Dec 13, 2013

Happy Holidays from Harpur Palate

Happy Holidays

Thanks for a Great Season

We at Harpur Palate are wrapping up work on our Winter/Spring issue, and we couldn't be happier with the amazing content we have for 13.2. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit to us; we were thoroughly impressed with the quality (and quantity!) of work we read over the last few months.

Submissions for issue 14.1 open up on January 1st, 2014. Issue 14.1 will field submissions for our John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction, so check out our guidelines on our Submittable page!

New Pricing Information

Due to the increase in printing costs, unfortunately we must alter our subscription and sample copy pricing for all orders after December 31st, 2013. Subscriptions are available via our Submittable page, so get yours before the prices go up!

New Pricing


1-year individual: $18, 2 issues
1-year institution: $25, 2 issues
1-year individual outside USA: $25, 2 issues
2-year individual: $35, 4 issues
2-year institution: $45, 4 issues
2-year individual outside USA: $45, 4 issues

Sample Copies

Back issue: $8, 1 copy
Current issue: $12, 1 copy

We thank you for your support and wish you the best for this holiday season! Happy writing!

Dec 2, 2013

Harpur Palate 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations

We are excited to announce Harpur Palate's 2013 

Pushcart Prize Nominations from issues 12.2 and 13.1!

Congratulations to the following authors and we hope their spectacular pieces fare well. Here they are in no particular order:


"Petal" by Sarah Marshall (13.1)
"Our Mother, the Ghost" by J. A. Tyler (13.1)


"I Lost Our Baby" by Jennifer Jackson Berry (13.1)
"The Story of My Father" by Holly Karapetkova (12.2)
"If This Were Appalachia and 1929, We'd Still Be a Couple of Moody Bastards" by Meg Cowen (12.2)

Creative Nonfiction

"Hydraulic Action" by Amelia Urry (13.1)

Congratulations again to our impressive nominees!

Nov 19, 2013

Announcing the Harpur Palate Undergraduate Contest in Poetry Winner

We're pleased to announce the winner of the Harpur Palate Undergraduate Contest in Poetry:

Riley Huntington, with her poem "Spare Key".

Riley Huntington is a junior studying English Literature, Arabic, and Education at Binghamton University. Having been born and raised in Rhode Island, she associates most images in her poetry with the ocean and other nautical themes.

Congratulations, Riley!

There were so many wonderful poems and it was a difficult decision for our readers. We'd like to thank everyone who submitted and encourage you to find a good home for your work.

We'd also like to congratulate Hana Yampolsky for her poem "Shadows," which earned the runner-up spot to the contest.

If you would like to see Riley read her poem, come to the Binghamton Poetry Project Reading this Friday night!

Nov 18, 2013

Undergraduate Raffle Date Postponed

We must push the undergraduate raffle for feedback from our Harpur Palate editors from today, November 18 to next Monday, November 25. Sorry for the push - look for our table in the library building by Jazzman's or in Tilman on Wednesday!

Raffle tickets are only $1 - stop by the creative writing lounge LN 1213, our table in the LN building by Jazzman's, or in Tilman Lobby on Wednesday 11/20 to buy a ticket for a chance to win feedback on your creative writing from the editors of Harpur Palate. Or just come and buy a journal and take our leftover Halloween candy!

The winning ticket will now be drawn Monday, November 25. Thanks!

Nov 16, 2013

Reading Period Closed

Our reading period for issue 13.2 is now CLOSED. Thank you to all who submitted their work. Our editors are busy making some tough decisions!

General submissions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction will reopen in the new year, along with our John Gardner Memorial Contest in Fiction. Stay tuned!

