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Moving Hiatus

Hi Folks–

This is just a quick note to let you know that we’ll be sort of closing up shop for a couple of weeks. We’re moving to shiny, brand new offices on campus, so all of our stock is currently packed! You’re still welcome to place orders, but please know that it will take us a couple of weeks, at least, to fill them. The move will last about two weeks, and then we’ll need however much time is necessary to get things unpacked and organized. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

James

Announcing the 2017 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner and Finalists

Southeast Missouri State University Press is thrilled to announce the winner and finalists of our Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. This was the first year that the contest was held through Submittable, and we found that it really sped up the process. If it seems like we’re announcing the winner earlier than usual, that has a lot to do with it, but much of the credit for that goes to our fantastic interns and Graduate Assistants who worked hard all fall and the first month and a half of spring semester to read through the many, many wonderful manuscripts we received, to help pick our finalists and winner. Without further ado, then, here are the results:

Winner

Avery Colt is a Snake, A Thief, A Liar by Ron Austin

Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he  struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. By confronting his own fears and limitations, he seeks to transform cruelty into compassion, rind into fruit, despair intohope. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s raw prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart. The book will be published in Fall 2019.

Stories from the collection have been published in Black Warrior Review, Natural Bridge, Draft Horse, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, december, The Masters Review, Ninth Letter, Cog, Tahoma Literary Review, and Story Quarterly.

 

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, has served as an editor for december and River Styx, and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. He has taught creative writing at the Pierre Laclede Honors College. He, his partner Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis with a whippet named Carmen.

Finalists

We Eat This Gold by Chris Drew
Weird Pig
by Robert Long Foreman
A Sensual Guide to Housekeeping by Jeff Hayden
The Last Innocent Year: Stories by Kerry Jones
Someday Everything Will All Make Sense by Carol LaHines
Boys and Girls by Jane McDermott

Thank you all for your entries. Next year’s contest is open as of now. We can’t wait to read what you send!

Announcing the Winners of Big Muddy’s Might River Short Story Contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

We are excited to announce the winners of Big Muddy’s annual Mighty River Short Story Contest and the Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest. See the winners and finalists below!

Mighty River Short Story Contest

Winner

“Halloween, 2001” by Giovanna Varela

Giovanna Varela’s work is severely influenced by her hometown of Central Florida. She is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School, and an MFA in film production at Emerson College. Her pilot script, “Flamingo City,” won 2nd place in Nevada International Film Festival’s 2017 TV screenplay competition. Her flash fiction has been published in Folio, Literary Juice, Rock & Sling, and the Owen Wister Review, and is forthcoming in Southern Indiana Review and Moon City Review

Finalists

“Nature Programs” by Richard Bartel
“Lunar Hymns” by Ryan Boyle
“Love Me Through a Hurricane” by Amina Gautier
“Many Other Ways to Die” by Lisa McKenzie

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Winner

“Story, Baby” by Kate Simonian

Kate Osana Simonian is an Armenian-Australian writer of fiction and essays. She attends the English PhD program at Texas Tech as a Presidential Fellow. In 2017, she received the Nelson Algren Award and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her work has been published by, or is forthcoming in, Ninth Letter, The Kenyon Review Online, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best Australian Stories.

Finalists

“Lies” by Andi Boyd
“Hearts & Spades” by Ryan Boyle
“What a Drag it is Getting Old (M. Jagger) by Yvonne Fein
“El Pobrecito on Catolico Street” by Mario Padilla

Congratulations to the winners and finalists!

Next year’s contests are open for submissions. For more information, see our events and contests page.

 

Avalialble Now: Writing By American Warriors, Volume 6

Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, vol. 6 will be out soon and we have a pre-order page up for it. Have a look for a list of contest winners and included pieces:

Proud to Be: Writing By American Warriors, Volume 6

2017 Big Muddy Pushcart Prize Nominees

Big Muddy would like to congratulate our Pushcart Prize nominees for 2017, chosen from issues 17.1 and 17.2 (the latter of which will be back from the printers any day now!)

