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Publishing News - JAY SIZEMORE


poet and author

New Novel Forthcoming!

The initial draft of my second novel was completed this month. I am going to begin the editing phase next week.

The first draft closed out at 56,500 words. A little bit longer than APNEA, and it will probably grow some in the editing process, if it follows suit with how my work on Apnea proceeded.

This novel is titled IGNORE THE DEAD. It is an existential horror story about a man with terminal cancer who is given an opportunity to survive, but at a cost that will take its toll on his mind. This book explores what happens when we are forced to face our own mortality, and the nature of love and friendship, and the secrets that people keep. It also delves into the possibilities of what lurks beyond death’s doorway. It’s a novel that tries to get under your skin, and sets a tone of ominous dread that will have you watching the shadows from the comfort of your reading space.

The release date is set for September at the moment. Keep an eye out for this!

In the meantime, I have started work on my third novel already! It’s a horror western. I’m extremely excited to bring this thing into the world. More to come!

An Almost-Prize-Winner available online now

The winners and finalists for the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize are available to read now at Jabberwock Review’s website. They have been made available as a preface to the print issue releasing next month. Please make your way over and check out the great work from the writers. My poem “How to know if God exists” is a finalist, a piece that relates poignantly to the anniversary of September 11th, 2001. Please check it out and let me know what you think. And congratulations to the winners and other finalist, whose poems are all excellent.


New publishing news

I had some work appear this month at the online journal In Between Hangovers. They published three of my poems, which can be found online now in their archives. I also have two poems forthcoming from their sister publication, Your One Phone Call. Many thanks to the staff for sharing some of my work.

In my other endeavor, the new Murder of Crow Hollow 19 released this month on the 19th. It features stunning work from eleven talented poets. Please take a moment to read through the issue,and if anything moves you,feel free to let the artist know about it.Everyone could use a little more encouragement in their lives.


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Contest finalist placement!

I was delighted to learn recently that my poem “How to know if God exists” was chosen as a finalist for the Nancy D. Hargrove editor’s prize from Jabberwock Review. It will appear in their next issue, printed in September. This journal is put together by Mississippi State University. My thanks to the editors and the judge for this wonderful opportunity. Congratulations to the other finalists and the winners.

But the dead do not remember and nothingness is not a curse.

Cormac mccarthy, suttree