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Del Sol Press seeks to publish exceptional work by both new and recognized writers. Our emphasis is on original, unique, and accessible work with an edge. We are only interested in the very best work, regardless of source or type.

The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres we are looking for include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women's fiction, and unique experimental work.

[ DSP First Novel Competition ]


     by Sadie Hoagland

Sadie Hoagland holds a PhD in Fiction from the University of Utah and an MA in Creative Writing-Fiction from UC Davis. Her work has appeared in Slush Pile Magazine, The Black Herald, MOJO, Alice Blue Review, Grist Journal, and The South Dakota Review, among others. Her novel, STRANGE CHILDREN, placed second in the Del Sol Press First Novel Prize this past summer. The story focuses on two sisters, Emma and Annalue, and takes place in a polygamist commune in the desert, where a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl fall in love, breaking religious law. They are caught, and a year later she gives birth to his father's child, while the boy commits murder four hundred miles away, a crime that will slowly unravel the community.

When I tell people that my novel, Strange Children, is about several characters coming-of-age in an isolated polygamist community, there are usually many follow-up questions. One of the most frequent is: Did you grow up in a polygamist community?



Del Sol Press is pleased to announce that THE SINGING SHIP by Rebecca Winterer has won the inaugural First Novel Prize for 2016.

Winterer has received fellowships at The Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MS in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She has volunteered at the nonprofit Writing Center, 826 Valencia, taught creative writing at the Writing Salon, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Contest judge, the award-winning novelist Madison Smartt Bell, called the work, "breathtaking in its freshness, originality, and structural ingenuity."



By Walter Cummins
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Walter Cummins has published six previous short story collections—Witness, Where We Live, Local Music, The End of the Circle, The Lost Ones, Habitat: stories of bent realism. More than 100 of his stories, as well as memoirs, essays, and reviews, have appeared in magazines such as New Letters, Kansas Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Under the Sun, Arts & Letters, Confrontation, Bellevue Literary Review, Connecticut Review, The Laurel Review, Other Voices, Georgetown Review, Contrary, Sonora Review, Abiko Quarterly, Weber Studies, Midwest Quarterly, West Branch, South Carolina Review, Crosscurrents, Crescent Review, The MacGuffin, in book collections, and on the web.

By Walter Cummins
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Walter Cummins is a master of revealing quiet truths. His stories stay with one's consciousness. It is an intellectual, emotional pleasure to turn the pages of his story collections. They engorge one with questions that there are few answers for. He's a secret poet to any perspicacious reader. Cummins bends reality achieving dark epiphanies as enduring as his quondam revelations. It all begins with his arresting sentences.

By Walt Cummins
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Whether on a resort island, on a bus burrowing through the darkness, disoriented in European cities and villages, fearful at a lakeside table or on a mountain climb, bewildered in the crypt of the Vatican or in rooms and landscapes suddenly strange, the people in these sixteen stories don't know where they are or who they are. They struggle to locate themselves in their lives.

By Don Thompson
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A World Without War is a compilation of essays written since 2000 by activist producer and playwright Don Thompson (Tibet in Song, Democracy: A Work in Progress, L.A. Book of the Dead). Written for popular webzines such as The Potomac Journal (ed. Michael Neff) and SolPix, the essays chronicle important political and cultural issues and trends post 9/11 -- all with Thompson's unique and independent perspective that often puts a completely new spin on familiar topics.

By Norman Ball
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In a style by turns bitingly satiric and deadly serious, Norman Ball exposes the Red-Blue divide for the sham it is. The much-trumpeted Democrat to Republican transfers of power, then back again, are all hollow gestures full of sound-bite and fury signifying nothing but divide-and-conquer.


By Wendy Barker
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Nothing Between Us is a collection of stunning poems about Berkeley in the 60s that examines the politics of race, nuances of the feminist movement, as well as the complexities of infidelity.

