Salamander 2020 Fiction Contest

SUBMIT: May 1 through June 1, 2020 | READING FEE: $15


Editor’s Note

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  Definitions and usages of the word “time” as a noun take up two tightly printed, small-font columns in Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary. I’m not sure exactly when this 2,127-page beast (not including various appendices) came into my possession, … Read More


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  Prayer Book of the Anxious by Josephine Yu (Elixir Press, 2016). Letters from Limbo by Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Cavan Kerry, 2016). “Oh, but the heart isn’t fooled / by the gorgeous lies of poems,” Josephine Yu declares toward the … Read More

Poetry as Resistance and Remembrance

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  Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press, 2017). Cold Pastoral by Rebecca Dunham (Milkweed Editions, 2017).   Layli Long Soldier’s first collection tasks itself with writing back to and simultaneously interrogating official political speech. Whereas, as poem and collection, … Read More

Knowing the Terrain

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  Believe What You Can by Marc Harshman (Vandalia Press, 2016). Two Worlds Exist by Yehoshua November (Orison Books, 2016). Arsonville by David Blair (Western Michigan University Press, 2016).   Embracing change in Appalachia. In his second full-length collection of … Read More

Mother Tongue

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  In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae (Wesleyan University Press, 2017).   As I read Shane McCrae’s In the Language of My Captor, I thought of the Romanian poet Paul Celan writing in German, his first tongue … Read More

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