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Press release: Campbell McGrath in new Floodgate Poetry Series

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15 NOVEMBER 2014

Campbell McGrath in new Floodgate Poetry Series

Campbell McGrath’s Picasso/Mao appears in Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 1, along with short collections by Jenna Bazzell and Martin Anthony Call. The book will be released November 17 in ebook and softcover editions.

Each Floodgate volume will combine the work of newer writers with established poets. This new book is the first in the series.

“I’m so excited to work with such excellent poets,” said Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, the series editor. “Bringing together debut collections by Jenna Bazzell and Martin Call with McGrath’s fourteenth book displays the broad range of poetry being written today. That’s what Floodgate is all about.”

Campbell McGrath’s Picasso/Mao is a short collection of poems told from the point of view of the two historical figures, spanning seventy-five years of history. McGrath is the author of twelve collections of poetry, and has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships. He is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing at Florida International University. Celebrated poet and novelist Denise Duhamel, who guest edited The Best American Poetry 2013, called his collection “dazzling, and elegantly crafted.”

Jenna Bazzell’s Homeland describes a troubled family life, beginning with a drug deal gone bad, redeemed by time and the pleasures of the natural world. Bazzell won the 2010 AWP Intro Journal Award and has received two Honorable Mentions from the Academy of American Poets Prize, for poems included in the collection.

Martin Anthony Call’s The Fermi Sea explores a near future of urban decay, nanobots and holograms against a backdrop of lost love. Call earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2008.

The Floodgate Poetry Series is in the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.

Upper Rubber Boot Books is publishing the series. “Upper Rubber Boot” is Nova Scotian slang for a remote, possibly unhip, probably insignificant place. URB Books was founded in 2011 to give a voice to writers working from a (metaphorically) remote place, and to that end publishes primarily poetry, short story collections, and other books which would have a difficult place finding a home in the publishing world.

 

Contact:

Joanne Merriam, Publisher
Upper Rubber Boot Books
PO Box 41232, Nashville TN 37204
joanne@upperrubberboot.com

15 November 2014

Open call for Choose Wisely

Announcing an open call for reprint submissions for our upcoming anthology of fiction, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published in 2015 by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Authors must identify as female, and stories must feature female protagonists up to no good.

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: Pro-rated share of 35% royalty for ebook sales and 10% royalty of print book sales; pro-rata share to be based upon page count in the print edition.
  • Publication history: Must be previously published. Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available (but it’s fine if the work is still available to readers online). Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: 12 August 2014 Holy crap, you guys. We’ve received 16 submissions in less than day and they are all good. Accordingly, I’m closing submissions at midnight tonight (5 August 2014, Central Standard Time).
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
    (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
    (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
    (c) a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work.
    Put “CHOOSE WISELY” in the subject line.
    If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rightsholder that you are authorized to translate it.

4 August 2014

Contributor & Book News, & Review Round-up

Lots of great reading from, and news for, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

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Lyn Lifshin, whose persona poetry collection Marilyn Monroe: Poems we published back in December, has a new poetry collection out with Texas Review Press entitled Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle.

 

Corey Mesler‘s The Sky Needs More Work will be released on Thursday, and is already available for pre-order at Kobo! Here’s a sample:

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Mesler’s book was recently reviewed by Susan Cushman at Pen & Palette, who wrote, in part, “…the subject matter is dripping with delicious verbal concoctions… This book is not to be missed.”

 

Speaking of reviews, Upper Rubber Boot titles are getting some great reader reviews!

Bicycle Girl is not for the faint-hearted, as it includes some brutal scenes of interrogation, but this is a fascinating depiction of an all-too-credible future played out in a convincing (and refreshingly non-standard) setting.
Amazon.co.uk reader VikingS, on Tade Thompson’s “Bicycle Girl

Best 99 cents I’ve spent in a long time. …It left me with the feeling that my brain had just been set afire (in a good way).
Amazon.com reader Barbara A. Varacalli, on David M. Harris’ “Changing the World

This was a lovely, quick read with some powerful imagery!
Amazon.com reader Colleen B., on Shira Lipkin’s “The Selves We Leave Behind

1 comment 28 July 2014

Hey, how about some contributor news

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted contributor news, since I’ve been pretty busy with our new projects, like the Floodgate Poetry Series, the Soles Series of Stories, our forthcoming 2015 anthology, How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, and another anthology still being formed, co-edited by H. L. Nelson and me, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good. I’m pretty psyched about all of these projects.

 

…on to the news!

Lyn Lifshin, whose Marilyn Monroe: Poems we put back into circulation in December, has a new book of poems, Malala, out from Poetic Matrix Press.

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

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  • Tina Connolly‘s Copperhead (sequel to the Nebula-nominated Ironskin) came out in November, and her story “On the Eyeball Floor”, which first appeared in Strange Horizons, came out in translation in the Argentinian magazine La Idea Fija. Her “Flash Bang Remember,” co-written with Caroline M. Yoachim, was featured in StarShipSofa 320.
  • Seth Fried‘s story “Hello Again” is in the Spring 2014 issue of Tin House (and you’ll have to buy a copy to read it).
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  • Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum‘s poetry collection Ghost Gear, a 2013 Miller Williams Poetry Prize finalist, was released by University of Arkansas Press.
  • Tessa Mellas has a new book of short fiction, Lungs Full of Noise, out with University of Iowa Press.
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  • Chet Weise is the co-editor, with Third Man co-founder Ben Swank, of Language Lessons: Volume 1, the debut book by Third Man Books (a new division of Nashville’s Third Man Records), which was celebrated at AWP. Contributors include Jake Adam York, C.D. Wright, Brian Barker, and me.

