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Find us at #AWP21

#AWP21 Conference & Bookfair March 3-7, 2021
#AWP21 is virtual this year, and since we want to see you, we put together this guide to help you can find us.

How to find Madville Publishing if you are attending #AWP21:

Once you have logged into the #AWP21 Conference & Bookfair, you should see the Lobby: (This point is a little confusing because the conference is actually taking place on a website that is different from the usual AWP website. We expect they’ll sort that out and make it very clear for you when you log in, but if they don’t, https://awp21.pathable.co this is the URL for the Conference. You’re going to have to do some trial and error to figure out where to actually log in.)Bookfair, Bookshop, and EventsClick the Bookfair icon, then search for “Madville” in the search window at top right.
In combination with our good friends at Kestrel, we will be hosting a

RECEPTION & READING

Thursday, March 4, from 6:30-7:45
(central standard time)

Join Madville Publishing and Kestrel, a Journal of Literature and Art, in a virtual reception. Bring your favorite drink and share the screen with recent contributors and authors.

Readers will be: Rick Campbell, Jeff Gundy, Cynthia Hogue, Marlene Olin, Keith Stahl, Wondra Chang, Jessica Temple, Lee Zacharias, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Kim Addonizio.

To join the event: From the “Lobby,” click the EVENTS icon and search for Madville in the top right search window. The meeting will take place over Zoom.

To enter the Zoom meeting, click “Join Meeting” in this session page at the event’s start time. Should you need keyboard navigation of Zoom, please explore the keyboard shortcuts prior to the meeting. AWP’s Accessibility Guide for using Zoom can be found in the Files section of this event session. A URL to live-captions will be provided prior to the meeting start time.
Of course you’ll find us at the virtual bookfair

The Interactive Bookfair will be open throughout the conference. However, the schedule has been organized so that special hours have been set aside when nothing else is going on so attendees can focus on the bookfair. Those special times are: 

Thursday, March 4, 2:30-4 p.m. CST
Friday, March 5, 2:30-4 p.m. CST
Saturday, March 6, 2:30-5 p.m. CST 

 
Author Meet & GreetsThursday:
     Wondra Chang at 10-11 CST
     Jessica Temple at 1-2 CST
Friday:
     Lee Zacharias  at 12-1 CST
Saturday:
     Bonnie Jo Campbell at 12-1 CST.
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2 New Calls for Submissions

Madville's cow mascot, Beula Fay. She's a black and white Guernsey cow wearing a of giant yellow sunglasses.

We are launching two brand new calls for submissions at #AWP21

Click either of the posters, below, to be taken to the webpage for that competition. We won’t be accepting any submissions until March 4.
Arthur Smith Poetry Prize poster. Contest for a full-length poetry collection to be judged by Jesse Graves. Image shows a pen spilling a black ink background onto a page on which appear the submission guidelines.
Click poster to see larger image.
Muddy Backroads: Stories from off the beaten path - call for submissions flyer
Click image for larger version.

Both the Arthur Smith Poetry Prize and the Muddy Backroads: Stories From Off the Beaten Path submittable pages will become active on March 4, 2021… First day of #AWP21.

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Valentine’s Day Special: The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

This Valentine’s Day, we are offering The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein at a special price!

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean

Francis N. Stein is the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch. I bet you didn’t know that the “monster” procreated, did you? This current generation Stein (the family shortened the name for obvious reasons) is a big hearted guy, and he really wants to do good, for all the right reasons. He’s just too trusting, and others take advantage of him, leaving him with trouble always nipping at his heels.

$12.95 for the regular edition

$15.95 for a signed copy

Set in contemporary Colorado, The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a hell of a story about the last imagined descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretch—the spurned monster. It offers struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance. Reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Shadow Moon from American Gods, Francis Stein is a slow thinking giant of a man who attracts attention wherever he goes. Stein seems cursed with bad luck, and trouble waits for him around every turn in spite of his good intentions.

A. Rooney, author of The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein

A. Rooney is an associate professor who teaches writing at Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India when not in Denver, Colorado. He has published a collection of stories, The Colorado Motet (Ghost Road Press) and a novella, Fall of the Rock Dove (Main Street Rag). His stories and poems have appeared in journals, magazines and websites all over the world. 


