Saturday, February 04, 2017

RMP at AWP DC, Feb 9 to Feb 11

We hope to see many of you at the annual AWP Conference, this year in Washington, DC, beginning February 9 and ending February 11. We will be at table 629 at the book fair, with lots of sales and swag! Please come say hello and buy a book or two!

Along with our usual giveaways of bookmarks, buttons, and temporary tattoos, we have 2 special promotions at our table this year! The first 20 people to buy a copy of Kelcey Parker Ervick's The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova: A Biographical Collage will receive a postcard hand-painted by Parker Ervick. Here's a sample of these one-of-a-kind giveaways:

Also, if you buy 3 or more books (special rate for 3 books is $36!), you get one of these awesome ROSE ringpops to enjoy while you cruise the book fair. It's the AWP fashion accessory of the year, so be sure to get yours!

Here's our schedule of author events for the conference:


9:00 to 10:15 am

Room 206, Washington Convention Cntr, Level 2
R132. The Long from the Short: Turning Flash Pieces into a Novel, Novella, or Memoir.
(Abigail Beckel, Kelcey Parker Ervick, Lex Williford, Tyrese Coleman, Tara Laskowski) Intimidated by the daunting feel of a longer project? Or simply looking for a different way to craft a full-length project? Novels-in-flash and memoirs-in-flash are growing in popularity as a perfect marriage of the concision of stand-alone flash pieces and the narrative possibilities of full-length books. Authors and editors of the form offer tips on conceptualizing and crafting a longer work-in-flash, highlighting examples, as well as advice on publishing, marketing, and teaching the form.
10:30 to 11:30 am
Kelcey Parker Ervick and Lex Williford signing LILIANE'S BALCONY, THE BITTER LIFE OF BOZENA NEMCOVA, and SUPERMAN ON THE ROOF at table 629 after the novella-in-flash panel.
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Anthology editors Jacqueline Kolosov and Marcela Sulak signing FAMILY RESEMBLANCE at table 629.
3:30 to 4:00 pm
Lex Williford signing his contest-winning chapbook SUPERMAN ON THE ROOF at table 629.


12:00 to 12:30 pm
Kelcey Parker Ervick signing THE BITTER LIFE OF BOZENA NEMCOVA and LILIANE'S BALCONY at table 629.
7:00 to 9:00 pm
OFFSITE READING! Rose Metal Press teams up with The Cupboard Pamphlet and Soho Press for
the best offsite reading of AWP DC at Baby Wale (only a block away from the convention center!). Anthony Michael Morena, Kelcey Parker Ervick, and Lex Williford will be reading for RMP.  Baby Wale, 1124 9th Street NW


10:30 to 11:30 am
Anthony Michael Morena signing THE VOYAGER RECORD at table 629.
4:30 to 5:45 pm
Room 101, Washington Convention Cntr, Level 1
S280. Attempting the Impossible: Strategies for Writing Creative Biography. (Kathleen Rooney, Kelcey Parker Ervick, Anthony Michael Morena, Sarah Domet, Sarah Blake) Traditional biographers aspire to get out of the way of their subjects in order to render objective portraits. These panelists take the opposite approach, emphasizing the impossibility of ever creating such a portrait and using this
not as a failure but as an opportunity for imagination and interactivity. At this event they present examples, research and writing methods, and mixed media techniques for adapting history into literature, offering new modes of presenting the past and the people in it.

Please come by table 629 and see us and support our authors!

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The Winner of Our 11th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest Is...

The Passion of Woo & Isolde & Other Stories
by Jennifer Tseng of Brookline, Massachusetts

Contest judge Amelia Gray selected The Passion of Woo & Isolde out of a field of 162 strong submissions, and the chapbook will be published in August 2017.

You can sign up to receive the chapbook automatically when it launches by becoming a Rose Metal Press Subscriber or Supporter here.

This year's contest finalists include:

Runner-up: Winter in Prague by Vincent Poturica of Long Beach, California

Mistransformation by Tori Bond of Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Dizzy by Sarah Greenslit of Madison, Wisconsin
The Book of Tongues/O livro das linguas by Amy Sayre Baptista and Carlo Matos of Chicago,

The Civil War War by Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, Michigan

The semi-finalists include:

Mapping the Territory by Jane Hammons of Austin, Texas
Flavored Water by Dan Nielsen of Racine, Wisconsin
The Adventures of a Kelly Girl by Charles Rammelkamp of Baltimore, Maryland
Taking a Bath in the World Today by Anji Reyner of Missoula, Montana
Failed Fantasies: A Practical Guide by Tatiana Ryckman of Austin, Texas
The Legend of Steve Prefontaine by Todd Seabrook of Hamilton, Florida

Congratulations to Jennifer Tseng and all the finalists and semi-finalists, and thanks to everyone who submitted! This year's group of submissions was larger than ever and very skilled—the manuscripts we received showcased the ever-expanding range of styles and techniques being used in the field of short form writing.

We are also thrilled to announce that the judge for our 12th annual chapbook contest will be Rigoberto Gonzalez. The contest submission period begins November 1, 2017.

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