First Annual Platypus Prize

An Anthology of The Best College Writing: 2009-2010

THE PLATYPUS PRIZE recognizes U.S. college students whose innovative writing demonstrates excellence in creative intent, conception and execution. Our goal is to recognize aspiring writers who explore creative possibilities far beyond the traditional literary process and product. We welcome submissions from students outside of creative writing programs.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE writing, in any genre, that investigates the visual aspects of text and incorporates mixed media and/or multimedia in order to comment on contemporary expressions of narrative as they relate to the way we live now — or may live later. CDs, DVDs, URLs and use of color are also encouraged. Come and make use of this wonderful opportunity to showcase your writing talents on a large platform. You get the freedom to express your thoughts on any area of your interest and the prize is another great surprise. Find more about how to enroll yourself and get done soon with these procedures to bring out that writer in each of you.

WINNERS will be published in the anthology. Each will receive a copy of the full-color book published by Jaded Ibis Press and distributed through Amazon.com, Jaded Ibis Productions, and other literary distribution channels. One Editor’s Choice Award receives $100. Press releases listing each winner’s name, academic major and school will be sent to print and digital U.S. newspapers, magazines and other media outlets.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Writers must be or have been enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program in any discipline in a U.S. college, or in a Community College, at any time between January 2009 and December 2010. Enrollment will be verified through your school’s records office.

AESTHETIC STATEMENT: Include a short paragraph discussing your creative process and/or conceptual intent regarding your entry. Aesthetic Statements of winners will also be published in the anthology. For statement examples, see fiction contributions at In Posse Review: Issue 26

FORMATS: Text and Text + Image submissions must be sent as a .pdf or .doc attachment. CDs, DVDs and URLs may be sent as a URL link. Please keep in mind that the anthology’s print dimensions will be 8″ x 10″ with 1″ margins, though page bleeds are accepted. Feel free to submit your writing as you would like it to appear in the final anthology. That is, do not double-space or use standard margins unless that is how you wish your writing to look. If your innovative writing is text only, with no special formatting or images, please indicate so at the top of your manuscript. For best results, .jpgs should be at least 300 dpi resolution at 100% size when ready for publishing; you may compress your entry as long as compression does not interfere with our reading/viewing of your work.

LENGTH: Minumum = 1 page. Maximum = 50 pages, though bear in mind that unusually long works may affect judge’s final decision. Excerpts from novels or novellas illuminating the work’s innovation are welcome and do not have to be self-contained.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2010.

ENTRY FEE: $10 per submission submitted through PayPal. Jaded Ibis Productions is a PayPal Verified Merchant, for more secure shopping. (See “Pay Entry Fee” below.)
2010 GUEST EDITOR: Doug Rice is the author of Skin Prayer: Fragments of Abject Memory; Blood of Mugwump: A Tiresian Tale of Incest; and A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find. He teaches literary theory, film theory and creative writing at Sacramento State University.

SERIES EDITOR: Debra Di Blasi is Publisher-in-Chief at Jaded Ibis Press and president of Jaded Ibis Productions. She is an award-winning fiction writer and screenwriter who frequently lectures on 21st Century narrative forms. Complete bio at www.debradiblasi.com
ENTRY / ELIGIBILITY FORM is emailed to you for completion upon receipt of your writing entry or entries.

EMAIL ADDRESS: Type “Platypus Prize” in the Subject line and attach your Entry to: platypusprize@jadedibisproductions.com

QUESTIONS: If your entry falls outside of these specifications and you have questions regarding this or any of these guidelines, please don’t hesitate to email us at platypus@jadedibisproductions.com, with the word “Questions” in the Subject line.

BURN YOUR BELONGINGS

a novel by DAVID HOENIGMAN
artwork by Yasutoshi Yoshida

“Hoenigman’s terse, staccato prose is the language of consciousness, and his book not so much anti-narrative as true to the realities of one’s inner sense-making, true to the convoluted and seemingly disparate tales we tell ourselves. In short, Burn Your Belongings is a well-crafted and adventurous book from what is undoubtedly a writer of great promise.”  – Gary J. Shipley, Word Riot

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Back to the book,
David Hoenigman’s astonishing novel contains images and music by the notable Japanese electronic musician and producer, Yasutoshi Yoshida. The fine art edition consists of text + image as a scroll inside bamboo, with the cork bott om containing a book of matches bearing the book’s title, Burn Your Belongings.  The book will be released at a reading and exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, September 2010.