By Lisa Suhair Majaj
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Geographies of Light is a voice of the Palestinian people, bearing witness to brutal loss, as well as the joy.


By Michael Brodsky
ISBN: 978-0615122465
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Detour charts the struggle of a movie-obsessed would-be medical student to avoid at all cost the straitjacket of a fixed identity. His transient, too intense sexual relationship with a rootless former heroin addict becomes one of the many "detours" that seem to frustrate but ultimately define his quest for connectedness and the fulfillment of a true calling. Detour received the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Citation of the PEN American Center in 1979.

Mad Anatomy
By Kimberly Nichols
ISBN: 0972509593
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Mad Anatomy is a collection of literary shorts that explores the prism-like psychology of intimacy and human relationship. DSP assures you this collection cannot be surpassed in terms of originality and voice. Kimberly is a brilliant fiction writer.

The 2008 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories
ISBN: 978-1-934832-06-6
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The nine short stories collected here, selected by our judge and panel of readers from a pool of over five hundred stories, admirably showcase the range, vitality, and distinction of the contemporary literary short story. Kimberly Willardson's winning story, "Winter Memories of the Summer Bear" was chosen from the 2008 contest's nine finalists by our judge, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler. Finalists include Jacob M. Appel, Miriam Gershow, Nick Healy, Brodie Smith, Erin Soros, Naomi Williams, Mark Wisniewski, and Christina Yu.

The 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories
ISBN: 978-0-979150-16-6
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These ten short stories -- Valerie Hurley's winning story, "Jasmine, Washing the Hair of Pearsa," and nine finalists--show the range possible in the contemporary literary short story. From a pool of over five hundred stories, some published in very well-known journals and magazines, and many unpublished, our panel of readers selected these finalists. Valerie Hurley's winning story was chosen by our judge, Pulitzer winner Robert Olen Butler. Here you'll find stories by: Jacob M. Appel, Stephenie Brown, Lauren Cobb, LaTanya McQueen, Benjamin Pearlberg, Matthew Pitt, Scott Winokur, and Mark Wisniewski.

The 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories
ISBN: 0-9748229-8-1
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These twelve short stories--Matthew J. Sullivan's winning story, "Unfound," and eleven finalists--show the range possible in the contemporary literary short story and offer a snapshot of some of the most compelling writing by established and emerging literary talents. From a pool of over five hundred stories, some published in very well-known journals and magazines, and many unpublished, our panel of readers selected these ?nalists, the best of the best, for the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize for a Short Story. Matthew J. Sullivan's winning story, "Unfound," was chosen from these finalists by our judge, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler. Here you'll find stories by: Cheryl Alu, Jacob M. Appel, Kerry Dolan, Alicia Gifford, Alison Lee Kinney, Phil Lamarche, Cris Mazza, Jeff Parker, Bill Pettitt, Peter Paul Smith, Matthew J. Sullivan, and Alia Yunis.

The 2004 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories
ISBN: 0-9748229-5-7
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These eleven stories--E. R. Catalano's winning story, "News from My Father," and ten finalist--show the range possible in the contemporary literary short story and offer a snapshot of some of the best writing by established and emerging literary talents. From a pool of over six hundred stories, some published in very well-known journals, and many unpublished, our panel of readers selected these ten finalists, the best of the best, in 2004. E.R. Catalano's winning story, "News from My Father," was chosen from these finalists by our 2004 judge, Robert Olen Butler.

