Archive for January, 2010

January 31, 2010

Amazon vs. Macmillan: Resolution?

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On Saturday, the New York Times reported on a dispute between online bookseller Amazon and one of the big six publishing houses, Macmillan. The long running dispute centers around the price Amazon would offer electronic copies of Macmillan titles, including the 2009 Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize winning Middlesex, among other great literature and hot hits. The disagreement turned to fiasco this week when Macmillan stated they would not distribute newly published titles to Amazon unless the price for electronic books was negotiable. Amazon retaliated by removing all Macmillan titles for purchase from their database (consumers could still purchase the books through any of the third party sellers linked to Amazon).

Amazon’s attempts to use its leverage as the largest online seller of books failed, The Washington Post reports this evening. An article picked up from says that Amazon will sell the Macmillan titles for $14.99 at the publisher’s request and let consumers decide if the price is worth the purchase.

January 29, 2010

Website Update

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If you’re looking for writing this zine has published and no longer see the link, never fear! We’re still building our new website and all previously published work will have a link on the new site. However, as we prepare for the transition from blog to site, a few bumps are expected as our new site takes shape.

As always, we’re interested in your submissions. Best of all, if we’re interested in your work, you’ll be include on our new site in what we’re calling this zine: volume 1, issue 2. Fancy, huh?

January 28, 2010

National Book Critics Circle Nominees Announced

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The National Book Critics Circle, the non-profit, all volunteer member organization for professional book reviewers, announced the nominees for their annual award. A winner will be selected in each of the six categories. Winners will be announced in February.

Those who follow annual awards will recognize some familiar faces, especially in fiction.

January 28, 2010

New Submissions Guidelines

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Please note, our submissions guidelines have changed.

January 28, 2010

The Color of Reading

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The blog, White Readers, Meet Black Authors (whose subtitle is Your Official Invitation Into the African American Section of the Bookstore) is a resource for promoting black authors and the challenges authors of color face in the publishing industry. Speaking of…..

Bloomsbury Publishing is in trouble for a second time for placing a white woman on the cover of a book about an African-American girl. Justine Larbalestier, an author whose book Bloomsbury also whitewashed, is quoted on her blog as saying the jacket debacle isn’t merely an oops, but “is part of a long history of marginalisaton and misrepresentation. Publishers don’t randomly pick white models. It happens within a context of racism.” Third time’s the charm?

January 27, 2010

Feminist Literature for Young People

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The Amelia Bloomer Project annually releases a list of recommended feminist titles for children and youth birth through age 18. The 2010 Amelia Bloomer List is composed of titles published during 2008 and 2009.

January 24, 2010

Undergraduate Writing Contest

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Hollins University, where Pulitzer prize winning author Annie Dillard and poet Natasha Trethewey got their start, is hosting an undergraduate writing competition as part of the 2010 Lex Allen Literary Festival.

There is a prize for poetry and a prize for fiction. Deadline is Monday, February 8. More information can be found here.

January 20, 2010

Caldecott and Newbery Winners Announced

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The American Library Association announced the winners of their 2010 awards, including the Caldecott Medal, for distinguished American picture book for children, and the Newbery Medal, for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, among others.


The winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is Rebecca Stead’s young adult novel When You Reach Me.












The winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal is The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney.

January 20, 2010

A New (Old) Way of Publishing Books

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Check out this video from the Espresso Book Machine, a print-on-demand bookmaking invention recently released to the market.



At a cost of $100,000 or more, I am dubious that the Espresso Book Machine is going to save the book publishing industry by providing a quick and easy solution to consumer demands. Also, the quality of print-on-demand books is significantly less than typical books with no option for hardcover. While Time Magazine may have hailed the Espresso Book Machine as the “invention of the year” I think the reality of longevity for the machine is limited.

January 18, 2010

KR Contest

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The Kenyon Review is holding their annual short story contest. Submissions will be accepted electronically between February 1 – February 28.

January 17, 2010

Changes to thiszine

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A new year means changes and change is always something bitten off in quantities larger than one can chew. This is all to say that this has undergone a silent metamorphosis and it’s probably time all our readers, fans, and frenemies were dutifully clued in on our mysterious absence.


So, here goes: this zine will be moving the zine part of our site to another web address and maintaining this address solely as a blog.


What does this mean for you, dear reader and writer? It means greater flexibility with the layout of our zine and a more polished, professional look to drive traffic to the website so all our writers garner the readership they deserve. We hope the new site will make it easier to read and submit pieces and, above all, will be something you fall in love with, a place you check each morning right after you update your Facebook status.


Oh yes, we do plan to get a Facebook page sometime soon as well.


The site is still in progress but as we work towards the day when we can officially unveil it, you will notice certain changes to the links in the right hand column. Don’t be alarmed: if your pieces have been previously published in this, they will remain on the blog, as published.


If you have submitted a piece to us and have not heard about the status, we are reviewing submissions presently and will contact you soon about whether we wish to publish your submission on our new website.


And if you haven’t submitted, well geez, get to it!