Monday, March 28, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- March 28, 2011

Song of the Day: She Works Hard for Her Money by Donna Summer

    Hello all! How was the weekend? I hope you had a productive one! I didn't blog a lot last week because I've been practicing everyday with my sorority for a stroll competition (it's pretty much dancing in a line.) It's over now and I'm back to my normal schedule. I'll take this moment to check in with you all. Have you been submitting your work? Last week I got another rejection on one of my flash pieces. Sigh. It sure is one hard, long road to becoming a writer. Though it's EXTREMELY discouraging, I remain hopeful and I won't give up. I'll submit it again to yet another literary magazine. That rejection also made it that much harder to reject manuscripts that came into Black Fox. I was reading submissions last night and as I was sending out letters regarding the unaccepted manuscripts, it made my heart hurt a little. I know what it's like to get a rejection and here I am sending them out. I felt horrible. But I have to remember that rejection is part of the writing process, and I hope that those letters I sent out will only make those writers stronger. If you're reading this and you did get one of those letters, I hope that you'll press on, edit, and re-submit. Don't give up! Take a look at the opportunities today.


1. Shelley Watters' Epic Follower Blogfest/Contest

I came across Shelley's blog via twitter. She's over at Is It Hot In Here Or Is It This Book? She's reached 100 followers and in order to celebrate she's hosting a contest. The grand prize is a FULL MANUSCRIPT REQUEST from Suzie Townsend of Fine Print Literary Management. WOW! For more information on how to enter Shelley's contest visit her blog.

2. Reading Vacation's Kindle Giveaway

There's an awesome giveaway over at Reading Vacation! I also found this blog via twitter. To celebrate one year, Reading Vacation will give away a Kindle e-reader! For more information on how to enter, please stop by the blog and follow! Deadline is March 31, 2011.

3. Glimmer Train Fiction Contest

Glimmer Train Stories is open for submissions of fiction. Stories can be 2,000-20,000 words. First place will win $2,000 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories. Second place will win $1,000 and possible publication. Third place will win $600 and possible publication. Entry fee is $18 and the contest deadline is March 31, 2011.

Call for submissions:

1. Eclectica Magazine

Eclectica Magazine is now accepting submissions for the July/August 2011 issue. Any submission received between now and June 1, 2011 will be considered for that issue. The magazine accepts fiction, poetry, essays, creative non-fiction, drama, book and movie reviews, travel writing, interviews and humor/satire. For more information on how to submit, click the link below.

As always, you still have time to enter The Black Fox Fiction Contest for a chance at $100! We are also accepting flash fiction and poetry for weekly web features. Happy Writing!


  1. I like your insight about rejection letters. I can imagine being a writing would make sending them out so much harder.

  2. Way to keep positive! That was my routine for when I was looking for an agent. Each rejection made me want to work harder, and it resulted it me having a more polished manuscript that I can be proud of. :)

  3. You said it, Racquel. Yes, take rejections as opportunities to fix your stories, make them stronger, and send them out again. You might make it the second time around. ;)

  4. I am with you on the rejections, girly! Thanks for putting such a positive spin on it :D And thanks for the opportunities--gonna check out the Suzie Townsend one right now!

  5. I like your take on the rejections. I have to brush them off faster.

  6. Keep up the writing and great attitude :) And thanks for sharing all the links!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)