All I Can Truly Deliver: Stories
By Matt Vadnais
ISBN: 0-9748229-4-9
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"What I love most about each of these enigmatic, glistery, beautiful, and intricately inventive stories is their valuable celebration of and commitment to the Difficult Imagination. Comprised of skewed appropriations and manipulations of 'canonical' work by the likes of Melville, Kafka, and Joyce, this collection reminds us again and again of two profound points: that 'originality' and 'truth' are, at best, states of mind, and that loss and death remain the only two things we'll never really be able to deconstruct. All I Can Truly Deliver marks the arrival of an important new talent to the festival called exploratory fiction." - Lance Olsen

Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane: Poems
By Nin Andrews
ISBN: 0-9748229-7-3
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"Nin Andrews explodes the iconography of our childhoods as she creates a new series of Dick and Jane readers, this time earmarked for adults who desperately need a vocabulary for a different time. With edgy humor and deep understanding of the shadows we all cast, she gives us a Dick and Jane we can't resist. The bizarre nature of the world she creates is what initially draws us in, but what keeps us there is our growing knowledge that it's our world too." - Joyce Dyer

Ascension Days
Poems by David Blair
Winner of the 2006 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize
ISBN: 978-0-979150-15-9
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"What a strange and intense book this is! David Blair has a wild, restless imagination and he uses language like saw, a hammer, a velvet whip. He can write incredibly tender (and original) love poems and enfilading satirical poems, as well as many of the many other 'kinds' of poems between those poles, and they all seem entirely at home, indeed, need to be in this book together. His music, his diction, his refusal to use (ever!) cliches, his syntax all drive his poems and their hearts forward. That is where his poems go: forward. He will be in the company of the best poets of his generation." —Thomas Lux

A Little Night Comes
Poems by Julianne Buschsbaum
Winner of the 2004 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize
ISBN: 978-0-974822-96-9
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In a fierce landscape, these poems--violent and lovely, transcendental and desperate--jar us into new senses ... And further, in Julianne Buchsbaum's dense, laconic poems, poise solicits passion and urgency courts elegance. Her rich, lucid, alliterative lexicon, full of apt surprise and happily astray amid the glitter of evidence, makes a dictionary of the small parts of world and the larger parts those parts make. And love is never far from the parted lips, in all its errors and ecstasies.” —Reginald Shepherd

Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays
By Joan Houlihan
ISBN: 0615123112
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This spectacular debut delivers both poetry and essays and is among the first books launching Del Sol Press. With sensuous diction and a dead-on voice remarkable for its emotional honesty, these poems combine a reverence for beauty with the need for psychological truth. The stakes are high in these poems; the drive toward the emotional core exhilarating. Bristling with imagery that gains its brilliance through its down-to-the-core connections to an inner life, Joan Houlihan takes us on a wild and profoundly satisfying poetic journey, with a sound and gorgeous fury signifying everything along the way.

Poems by Austin Hummell
ISBN: 0974822922
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"Taut with the voice of many close-held wisdoms, Austin Hummell's POPPY is laced with a brilliant restraint and an odd humility. He traps the feral, injured thing and tames it just enough to examine the damage, then sets it back again, free. These poems deliver their partial deaths with a startling clarity, and do not flinch from the unbeautiful. Hummell is a master of extremity, and of beauty too. He is one of the most exacting and exciting, most wounding and unflinching new poets I've read in a good long while." - Lucie Brock-Broido

Torch Lake & Other Poems, by Brian Johnson Torch Lake & Other Poems
By Brian Johnson
ISBN: 978-1-934832-07-3
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"The most lyrical poems (mostly in prose) that I have read in years. A silver-tongued 'I' with little concern for itself, so wakeful and watchful is it embodied, and so attuned to its bounty of fabulous perceptions. A first collection brought to a nearly translucent state of shine. —C.D. Wright

"Torch Lake & Other Poems is the most original and exciting collection given American poetry since Larry Levis’ Elegy. There’s more juice, scope, imagination and sheer vitality in this work than in twenty run-of-the-mill collections." —Gray Jacobik

