News: Short Story Prize + Preorder Volume 5

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Keep sending us your work; we’re loving the range of work coming through our queue and we’re itching to fill Volume Six with your great writing and comics.

Meanwhile, we are proud to announce the first ever Heavy Feather Story Prize, judged by Joanna Ruocco, author and co-editor of Birkensnake!

Ruocco holds an MFA from Brown and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of The Mothering Coven (Ellipses Press, 2009), Man’s Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (which won the 2009 Noemi Press Fiction Chapbook Contest; judged by Rikki Ducornet), Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize; judged by Ben Marcus), and Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2014). She also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex). With Brian Conn, Ruocco co-edits the fiction journal Birkensnake.

To enter: submit via Submittable. Work must be previously unpublished. Recommended length is 8 to 15 pages (2000 to 4000 words). This is a FICTION contest. The entry fee is $10. Only one winner will be selected and blurbed by the contest judge. Other manuscripts could appear in print at the editors’ discretion. The winner and finalists will be announced on the HFR website on JUNE 1, 2016, and the finalists will receive special mention in the issue. The winner will receive a $250 prize, a print copy of the issue, and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. Each finalist will receive a print copy of the issue and a lifetime digital subscription to HFR. All entrants will receive 1-year digital subscriptions to HFR. All entries are read nameless. Please don’t include any identifying information in your submission. The deadline for this contest is: MAY 15, 2016.

Additionally, we’re excited to launch the preorder page for Volume Five while we roll through the last edits before it hits the printer. This issue marks our foray into annual production, and boasts an exciting interior redesign. Work in the issue includes fiction by Miranda Mellis, Tatiana Ryckman, and Rob Walsh, poetry by Jasmine An, Jessica Morey-Collins, and Brandon Shimoda, essays by Amy Long and Philip Shaw,  Jake Levine’s translations of Kim Kyung Ju’s poetry, plus monster illustrations by Daniel Williams and art by Kathy Rudin and Clayton Kalman. The book features Double Take champion Jessica Q. Stark’s The Liminal Parade (selected by Dorothea Lasky) and runner-ups Kiley McLaughlin and Ryan Mills.

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