Norton Girault Literary Prize, Superstition Review, and Anobium Books

The MFA Creative Writing Program of Old Dominion University and Barely South Review

are pleased to announce

The Norton Girault Literary Prize

Inaugural 2012 Competition is now open

The Norton Girault Literary Prize will be offered in 2012 for FICTION (annual prize will alternate among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres)– one prize will go to a single short story up to 25 pages (double-spaced).  The winning story will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected for publication.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is named after Norton Girault (learn about him here and here).

The judge for the 2012 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Fiction is Cristina García, an award-winning novelist, and the author of five novels, two works for young readers, and a collection of poetry, as well as an editor of two anthologies. Her newest work, Dreams of Significant Girls, is a young adult novel. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.

Complete contest guidelines and official entry form can be downloaded at


Superstition Review, the Online Literary Magazine at Arizona State University, is now accepting submissions of art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for Issue 9 to be launched April 1, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is February 29th.

Please visit to read complete submission guidelines as well as Issues 1 – 8 featuring Adrian C. Louis, Barbara Kingsolver, Billy Collins, Sherman Alexie, Aaron Michael Morales, Kevin Prufer, and more.


Chicago based Anobium Books invites everyone to join the release party for Volume Two of the Anobium Literary Journal. The party will take place on February 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Deagan Music (1770 W Berteau, just steps from the Irving Park or Montrose Brown Line stops). Plenty of street parking is also available.

Suggested $5 donation to support the venue. BYOB (or wine) and/or enjoy some of the complimentary beer being provided by  Half Acre Brewery! Enjoy other refreshments. Listen to readings from folks like Annah Browning, Susan Yount, Jacob Singer, Joe Meno, and more. And then listen to some music by  The Canoes (Chicago-grown r’n’r). Pick up a copy of Anobium: Volume 2, and go home, spirits warmed.

RSVP here on Facebook… or just show up. And if you would like to purchase a copy of Anobium: Volume 2 and can’t make it to the release party, visit their online store.

Anobium is also continually looking for contributors to their website. Visit for more information. And get ready for February 1st, when Anobium will begin accepting submissions for Volume 3. From the staff:

Anobium: Volume 3 is going to be a special creature. While Anobium: Volume 1 and Volume 2 were open to all submissions, regardless of theme, we’re trying a different approach for Volume 3, which will be released in August 2012.

The offical title will be Anobium: Volume 3 – Noospheria. In this special issue, we will be exploring and testing the limits, boundaries, and assumptions of the ‘noosphere,’ or domain of human knowledge. The term was originally espoused by Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky, who used it to describe and explain the ‘space’ is created when human minds interact with one another. While this idea is often integrated with the more idealistic concepts of enlightenment or evolutionary consciouness, in Volume 3, our concerns will be with the suppositions, anomalies, and inconsistencies lingering in the shadows of this noospheric structure.

We are going to want all types of writing, because big ideas need big thinkers. Go here to find out all of the details, and warm up your Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter or other type of Word Processor, and get ready to release the dogs.


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