the paperback edition). Here’s another preview. Jan LaPerle’s surrealist flash fiction, “Laden,” is a 3.5″ by 3.5″ booklet. It has a 65-lb black cardstock cover with a white casewrap around it and white interior pages.