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A collection of your favorite and soon-to-be-favorite writers and photographers, courtesy of Summer Literary Seminars.
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Hi, we're Summer Literary Seminars. And we want to make a book. We want to make a book because, after years of hosting some of the world's finest writers and so many phenomenally talented students, we're restless and want to feel nostalgic. Because there is too much talent here not to make a book -- our past faculty/students includes George Saunders, Adam Levin, Stephen Elliott, Dawn Raffel, Dave Eggers, Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill, William T. Vollman, Padgett Powell, Robert Coover, Eileen Myles, Sam Lipsyte, Chuck Klosterman, and others. We're going to get 'em all to contribute (well, we're going to try). They owe us. We bought them beer and plane tickets.

What is the book about? It's about Lithuania, where SLS has been running its world-class writing workshops and seminars. It's even about not-Lithuania. It's about diaspora, about longing, about belonging; it's about what the book ends up being about.  We know that's not very precise. Apologies. But what we can promise you is loosely-themed but outstanding prose & poetry -- a very, very special anthology -- and exceptional photographs from Gregory Talas, who, with your help, we can finally bring to Lithuania to work his magic and teach our students.

Vilnius by Gregory Talas
Vilnius by Gregory Talas

We've reached out to many, many writers about contributing, and the response so far has been phenomenal. SLS has run some of the most popular writing contests in the country, and we are very excited about finally collecting those winners in one place. We're going to update the table of contents as we go along, and even post excerpts of stories/poems/essay. (Donors will get previews of entire stories.)

Your money will help pay for design, printing, and marketing. (The editors and writers are contributing their time and material for free.) 

If you are interested in submitting to LITVAK: for a $15 donation (or more) we will read your work and consider it for publication.

Risks and challenges

Editing is difficult and time-consuming. We're hoping that the process goes smoothly, that contributions are in on time, etc. But writers are fickle people, so we're leaving a lot of time (six months) for the editorial process. And if we're wildly successful -- if every writer we reach out to wants to contribute, for example -- we will partner with an established publisher to give the book the treatment it deserves.

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    Postcard of Gregory Talas photograph

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    A Gregory Talas postcard, plus acknowledgement in the book as a benefactor.

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    Submit your work for publication in LITVAK.

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    Copy of book, acknowledgments, exclusive excerpts and first-look at stories, plus a newly-released digital copy of SLS Founder Mikhail Iossel's "Every Hunter Wants to Know."

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    Signed copy of the published book, acknowledgements, exclusive excerpts and first-looks, "Every Hunter Wants to Know" ebook, plus a Gregory Talas postcard with personal message from one our writers.

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    Two signed copies of book, acknowledgements, exclusive previews, and personal thank you phone call from one of our writers.

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    Three signed copies of book, acknowledgments, exclusive previews, plus phone session with SLS faculty member to discuss your writing goals & challenges.

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    Limited edition original 13x19" photograph, by Gegory Talas, from the series "If the walls could speak." Signed and mated, ready for framing.

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    Two copies of book, plus manuscript assessment by an SLS faculty member

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    Four copies of book, prominent acknowledgments, plus dinner/drinks with an SLS faculty member. (If no SLS faculty member lives in your town, we will find you an appropriate literary dining partner.)

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    Five copies of the book, in-depth manuscript assessment (including multiple drafts), dinner/drinks with SLS faculty member, and free tuition to SLS Lithuania (you pay for travel).

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    Copy of book, plus we fly you from anywhere in continental US to have dinner with any writer in our roster (subject to availability).

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