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11. Paula Bomer book. Mike Young book. Word Riot. Pre-order special ends Dec 1. I reckon you better.

2. Calvino died before finishing his memo on Consistency.

14. From Paper Cuts.

Audience Q: How do you know when you’re getting better?

Lorrie Moore: Maybe you don’t.

Audience Q: How do you know when you’ve found the right ending?

One of the Brooklyn guys named Jonathan: Maybe you don’t.

5. internet stunts versus blurbs: is there a difference? (Or how do I get Tao Lin’s name into this post?)

77. My computer crashed two days ago. Do you back up your writing? How and how many times? Any horror stories like when Hadley lost all of Hem’s stories on the train, etc?

Roundup / 28 Comments
November 22nd, 2010 / 12:27 pm



Yo!  Word Riot, publisher of me (oh and some other folks, like Mike Young and Paula Bomer and Kevin Sampsell), is having a contest.  THREE contests.  Poetry, flash fiction and short story.  The winner of each will receive half the contest money (from their respective individual contest, I assume) and be published in the WR 10th anniversary anthology. They’ve also opened up submissions for the WR 10th anniversary anthology from authors previously published on the site. More info here: http://www.wordriot.org/archives/2019.  I just got a galley of Paula Bomer’s book Baby this week and I’m gonna read it ASAP, like as soon as I finished this amazing Aldous Huxley book The Devils of Loudun that I got from the library.  (Read this shit, it’s so good!)

Contests / 8 Comments
September 13th, 2010 / 12:57 pm

Jackie Corley, publisher and editor of Word Riot, offers sound advice for would-be publishers.

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5. Aaron Burch interview at new Word Riot. Glow like lung tattoos.

I don’t know. I think one of the interesting things of having been writing stories for a good handful of years now is looking back at stuff and seeing what recurs and finding those fascinations that you weren’t really aware of. I guess I could say something like I believe, often, you have to be taken apart, by yourself or something else, and then be put back together to really grow/change/etc., and so I guess that was kind of what the book became about, though that’s the answer I put together just now for this interview; I’ve certainly never thought of it that prescriptively before, nor was it an intention when working the book.

1. You can buy Andy Warhol’s turtleneck.The same people will sell you Martian Meteorites and Madonna’s appointment books.

February 1999: Pick up dog at daycare. Do crunches. Run LONG! Select polymer for breast cone. Step into groove. Drink 3 ounces lemon juice. Tell Pepsi Co. to go fuck themselves. Wax.

7. If every single poem you wrote was published in mags would you gather those poems and send out the mss? Aren’t they already out in the world?

213. Prime Number Magazine is open for submissions starting now. You miss 100% of publications you never submit to, blar me, rosy tunnel, etc.

Roundup / 14 Comments
July 20th, 2010 / 3:52 pm


Jackie Corley has announced a Published For A Day event.

Published For a Day – Monday, June 7

Participating Writers: TBA

Do you have an atrocious novel sitting on your hard drive? Do you have an awesome short story collection you want to expose hard and fast like the town pervert? Well, step right up…
Monday, June 7 will be “Published For a Day” day on Word Riot. We will post an entry with links to downloadable PDFs of novels and book length short story collections (at least 25k words) that will be available for one day and one day only: 12 a.m. -11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 7.

Rules, Regulations, Bull Shit

1. This is open to writers who have been previously published in Word Riot or any of the following sites (in no apparent order – let me know of any I should have included in the comments):
3:AM Magazine, Anderbo, Collagist, decomP, Dogplotz, Electric Lit, Eyeshot, Hobart, Identity Theory, JMWW, Keyhole, Laminantion Colony, Necessary Fiction, No Colony, NOÖ, NYTyrant, Pank, Pindeldyboz, Monkeybicycle, mudlucious, Opium
2. Upload the PDF to your server. If you don’t have a server, email us the PDF and we will upload it to Word Riot. Email information in the format below to jcorley AT gmail DOT com by 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 6:

Subject: Published For a Day

Novel Title by Author Name
File Link:
Previous Publications: [Must have at least one publication credit from list above]
Summary: [Under 250 words. Make it sexy. You want people to download you.]
3. Any PDFs uploaded to Word Riot will be deleted on June 8. The links will die on June 8, as well.

Readers: Download all you like on June 7. There are no other rules for you.

