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Big Moose Prize Finalists and Semi-Finalists Announced

Big_Moose2We’re thrilled to post the finalists and semi-finalists of the 2013 Big Moose Prize!  It’s always difficult to narrow down the excellent submissions we receive, and this year was especially tough. Congratulations to everyone selected; winner will be announced next month.

 

 

Finalists
1.    The Good Girl: A Novel – Angela Jane Fountas
2.    Lesson Plans – Suzanne Greenberg
3.    Leave a Crooked Path – Simone Hanson
4.    Reclamation – Doug Heckman
5.    The Button Field – Gail Husch
6.    Hungry Town – Jason Kapcala
7.    Let Me See It – James Magruder
8.    Where the Birds Go to Die – Sean Padraic McCarthy
9.    The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg – Betsy Robinson
10.  Via Dei – Lones Sieber

Semi-Finalists
1.    A Robot with a Penis Is No Man – Josef Benson
2.    Message Stick – Laine Cunningham
3.    Prosperity – Jenna Leigh Evans
4.    In Ohio – Brad Felver
5.    Vinegar Lake – 99 Hooker
6.    Where People Go When They Disappear – Victoria Kelly
7.    The Gypsies – Margo Littell
8.    Children and Lunatics – Megan McNamer
9.    A Tree Born Crooked – Steph Post
10.    Back Tracks – Doug Wagner

We have a winner! Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition

We’re so excited to announce the winner — congratulations to Simone Muench, whose manuscript Trace has won the Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition!

We’re also pleased to announce that Black Lawrence Press will be publishing two chaps from among our finalists: The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow by Jenny Drai and Oh My Darling by Cate Stevens-Davis.

A complete listing of our finalists and semi-finalists can be found on our blog.

Big thanks to all who entered, and welcome to the BLP family, Simone, Jenny, and Cate!

Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition Finalists & Semi-Finalists

Here they are: the finalists & semi-finalists for the Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition! Now that we have a short list to focus on, we’ll be announcing a winner from among the finalists in the next week or so. Many thanks to all who sent manuscripts our way; we were blown away by the submissions this time around!

POETRY FINALISTS

 In the Village That Is Not Burning Down by Travis Brown
The Polychrome Clinic by Caroline Crew
A Necessary Erosion by Caleb Curtiss
The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow by Jenny Drai
Length of Fetch by Jesse Lichtenstein
Speak and Let the Serpent Crawl Out by Matthew Minicucci
Trace by Simone Muench
Canopy by Barbara Tomash

FICTION FINALISTS

Dizzy Bridge Stories by Kevin Carey
Neverending Journey by Angela Jane Fountas
Two Stories by Otis Haschemyer
The Aquarium by Jen Knox
Oh My Darling by Cate Stevens-Davis
Another Demon Lober by Robley Wilson

POETRY SEMI-FINALISTS

Field Recordings by Brian Barker
machine gun villa by Lillian Bertram
The Oar by Sara Gelston
200 Moons by Charles Hood
Best Poems by Mike Krutel
Facts, and Other Things by Joel Lee
Songs of the Immortals by M. B. McLatchey
The Hollow More Than Shape Is Certain by Jill Osier

FICTION SEMI-FINALISTS

The Method by Aaron Apps
Klaus And Jill by John Colasacco
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Love, Flowers, and the Statue of Liberty by Dale Edmonds
Carter’s Orchard and Into the Big Smoke by Matt Hobson
The Secret Garden by James Musgrave
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone by Sequoia Nagamatsu
Alone by Kathryn Shaver

Early Bird Special!

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.
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Deadline: January 31, 2013
Entry Fee: $25

Early Bird Deadline: November 30, 2012
Early Bird Entry Fee: $20
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For more information about The Big Moose Prize, follow this link:
blacklawrence.com/BigMoosePrize.html

I was so excited to win the Big Moose Prize. I’ve been a fan of Black Lawrence Press for a long time…It’s such a prestigious, independent press, and I feel it’s earned me a lot of respect in the publishing world.

