by Alisha Karabinus, Managing Editor
Regular submissions in all genres will be closing a little early this year, on March 20 instead of March 31, due to the incredible volume received this year. Hurry and get those submissions in before Wednesday! We will be open again to regular submissions in the fall.
We are, however, pleased to announce that we will be extending the deadline for the 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction, judged by the legendary Charles Baxter. The new deadline is March 31, by midnight Eastern time. Entries are $15 for the first story and $5 for each additional, and all submissions come with a complimentary one-year subscription to Sycamore Review, along with the chance to get your story in Baxter’s hands… and in the magazine as well.
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By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor
There’s a certain renegade quality to the publishing of this book that resonates not only with the disposition of the activist poet it introduces to the English-reading public, but also chimes with Russia itself, the country whose health—both political and artistic—is always at the heart of Medvedev’s work. There’s a degree of lawlessness in the Russian mode that extends beyond internet scams and an entrepreneurially cavalier attitude toward copyright law. In 2004, Medvedev issued a “Manifesto on Copyright” on his website, declaring that anything he writes can only be “collected and edited according to the desires of the publisher, released in a PIRATE EDITION, that is to say, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, WITHOUT ANY CONTRACTS OR AGREEMENTS.” We can assume that UDP has held up its end of the bargain.
Among the pieces presented in this …MORE
by Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor
Sycamore Review is proud to announce that award-winning novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer Charles Baxter will be selecting the winner of our 2013 Wabash Prize for Fiction. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sycamore Review.
Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. Baxter is the author of five novels, including the National Book Award Finalist The Feast of Love; five collections of short …MORE
By David Blomenberg, Reviews Editor
One of the many things I look forward to toward the end of every year is the latest volume of Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction, now in its fourth year. Each November, I start looking for the notices and by December, the Alexandar Hemon-edited volume is usually in my hot little hands. Past issues have been my introduction to the wonderful work of new and established authors from all corners of Europe (when’s the last time you read short fiction from Macedonia?). The series could also be seen as a sort of sampler platter of the offerings that Dalkey Archive—a publisher specializing in literature in translation—has coming down the pike. For example, BEF 2011 was my first encounter with the luminous prose of Michal Ajvaz, whose The Other City and The Golden Age, also published …MORE
By Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor
Adam Prince’s debut collection of short stories, The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, opens with an epigraph from Wright Morris’ The Works of Love: “What the world needed, it seemed, was a traveler who would stay right there in the bedroom, or open the door and walk slowly about his own house.” In these eleven riveting and multifaceted stories, Prince rises to precisely this challenge: he is the traveler brave enough to open the door and walk slowly about the domestic lives of his characters. (Is it any coincidence that many of these stories take place in the bedroom?)
The opening story is titled “Big Wheels for Adults” and centers on two childhood friends, Peter and Jocko, now grown men who have chosen completely …MORE