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The 2019 Kenneth Patchen Award competition deadline is approaching!

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Entry Fee: $25

E-mail address:

A prize of $1,000 and book publication by Journal of Experimental Fiction and JEF Books is given annually for an innovative novel. Submit a manuscript of any length with a $25 entry fee by July 31. Novelist Jane L. Carman will serve as judge.

The submission can be of any length, but must be submitted in Word or PDF format. Manuscripts should be emailed or sent as CDs. The manuscript itself should not contain the author’s name or address, but a separate sheet should be submitted with the title of the submission and the author’s contact information.

Additionally, all entries need to include a four-digit identifying number of the author’s choosing. This number should appear in the subject line of the email, on the manuscript, and on the contact information form.

Payment can be sent by check to: Eckhard Gerdes Publishing, PO Box 6281, Aurora, IL 60598. Do not make checks out to Kenneth Patchen or to JEF Publishing.

Payment can also be made by Paypal to: If paying by Paypal, please use either the “Send Money to Friends and Family” option so that we actually receive the full $25 on our end, or, if you want to use the “Pay for Goods and Services Option,” please include an extra $2.00 to cover Paypal’s fees.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your manuscripts!

Eckhard Gerdes

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JEF Books proudly announces publication of Yuriy Tarnawsky’s “Literary Yoga”!

JEF Books proudly announces Yuriy Tarnawsky’s Literary Yoga!

Struggling with your iambs and pentameters? Characters and plots? Have you hit the concrete wall of a writer’s block? Or are you having the time of your life seeing your pen trace out graceful meanders of words on the blank pages before you or your fleet fingers make letters dutifully jump off the keyboard of your laptop onto the screen above it? Whichever is the case, you must try these 100 exercises the artist and educator in Yuriy Tarnawsky have conjured up for you. What the gentle stretching on the yoga mat does for your muscles and joints, these painful tasks will do for the writing talents inside you. You may return to them again, and again, and again.

About the Author

Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored some three dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations in English and Ukrainian, including the novels Meningitis and Three Blondes and Death, the collections of short stories Short Tails and Crocodile Smiles, three collections of mininovels Like Blood in Water, The Future of Giraffes, and View of Delft comprising The Placebo Effect Trilogy, a collection of Heuristic poetry Modus Tollens, and the book of essays Claim to Oblivion. He was born in Ukraine but was raised and educated in the West. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence at IBM Corporation and professor of Ukrainian literature and culture at Columbia University. He resides with his wife Karina in the New York City metropolitan area.