Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 22, 2015

Mud Season Review literary journal issue #10

The all-volunteer literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop

This week, we celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Mud Season Review—an example of the incredible work that can come from a member-driven initiative.

In December of 2013, you, the members of the Burlington Writers Workshop, voted for launching a literary journal as your #1 goal in the annual member survey. In April of 2014, you voted to name that journal Mud Season Review. And in June of 2014, the group of members who made up our inaugural staff launched the journal’s website and opened our call for submissions.

Since then, we’ve read through 2,000+ submissions; published 10 online issues and 1 full-color, nearly 200-page print issue; drawn poets, authors, and artists from around the world; and provided BWW workshop-style responses to many writers who’ve let us know that our critical yet encouraging feedback has helped them successfully publish their work in other venues.

Along the way, we’ve also had a ton of fun. Congratulations to everyone involved on a successful first year! And check out Issue #10 for some great new content >


Publishing and content opportunities

The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize: The deadline for Hunger Mountain’s annual short fiction contest is almost here. Submit one original, unpublished story under 10,000 words. First place winner receives $1,000 and publication. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2015 or submitted via Submittable by July 2, 2015. Learn more about the contest at www.hungermtn.org.

Hotel Vermont book: We’re also coming up on the deadline for our next Hotel Vermont publication. Send in your submission of a short story or poetry by June 30, 2015.

Retreat opportunity

The lottery is filling up quickly for our August writing retreat. The retreat will be held at Camp Abnaki in North Hero on August 22nd and will be a full day of writing followed by a potluck dinner and evening music session. Deadline to enter the lottery for a chance at a spot is Monday, June 29th. Enter your name now > 

Workshop opportunities

If you’re looking for a workshop to attend this week, we do have a few open spots in the Middlebury Workshop (Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 pm in Middlebury), and the Friday Morning Workshop (Friday, June 26 at 10:30 am in Burlington).


You can now listen to Peter Biello’s new NHPR program, The Bookshelf, on iTunes.

The Bookshelf features authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. Covering mostly fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, it also features literary conferences, events and trends. The Bookshelf airs every other Friday on All Things Considered. Listen now >

You can also contribute your ideas! Email Peter at books@nhpr.org.

Congratulations and thanks

Congratulations to JD Fox, who recently had a poem accepted by Abyss & Apex.

Thank you to the staff of Mud Season Review:

  • A special thank you to the editors, assistant editors, and readers who’ve been with the journal since the beginning for your amazing dedication to bringing this idea to reality: Rebecca Starks, Lee-Ann Wilder, Robin Lauzon, Natasha Mieszkowski, Chris LaMay-West, Erin Post, Brett Sigurdson, Cynthia Close, Michelle Watters, Emily Ferro, Jodie Masotta, and Rosemary Zimmerman.
  • And to everyone who’s worked on the journal this past year: JD Fox, Wendy Andersen, Ted Calcagni, Amanda Werner, Barbie Alsop, Evan Johnson, Margaret Grant, Meg Reynolds, Victoria Pearson, Samuel Hughes, Rosanne Alexandre-Leach, Deena Frankel, Eva Gumprecht, Karin Ames, Jim Gamble, Paul Hobday, Angela Moody, Lucy Walker, Rose Eggert, and Al Uris.

If you’ve recently been published or had other writing successes, please let us know.


Support for the BWW comes from Anne Dillon Professional Editorial and Ghostwriter. She’s available to help you spin your book or screenplay into gold. Published author, former in-house editor at Vermont publishing company, and film producer with established credits and contacts available to work with you on your book or screenplay. Structural support, copy editing, ease of flow. Reasonable rates, quick turnaround, all inquiries welcome. Anne Dillon (802) 498-8102 /clerestory@madriver.com.

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