We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our first fiction anthology, Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction.
The anthology, scheduled for publication in February of 2014, features stories from among the best voices in contemporary fiction (you can see a list of contributors here). We received more than 300 story submissions, and it was quite a feat to choose only fifteen…but we think you’ll be as pleased with these stories as we are. The settings and animals featured in this collection range from the wilderness to our backyards, from bears to dolphins to emus.
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Ashland Creek Press is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2013-14 Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award!
Please see below for complete guidelines, and you can also click here for details and more info.
The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.
Entry Fee: $15
Word limit: 5,000
Deadline: September 3, 2013
Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, national publication, and manuscript review
Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration
Award Judge: Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.
Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology
Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books (Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)
For complete guidelines, visit www.orlo.org or email email@example.com (website is under redesign).
Online payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14″ in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award.”
I am thrilled to announce that John’s novel, The Tourist Trail, has been chosen by the Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s Animal Book Club as its May book club pick!
The ALDF is an amazing organization that has been fighting since 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system — and in addition to all its great work, the ALDF is encouraging readers to engage with these important issues through literature.
In its review, the Animal Book Club calls The Tourist Trail a “brave novel” that “demonstrates the importance of fighting for justice for animals within the bounds of the law in a moving show of compassion for all those who advocate for animals.”
Click here to read more — and don’t miss this Q&A with John in which he discusses penguins, activism, veganism, and animal advocacy in literature. You’ll also learn about the inspiration for the penguin character Diesel, whose identity has long been fiercely protected. (Kidding: Turbo actually has his own Facebook page.)
The Animal Book Club is also giving away three copies of The Tourist Trail to lucky readers — and you can qualify to win in two easy steps: visit the website and leave a comment, and join ALDF’s Animal Book Club by signing up here (it’s free, of course!). If you love animals, it’s well worth joining — the book club will features fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and films, not to mention author interviews and fantastic giveaways.
For Earth Day, Ashland Creek Press is offering an eco-fiction sampler and book giveaway.
Simply email Ashland Creek Press at editors [at] ashlandcreekpress [dot] com, on or before April 22, using the subject line EARTH DAY, and you’ll receive a copy of our Eco-Fiction Sampler, which features excerpts of six works of environmental fiction.
You’ll also be entered to win a copy of one of the six eco-fiction titles from the sampler — we’re giving away one environmentally friendly e-book and one paperback (printed on paper from Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified sourcing), so please mention your preference in your email.
When you enter the giveaway, you’ll be added to our mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time (and your info will never be shared).
For more about Ashland Creek Press, click here. For more about our environmental literature, click here.
Happy Earth Day!