Here are the nominees:

“Hangman’s Game” by Sam Martone (17.2)
“One Trick Pony” by J. Bowers (17.2)
“Missouri is a Ghost Shaped Thing” by John Dorsey (17.2)
“Speaking in Rivers” by Keith Donnell Jr. (17.1)
“Midway” by Jessica Fokken (17.1)
“older” by Charlotte Covey (17.1)

Best of luck to all of you!

Also, sheesh, was it hard to narrow the list down to just six! Thanks for all the great reading you keep sending our way. We look forward to all of the submissions to come!

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Book Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press is pleased to announce that Emma Bolden’s manuscript House is an Enigma is the winner of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Prize, judged by Susan Swartwout. The prize includes $2,000 and publication of the winning manuscript by the University Press. Ms. Bolden’s book will be published in October 2018.

House is an Enigma is an investigation of the language used to house descriptions of the body, which so often seek to define and determine the boundaries and behaviors of the spirit that lives within. Written after Bolden’s radical hysterectomy, during which she noted her doctors’ use of house metaphors to describe her body and discuss her inability to have children, these stunning poems set out to expose the fissures in the foundations of the language we use to define human bodies and their behaviors, using these cracks as a lens through which she can see her own body, at last, as her own flawed but beautiful home.

Emma Bolden is the author of two books, Malificae and medi(t)ations, and several chapbooks. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander, National Poetry Review, Nimrod, Triquarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, StoryQuarterly, Bellingham Review, DIAGRAM, Monkeybicycle, and Gulf Coast among other venues. Bolden received a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Winner

House is an Enigma by Emma Bolden

Finalists

Reverse Migration by Leah Angstman
Days Since a Lost Time Accident by Steve Bellin-Oka
Rare, Wondrous Things by Alyse Bensel
You, Them, Her by Allison Blevins
If Not This Then What by J.L. Conrad
Cut Words and Other Trimmings by Kathryn Gessner Calkins
Glass is Glass Water is Water by Rae Gouirand
Temple of Bureaucratic Kindness by Brad Johnson
Inside Ball Lightning by Jacob Oet
Repeater by Michael C. Peterson
History of Gone by Lynn Schmeidler

Review of Big Muddy 17.1 Featured on New Pages

Our latest issue of Big Muddy was reviewed on New Pages. Turns out, they really liked it. Here’s a link to the review:

https://www.newpages.com/literary-magazine-reviews/big-muddy-2017

Author Tom Cushman passes away at 83

University Press author and friend Tom Cushman passed away earlier this month at the age of 83. A longtime sports columnist and journalist, Tom published Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation with the University Press in 2009.

Tom Cushman was born in St. Louis in 1934. He received his BA from Southeast Missouri State University and graduated from University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. For over 40 years, he worked as a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (1959–1966), as reporter and eventually staff columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (1966–1982), as Sports Editor and columnist for the San Diego Tribune (1982–1992), and as Sports Editor and columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune (1992–2002).

In his years as a sportswriter, he covered 10 Olympic Games, 25 World Series, 26 Super Bowls, 30 NCAA Final Fours, 21 Masters Golf Tournaments, 18 U.S. Open Golf Tournaments, and major professional boxing matches on four continents. He was the first writer outside New York City to receive the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lois, son, Scott, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Read more about Tom’s life and career here.

2016 Nilsen Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2016 Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel.

Winner
The Patron Saint of Lost Girls
Maureen Aitken, Minneapolis, MN

Born and raised in Detroit, Maureen Aitken teaches writing at the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA degree. The recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, her stories have appeared in venues including Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Night Train, and Puerto del Sol.

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls is about Mary, a Detroit native who must transcend violence in her urban environment by facing her fears of exploitation, abuse, and death. An ode to the creative spirit’s ability to transcend hardship, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls paints an unflinching portrait of the violence and injustice inflicted on women in America, while also exploring the depth of familial connections and what it meant to live in Detroit in the 70s and 80s.

