Fence Summer 2017 is almost here

Tuesday,  July 18, 2017

Fence Summer 2017 cover. Illustration by Buzz Slutzky.

Fence 33 features new writing from: Chris Stroffolino, Raquel Gutiérrez, Urayoán Noel, Carmen Jiménez Smith, Hannah Brooks-Motl, Edwin Torres, Daniel Borzutzky, Osama Alomar, Hilary Plum, Gina Abelkop, Noy Holland, Diana Cage, and many others. With illustrations from Buzz Slutzky. Subscribe before Thursday, July 20 and receive the issue at your doorstep in mid-August. Click here to subscribe. 

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FENCE + Fence Books are open for submissions.

Tuesday,  March 21, 2017

The 2018 FMPP awarded to a work of Literature Appropriate for Children, and judged byDaniel Handler. “Literature Appropriate for Children” is prose whose primary audience is individuals between five and sixteen years old. Illustrated manuscripts are welcome, but the prize is for a work of prose, not a book of images which uses an occasional word. Manuscripts should be 200 pages or less. The fee to submit is $29. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in Fall 2018. Submissions will be accepted February 22 –April 30 2017.

The Fence Modern Prize in Prose is a contest for open-form prose projects of any length written in English. Genres rotate between criticism, hybrid nonfiction, poetics, biography, autobiography, speculation, and anything Other. 

The 2018 Ottoline Prize will be open for submissions during the Month of March. The Ottoline Prize awards publication and $5,000 to a book-length work of poetry by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length books of poetry. The fee to submit is $29. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in 2018, and the author will receive a $5000 cash prize. Past winners include Chelsey Minnis, Harmony Holiday, Lauren Shufran, Stacy Szymaszek, Wendy Xu, and Ariana Reines.

The Fence Modern Poets Series is open to poets of any gender and at any stage of career, and offers a one thousand dollar cash prize in addition to book publication. Past winners include Joyelle McSweeney, Prageeta Sharma, Geraldine Kim, Lee Ann Brown, and Paul Legault. The winning manuscript will be published by Fence Books in 2018. The Fence Modern Poets Series will be open during the month of April. 

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Tuesday,  January 3, 2017

Fence is accepting submissions now through March 31. All submissions must be submitted at fence.submittable.com. Click here for information about new submission guidelines for Poetry, Fiction, and Other.



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fence launch party: 12/7 at Howl! Arts in NYC

Tuesday,  November 29, 2016

fence32_partyIn the midst of this American chaos, a new issue of Fence emerges from the swamp. Issue #32 is chock full of work that takes the First Amendment as literature’s first step and sprints. In collaboration with Howl! ArtsFence invites you to a launch party at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Raise a glass or a fist, stick out your tongue, and join us in bringing this newest outpouring of words and weirdness into the world.  

With readings from: Kyle Booten, Iris Cushing, Elizabeth Fodaski, M. Milks, Davy Knittle, and more to be announced. 

Can’t make it? Celebrate privately with your own issue. You can subscribe here

Fence 31 features new writing from: Samuel Ace, Steven Alvarez, Kathryn Davis, Angel Dominguez, Anaïs Duplan, Brenda Iijima, Aisha Sasha John, Ed Bok Lee, Nathaniel Mackey, Amanda Nadelberg, Eugene Ostashevsky, Daniel Poppick, Khadijah Queen, Elizabeth Robinson, Metta Sáma, Cole Swensen, and more

Howl! Arts is located at: 6 E. 1st Street, New York, NY 10003. 

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Thursday,  August 25, 2016

IMG_5138_RT_smIn partnership with Montez Press, you are invited tonightThursday, August 25 at 7 pm—to Mathew NYC for a reading with Stacy Szymaszek. Stacy will read the long title poem from her collection Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals. After hearing Stacy read her potent, quotidian “Journal of Ugly Sites” in its entirety, you will feel like you know her even less than you feel like you know her now.

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Thursday,  July 28, 2016

READ_FEED_CROPPED (1)The inaugural READ & FEED brings together artisanal makers of food with artisanal makers of literature. This “mini-festival” will feature panel discussions bringing together writers, farmers and chefs, cooking and mixology demonstrations, a marathon reading of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and a marketplace featuring more than twenty small press publishers and artisanal food makers, plus food and drink. 

Find Fence Books in the READ & FEED Marketplace, along with other publications and presses including: Belladonna*, Archipelago Books, Black Square Editions,Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Conjunctions, Europa Editions,Fence Books, Greenwich Letterpress, jubilat / Factory Hollow Press, Hosta Hill,Literary Hub, The Mantle, McPherson & Co. Nightboat Books, PAJ Publications,Princeton University Architectural Press, Publication Studio, Siglio Press, The Song Cave, Station Hill Press, Tender Buttons Press, Tupelo, Ugly Duckling Presse, and more.

Tickets and full event information available here

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Thursday,  July 7, 2016


Ariana Reines’s The Cow is turning ten, and your input is requested! Tomorrow, July 8 is the closing date for our reader questionnaire, in which we call for your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on this urgent and potent work as we prepare its second coming as an expanded and critical edition in 2017. We’re looking for responses all across the gamut. Three respondents will be selected to receive a uniquely selected reward from Ariana and Fence Books. 

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Friday,  June 3, 2016

On Thursday, June 9 at 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Albany Symphony’s New Music Festival, FENCE presents an evening of poetry performances curated by Rebecca Wolff at EMPAC. The event features poet-performers Shira Dentz and Diana Alvarez.

Shira Dentz is the author of three books: black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and how do i net thee (forthcoming) and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, downloadable for free). Her writing has appeared widely in journals including: The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and Western Humanities Review, and featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. She was Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor from 2011-2016, and curates both DB’s blog feature, “What I’m Reading Now,” and reviews for Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

Diana Alvarez is a vocalist, poet, composer, video and sound artist whose poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. As a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera that descends from and contributes to a lineage of innovative women of color artists. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts. For more information: diana-alvarez.com.

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on James Shea’s The Lost Novel

Thursday,  May 26, 2016

“The voices of the poems in The Lost Novel are alternately unsettled, wry, contemplative, resigned, and baffled. But throughout those fluctuations they’re also relentlessly endearing; as the speaker of the poem “Florida, Missouri” tells it, This is the breezy firsthand / account of my life. If you don’t / want to listen, I don’t care. But it’s a testament to that insouciant breeziness that we do want to listen; we do care.” —Jeff Alessandrelli, The Kenyon Review

Read the whole review here

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Slightly Younger Than Youtube: The Cow @ Ten

Thursday,  May 19, 2016


Fence readers: We’re preparing a tenth-anniversary critical edition of The Cow, edited by Judith Goldman & featuring the voices of poets, artists, musicians, readers, fans & loathers of the book—and we wanna hear from you! 

There’s a fun & easy questionnaire here—we invite you to have at it, & please share it with your friends, students, parents, exes, & pets. 

To thank you for your candor we’ll be giving away Fence swag (subscriptions & signed books) both at random & to the most illuminating responses. 

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