BURN COVER

BLANK

a novel by Davis Schneiderman
with pyrographic drawings by Susan White

Davis Schneiderman’s 200-page novel, Blank, contains only compelling chapter titles.  The story is – as it always has been – up to the reader.  White-on-white pyrographic images are by notable artist Susan White.  The fine art edition is shrink-wrapped and enclosed in a wooden box that is fully encased in plaster and can be opened with a pull-tab.  Once opened, the box cannot be re-encased.  Music will be composed and performed by renowned experimental hip hop musician, DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (a.k.a. Paul. Miller).

Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author and editor of eight books, including the novels Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern) and Abecedarium (Chiasmus) and the forthcoming blank novel, Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis); the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska); as well as the audiocollage Memorials to Future Catastrophes (Jaded Ibis). His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. He can be found, virtually, at 

BLANK COVER

ORIGINAL MUSIC WRITTEN AND PRODUCED FOR OUR BOOKS

Look for our CD Compilation in 2011!


COMING OCTOBER 2010

by Yasutoshi Yoshida


COMING JANUARY 2011

by DJ Spooky

* * * PLAYING NOW * * *

READY TO BURN
by Tornado in a Jar


COMING 2011

by
Resident Anti-Hero


COMING 2010
by
Tara Jane O’Neil
Rachel Carns
Anna Joy Springer


COMING 2011

Stethoscope

Burn Your Belongings
BLANK COVER
Unfinished cover
daughter cover
VRRL cover
no one cover

LYRIC to: READY TO BURN

It’s a dark and empty space
You can feel the soulless quiet
Of a place where no one goes

And you’re sitting there alone
dirty walls stained ivory yellow
they don’t live here anymore…

CHORUS
…sold it for a moment gone…
…gave it to another one…
…and all the quiet speaks of nothing
Dusty, dry, and ready to burn.

VERSE TWO
Nothing is precious
because it all changes
and because that’s the way
Everything changed (x2)

REPEAT CHORUS – END

ABOUT TORNADO IN A JAR

Tornado In A Jar is a force(!) *(Under New Management; now “sort of” controlled and “kind of” owned by Ron Heckert).  Ron uses music to coax poorly constructed tornadoes from the jar of his mind; and has found that turning the unpleasants into something which can be appreciated (by at least him), he can lessen the pain of being an easy target for every shitstorm happens to be vaguely in his vicinity.  Ron has a hilarious Napoleon complex combined with a Daffy Duck/Faustian character; but seems to be mostly nice for a manipulative Space Alien who thinks he’s cleverer and better looking than he actually is.  Ron was relieved to be assisted a great deal in the recording of this song, by successfully summoning two Demigods of the San Francisco Rock Pantheon, namely  Betsy Carney (Perfectionist Goddess of Vocalisms and Ron Stylist/Critic), and Carlos DeLeon (King Hotshot Guitar Hands/Musical Savant/Vinyl Fetishist/Other).

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Ron will be forever grateful for their temporary enslavement to his magic and will, and was very relieved he did not have to ask Satan, who may have been next on Ron’s Asking Of Favors List.

Ron (and sometimes that grouchy Singing Goddess Betsy Carney [when successfully summoned from her piddling…yardwork, or whatever]) can be found performing here: www.myspace.com/tornadoinajar

And this link is to Carlos DeLeon’s giggery machine, also known as The Blank Stares:  www.myspace.com/blankstares.  “He’s a waaaay better music fellow than me,” says Heckert, “and whoops me at any video game I ever play against him.  I hate that, but other than that he’s pretty cool, and his girlfriend tolerates me like a champ.”

Bleed

EPISODE 1
DREAM TIME: Artist/Curator Anne Austin Pearce
What does the dream world have to do with the art world? BLEED host, Debra Di Blasi, talks with visual artist,
Anne Austin Pearce, who is also director of Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University in the new art center of
the US, Kansas City, Missouri.

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PART 1:
Reptile Dreams
Part 2:
Directing Dreams

Part 3:
Animal Dreams
Part 4:
Walmart Dreams
Part 5:
Huminal Dreams

Anne Austin Pearce studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Brighton England Polytechnic, and University of Kansas, where she
received a BFA in printmaking. In 1996 she completed her MFA in painting and Drawing at James Madison University. Currently
Anne is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rockhurst Universityi, and director of Greenlease Gallery of Art. Her drawings and paintings
have been exhibited widely in U.S. galleries and abroad, and reside in many private collections.


EPISODE 2
SMART LIT: Sissy Boyd, Teresa Carmody, Vanessa Place
Who’s writing (and publishing) the future’s literary classics? Actor and playwright Sissy Boyd, Les Figues publisher
and novelist Vanessa Place, and Les Figues editor and novelist Teresa Carmody. Debra Di Blasi meets up with them
outside the Pod Hotel in New York.

