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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!

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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.

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“If a writer is interested in becoming involved in the editorial/production/design side of the small press world, then a writer should become involved. There are endless opportunities and ways to be involved. I think what a writer might find is that a little involvement leads to lots of opportunities for involvement. There is nothing to stop involvement. Offer to help someone or help some people or help something; or begin your own something and learn how to ask for help.”–Emily Pettit, author of Goat in the Snow, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:   The Baltimore ReviewThe Destroyer! MacAdam/Cage 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.

“Indie Presses Give the Publishing World Variety and Richness”

Book reviewer Renee Nicholson recently gave BLP a shout-out in a post celebrating indie presses, and we’re so grateful for her praise of our collective “beautiful books”–and we agree, obviously, with her sentiment that independent publishing provides imaginative, boundary-pushing, and provocative writing, a much-needed anecdote to (some of) what mainstream houses increasingly produce. Thank you, Renee, for your support and reviews!

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“During the three years that I have attended the Nimrod conference, I have always been struck by the diverse ages and levels of ability of the participants. This year was no exception. On one side of the room, I heard a woman announce: ‘I’m 72 and this is the first time I’ve done anything like this!’ On the other side, a fifteen year-old high-school student began grilling an established writer, eager to glean valuable information. Because of this diversity, an atmosphere of openness and good-humor permeates the conference.”–Helen Patterson, on the Nimrod International Journal‘s Annual Conference, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of:   Fence! FIELD! WordTech Communications, LLC!

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Get a Manuscript Consultation from Black Lawrence Press!

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In celebration of NaNoWriMo, all of our novels will be on sale this month. Buy any three and get a complimentary manuscript consultation with a Black Lawrence Press editor.

How to Participate:

Step 1

Go to the Black Lawrence Press website and order any three novels. They are all priced between $5 and $12. Shop Black Lawrence Press novels here.

Step 2

Submit an excerpt of your novel or novella to Black Lawrence Press. Follow the link below and click on “NaNoWriMo Consultations”. Excerpts may be up to 25 double-spaced pages in length. Please feel free to include specific questions and requests for advice in the cover letter field.

When you send your excerpt, our submissions manager will prompt you to include the PayPal Transaction ID number. You will receive this number after placing your order for three novels.

Submit your manuscript excerpt here.

Step 3

Enjoy your package of BLP novels and keep writing! While you are busy at work, Black Lawrence Press editors will read your manuscript and then send a consultation report. These reports will:

– Address any questions or concerns sent in with the excerpt

– Discuss present issues that need to be resolved

– Highlight the elements that are working well

– Offer advice for development

This offer ends November 30 and all consultations will be complete by December 31. We look forward to working with you!

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Questions? Feel free to email Executive Editor, Diane Goettel at diane@blacklawrencepress.com. Want to workshop your poetry, short stories, or nonfiction? Consider the Dzanc Creative Writing Mentorships: http://www.dzancbooks.org/dcws

Coming up in this week’s Sapling

“I think poetry publishing is thriving, more than ever before! Bookstores as avenues for book distribution are mostly gone, but SPD is stronger than ever. We trade books, give books away—more poetry books are circulating than ever before. Of course there’s no money in it, and for many that fact is a crisis. However, there was never really any money in poetry anyway, other than the bloated sums exchanged by the anachronistic remnants of the ‘canon,’ the self-proclaimed ‘poetry elite.'”–Bruce Covey, editor of Coconut, from this week’s feature interview. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of: Monkey Puzzle! Puerto del Sol! Canarium 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.

Mary Biddinger in Gulf Coast

ImageIn case you couldn’t tell, we here at Black Lawrence Press love Mary Biddinger. Here’s just one more reason we think she’s tops.