Literary Reviews, Page 71

“Right of Passage,” by Karen Dionne

The Adirondack Review (“TAR”) is a literary journal founded in 2000 by Founding Editor Colleen Ryor. Ms. Ryor is also founder of Black Lawrence Press and is currently the executive editor and art director for the small press concern that publishes literary fiction and poetry books. Black Lawrence Press sponsors two annual book awards for short story and poetry collections. The awards include a $1,000 cash prize and publication by Black Lawrence Press; with complementary copies and a featured interview in TAR. The awards are open to anyone who has not previously had a book published (excluding chapbooks) and there is a $25 entry fee. (There is no reading fee for general submissions to the publishing house.)

Black Lawrence Press also has a semiannual chapbook contest for short story and poetry collections from sixteen to thirty-six pages. The offered prize is $300 with complementary copies. There is an entry fee of $15. Additionally, TAR, in conjunction with Black Lawrence Press, offers the annual Fulton Prize (named for the scenic chain of lakes within the Adirondack region). The winner receives $400 and publication in TAR. Those receiving honorable mentions receive $25 and are also published on the zine. The entry fee is $10, $15, or $20 for one, two or three previously unpublished short fiction pieces respectively.

TAR is most capably edited by Diane Goettel, who concurrently serves as Managing Editor and Project Coordinator of Black Lawrence Press. Ms. Goettel is assisted by a distinguished staff, too numerous to mention here. TAR is a most impressive online literary journal that offers fiction, poetry, book reviews, essays and interviews with literary figures. It also offers works translated from German and French, the former presumably as a result of Ms. Ryor having been a German major and having lived in Germany for a period of time. Why French as well seems open to conjecture.

TAR offers an impressive unpaid intern program for which college credit might be available, and I would certainly suggest that any student with an interest in the field of literature investigate the opportunity.

The zine accepts poetry between eight and eighty lines on any subject and fiction between two hundred and five thousand words. Genre works are rarely published though they will apparently be considered. TAR also solicits photography and artwork; essays (on various topics), interviews and book reviews (query first). No offered payment for general submissions is noted.

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