| December 4th, 2012
Word Riot has nominated the following works for the 2013 Pushcart Prize:
Well Baby by Kristin Matly Dennis
Shisha Love by Sahar Mustafah
Friday, March 28, 1997 by Donald Breckenridge
The Great American Novel Takes a Nap in the Shade by Chris Toll
TO PASS THE TIME, I READ ABOUT ASTRONOMY by Irene Hsiao
turtle shell by Mark Waclawiak
Congratulations to the nominees.
Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom, has given some high praise to Paula Bomer’s short story collection Baby (Word Riot Press):
“Reading BABY is like being attacked by a rabid dog— and feeling grateful for it. This is some of the rawest and most urgent writing I can remember encountering.”
When I recover my ability to speak, I’ll let you know. In the mean time, if Jonathan Franzen ever wants a tour of the excellent birding at Sandy Hook, this Jersey girl is game.
If you haven’t gotten your hand on a copy of Baby, there’s no
Word Riot Inc. is pleased to announce that poet James Arthur has been awarded its second travel grant.
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. During 2012-2013, he will be a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton. His first book, Charms against Lightning, will be published this fall by Copper Canyon Press.
In the small
With 10 years now under our belt, Word Riot is officially (in Internet years) an old man. Word Riot started as the literary section of an online music magazine called Communication Breakdown. The music magazine’s founder, Paula Anderson, corralled a loose collection of high school and college students she had befriend through various online communities.
We had no idea what the hell we were doing. (Word Riot’s name, for example, has no interesting origin story other than 19-year-old me thinking it sounded punk rock.)
The music magazine slowly faded out, but Word Riot survived. By March 2003 we launched our
| December 14th, 2010
I Curse the River Time by Per Petterson
Holiday contest time!
Design your own cover for I Curse the River of Time by Per Patterson for a chance to win a signed copy of the book. (The wonderful AbeBooks is sponsoring the contest.)
The contest will run from Tuesday, Dec. 14 to Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Upload your cover image for the contest through Submishmash, our submissions manager.
Word Riot’s editorial team will judge the covers and announce the winner on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
We will update this post regularly with the contest submissions we receive, so be sure to
| September 10th, 2010
In March 2013, Word Riot Press will publish an anthology of writing from authors previously published in the online magazine. Submissions should be sent through our Submishmash submissions queue.
Word Riot 10th Anniversary Anthology
WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW STORIES FROM WORD RIOT AUTHORS. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK.
Submissions for the Word Riot 10th anniversary anthology are ONLY open to writers who were previously published in the monthly magazine. The anthology is slated for March 2013 publication. Payment is a copy of the anthology and a stake in the royalties divided equally among authors.
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This is a Word Riot first. We’ve always been small as far lit mags go. One or two fiction editors, one or two poetry editors. No assistant editors. No readers. Just a few crazy campers.
We want our December book releases, Baby by Paula Bomer and Look! Look! Feathers by Mike Young, to get our marketing best. And for that, we could use a hand.
We’re looking for a couple (unpaid) interns for light blogging (as opposed to heavy lifting), social media outreach, conducting author interviews for the magazine and marketing and promotion efforts for the
Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca
Nick Antosca’s Midnight Picnic has won the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella. Congrats, Nick!
Find out more about Midnight Picnic.
Cover design by Ryan W. Bradley
Paula Bomer’s not selling her kids, but we’ll sell her Baby. Paula’s short story collection is available for the pre-order price of $12.
Here’s what very important literary folk have to say:
“Words like ‘tough’ and ‘honest’ don’t quite do justice to the fiction of Paula Bomer. These stories bleed, yes, but that’s because they brawl. The real housewives of Bomerworld break themselves and break your heart and yet never completely lose their soulful dignity.” –Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask
“I love that Paula Bomer writes her characters into
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Grace Andreacchi Mila Arz Alex Bernstein Summer Block Paula Bomer Linda Boroff Chris Bowen Jess Bowers Mary Bowers Arndt Britschgi Tobias Carroll Robert Castle Feng Sun Chen Chris Conroy Jackie Corley Dawn Corrigan John Counts Todd Dills J Francis Adam Ford Foust Bruce Gatenby Joseph Goosey Nels Hanson Nicholas Hayes Russell Heller Steve Himmer John Oliver Hodges Larry Kovaks Susan Lago Dorothee Lang Chris Lenton
James Lewelling Anthony Luebbert C.K. Lowe Larry Menlove Drew Minh John Minichillo Bryson Newhart Brian Oliu bl pawelek Diane Payne Anna Reed Christian Rose Bradley Sands Shya Scanlon