St. Francis College Literary Prize Finalists, Little Women Trailer, and More


Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

The finalists for the 2019 St. Francis College Literary Prize, a $50,000 biennial award given for a writer’s third to fifth work of fiction, have been announced. The finalists are Jennifer Clement, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Brandon Hobson, Samantha Hunt, David Joy, and Danzy Senna.

“I would literally jump off a bridge if she weren’t here. I’ve never been so devoted to an animal in all of my days.” Patricia Lockwood on her Twitter famous cat, Miette. (Cut)

The trailer for Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women has been released. The film will come out on Christmas and stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep. (BuzzFeed)

The New Yorker’s comma queen, Mary Norris, considers the most recent developments in the “long hot summer of grammar,” regarding spacing, the semicolon, empty intensifiers, and more.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses has announced that its annual awards for literary citizenship and independent publishing will go to Kima Jones, founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, and Will Evans, founder of Deep Vellum Publishing, respectively. (Publishers Weekly)

“Goofy, my darling, hasn’t it been a lovely day?” The Paris Review shares three letters Zelda Fitzgerald sent to F. Scott Fitzgerald when she was a patient at a clinic in Switzerland.

The Guardian profiles Angie Kim, who talks about her debut novel, Miracle Creek, and when she decided to be a writer.

“I struggle with the selves that I must put out in the world while also guarding my inner silence, as I imagine most artists must.” Peg Alford Pursell talks about cultivating the creative self, leaving room for reader engagement, and her new book of hybrid stories and fables about family sorrow, A Girl Goes Into the Forest. (BOMB)