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Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“The idea at the core of this notion of collaboration is that we don’t want to operate out of some fixed idea of what poetry or literature or the book can be but we want to constantly redefine and challenge our editorial criteria…I think that collaborative model results in amazingly varied choices and surprising juxtapositions with the other books in our Futurepoem books series.”–Dan Machlin & Jennifer Tamayo, Editors at Futurepoem Books, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of: CrazyhorseThe Normal School! Manic D Press!

Sapling goes out via email every Tuesday. To join our growing list of Sapling subscribers and to read a little more about what we do, visit http://blacklawrence.homestead.com/sapling.html.

Happy Holidays from Sapling and BLP!

One year for $50 $25 or 6 months for $30 $15

Happy Holidays from Sapling and all of us here at BLP!

We’ve got some good news for small press lovers: We were so thrilled by the response to our summer newsletter sale that we’ve decided to retain our sale price year-round. Same great Sapling—at half the price. Sapling makes a great holiday gift for writers (or, ahem, for yourself!). You can subscribe at our shiny new price of just $25, or you can choose to sign up for six months of Sapling for only $15.

Why subscribe to Sapling? We’re not just a listing. We’re a curated e-newsletter that highlights the best of the small press world in small doses each week.

Here’s how to sign up:

-Visit our website at: http://www.blacklawrence.com/sapling.html

and select either one year (52 issues) for $25 or 6 months (26 issues) for $15.

Here’s what we’re all about:

In 2012, we profiled 52 writing contests, 52 lit journals, and 52 small / independent presses. Our features included:

*Interviews with journal and small press editors Mike Young (Noo & Magic Helicopter), Carl Annarummo (Greying Ghost), Melissa Faliveno (Poets & Writers), Drew Krewer and Maureen McHugh (The Destroyer), Aaron Burch (Hobart), Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC), Christian Peet (Tarpaulin Sky), Caroline Crew & Chris Emslie (ILK), Erin Costello & Mark Rockswold (SpringGun), Bruce Covey (Coconut), and Ravi Shankar (Drunken Boat)

*Articles on writers’ conferences like Breadloaf, Juniper, the Lambda Writers’ Retreat, Sewanee, and the Dzanc Sessions

*Emerging author interviews with Jennifer Denrow, Sarah C. Harwell, Leigh Stein, Amaranth Borsuk, James Tadd Adcox,  and Emily Pettit

And we have so much exciting stuff lined up for 2013, including interviews with the editors of Futurepoem Books, So and So, and Black Balloon Publishing, and emerging author interviews with Lily Ladewig, Shane McCrae, and Daniela Olszewska.

We’ve got great things planned for 2013 that you won’t want to miss!

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“Much like submitting to contests, I think it’s important to send work out throughout the writing process. It’s kind of like throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks.”–Lily Ladewig, author of The Silhouettes,  from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:  Center for Literary Publishing! Prism InternationalNew Delta ReviewNew American Writing! Maverick Duck Press! Harvard Square Editions!

Sapling goes out via email every Tuesday. To join our growing list of Sapling subscribers and to read a little more about what we do, visit http://blacklawrence.homestead.com/sapling.html.

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“We have a lot of themed issues and it doesn’t mean that we want you to try to shoehorn your story about breaking up with your first girlfriend into the Asian Urbanisms folio just because your protagonist eats a packet of Ramen noodles in the climactic scene. Use discretion and your best judgment.”–Ravi Shankar, Editor of Drunken Boat, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:  cream city reviewSo and So Magazine! Black Balloon Publishing!

Sapling goes out via email every Tuesday. To join our growing list of Sapling subscribers and to read a little more about what we do, visit http://blacklawrence.homestead.com/sapling.html.

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“The conference attracts writers across genres. Poets to memoirists, humor to Young Adult to literary fiction: it’s rare to find such an amalgam.”–A. W. Parsons, from this week’s feature on the Auburn Writer’s Conference. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:  Epiphany Editions! RipRap! Livingston Press!

Sapling goes out via email every Tuesday. To join our growing list of Sapling subscribers and to read a little more about what we do, visit http://blacklawrence.homestead.com/sapling.html.

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“I like variety. I like that the work we’ve published doesn’t have just one flavor, one style. At the same time, I’m pretty conventional with my tastes. I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of experimental work, but I prefer experimental tweaks to more traditional styles.”–Scott Sweeney, editor and co-founder of Grey Book Press, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:  Rose Metal Press! Fiction International! Futurepoem Books!

Sapling goes out via email every Tuesday. To join our growing list of Sapling subscribers and to read a little more about what we do, visit http://blacklawrence.homestead.com/sapling.html.

Craig Bernier – Winner of the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award!

We’re very pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award. Congratulations to Craig Bernier for taking the prize with his short story collection Your Life Idyllic! Congratulations also go to the finalists and semi-finalists of this year’s St. Lawrence Book Award. Thanks to all who participated!Image

Craig Bernier is an instructor of writing at Duquesne University where he teaches composition, fiction and creative nonfiction workshops.  He is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit and was the Jacob K. Javits Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2005.  His stories have been published in The Roanoke Review, Western Humanities Review, Dogwood, Gigantic Sequins, and in a story anthology from Akashic Books titled Detroit Noir.  His nonfiction has appeared in the journal Creative Nonfiction.  Originally from southeastern Michigan, home is currently a stone’s throw from Pittsburgh, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.  He is at work on a novel and a collection of motorcycling essays.