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We're thrilled to announce that Nightboat Books is considering prose manuscripts from May 1-June 30, 2021! We're looking for innovative prose writing, including inter-genre/hybrid writing, book-length essays, and manuscripts of formally experimental fiction and/or nonfiction. Prose translations, international…

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A Letter from the Nightboat Staff in Solidarity with the Asian Community in America   The Nightboat Books team is devastated and outraged at the ongoing acts of violence and hate directed towards the Asian community in America. We stand in solidarity with the victims and families of these senseless attacks and the Asian community at large.  Though the American legal system has often failed to acknowledge the racial motivations behind these murders and assaults, we recognize that these acts of violence against Asians, including Asian women and Asian sex workers, are far from isolated incidents. Former President Trump’s equating of the…

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Marwa Helal (author of Invasive species) and Xandria Phillips (author of Hull) are both 2021 Whiting Awards winners! ‎ Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. The prizes are designed to recognize excellence and promise in a spectrum of emerging talent, giving most winners their first chance to devote themselves full-time to their own writing, or to take bold new risks in their work. ‎ "The poems of Marwa Helal are…

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happy publication date to Active Reception! for the nightboat blog, author Noah Ross reflects on the historically significant queer texts that influenced him and the book's writing.   In many ways, Active Reception is a book of textual community, written through, with, and against a history of gay writing. It inscribes the worlds I exist within, its people, our lives, alongside and in conversation with the texts, our primary sources, our religious documents, our archive of language, of definition.   The language we have is always shifting, and does not always hold up to the test of time. But the documents themselves are…

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We're thrilled to share that Neotenica by Joon Oluchi Lee and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel both are finalists for two awards: the Lambda Literary Awards and the Publishing Triangle Awards! Neotenica is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction from the Publishing Triangle. We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Anthology and the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. Congratulations Joon, Andrea, and Kay!

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Nightboat Books initiated a new fellowship program in 2020 and was fortunate enough to have two incredible individuals in the position: Jaye Elizabeth Elijah (Spring-Summer) and Santiago Valencia (Fall). They made incredible contributions to…

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This year we received hundreds of submissions to our annual poetry prize. We are excited to announce that we are accepting four manuscripts for publication!   Read more about each of the prize-winning manuscripts below.   Of Mineral by Tiff Dressen Tiff Dressen sets type, and these poems feel like they have been laid down on the page by such a person: with physical precision, silence and serif equally weighted. These are such lyrics that live in a physical world: that know the difference between branch and bird-bone, the qualities of each that permits balance. The collection of them together feels as intentional as construction inside a Cornell Box,…

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Aditi Machado’s Emporium is a delectable journey through a modern “silk route” fraught with the consequences of capitalism and globalization, where she unravels and re-entangles the threads of commerce, language, and history in these…

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[caption id="attachment_8721" align="alignnone" width="743"] Etel Adnan, "Vignoble", 2018. Tapestry. Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong & Co.[/caption]   Etel Adnan’s Shifting the Silence is a meditation on grief, a gentle greeting of death, and an undulating choir of the many lessons and consolations that emerge from the clarity made possible by stillness and quiet after a long, curious life. Taking cues from Etel's latest book, Sahar Khraibani writes of her own encounters with the texture and weight of silence and loss, of the many impressions and folds such forces make in both this tangible too-warm world and the deeply…

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