News: Kristina Marie Darling Selects Winning Manuscript, Pushcart Nominations, and Jac Jemc to Judge Fiction Contest

Kristina Marie Darling Selects Winning Manuscript

FACTS ABOUT SNAKES & HEARTS, by Flower Conroy (above), will appear in 4.1.

Kristina Marie Darling, author of The Arctic Circle (BlazeVOX Books, 2014), has selected Flower Conroy’s Facts about Snakes & Hearts to win the HFR 4.1 poetry chapbook contest. As the grand prize winner, Flower will receive $250, a printed copy of the issue, a limited edition HFR t-shirt, a lifetime digital subscription to HFR, and her chapbook will be published in HFR 4.1 in February 2015.

Flower Conroy’s first chapbook, Escape to Nowhere, was selected as first runner up in the Ronald Wardall Poetry Prize and was published by Rain Mountain Press. Her second chapbook, The Awful Suicidal Swans, was published by Headmistress Press. She is the winner of Radar Poetry’s first annual Coniston Prize, selected by Mary Biddinger. Her poetry is forthcoming/has appeared in American Literary Review, Jai Alia, and other journals.

Flower joins past winners Colin Winnette (Follow Through, selected by Lucy Corin and published in 3.3), Ryder Collins (The way the sky was now, selected by Amber Sparks and published in 3.1), and Jim Redmond (Shirts or Skins, selected by Noah Eli Gordon and published in 3.2).

About the manuscript, Kristina said: “Formally dexterous and luminous in its imagery, Flower Conroy’s Facts about Snakes & Hearts skillfully situates the age-old tradition of the love lyric in a postmodern literary landscape. Presenting us with ‘flames,’ ‘a wishing bell,’ and ‘a brass bed made of not,’ Conroy shows us ‘how longing is mapped,’ restoring a sense of wonder to a familiar narrative arc. She offers us poems that are as sure of their singular voice as they are diverse in style and metaphor. This is an accomplished sequence and Flower Conroy is a writer to watch.” We are pleased to give it a home.

Finalists for the contest were:

Partridge Boswell of Woodstock, Vermont, with afterlight
Lauren Gordon of Waukesha, Wisconsin, with I Have Lived Close between Walls
Marco Maisto of Woodside, New York, with Shifter
Caitlin Scarano of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Black Matter I’ve Memorized
Jacqueline Winter Thomas of Wilmington, North Carolina, with Room, field, sky

Per their achievement, each finalist is guaranteed to receive special mention in the issue as well as other prizes, including a lifetime digital subscription to the journal, a printed copy of the issue, and a limited edition HFR t-shirt.

Pushcart Nominations

 We have nominated the following works for the 2014 edition of The Pushcart Prize anthology:

J. Bradley’s “Yelp Review: Boy Scout Troop 43” from 3.2
Dan Mancilla’s “Lucha Libre” from 3.2
Jim Redmond’s “You’ve Seen” from 3.2
Phillip Gregory Spotswood’s “growing up on TR84” from 3.2
Marc Vincenz’s “The Inner Eye Tattooed” from 3.3
Chelsea Laine Wells’ “We Sink Like Ships” from 3.3
Good luck to the nominees!

Jac Jemc to Judge Fiction Contest

We have extended the 4.1 reading period to December 8, but we are now open to submissions for our fiction chapbook contest, which Jac Jemc has kindly agreed to judge. Deadline: FEBRUARY 15, 2015.


Jac Jemc lives in Chicago where she writes fiction and poetry. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Her first full-length collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, was released in October 2014, also from Dzanc. A chapbook of stories, This Stranger She’d Invited In, was made available from Greying Ghost Press in March 2011. Jac’s nonfiction was featured on the long list for Best American Essays 2014 and her story “Women in Wells” was featured in the 2010 Best of the Web anthology. Jac received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed residencies at Ragdale and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the Web Nonfiction Editor for Hobart and Poetry Editor at decomP. She has served as a guest editor of Little White Poetry Journal, and worked as a reader at Our Stories and The Means. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant and in 2014 she was named as one of 25 Writers to Watch by the Guild Literary Complex.


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