I'll be hosting a National Novel Writing Month workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15th at Bookmark It to help you keep up the momentum during this month of literary abandon. I'll discuss writing schedules, combating writer’s block, staying motivated, and what to do when you WIN! Register now for this FREE workshop at:
Don't forget to check out the awesome lineup that Bookmark It has planned!
I am thrilled to announce that my short story, "Burial," is now out in the premier issue of Lotus-eater Literary Magazine. Special thanks to Diana Mastrodomenico for believing in this story enough to publish it. Here's the link:
"Lotus-eater is a literary magazine based in Rome. They are looking for daring, unusual, and inspiring writing. Their ambition is two-fold: to publish high-quality poetry and prose in the English language; and to translate the best contemporary Italian writing so as to expose local writers to an international audience. They are also interested in critical reviews of literary works."
I was a guest on Functionally Literate Radio! Ryan Rivas and Jared Silva of Burrow Press talk to me about Writer's Atelier, Black Fox Literary Magazine, self-publishing and YA fiction. Here's the link:
The latest progress on the novel: I made it to draft 3! I did some revisions last night and was realizing that my character in this particular novel, doesn't seem to leave me alone. When I take a break and I don't work on it for days, she gets inside of my head and reminds me to return to work. I've never really had that happen with another novel, which is how I know that I'm serious about this one...could be the one!
To make up for not posting opportunities in a while, I have a big old list! Keep writing, keep sending your work out!
1. Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contests
Tethered by Letters is accepting submissions for the second annual Spring Literary Competition. The three submission categories include: Short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words; flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words; poetry no longer than three pages. The judges are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Prizes: $250 for the short story winner $50 for the flash fiction winner $100 for the poetry winner. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. All finalists will also be published the Tethered by Letters, Spring 2015 Edition, as well as receive one free contributor’s copy. Winners will be announced publicly in November. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Contest deadline: September 30, 2014.
2. The Paumanok Poetry Award Guidelines
The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the annual competition for The Paumanok Poetry Award. One First Prize of $1500 and expenses for a reading in the 2015 - 2016 series will be given, in addition to two Second Prizes of $750 and expenses for a reading in the 2015 - 2016 series. Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion.
Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735:
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee
Deadline: September 15, 2014.
3. Connecticut River Review Poetry Prize
The contest is open to all poets. Prizes are as follows:
1st place – $400
2nd place – $100
3rd place – $50.
Entry fee is $15. Contest deadline: September 30, 2014.
4. The 2015 Moon City Short Fiction Award
The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author. Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form. Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page. Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words. First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication. Entry fee is $25. Contest deadline: October 1, 2014.
5. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
A prize of $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley will be awarded to one winner. Entry fee is $15 (includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears). Deadline: October 1, 2014.
6. Eighteenth Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest
All genres of literary fiction will be accepted. Entries must be unpublished and strictly 5,000 words or fewer. Guest Judge: Ben Fountain.
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250
The three prize winners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; The Gernert Company; and The Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Entry fee is $20. Contest deadline: October 1, 2014.
7. The 10th Annual Writer's Digest Awards
Enter your best short stories—4,000 words or fewer—in six genres for a chance at $2,500, a trip to Writer’s Digest Conference, and more!
The genres accepted:
Early-Bird Entry fee (September 15, 2014): $20 per entry. Regular entry fee (October 15, 2014): $25 per entry. See the link below for complete details and list of prizes.
Calls for Submissions:
1. Slash Pine Press Call for Prose Chapbook Submissions
Each academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two chapbooks in limited runs of 125 copies. This year, the press will publish one in the fall of 2014 and one in the Spring of 2015.
The reading period is now open for the spring chapbook. They are in search of prose manuscripts of any prose genre, no longer than 25 pages and made up of at least five separate pieces. Reading/entry fee is $5. Deadline: October 31, 2014.
2. Subprimal Poetry Art
Subprimal Poetry Art is seeking submissions of poetry, flash fiction and art work for their Winter, 2014 issue. The theme for this issue is Doorways and Revelations: ideas, concepts and epiphanies that enter our consciousness in a way that surprises, shocks or opens a passage into another way of seeing the world and the human condition. Deadline for consideration in Winter issue: October 16, 2014.
3. Pilcrow & Dagger
New literary journal accepting short stories, essays and poetry. They are looking for original works that are thought-provoking and creative with literary merit and interest for a wide audience. January’s issue theme is winter. The submission window for January’s issue closes on December 1, 2014.
4. Shadowgraph Magazine
Shadowgraph is currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios. Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an online quarterly journal. Submissions are accepted year-round.
5. Sugar Mule
Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects. Deadline: December 1, 2014.
6. The Inflectionist Review
The Inflectionist Review considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis and is currently reading for issue 3.
1. Poetry Position at Ball State University
Tenure-track faculty position available August 21, 2015.
2. Creative Writing Position at Willamette University
The Department of English at Willamette University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Creative Writing at the level of assistant professor. Open until finalists are selected. First priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2014.
3. Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Department of English: Assistant Professor, Creative Non-fiction/Fiction to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses in creative non-fiction/fiction; maintain a program of active research, scholarly and/or creative achievement; provide service to the department and university. Screening of applications begins October 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
1. Spencer Hill Press
"Spencer Hill Press and its imprints are seeking new interns to work on their Reading With Me (RWM) team! There are four to six positions available that focus on social media, publicity, and writing.
The internships will begin mid/late September 2014 and go until the end of spring 2015. Interns will have opportunities such as chatting with authors, reading ARC’s, running book club related events, interacting with readers via social media, and learning more about the publishing industry.
If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please, attach a resume and a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself and your interest in the amazingness that is books and Spencer Hill!
The positions they are looking to fill are:
Generalist (1-2 interns — one intern will serve as "Team Leader," supervising the rest of the team and reporting to Spencer Hill publicists and editors)
Social Media Team - 1 person/account: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram (you will be launching their Instagram).
Positions are remote. Deadline for applicants is September 12, 2014 (midnight)!"
As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!
Features work by: Mathieu Cailler, Cara MacNeil, Miranda Stone, Grant Riedel, Ethan Noone, Stephanie Niu, A.J. Huffman, Chelsea Reeser, Sandra Kolankiewicz, David Klugman, Amy Friedman, R.K. Gold, Chelsea Eckert, William Ogden Haynes, Joanell Serra, Melissa Grunow, Aleyna Rentz, Paulette Perhach, Brad Garber, Joshua Hall, Alicja Madloch, Holly Day and Michaelsun Knapp. Cover artist: Marjani Viola Hawkins. Read it here. Buy it here.
Hello all! It's been a busy summer. I recently finished up a second round of revisions for my novel and I'm waiting to hear back from some of my critique partners. I just wanted to share some writing/publication news. I received an acceptance letter for my short story, "Burial," from Lotus-Eater Literary Magazine. It will be published this fall. It's a new magazine based in Rome, Italy, so I'm quite excited.