Dancing / Words:
Actor-Playwright Sissy Boyd

Sissy Boyd
Sissy Boyd


Sissy Boyd
studied with Martha Graham and has danced with many diverse and avant-garde companies in NYC. She has appeared in the video art of Peter Campus, the films of Mark Rappaport, and several Allison Anders films. She studied poetry with Holly Prado, and playwriting with John Steppling. Several of Boyd’s plays have been produced, including: The Definite Child, directed by Wes Walker and Green Shoes, which she directed (an LA Weekly Pick of the Week). Her play Liddy was the text for Guy Zimmerman’s short film by the same name. Boyd is a former member of Oxblood Theater Company and a current member of the Evidence Room Theatre Company and Ken Roht’s Orphean Circus. In 2005, She was featured in Fearless Women (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Her book, in the plain turn of the body make a sentence, Two Plays by Sissy Boyd, was published in 2006 by Les Figues Press.

 

Observer : Observed
Novelist-Editor Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody
Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem, a micro-collection of short stories, which American Book Review calls “a celebratory lament” and poet Carol Muske Dukes calls “a Midwest scriptural mist: frank, fierce and fidgety, and most emphatically her own.” Other work has appeared in PoetsWest, Stolen Purse, Roar: Women’s Studies Journal, For Here or To Go, and 4th Street. She is cofounder and editor of Les Figues Press, publisher of the TrenchArt series of experimental literature, and co-curator (with Stan Apps and Ara Shirinyan) of the Smell Last Sunday Reading series in downtown Los Angeles.

Sense of Place:
Novelist-Publisher Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place
Vanessa Place (PART 1)

Vanessa Place (PART 2)

Vanessa Place is the author of a 50,000-word, one-sentence novel, Dies: A Sentence (2005), and a chapbook, Figure from The Gates of Paradise (Woodland Editions/Five Fingers Review); her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality, will be published by Other Press, and her novel, La Medusa, is forthcoming from FC2/University of Alabama Press. Place is a co-founder of Les Figues Press, publisher of the TrenchArt series of experiments in literature, and works as a criminal appellate defense attorney. She lives in Los Angeles.


EPISODE 3
MONSTROUS WOMEN OF THE AVANT GARDE
An interview with editor, Nava Renek, and seven writers included in the anthology, Wreckage of Reason: XXperimental
Women Writers of the 21st Century
. In April 2008Debra Di Blasi sits them down at the fabulous &NOW Festival of Innovative Literature
and Art, in Orange, California.
Made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Metropolitan Kansas City.

INTRODUCTION by
BLEED host Debra Di Blasi

COMING SOON!

PART 1
Editor Nava Renek

Nava Renek has traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia, Mexico and the United States, and lived in various parts of the world including Singapore, London, and San Francisco. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College where she works as a program developer and grant writer.

PART 2
Danielle Alexander

Danielle Alexander holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. She teaches creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and literature at Belmont, and her scholarly interests include the relationship between cultural memory and history, narrative theory and narratology, translation, and genre studies. She writes fiction and poetry and is currently working on a novel set in fifteenth-century Spain and England.

PART 3
Amina Cain


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Amina Memory Cain is the author of I Go To Some Hollow, a collection of stories that will be published by Les Figues Press in January of 2009. Her work has appeared in journals such as 3rd bed, Denver Quarterly, Sidebrow, and La Petite Zine, and is forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project (F-K) and Action, Yes. With Jennifer Karmin, in Chicago, she co-founded the Red Rover reading series three years ago, and next winter the two will present a month long writing and performance festival, When Does It or You Begin? (Memory as Innovation)

PART 4
Alexandra Chasin

Alexandra Chasin’s first book of fiction is Kissed By, published in 2007 by FC2/University of Alabama Press. Other creative work has been published in print in Denver Quarterly, AGNI, Chain, sleepingfish, West Branch, Phoebe, and The Capilano Review, and online in Exquisite Corpse, DIAGRAM, and elimae. Chasin’s fiction is driven by a preoccupation with language, ideas, politics, formal problems, and a desire to engage readers in serious – and playful – interaction with her texts. She received her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University in 1993, and went on to teach literary and cultural studies (with special interests in gender, sex and sexuality, race, and popular culture) at Boston College, Yale University, the University of Geneva, and Columbia University. Chasin’s first book was a work of nonfiction called Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market (St. Martin’s, 2000), which argued that the identification of gays and lesbians as a target market in the 1990s pulled the gay and lesbian social movement away from radical political goals of sexual liberation and subversion of traditional gender roles and toward more centrist goals like open inclusion in the military and access to marriage. Extracts from Selling Out were published in Cultural Critique and in Rethinking Commodification (eds. Ertman & Williams; NYU, 2005). Also in the scholarly vein, her article “Class and its Close Relations: Identity Among Women, Servants, and Machines,” was published in Posthuman Bodies (eds. Livingston & Halberstam; Indiana, 1995). Chasin is Associate Chair of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School.

