This is the third year of the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, and we’re pleased to see it gaining momentum and awareness. Now more than ever we need a chorus of creative and passionate voices speaking up for the planet and all of its species.
This year, we received more than a hundred submissions, which included a wide range of fiction, short story and essay collections, memoirs, nonfiction nature books, and a number of previously published works in all categories. We began reviewing submissions when the contest opened in September of last year and have been reading steadily since then.
Every manuscript was given careful consideration, and the decision-making process was very difficult, given the exceptional quality of this year’s entries. As much as we love this contest, the hardest part is having to narrow the list down to only a few titles. It’s a completely subjective process, of course, and we thank all who contributed their work to this year’s prize.
We are delighted to announce the finalists and semifinalists:
Three Ways to Disappear
A novel by Katy Yocom
Small Small Redemption
Essays by Sangamithra Iyer
The Heart of the Sound
A memoir by Marybeth Holleman
Published by Bison Books
Song of the Ghost Dog
A novel by Sharon Piuser
A novel by Caroline Manring
Rumors of Wolves
A novel by C.K. Adams
The Harp-Maker of Exmoor
A novel by Hazel Prior
The four finalists will move on to final judging by JoeAnn Hart.
We hope to announce a winner in the next month or so. To be among the first to hear the announcement, stay tuned to this blog or subscribe to our newsletter.
Again, thanks to everyone who submitted and everyone who writes with the goal of making this world a better place. We appreciate your support!
We are headed to Australia during the first two weeks in September and would love to connect.
We’ll be participating in several events in various cities, including:
Adelaide: September 4
We will be teaching a full-day class on author book promotion at the SA Writers Centre.
Every participant will walk away with a custom book marketing plan — along with a free copy of Everyday Book Marketing. You can learn more and register here.
Melbourne: September 6-7
We don’t have anything scheduled just yet, except for hoping to see the little penguins.
Brisbane Writer’s Festival: September 8-11
Midge Raymond will be speaking and teaching throughout the festival. You can learn more and register here.
Sydney: September 12-14
Join us for a free seminar titled Writing about Animals: Literature’s evolving relationship with the animal kingdom. We’ll be joined by Among Animals 2 contributor Sascha Morrell. The event will be held at the University of Sydney (New Law Building, Seminar Room 028) on September 13th from Noon to 2pm.
If you’re in one of these cities and would like to meet, let us know!
We can also hand-delivery any of our books — Amazon can’t beat that!
Thanks to Ashland (and many other cities) banning plastic bags, we thought we all could use a great grocery/book/everything bag. (We’re also enjoying the chance to show our Oregon pride.)
We created a small quantity of these recycled-cotton bags — environmentally friendly, fair-labor produced — and so far, it’s been perfect for books, groceries, and everything else we’ve toted around. It’s lightweight (folds easily into a smaller bag), durable, and, if we might say so, quite good-looking.
If you’d like to order a bag of your own, you can do so here.
Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting nonfiction submissions for a new anthology, Writing for Animals: An anthology for writers and instructors to educate and inspire.
From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word.
And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals.
We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature.* Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words.
There is no deadline at this time; we will accept submissions on a rolling basis until further notice. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication.
*Please note that this is a collection of instructional articles about the craft of writing. We will NOT be publishing animal stories or personal essays, only articles that deal specifically with the art and craft of writing about animals.
Areas of interest include:
Anthropomorphism and writing from the animal’s point of view
The rethinking of animal-centric idioms (such as “fish out of water” or “kill two birds with one stone”)
How to elevate animals from “set pieces” to “characters” in your writing
How to address violence toward animals
Animal rescue themes
Animals and “personhood”
The “animal turn” and what it means for animal-centric literature
Animals in children’s literature
For all submissions, please include (in a single document) the entire essay and an author bio listing all publishing credits, awards, and experience. Include a valid e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number.
And, just to be clear, we are not looking for essays about animals. We are looking for articles about writing about animals.