The TRIAS writer-in-residence program and the Seneca Review have launched the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Contest, a biennial book series supporting innovative work in the essay form and named for the late poet and HWS professor of English.
Between June 1 and Aug. 15, 2017, writers may submit via Submittable original manuscripts of 48-120 pages of essays, cross-genre and hybrid work, verse forms, text and image, connected or related pieces, and/or “beyond category” projects.
The winning manuscript to be selected by this year’s judge, John D’Agata ’95, will be published by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press in the spring of 2018. Along with publication, the author will receive a $2,000 prize and a reading at HWS. The winner will be announced by mid-December.
The contest follows the spring 2017 issue of Seneca Review, Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ internationally distributed literary magazine.
The issue features poetry and essays by D.J. Savarese, Dylan Krieger, Julie Marie Wade, Daniel Schonning ’16, Will Redman, James Grabill, Abriana Jetté, George Trakl (trans. Bob Herz), Bob Herz ’71, Dennis James Sweeney, G.C. Waldrep, Shannon Ratliff, Lisa Knopp, Kristin Allio, David Micah Greenberg, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller and Rebecca Weiner Tompkins.
Founded in 1970 by Professor Emeritus of English James Crenner and Ira Sadoff, the Seneca Review is published twice yearly, spring and fall, by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press. The magazine’s emphasis is poetry and experimental nonfiction, and the editors have a special interest in translations of contemporary poetry from around the world. Publisher of numerous laureates and award-winning poets, including Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Wislawa Szymborska, Charles Simic, W.S. Merwin and Eavan Boland, Seneca Review also consistently publishes emerging writers and is always open to new, innovative work.
In 1997, Seneca Review began publishing the “lyric essay,” creative nonfiction that borders on poetry, under the associate editorship of D’Agata. In that genre, Seneca Review has featured work by Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Fanny Howe, Wayne Koestenbaum, Honor Moore, Mary Oliver, David Shields, Joe Wenderoth, Terry Tempest Williams, and many others.
Individual issues and subscriptions can be purchased online through the College Store.