ELIZABETH GAFFNEY is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young. She's translated 4 books from German and published many short stories in literary magazines, most recently A Public Space, Conjunctions and Craft. A Brooklyn native and founding member of the editorial staff at A Public Space, she also teaches writing at A Public Space, The New School, NYU and at Queens University's low-residency MFA program.
SAÏD SAYRAFIEZADEH is a memoirist, fiction writer and playwright. He is the author of the story collection, Brief Encounters With the Enemy, a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free, selected as one of the ten best books of the year by Dwight Garner of The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and New American Stories, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction, and a fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His play, Autobiography of a Terrorist, was staged last spring by Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco. Saïd serves on the board of directors of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and teaches memoir in the MFA program at Hunter College and creative writing at New York University, where he received an outstanding teaching award.
EMILY BROUT lives and works in New York City like Cyndi Lauper or Giuliani. As a teenager, she was occasionally known as the vocalist in the rock band The Indecent. More recently, she has written many short stories one of which was recommended by Etgar Keret, translated into Hebrew, and published in Maaboret. She thinks this is pretty damn cool and may act as a psychic atonement for never having been Bat Mitzvahed. She has also written for Tom Tom Magazine, Feminine Collective, Flock, Pigeon Pages, and the New York Observer.
MARIA LIOUTAIA was born in Moscow four years before the Soviet Union collapsed, then lived in Canada for two decades, and is now an MFA candidate at NYU. She was a Tin House scholar, a finalist for the Iowa Review Awards, and her fiction can be found in Cosmonauts Avenue.
MADELEINE MORI is a Japanese-American poet originally from San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT, Bone Bouquet, and Cosmonauts Avenue. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, where she serves as Co-Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review.
We have a lot to be thankful for this season... nearly 500 submissions to our Fledgling Prose Contest, nesting in a beautiful bookstore like PowerHouse Arena, having the never-ending support of NYC's literary community. So in that spirit, our November reading on Sunday 11/19 at 5pm at PowerHouse Arena is part reading, part lit mag party! There will be cake!
Our November reading will feature writers who are the backbones of our local literary scene representing themselves and also the lit mags they help shape and create. We'll be showcasing Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow's Parties) & Tin House, Kyle Lucia Wu & Joyland, Melissa Ragsly & A Public Space, Annabel Graham & No Tokens, and our judge for Pigeon Pages’ Fledgling Prose Contest, Sarah Gerard (Sunshine State). As always, our readings are hosted by Alisson Wood and are free & open to the public. Please join us!
Our Pigeon Pages flock is constantly building a nest of stories we love. Read these to get a feel for our favorite writerly birdsongs:
- "P. Lawson" by Kiley Reid - We love the way this piece says so much by saying so little, and the movement through time in the story.
- "How to Be Chinese" by Celeste Ng - This piece takes the specific and makes it universal, and we love how authoritative the voice is.
- "Read This Very Short Story About What It's like to Be an Aging Werewolf" by Lincoln Michel - We love the way this illustrates how a story doesn't have to be "true" (werewolves aren't real... right?) to ring true for a reader. And that a story doesn't have to be long in length to be remembered for a long time.
The best part? These pieces all follow our submissions guidelines.
Think your story could fly with us? Send it to us via Submittable starting November 1st and we'll peck at it!
Don't forget: submissions for our prose contest, to be judged by Sarah Gerard (author of Sunshine State and Binary Star), are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 1st. The first-place winner will receive $250, with two runners-up receiving $50 each.
To be considered, pieces must be under 4,000 words and be previously unpublished on any platform. Full guidelines listed here.
We can't wait to read your work!
We are thrilled to announce our September line-up, featuring Nick Flynn, Paul Lisicky, Hannah Beresford, Jodi Savage, and Alisson Wood. Our readings are always free and open to the public. Please join us on Sunday, September 24th, 5pm, at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn! You can RSVP on Facebook: Pigeon Pages September Reading.
Our summer break is over! Enjoy our first reading of the season on Sunday, August 27th at 5pm at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn!
We'll be featuring Chloe Caldwell, Katie Heaney, Jennifer Baker, Lindsay Comstock, & Molly Tolsky, hosted by Alisson Wood. Our readings are always free & open to the public. Fly by for a lovely literary evening!
Pigeon Pages NYC, known for its Brooklyn reading series, is expanding into a literary journal publishing prose right here on pigeonpagesnyc.com. To celebrate our first flight into this new venture, we are launching a prose contest.
We seek previously unpublished prose pieces of up to 4,000 words. We will accept submissions from any genre or hybrid-genre, with lyric or experimental prose welcome. We love writing with a strong sense of narrative and invite you to tell us a true story, be in based in the real or fictional world. We believe that a story about dragons can be just as true as a piece of memoir, and are less concerned with traditional genre definitions than we are with resonant, evocative writing.
The author of the winning submission will receive $250 cash, with two runners-up receiving $50 cash each. All three winners will be published in Pigeon Pages, and all entries—winning or not—will be considered for publication.
To enter, email us at pigeonpagesnyc [at] gmail.com with the subject line of "CONTEST", and include your name and the title of your submission in the body of the email. Writers may submit only one entry each. We ask that you attach your piece as a Word or PDF file, with the word count listed at the top. Because the Pigeon Pages flock reviews all submissions anonymously and determines the winners accordingly, please remove your name from the document.
We are accepting submissions until October 1st, 2017.
Winners will be announced no later than December 1st, 2017.
- Only pieces of prose will be considered (fiction, nonfiction, lyric essay, or a hybrid; no poetry please)
- Only previously unpublished works will be considered
- Only one entry per person
- Submissions are accepted by email only, as .doc, .docx, or .pdf files, with author’s name removed and word count listed at the top
- Maximum length of 4,000 words
- Must be 18 years or older to submit
- All entries will be considered for publication
- First place: $250 cash
- Second & third place: $50 cash