Behold, our nominations for the 2015 Million Writers award!
“Shadowmate” by Sam Grieve
“Something Great and Lofty” by Blake Kilgore
“Asymmetry” by Kendra Fortmeyer
Congratulations to the authors of the following works submitted for the 2015 Best of the Net Award!
“About Fifty” by Alex M. Frankel
“The Briquette I Carry Is Heavy” by Eva-Maria Sher
“Every door now is north…” by Simon Perchik
“Perimenopause” by Alison Stone
“#9” by Anselm Parlatore
“Abstract Expressionism” by Edward Butscher
“The Bet” by Adam Cogbill
“A Cappella” by Erin Lynn Cook
We are proud to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations for works published in 2015:
“Lone Bones” by Glenna Luschei and Eric Greinke
“Bedtime” by Mark Belair
“On Call” by Alison Stone and Eric Greinke
“In the Flood’s Wake” by Phyllis Dunham
“Not a Word” by Nancy Bourne
“The Forbidden City” by Michael Davis
The storySouth Million Writers Award was created to honor and promote the best stories published online during the previous year.
The 2014 awards have been announced and we’re pleased to say that Ali Eteraz’s story “Encased” was highlighted as a notable story by the judges. Congrats, Ali!
You can find links to all the notable stories here.
The Forge Archives have been expanded to include text from all issues originally appearing online — beginning with 3.1. Our team of experts had to brush carpets of dust off many an ancient tome excavated from the deep (dank?) cellars of the Forge chatau, but the task is complete and a huge backlist of older material is once again available for your viewing pleasure.
Long time readers may remember a certain resolution to do just this, so I’m happy to say that it only took two years.
Still haven’t finished reading Moby Dick…
There was a very nice write up about one of our recent contributors, Nancy Bourne, in The Millions. The story may sound familiar to many of you who write as a hobby, with a writerly identity perhaps largely unknown to your family and colleagues.
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/the-activity-that-dare-not-speak-its-name-my-mothers-secret-literary-life.html
We are now taking submissions for the Annual Forge Cover Art Contest. The winning artwork will be used on our covers for one year, and the winning artist will receive a prize of $50. Submissions must fulfill the following:
1. Address the theme of “little people opening things”
2. JPEG format, print quality (at least 300 dpi)
3. Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Deadline: March 30, 2012
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “COVER ART CONTEST”
The winner, selected by our editorial staff, will be announced May 1 and will have their art featured prominently on the website, as well as on print copies of the journal. The winner will also receive our prize of $50. The cover will be implemented starting with our July 2012 issue.
Forge shifts and jukes like a prize fight boxer. Here are some of the changes you can look forward to in the coming year.
Our first, and biggest, project is to overhaul the archives in order to make past issues more accessible. If you wander over to the Archives section at them moment, you’ll discover a nifty layout of thumbnails of the covers from the past issues. Our goal is to catalog the extensive, and mostly invisible, backlist of stories and poems and reviews and such and give them each an interactive table of contents like you see on our home page for the current issue. These TOCs will be accessed through the issue cover. This will take a while, so bear with us.
We are also introducing a Store with merchandise featuring more of our past cover artwork (“Past Cover Artwork” is really looking to be the popular pre-season choice for MVP…). We will be splitting the profits from sales with the artists.
My own New Year’s resolution is to post more on the blog. I say it every year (not out loud, to anyone in particular — let’s be clear about that), but just like my resolutions to eat more green vegetables and finally read Moby Dick, this one may be hit and miss. But I’ll try. Possible blog entry titles: “Disappointment with LOST, or, Why Its Fine with Me If George R.R. Martin Takes Another Ten Years to Complete his A Song of Ice and Fire Series.”
Brevity is the soul of … something, I think. Or maybe not.