NANO Fiction Prize for Short Fiction

Posted May 8, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

nabanner 2Many WITS writers teach the art of flash fiction or nano fiction because the genre encourages students to be concise and thoughtful.

The Fifth Annual NANO Prize is accepting entries of 300 words or less and awarding $500 to the first-place winner! All entrants will receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in September.

NANO Fiction is a Houston-based literary journal. This year’s contest will be judged by Sean Lovelace. The entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. Please visit the NANO Fiction submission manager to enter and to read about the guidelines. Deadline is August 15, 2013.


WITS Writers to Read Tonight at Kaboom Books

Posted December 14, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

What: Nano Fiction Reading Series Fall 2010

When: December 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Where: Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston Avenue

WITS Writers Ryan Dilbert and Irene Keliher will read their works as part of the Nano Fiction Reading Series. This event is free and open to the public.

About Ryan

Ryan Dilbert is a novice tattoo artist, an amateur vegan chef and a terrible salsa dancer. His novel Time Crumbling like a Wet Cracker (No Record Press) is forthcoming in Spring 2011. His work can be seen in FRiGG, decomP, Pear Noir, Titular, and Best of the Web 2009. He likes your new haircut.

About Irene

Irene Keliher’s work has appeared in the New Ohio Review, Quarterly West, the Bellingham Review, Potomac Review, and the Mississippi Review, and her story collection was a finalist for the 2010 Bakeless Prize. A recipient of a 2010 Houston Arts Alliance grant, she’s also received the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the Potomac Review Fiction Award, and a Ragdale Foundation residency, and her essays have placed twice in the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest. She’s written a bilingual libretto for the Houston Grand Opera and holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston.

NANO Reading Series Inaugural Reading Sept. 8

Posted September 8, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

kaboomHouston literary journal NANO Fiction and local bookstore Kaboom Books are excited to announce the Nano Reading Series at Kaboom Books.

This monthly reading series seeks to bridge the academic and urban worlds of the Houston writing scene. Writers are selected from a pool of local applicants and each reading will feature two writers per month. Local writers and open mic enthusiasts are encouraged to visit and email writing samples to [email protected].

To commemorate the series, limited edition mini-chapbooks will be produced combining work from each month’s readers. The readings will be held at Kaboom Books at the intersection of Houston Ave. and Bayland on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.

The inaugural reading will be held on September 8, and will feature readings by Hayan Charara and WITS writer Sarah Strickley. Refreshments will be served.

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Hayan Charara is the author of two poetry collections, The Alchemist’s Diary and The Sadness of Others, and a recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He’s the editor of Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. Born in Detroit, he lived for many years in New York City and moved to Texas in 2003.

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Sarah A. Strickley is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Grant, the Glenn Schaeffer Award for Fiction and the Swink Magazine Editors’ Award for Emerging Writers. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow, and a graduate of the Program in Creative Writing at Ohio University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Oxford American magazine, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. She is currently the features editor of two leading visual art magazines: Watercolor Artist and The Pastel Journal.