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New Titles and Other News


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Look out for FC2’s new fall titles:

Mother Box and Other Tales by Sarah Blackman

Expectation by Jeffrey DeShell

Once Human: Stories by Steve Tomasula

There’s a wonderful review of Hilary Plum’s They Dragged Them Through the Streets at Full Stop.

And FC2 is still reading book-length manuscripts for the annual Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest and the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. The deadline to submit is 12:00 a.m. (EST) on November 1, 2013. All submissions must be uploaded electronically to Submittable. For complete submission guidelines see: http://www.fc2.org/prizes.html.

FC2 at &Now7


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&Now7: Off The Road
at University of Colorado Boulder
September 26-28, 2013 | Organized by Jeffrey DeShell + Elisabeth Sheffield

This year’s &Now Festival will take place September 26-28 at the University of Colorado Boulder. FC2 is pleased to have many authors participating in the festival. Below are events–including an FC2 Reading on Saturday 9/28–which feature FC2 authors. Consult the official &Now7 Schedule for more information on these events and a full list of their participants.

Music/Noise/Sound: Thursday September 26, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Matthew Kirkpatrick

Collage Aesthetics: Thursday September 26, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Lance Olsen, Michael Mejia, Matthew Kirkpatrick

Colorado Uber Alles Reading: Thursday September 26, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | British Studies (Norlin Library) Elisabeth Sheffield, Stephen Graham Jones

Fabulous Reading: Thursday September 26, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm | British Studies (Norlin Library) Lucy Corin, Elisabeth Sheffield, Noy Holland, Susan Steinberg

Publishing: BOMB, Fence, Red Lemonade: Thursday September 26, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm | British Studies (Norlin Library) Jeffrey DeShell

Break on Through to the Other Side: Writing About Race and Gender as a Transgressive Act: Friday September 27, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am | Dennis Small (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Debra Di Blasi

Ongoing Experiments in Form: Friday September 27, 2013 9:00am - 11:00am | UMC 353 (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Matthew Roberson, Matthew Kirkpatrick

Writing Through Media Archaeology: Friday September 27, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Mark Amerika

Arcane Profane: Friday September 27, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | ATLAS 229 (Roser ATLAS Building, 1125 18th Street, Boulder) Lucy Corin

Fiction in Translation: Friday September 27, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | Dennis Small (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Rob Stephenson, Steve Tomasula

Friends of JEF Reading: Friday September 27, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | UMC 353 (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Yuriy Tarnawsky

Melopoeia Phanoeia Fictapoeia: Friday September 27, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm | UMC 353 (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Yuriy Tarnawsky

Innovative Aesthetic Responses to the So-called Global War on Terror: Friday September 27, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm | ATLAS 229 (Roser ATLAS Building, 1125 18th Street, Boulder) Hilary Plum

Remixing The Book and Its Others: Friday September 27, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Mark Amerika

A Whitman Sampler: New Poetry: Friday September 27, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Innisfree, 1203 13th Street (on the Hill, corner of 13th and Pennsylvania) Margo Berdeshevsky

FC2 Reading: Saturday September 28, 2013 11:00am - 1:00pm | UMC 425 (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue.)Susan Steinberg, Luke Goebel, Noy Holland, Matthew Kirkpatrick, Hilary Plum, Joanna Ruocco, Rob Stephenson.

Intersemioticity: Saturday September 28, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Lance Olsen, Jeffrey DeShell, Michael Mejia, Steve Tomasula

Where’s Your Heat At: Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Debra Di Blasi, Alexandra Chasin

Poetic Ilk: Readings of Hybrid Fiction: Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm | UMC 425 (University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue) Joanna Ruocco

Laird Hunt & Steve Katz: Saturday September 28, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Black Box Theater (Roser ATLAS Building–2 floors down from the lobby–1125 18th Street, Boulder) Steve Katz

Books by FC2 authors will be for sale in the &Now Book Fair.

FC2 Innovative Fiction Prizes Open for Submissions 08/15/2013


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The Ronald Sukenick/FC2 Innovative Fiction Contest and the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize will open for submissions this week on August 15, 2013. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. The reading period will run through 12:00 am (EST) on November 1, 2013. The winners of the Sukenick and Doctorow Prizes will be awarded $1,500 and $15,000 respectively, and publication by FC2. Matthew Roberson will judge this year’s Sukenick Contest and Sam Lipsyte will judge the Doctorow Prize. Winners will be announced in May 2014. For a complete list of submission guidelines and a link to the electronic submissions portal, please visit http://www.fc2.org/prizes.html.

Michael Martone Wins Indiana Authors Award


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Congratulations to Michael Martone for winning the 2013 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award! The award includes a $10,000 prize and a $2,500 grant that will go a public library of Martone’s choosing. Martone will be honored at the fifth annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner on October 26th at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

“There was never a time in my 40 years of writing that I have not written about Indiana. My readers outside the state are always amazed to discover this baffling and beautiful land in my stories,” said Martone. “And, look at this, the old home surprises me again with this gift of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. I am profoundly grateful.”

