We are accepting submissions for our third Along the River anthology. Visit the submission site to send us your poetry, prose and images.
On June 30, 2013, VAO Publishing released ¡Arriba Baseball! A Collection of Latino/a Baseball Fiction, edited by Robert Paul Moreira.
From Dodger Stadium to the Astrodome, from the Río Grande Valley to Chicago, from Veracruz to Puerto Rico, from high-school teams to stickball in the streets, from the lessons of fathers to the excited joy of daughters, from massive cheering in the stands at Wrigley Field to the dynamics of family and community echoing on the diamond, these fifteen stories use the sport of baseball to explore geographical, cultural and dream-like spaces that transcend traditional notions of the game and transform it into a universal yet wholly individual experience.
Featuring the work of Dagoberto Gilb, Norma Elia Cantú, Nelson Denis, Christine Granados, René Saldaña, Jr., and many more.
VAO Publishing is looking at a June publication date for Arriba Baseball!
Here’s the line-up of all-stars:
Foreword by Peter C. Bjarkman
Introduction by Robert P. Moreira
“Uncle Rock” by Dagoberto Gilb
“Los Tecolotes” by Norma Elia Cantú
“Chasing Chato” by Wayne Rapp
“Recollections of a High School Benchwarmer” by Daniel Romo
“Down the Line” by Edward Vidaurre
“One Inning at a Time Till Nine” by René Saldaña, Jr.
“Ritualidades” by Juan Antonio González
“Baseball Over the Moon” by Kathryn Lane
“Juan Bobo” by Nelson Denis
“Tomboy Forgiveness” by David Rice
“So Much for the Cubs” by Melissa Hidalgo
“The Noble Roman” by Pete Cava
“The Heat” by Thomas de la Cruz
“Good Father” by Christine Granados
“You’ll Hit It Over Anzaldúas Bridge” by Robert Paul Moreira
¡Juventud! Growing up on the Border is an anthology of Young Adult short stories and poetry written by award-winning authors for Hispanic youth. Edited by René Saldaña, Jr., and Erika Garza-Johnson, the collection is slated for a March 10 release.
Book Description: Borders are magical places, and growing up on a border, crossing and recrossing that space where this becomes that, creates a very special sort of person, one in whom multiple cultures, languages, identities and truths mingle in powerful ways. In these eight stories and sixteen poems, a wide range of authors explore issues that confront young people along the US-Mexico border, helping their unique voices to be heard and never ignored.
¡Juventud! features the work of David Rice, Xavier Garza, Jan Seale, Guadalupe García McCall, Diana Gonzales Bertrand, and many others.
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: VAO Publishing (March 10, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
We are happy to announce that author and editor Brian Carr has signed on to manage the Border Noir anthology. More details forthcoming.
VAO Publishing is saddened to announce that we have had to cancel publication of Border Noir. It is possible that the project will be revived in the fall, but for the time being, contributors may place their pieces elsewhere.
VAO Publishing is proud to announce our 2012 nominations for the Pushcart Prize:
- “Combustible Sinners” by Myra Infante
- “Snow in the Valley” by Alan Oak
- “Beneath the Encino” by Robert Paul Moreira
- “Creating a Self-Conscious Literary World in South Texas” by Dr. Rob Johnson
- “These Hands Which Never Picked Cotton” by Amalia Ortiz
- “Amerika” by Dr. Christopher Carmona
- “Summer Song” by Katherine Hoerth
- “From the Valley” by Juventino Manzano
- “Lorca in the Barrio” by Edward Vidaurre
- “Nopales for Breakfast” by José Hernández Díaz
The reception forAlong the River 2 went incredibly well. Many contributors read one of their selections, and Pura Belpré-winning author Guadalupe García McCall gave a wonderful closing talk.
Ten awards were presented, the top six of which had a monetary prize attached:
First place: Rossy Evelin Lima, for “Las dos lenguas”
Second place: Amalia Ortiz, for “These Hands Which Have Never Picked Cotton”
Third place: Christopher Carmona, for “Amerika”
Fourth place: Katherine Hoerth, for “Summer Song”
Fifth place: Juventino Manzano, for “From the Valley”
First place: Robert Paul Moreira, for “Beneath the Encino”
Second place: Alan Oak, for “Snow in Valley”
Third place: Alejandro Cabada Fernández, for “Doña Lipa”
Fourth place: Rob Johnson, for “Creating a Self-Conscious Literary World in South Texas”
Fifth place: Erika Said Izaguirre, for “Esta noche los muertos regresan”
Calling All Writers from South Texas! Get your poems, flash fiction and essays published in the third Along the River anthology.
VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Along the River 3: Dark Voices from the Río Grande. The anthology will be available in October 2013 in trade paperback and eBook form.
Authors whose work is selected for inclusion will receive a free copy of the paperback. There will additionally be six monetary prizes for the pieces judged by a panel to be the most appealing.
If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is May 1, 2013.
The third volume of Along the River focuses on the darker side of life along the river. Send us your spooky stories, your demented poems, your heart-breaking memoirs. As always, we prefer pieces that either take place in this region or deal with issues pertaining to deep south Texas. And, please, try to keep things PG-13. We don’t mind frank language and subject matter, but we need to be accessible to a wide, general audience. Thanks!
Poetry: You may submit up to six poems; we would prefer not to print more than three by any one author. If your poems are in Spanish, please try to craft an accompanying English translation for the appendix. If you can’t, the editor will translate any poem selected for you.
Flash fiction: You may submit up to three pieces of flash fiction (or microfiction). These pieces should contain 2000 words or fewer. For longer fiction, please inquire first by e-mailing the editor.
Essays: You may submit up to two essays of no more than 2500 words.
For further information, drop us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this page.