Our second annual contest has two great writers– and humans– as judges, Jericho Brown (poetry) & Lauren Grodstein (flash fiction). Here’s how awesome they are:
Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies including, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, The Believer, The Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Oxford American, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Brown is now an assistant professor of poetry at Emory University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.
Lauren Grodstein is the author of the forthcoming The Explanation for Everything. Her New York Times bestselling novel, A Friend of the Family, was a Washington Post Book of the Year, an Indie Next Pick, and a New York Times editor’s choice. She is also the author of three other books, and directs the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.
We’ve officially opened pre-orders for issue 4.2. This great issue will go to print soon and debut late June/early July– putting us, at the least, a month away from publication! Holy wow! Get your pre-order in today at the GIGANTIC SEQUINS store. Our extremely talented contributors in 4.2 are listed here.
Want to support Gigantic Sequins into the future? You should order a one- or two-year subscription! All subscriptions ordered, starting today, will come with 4.2 as the “current” issue, so you’ll be good to go, receiving your biannual copies of GS in the mail through next summer– or the summer after if you’re into a two-year deal.
We are so happy to announce our second annual contest judges and prize donors. The contest begins on June 1, and we will have explicit rules posted to this site closer to that date.
We’ll only be accepting submissions electronically through our submittable account. We are thrilled to have these great writers judge this year: Jericho Brown (poetry) Lauren Grodstein (flash fiction). We are also grateful to our prize donors. Kari Reed, The Rumpus, MIEL books, Out of Print Clothing, and Brazos Bookstore. Get excited! Meanwhile, start figuring out what poems/flash fiction pieces you want to send to us.
We’ll have more comprehensive details coming to you in our June newsletter and here! Check back soon for that! Meanwhile, here is our contest flyer, with the rundown. Isn’t it pretty?
One of the most exciting times of year is when we have the opportunity to introduce you to the voices that will be featured in our upcoming issue. Here is a list of our contributors for issue 4.2, scheduled to drop this summer.
Fiction: Leesa Cross-Smith, Kate McGinnis, and J Rose Ryan
Non-fiction: Ben Tanzer and Liara Tamani
We announced these names yesterday via our monthly newsletter. Sign up here to receive this email once a month– really, only once– to keep up with everything great going on at GS.
It’s that time of year when we hope that generous patrons of the arts (you!) will help us to raise the funds we need to print our upcoming 4.2 issue (& also help to maintain any other various small costs that being a lit journal requires.) Thank you in advance for your donation, promotion of this fund drive, or general fandom of our thriving journal.
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We’re pleased to be currently promoting our second SPOTLIGHT, a feature on 4.1 contest winner Éireann Lorsung, put together by her and our poetry editor, Sophie Klahr. Take a look and peruse this great featured content, exclusive to the GS SPOTLIGHTS page.
Moving along, we’re about to kick off our 2013 Spring Friend Drive, so please consider making a donation now. All friends receive a copy of Gigantic Sequins 4.2, hot off the press.
Speaking of issue 4.2, we’re in the process of reading all of the submissions sent to us over our most recent submission period. If you’re waiting to hear back from us, you should get a response soon. Remember, as a submitter, you’re eligible for a discounted submission. If you didn’t submit to us, but still want to get your hands on our latest issue, a subscription, or event a back issue, dig the Gigantic Sequins store.
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We are gearing up for the AWP Conference in Boston next week. Three of our editors will at at our table, B6, on Emerson Row for the bookfair– and all three of us also happen to be Emerson College graduates, returning to the city of our alma mater! Our EIC, poetry editor & production editor (Kimberly, Sophie, & Shereen) are ready to force free stickers upon you and field any questions you may have for us. We can’t wait to say hello to our friends, fans, contributors, potential contributors, and anyone else who wanders by us.