The Breath before Birds Fly, A Review By Steven Stam

M.E. Silerman’s chapbook The Breath before Birds Fly, recently published by Emerge Literary Journal, brims with powerful imagery rooted in the casual detail. The poems stand connected through themes, images and ideas: there are fathers, both lost and found; birds floating into and out of our existence; the ever presence of water as both aContinue reading “The Breath before Birds Fly, A Review By Steven Stam”

Slouching Towards Pakistan by Contributor Jack Foster, A Review

Although sometimes I long for plain first lines, the ones that tell me exactly where I am and exactly what is happening, sometimes I tire of making my way through metaphor, fragment, or obscure juxtaposition and long for something like this: Some say the closing of doors leads to an inverse reaction – an economyContinue reading “Slouching Towards Pakistan by Contributor Jack Foster, A Review”

2013 ELJ Publications Chapbook Competition Winner…

And, we have a winner! Congratulations to Leah Sewell for her prize winning chapbook manuscript, Birth in Storm. Leah Sewell is assistant editor at Coconut Poetry, an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska, and a book designer, poet and mother. Her work has appeared in such publications as [PANK], Midwestern Gothic and Weave MagazineContinue reading “2013 ELJ Publications Chapbook Competition Winner…”

Chapbook Competition Ends…

ELJ Publications 2013 Chapbook Competition is in the final stretch. Entries will only be accepted until midnight. At midnight, Submittable will close the category and it will disappear. Prize is up to $75. 7 finalists have been forwarded to 3 excellent judges to be judged blindly within the next 10 days or so. We developedContinue reading “Chapbook Competition Ends…”

Chapbook Competition Announced…

Emerge Literary Journal is forming ELJ Publications for an annual chapbook competition and is excited about discovering the emerging poetic talent that is out there. We will consider your work for publication only if you have never published a chapbook or full-length collection before. ELJ Publications is is an independent publisher that publishes one-of-a-kind sophisticatedContinue reading “Chapbook Competition Announced…”

Current Submissions….

Due to the editor’s unexpected hospitalization from 12/29/12-1/4/13, we are a bit behind on our current submissions. There were a decent amount that we had already made decisions on prior to and just have not gotten the correspondence out on. We will begin by sending correspondence on prior determinations and then move forward with readingContinue reading “Current Submissions….”