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News | December 4, 2012

Word Riot’s 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Word Riot has nominated the following works for the 2013 Pushcart Prize:

Well Baby by Kristin Matly Dennis

Sahar Mustafah

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


turtle shell by Mark Waclawiak

Congratulations to the nominees.

News | May 22, 2012

Jonathan Franzen’s Praise for Paula Bomer

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

News | April 11, 2012

James Arthur Awarded Word Riot Inc. Travel Grant

James Arthur

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

News | March 23, 2012

Celebrating 10 Years of Word Riot

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

News | December 14, 2010

Win a signed copy of I Curse the River of Time by Per Patterson

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

News | September 10, 2010

Word Riot 10th Anniversary Anthology

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


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.

Writers with

News | August 12, 2010

We want interns

unk’s dump truck/CC

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

News | July 11, 2010

Midnight Picnic wins Shirley Jackson Award

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.

News | June 28, 2010

Buy Paula Bomer’s Baby

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

News | June 7, 2010

Published For a Day

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

News | June 1, 2010

Published For a Day – Monday, June 7

Do you have an atrocious novel sitting on your hard drive? Do you have an awesome short story collection you want to expose hard and fast like the town pervert? Well, step right up…

Monday, June 7 will be “Published For a Day” day on Word Riot. We will post an entry with links to downloadable PDFs of novels and book length short story collections (at least 25k words) that will be available for one day and one day only: 12 a.m. -11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 7.

Rules, Regulations, Bull Shit

1. This is open to writers who have

News | February 23, 2010

Pillow Talk: Kevin Sampsell & Mike Young

Two Word Riot Press authors in one video? Squeeee [the sound of happiness in New Jersey]

“I don’t have to long for a better thing to tell stories about.” from bryan coffelt on Vimeo.

Mike Young blogs at places. Word Riot Press will publish his short story collection, Look! Look! Feathers later this year.

Kevin Sampsell is the author of A Common Pornography: A Memoir. Word Riot Press published his short story collection, Beautiful Blemish in 2005.

News | January 20, 2010

Order A Common Pornography

Kevin Sampsell’s A Common Pornography is now available from Harper Perennial. Word Riot loves Kevin Sampsell and so should you.

Kevin’s suggestions for disguising the title when reading in public:

News | October 25, 2009

New community features

Starting with our November 15, 2009 issue, we will be adding some new features to Word Riot:

Story ratings User profiles Threaded comments Comment ratings

We hope to continue to improve Word Riot and make it a more interactive experience without overwhelming you with useless bells and whistles.