Wild Onion Novella Contest Winner


It's here, finally, after ramping towards it all season long: we have our winner of the third annual Wild Onion Novella Contest. While you were out and about in your many mysterious layers this winter, we were rooted firmly in our chairs, peeling  through this year's submission patch – double that of last year! Each was a pleasure to have re(a)d, which made picking a winner a tear-filled struggle; it was a sweet bunch to be sure, a solid stock that would make for a rich French soup, were we a restaurant and not a publishing house. There was even drama: a potential leak of the this announcement, but we managed to nip that in the bud.


So, without further ado we shall – ought – say it: we are pleased to announce Shannon McLeod's Whimsy as our finalist!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to our four runners-up:

Chase Griffin – What's on the Menu

Dave Drayton – The Poetranslator

Heather Martin – The Essential Nature of Water

Tyler Lacy – Carlsbad

Thank you to everyone who submitted, to Tim Kinsella over at featherproof books for being our guest judge (hi Tim), and to you for putting up with these awful onion puns (especially to everyone within earshot of us cackling to ourselves as we wrote this).

Keep your eyes wide open for more announcements! (You thought we were going to take a cheap shot and say "Keep your eyes peeled," didn't you?)

Women's History Month Discount


While we at Curbside are proud of all our authors, we would like to take the opportunity this month to celebrate the women whose writing we are incredibly lucky to help represent. They make up nearly half of our roster, and offer some of the strongest and most compelling work that we've been fortunate enough to read and publish. 

From now until the end of March, we'll be offering 30% our catalog of work made by female writers. Each discount code can be found below. Enter the code – the writer's surname – in all caps at checkout (except for ACM #54; using ALLAN/AMOS/BURK/CLAMMER/GNALL/GOBBO/LANIER/LIAO/MATUK/NOGUES/
NOLL/WADE/WING/ZIMMER as a discount code maxed out the allotted amount of characters, so we went with WOMENOFACM).

Thank you, again, to the women of Curbside. We would be a very boring and uninspired press without you and your work.

MAZZA – Charlatan

WILKING – Mycology

MOORE – Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes

BLAKESLEE2 – Perfect Conditions

BROWN – Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life

JACKSON-OPOKU – Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

MARTIN – Mickey

ZOLBROD – The Telling

NEALIE – The Miles Between Me

WALTERS – Paper Tigers

BLAKESLEE1 – Juventud

LORIG – The Pulp Vs. The Throne


KIRKWOOD – Little Boy Needs Ride

VARGAS – On The Way

KELLY – Almost Crimson

BUTLER – Jillian

TROYAN – Kill Manual

WURTH – Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend

LANIER – The Game We Play

TRENT – Echo Lake

STIELSTRA – Once I Was Cool

BECKER – If I Would Leave Myself Behind

WOODS – Wolf Doctors

ELLIOT2 – Kiss As Many Women As You Can

SPARKS2 – Desert Places

IRBY – Meaty


ELLIOT1 – Piano Rats

SPARKS1 – May We Shed These Human Bodies

WOMENOFACM – Another Chicago Magazine #54

"Body Horror" Is Up For A Lammy!

Curbside Splendor is thrilled to announce that Body Horror has been nominated for a Lammy! Anne Elizabeth Moore’s book is a finalist for the LQBTQ Nonfiction Lambda Literary Award. You can check out the complete list of the finalists here.

Since this is the 30th year of the Lambda Literary Awards we are celebrating by offering 30% off Body Horror in our webstore! Head to our website to snag a copy today.

Headed to Tampa?

Come see Curbside Books & Records store manager, Joshua Bohnsack at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, March 10th. He will be at S263 Why Indie Presses Are Opening Bookstores from 4:30-5:45pm. This event will take place at the Marriott Waterside, Grand Salon A on the second floor.

Introducing How to Adjust to the Dark by Rebecca van Laer!

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Brooklyn based writer and editor, Rebecca van Laer, brings us How to Adjust to the Dark. This multi-genre novella is about coming to terms with trauma and depression and shines a light on the way the identities we have created for ourselves ultimately limit us.

“Both coming of age narrative and autoanalysis, How to Adjust to the Dark narrates a young woman’s life, from her college years, during which she sees herself as a latter-day-confessional poet, to her decision to leave an MFA program and stop writing, to her eventual reexamination of her poems—and her beliefs about writing and creativity.”

This book is for anyone waiting for a sign from the universe or stuck in limbo trying to answer the dreaded question, what’s next?

A little bit about the author:

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Rebecca van Laer holds a Ph.D. in English from Brown, where she studied queer and feminist autobiography. She has also taught literature and creative writing at Boston University and Brown University. Her work appears in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, and many others

New Book Coming to Trnsfr Books & New Praises for Curbside Classics

Introducing The Wagners by John Colasacco, Coming this Fall to Trnsfr Books

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"The case of Wagner recounted here, first completed in August 2008, collects fragments from handwritten notebooks kept in the years following Wagner’s death. The resulting manuscript is a poem of scenes and stories hinging on the day Wagner accidentally severed part of his finger as a child. The effects of this trauma echo across generations of Wagners as they migrate to America and quickly begin to absorb its disembodied soul."

Advanced Praise for The Wagners:

The Wagners will set itself inside you. Read it again and again, that is how things will go. “Once, he sat up in bed, shook with rage, and threatened to tell me something that I would not believe.”  Oh I believe it and so will you!
-- CAConrad, author of The Book Of Frank and While Standing in Line for Death
The Wagners is an elegiac meditation on the egregore. Or, rather, imagine this: a semi-omniscient entity takes notes to try & make sense of our lives. This is an intense multi-dimensional anthropological assessment, by way of memetic engineering & sociological investigation, by way of black magick & in-the-clouds prose. 
-- Mike Kleine, author of Mastodon Farm

About the author:

JOHN COLASACCO is the author of Antigolf (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and The Information Crusher (Spuyten Duyvil)ther work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Birdfeast, the NewerYork, LISE/ISLE, and The Iowa Review.

Congratulations to Aaron Gilbreath for Everything We Don't Know


Everything We Don't Knowhas been selected for the following awards:



Vote for EWDK in the Readers' Choice Award here.

We’re offering 25% off his book to celebrate!

Order your copy here.

On The Way by Cyn Varcas Also Gaining Recognition


On the Way by Cyn Vargus was included in

Book Scrolling's


We’re offering 25% off her book to celebrate!

Order your copy here.