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Vol. 4 Collector’s Edition Preview: “Butterbean,” by Emily Koon

Emily Koon’s “Butterbean” is slated to appear in The Conium Review: Vol. 4 Collector’s Edition as a 5.5″ by 7.5″ chapbook. The chapbook’s red linen cover opens from the center with a string-and-button closure made from baker’s twine and wooden buttons. The 12 inner pages are printed on 24-lb. bright white linen paper.

We’ll be unveiling more previews over the coming days. The paperback hits shelves on November 30th. The Collector’s Edition will see a limited release on November 30th with a wider release on December 15th.

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Contributor Update: Zach Powers wins the BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize

ZPowers_AuthorPhotoZach Powers has won the fifth annual BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. Along with a $1,000 honorarium, Zach’s winning short story collection, Gravity Changes, will be published in 2017 by BOA Editions as part of the American Reader Series.

The final judge, Peter Conners, says “Zach Powers wields a unique talent for creating strange and surreal worlds that, somehow, illuminate true human emotion more realistically than the realest realist . . . It is an honor to award him the fifth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize.”

Congratulations to Zach on his winning manuscript! We’ll be sure to snag a copy of Gravity Changes when it hits shelves in 2017.

You can find the full announcement from BOA Editions here.

“Transplant,” by Megan Magers

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I am just a suitcase. The kind with two wheels that has to be pulled. Packed with blood and ribs. A liver. Heavy, impossible for one person to zip closed. There will be an extra fee at the airport.

The least essential organs are the ones that come in pairs. Kidneys and lungs. We think we need each other.

It’s easy to discard the weight of wanting. That vestigial feeling. Let it atrophy. Without it I am fifty pounds exactly. No additional charge.

They say you won’t even notice I’m gone.

Megan Magers is a creative writer in the Los Angeles area working on her debut novel. Her fiction has won The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award twice and has been published by Monkeybicycle and Cleaver Magazine. Find her on Twitter @megmagers.

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“The Review Review” reviews our latest issue

The Review Review reviews The Conium Review‘s latest issue (yeah, there’s confusing number of “reviews” in that sentence).

In her review, Callie Feyen notes that many stories are “haunting,” and she says “the magazine allows different ways to tell a story.” She goes on to say “Whether the plot is deft, or deliciously lengthy, each story in the review provides remarkable characters, and situations to grapple with. A reader will be entertained and satisfied with the variety of storytelling while the writer will be encouraged and hopefully inspired.” Read the full piece at The Review Review website.