Oct 30, 2013

Corey Pentoney Reviews Jacob M. Appel's The Biology of Luck

The Way We Get By

The Biology of Luck
Jacob M. Appel
Elephant Rocks Books, 2013

ISBN: 9780975374689 

            The Biology of Luck is an adventurous novel not only in its subject matter, but in what it attempts to do with form.  It is the story of Larry Bloom, a writer and NYC tour guide, who is profoundly in love.  So in love, in fact, that he dedicates two years of his life to writing a novel about the subject of his affection, Starshine Hart, and it is through Bloom’s novel—whose chapters alternate with Appel’s—that we get to know Starshine.  Appel and Bloom proceed to take us through the day in each character's life that will lead to them having dinner that evening.
            For me, the best parts of the novel, and what kept me reading, were the encounters with the secondary characters that fill the spaces in between the main narrative.  Appel has a way of concocting characters that are so ridiculous that they are almost unbelievable.  Yet I found myself drawn to them far more than our leading couple.  The Armenian flower peddler, for instance—the character from whom the novel derives its title—is dynamic and intriguing, and I would love to hear more of his story and his theory on the genetics of luck.  Same goes for Ziggy Borasch and his insatiable quest to write the perfect American sentence; Eucalyptus, Starshine’s roommate, and her scrimshaw; Bone and his uncanny knowledge; and Jack Bascomb with his dark and possibly violent past with the Weather Underground Organization.  These were the characters that drew my attention and kept me reading from page to page.
            It is the novel’s conceit, the form that it takes, where I believe Biology is unsuccessful.  For all of the things that it has going for it—energetic and often beautiful prose, a quick wit, and quirky characters—I kept wondering how the format served the story and the characters.  The reader only gets to know Larry Bloom in the reality of the novel, as we only learn about Starshine through Larry's eyes and text.  Because these are the only interactions we get with her—which obviously come from an obsessive and fawning fan, and are mostly the regurgitated and dramatized accounts of her life that she has divulged to him theoretically in confidence—our protagonist comes off more creepy than endearing, and far more of a stalker than a harmless lover boy.  The format also does the ending a disservice, as the final scene—the long-awaited date with Starshine—is told by Larry in his novel, keeping us distant from the truth and from any sense of certainty about the fates of the characters we have followed thus far.
            Overall, even though this book was not for me, I applaud Mr. Appel for his courage in creating a new format, a new kind of novel, if you will, even if it does fall short.  Even Larry Bloom recognizes the difficulties of the author when he says, “It amazes him that life never offers completely smooth sailing, not even for one day, that just when the morning seems as flawless as the mountain sky, a sinister cloud manages to creep its way over the horizon.”  But through everything that Larry experiences, he manages to hold on to an almost indomitable hope that leaves you with a sense that, strangely enough, everything will turn out all right.

Oct 17, 2013

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's The Silence in an Empty House

Our beloved faculty leader Maria Mazziotti Gillan has released a new book of poetry! We are so thankful for her guidance.

NYQ Books has released The Silence in an Empty House, the most recent book of poetry by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

“In The Silence in an Empty House, Maria Mazziotti Gillan chronicles a long marriage—love triumphing class, geographical moves, fondue parties, orange shag carpets and ultimately wheelchairs, nurse’s aides, and cold compresses. This is a book of easy and gentle humor regarding the first sparks of true love and the hard truths about what it is truly like to be a caregiver at the end of a spouse’s life, what it is like for a spouse to feel like “a burden,” and, finally, what it feels like to be a widow. Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s speaker includes not just personal and familial suffering but the suffering of the planet, its people and wildlife. This is a voice that is graceful and purposeful, elegant and humane.” —Denise Duhamel

“These are poems many people will relate to, perhaps, because Maria Gillan is amazingly honest about her reactions to the long trauma of her beloved husband disappearing into Parkinson’s disease, perhaps, because this is the sort of anguish many of us in tight partnerships most fear. Gillan takes us on a journey from young love and marriage through the long slow decline of her husband, through his death, and slowly out the other side into survivor’s guilt and, finally, the acceptance of her continued life and vitality.” —Marge Piercy

For more information, please visit the publisher’s website at:

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s and Small Press Distribution.

Oct 15, 2013

Natalie Sypolt Reviews Mary Akers' Bones of an Inland Sea

Bones of an Inland Sea
Mary Akers
Press 53, 2013

ISBN 978-1-935708-89-6

Water. It moves us, sustains us, entertains and inspires us.  Water can also be deadly, unforgiving, and relentless.  Like separate islands all on the same tumultuous seas, the stories in Bones of an Inland Sea, the second collection by Mary Akers, are both connected and divided by water.

