Happy fall, folks! If you are the author of one of the 228 manuscripts we received between February and May for our annual chapbook contests, you may have been patiently (or perhaps less-than-patiently) waiting for results to be announced, since we estimated results to be ready by the end of September. This post is, sadly, not that announcement. However, we are getting very close and approaching a finalists list for each of the two categories. So, while I hesitate to give a specific date, we should have decisions announced soon. I know that it can be nerve-wracking to not hear about the status of a submission for so long — especially a manuscript — and so I wanted to offer this brief note as reassurance that the news shouldn’t be much longer, and that we are only a few weeks behind and really looking forward to getting the winning works published.

In the meantime, enjoy some recent accomplishments from some of our past contributors:

  • Meg Cowen (PN 11), Co-Editor and Co-founder of Pith and Kin Press, recently released this anthology of selections from the first year of the journal’s online issues. Also includes work from Nancy Chen Long (PN 11) (and yours truly). You can find it here.
  • Stephanie McCarley Dugger — who was a 2014 Vella Co-Winner — has her first full-length poetry collection available for pre-order here.
  • Charles Rafferty — a 2015 Vella Co-Winner — has had two poems in The Writer’s Almanac recently. You can find them here and here.

Thanks for your patience, and keep an eye out for some big announcements here soon.

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Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are interested in adding another fiction editor to our staff at Paper Nautilus.

Our wishlist: We are looking for someone who can donate roughly 2-3 hours a week to reading and commenting on our fiction submissions. This responsibility will be completed remotely, and can be located anywhere with a reliable internet connection. Someone responsible and self-directed, and who has familiarity with Submittable from an editor’s end is ideal. We are laid-back and virtually drama-free, so being open to compromise and respectful of the other editors’ tastes is a must. Previous experience preferred, but not necessarily required.

Interested? Please send a paragraph or two about yourself, along with brief responses to the following questions, to: paper.nautilus (at) mail.com

1. Can you give us a list (5-10 examples) of your favorite fiction writers?*
2. Do you have any experience working on literary publications? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
3. Are you familiar with Submittable at all? As a writer, editor, or both?
4. What makes you interested in becoming a Fiction Editor?
5. Pretend for a minute that this opening is for your very favorite literary journal. What other journal would you most like to edit for?*

[* = These are not trick questions designed to rule anyone out, but rather just a way for us to get a better feel for your tastes.]

As with all of our positions (including my own), this is an unpaid, volunteer opportunity. I truly wish I could pay my staff for their time, which I deeply value. This year, I made it a point to send each of my editors a nominal check out of my own, private account, as a gesture of gratitude – but I cannot truthfully guarantee I will always be able to afford to do so.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!