More Peauxdunque out in the world, as April Blevins’s essay, “A History We Can Live With,” will be published in an upcoming issue of Arcadia. Looking forward to seeing April’s work in such a great magazine!
Once again, it’s the time of year when the lists of finalists, short-list for finalists, and semi-finalists are released for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition, held in conjunction with the annual Words & Music Conference put on by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. And once again, there is heavy Peauxdunque representation on the lists.
Five Peauxdunquians are responsible for eight different finalist pieces in five different categories. Tad Bartlett and J.Ed. Marston have a collaboratively written manuscript named a finalist in the novel category. Maurice Ruffin has a manuscript finalist in the novel-in-progress category, and another piece that’s a finalist in the essay category. Emily Choate, Tad, and Maurice each have stories that are finalists in the short story category. And Cassie Pruyn and J.Ed. both have pieces that are finalists in the poetry category (Cassie was second runner-up in that category in 2013).
Also, Emily and Tad each had additional short stories that were named to the short list for finalists in that category. Final winners and runners-up among the finalists in all categories are scheduled to be named on or around September 25, Faulkner’s birthday, so stay tuned!
Congratulations to Maurice Carlos Ruffin, whose hot streak continues unabated! The opening chapter to Maurice’s novel-in-progress will be published in Callaloo Journal. A fantastic book in progress, and the opening chapter is breath-taking; it’s great that it will be in such a great journal!
Also, Maurice’s story, “The Boy Who Would Be Oloye,” was named an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s May 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers!
Founding Peauxdunquian Terri Stoor has learned that her short story, “Bellyful of Sparrow,” will be published in an upcoming issue of The Missouri Review! “Bellyful” previously was awarded the gold medal in the short story category of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competition. TMR will be an excellent home for its publication!
Susan Vallee, Peauxdunque’s Florida contingent, checks in with a new book, Meet Me On 30A, published by Southwestern Publishing Group. Susan writes about the mix of natural habitat, old Florida coastal charm, and new urbanism along the stretch of Florida panhandle coast ribboned by highway 30A, and the book includes a number of photographs by Florida artists and recipes from chefs whose restaurants line the highway.
In additional publication news, Tad Bartlett has learned that his short story, “Through the Valley of the Shadow of Home,” has been accepted for publication in the October 2014 issue of up-and-coming journal, Bird’s Thumb. Tad performed a reading of this story at the Sunday Shorts reading series co-sponsored by Peauxdunque and the Melanated Writers Collective at the Red Star Galerie last year.
We’ve been not keeping the secret very well over on Facebook, but for purposes of the official Internet we’ve waited for The Iowa Review to announce it themselves; so, finally, here’s the most excellent news from Peauxdunque: Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the 2014 winner of the Iowa Review Award for fiction, for his short story, “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” selected by final judge Rachel Kushner. Ms. Kushner says, of Maurice’s story, “This story grabs and doesn’t let go. It telegraphs a host of conflicting sensations, and powerfully: boredom, violence, dreams, an innocence that is free of narrative cliche or any cliche.“
The story is a relatively new one for Maurice, written last fall and finished in November, and illustrates a valuable precept about getting the work out into the world. Maurice notes that the story was rejected thirteen times since he began submitting it in late November, 2013. Some of the rejections were quick, including a seven-day rejection from one journal and an eleven-day rejection from another that Maurice has been trying to get into for a long time (and which he notes “has broken [his] peanut-brittle heart 1,000 times over the years”). From all this, Maurice reminds us, “The rule maintains. Submit often and brush the rejections from your shoulders.” Indeed.
Many congratulations, Meaux! Maurice’s story should appear in the final 2014 issue of The Iowa Review, in December.