Once there was water where now there is none; there are only fossils left as odd, out of place reminders.  In the title story of this collection, grad student Alicia and her professor, Quinn Baxter, search for these fossils and hope to find something new and lasting, both in their careers and in their relationship.  It was the human remnants—Quinn’s daughter’s baby teeth that he kept in his office—that most bothered Alicia throughout their affair, the “archaeological remains solid and real, little pieces of castoff bone.” Eventually, the affair ends, and even love became something of a fossil, buried deep under layers of years.  Decades later, Alicia happens upon Quinn’s obituary in a back issue of Paleontology Today, and is confronted with the natural progression of her own life. Akers writes, “It’s as if Quinn’s dying has somehow shortened what’s left of her life…A man she had loved, had allowed into her body, a man she had craved was now a man no more.”

With striking accuracy, Akers explores the complexities of both romantic and familial relationships and, because these stories are linked not only by water, but by family, we are able watch generation after generation face similar obstacles, and deal with them in unfortunately similar ways.  In many ways, the reader becomes an invisible part of the story, as he or she knows the scars and traumas that started in one link of the chain, but that only manifested later, displayed in a strained and dysfunctional relationship.  For instance, in “Who Owns the Moon?” we see Lesley Baxter preparing her ailing mother for her new life in a nursing home, fully believing that her mother had always been a cold, dimensionless figure.  The reader, though, knows that Andrea’s life was complicated.  She was, for years, in a difficult marriage with the unfaithful Quinn, who eventually dies after a long battle with cancer. We also learn in the story “Beyond the Strandline”, that Andrea is sympathetic, when she meets and has a brief, passionate encounter with Walt, who is also dealing with the slow death of a spouse.  Only the reader gets full picture, and is privileged to see a mother in a way that a daughter never can.

 While each of these stories is perfectly contained, and some are more intricately connected to the overall story than others, each is necessary to form a unique yet wholly realistic universe. The first story in the collection “House of Refuge” is also the first chronologically, taking place in the late 1800s. A shipwreck separates the captain, and his wife, Madeleine, who may or may not be visited nightly by her drowned husband’s ghost.  This story might seem initially disconnected from the others, by time and by family line, until in “Treasures Few Have Seen”, we learn that Jack was once a treasure hunter who kept only a pocket watch, engraved in Spanish.  Again, only the reader knows that the watch belonged to Alonso, Madeleine’s husband who drowned in 1886.  It’s these small moments of recognition—an intricate thread carefully woven throughout—that makes Bones of an Inland Sea an exciting and satisfying read.

This collection flows.  The reader is swiftly moved from story to story, from character to character, always reminded of the unavoidable nature of water, and of life. There are natural ebbs, natural rises.  There is death, as in the first story of the collection, and there is new life.  In the final story “Waste Island”, Akers takes us into an unpleasant future, one in which humanity has not protected the environment and allowed the oceans to become clogged with refuse.  Melody (Lesley’s daughter) takes her own girls Raissa (later renamed River) and Rosalie to live on an island made of trash.  Brinn Ripley, the charismatic cult leader called Father, has developed a way for his people to live independently of the mainland, using only the garbage collected from the ocean for fuel.  When their way of life is threatened, Father convinces his followers to take their own lives.  It is only River and her newborn son, Peak, who survive.  The world around them has literally turned to garbage, and yet, there is hope. River says, “Rivers can divide.  I learned that recently.  When they do, each part is called a branch.” When speaking of her son’s life in the new world of their creating, she says, “When the time comes, I will tell him whatever story he needs to hear.”

The fragmented structure of this collection perfectly illustrates the way people move into and out of one another’s life, while also always being connected in both personal ways (like family ties) and larger, global and ecological ways. Bones of an Inland Sea is a smart and insightful book; these are the stories that we need to hear.

Oct 9, 2013

Fiction Winner John Vurro

Here's an excerpt from John Vurro's piece, winner of our John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction Contest! It appears in our beautiful new 13.1 issue.

John lives in New Jersey with his wife and family. Some of his other work has been published in Evening Street Review and is upcoming in Our Stories.

