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A Spy In the House of Love

A Spy In the House of Love

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in On The Personal Narrative | No Comments

By Marcia Aldrich.   I wrote a scene for an essay called “The Mother Bed,” and I return to it repeatedly, involuntarily. Writers aren’t supposed to repeat themselves.  The assumption is a writer works through the emotions of a scene and then lets it go. Whoever  developed this theoretical ideal didn’t grow up in my […]

Act Three

Act Three

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments

By David Lazar.   Everyone may hath two birthdays, as Charles Lamb suggests, but the same doesn’t necessarily hold for literary magazines. So with glee and bated breath (for blowing out candles, of course) Hotel Amerika is set to embark on its third act (oh, Scott, in America there are endless acts . . . […]

The Body Rights Movement

The Body Rights Movement

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Politics of Writing | No Comments

By Lisa Samuels. I’m seeing a Body Rights Movement rising up and gathering cogency. The U.S. woman with the mattress on her back, protesting her university’s unwillingness to expel her rapist; young women in Aotearoa/New Zealand chaining themselves to the police station to protest the dismissal of charges against the RoastBusters; recent U.S. public meetings […]

Hotel Amerika’s
TransGenre Writing Contest

We are looking for work that challenges, confounds, invigorates, and rewards the plasticity of genre boundaries. Please see our TransGenre issue: Volume 7:2 for examples of work we consider to be transgeneric.

Prize awards: first place is $500, plus publication; second place is $250. Publication consideration for all entries.

All submissions must be made through Submittable.  No other entries will be considered.  All files attached to singular submission will be considered part of the same piece. No simultaneous submissions. Students of Columbia College Chicago are not eligible to submit work to this contest.

Deadline: April 21st.

Guidelines at: www.hotelamerika.net

Submit your work to Hotel Amerika for consideration.




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