 

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

  • David C. Kopaska-Merkel‘s poem, “Spark,” was in Polu Texni, and his story “A Better Place” is in the December issue of The Fifth Di….

30 March 2014

Open call for submissions for our Soles Series

CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.

Announcing an open call for reprint speculative short story submissions for our new short story ebook series, to begin publication in 2014 by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Each story will be published as its own stand-alone title.

Send speculative fiction, including: science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror. We’ve listed these genres in descending order of our interest in them: we’re tremendously interested in science fiction, and not as interested in horror (but still willing to read it; genres we’re not willing to read are not listed above at all).

There’s no theme for this series. Publisher and editor Joanne Merriam wants well-written stories with interesting characters doing interesting things, and she has a special interest in feminist writing, LGBTQ writing, writing which reflects alternative lifestyles and diverse characters, writing from traditions outside the English-language publishing world, and writing from the American South and Canadian Maritimes.

  • Word/page count: Between 5,000 and 20,000 words, per story.
  • Payment: Royalties of 15% for ebook sales. (URB generally pays a higher royalty rate for ebook sales, but we’re constrained here by Amazon, where we anticipate making most of our sales — they keep 70% of the cover price for ebooks that sell for under $2.99. Price points may range from $0.99 up, depending on length.)
  • Publication history: Must be previously published, unless it’s a translation, in which case the original must have been published in its original language (and we’d prefer, but do not require, that the translated story be previously published as well). Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available. Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only. In the case of this series, we also ask that the work not be available for free anywhere online (it’s okay if it used to be, as long as it isn’t now and won’t be in the future).
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories may be submitted at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: None. This is an ongoing series.

 

To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:

  • your complete manuscript as a .RTF (if submitting more than one story, please submit separate .RTFs for each story)
  • a bio of 100 words or fewer
  • a description of the story of 100 words or fewer, suitable for display on Amazon/B&N/iStore/etc. (no spoiling the ending!) should your work be accepted
  • a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work
  • if your story was ever reviewed, quotes of the reviews will be helpful

Put “SOLES” in the subject line to defeat my spam filter.

If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rights holder that you are authorized to translate it.

28 March 2014

Open call for reprint submissions of immigrant SF

Announcing an open call for reprint submissions for our upcoming anthology of fiction and poetry, How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, to be published in 2015 by Upper Rubber Boot Books.

Editor Joanne Merriam is interested in narratives that explore the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting: what it means to acculturate, enculturate, assimilate or otherwise deal with living in a new place with strange inhabitants, customs, languages and/or landscapes.

She is also interested in narratives which widen our perspectives of science fiction itself, so please note that speculative fiction, slipstream, magical realism, infernokrusher, literary fiction employing SF tropes, etc., are all welcome. Writers need not themselves be immigrants to submit.

  • Word/page count: Up to 6,000 words/story or up to 100 lines/poem.
  • Payment: Pro-rated share of 30% royalty for ebook sales and 10% royalty of print book sales; pro-rata share to be based upon page count in the print edition.
  • Publication history: Must be previously published, unless it’s a translation, in which case the original must have been published in its original language. Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available (but it’s fine if the work is still available to readers online). Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories or 5 poems.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: 31 January 2014.
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
    (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
    (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
    (c) a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work.
    Put “IMMIGRANT SF” in the subject line.
    If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rights holder that you are authorized to translate it.

1 comment 27 October 2013

“What a gruesome question. Let’s see. If you leave a tadpole in a jar in the sun it will die.” – Margaret Atwood

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

 

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

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Finally, this is a great reader review of Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories at LibraryThing:

This collection has so many endearing elements I fear I will not be able to do them justice here. The stories interweave so well that it can be read like a novel, but they are also different in big and small ways that create more than enough interest to keep on reading. I was up till 6am this morning completely captivated by the themes and excellent continuity of the stories. These themes are sometimes deep, metaphysical, existential – generally philosophical; but, they are measured by wry and observant humour. Nothing is left in the ether; this is one of the most satisfying short story collections I’ve ever read.

22 September 2013

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I love this reader review of Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories over at Smashwords:

The characters, plots and themes are very graphic, perverse at times, shockingly so. But the writing is so good, that you find yourself flitting through the stories effortlessly, accepting one outrageous thing after another. You’re eager to turn the page to find out what grotesquely captivating character the author will dream up next.

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

 

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

31 July 2013

I think some of the most exciting work being produced right now is happening at the margins, and it’s tremendous to have a hand in getting it before the public.

Loren Kleinman interviewed me at her blog!

28 July 2013

Signs coming tomorrow

I’m sitting here in the Dalek Pride t-shirt I got last week at Hypericon (a fun little science fiction and fantasy convention here in Nashville), pretty excited by all the stuff my peeps have done in the past month or so.

Also! We have a new book coming out tomorrow. Well, officially tomorrow, but actually it’s already up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble—which you’d already know if you followed us on Facebook or Twitter. Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories is a collection of a dozen intertwined short stories by New Zealand author RJ Astruc, featuring airship crashes, Interpol agents, artificial intelligence, hologram cities, bioterrorism and psychic gamblers. Official announcement, naturally, tomorrow.

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

 

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

23 June 2013

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