PHANTOM DRIFT HAS NEW WEBSITE
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2012 Pushcart Prize Nominations
The editors of Phantom Drift are pleased to announce six Pushcart Prize Nominations for 2012. Choices were extremely difficult as our second issue, "Valuable Estrangements," was so strong and even throughout. We believe every piece in this issue not only deserves a broad readership but a prize--and yet as difficult as choices were it attests to the enviable situation of getting such high-quality submissions, a difficulty we hope will challenge us with each new issue. Congratulations to all our contributors and special congratulations to the following:
Alma Alexander for her story, "The Bones of Our Ancestors, The Blood of Our Flowers"
Chris Gavaler for his story, "Isn't"
Dennis Ginoza for his story, "Other Names, Other Histories"
Rebecca Lilly for her prose poem, "The Guesthouse"
Jacob Rakovan for his poem, "Jenny Greenteeth"
Eric Vithalani for his prose poem, "The Man Who Swallowed the World"
Phantom Drift: "Valuable Estrangements"
is now available.
Our second issue is now available through this website or from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com. or any bookstore that can uses Ingram's. Read list of contributors below.
October 13-14, 2012
WORDSTOCK FESTIVAL: Phantom Drift Limited will be sharing a booth (416) with Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC. Come meet the editors and purchase a copy of Phantom Drift 2: Valuable Estrangements. Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR.
October 4, 2012
ENSEMBLE READING at the Chapel Theater at Milepost 5 Community for Creatives, featuring Nate Liederbach, Bruce Holland Rogers, John Morrison, Elizabeth Schumacher, and Phantom Drift editors. Co-Sponsored by Elohi Gadugi Journal/The Habit of Rainy Nights Press (Duane Poncy and Patricia McLean), 7 p.m. meet and greet followed by reading at 7:30 p.m., 850 NE 81st Ave., Portland, OR 97213.
AUGUST 20, 2012
Phantom Drift editors, David Memmott, Matt Schumacher and Leslie What, along with "Valuable Estrangements" contributors John Morrison and Elizabeth Schumacher, joined Patrick Bocarde (in for Barbara LaMorticella) on "Taking Earth Live," an hour-long spoken word program on KBOO, Portland's alternative community radio station. Discussion revolved around the mercurial label of "new fabulism" and readings from PD1, PD2 as well as some additional poems by Matt Schumacher and John Morrison.
PHANTOM DRIFT FEATURED IN POETS & WRITERS, July/August 2012
Travis Kurowski's column, "Literary MagNet," featured Phantom Drift as one of five journals publishing a similar range of work. The other four were McSweeney's, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review and Unstuck. McSweeney's and Conjunctions were special themed issues and do not publish fabulist literature as a focus. POETS & WRITERS ON-LINE
NEW PAGES REVIEW OF ISSUE NUMBER ONE
"I carried [Phantom Drift] around for days as if it were a ticket to a place I've been missing all my life." -- Julie J. Nichols
(Read full review)
Read review by Doug Holder for Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
MAY 2, 2012
Front Cover for Phantom Drift #2: Valuable Estrangements
We are happy to have the opportunity with Issue Number Two to help acquaint readers and those open to experiences of valuable estrangement with the work of John Frame, whose still entitled "This Is My Body," from a full-length feature animated fabulist film-in-progress, "The Tale of the Crippled Boy" has been selected as cover art. We will also include a feature inside on this independent project of interstitial art. We encourage you to check out his website at: www.johnframesculpture.com and suport what he is doing. Cover design is by Kristin Summers, www.redbatdesign.com.
