New Appalachian Anthology Call for Submissions

Appalachia Now: Contemporary Fiction

Bottom Dog Press is issuing a call for submissions for this forthcoming anthology of contemporary Appalachian short stories. The stories included will be sharp, vivid evocations of a place, its people and culture. We aren’t seeking sentimental treatments, but strong human stories. Both Northern and Southern treatments of the Appalachian theme are encouraged. Style is open, as long as it serves the story and the audience.

Editors: Larry Smith and Charles Dodd Whitebot_dog_redux_flat-1 (2)

This book will be published as part of Bottom Dog Press’s Appalachian Fiction Series and is considered a follow-up to the best selling Degrees of Elevation anthology published by Bottom Dog Press in 2010.



Length: between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

Submissions are open now. The reading will be ongoing.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

Email submissions only. Send attached .doc file to: and make sure the word “Submission” is somewhere in the subject line.

Payment: $50 and two copies

Reprints are acceptable in some cases. Please let us know where it’s been published and if the publication was print or online.

Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

No multiple submissions, please. Pick your best story and send it forward.


Bottom Dog Press is an independent literary small press in its 30th year with 180 titles.

Bottom Dog Press/ PO Box 425, Huron, OH 44839

Weatherford Award Nominations

The Weatherford Award, perhaps the biggest of the Appalachian literary awards, made its list of nominees public today with the distribution of the Appalachian Studies Association newsletter. I learned back in December Lambs of Men was nominated, but didn’t know how stiff the competition was until today, which includes an Appalachian writing legend, a New York Times Bestseller, the winner of the Frank O’Connor Award and the most recent recipient of The National Book Award. So, needless to say, I’m simply happy to be among the contenders. The award will be presented next month at the ASA’s annual conference, held this year at Eastern Kentucky University. Until then, here’s a list of the folks with books in the running so you can fatten up your “to-read” list.

Abducted by Circumstance, by David Madden

Bloodroot, by Amy Greene 

Burning Bright, by Ron Rash

Lambs of Men, by Charles Dodd White

Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon

Miracle Boy and Other Stories, by Pinckney Benedict

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue -Eyed Stranger, by Lee Smith 

Out of the Mountains, by Meredith Sue Willis

Requiem by Fire, by Wayne Caldwell

Still Life with Plums, by Marie Manilla

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, by Sharyn McCrumb

The Marrowbone Marble Company, by Glenn Taylor 

Unfinished Desires, by Gail Godwin

Book Trailer is Up

Yes, I’ve broken down and done it. I’ve decided I’m enough of a technological wizard to throw together a little teaser trailer for my book LAMBS OF MEN coming out this November. I’ve decided in the process that there’s really no way to avoid these commercials being anything other than cheesy (at least in my hands) but this is a look forward to the story. You can You Tube 45 seconds of awesomeness here.

Back in the Loop

Well, the baleful winter has passed, and I’m starting to get excited by the turn of the season. I popped over to the Appalachian Studies Association conference in Dahlonega, Georgia last month and had a chance to sit down with Larry Smith, publisher of our forthcoming anthology FROM HILL TO HOLLER at Bottom Dog Press. Also had a chance to meet and chat with several conference goers who are excited about the book, including a few university professors who are interested in making it a supplemental textbook for the teaching of Appalachian Literature. There’s a lot of excitement about the anthology, and for good reason. We have some excellent fiction on tap from the likes of Ron Rash, Crystal Wilkinson and Jim Nichols. More to come as we get closer to the deadline for call for submissions. The submissions are still open and you can read them here.

Speaking of great grit lit, FRIED CHICKEN AND COFFEE has a fine and harrowing story by John McManus called “Blood Brothers”. Read it and you won’t be the same for the rest of the day.

I’ve had a couple of stories pop up on the internet in the last little while that have been getting some positive attention. My story “Carrion” is up at NECESSARY FICTION and “Hawkins’s Boy” is available at PANK.

Also, galleys for my Appalachian novel LAMBS OF MEN arrived this week. Should be getting advanced reviews pretty soon. As soon as they roll in, I’ll throw them up here for your perusal. Also, I’ll be putting up a sample chapter at my website in the coming weeks.