Saturday, January 30, 2010

Follow that contributor!

TNS #3 contributor, Steve Yarbrough, has just released his latest novel. Safe From The Neighbors, published by Knopf, has been described as a "novel of unusual richness and depth," a "tense, spellbinding narrative of marital betrayal written against a background of Deep South racial angst." Do yourself a favor and buy a copy. You won't be disappointed.

Congratulations, Steve!

Only two weeks left! $2000 in prizes!

Normal Prize in Fiction and Nonfiction
Deadline for Submissions: Feb. 12, 2010

Fiction Prize: $1000 & Publication
Nonfiction Prize: $1000 & Publication

Final Judges
Fiction: Margot Livesey
Nonfiction: David Shields

We're interested in everything from the mainstream to the avant-garde. Just send us your best!

  1. All submissions must be no more than 10,087 words, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, with numbered pages and NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON MANUSCRIPT.
  2. Entry fee: $20 per submission. Please make checks out to "The Normal School."
  3. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, genre, word count, author's name, address, phone number and email address. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.
  4. All submissions must be previously unpublished (print or electronic media).
  5. Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as you notify editors should your piece be accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  6. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy. If you want verification that we have received your manuscript, please send a self-addressed, stamped postcard.
  7. Postmark submissions by FEBRUARY 12 and send to:

The Normal School
Normal Prize Contest - "Genre"
5245 N. Backer Ave
M/S PB 98
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740

Please be sure to specify genre on envelope and cover sheet.
All entrants will receive a complimentary issue of The Normal School.
Winners will be announced before the Fall 2010 issue via email.
All entries will be considered for publication.

Judging: All submissions will be read "blind" in an effort to ensure the most ethical contest possible. In addition to abiding by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses standards on ethical contests, The Normal School also specifically prohibits submissions from any current or recent students, staff, or faculty of California State University, Fresno. It also expressly prohibits submissions from family members of the outside judges.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

Good luck!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mr. Dinty goes Viral.

Hey Normals,

Our good friend, Dinty Moore and his google-maps essay from our current issue of The Normal School have gone viral. Check him out on Twitter. Search for "Dinty" and hear the buzzzzzzzz . . . Thanks, Dinty for letting us publish this piece. Be Normal. Subscribe. Submit.

Trust us. We're Normal.