Excerpt from "Carmine's War"

Want to submit to our current contests? Calls for our Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contests can be found HERE for a $500 award and placement in issue 13.2.

Oct 7, 2013

Cover Artist Andrew Alexander

We are excited to publish the cover art of Andrew Alexander in our newest issue 13.1. In finding cover art for 13.1, we struggled to find an image that would reflect our Country Living Themed Issue. Andrew’s photograph depicts the nature beauty of the country, and our editors fell in love with it. We're sure you will, too.

Andrew was born on September 11, 1973 in Columbus, IN. He is a photographer from the Southside of Indianapolis. Growing up in the town of Edinburgh, Indiana, small town life gave him an appreciation for the simple things where time seemed to move a little slower. Nearby military base Camp Atterbury and accompanying Johnson County Park provided many escapes to where he ultimately fell in love with nature. As a teenager, he discovered photography which helped to steer him away from the destructive & rebellious path he was heading down. 

The viewfinder of his Pentax K1000 35mm camera drew him in to things he had never noticed before. Andrew’s unique style of photography was developed by discovering this “other world” of details by shooting from out-of-the-ordinary perspectives. He uses mostly natural lighting and often enjoys capturing the abandoned. He tends to let his camera tell a story from remnants left behind, where once an entire family or workforce thrived, or where cities and life once prospered but is now gone. The strangely beautiful patterns and shapes that naturally occur is what attracts his eye. Rust or patina on old metal. The swirls of moss. Peeling, chipping paint. The familiar lines and curves of an old vintage car or truck. Unique statues standing guard over weathered headstones. Driving the winding back roads, he is drawn to worn-down barns, windmills, and farms to capture their likeness before they vanish making way for modern progress. 

Issue 13.1 cover art from Andrew Alexander

While Andrew shoots many scenes in nature, he also sees the enticement of people “left behind” as well. The lonely homeless person who seems lost in the buzz of the city. Andrew uses his God given talent to freeze moments in time that move him, so that others can enjoy their beauty as well. 

He is mostly self-taught in photography but was and still is inspired by the landscapes of Ansel Adams, Peter Lik, Clyde Butcher & local Indiana photographer Darryl D. Jones. Other influences include portraits by Annie Liebovitz, Yousuf Karsh and also war journalism by Endre Friedman aka "Robert Capa" among many others. To him, it's really pretty simple. Life is beautiful. Andrew lives with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Casper and Sierra in Greenwood, IN.

Andrew's other work can be seen here, here, and here. Check him out!

You can contact Andrew at (or) 317-439-6081.

Oct 2, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Christopher Linforth

Christopher Linforth, whose fiction appears in the newest issue of Harpur Palate, has had several short stories published. His story, "The Cowboys of Fukushima," was published in the summer 2013 issue of Swarm, and "A Sky Green and Fields Blue" is in Hawai'i Pacific Review. We'd like to congratulate him on his recent success!

Contributor Highlight: Elizabeth McDermott

We're happy to announce that Elizabeth McDermott, poetry contributor to Harpur Palate's 13.1 issue, has recently published two poems. "The Surveyor's Perspective," appears in DIAGRAM, and "Give and Take," in The Literary Bohemian. Her review of The Life and Death of Poetry, Kelly Cherry's latest collection of poems, is in the current issue of American Book Review.

Sep 19, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Jan Bottiglieri

We'd like to congratulate past contributor Jan Bottiglieri on the publication of her poetry chapbook, Where Gravity Pools the Sugar. Jan's poem, "The Worst Gift I ever Got was a Grave," was published in the 11.1 issue of Harpur Palate. Where Gravity Pools the Sugar is available through Finishing Line Press and Amazon.

Contributor Highlight: Tina Tocco

Congratulations to past contributor Tina Tocco, who has had a piece published this week in Passages North's online series, Writers on Writing! Tina's short story, "Family Planning," appeared in volume 12.2 of Harpur Palate.

Sep 14, 2013

First Event of the Literati Reading Series

[UPDATE 9/16/13] Due to unforeseen travel delays, tonight's Literati Reading Series will begin at 6:00 pm. Thanks!