PART 5
Megan Milks

Megan Milks is currently working on a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has had critical work published on Venuszine.com, Lost Magazine, Grapevineculture, and Sparknotes. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pocket Myths, Forge, and Wreckage of Reason. She publishes a magazine called Mildred Pierce, which more people should know about.

PART 6
Aimee Parkison

Aimee Parkison, an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, received a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship, a Writers at Work Fellowship, and a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize. Her story collection, Woman with Dark Horses, was published by Starcherone. Parkison’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Literary Review, Feminist Studies, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Other Voices, Crab Orchard Review, Fiction International, Fugue, Yalobusha Review, Seattle Review, Texas Review, Nimrod, Hayden’s Ferry Review, So to Speak, and Denver Quarterly.

PART 7
Cynthia Reeves

Cynthia Reeves is a fiction writer and poet. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Ontario Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Colorado Review. In 2006, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Badlands, her first book, won Miami University Press’s 2006 Novella Contest and was published in December 2007. The novella was also a semi-finalist in the 2006 Faulkner Writing Competition. Among other awards and recognitions, her first published story, “Dream of His Father’s Farm,” won the Potomac Review’s 2005 Annual Fiction Prize. “The Wedding Dress” was the winner of New Millennium Writings’ 2006 First Short-Short Fiction Prize, and another flash fiction, “Crossing to Minister’s Island,” placed third in Quarter After Eight’s 2006 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Prize. She was short-listed for the 2007 Fish One-Page Prize, and was a finalist for the 2006 Dana Awards Portfolio Award, the 2006 Hidden River Arts Award, and Glimmer Train’s Fall 2004 Short Story Award for New Writers. Cynthia is currently writing a novel-in-stories set in post-World War I Italy, three of which have been published in Colorado Review, Silk Road, and Words+Images 2007, respectively. A native of the Philadelphia area, she lives with her husband and two children near Valley Forge, PA.


EPISODE 4
SOWING BOOKS: Writer Davis Schneiderman
How many years does it take to grow a book? Debra Di Blasi meets up with writer, professor and “book farmer” Davis Schneiderman, at Lake Forest College just outside Chicago, Illinois.

COMING SOON!


EPISODE 5
SOUTH AFRICAN URBAN: Writer Lauren Beukes and Publisher Michelle Matthews
What are literary women doing on the other side of the globe? With a winter ocean rumbling outside the windows of a
Cape Town flat, Debra Di Blasi talks with two South African women: fiction writer and co-writer/founder of the hit
animation series, URB, Lauren Beukes; and hip, young publisher of Oshun Books, Michelle Matthews.

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Early praise for the book

“Agitated, angry, inventive, iconoclastic, both literally and figuratively graphic, the real Jiri Cech would both revere and rape Emily Dickinson, then bottle all the blue flies she ever imagined and make a balm to annoint the body of his beloved. Or at least the object of his desire. Here is a series of tales, in varying keys, of intoxication and revenge, intoxication with whatever seduces, revenge for being seduced. An oblique memoir of family, an investigation of a mother’s misplaced life, flirtation with self-advertisement in the manner of supermarket tabloids, and above all the Chronicles of Jiri Cech, seducer supreme, rogue chauvinist, lover and enemy. Beware, reader, you’re in for a sumptuous, hypertextual, hypercharged ride. Hyperion himself would smile.”– David Hamilton, Editor of The Iowa Review

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Early praise for the book

“Agitated, angry, inventive, iconoclastic, both literally and figuratively graphic, the real Jiri Cech would both revere and rape Emily Dickinson, then bottle all the blue flies she ever imagined and make a balm to annoint the body of his beloved. Or at least the object of his desire. Here is a series of tales, in varying keys, of intoxication and revenge, intoxication with whatever seduces, revenge for being seduced. An oblique memoir of family, an investigation of a mother’s misplaced life, flirtation with self-advertisement in the manner of supermarket tabloids, and above all the Chronicles of Jiri Cech, seducer supreme, rogue chauvinist, lover and enemy. Beware, reader, you’re in for a sumptuous, hypertextual, hypercharged ride. Hyperion himself would smile.”– David Hamilton, Editor of The Iowa Review

“Debra Di Blasi’s The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions is chaotic, brilliant and, like Jirí Cêch himself, possibly quite mad. With frenetic energy, Di Blasi mixes personal narrative with ad copy, traditional fiction with newspaper clippings, email messages, reportage, collage, and scholarship. The resulting concoction is consistently surprising, challenging, invigorating, and, most surprisingly of all, often deeply moving. Di Blasi has a mind unlike anyone else writing fiction today, and this is her finest work yet.”– Kevin Prufer, editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing

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