Category Archives: fiction

This Sunday: Jen Michalski Reads in NYC

Michalski cover JPGJen Michalski’s Big Moose Prize-winning novel The Tide King drops this week, and if you’re lucky enough to be in New York on Sunday night, you’ll get to hear her read! She’ll join Joshua Henkin, Scott Nadelson, and Rachel Sherman at Jimmy’s No. 43 at 7pm. More details here. Don’t miss out; this book is stunning. (If you can’t make it, you can buy a copy here.)

Tonight: Jen Michalski on WYPR

Michalski cover JPGJen Michalski’s prizewinning novel The Tide King will be released next week, and to kick things off, Jen will read an excerpt tonight at 7:00pm on WYPR (and again tomorrow at 1:00pm). Details here. This book is gorgeous and wonderfully strange–the perfect combination. Buy your copy here.


Furuness coverHTML Giant reviews Bryan Furuness’ debut novel, writing “I was first introduced to Furuness – and to Revie Bryson – in a story called “Ballgrabber” that appeared in Hobart 9.  Revie surveyed the world of kids in such an irreverent, fresh, hilarious way that I filed Furuness’s name away and vowed to read his first novel whenever it came out. I read Lost Episodes in three days, and that same irreverent freshness was there to remind me why I’d been anxiously awaiting its release.” Read the entire review here, and grab your copy of this fantastic book here.

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.



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

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

“When Jesus Was a Boy in Gary, Indiana”

Furuness coverButler University’s Newsroom recently posted  a new interview with novelist Bryan Furuness, author of the hilarious and poignant book The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson. Bryan provides insight to his inspiration for his characters, and his process for writing humor–we laughed out loud when we first read this book, so he’s on to something.  Read the interview here, and buy a copy of this wonderful novel here.


Edwards CoverGrady Harp raves about B.C. Edwards’ prizewinning short story  collection: “B.C. Edwards may just be one of the more bizarre and immensely gifted writers to come down the pike in a long time. Leave it to Black Lawrence Press to discover these disparate geniuses – wherever do they find them? THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE is a collection of short stories, each one so well crafted that it seems like a compressed novel. Edwards can take any idea (fairly bizarre idea at that) and in a very short time make it blossom into something that feels as though it should be contained in a cage of sorts lest its effect seep out into the permanent pixels of our psyches.” You will truly love this book; buy it here.

Jen Michalski on Literary Baltimore

Michalski cover JPG“Like an imperfect gemstone, Baltimore’s real value lies in it being one of a kind.” Prizewinning novelist Jen Michalski gives us a tour of her literary Baltimore in a charming piece in Poets & Writers. Click here to read the entire essay, and don’t forget to order a copy of The Tide King, due out next month.


Edwards CoverThe Nervous Breakdown says it best: “The Aversive Clause is out from Black Lawrence Press. And it is fucking great.”

They’re totally right. Buy it here.

Recommended Reading: “The Sub-Leaser” by Adrian Van Young

Van Young Front CoverElectric Literature recommends Adrian Van Young’s potent short story “The Sub-Leaser” this week, an inspired choice! Here’s a teaser:

‘AND SO I RETURNED FROM A SERIES OF ERRANDS to find my apartment unalterably changed. Which change, I should say, was in fact several changes that had, in collusion, effected the one by dint of a sly and concerted campaign against the state of my rooms preceding my absence. Rooms, and not room, to be clear on one thing; namely, that I, their primary tenant, was only fiscally and moreover physically liable for the sustained occupation of one, my room, while the other, which lay around a bend and down a splintered wooden hallway from my own, the north room, I had leased for undetermined months to a certain third party little known to me then. But more of him, the sub-leaser, the stranger, to come.

It is the matter of the change that I wish to embark on.’

Keep reading here, and buy a copy of his prizewinning collection The Man Who Noticed Everything here.

New Story by Norman Waksler in PRICK OF THE SPINDLE

Waskler CoverIt looks like winter is still hanging on, making this afternoon the perfect time to curl up with some tea and dig into Norman Waksler’s new short story “The Great God Morel,” published in Vol. 6.4 of Prick of the Spindle. Norman’s writing will make you forget all about the snow… (Also, check out his short story collection Signs of Life, available here.)