Anthologies to Love – 100 Years of Best American Short Stories – You guys, we love an anthology. And we love the Best Of Series, which has championed the short story for years. Now, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is honoring the centennial of its short fiction compilation with a forthcoming special anniversary edition, 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories. The special edition, edited by Lorrie Moore, will include a selection of short stories featured throughout the series, which launched in 1915. The collection is available Oct 6, 2015.
The National Book Awards Longlist – Each year we look forward to the longlist and this year there is especially happy news. Our first-year judge, Lauren Groff’s newest novel Fates and Furies was recently nominated for the award. Of course we’re huge fans. Be sure to check out this fantastic interview in The Guardian. “My deepest desire for this book was to write a subversive book that didn’t look subversive.”
New Publications – There are some friends on the scene. The long-awaited Freemans, the bi-annual publication edited by John Freeman (of Granta fame) releases in October and showcases some notable writers: Haruki Murakami, Louise Erdich, Lydia Davis, Laura vandenBerg, Lorrie Moore, and Dave Eggers to name a few. Regarding the journal, Freeman said in an interview with the Washington Post, “I want it to be a home for the long form… as well as writing that feels possessed, like only that writer could have done it. I hope it introduces new writers, and coaxes great ones to do something other than book-length writing. There will probably be a photo essay in the middle.”
Catapult also launches this week. Brought to you by the founders of Electric Literature, Catapult celebrates extraordinary storytelling. They accept un-agented submissions of literary fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and graphic narrative in April and October. Editor in Chief Pat Strachan says, “We must contribute to both contemporary literary culture and the pleasure and knowledge of a diverse and serious readership.” As Rebecca Mead wrote in The New Yorker, “There are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained.”
Prize for New Immigrant Writing $10,000 – Restless books has announced a killer award, one that focuses entirely on first-generation residents of the United States. “The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing will alternate yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions, beginning with fiction in 2015. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction.” The winner will be awarded $10,000 and publication through the press. Details here.