Pumpernickel House Publishing is calling for proposals of presentations from Academics, Creative Writers, Literary Journals, Magazines, and Presses, as well as Bookstores for their first annual Half-Light Lit Fest and Conference, hosted in New Orleans from January 26th-29th, 2023. 

 At Half-Light Press, we're interested in hybrids, in margins, in liminal spaces, and smearing boundaries in order to create a broadened creative community. We aim to publish works that slip nooses and evade any easy definition.

The Half-Light Lit Festival and Conference aims to do the same. We'll be holding a three day event where we invite independent presses, creative writers, and scholars to come share a space, and share their unique perspectives in an attempt to foster connections between the three. This will include promotional tables for the independent presses and authors to sell their work, readings, craft talks and workshops, as well as scholarly panels exploring emerging trends in art, literature, and publishing. We have a special interest in authors, presses, and scholars working with speculative forms, slipstream, magical realism, fabulism and literary horror in any and all mediums.

The Half-Light Lit Fest and Conference will be held January 26th to January 29th. The Conference will begin with an opening reception dinner and a reading from our Key Note Speaker, Christopher Barzak. 

You can find information about the conference at www.half-lightpress.com/festival

For academic panels and presentations, we are especially interested in discussing the following:

  • The boundaries between literary fiction and speculative genres
  • The boundaries between the academic community and the community of readers
  • Redefinitions of literature
  • Hybrid forms of art and literature
  • Literature and identity
  • Changes in publishing in the modern era
  • Reflections of culture in art and literature
  • Marginalization in Identity manifesting in Marginalized Forms of Literature

For craft talks and talks from authors, we would love to hear from authors on:

  • Developing speculative worlds
  • Utilizing genre elements in literary fiction
  • Creating Hybrid Works
  • Playing with space on the page
  • Overcoming labels
  • Selling experimental, hybrid, or speculative work
  • Building community
  • Presentations of creative works

For presses, we would welcome proposals of presentations on:

  • Starting a literary magazine or press
  • Branding
  • Marketing experimental or speculative work
  • Community engagement
  • Funding a small press
  • Building relationships between presses

For workshops, we welcome authors to submit a proposal of a three day workshop plan on the genre and elements of craft they would like to teach. Workshop leaders will not be required to pay a registration fee, and workshops will be limited to 10 students per workshop.

Thanks to additional funding we've received, we will be offering $500 travel grants to outstanding proposals to an individual from each sector: academics, creative writers, Literary Journals, Magazines or Presses, workshop instructors and Bookstores. Applicants must reside outside of the city of New Orleans. To apply for a travel grant, send a letter of interest to editors@pumpernickelhouse.com that includes the name of your presentation proposal, what role you are presenting as, as well as biography and a statement of why you think you and your proposal are ideal recipients of the grant, and an explanation of how the grant would benefit you. The participants who win the travel grants will also be awarded free admission to the conference. 


Pumpernickel Press is looking for submissions for its first issue in May. Pumpernickel Press is interested in fairy tale and fabulism. Think Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Kate Bernheimer, Carmen Maria Machado, and Nalo Hopkinson.

Short Stories:

Stories of 1000-10,000 words are welcome.

Make sure all submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.

Authors upon publication will receive a $50 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

Flash Fiction:

Stories of up to 1000 words are welcome.

Make sure all submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.

Authors upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

Poetry:

Poets may send 3-5 poems per submission in a single document of up to 5 pages.

Make sure submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.

Authors upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

Visual Arts:

Artists may send 3-5 images in a single document. Make sure submission materials are blind.

Artists upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

Academic Articles and Book Reviews

Authors may send one article or review of up to 500-7,000 words.

Make sure submissions are blind and in APA format.

Authors upon publication will receive a $15 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

Matthew Lattanzi was a graduate of the North Eastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts, and one of Youngstown, Ohio’s brightest young writers. He was an active member of the literary community, an inventive and thoughtful author, and a dear friend of Pumpernickel House’s Head Editor, Couri Johnson, as well as other members of the Youngstown Literary Arts and Music Scene. Matthew passed away in December of 2015, much too soon for his friends, and in terms of the work he could have produced. To honor and spread his legacy, Pumpernickel House will be holding an annual contest in his name, and donating all proceeds to Youngstown State University’s Student Literary Arts Association, of which Matthew Lattanzi was a member during his time at YSU, and a dear supporter beyond his graduation. All entries will also receive a copy of his short story collection Elegies for Domestic Tranquility. This collection was compiled, edited and designed by Matthew’s dear friends: Kris Mills, Christopher Lettera, Christopher Barzak, and David Drogowski. Pumpernickel House will also be selling copies of this collection, with all proceeds going to the Student Literary Arts Association.

For an example of his work, and the work we hope to publish in honor of him, visit the following:

http://interfictions.com/isaiahs-at-the-dinermatthew-lattanzi/

https://archive.jennymag.org/fall-10-issue/dreaming-in-flesh

Authors who have never published a full-length collection or novel are invited to send us their work.

This prize is open to both fiction and poetry.

This contest will be judged by Christopher Barzak.

Send us collections and novels of 45,000 to 90,000 words, poetry collections of 60 pages and up.

Entry Fee: $20

Prize: $500 dollars, publication, and standard contract rate of 50% of all copies sold of their book.

Half-Light Press is interested in publishing work that explores the margins between genres. Between reality and speculation, the modern world and fantasy, and all the possibilities of imagination, and intersections. Send us speculative fiction, magical realism, experimental and hybrid work. Think Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Paul Auster, and Haruki Murakami.
Short Stories:
Stories of 1000-10,000 words are welcome.
Make sure all submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.
Authors upon publication will receive a $50 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.
Flash Fiction:
Stories of up to 1000 words are welcome.
Make sure all submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.
Authors upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.
Poetry:
Poets may send 3-5 poems per submission in a single document of up to 5 pages.
Make sure submissions are blind and in standard manuscript format.
Authors upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.
Visual Arts:
Artists may send 3-5 images in a single document. Make sure submission materials are blind.
Artists upon publication will receive a $10 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.
Academic Articles and Book Reviews
Authors may send one article or review of up to 500-7,000 words.
Make sure submissions are blind and in APA format.
Authors upon publication will receive a $15 honorarium and a free contributor's copy.

We're looking for novels, short story collections, or poetry collections, or a mix of all three  that fall under the umbrella of Magical Realism and Fabulism. We are especially interested in collections that dissect in new and clever ways the effect of folklore, myth, and fairy tale on identity. We love authors such as Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Carol Emshwiller, Kate Bernheimer, Nalo Hopkinson, and Karen Russel. 

Submit the entire book as one document. Don't include your name or identifying information. 

Include a one page synopsis at the beginning of the document. 

This contest is open to all authors who have never published a book before. 

It is open to works between 45,000-90,000 words for prose, and 60 pages and up for poetry. These are semi-loose guides, but it helps to remain in view of them. 


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