-Jen Michalski,
2012 Big Moose Prize Winner

We look forward to reading your novel!

TJ Beitelman and Black Lawrence Press Team Up for a Fourth Time

I’ve been asked a number of times to describe the best part of my job as an editor. My answer: discovery. What I love about being an editor is also what I love about being a reader–finding an author who has written something wonderful, something that shifts the way I look at the world, the people in it, my place in it, the words that I use to talk about it. I have very fond memories of reading, for the first time, authors who would go on to becoming lifelong companions–Steinbeck, Atwood, Moore. Discovering their books for the first time was a delicious experience. Not only did I love what I read, but I knew that there was more to come.


As an editor, finding a true gem in the submissions pile is a thrill. And I experienced that thrill when I first read Pilgrims: A Love Story by T.J. Beitelman.  Pilgrims was an entry in the Spring, 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition. It was clear after a few pages of reading that this manuscript was going to be a top contender. By the time I finished reading, I had a very strong sense that I had found the winner. We finished reading all of the submissions to the competition and shortly thereafter contacted TJ to let him know that he’d won.

But Pilgrims was just the beginning. In 2010, Black Lawrence Press accepted In Order to Form a More Perfect Union, TJ’s full-length poetry collection. There are many things that I love about this collection, but I will borrow a line from Maurice Manning’s blurb to summarize: “The reach of this exuberant and anguished book is potent, and made more so by the force of restraint.” In short, the magic was still there. And then some.

But this would not be the last time the work of TJ Beitelman would hit me in the heartbone. After we accepted Union, TJ sent us a novel he’d be working on. John the Revelator took over my world as I read. It’s due out next year, so stay tuned. Then, just last week, I read Americana, TJ’s most recent chapbook. I’ll leave you with this, one of the poems from the new collection, which I accepted for publication mere hours after reading. But first, I’d like to return to that question about the best part of my job. The best part is discovering authors like TJ Beitelman who wow me from the beginning and keep returning with more and even better work.

 

–Yours,
Diane Goettel
Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

AN AUBADE FOR THE AFRICAN QUEEN AND ITS BIG BANG

       Rose:           I’m all turned around Charlie—which way is the east shore?
       Charlie:     The way we’re swimming old girl!

Had I not been zooming through the Cosmos,
as yet unfettered by material forms, I could
have told Bogey: It’s always the detonators
that take some doing. Everything’s a powder
keg: a ratty vessel taking on water or a thimble-
sized universe. No matter—it’s all waiting
to combust. The trick is the tinder. The spark.
The thing that transforms potential to kinetic.
Could be, yes, cartridges, nails, boxes of soft
wood—a makeshift torpedo at the water line.
But why think small? After all, something
touched off the exponential cosmic explosion
we’re swimming through. What’re the odds
it was a broken boat, floating in wait? Billions
and billions to one. It had to be something
like a Rose: sharp-tongued, chiseled, gorgeous
with a dirty face, obvious in her catholic charms.
In the face of such a face, even Kaiser’s doomed
navy men would freely choose to do the deed,
dutifully pledge to let no man put it asunder,
even as the impregnable world they know erupts.

 

Nick McRae wins the De Novo Poetry Prize

Some great news: Nick McRae’s first full-length collection, The Name Museum, was named the winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize, and will be published next year by C&R Press. Congrats, Nick! Keep an eye out for his forthcoming chapbook Mountain Redemption, winner of the Fall 2011 Black River Chapbook Competition. (And also, if you’re near Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 20, go see Nick read live!)

The Best Literary Weekend, Period.

We may be geographically biased, but we think the Brooklyn Book Festival is the absolute–and this year’s was better than ever! We rocked a reading at BookCourt; we stopped by the BBF Gala; we met thousands of new friends at the book fair; and we sold lots of books. All on one of the most gorgeous fall weekends a New Yorker could ask for. Winwinwin. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and to the talented and superfun BLP authors who made this weekend a success! ‘Til 2013!