In the News . . .  

~ Still: The Journal announces the 2017 Literary Contests in Fiction, Poetry, & Nonfiction. First prize winners in each genre win $200 and publication in the 2017 Fall issue of Still: The Journal. Entry guidelines and judging information can be found on our contest page. Deadline is September 9, 2017.

 ~ Check out recent news and releases from Still contributors and friends: 

Bill Brown's latest chapbook is Morning Window, Iris Press, 2017 

CM Chapman's chapbook of short fiction is Music & Blood, Latham House, 2017

Steven R. Cope's newest book of poems is Wa-hita, Broadstone Boooks, 2017 
Diane Gilliam's collection of new poems is Dreadful Wind & Rain, Red Hen Press, 2017 
Fenton Johnson's new collection of essays is Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, Sarabande Books, 2017
David Joy's newest novel is  The Weight of This World, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017 
Kelly Lenox's poetry collection is The Brightest Rock, Word Tech, 2017
Fire Is Your Water is Jim Minick's debut novel, Ohio University Press, 2017
Mark Powell's latest novel is Small Treasons, Gallery Books, 2017
Roberta Schultz's second chapbook collection is Songs from the Shaper's Harp, Finishing Line, 2017
Julia Watts & Larry Smith, edited stories of fiction and nonfiction for Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South, Bottom Dog, 2017
Kayla Rae Whitaker was featured as one of the “Writers to Watch” in a recent issue of Publisher’s Weekly. Her debut novel,
 The Animators, (Randon House) has been widely received. Read our interview with Kayla Rae in the last issue of Still: The Journal.  

~ Still: The Journal editors mourn the passing of poet and teacher Kathryn Stripling Byer, who died on June 5, 2017. Kay served as North Carolina’s first woman Poet Laureate from 2005 through 2009. She published six collections of poetry, includingDescent (LSU Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Association Award for Poetry. In this issue we feature a writing prompt from Kay titled "Voice Lessons: Two Poetry Prompts." Read it in our Still Life feature.


~ The second Appalachian Symposium at Berea College features poets Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Rebecca Gayle Howell in readings, conversations, and workshops on Sept. 13-14 

~ The second James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts features master classes, workshops, and panel discussions on Oct. 6-7 at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville

~ Congratulations to Leah Hampton who was awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for literature, UT Austin, where she is a fellow in the James C. Michener Center for Writers

Mary Moore won Second Prize in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, sponsored by Nimrod and chosen by Jericho Brown

~ Read fiction editor Silas House’s feature and interview with Jason Isbell for Salon

~ We congratulate a few of our past featured artists who have new music releases to celebrate~

Scott Miller is releasing new music soon titled Ladies Auxiliary
A new string band recording is coming from Ben Sollee titled Kentucky Native 
Daniel Martin Moore’s forthcoming CD, Turned Over to Dreams, is a collection of lullabies
Sam Gleaves’s new, self-titled release with Tyler Hughes is available now
Still Throwback
Re-visit John Edwin May's work as Still's Featured Artist. Some of John's most recent photography is also featured throughout this issue of Still: The Journal, including our banner image of the Knoxville, Tennessee skyline. Visit his website here
"Valentine's Barber Shop, Pineville, Kentucky," ©John Edwin May; used with permission.

 ~ Congratulations to our contributors! 

Still: The Journal nominees for the 2016 Pushcart Prize: 
Leslie LaChance, "Vesper" (poetry)
Bill King, "Postcard from the Tygart" (poetry)
William Woolfitt, "1830s Triptych" (fiction)
Natalie Sypolt, "The Sound of Holding Your Breath"
Rachel Rosolina, "Cold Light" (creative nonfiction)
Elizabeth Gaucher, "Allons, Enfants: A Young 
      Appalachian in Paris"
 (creative nonfiction)

Still: The Journal nominees for the 2016 
Best of the Net 
Janna McMahan, "Scab" (fiction)
Larry Thacker, "Dead of Winter" (fiction)
Kathleen Driskell "At New Hope Facility" (poetry)
D. A. Gray "Nocturne" (poetry)
Matthew Haughton "Tobacco Fields" (poetry)
Sonja Johanson "murmuration" (poetry)
Leslie LaChance "Vesper" (poetry)
Sosha Pinson "Re-entering The Garden" (poetry)
Julia Campbell Johnson "Crossing Over
      (creative nonfiction)
Susan Tekulve "The Peach Season
      (creative nonfiction)

~ Still: The Journal was awarded the e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website from the Appalachian Studies Association in March, 2014. The award is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people, or provides a vital community service to Appalachia." 
"Parking Lot," ©John Edwin May; used with permission.
"Festus Remembered, Asheville, NC," ©John Edwin May; used with permission.


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