I just got this email from Octopus Books, one of my favorite poetry presses. I'm blogging about it because I hope maybe it will make me feel less like I was one number away from winning the lottery:

From: Octopus Books (octopusmagazine@gmail.com)
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Sent: Fri 9/11/09 3:58 PM
TWO announcements from Octopus Books:

ANNOUNCEMENT #1: April Open Reading Period Results

After spending quality time with 350 manuscripts, we have chosen to
publish the following two titles in the fall of 2010:

Where We Think it Should Go by Claire Becker
People are Tiny in Paintings of China by Cynthia Arrieu-King


Post-Moxie by Julia Story (forthcoming from Sarabande Books)
Jerusalem by Susan Briante
Flag by Noah Eli Gordon (now titled Zeros to the Left forthcoming from
Quale Press)
Ghost Machine by Ben Mirov
If Nothing Else by Barbara Maloutas
Kings of the Fucking Sea by Dan Boehl
Our Little Oxygen Concert by Patrick Culliton
The Cold War by Kathleen Ossip
The Next Monsters by Julie Doxsee
Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit
Everything Here is Ok by Sasha Fletcher
Fastopia! by Alex Phillips
Almost Dorothy by Neil de la Flor (forthcoming from Marsh Hawk Press)

Thank you, Zachary Schomburg and Mathias Svalina. I will probably still send you my manuscript for the next ten years until you decide to publish it.



Molly Gaudry said...

Congrats! Yayayayay!

bmirov said...

thanks, Molly

sasha fletcher said...

dear ben you are right.

bmirov said...

sahsa, wanna trade manuscripts?

sasha fletcher said...

so far ahead of you champ. also yes very much so.

Anonymous said...


I didn't even know I was a finalist back then. Should I be following the results?

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