Contests / 28 Comments
June 1st, 2010 / 10:38 pm

Winners of the Nick Antosca ‘Midnight Picnic’ Contest

Here are the winners of Nick Antosca’s Midnight Picnic Contest, as chosen by the author:


Ben Spivey (points for picture) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v719/truettdietz/MScontest.jpg)

Ken Baumann (chill of truth)  (http://htmlgiant.com/?p=1936#comment-3436)

Honorable Mentions:

pr  ( http://htmlgiant.com/?p=1936#comment-3470 )

barry ( http://htmlgiant.com/?p=1936#comment-3447 )

jereme ( http://htmlgiant.com/?p=1936#comment-3481 )

crispin ( http://htmlgiant.com/?p=1936#comment-3701 )

Honorable mentions winners can email me (brothercyst@gmail.com) their mailing address and whether they would like to receive a copy of FIRES or a randomly selected book off my bookshelf.  (I will not be offended if they choose the randomly selected book.  I will politely assume they already have FIRES.)

Thanks to all who participated, may they die peacefully in their sleep.

All else, you can pick up your copy from Word Riot Press, and really should: it’s a wild book.

Now, to counteract the psychic violence of the photo that accompanied the original contest post, here is a ‘compromise’ video accompaniment: cute meets curdled. It’s as far as I’m willing to go.

Contests / 17 Comments
December 8th, 2008 / 8:28 pm


With the shitty demise of Impetus Press, Nick Antosca has already gotten his forthcoming MIDNIGHT PICNIC lined up with a new press, Word Riot Books. Very glad to see this getting saved so quickly, and with hardly any delay. Here’s a press release:

Middletown, NJ — Punk rock-spirited independent publisher Word Riot
Press will release Nick Antosca’s second novel Midnight Picnic on Dec.

Midnight Picnic was slated to be released by Impetus Press on Oct. 31.
The book’s publication was put on hold when Impetus Press publishers
Willy Blackmore and Jennifer Banash announced the dissolution of the
company due to financial pressures. Shortly afterward, Impetus Press,
Word Riot Press and Antosca began discussions about the novel’s

“Willy Blackmore and Jennifer Banash’s dedication to Impetus authors
is remarkable,” Word Riot Press publisher Jackie Corley said. “When
Willy and Jennifer learned of Word Riot Press’ interest in Midnight
Picnic, they worked tirelessly to make a deal happen.

“I’m pleased and impressed by how fast Word Riot stepped up,” Antosca
said. “Jackie didn’t hesitate, and I think it’s a wonderful thing for
independent literature that she runs her press so fearlessly. It’s
terrific that she’s going to publish Midnight Picnic.”

An eerie story about the nature of death, Midnight Picnic is a
non-traditional ghost story in which a vengeful child searches for his
murderer on the deserted roads of the American countryside, drifting
in and out of the afterlife.

“If there’s a real Hell out there in the American heartland, and real
ghosts, I suspect Nick Antosca has seen them. Midnight Picnic
reinvents the ghost story for our unsettled times—it’s a riveting and
terrifying 21st Century Book of the Dead that’s one of the most
frightening novels I’ve read in years,” said Elizabeth Hand, author of
Generation Loss, Mortal Love, and Winterlong.

Jami Attenberg, author of The Kept Man, has called Midnight Picnic “a
thrilling follow-up to his contemplative debut, Fires. His
imagination makes an astonishing show in this macabre, bizarre and
witty story of ghosts and revenge. Impossible to put down until the
extremely satisfying end, Midnight Picnic conjures up the mounting
tension of the finest Bradbury story.”

John Haskell, author of American Purgatorio and I Am Not Jackson
Pollock, concurred with Hand and Attenberg’s assessment of Antosca’s uncanny ability to unearth the darker elements of human nature:
“Beneath the skin of emotion there are muscles and nerves, and that’s
where Antosca takes us.”

Called a “page-turner” and “a demented little novel” by Publishers
Weekly, Midnight Picnic will be at home in Word Riot Press’ diverse
stable of literary and experimental works of fiction.

“Nick’s forceful authorial voice has made him a young writer to watch.
I’m elated to have Nick as part of the Word Riot Press family,” Corley

Author News & Presses / 12 Comments
November 7th, 2008 / 6:11 pm