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Deadline extended for the Second Annual Prose and Poetry Contest for Emerging Writers: submit now!

Glass Mountain is very pleased to announce its second annual Prose and Poetry Contest for Emerging Writers, to be judged this year by Antonya Nelson and Tony Hoagland. Winners in each category will receive a $250 cash prize, publication, and free registration to the 2014 Boldface conference.

The contest deadline has been extended to midnight on January 7, 2014. Submit up to 20 pages of fiction or ten poems to glassmountain.submittable.com/submit!

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Boldface Write-A-Thon!

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Please join us for the 2013

Boldface Write-a-Thon!

November 9, 2013, 9:00-5:00

UH Writing Center Room 238

Come for as long or as little as you’d like!

Work on current writing projects!

Earn money by doing what you do best!


Short form contests—limerick, haiku, nano-fiction—with prizes!

Kindle HD Fire for the highest earner!!

Kindle HD Fire drawing for everyone who brings in more than $150!!!

More awards and drawings!!!!

Best of all: free breakfast and lunch!!!!!

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  • Boldface is the summer creative writing conference for undergraduates and other emerging writers
  • Boldface and the Write-a-thon are sponsored by Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal at UH
  • All proceeds from the Write-a-thon will subsidize Boldface 2014: May 19-23, 2014
  • Participants in the Write-a-thon should secure at least one sponsor
  • Sponsors may pay by check or credit card (online); donations to UH are fully tax-deductible
  • Questions may be directed to us at glassmountaineditors@gmail.com

Robertson Prize 2013 Submissions Are Now Open!

Attention Boldface 2013 writers:

The Robertson Prize is a contest open only to attendees of the Boldface Conference. Please submit a revised story, poem(s), or piece of creative nonfiction. We offer a $100 prize for Poetry and Prose, and all submissions will be considered for publication in Glass Mountain.

The deadline to submit for the Robertson Prize is September 1st! Follow the link for more details. Remember, Boldface 2013 participants only. We look forward to reading your work. Good Luck!

2013 National Program Directors’ prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines

“Congratulations! Bonnie Culver of Wilkes University, our judge, has declared Glass Mountain as the winner of the 2013 National Program Directors’ prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the content category.

Ms. Culver has this to say about the magazine: ‘Edgy, funny, smart, and top shelf fiction and poetry.’”

That’s right! Glass Mountain wins the director’s prize from AWP for undergrad lit mags. That’s $500 for the magazine and a whole heap of “awesome job” for our staff, and all of our contributors cross the nation.  Good job folks!

Don’t miss Boldface 2013!

The deadline for the 2013 Boldface Conference has been extended to midnight on Saturday, May 4.  We’ve got a few spots left – don’t miss the chance to workshop your fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction at the country’s only literary conference specifically for emerging writers. Boldface 2013 will be held from May 20-24 on the UH campus, and this year’s visiting writers are Joni Tevis, Jericho Brown and Miah Arnold. The student registration fee of $125 includes breakfast and lunch daily, plus workshops, lectures, panels, craft talks, readings, and more.  Come join us!

Be bold/face the writer in you.


Glass Mountain Spring 2013 Issue + Boldface!

Hey all, we’re back with another issue, this time for Spring 2013, with a launch at the Poetry & Prose Reading Series in the UH honors commons.

Doesn’t it look awesome?  We have our contest winners in this one (congratulations, gals and guys!) and with it done, the last bit of business we have left is our conference.

Have you guys checked out www.boldfaceconference.com yet?  It’s a conference we put on for emerging writers, and the registration deadline is fast approaching.  It’s super cheap and we give you breakfast and lunch (that’s a pretty sweet deal, right?) and workshops and craft talks.  It’s a lot of fun, and we hope to see you there!

Release the Floodgates: It’s Submission Time

The fall brings many things: crisp air, sneezing, new presidents and turkey. It also ushers in new ideas, which is just what we want for our upcoming Fall issue of the journal.

In case you haven’t noticed the nifty new tab above labeled Submit & Contest, it’s that time of the year again. We’ve grown a little restless here at Glass Mountain, so we need some kind of pick-me-up. That’s where you come in. So, to kick off this fall season, Glass Mountain would like to announce its open call for submissions. From now until Thursday, November 22, the journal will be accepting submissions in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as artwork. We accept submissions in all standard formats. Those interested in submitting their work can do so using Submittable: glassmountain.submittable.com.

And if that’s not enough motivation, Glass Mountain will be sponsoring its First Annual Prose and Poetry Contest.  The concept is fairly straightforward: submit your work by Tuesday, December 25, and if your entry is selected, you receive 250 big ones (American dolla, dollas). To enter the contest, just follow these easy steps:

1) Take some time to look into the mirror and ask yourself this question: Am I an undergraduate student? If you answer Yes, proceed to step 2.

2) Submit a work of prose (4,000 word limit) or 10 pages of poetry, along with a $5 entry fee.

3) Take a deep breath, cross your fingers, and don’t stress over that syntax error in your cover letter.

To those who take us up on these offers, we wish you the very best of luck.


Glass Mountain

Readings: Essential and Fundamental

Readings—and any form of public performance, really—are a testament to human intimacy and innovation. They also reveal a great deal about our linguistic heritage.  If you feel that this assertion is too broad, overarching, or excessive, consider Prehistory for a moment. Still lost? No worries, you’re rock solid, on the right path; let’s narrow down everything there is to ponder prehistorically and just focus on our ancestors: cavemen. And cavewomen. Okay, so cave people (in the end, political correctness will be our downfall).

Why, you ask?

Because they are the bud of human interaction (I won’t even bother with that one). And though many centuries have passed, their fireside chats and circum-spacial gatherings remain familiar spectacles. This similarity, though probably inaccurately propagated by films like Caveman and Hightlights pictorials, is something I considered while at the latest Glass Mountain reading; this thought will likely pervade my experience at others as well. Between the smell of cigarette smoke, Christmas mood lighting, and blaring fans, the simulation of natural elements was in full motion. However, these were only accents; the most significant measure of a prehistoric Kumbaya were the participants.

It should be known that cave people had violent tempers, bad manners, and ate each other. What’s more, they probably weren’t very considerate during their little fireside chats. Apparently, arm flinging and bonks to the head with turd-shaped clubs were the norm. With that in mind, I can safely say that our current public displays of thought, creativity, and contemplation receive less debilitating applause. And just as human etiquette continues to evolve, Glass Mountain’s reading series will continue to grow as well.

The following photos chronicle the night’s lineup, a far less hairy crowd than their prehistoric brethren. Better posture, too:

From one cave person to another: keep your calendars open for next month’s lineup of cave people.

Amanda Scott

Assistant Fiction Editor

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