Award-winning D. C. poet Kyle Dargan and Harpur Palate's own Dante Di Stefano will kick off the new "The Literati Reading Series" on Monday, September 16, 5 p.m. at the Broome County Arts Council (BCAC), 81 State Street, 5th Floor, Binghamton, NY. The series is hosted and coordinated by Tara Betts and sponsored by Curcio Printing. "Literati" readings will take place monthly at BCAC on the third Mondays through December.

KYLE DARGAN is the author of three collections of poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003). For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Dargan has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He is currently an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University and the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine.

See you there!

May 6, 2013

Issue 12.2 Now on Archives!

Selections from Harpur Palate issue 12.2 are now up on our Archive page! Go check out the winners of the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry as well as the Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction. We hope your Monday is as bright and sunny as ours!

May 2, 2013

WINNER of Harpur Palate Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest

MICAELA FERGUSON is from Rochester, New York. She is currently studying integrative neuroscience at Binghamton University, and hopes to attend medical school in the near future. Micaela wrote her first story at the age of eight about a caterpillar who didn't fit in, and have continued writing because her sixth grade teacher demanded it. This is Micaela's first published piece.


Contributor Highlight: Jackie Clark


"Aphoria" is a poetry collection by past contributor Jackie Clark, published by Brooklyn Arts Press. Here is a review of "Aphoria" by Seth Abramson from The Huffington Post:
"Clark's attempts to connect the abstract decor of the psyche and the inorganic and organic furnishings of a personal life are bracing and alluring. These brief, aggressively-enjambed poems offer several memorable turns of phrase apiece, and never fail to honor the small spaces in which we live as well as the broad expanses mapped by our anxieties, emotional proclivities, and hard-won first principles. None of the poems are titled, and few run longer than a page, but this is only appropriate for a poetics as exquisitely attuned to the minute as this one is."
Jacke's poem "The New Year" was published in issue 12.2 of Harpur Palate. Selections of 12.2 will be viewable very soon from our Archives page, so check back to read Jackie's poem as well as many others, including our contest winners!

May 1, 2013

Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest Winners!

The results are in! The winner of the Spring 2013 Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest hosted by Harpur Palate is Micaela Ferguson, for her poem "Heaven."

Honorable mentions are:

Monica Gray, for her short story "Shooting Star."

Monica is a sophomore at Binghamton University, double majoring in psychology and English. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She lives in Centerport, New York.

Thomas LaMonte, for his short story "Shrimp."

Thomas is a senior English major at Binghamton University. He is originally from Rochester, New York and plans to someday - when he can afford it - move to New York City. After graduation, Thomas hopes to break into the advertising industry as a copywriter.

Read Monica's story "Shooting Star" here. Look forward to Micaela's poem in an upcoming post!

Apr 17, 2013

Interview with OFF THE PAGE

In celebration of National Poetry Month, our very own poetry editor Nicole Santalucia and poet Leslie Heywood read their poems on NPR's program OFF THE PAGE with host Bill Jaker!

Leslie Heywood is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University.  Her poems have been widely published, both in her books, including "The Proving Ground", "Natural Selection" and the memoir "Pretty Good for a Girl", and in her new volume of poetry, "Lost Arts".  She has also been published in leading literary magazines, including Prairie Schooner and Women's Studies Quarterly.   Dr. Heywood's interests and professional activity extends into gender studies, distance running and evolutionary neurobiology.  She writes, "From the research has explored connections between kinesis, consciousness, and embodiment as these are articulated by a specific set of themes—body, gender, affect, and identity—posed from a number of different perspectives:  literary historical/feminist; sociological/cultural; evolutionary; neurophysiological and neuropsychological; and creative."
Nicole Santalucia, who grew up in Johnson City, is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University and founder and coordinator of The Binghamton Poetry Project, which is holding workshops around Broome County for both adults and young people and published an anthology.  She is also poetry editor of the university's literary journal, Harpur Palate. Her poems have appeared in Ragazine, Clockhouse Review and the Paterson Literary Review.  Nicole's poem "Looking for Lima Beans" received Honorable Mention in this year's Allen Ginsberg awards.
Check out the interview here.

