Editor Letter – Fall 2016

Welcome to the Fall 2016 Issue of Barely South Review! We are very excited to release this issue in tandem with our new website, barelysouthreview.com. In the issue you’ll find a variety of emerging voices in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, consecutively.

Next, you’ll find the winners and honorable mentions of the 2016 ODU Poetry Prize, as well as the winner of the 2nd annual Ruhi Dayanim Poetry Prize for women’s poetry. This year’s judge was Joanne Diaz, author of My Favorite Tyrants, The Lessons, and co-editor of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America.

Moving along, we have the winner and runner-up of the 2016 Norton Girault Prize in Fiction judged by John McManus, author of Fox Tooth Heart, Bitter Milk, Born on a Train and Stop Breaking Down.

Finally, we have a set of interviews conducted during Old Dominion University’s 39th Annual Literary Festival – Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Literature, featuring Colum McCann, Azar Nafisi, Elmaz Abinader, Rashod Ollisaon, Etgar Keret, and this year’s 2016 National Book Award Nominee Karan Mahajan.

Interviews with Anthony Swofford, Ying Chin, Farideh Goldin, Joe Jackson and Rick Skwiot will be featured in our Spring 2017 Issue.

In other news, we are thrilled to announce that the judge for the 2017 Norton Girault Prize in Creative Nonfiction: Karen Salyer McElmurray. McElmurray is a recipient of the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction and the author of The Motel of Stars, Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven. Start preparing your best work – the prize will open for submissions in the spring.

Happy reading.

– Emily Howell, Managing Editor