On July 31 we received the last of the Toll Prize chapbook entries. There are some beauties in there! Now the committee has divvied up all the submissions and is reading them blindly. This Sunday, we are going to meet and discuss our selections, then choose a winner, the book that we feel best honors the memory of our great friend, our brilliant poet.
We’re also raising money to keep the series tenable, so now we’re offering ast year’s winning chapbook, What Hank Said on the Bus by Kyle Flak, available for just $5. I love Kyle’s book! It’s fun, funny, and supple.
Here’s the book’s first poem. Fans of Spencer Madsen take note:
MABEL MY DEAR
you held my hand all through the new kung fu movie
we were at the mall
and then we were buying popsicles
later we were naked
much later than that you were showing me the pinball machine you keep
in your garage
i felt like we were too old for everything
you kept pulling champagne out of surprising places
i said, “okay. i get it. you’re a fun person.”
but then stuff kept happening
stuff is still happening
Keep the prize alive and read the whole chapbook in your hands. Order a copy here.
There is less than one week to submit your manuscript to Publishing Genius’s 2014 reading period. There have been lots of great writers submitting lots of great manuscripts. As of right now, we are only committed to one book in 2015, so I’m looking forward to finding some great works of poetry and fiction in the “slush pile.”
"Slush pile" is a terrible word and publishers should never use it.
I’m looking forward to finding some great works of poetry and fiction in the Genius File. (Okay, not that either. Or maybe.)
In July, you will be able to submit chapbooks for the Chris Toll Prize.
Good news — two stories from Everyday Genius made their way onto Wigleaf’s Top 50. Check ‘em out:
Check out the whole list here! There are lots of great writers and journals listed. Thanks to Wigleaf, and the contest editors Erin Fitzgerald and Ben Loory.
Chris Toll emailed me after he read with what he called professors. He was frustrated.
memo to the universe: poems are NOT words and line breaks. their poems were “about” lightning - if i may toot my own horn for a moment, my poems “are” lightning. i can say no more! when you’re a writer, it is good to be humble and focus on the work.
We are going to announce submissions for the second Chris Toll Prize soon.