Apr 9, 2013

Proud to Announce...Our Launch Party!

Harpur Palate is hosting our annual launch party on FRIDAY, APRIL 26th! We will be celebrating the release of our latest issue 12.2. We have invited contributors to read their work, and we will also showcase the winning piece from our undergraduate creative writing competition. Food and drinks will be provided. The location is RiverRead Books at 5 Court St., Binghamton. Come one, come all!

Apr 4, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Vanessa Blakeslee

Our sincerest congratulations to past contributor Vanessa Blakeslee, whose eponymous collection will be published by Burrow Press next year! Vanessa's short story "Train Shots" was published in issue 9.2 of Harpur Palate. Visit her column, The Shimmying Writer, for more of Vanessa's work.

Mar 29, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Mitch Sisskind

Congratulations to Mitch Sisskind, whose poem "Joe Adamczyk" was chosen by guest editor Denise Duhamel for Best American Poetry 2013! Mitch's poem first appeared in issue 11.2 of Harpur Palate. Best American Poetry 2013 is available for pre-order on Amazon, where you can also find previous issues.

Mar 14, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Mantic by Maureen Alsop

We are ecstatic to introduce Mantic, the latest publication by a past contributor, Maureen Alsop!

Maureen was the winner of our Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry in 2007, and her poem "Daguerreotype Portrait of Woman & Bird" was published in volume 6.2 of Harpur Palate. Volume 7.2 saw the appearance of another poem by Maureen, "Accidental Sea," which is also included in Mantic.

We extend our sincerest congratulations to Maureen for her publication, and wish all of our contributors and friends a successful publishing season.

Mar 4, 2013

Contributor Highlight: Bill Neumire

Congratulations to past contributor Bill Neumire for the publication of his poetry collection Estrus by Aldrich Press! Bill's poems "Wake" and "Beached Pilot Whale" were featured in volume 11.1 of Harpur Palate. Check out his collection here.

Feb 12, 2013

John Gardner Prize 2013

The John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction

Opens: February 1
Postmark Deadline: April 15

The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the spring/summer issue of Harpur Palate. All submissions will be considered for publication and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning submission appears.

Contest Guidelines:
- Submissions should be previously unpublished
- Shorter than 8,000 words
- Entry fee: $15 (includes a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate)

Please include: 
- Cover letter with name, address, phone number, preferred email address and story title
- Checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money order made out to Harpur Palate

Entrant's name should appear only on the cover letter and not anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Please be advised that we do not accept entrants who have any affiliation with Binghamton University. You may enter as many stories as you wish.

For paper entries please send along with fee and SASE to:

John Gardner Fiction Contest
Harpur Palate
English Dept.
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 

Jan 26, 2013

13.1 Country Living Themed Issue


Get our your cowboy/girl boots and iron your flannel shirts because Harpur Palate 13.1 is preparing for a hoedown! Get out your autoharps and join us in some backwoods mountain music with a twist!

We are looking for essays, stories, and poems that take us on a journey away from city skyscrapers and bring us to the interior of the eclectic American countryside. We want to be taken to the apex of an Adirondack Mountain, to the front porch of Aunt Bernice's goat farm, to the bayous of Mississippi. Tell us what it was like to plow a field in the 1900's, what it feels like to milk a cow with your hands. And while you're at it, we've always marveled at the art of fly fishing. Give us a story about fly fishing, especially if fish are never caught. We are searching to reel in something deeper from the end of our lines. 

Give us more than “hillbilly” stereotypes and “hick” dialogue. We want to see more than the archetypal moonshiners who drive beat up pick-up trucks, and men who play fiddles that are lost in their beards. The American countryside deserves a more thorough, well-rounded exploration than the constructed, narrow range of identities fashioned by Nashville or the recent television phenomenon “Honey Boo Boo.” Give us believable characters. In other words, don’t “red-neckinize” simply to “red-neckinize.” 

Give us essays that will haunt us, stories with raw characters that we cannot forget, and poems that hum the beauty or even the ugliness of nature. Bring the sounds of the American country night alive and surprise us by what we find there.

General submission guidelines apply.