Preorder Laurie Stone’s new book Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that is Happening from Dottir Press. This collection of hybrid narratives is filled with enough love and inspiration to help readers feel less alone. The topics range from the “moral ambiguities of buying a lobster from Trump supporters or making the case to let Jeffrey Toobin’s penis off the hook.” With a combination of memoir and criticism, Laurie Stone’s essays contain truth and celebrate freedom and things lost in our world today.
Books ordered from Dottir Press will ship on or before May 10, 2022. We can’t wait!
Laurie Stone’s strange and otherworldly postcards are captivating, erudite, and moving. What is particularly startling is when you realize that the strange place she is writing from is the heart. We should all make such a trip and, thankfully, now we have this beautiful book as a guide.
Iris Smyles, author of Droll Tales
Laurie’s essay “Bird or Bat” is featured in Issue 1 of SR and she has three essays featured in Issue 10. To see more of her work, check out her website.
Congratulations to Susan Wingate for her new novel Gag Me published by Roberts Press. Fans of mystery and twists will enjoy this book about a character with Asberger’s Syndrome solving the murder of her best friend. Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s different, fun, and truly innovative. Order today from Amazon!
The perfect cozy for a rainy afternoon… Wingate’s latest GAG ME: A Friday Harbor Novel is a mystery lover’s delight with plenty of small-town charm, shocking twists, and a puzzling mystery.
The Prairies Book Review
Susan Wingate’s “The Last Maharajan” is featured in Issue 1. To see more of Susan’s work, you can check out her website and Twitter.
FreeFlow Institute is offering one $3000 scholarship to ONE emerging writer, artist, or storyteller. The Southwest Emerging Writer Scholarship is open to writers, leaders, students, educators, and artists of ALL BACKGROUNDS and ALL SKILL LEVELS. The award may be put toward a 2022 Freeflow course in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah.
Click here to access the application and requirements. The deadline is May 1st.
Equatorial Literary Magazine is launching its inaugural issue and is seeking poetry, art, and fiction submissions from undergraduates around the world. This magazine values artistic self-expression and appreciates the many different approaches to storytelling and the unique ways people see the world. If you want an opportunity to raise your voice and express yourself in ways you never have before, go ahead and submit!
The submission period for this Spring issue is from April 1st to May 31st.
To see the specific guidelines for each category, check out their submissions page. For fiction, submit short stories between five to fifteen pages; for poetry, submit up to five poems; and for art, submit up to five images. Once everything is good to go, simply send your submission to email@example.com.
Congratulations to Barrett Bowlin whose debut book, Ghosts Caught on Film, comes out this week published by Bridge Eight Press.
Proceed with caution. A scientist and sister hope to transform gummy bears into embryos. A sleepwalking father poses a dangerous threat to his young son. Ghosts Caught on Film is a collection of stories both haunting and funny, full of warmth, anxiety, love, and foreboding. Winner of the Bridge Eight Press Fiction Prize, Barrett Bowlin’s debut is unafraid to make you laugh while looking over your shoulder or bring you to tears while turning the page.
Inventive, entrancing, funny, and often wonderfully bizarre, Ghosts Caught on Film is a fantastic story collection. With an abundance of heart and humor, Barrett Bowlin sets the table for characters who are all daring to dream while facing their own impending apocalypse. Each of these stories resonates with existential questions, echoes and afterimages, flickers of love and longing—and taken altogether, this is a stunning debut.
Jason Allen, author of The East End
You can read “Skiagraphy,” by Barrett Bowlin in Issue 20. You can also check out Barrett’s website and Twitter to learn more about his work.
Laurie Uttich creates a safe space in her new poetry collection, where readers know they’re not alone. Somewhere a Woman Lowers the Hem of Her Skirt will be published by Riot in Your Throat, a press dedicated to feminist poetry.
In this book, Laurie guides you through different experiences in life with vulnerability and relatability, critiquing gender roles, expectations put on women, and society. Some other topics include abuse, mental health, old and new relationships, and finding your way back home.
Her language is fierce and strong, telling unforgettable stories about breaking free from a quiet midwestern mold and demanding more from a world with inequality and injustice. These poems support everyone navigating their own journey in life with poems like “A Prayer for My 17-Year-Old Son on the Other Side of the Door” and “To My Student With the Dime-Sized Bruises on the Back of Her Arms Who’s Still on Her Cell Phone.”
Her knowledge from her own heartache, raising boys and making connections today is written in a way that makes it seem like she is speaking directly to you, sharing encouraging words of hope and strength. This closeness and raw emotion from Uttich invites the reader to dig deep in a brave, self-accepting way, while gently reminding everyone that they have the strength to bring about the change needed in the world and break out of our own molds others have put us in.
These poems will take you out, spin you around, and teach you just how important a woman’s life is. They’ll remind you of the distance between where you grew up and where you live now, and then they’ll collapse that distance so you see who you are is everyone you’ve ever been. And they’ll do all that with breathless grace, humor, and compassion.
Katherine Riegel, author of two poetry collections: What the Mouth Was Made For (2013) and Castaway (2010)
Congratulations to Dallas Woodburn for the release of her new novel, Thanks, Carissa, for Ruining My Life published by Immortal Works. This YA novel is the perfect friends-to-lovers romance that you won’t be able to put down. Join characters Carissa, Rose, and Brad as they navigate self-improvement, identity, and acceptance in our image-obsessed culture.
If you would like to listen to a deep dive into the book, check out Marissa Meyer’s The Happy Writer podcast where Dallas talks about the challenges of writing romance, creating powerful character arcs, and not giving up on the draft of a book you really love.
A perfect young adult romance, this slightly outlandish but totally delicious story is as contemporary as it is witty.
Dallas Woodburn writes with rare insight and compassion about the aching glory of being young.
Hilma wolitzer, author of an available man and the doctor’s daughter
You can also read Dallas’s short story “Tarzan” in Issue 13 before it is featured in her new short story collection, How to Make Paper When World is Ending, coming out this summer from Koehler Books. Keep your eyes peeled!