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Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize: Congratulations to Enid Shomer, whose poetry collection “Shoreless” was selected by J.D. Schraffenberger as the recipient of the inaugural Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize. She is the author of four previous poetry collections as well as three books of fiction, most recently The Twelve Rooms of the Nile (Simon & Schuster, 2012). Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Paris Review, Parnassus, among many others. She has been the winner of several poetry prizes, including the Guy Owens Prize from Southern Poetry Review, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry, and the Randall Jarrell Prize from the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Watch for “Shoreless” in print and digital editions this fall.

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Also, congratulations to the Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize finalists: Neil Carpathios (“Confessions of a Captured Angel”), Leonard Cress (“Craniotomy and Other Sestinas”), Kimberly Mathes (“Finally, the Moon”), Nick Admussen (“Fly or Fight”), Philip Raisor (“That Naked Country”), Ben Gunsberg (“Welcome, Dangerous Life”), and Alejandro Escudé (“What the Atheists Speak Of”).


Congratulations to J.D. Schraffenberger (The Waxen Poor), John McCarthy (Extinguished & Extinct, ed.) and Ted Morrissey (Weeping with an Ancient God), whose books were included on Chicago Book Review’s list of the Best Books of 2015.


Released February 2016 . . .

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Pushcart Prize Nominations: Congratulations to the following TWP authors whose work the Press has nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Each work appeared originally in their single-author collections: In fiction, “Still the Bomber” by Grant Tracey, from Final Stanzas, “Girls Like That Eat Lemon Pound Cake” and “B-Sides” by Beth Gilstrap, from I Am Barbarella; in poetry, “Tortuga,” “And So the Head Breaks Through,” and “Circle” by Rachel Jamison Webster, from The Endless Unbegun.


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Call for Submissions: Announcing the Larry D. Underwood Award in Children’s Literature for an unpublished children’s book. See our Submittable page for details.


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The Press is pleased to announce that we’ll be working with award-winning author John Paul Jaramillo to bring out his debut novel in 2016. In 2012 his first collection of composite stories, The House of Order, was a Latino Book Award Finalist, and in 2013 the editors of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed John Paul as one of its 2013 top 10 new Latino authors. We’re planning to have the complex, multigenerational novel out next summer.


Released August 2015 . . .

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Released June 2015 . . .
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Released February 2015 . . . I Am Barbarella front cover See the Titles page for more details.


Released February 2015 . . . The Endless Unbegun front cover 1000

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Released August 2014 . . . Weeping with an Ancient God- front cover

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Released July 2014 . . .

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The audiobook edition of Figures in Blue is available from Audible.comAmazon and iTunes.

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Released March 2014 . . . Extinguished & Extinct cover See the Titles page for more details.


Released January 2014 . . . An Untimely Frost FRONT cover - 400See the Titles page for more details.