APRIL 29, 2012
Phantom Drift receives 501(c)(3) recognition
We have received our award letter from IRS so Phantom Drift Limited is now recognized as a tax-exempt non-profit organization. In the next couple of weeks, you will find three buttons on this webpage: BUY (Current Issue), SUBSCRIBE (Next Issue) and DONATE. We will be setting specific fundraising goals which we hope you will help us reach. Issue Number Two is sizing up to be a fabulous fabulist event, but we'll need your SUPPORT. Stay tuned. Anyone wanting to donate before we get the mechanism in place can contact the Managined Editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL 26, 2012
Fiction and Poetry Acceptances for Issue #2: Valuable Estrangements
Kathleen Alcalá, "Raven's Daughter"
Alma Alexander, "The Bones of Our Ancestors, The Blood of Our Flowers"
Chris Gavaler, "Isn't"
Dennis Ginoza, "Other Names, Other Histories"
Joyce Goldenstern, "And the Horse that You Rode In On"
Gail Griffin, "Four or Five Witches"
Robert Guffey, "Cryptopolis"
Nate Liederbach, "We Prepared Him"
Christopher Linforth, "When You Find Use We Will Be Gone"
James O'Brien, "Petals"
Amélie Olaiz (translated by Toshiya Kamei), "A Shadow and Its Man"
Jessica Reisman, "Boneshadow"
Bruce Holland Rogers, "The Midlife Forecast for Men"
Care Santos (translated by Lawrence Schimel), "Sunrise with Sea Monsters"
John Brown Spiers, "Ben is Dead"
Adrian Stumpp, "Dauphin"
David Axelrod, "Skiing with Dostoevsky"
Jeannine Hall Gailey, "The Robot Scientist's Daughter[Escape]"
Tim Kercher, "The Shared Birthday"
Rebecca Lilly, "The Guesthouse"
Helen Marshall, "The Ghosts of Birds"
Mary McMyne, "The Girl Who Came Before," "Thunder"
John Morrison, "Opossum," "The Uncles"
Jacob Rakovan, "Jenny Greenteeth," "Leviathan," "The Man Who Made the
Lorraine Schein, "The Poem of the Damned"
Elizabeth Schumacher, "Freejee Mermaid," "Iroquoise Flying Head"
Noel Sloboda, "Lapses"
Mathias Svalina, "Against Suicie," "A Set of Teeth," "Reformation"
Eric Vithalani, "The Man Who Swallowed the World"
David Memmott, "A Torch in the Dark: The Promise of Artistic Wholeness in the
Waking Dream of John Frame"
Lance Olsen, "Fifty Breaks to Way Fiction's Future, Or: Architectures of
Niko Vassilakis, "Letter Compositions"
Leslie What: "The Genre That Dares Not Say Its Name"
The editors wish to thank all these contributors and all those who submitted. With 550 fiction submissions and nearly as many poems, Issue #2 will be rich, varied and fantastic.
PHANTOM DRIFT, Issue No. 1
Subscriptions: $15 postage paid
7.5 X 9.25, 160 pgs., perfectbound
Featuring work by: Aaron Anstett, Jonathan Ball, Richard Crow, Brian Evenson, Eliot Fintushel, Stephanie Freele, Wade German, Carolyn Ive Gilman, Daniel Grandbois, Peter Grandbois, Thomas E. Kennedy, Joshua McKinney, Stephen McNally, Joe L. Murr, Lawrence Raab, Matt Schumacher, Nisi Shawl, Anita Sullivan, Geronimo G. Tagatac, David Eric Tomlinson, Ray Vukcevich. Cover artist, Jessica Plattner, interviewed by Jodi Varon, artist Richard Schindler interviewed by Michael Chocholak.
Cover Art: "St. Christopher Carries His Child Self Across the River"
by Jessica Plattner, Cover Design: Kristin Summer, redbat design
Interior Design: David Memmott
PHANTOM DRIFT TWO:
ACCEPTANCES PROGRESS REPORT
(March 1, 2012)
STORIES: "Isn't," Chris Gavaler and "Cryptopolis," by Robert Guffey
POEMS: "The Robot Scientist's Daughter..." by Jeanine Hall Gailey; "Against Suicide," "A Set of Teeth," and "Reformation," by Matthias Svalina; "Skiing with Dostoevsky," by David Axelrod; "Lapses," by Noel Sloboda; "The Man Who Swallowed the World," by Eric Vithalani
PHANTOM DRIFT ONE: PERFECT CONDITIONS FOR MAGICAL THINKING
CONTRIBUTORS FOR ISSUE ONE
(Links to websites with more info on authors)
Carolyn Ive Gilman
Joe L. Murr
Geronimo G. Tagatac
David Eric Tomlinson
Thomas E. Kennedy
Jessica Plattner (Featured Artist, interviewed by Jodi Varon)
Richard Schindler (Featured Artist, interviewed by Michael Chocholak)
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of Excerpts from Issue Number One Samples_PD1
Copyright 2011, Phantom Drift Limited. Copyrights to text, poems and artwork in this issue are held by the individual creators. No material may be reprinted without permission of the journal or artists.
