Thursday, December 11, 2008


Gival Press Poetry Award Deadline of Dec. 15th Around the Corner


The 10th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award
Prize: $1,000.00

December 15, 2008 (postmarked).
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.


Completely open.

Eligible Poets:
Open to all, national and international poets.


Forms or Style of Poetry:
Original work, not a translation of someone else's poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript:
At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

Status of the Winning Manuscript:
The manuscript as a whole shall not have been published before. However, include an acknowledgment sheet to indicate any previously published poems in the collection (poem/journal/date). It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems.

Format for Submittal:
Include a separate cover sheet with name, title of manuscript, address (street, city, state, electronic mail), and phone number. The poet's name should not appear on the pages of the ms. The numbered pages should be clipped together.

If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk or CD in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one's computer disk.

A short bio should be included.

Always keep a copy of your manuscript; materials will not be returned and will be recycled after the judging.

Reading Fee:
$20.00 (USD) by personal check or USA money order payable to:
Gival Press, LLC.

International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).

Mail to:
Robert L. Giron, Editor
Gival Press Poetry Award
Gival Press, LLC
P.O. Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

We try our best to announce the winner by mid spring. Unfortunately, it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the individuals involved.

The winner will receive $1,000.00 (USD) and his/her book of poetry will be published by Gival Press. The winning poet will receive 20 copies of the publication.

A standard publication contract is offered.

Judging: The manuscripts are judged anonymously. The winner for the previous award will be the judge for the following year. The decision of the judge will be final.

Monday, December 08, 2008


Robert L. Giron Offers Creative Writing Course at Montgomery College - Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Interested in Learning How to Write Creatively
Spring 2009 Registration
Honors Program
Montgomery College—Takoma Park/Silver Spring
The Creative Process in Writing
A Tutorial for 1 to 8 Students
Montgomery College

Day and Time: To Be Announced, Depending upon Who Enrolls and the Schedules of Everyone Involved
Place: SN220 (Honors Suite)

This is a special tutorial for honors students who have a GPA of at least 3.2 and 12 credit hours, including the equivalent of EN101.

The course is a tutorial that will focus on the creative process of writing, including but not limited to letters, essays, poems, short stories, etc. Students will be given exercises and will discuss their work in a workshop environment whereby other students and the professor will provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve the written work.

For further information please contact:
Robert L. Giron
Professor of English and Poet/Writer/Editor
(240) 257-1379, Fine Arts 215
Visit his website:

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Tim Johnston Wins the 2008 Gival Press Short Story Award

Gival Press is pleased to announce that Tim Johnston of Iowa City, Iowa, has won the 2008 Gival Press Short Story Award, which has a purse of $1,000.00, for his short story entitled Water.

The top short stories were read anonymously and the winner was chosen by last year's winner Mark Wisniewski.

Praise from the judge:

"Water was much the best of the ten entries I read, and it is one of the most developed and loaded short stories I have read period. There is complexity here—of character, emotion, plot, history, and overall vision—and, yes, such complexity might challenge some readers, but in this story it pays off with that grand sense of having experienced the upshot of a stranger’s fully lived life. Motherhood, guilt, sweetness, crime, marital love, denial, friendship, hope, brotherhood, death, rejuvenation, legality, and the claustrophobia many folks must suffer after dogged endurance in a small town: how can all of this fit into a single piece of short fiction? Yet all of it does, threatening to sweep even the cynical reader into this victorious narrative, which by turns flows as tenderly and powerfully—and as naturally toward tragedy—as can water itself."
—Mark Wisniewski

Tim Johnston is the author of the novel Never So Green (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2002). His fiction has appeared in New England Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Colorado Review, DoubleTake, and other publications. Johnston is an O. Henry Prize winner, the 2008 fiction winner of the New Letters Awards for Writers, and the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

To read the story, click here: Water by Tim Johnston


Henry's Fall
by Rosalia Scalia of Baltimore, Maryland.

Eye of the Goat
by Rachel Gallagher Brooklyn, New York.

by Mark Connelly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A Blue Chandelier
by the late Greg Torso represented by David Groff of New York, New York.


ArLiJo Features Poets Cliff Browder and Lolette Kuby is currently featuring poets Cliff Browder and Lolette Kuby.


Secrets of wheat
Wrens nesting
And a small boy
Friendly with stars report
Theology dissolved
In a faint whisper
Of wind on water
Brooding a ripple or a world.

First appeared in Galley Sail Review.
Copyright © 1961 by Clifford Browder.


Clifford Browder is a writer and retired freelance editor living in New York City. His poetry has appeared in Heliotrope, The Main Street Rag, Runes, Snake Nation Review, The Bitter Oleander,, and elsewhere. Excerpts from his long novel Metropolis have been published in New York Stories, Quarter After Eight, and Third Coast. He is also author of two published biographies and a critical study of the French Surrealist poet André Breton.

Your Soup

But where are the carrots?
Bright phalluses forged in the netherworld sun?

You must not draw too soon
Or wait too long

And where is the salt?
The flavorful gold, the licking stone?

Beware unbandaged cuts
Pinched or poured it cannot be undone

And where the onion?
Solidified tears?

Embracing itself. Unfold it you find
Nothing, a socket sans eye

And water? There must be water.
Secretly tubed from the top of the mountain?

Mine it like diamonds
Wrest it from daybreak

And where is the meat?
On its way to you?

The meat is dozing in the sun
Swatting flies with its tail

The meat is grazing in the field
Running in its own wool

It must be blindfolded and gagged
It must be silenced and tamed.

The meat is still eating.

Copyright © 2008 by Lolette Kuby. Your Soup first appeared in The New Laurel Review.


Lolette Kuby, an expat from Cleveland, Ohio, now living in Toronto, holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and taught at the Cleveland State University. She now does freelance editing. Her book publications include In Enormous Water; Set Down Here; Inwit (poetry collections); An Uncommon Poet for the Common Man: A Study of Philip Larkin's Poetry; and last year a short story collection, Out of Cleveland.

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