Thursday, October 4, 2012

Literature Awards Deadline Extended via @aquariuspress #detroit #publisher #michlit


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October 25

Quraysh Ali Lansana w/ M.L. Liebler

@ Detroit Tonight Live

Music Hall, Detroit


October 27

Debut Event for

mystic turf by Quraysh Ali Lansana

The Carr Center

3-5 PM


March 29-30

Willow Books Retreat & Literature Awards Finalists' Reading

Chicago, IL

Details TBA



Writing Workshop Postponed



The writing workshop for fiction and memoir originally scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012 has been postponed until the new year.  A new date will be announced.






Karen S. Williams (Marine Life) will be featured at the Annual Author Day at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit on Friday, October 19.


In addition to his Detroit debut event on 10/27 at The Carr Center, Willow Books author Quraysh Ali Lansana will read as a guest of M.L. Liebler at the Detroit Tonight Live Series at the Music Hall on 10/25. Time TBA 

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October 2, 2012







Prose Grand Prize: $2,000 and book contract

Poetry Grand Prize: $1,000 and book contract




The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds.



The postmark deadline for entry forms has been extended to December 15, 2012. Ten Finalists will be announced on January 21, 2013. A Finalists' Reading & Awards Ceremony will be held the weekend of March 29-30, 2013 in Chicago (location TBA). The Grand Prize winners' books will be published by Willow Books in Spring 2013, along with an ebook anthology of selections by Finalists.




A. Prose and Poetry categories will have panels of three judges each, chosen by the Aquarius Press/Willow Books editorial staff,

for a total of six judges.

B. Aquarius Press/Willow Books will announce a Finalist short-list of 10 writers on January 21, 2013.

C. One Grand Prize Winner in Prose will receive $2,000 and a standard book publishing contract. One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry will receive $1,000 and a standard book publishing contract.

D. The remaining eight short-listed Finalists will have selections from their entries published in an ebook anthology.



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A Blockbuster Poetry Show October 27



Aquarius Press/Willow Books will be hosting the Detroit debut of Quraysh Ali Lansana's mystic turf. Lansana will be joined by M.L. Liebler, Jessica Care Moore and Carolyn Ferrari for what promises to be a special poetry show Saturday, October 27 from 3-5 p.m. at the Carr Center. This event is one of several scheduled around the country that brings together Lansana and fellow poet-scholars in a collaborative reading. Quraysh Ali Lansana


Lansana is an Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University and the past Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing. mystic turf is his first full collection in seven years. The Detroit reading, like the rest of the national reading series, will involve various poets in each host city invited by Lansana. 

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from Poets & Writers, Inc. Detroit. 





Reading and Booksigning for


Quraysh Ali Lansana and mystic turf

wsg M.L. Liebler, Jessica Care Moore & Carolyn Ferrari




Saturday, October 27, 2012

3-5 p.m.

The Carr Center


311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Free & Open to the Public



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Aquarius Press will accept submissions until December 15  for the special section only for the 2013 annual issue of Reverie  


The special section is a dedication to Parneshia Jones and Samiya Bashir, co-winners of the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. For the deadline extension, we are only seeking work that pertains to Samiya Bashir and Parneshia Jones, particularly critical essays, personal accounts and/or testimonies as well as book reviews of Samiya Bashir's work.


Reverie is a literary journal devoted to featuring the best in literature by African Americans with "ties" to the American Midwest. Reverie appears in digital and print editions. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, critical essays and book reviews.


Contributors selected for inclusion will receive one contributor's copy and a feature on our website. Simultaneous submissions accepted with credits. If selected, contributors will be asked for a brief bio. For full guidelines, click below:


Reverie CFM

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Qiana Towns and Lita Hooper, Reverie Editors

Sharon Stanford, Fiction Editor

Cathryn Williams, Children's/YA Editor


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