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Arpine Konyalian Grenier holds graduate degrees from the American University of Beirut and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. In addition to four collections, Grenier's work and translations haveRead More
Steven Teref is the translator of Ana Ristovic's The Soft Zero: Selected Poems (Zephyr Press) and Novica Tadic's Assembly (Host Publications, 2009). His poetry and translations have appeared in…Read More
Announced in April 2015, the new Madigan Military Award committee sought humorous true stories about military service from all branches of service, all nationalities, spouses, and children of service members. After careful deliberation we are happy to announce that the first Madigan Military Award winner is Randy Brown of Johnston, Iowa for "Coming Home on a Bungie Cord."Read More
There are contests and contests -- so what should a writer know when making a decision to enter a competition or not. Here are a list of things that a writer should know before submitting.
1. Who is the judge? A qualified judge is not going to have her / his name listed in connection with a contest that is not legitimate and if the journal is not one that will bring prestige to the judge as well as the winner. Negative Capability Press is proud to say that they have had the following writers judge their competitions in the past, among them James Dickey, Marge Piercy, and W.D. Snodgrass. Marge Piercy waived her reading fee so that the press could add another award. W.D. Snodgrass stopped in Louisiana where the winning writer lived and took him to dinner. James Dickey wrote personal letters of recommendations to journals and presses telling the editors / publishers about the top ten finalists' work.
2. Check out the Press / publication. Does the Press / publication have a website? Who have they published? Have they published other books? Check out Negative Capability Press -- negativecapabilitypress.org. Look up Negative Capability Press on Facebook and Linked-In.
3. And if you are interested in determining whether your work has a chance of winning, do this: look up the judge and read what [s]he has published. Read to learn. Reading opens new vistas that the writer may not have thought about. For example: maybe Conceptual Writing is a new, untried way of writing. Read Interviews with the judge. Read essays. What books has the judge written? What essays?
4. Who has been published by the Press? Negative Capability Press has been publishing since 1981. It has published collections of essays and poems by Marge Piercy, Karl Shapiro, William Stafford and Richard Eberhart, not to mention poetry by John Updike, Diane Wakoski, X.J. Kennedy, and even President Jimmy Carter.
5. Do you have a question? Write the publisher.