 

Finalists

The Essential Nature of Water; Or, The Everard File
Heather N. Martin, Englewood, CO

 

The Last Innocent Years: Stories
Kerry Jones, Wichita, KS

 

Or Wanting to Be Known
Miranda Schmidt, Portland,OR

 

Pioneer Camp
Christian Felt, Ogden, UT

 

The Visibility of Things Long Submerged
George Looney, Erie, PA

Proud to Be Contributor Adreon Publishes Memoir on Korean War

Korean War Veteran and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors contributor Leonard Adreon released his memoir Hilltop Doc: A Marine Corpsman Fighting Through the Mud and Blood of the Korean War.

More information about Hilltop Doc can be found at http://www.hilltopdoc.com

Poet Angie Macri’s work featured in Henderson State University show

Angie Macri’s work will be featured in the “Nasty Woman” exhibit at Russell Fine Arts Gallery at Henderson State University, opening March 1.

 

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2016 fiction contests.

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Winner:
In the Jungle
Jeremy Griffin, Myrtle Beach, SC

Finalists:
Resurrecting Grandma
Paula Younger, Denver, CO

Crush
Colin Brezicki, Niagra on the Lake, Ontario

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Winner:
“Frayed Cords and Pink Underwear”
Shannon Sweetnam, Lake Forest, IL

Finalists:
“Back on the River”
Rick Donahoe, Yellow Springs, OH

“Love Seat”
Maryna Ajaja, Seattle, WA

Winners will be published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 17.1.

Welcoming new Director, James Brubaker

As of December 31, 2016, the University Press’s founder, Dr. Susan Swartwout, will be happily retired from the University and University Press.

Our new director will be Dr. James Brubaker, upressdirector@semo.edu. James  is the author of a book of short stories, Liner Notes, a short volume of pilot episodes for fictional television shows, Pilot Season, Black Magic Death Sphere: (Science) Fictions (which won the 2014 Pressgang Prize), and a number of short stories. His website is https://jamesbrubaker.net/

Welcome, James!

2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

Winner
Telling My Father
James Crews, Shaftsbury, VT

Finalists
Lost Valley
Travis Mossotti, St. Louis, MO

The Old Worlds
Doug Ramspeck, Lima, OH

What to Pack, What to Carry
Elizabeth Rees, Silver Spring, MD

Winning and selected writing for Proud to Be, Vol. 5

We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5.

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Book launch for “Gifts of Oneself: Art and Writing by James H. Hamby”

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Email upress@semo.edu with any questions about the launch.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri to read September 28

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Poet Vijay Seshadri will perform a public reading at Southeast on Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall. A booksigning will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public, and is funded by the Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writers Series and Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Vijay Seshadri by Beowulf Sheehan

Vijay Seshadri by Beowulf Sheehan

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Poet Erik Campbell reading September 14

Poet Erik Campbell will be reading Wednesday, September 14 at 7 PM in the University Center Ball Room B as part of the Missouri Arts Council Visiting Writer Series. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
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Rules for Lying releasing September 1

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Author Anne Corbitt with her Nilsen Prize-winning novel, Rules for Lying, which releases September 1. Read more about Rules for Lying here.

2015 Nilsen Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2015 Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel.

Winner
The Pie Man
John Surowiecki, Amston, CT

Finalists
The Shadows of 1915
Jerry M. Burger, Sunnyvale, CA

Field Notes
E.D. Edwards, Greensboro, NC

 

 

Macri poem chosen for Verse Daily

Congratulations to Angie Macri, whose poem “Watershed” was chosen by Verse Daily.

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Read “Watershed” via Verse Daily here, and find out more about Angie’s full-length book, Underwater Panther, here.

Reading and booksigning by Proud to Be authors at Missouri History Museum

On June 12, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors authors Scott Owen, Valerie Young, Tony Mena, and Jay Harden gave a reading at the Missouri State History Museum in St. Louis.

