2015 Best of the Net Nominations

September 15th, 2015

Into the 2015 Best of the Net battle, decomP sends the following warriors:

Diya Chaudhuri – “Abstract of Thesis Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts” – Feb. ’15
Ori Fienberg – “Silent Catalog” – Dec. ’14
Sophia Holtz – “Apocalypse Party” – Oct. ’14
Les Kay – “The Stranger” – Apr. ’15
Michelle Menting – “Objects Used to Prop Open a Window” – Feb. ’15
Andrew Payton – “Strandings” – Apr. ’15

Jackson Culpepper – “The Birth and Immolation of a Southern God at the Hands of All” – Dec. ’14
Kelly Kiehl – “The Forgottonists, or, Whatever, Some Parts Were Fun” – Jan. ’15

Check ’em out (again).

Nominations for Queen’s Ferry’s The Best Small Fictions of 2015

January 17th, 2015

We’d like to congratulate our nominees for Queen’s Ferry’s The Best Small Fictions of 2015, the inaugural anthology in what is to be an annual series, slated for publication in October 2015:

Yennie Cheung – “Something Overheard” (December 2014)
Melissa Ostrom – “Gravity” (December 2014)
Raul Palma – “A Captain’s Retirement” (March 2014)
Ron Riekki – “Acquired” (February 2014)
Matthew Robinson – “The Crossing” (January 2014)

Naturally, we hope these stories make the cut.

2014 Pushcart Prize Nominations

November 22nd, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 Pushcart Prize nominees! We hope you revisit these six pieces. How many of them do we expect to win a Pushcart? Not one, not two, not three…

Kevin Casey – “Thunderheads” (poetry, October ’14)
Sophia Holtz – “Apocalypse Party” (poetry, October ’14)
Raul Palma – “A Captain’s Retirement” (prose, March ’14)
Sarah Pape – “Against the Eggshell” (poetry, June ’14)
Caleb Tankersley – “The Oak Tree” (prose, May ’14)
Marcelle Thiébaux – “Motoring” (prose,  May ’14)

…not four, not five, not six. Actually, yeah, six.

2014 Best of the Net Nominations

September 27th, 2014

Congrats to our 2014 Best of the Net nominees! We hope their work is selected but, as they say, it’s an honor just to be nominated…unless you happen to be Leonardo DiCaprio.

Will Arbery – “Write a Historical Poem” – Nov. ’13
Lisa J. Cihlar – “Apiary” – Oct. ’13
Krystin Gollihue – “The Spine” – Sept. ’13
Claire Kelly – “Nests” – Sept. ’13
Laurie Patton – “Floor” – Nov. ’13
Ali Shapiro – “Leave Me Alone But Take Me With You” – Sept. ’13

Raul Palma – “A Captain’s Retirement” – Mar. ’14
Caleb Tankersley – “The Oak Tree” – May ’14

We hope you reread these poems and stories. See you soon for our annual Pushcart nominations.

2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations

December 5th, 2013

Congrats to our 2013 Pushcart Prize nominees! We hope you (re)read these pieces, and we wish the authors luck in the selection process.

Ilya Leybovich – “Final Days of the Third Directorate”
Katherine MacCue – “The Swans”
Amanda Jane McConnon – “Parts Left Whole”
Nathaniel Kennon Perkins – “An Unfolding”
Jeanann Verlee – “How did your mother die?”
Luke Wiget – “Violins”

2013 Best of the Net Nominations

September 28th, 2013

Congrats to our 2013 Best of the Net nominees! We hope they fare well in the selection process.

Leisha Douglas – “Tentative” – July 2012
Evan Iresmith – “Private Speaking” – November 2012
Amanda Jane McConnon – “Parts Left Whole” – May 2013
kelly schirmann – “hunter gatherer” – December 2012
Jeanann Verlee – “How did your mother die?” – March 2013
Meredith Weiers – “This, Too, Shall Pass” – July 2012

Nathan Holic – “Submission Guidelines” – November 2012
Graham Tugwell – “A Caring for Creatures” – May 2013

Next up: Pushcart nominations…

2013 storySouth Million Writers Award Nominations

July 24th, 2013

For the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award, we’re pleased to nominate “The Fireman” by Peter DeMarco, “Sacred Bone” by Sarah Kokernot, and “Athame” by PD Mallamo. The competition will be fierce, and we wish the best of luck to our nominees. Readers can submit their own nominations here, and editors’ nominations are here.

decomP Contributors in “The &NOW Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing”

April 27th, 2013

As we reported earlier, Garrett Ashley’s “The History of Character X,” Sam Cha’s “The Conference of the Birds,” and Annam Manthiram’s “The Discrepancy Equation” will be featured in The &NOW Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, which is now available for pre-order via Amazon and will be released on May 25, 2013. You can also add it to your queue on Goodreads. Congrats to the authors involved!

Wanted: Assistant Editors

February 2nd, 2013

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who applied for our assistant editor positions. We’re sifting through applications now, and once we reach decisions we will notify applicants and spread the word via the usual channels.

decomP is receiving more submissions than ever, which is great, but our editors need some help. We have two positions available: Assistant Prose Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor. Each editorship entails reading submissions via Submittable and deciding on which to recommend for publication. There is no pay, but there may be fame (and/or infamy). To apply, send an e-mail to decomp.magazine AT gmail DOT com with the editorship you’re applying for as the subject line, your CV attached as a .doc, .docx, or PDF, and a paragraph about why you want the position. Please choose only one editorship—prose or poetry. We’re looking for long-term commitments, so consider that prior to applying. Finally, we’ll be reading applications until March 31, 2013, and we expect to reach decisions and announce them in April 2013, our nine-year anniversary. If you have any questions, direct them to the e-mail listed above.


November 20th, 2012

Though we won’t have a table at AWP ’13 in Boston, check out what we had made for the event:

We got a hundred of them, and you’ll be able to find them at select tables at the book fair. If you don’t get one at AWP, routinely check eBay. Ha. Actually, we’ll be getting more later.

We used Busy Beaver Button Co., out of Chicago, to design and make the buttons, and we highly recommend their services.