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Vol. 27.1 is coming in May! You don’t want to miss new poems from Albert Goldbarth, Jennifer Atkinson, David Wagoner, and Eric Pankey. This issue includes excellent fiction from Adam Schwartz in his near novella length story “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” and compelling nonfiction from new contributors. We also have to mention the section of ekphrastic writing and accompanying art. This is sure to be one of the best issues yet. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can subscribe now by clicking here and you won’t miss a single thing.

2016 jeff marks memorial poetry prize winners

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Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize Winners

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2016 december prose awards judges

We are pleased to announce Anthony Marra (Fiction) and Eula Biss (Nonfiction) will judge our 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction). For more information about the Curt Johnson Prose Awards, click here.

DSC_5632 - Version 2 – Version 4Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His most recent book, The Tsar of Love and Techno was released in 2015. Marra attended the Iowa Writers Workshop and received his MFA in 2009. He was a 2011–2013 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Currently, he teaches at Stanford University as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction.


eula_bissEula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. She teaches at Northwestern University and her essays have recently appeared in the New York Times MagazineThe Believer, Gulf CoastDenver Quarterly, and Harper’s.

Our submission period opens April 1, 2016.  For more information click here to see our guidelines.

from the archive: lish on lish

Recently The Paris Review published an interview with Gordon Lish, a contributor and editor for december during its early days.  Here is a link to that article.  In Vol. 10 (1968) of december Gordon Lish interviewed none other than himself, and the result was rather sardonic and humorous.  This was one of the many times Lish appeared among the pages of december. We are looking forward to posting a full december archive soon.

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Announcing our Pushcart nominations for 2016


december is proud to announce its nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. These works appeared in december Vol. 26.1 and 26.2 in 2015.

Daniel DonaghyMaking Shepherd’s Pie on St. Patty’s Day While
My Neighbors Have Make-up Sex (Poetry Vol. 26.1)

Albert GoldbarthUntitled (The grasses bend) – (Poetry Vol. 26.1)

Bernie HafeliThe Shortest Day of the Year (Fiction Vol. 26.1)

Juned SubhanThe Bride’s Tale I (Poetry Vol. 26.1)

Michael BourneStories Are Like Water (Fiction Vol. 26.2)

Sam Roxas-ChuaPapel (Poetry Vol. 26.2)

december presents…poetry and prose in portland

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poetry and jazz


announcing marge piercy as 2016 judge for our jeff marks memorial poetry prize

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We are pleased to have Marge Piercy judging our 2016 poetry awards.  Marge Piercy is the author of 17 novels, including the bestsellers Gone To Soldiers, Braided Lives, and The Longings of Women; 19 volumes of poetry, including The Hunger Moon: New & Selected Poems 1980-2010 and most recently Made in Detroit, and a critically acclaimed memoir.

Our submission period opens October 1, 2015.  For more information click here to check out our guidelines.

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december in may – st. louis launch

decinmayDid you miss our launch event for issue 26.1?  If so, you can watch now and see Marvin Bell, Steven Schreiner, and Sally Van Doren share their poems from our recent issues.  December Vol. 26.1 Event – Reading.  Like what you hear? Subscribe or order a back issue of december here.

Select “Playlist” in the top left corner of the video below to select the video you want to watch.  Watch one or all.

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