This year they partner with Newark Academy. From their site:
2015 3rd Annual e-Chapbook Contest in Partnership with Newark Academy

Five Quarterly, in partnership with Newark Academy, is thrilled to announce its 3rd Annual e-Chapbook Contest, judged by a guest staff of high school students from Newark Academy, led by co-founders Vanessa Gabb, Crissy Van Meter, and Newark Academy teacher Jessica DeSanta. Poets and writers are invited to submit their manuscripts by May 24, 2015. Contest opens March 1, 2015. Reading fee is $7. Open to fiction and poetry.

One poet and one writer will each receive: $100; publication as a full-color e-chapbook published online; an author page on our site; and some 5Q swag.

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More About the Contest

We are so excited about and invested in expanding our collaborative publishing model and see this as the next step in really fleshing out what we set out to do when we started 5Q in 2012. Not only will young readers have the opportunity to work with professional manuscripts, choose the winning manuscripts, and help with production and marketing efforts, but also the entire process will function as a 2-week publishing course at Newark Academy in May. The course will expose students to contemporary work by emerging writers and the current publishing landscape. This educational component is integral to reaching our mission: introduce fresh perspectives, diversify the face of publishing, and encourage an expanding literary community.


From the CLMP site:

16th Annual Lit Mag Marathon Weekend

April 25th and 26th
All events are free and open to the public

New York, NY—The magazines may be little, but the weekend is big, big, big! It’s time once again for CLMP’s annual Lit Mag Marathon Weekend, a massive showcase of America’s diverse literary magazines and journals.

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street
DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
CLMP’s Lit Mag Marathon Weekend kicks off in an exciting new way: join us to be your own artist, poet, and publisher all at once. Create your own erasure masterpiece—to share and take home—in a single afternoon. Join the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and The New York Public Library for the first NYC Erasure Festival.

What is Erasure, you ask? Not just a pop band:

Erasure is a form of found poetry created by erasing or marking out an existing text. Think of a government document after it’s been released by the CIA, but instead of redacting the interesting bits, what’s left is transformative and meaningful.

Jen Bervin’s Nets is an erasure of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Matthea Harvey’s Of Lamb is both a book-length erasure of a biography of Charles Lamb and a retelling of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Tom Phillips’s A Humament started out as a forgotten Victorian novel called A Human Document and became not only a new novel in poetry, but a book-length artwork as well.

The afternoon starts with a brief panel discussion on The Art of Erasure. Then it’s your turn. We’ll bring the Sharpies, crayons, highlighters and other erasure accoutrements, plus a huge supply of literary magazines. (And what a wonderful bonus: you can discover new literary magazines and writers you’ve never read before, then make their work part of your own.) We’ll be sharing the newly created masterpieces through social media and everyone attending can take home what they make.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses provides technical assistance to and advocates on behalf of literary small press and magazine publishers across America. This event made possible through the generous support of the New York Public, Library, Friends of CLMP, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency.

 

BARGAINS! BARGAINS! BARGAINS!
16th Annual Lit Mag Fair at Housing Works
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street in Soho

Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lit fiends can take home armfuls of lit mags discounted to only $2 a copy! Choose from hundreds of magazines from all over the country and hobnob with many of the editors who’ll be there in person to meet and greet. Proceeds go to Housing Works, a nonprofit organization serving homeless people living with AIDS, and to The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, a nonprofit organization serving independent literary publishers.


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We’re making our Long Island debut on Saturday, May 9, at the Railroad Inn in Valley Stream, NY. Thanks to the guys from The Shipwrecks for hooking it up. I believe we’ll be on around 9.


2015 Vella Chapbook Contest

$11.00 USD

Ends on 5/15/2015

2015 Vella Chapbook Prize:

– Manuscripts may be between 16 – 24 pages

– Please include a title page with ONLY the title, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (not included in page count).

– Please do NOT include any identifying information in the manuscript.

– Open to poetry, fiction, and mixed- or hybrid-genre works (prose poems, flash fiction, lyrical short-shorts, a short story sandwiched between a dozen poems, one long-ish short story, 24 pages of poems, and any other combination that might be missing in this list).

– Thematically-linked works are encouraged, but not required. Quality is the only criteria.

– Collection as a whole must be unpublished, but individual publications are fine.

– Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please withdraw it immediately if someone else snatches up your amazing work before we do.

– Prize: 100 copies of your winning chapbook, ISBN included, to use however you’d like (sell them, give them away, make a modern art installation in your living room, etc.) Paper Nautilus will be selling an additional limited number of copies through our website or at literary events – for which the winner will receive 10% royalties –  but the rest are yours.

– Entry fee: $11, payable through Submittable

– Entry period: February 15th – May 15th, 2015.

– Expected announcement of winner: (approximately) August 1st, 2015.

– Expected date of publication: (approximately) January 2016.

– Contest entries will be judged by Lisa Mangini, Paper Nautilus Editor in Chief.

This year, we’re also introducing the Debut Series Chapbook Contest. The same guidelines and criteria apply as above, but we are only accepting manuscripts from writers who have yet to publish any chapbook- or book-length collections. Winner receives 50 hand-stitched copies (no ISBN,) and 10% royalties. $5 fee, or $8 with a free back issue (i.e., free entry with the purchase of a back issue). We are committed to supporting emerging writers, and this is our newest venture to expand that support!


How do you keep the reader interested as the story unfolds?

That’s the six-million-dollar question. I think it’s a question of pacing and tension. You have to keep the story moving, quickly enough that nobody gets frustrated and slowly enough that you have time to build the world, to make the story full-fleshed and evocative. And there’s also the matter of controlling what the reader knows and when they know it. When I’m writing a book I sort of think of it as a dark ride at a carnival: over here there are some dangly things to brush against your face in the dark, but down the line the car spins around and a skeleton jumps out. You have to make sure all of your creeps are creepy and all of your surprises are surprising.

I love this analogy of the dark ride at the carnival. You can read the whole interview here.


“Afro Blue”

09Mar15

My God. I first listened to this when I was 14 and it holds up and will hold up. It’s just an explosion of emotion.





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