Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oscar Nod for TNS's Brian Turner

Congratulations to our own Brian Turner for his role in the Oscar Nominated _Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience_ by Richard E. Robbins.

You can learn more about this film and Brian's role in it here:

Click on "About the Nominees."

Thursday, February 7, 2008

AWP Madness

Normal People,

Well, AWP New York marked the burst onto the scene of The Normal School and our world famous Vend-O-Prose Machine . . . it was a crazy few days filled with little sleep and much handshaking. To all of you who stopped by the table . . . THANKS!! It was great meeting you. Hopefully you bought a T-Shirt or one of our supercool comic books (thanks, Eric Parker!) and you've already gone online and subscribed . . . No? You haven't? . . . Do it now. All the cool kids are doing it.

TNS #1 will feature new work by Tom Bissell and Steve Almond . . . Yes, seriously. Not to mention a collection of other great stuff by our contributors.

We're still actively looking for submissions . . . especially some really great nonfiction. Go to for our guidelines . . .

And if you have a second, leave a comment and tell us your favorite TNS related memory of AWP NYC . . . .

At about 3:30 on Saturday a large longhaired man with fantastic facial hair, wearing a rain slicker and a cowboy hat that dangled from a string down his back bought a piece from the Vend-O-Prose Machine and proceeded to regale Matt and I with an impromptu performance of the piece . . . good stuff.


2008 Annotated Experiential Recipe Contest

The Normal School
2008 Annotated Experiential Recipe Contest
Deadline: March 1, 2008

Assignment: Annotate a standard (nor not so standard)recipe, conveying some form of narrative in your notations, footnotes, asides, etc. 750-word limit. Winners will be published in our premiere issue in Fall 08!!

Wow us with your best recipe. Tell us a story. Make us laugh, cry, spit, scream and collapse in a heap.

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Hey Folks, we gave out 75 copies of our guidelines for this contest at AWP. We're waiting for those submissions!!