Howling Bird Press at the 2018 AWP in Tampa, Florida

Howling Bird Press was proudly represented at the 2018 Conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) in Tampa, Florida. The annual event, which regularly includes more than 12,000 attendees, 2,000 presenters, and 550 readings, is the premier national conference for the field of publishing.

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This year, Howling Bird Press was among over 800 exhibitors at the bookfair, which lasted the length of the conference: March 7 to 10. The bookfair included major commercial publishers alongside independent literary journals and presses, writing programs, and literary arts organizations. In addition to the bookfair, the conference featured experts in writing, editing, and publishing.

The Howling Bird Press exhibit was attended by past and current students as well as Program Director Stephan Clark, Associate Director Lindsay Starck, and Howling Bird Publisher Jim Cihlar.  Signing books were 2016 and 2017 Howling Bird Prize winners Jacob M. Appel and Jean Harper.

Howling Bird Press Fiction Contest Opens April 1

March 1, 2018

Fiction Prize Howling Bird Press Press Release

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Howling Bird Press Fiction Contest Opens April 1
Augsburg University’s student publishing house welcomes manuscripts

MINNEAPOLIS, March 1, 2018 — Howling Bird Press, the publishing house of Augsburg University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, seeks submissions for its 2019 National Fiction Book Prize.

“Howling Bird Press is a proud literary publisher in the Twin Cities, a metropolitan area recognized as a center of literature and the arts. Founded in 2014, we are happy to contribute our voice to the national conversation by publishing books of consequence,” said Jim Cihlar, publisher of Howling Bird Press.

Previous Howling Bird Press Prize Winners

  • KateLynn Hibbard, Simples, poetry, 2018
  • Jean Harper, Still Life with Horses, nonfiction, 2017
  • Jacob Appel, The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street, fiction, 2016
  • Marci Vogel, At the Border of Wilshire and Nobody, poetry, 2015

The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished. The author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000 and book publication. Augsburg MFA faculty and students will serve as contest judges.

Jean Harper, 2017 winner of nonfiction prize recently said, “The graduate students at Howling Bird Press were fantastic to work with, as was Jim Cihlar who led the editing process. I think most helpful was the attention to the various story lines that wind through the book; the editing focused on making sure story lines were consistent, coherent, and maintained. It really came down to small tinkerings here and there, which made all the difference.”

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Published books from previous winners can be found at Howling Bird Press’s website,

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About Howling Bird Press
Howling Bird Press is a student run publishing house at Augsburg University located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The press launched in 2014, is located at part of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. If you need additional information please contact Jim Cihlar, Publisher, at Howling Bird Press at 612-210-2656 or by email at