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Left to right: Scott Owen, Valerie Young, Tony Mena, and Jay Harden (Click to enlarge photo.)

 

2015 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2015 fiction contests.

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Winner:
“The Mockingbird”
John Blair, San Marcos, TX

Finalist:
“Where’s George”
Anne Dimock, Los Altos, CA

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Winner:
“Teachers”
Elisabeth Doyle, Washington, DC

Finalist:
“Freezerdog”
Carol Tiffany, Pottersville, NJ

Winners will be published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 16.1.

2016 Hanks Poetry Award Winners

Congratulations to the following poets, whose poems published in The Cape Rock won awards in the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Stanley Hanks Poetry Award competition.

“The Copyist,” by Jane O. Wayne, from The Cape Rock:  2nd place

“Troy, Missouri 2001,” by Mallory Bochantin, from The Cape Rock:  Honorable Mention

 The poems will be printed in The Poetry Awards Concert chapbook. The Poetry Awards Concert, with readings by all winners, will be held on Sunday, May 15th, at 1:30 at the Focal Point in Maplewood, Missouri.

Beth Lordan to read at Graduate Conference

Fiction writer and professor Beth Lordan will read at the Southeast Missouri State University English Graduate Student Conference on April 14 at 7 P.M, in the University Center Ballroom A. The reading is free and open to the public.

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2015 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2015 Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

Winner
Everyone at This Party Has Two Names 
Brad Aaron Modlin, Athens, OH

Finalists
Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
Angela Ball, Hattiesburg, MS

My Kind of Darkness
Gaylord Brewer, Lascassas, TN

Stray
Adam Houle, Darlington, SC

Bird Singing in the Moonlight
Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Sacramento, CA

Ode to the Earth in Translation
George Looney, Erie, PA

Lost Valley
Travis Mossotti, St. Louis, MO

 

Red Bull Rising reviews “Proud to Be, Vol. 4”

Thank you to Red Bull Rising for reviewing Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4.

Read Red Bull Rising’s review here.

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The Gorge’s David Armand interviewed by Late Night Library, Deep South Magazine

Read David Armand’s interviews with Late Night Library here and with Deep South Magazine here.

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Proud to Be, volume 4 book launch and reading

Join us for the launch of the latest volume in our Partners in Military Service series on December 19. Click below for more details.
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James Tate Hill interviewed by Writer’s Bone

Check out Academy Gothic author James Tate Hill’s interview with Writer’s Bone here.

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Proud to Be, volume 4, selected pieces

We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4.

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“Academy Gothic” book trailer

Watch the book trailer for James Tate Hill’s Nilsen Prize-winning novel Academy Gothic here on YouTube.

2014 Nilsen Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel.

Winner
Rules For Lying
Anne Corbitt, Atlanta, GA

Finalists
A Ghost at the Edge of the Sea
Emily Breunig, Los Altos, CA

Marion Hatley
Beth Castrodale. Jamaica Plain, MA

 

Kate Bernheimer to visit Southeast in September

Author and editor Kate Bernheimer will be visiting Southeast in September as a part of the Nilsen Visiting Writer Series.

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Winner of inaugural Cowles Poetry Book Prize

Congratulations to Angie Macri of Hot Springs, Arkansas, for winning the first Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Her winning manuscript, Underwater Panther, will be published in fall 2015.

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Winners of 2014 Fiction Contests

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2014 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story contests, Jeannine Dorian Vesser and Hannah Gildea.

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University Press display at 2015 Provost’s Showcase

Books published by Southeast Missouri State University Press were on display at Southeast’s 2015 Provost’s Showcase.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner visits Southeast

Pulitzer Prize Winning poet Stephen Dunn performed a reading at Southeast Missouri State University on April 16 at Rose Theatre as part of the Nilsen Visiting Writer Series. Click here to watch the video of his reading and click here to listen to his interview on KRCU.

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