Thursday, April 29, 2010

Reminder: Submissions

Just a reminder that online submissions will only be accepted through Friday, April 30 (mailed submissions must be postmarked by this date). That's tomorrow, so send us your best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry!

Update: Submissions are closed for the summer. We're busy getting through all the work we received. Thanks for your support of Ninth Letter and we'll have some news about the new issue in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 is back!

A good portion of the Ninth Letter site is up and running again. The webstore is still not available, so we can't take any online orders at this time. However, our submission guidelines and submission manager have been fully restored!

As always we'll keep you updated right here. Also, follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with all the Ninth Letter news.

Now it's time for us to get back to work reading submissions. Thanks again for your patience and understanding!

Monday, April 19, 2010 Update

Here is an update on from our fearless editor, Jodee Stanley:

"Writers and readers: the Ninth Letter site is down, but not dead--just being moved to a new server. Watch this space, or our twitter feed, for updates."

The site has been offline since Thursday, April 15. If you've submitted work, we promise, we will get to it as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience!

Contributor News

Here is the latest contributor news:

Keith Lee Morris has a new book out from Tin House Books, Call It What You Want. The collection features "Camel Light," which first appeared in Ninth Letter, vol. 5, no. 2.

I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence by Kim Dana Kupperman (vol. 4, no. 1) won the Breadloaf Writer's Conference Bakeless Prize and will be released on June 22.

Sherman Alexie's War Dances won the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize. His work appears in the current issue of Ninth Letter (vol. 6, no. 2).

Angie Estes (vol. 2, no. 1 & vol. 6, no. 1) and Lucia Perillo (vol. 3, no. 1) were finalists for Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for their respective collections, Tryst and Inseminating the Elephant.

"Man of Steel" by Bryan Furuness from Ninth Letter, vol. 6, no. 1 was selected for the next Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Ander Monson's Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir is out from Graywolf Press. Ander's work is featured in Ninth Letter's current issue (vol. 6, no. 2) as well as vol. 1, no. 2.

The University of Nebraska Press just released Barolo by Matt Frank (vol. 2, no. 2).

Congratulations everyone!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kathy Fagan Reading

Kathy Fagan will be reading on today at the Illini Union Bookstore as part of The Carr Reading Series. The event starts at 4:30. An interview with Kathy about the influence of the Midwest on her poetry is featured in the Where We're At section of our current issue. Kathy is the author of four collections of poetry, including her newest one, Lip. She is currently Professor of English at The Ohio State University and is Editor of The Journal.

The reading is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Post AWP Round-Up

And we're back from AWP in Denver. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Ninth Letter table and made the conference a great success for us. We are very grateful for your support. It was awesome to meet subscribers and contributors and catch up with friends. Be sure to check out the blog for updates on the forthcoming spring/summer 2010 issue.

Also a reminder that our current reading period ends on April 30, so be sure to get your work over to us as soon as you can.

In other news, Kathy Fagan will be reading on Thursday, April 15 at the Illini Union Bookstore as part of The Carr Reading Series. The event starts at 4:30. An interview with Kathy about the influence of the Midwest on her poetry is featured in the Where We're At section of our current issue.

Finally, head on over to The Millions to check out Philip Graham's wonderful and moving essay, "Everyday I Open a Book."

Monday, April 05, 2010

AWP Denver

We're getting all the last minute details finished up for our trip out to Denver for AWP 2010. If you'll be out there, be sure to stop by the Ninth Letter table at the book fair. You can find us in exhibit hall A, table D8. We'll have 9L buttons, a rad new t-shirt, and of course some very special deals on subscriptions.

9L editor, Jodee Stanley will be part of The Future of the Literary Magazine panel on Saturday, 1:30 - 2:45.

UIUC creative writing faculty will be featured on the following AWP panels:

Philip Graham - Baby on Board: Travel Writing and Family, Thursday, 4:30 - 5:45pm.

Janice Harrington - Black goes Green: New African American Poets on the Natural World, Saturday, 10:30 - 11:45am.

LeAnne Howe - The Contemporary American Inidian Prose Poem: When Form Invents Function, Saturday, 1:30 - 2:45pm.

Don't forget to stop by the Ninth Letter table to say hi. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Upcoming Events

Tonight at the Krannert Art Museum is the last VOICE reading series of the semester. U of I first year, fiction MFA candidates, Baron Haber, Eric Tanyavutti, and Jessica Thom will read from their work. The event starts at 7:30pm.

Saturday at 1:00pm is the MFA Public Reading. The graduating U of I MFAs, Dana Burchfield, Caroline Duda, Brian Kornell, Matt Minicucci, Paul Pedroza, Micah Riecker, and Heather Salus, will read from their work. The reading is at the Illini Union Bookstore.

Both VOICE and the MFA Public Reading are free and open to the public.

AWP 2010 invades Denver next week and Ninth Letter will be there. We'll have deals on subscriptions along with some other awesomeness. More details will be posted soon.

Hope to see you soon!