Michael Martone is the author of several books of fiction, including Michael Martone, Four for a Quarter, and Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler’s List. He is currently a Professor at the University of Alabama. You can read interviews with Michael Martone here and here. Visit www.fc2.org for a complete list of Martone’s FC2 titles.

Submit to the 2013 FC2 Innovative Fiction Prizes


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FC2 is pleased to announce that the reading periods for the annual Sukenick and Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prizes will begin August 15, 2013 and extend through November 1, 2013.

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest was started in 2006 as a way to find emerging authors whose aesthetic visions harmonize with the innovative aesthetic vision of FC2. The prize is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with FC2. The winner receives publication and $1,500. Recent winners include Luke Goebel, Sarah Blackman, and Patrick J. Lawler. FC2 Board Member Matthew Roberson will serve as this year’s final judge.

The FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize was started in 2008 to bring established innovative writers to FC2. The prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. The winner receives publication and $15,000. Recent winners include Michelle Richmond, Mac Wellman, and Joanna Ruocco. Sam Lipsyte will serve as judge for this year’s contest.

Submissions to both the Sukenick and Doctorow prizes can be made to FC2’s electronic submissions manager starting August 15, 2013. For additional information and submission instructions, please go to http://www.fc2.org/prizes.html.

Susan Fox Reviews Beautiful Soon Enough


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Susan Fox has written a beautiful review of Margo Berdeshevsky’s collection Beautiful Soon Enough (FC2) in the newest issue (issue 18/19) of Poetry International.

Fox writes:

The style here is richly but delicately lyric, a web of resonating filaments. The risk of such writing is tenuousness, a failure to grasp the reader’s mind tightly enough to make a deep impression. But Berdeshevsky’s muscularity of observation and precision of detail override the risk. One brief example of that precision: two women in “Le Serveur” stroll “with a turquoise shared umbrella” – why those adjectives in that order? Wouldn’t we usually say “a shared turquoise umbrella”? But no, this isn’t a colorful umbrella, it’s a shared umbrella, made real by its color. The order is accurate.

And:

For some readers such perspective might seem a liability, as if only male writers are allowed a gender-oriented sensibility, as if a profound exploration of feminine experience belongs to a lesser literature. I remember a friend’s poetry workshop experience some years back in which the much-laurelled male poet running the show derided her poem about her mother’s death as too limited in subject matter, while extolling a male student’s verse about the shock of his first awareness of his father’s penis as “universal.” It’s time we got this straight. Women who write about women are no more parochial than men who write about men. Moby-Dick is about all of us; so is powerful work in which the perspective and characters are female. Some important knowledge is – or ought to be – just plain unisex. Berdeshevsky offers such important knowledge to anyone who will take it.

You can purchase the issue here and you can explore Berdeshevsky’s work further at her website.

Luke Goebel Interviews Susan Steinberg


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Luke Goebel is the 2012 winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Prize. His collection FOURTEEN STORIES: None of Them are Yours will be published by FC2 in 2014. Goebel recently interviewed Susan Steinberg (The End Of Free Love, FC2) (Hydroplane, FC2) about her new collection of Stories, Spectacle, (Graywolf Press). You can read the interview at HTMLGIANT.

Of her characters, Steinberg says:

I guess they risk being ridiculed, objectified, humiliated, unprotected, seen as “confessional,” seen as too girly, seen as stupid, seen as too provocative, seen as unimaginative. Same things the female author risks.

I didn’t answer the second part, I just realized. What is risky for a woman to say?

I don’t think it’s as much about subject matter, as it is about style. I think it’s risky to be direct.

Susan Steinberg at CU Boulder


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Susan Steinberg is the author of The End of Free Love (FC2), Hydroplane (FC2) and Spectacle (Graywolf Press). She recently read her story “Cowboys” at The University of Colorado at Boulder. CU Boulder MFA students, Lily Duffy and Rachel Levy, discuss Steinberg’s reading in this brief podcast.

Judges Announced for the 2013 Sukenick and Doctorow Prizes


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Hearty congratulations to Michelle Richmond and Luke Goebel, winners of the 2012 Doctorow and Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prizes.

Our next reading period opens August 15th, 2013. Matt Roberson will judge the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. And we are pleased to announce that Sam Lipsyte will judge the 2013 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.

FC2 Announces Winners of the Doctorow and Sukenick Prizes


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We are pleased to announce the winners of the Doctorow and Sukenick prizes!

Michelle Richmond has won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her collection The Hero of Queens Boulevard and Other Stories. A special thanks to this year’s judge, Rikki Ducornet. The Doctorow prize includes publication by FC2 and $15,000.

Luke Goebel has won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for his collection Fourteen Stories None of Them are Yours. Goebel’s prize-winning manuscript was selected by Jeffrey DeShell. The Sukenick prize includes publication by FC2 and $1,500.

The 2013 prizes will open for submissions on August 15th. For more information please visit www.fc2.org.