Song of the Day: Chasing the Sun by Sara Bareilles
Hello all! It's the last Monday of 2013! Is it me or do the years seem to be getting shorter? It's almost as though I don't have enough time to get everything done. That's why it's so important to make the most of everyday. Furthermore, you don't have to wait until the clock strikes midnight tomorrow to start your goals. Write them down today, and get started immediately. If there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that time is of the essence. Make the most of these last couple of days of 2013 and let's strive for a better 2014. Good luck to all my fellow writers. I wish you much success in the coming year!
1. Arcadia Magazine Short Story Contest
Arcadia has opened submissions for the 2014 Arcadia Short Story Contest. Stories should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. The contest winner receives $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Submissions are open until February 15, 2014.
2. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction
The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Their aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. They’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin.
Stories should be 8,000 words. Contest fee is $10 and the deadline is December 31, 2013 at midnight.
Calls for Submissions:
1. Bellows American Review
Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction. They publish on a rolling basis year-round. Their one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.
2. Motes Books- Motif Anthology Series
Motes Books is now accepting submissions for Volume 4 of the Motif Anthology Series. Volume 4 will center on the theme of WATER. Denton Loving will serve as volume editor. Prose (fiction or non-fiction) submissions should be 3,000 words or less. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. WATER must be referenced or illuminated in the works, directly or indirectly, in significant and artful ways. Deadline is February 1, 2014.
3. Commons Magazine
Commons Magazine is now accepting submissions for their poetry column, UNCOMMON/WORD. Deadline is December 31, 2013 (11:59pm).
4. Composite Arts Magazine
Composite Arts Magazine is now accepting flash fiction and prose poem submissions of no more than 500 words for its Special Issue, No. 15 Still Life. They are looking for snippets of the everyday and all its complexity. Moments that extend far beyond the physical words on the page. They want characters who live between the lines. Language that enchants. Show them how far you can push the idea of a Still Life. Submit up to THREE pieces in a single submission. Each individual piece MUST be 500 words or less. Deadline is February 17, 2013.
5. Stoneboat Literary Journal
Stoneboat Literary Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, photo essays, and black and white art for its Spring 2014 issue.
As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The last day to be considered for the Winter Issue is tomorrow! Happy Writing!
Song of the Day: Baby Please Come Home by Mariah Carey
Song of the Day: Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson
Hello all! It's been a LONG time since I posted the opportunities. It's the end of the year, but why give up now? Shouldn't we aim to finish strong? Just because it's the end of the year doesn't mean that we should stop focusing on our goals. Sure, you might not finish that short story or novel, but if you keep working, won't you still be that much closer to your goal? You'll still be making progress and you won't be in the same place that you were when you first started. So, writers, in these last few days of December, I urge you to keep striving and keep working towards your goals. Don't wait until next year. Get your butt in the chair and work.
1. Gemini Magazine's Fourth Annual Poetry Contest
As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!
Hello all! How I've missed you. For the month of November I usually go into hibernation because it's National Novel Writing Month. This was my fourth year doing Nano and it was a success. I do it every year because it ensures that I write at least one novel a year. Something about NaNoWriMo gives me that extra kick in the pants to actually sit down and write. I thought I would share some tips on how I won Nano this year and maybe, just maybe, it might help you in the future.
1. Lots of coffee.
I blame Nano for making me into a coffee drinker in the first place. Before my first year of doing Nano, I wasn't a regular coffee drinker. Now I can't put the stuff down. This month I wrote into the late hours of the night and often woke up as early as 4 am to write. Trust me when I say that it could not be done without coffee.
2. Locking myself away.
I spend A LOT of time with my family and go home on weekends. While doing Nano I had to step away, close my room door and write. I would come out for food then retreat back to my writing cave. I would set goals. You will have to find what works for you, but my goals were in 1000-word increments. Every thousand words I got a reward, such as a certain amount of social media time. I'm obsessed with social media so that was motivation enough. Find what works for you.
3. Trusting that I could write in another genre.
I normally write literary/women's fiction. This time, I decided to experiment with YA. It was fun, which is what Nano should be. I think that I'll experiment every year now. I learned that I can write other things and it doesn't have to be perfect.
4. Unwavering faith.
I never once stopped believing that I was going to finish. Sure, the future often looked grim, but I didn't let it stop me. I kept going and I kept writing.
5. I wanted it badly enough.
Failing just wasn't an option. I wanted to win National Novel Writing Month by any means necessary. I was willing to do whatever it was going to take.
National Novel Writing Month is important to me because it's the one time I can be selfish about my writing. It seems as though everything comes before my writing in the previous months of the year--well, not in November. Despite my demanding job, I was able to finish. Nano will be something I do for years to come.
Hello all! Prompts are back! This was actually another desktop background I found on Google. Thought there was an air of mystery to this house and decided it would make a fantastic writing prompt. I'll be posting the image on my Writer's Atelier Instagram feed as well, so feel free to comment there. Have a wonderful weekend.
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