Saturday, March 19, 2016

Submission Period Closed

Please note that the submission period for Volume 5, Issue 4 of Blast Furnace is now closed.

The issue will be posted before June 30, 2016.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2nd Annual Chapbook Prize: Winner News!

We are extremely pleased to announce Elizabeth Wurz’s Cuttings as the winning manuscript in the 2nd Annual Blast Furnace Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her chapbook was selected for the prize by poet/writer powerhouse L. Lamar Wilson, author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series). The First Runner-Up was Bethany Fitzpatrick for her collection, Then and Now.

Of Cuttings, L. Lamar Wilson says:
Elizabeth Wurz renders nine haunting portraits of survival that will keep you turning the page and returning to these arresting narratives. "Our rituals are not private," the daughter mourning an alcoholic, abusive father divines in the collection's opening poem. "I could not visualize myself / in the roles of the women / I tried internalizing," she declares in its coda as she embraces the advent of motherhood and a life devoid of the shame she has known in surreptitious coupling with women who refuse to be open about their love. Come into Wurz's world of unaffected wit and hard-earned wisdom—particularly in the long masterwork "Where the Road Curves Away From the Pond"and let her break you open. Let her challenge you to stare into her stark mirrors—& feel your own heart's burden ease.

An Associate Professor of English at the College of Coastal Georgia, Elizabeth's poems have appeared in Rattle, The Report (0-dark-thirty), The GLR Worldwide, Crazyhorse, The Southeast Review, and the GSU Review. From Georgia State University, she received her PhD in English (Creative Writing) in 2007. In 1998, she completed her MFA in English (Creative Writing) at New York University.

Elizabeth's manuscript will be published by Blast Furnace and available for purchase in May 2016. Stay tuned over the months leading up to its printing to learn details about price and how to add a copy of her fine chapbook to your poetry collection.

What a privilege to receive have the opportunity to review a quality group of chapbook manuscripts! Many thanks to Lamar, and to all of the talented writers who submitted their work for consideration.

CONGRATULATIONS, ELIZABETH!