We're both honored and excited that Guernica, one of the most valuable and relevant new publications of the past ten years, has agreed to collaborate with us again on the second annual Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literature Award, which seeks to award the best work of geographical, boundary-crossing fiction, poetry, or nonfiction publication in Guernica and a free trip to DISQUIET 2012 in Lisbon (where we'll also be hosting one of their editors).
Since its founding, Guernica has made a name for itself by taking art and politics equally seriously and championing intelligent long-form journalism, thoughtful essays, and accomplished poetry and fiction from established and new writers. A magazine whose contributors come from all over and whose essays, poems and stories have been reprinted in Best American Essays and received multiple awards, including the Caine Prize (for E.C. Osondu's story “Waiting”) and Dzanc Book's Best of the Web, Guernica is remarkable for the quality of its attention -- for its commitment to clear, incisive writing and careful thought.
It's a cliché by now that the Internet, with its customizable distractions, makes it easier to ignore the world around us. Guernica is the other side of the story-- a genuinely global online magazine dedicated to keeping our eyes open. We're stoked that Guernica exists and is thriving (and was named by Esquire as an example of the online renaissance in literary publishing). They're the perfect partner for the International Literature Award.
Speaking of which, deadline is January 31, 2012; details here. Repeat: the winner will be published in Guernica and receive a full scholarship (tuition, airfare, and lodging) to the July 2012 DISQUIET International Literary Program.