Caribbean Festival: Photography by Wilson Hunt, Jr

March UPDATE: GREAT NEWS, Announcing a Solstice winner of the 2011 BEST OF THE NET AWARDS–Michelle Cacho-Negrete in nonfiction for “Stealing.”

Also Presenting our THIRD ANNUAL LITERARY CONTEST:

Announcing the new annual STEPHEN DUNN PRIZE IN POETRY: $500. Stephen Dunn won the Pulitzer Prize for Different Hours and is the distinguished author of 15 other collections of prose and poetry.

FICTION PRIZE: $1,000. Final Judge: JENNIFER HAIGH, bestselling author of Faith and three other novels. PEN/Hemingway Award Winner.

And our new NONFICTION PRIZE: $500, donated by Michael Steinberg. Final Judge: JERALD WALKER, award-winning author of Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Rejection.

Winners and Finalists published in our Summer Awards Issue.

Also do read our 2012 Fall/Winter Issue below. This time, we’re primarily focusing on humorous/ironic visions, ranging from experimental stories by Eugenio Volpe and Mardith Louisell to Robert Lopez’s (Dzanc Books) postmodern short short, to more realistic ironic stories like that of Bryan S. Wang’s and Margaret Elysia Garcia’s and, finally, to more serious realistic pieces, such as the story of a lonely woman’s joblessness in London, by M. G. Stephens, and finally, a novel excerpt about a boy watching his father kill another boy, by Richard Perry.

In nonfiction, the essays question our culture–from Donna Steiner’s riveting response to late night pornographic phone calls, to Dawn Potter’s lyrical essay on a white woman reading Malcolm X, to Leslie Lawrence’s soul-searching account of teaching Hamlet to public school kids, to Julee Newberger’s musings on serving as an advocate for a foster child.

The distinguished poetry showcases variations in strategies and subject matter and includes such eminent poets as Martha Collins’ spare interrogation of white privilege, Daniel Tobin’s accomplished lyrical musings, and Dennis Hinrichsen’s unflinching imagery, and also includes surprising, probing work by other gifted poets.

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