GS 7th Annual Summer Contest Results!

Thanks to our judges & all who entered. Here are the results!

POETRY

“Maadulampazham (In Which Her Daughter Hears the Diagnosis).” by Kari Ann Ebert, winner selected by celeste doaks
Annotations for [Redacted] Elegy” by Derek Berry, finalist
“An Oral History of a City Destroyed by Fire” by Kitt Keller, finalist
“IF I WERE ANY MORE AMBIDEXTROUS I’D SLAP MY OWN ASS LEFT HANDED” by Zachery Elbourne, finalist
“Passed Down on Slow Hands” by Claire Fallon, finalist
“Portrait of George Stinney, Jr, as Police Report and Trial” by Len Lawson, finalist

FLASH FICTION

“The Collectors” by Julia Coursey – winner, chosen by Rachel B. Glaser
“Evolution” Katheryn McMahon, finalist
“Father’s” by Zach VandeZande, finalist
“My Fake Brother” by Leonora Desar, finalist
“The Murderous History of Tumbleweeds” by David Drury, finalist
“Timber” by Christopher Linforth, finalist
“Walks Like a Lion” by Nancy Au, finalist

GS 8.1 Contributors

We’re psyched to announce the contributors for our 8.1 issue, debuting this winter!

ART: Yokim Snow, Sarah Shields, and Miguel Angel Soto

COMICS: Jason Hart and Anna McGlynn

FICTION: María Isabel Alvarez, Andy Myers, Elizabeth Gibson, Kim Hagerich (5th annual Flash Fiction contest winner), and Saul Lemerond

CNF: Benji Alvey, Jacob Little, and Bailey Pittenger

POETRY: Zoë Bodzas, Kristi Carter, Brian Clifton, Emily Corwin, Dan Encarnacion,  Dana Fang, p.e. garcia, Marlin M. Jenkins, Paige Lewis,  Xandria Phillips (5th annual Poetry contest winner), Katie Prince, and Michael Martin Shea

7.2 CONTRIBUTORS ANNOUNCED!

Holy moly! It’s that time! This news went out via the GS monthly newsletter yesterday–and now it’s live, right here, on the internet, for everyone to see! The issue is forthcoming this summer, so keep your eyes peeled for a pre-order link in June. Meanwhile, bask in the glories that are the…

GS 7.2 CONTRIBUTORS

FICTION: Christopher D. DiCicco, Kathryn Hill, & Pete Stevens

CREATIVE NON-FICTION: Amber Taliancich Allen & Justin Carter

POETRY: Liz Bowen, Paul Cunningham, Logan Fry, Tracy May Fuad, Jennifer Hanks, Kamden Hilliard, Patrick Martin Holian, Alyse Knorr, Laura Kochman, Muriel Leung, Lupe Méndez, & Jameka Williams

ART: Maeve Myfawnwy Broome, Arielle Lipset, & Jessica Elizabeth Moore

COVER ART: Andreea Stan

BOOK REVIEWS: You’re the Tower by Christopher Lowe (Yellow Flag Press, February 2016), reviewed by Dustin Hyman; Aspects of Strangers by Piotr Gwiazda (Moria Books, 2015) and I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek (We Heard You Like Books, February 2016), both reviewed by Craig Chisholm

SHINY FAMILY NF :: NEWS FROM OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we still adore a recent contributor with one of the biggest hearts: Colette Arrand.

Colette wrote a non-fiction piece, “.081 Magenemite” for last summer’s 6.2 issue, and she’s just published a new piece at AutoStraddle titled “My Trans Body as a State of Desire.” It’s an exploration of her “emotional cave” as she discovers new modes of experiencing sexuality during her transition. It’s exciting, unique, and (of course) honest.

We’d expect no less from Colette.

Find her on Twitter and, especially, her blog.

GS 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Congrats and good luck to the Gigantic Sequins 2015 Pushcart Prize nominees:

POETRY

Dalton Day “Career Day” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Carrie Lorig “Fear is the Beginning of Devotion / of a Dedication” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Joe Lennon “IAmA” (from issue 6.2, July 2015)

FICTION

Kara Vernor “Ants” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Devin Kelly “Sugar Bears” (from issue 6.2, July 2015)

ESSAY

Becky Wills “And Violets Are Blue, Roses Are Red, the Daisies Are Yellow, the Flowers Are Dead” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

7.1 CONTRIBUTORS ANNOUNCED!

Issue 7.1!

forthcoming January 2016

We’ve begun production on issue 7.1, which will be guest designed by Melissa Middleberg. Here’s whose work the issue will feature:

FICTION by Michael AlessiGail AronsonGary Joshua Garrison,Melissa Goodrich, and Lillian Ann Slugocki

CREATIVE NONFICTION by Eileen M. K. Bobek and J. Bradley

POETRY by Heather BowlanMarty CainJosé Hernández DíazTafisha EdwardsJennifer FossenbellDenise JarrottJared JosephMatthew MahaneyErin Lyndal Martin, and Billie R. Tadros

ART by Fabio Sassi and Irina Skornyakova

COMICS by Scott Stripling

+COVER ARTIST TBA!+

+PREORDERS AVAILABLE SOON!+

SHINY FAMILY :: RECENT NEWS FROM OUR POETRY CONTRIBUTORS

Happy end-of-October! Piles of leaves, buckets of candy, and plenty of reasons to celebrate our Gigantic Sequins poetry contributors! Here’s how they’ve been shining this past month:

Elizabeth Hoover (2.1) was named a poetry finalist for the the Fall 2015 Orlando Prize!

You can preorder THE OPPOSITE OF LIGHT by GS 3.1’s Kimberly Grey from Persea Books.

GS 5.1’s Rachel Mennies has a poem in the current issue of Poet Lore!

Karissa Morton‘s (4.1) poetry manuscript Amuse the Darkness was a finalist for the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize.

Morgan Parker’s (5.1) second book of poetry will be published in 2017 by Tin House Books!

Alison Strub‘s (6.2) chapbook Lillian, Fred was a finalist in a recent BOAAT Chapbook competition & will be published in 2016.

GS 3.2’s Jane Wong has three poems up at Entropy Magazine and a new poem up at The Seattle Review.

You can now preorder NATURALISM, a new chapbook debuting 11/15 from GS 3.2’s Wendy Xu, through BAP!

And many GS affiliates have work in Dusie issue 18: Gina Abelkop (3.2), Denise Jarrott (7.1), Karissa Morton (4.1), Emily O’Neill (5.1), Morgan Parker (5.1), Meghan Privitello (3.2),Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC), Nicole Steinberg(6.2), & Candice Wuehle (3.1) !

And here’s some Shiny Editor and Contest Judge News to boot:

GS 2nd annual poetry contest judge Jericho Brown is a headliner for the Festival of Words 11/5-7 in Louisiana! http://ow.ly/SiYuS

GS 3rd annual poetry contest judge Dawn Lundy Martin is going to edit the PEN Poetry Series!

Check out GS 6.2 Guest Poetry Editor Sommer Browning in the Denver Post reading poetry!

Meet Me Here at Dawn, a poetry collection by Sophie Klahr (GS Contributing Editor), was recently announced as the YesYes Books finalist offered publication to! It will be out late 2016-early 2017.

efs & vees, a chapbook by Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC) is now available from its publisher Hyacinth Girl Press. They’re having a BOGO sale right now, too, so get two great chapbooks for the price of one! Kimberly was also recently interviewed over at Mojo.