Mix Blue Velvet with a dash of True Romance, add some gothic and some noir, flavor with firebear and Pho—and enter the engaging, shifting, transforming, surreal vision of Francis, offspring of one of literature’s most famous creations . . .

Randall Watson, author of No Evil is Wide and The Geometry of Wishes


Rooney’s title character is a superb creation and, like Mary Shelley’s original, a compelling chronicler of life as a monstrous outsider, as terminally unique, “dependent on none and related to none” (to borrow Shelley’s phrase). Yet, driven by the police and other would-be destroyers high into the Colorado Rockies, Francis Stein manages to forge tenuous friendships: fragile connections with others that offer the possibility of redemption, of a second chance, of learning what it means to be genuinely human. Sharply written, with flashes of dark comedy and lyric evocations of the 21st-century American West, 
The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein gives us a beautiful monster for our time and place—as Shelley did for hers.

—Thomas H. Schmid, author of Fools of Time

The Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is a story of struggle and pathos, pain and absolution, deception and deliverance.  . . . [It] is an inherently fascinating novel about the last descendant of Dr. Frankenstein’s wretched creature, the spurned monster who ultimately turned upon his creator. [This is] An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, . . . a compelling novel that reflects the author’s genuine flair for originality and narrative driven storytelling. Doing full justice to the literary legacy of Mary Shelley’s FrankensteinThe Autobiography of Francis N. Stein: The Last Promethean is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community library collections and the personal reading lists of all dedicated Frankenstein fans.

—Micah Andrew, The Midwest Book Review

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Amazon Best Sellers Rank

a "loading" graphic showing 2020 on the left and 2021 on the right

How did our books do in 2020? We looked at Amazon’s best seller’s rank for each of our titles.

We’ve been reviewing how our books fared in 2020, a different sort of difficult year. We were pleasantly surprised when we reviewed the different books’ Amazon rankings. We have some standouts:

Sisypha Larvata Prodeat by Jan Cole, translated by Angela Liu, and edited by Lorrie Lo

Read more about Sisypha Larvata Prodeat

A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being by Jeff Hardin

Screen capture of the Amazon.com bestsellers ranking for Jeff Hardin's A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being
read more about A Clearing Space in the Middle of Being

Some Notes You Hold by Rita Sims Quillen

Amazon.com's best sellers rank for Rita Sims Quillen's Some Notes You Hold taken at the end of 2020
Read more about Some Notes You Hold

The Memoir of the Minotaur by Tom Shachtman

Amazon's best sellers rank for Tom Shachtmas's The Memoir of the Minotaur. Image captured end of 2020
Read more about The Memoir of the Minotaur

Congratulations to all our authors on this list. Keep up the good work!

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Pushcart Nominations 2020

The Pushcart Prize logo for 2020

We’ve made our nominations for the Pushcart Prize 2020. We wish we could nominate something from every single book we published this year, because we believe all of our authors are winners or we wouldn’t have published them in the first place, but the Pushcart committee limits us to six nominations per year. And every year that means we’ve had to leave six authors out. (We publish 12 titles per year on average)

We at Madville Publishing are pleased to nominate the following for your consideration for the 2020 Pushcart Prize:

Three poems:

  1. “Mysteries of the Corn” by Kyle Potvin from the poetry anthology, Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Pop Culture Poetry Anthology edited by Karen Head & Collin Kelley. Madville Publishing, (November 2020).
  2. “I Know You’re in Detroit” by George Drew from his poetry collection, Drumming Armageddon. Madville Publishing, (June 2020).
  3. “Hive Mind” by Gerry LaFemina from his prose poetry collection, Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping. Madville Publishing, (February 2020).

Three short stories:

  1. “Ritual” by Aden Albert from the short story anthology, Runaway, edited by Luanne Smith, Michael Gills, & Lee Zacharias. Madville Publishing, (March 2020).
  2. “Lubbock, 1974” by Bobby Horecka from his short story collection, Long Gone & Lost: True Fictions and Other Lies. Madville Publishing, (March 2020).
  3. “The Last Ride, 1928” by Brian Petkash from his short story collection, Mistakes by the Lake. (May, 2020).

Congratulations everybody! Thank you for providing such high quality work for us, that we want to include it as one of our Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2020. And thank you for all you do to promote Madville Publishing.