JULY 8, 2011
PHANTOM DRIFT at Wordstock
Phantom Drift, Limited, will be attending Wordstock within days of the launch of our premier issue on October 8 & 9 at the Oregon Convention Center. If you haven't pre-ordered and you live in the Portland/Metro area, drop by and see us.
JULY 7, 2011
PHANTOM DRIFT NOW A NON-PROFIT JOURNAL
The journal, Phantom Drift, has been organized as a non-profit journal for public benefit through the State of Oregon with Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, as registered agent of record. Phantom Drift, Limited, will be organized for the purposes of promoting a literature of the fantastic through its journal, workshops, readings and other publications somewhere down the line.
Our Editorial Board will consist of:
David Memmott, Managing Editor
Leslie What, Fiction Editor
Matt Schumacher, Poetry Editor
Sue Hoyt, Accounts & Subscriptions
A fifth member of the editorial board will be appointed in the next few months.
JULY 6, 2011
PRE-ORDERS FOR PHANTOM DRIFT COMING IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
With almost all the pdf proofs back and corrected, we will be posting front cover design with button for preorders.
FIRST FLYER FOR PHANTOM DRIFT #1
Our first flyer for Issue #1
PD CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL AFTER ISSUE #1
TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2011
We want to thank all the writers who submitted material for the first issue of Phantom Drift. We indeed have reason to be excited with the selections and our editors were impressed by the overall quality of submissions. In particular, Leslie would have accepted more fiction if we'd been able to increase the size of the journal, but as managing editor I am forced to set some limits. I hope you will subscribe and help us get PD into as many reader hands as possible.
PD #2 ACCEPTANCES PROGRESS REPORT
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: MARCH 31, 2011
Two more fiction acceptances:
• "Just Between Us," Nisi Shawl, 3,100 words
• "Counting," Geronimo G. Tagatac, 6,500 words
PD #1 ACCEPTANCES PROGRESS REPORT
We are blissfully skipping along in accepting material for PHANTOM DRIFT #1. So far we’ have accepted or arranged for the following:
FICTION (accepted by Leslie)
• "No, Really," Eliot Fintushel, 2,600 words
• "Over the Rolling Waters Go," Stefanie Freele, 1,179 words
• "What the Billy Goat Said," Peter Grandbois, 2,891 words
• "Dwindle Chick," Carolyn Ives Gilman, 300 words
• "Fated," Joe L. Murr (Joel Kuntonen), 745 words
• "The Problem of Furniture," Ray Vukcevich, 1,100 words
POETRY (accepted by Matt Schumacher)
• Jonathan Ball: "In Vitro City," "Lost (A Found Poem),"
• Richard Crow: "Do the Crows..."
• Lawrence Raab: "Sunrise with Sea Monsters," "Testament"
• Aaron Anstett: "Good Morning"
• Joshua McKinney: "The Couch," "A Sentence is a Snake," "The Death of the Author"
• Wade German: "Lichfield"
• Anita Sullivan: "When Solstice is Late"
Other contents (arranged by David Memmott)
• Reprint of Brian Evenson story
• Reprint of an essay by Thomas E. Kennedy
• Essay: " Exploring The Haunted Palace: GothicWarped Space, Phantasmagoria, and The Evolution of the Haunted House from Poe to Danielewski," Matt Schumacher
FEATURED ARTISTS: Jessica Plattner and Richard Schindler.
Deadline for submissions is: March 31, 2011.
The journal will be 120-160 pages, 7.5 X 9.25, perfectbound, full-color cover.
Subscriptions with free shipping are $15 in advance of release. Send check or money order to: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, PD Subscription, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850.
NEW ANNUAL JOURNAL OF NEW FABULISM SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD DECEMBER 1, 2010 - MARCH 31, 2011
Click on guidelines on right to bring up a pdf with description of the range of material we're looking for.
PHANTOM DRIFT: NEW FABULISM
Call for Submissions.
Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, announces that we are now accepting submissions for the first issue of Phantom Drift, an annual literary journal of new fabulism. Reading period will be December 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011. The journal will be a perfectbound, 120-160 page, 7.5 X 9.25 volume. #1 will be released October 1, 2011. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, poetry and prose poems. Poetry editor Matt Schumacher says, “I welcome work readers might label new weird, slipstream and/or fantastic…work that shatters or valuably distorts reality, whether this means surrealism, magic realism, fantastique, or bizarrerie.” Fiction editor Leslie What likes stories “that favor the unusual over the usual…stories that create a milieu where anything can happen.” We pay on publication ($25 for flash fiction up to 2,000 words and $50 for short stories 2001 – 6500 words, $10 per poem, plus 1 contributor copy). Full guidelines can be found on our website at: http://www.wordcraftoforegon.com/pd Subscriptions are $15 with free shipping if in advance of release date. Send payment for subscriptions to: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, PD Subscriptions, PO Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850. For more information, contact Managing Editor David Memmott at email@example.com Fiction inquiries can be sent to Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org and poetry inquiries to Matt at email@example.com .
At twilight one autumn evening recently, I sat on my backporch in the rosy blush of last light observing a murder of crows congressing in the swaying crown of a fir tree across the street. Riding high above the rattling cornstalks and burned-back remnants of our garden, this raucous gathering served notice not only of a change of season but of something in me grown restless, unsatisfied, and seeking renewal of the energy that first brought me into publishing...
I started thinking about returning to something like Ice River Magazine which was a journal of the fantastic published in the mid to late 80s and was the foundation that supported over a decade of speculative publishing.
When stumbling around at the inception of a new venture, I often start by coming up with a name for it. After a number of rejected ideas, I came upon what I thought was an original name: “Phantom Drift.” So I did what any responsible writer or publisher would do in this day and age, I ran into the house and Googled it. I found several pages of references to Phantom Drift, which surprised and disappointed me as I thought I’d come up with this myself. But at least there were no publications. Most were terms used in engineering and technology. For instance, when race cars come into a turn at high speeds and the rear end sweeps out uncontrollably, this is Phantom Drift. I also found in the printing and music recording business that Phantom Drift referred to instances where two halves don’t quite match up.
For me, Phantom Drift was something of a zone of intersection like that found in a mandorla. A mandorla is an ancient symbol that, in its simplest form, is two circles overlapping to form an almond shape in the middle. The two circles overlapping in the Phantom Drift logo with the eye in the zone of intersection was designed with this in mind and the mandorla beckons back to a more incomplete version of the mandorla which was the logo for Ice River Magazine. The zone of intersection in the mandorla suggests symbolically a state where opposites become entangled, where the greyness of possibility defeats easy separation of black and white, heaven and earth, spirit and flesh, dream and reality, science and religion, conscious and unconscious. Furthermore, this blurring of overlapping opposites can symbolize a process of healing and awakening, thus the eye, which in turn refers back to the early influence of Steve Smith's magazine, SF EYE . As one long fascinated with the implications of quantum physics, I found the mandorla to be a delightfully subversive symbol because it exists in a state of quantum uncertainty like Shrödinger’s Cat—difficult to label, impossible to nail down, both wave and particle at the same time.
Essentially, each issue/volume of Phantom Drift will be another installment in an editorial aim of resisting the temptation to “tell” the creative community what we mean by “new fabulism” by instead “showing” you. Our editors are acutely attuned to a mission of exploring and supporting a range of work that may well be indescribable. Yet when they find it, they will know this story or that poem has reached into the unknown and touched something invisible, giving readers an opportunity to step into a swift current, fresh as snowmelt, to stand knee-deep in Phantom Drift.
--David Memmott, Managing Editor
November 20, 2010
from the short essay, "Knee-Deep in Phantom Drift: A New Beginning"
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Phantom Drift Limited is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable
organization founded to build an understanding of and
appreciation for fabulist literature. Phantom Drift is one of the
few literary journals in the United States focused on fabulist
writing. We aim to nurture the literature of fabulism, the
fantastic, and the surreal by publishing an appealing,
top-quality literary journal featuring only the best of fiction
and poetry from the U.S. and abroad. Our support for
writers takes the form of not only providing a showcase
for their works, but offering payment, a practice that both
assures us the best of writers' work and supports
literature as a whole. Our first two issues include short
stories and poetry by established, emerging and new writers.
The journal is published annually in the fall.
Donations are tax-deductible.
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