Poems by David Ray Vance
Winner of the 2005 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize
ISBN: 978-0-9791501-0-4
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Winner of the Del Sol Press 2005 Poetry Prize, David Ray Vance's poetry collection combines science and art gloriously. Mary Jo Bang, the Prize Judge, has this to say about Vitreous: "Part rewritten 1934 medical text, part Keatsian reflection, this is the logical offspring of the long-awaited meeting of science and art; a marriage of equals where each half maintains its primary allegiance: the poetic to the common lyrical language of emotion and memory, the medical to its narrowly appropriated lexicon of intraocular, cornea, and Placido's disc. Mr. Vance has woven these two competing word streams into a meditation on sight and risk. Think of it as an item in the cupboard of the scientifically sublime. Think of Ronald Johnson's Ark. Vitreous is utterly fascinating in its reach, and exquisitely tender. And important, because it answers again today's recurrent question, Can form be further broken and still be a poem? The answer (of course) is yes."

A Pure Bead
Poems by Allegra Wong
ISBN: 978-0-979150-17-3
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In language at once candid and layered, calm and devastating, terrifying and gorgeous, the poems in Allegra Wong's first collection, A Pure Bead, cut deep to the heart, reveal small and piercing dramas of human joy and suffering as if through a diorama's eye-hole. These vivid poem-worlds expand emotionally and intellectually; give off shocks; attract, disturb, unsettle, and finally allow a tender and profound beauty to emerge. Here is nothing less than the complex, psychologically accurate world of humankind. Put your eye to these dioramas: you won't be able to stop looking.

The Literary Traveler
By Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy
ISBN: 0-9748229-3-0
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Literary travelers Thomas E. Kennedy and Walter Cummins set off for an afternoon with J. P. Donleavy in his Irish mansion, to visit the Paris of Hemingway, the Lisbon of Bernardo Soares, Joyce's Dublin and his gravesite in Zurich, the Ionian home of Lafcadio Hearne where Sappho plunged to her death (or did she?), the Victorian pubs of London where Phileas Fogg made his famous wager, Synge's Aran Islands, Voltaire's Ferney, the luxurious abode of Baroness Varvara in Copenhagen, the "secret" erotic shrine of Emanuel Vigeland in Oslo, Robert Graves's Mallorca, and the digs and haunts of scores of New York writers, Helsinki, Chicago, Florence, Venice, Slovenia, the Rhine of Goethe and Byron, the Alps, Stonehenge, Oxfordshire, the mysteries of the Yorkshire Dales, and the poets and pubs of Edinburgh's Auld Reekie. Journey with them, off the beaten path, down the narrow allies, up the mountains and into the pubs in search of literary history.

Your Life Is a Movie
Edited by Don Thompson and Nicholas Rombes
ISBN: 978-0-974822-99-0
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Your Life Is a Movie contains some of the most provocative thinking about media, film and culture you're likely to encounter. Drawn from scholars, political pundits, filmmakers and film critics--ranging from the famous to the relatively obscure--this anthology of interviews and essays is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction of film and media in modern culture. Contributors include Eric Alterman, Ray Carney, Patricia Ducey, Timothy Dugdale, Todd Gitlin, T. B. Meek, Michael Neff, Rob Nilsson, Nicholas Rombes, and Don Thompson.

Edited by Ander Monson
ISBN: 0-9762092-1-7
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DIAGRAM.2, the second print anthology from the popular online magazine of text, art, and schematic, DIAGRAM, includes selections from its third and fourth years of publication. Includes a wide array of strange, never-before-seen schematics from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, chosen for their strangeness and beauty. Like the first print anthology, (Some from) DIAGRAM: Selections from the Magazine and More, this is an often bizarre, sometimes funny, often profound, and always intense collection. Edited by Ander Monson, author of Other Electricities and Vacationland.

Edited by Ander Monson
ISBN: 0972509585
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DIAGRAM, the online perodical of esoteric oddness and schematic, presents selections from the first two years, available in print for the first time. It includes a wealth of strange diagrams from the 19th Century as well as sonnets, stories, essays, outlines, singing appliances, good science, in-between-genre weirdness, and much loveliness.

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