Friday, July 29, 2011

Release Day!- Black Fox Literary Magazine Issue #1

Song of the Day: Celebration by Kylie Minogue

    Hello all! Today I'm writing this post with a HUGE smile on my face. After many trials, after many hours of pouring over manuscripts and formatting documents, the first issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine is being released today. FINALLY. I can't tell you what this means to Pam, Quita and myself. Starting this magazine was only a dream, and now it has manifested into reality. This release makes it all seem so official. If you have a moment, stop by our website and view the digital version of the issue at no cost. If you'd prefer a physical copy, or would simply like to support us, you can order a print copy of the issue. Either way, we just want you to read the magazine and enjoy the words of our fine contributors. Join us!

Featuring Work by: Dwayne John (Cover Artist), Caroline Bailey Lewis, Angela Brown, Pamela Jessen, Jen Knox, Joanna S. Lee, Mike Maher, Alex Mullarky, and Diana Raab. Interviews with Contributor Jen Knox and Authors Lisa and Laura Roecker.

You can read it online, buy the print copy for $10 or download the file for $1.99.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 25, 2011

Song of the Day: I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Mine was too short. I usually have Fridays and Mondays off, but I'm working a different schedule this week and last. I ended up having to work Friday and today, so the weekend was shorter than what I'm used to. This is the BIG week. On Friday July 29, 2011 Black Fox Literary Magazine will release Issue #1! (Insert Dancing and streamers here.) I started the magazine with the lovely ladies Pam and Quita back in September. The summer seemed so far away back then, but the time literally flew. I can't believe it's almost here! And I couldn't be more excited! I hope that you'll stop by and check it out on Friday once it's released. We will have a digital and print version. The digital version is free, but the print version is $10 plus shipping and handling. If you can, please buy a copy, it helps us with administrative costs. Someday, we hope it will be enough to help us pay our contributors. If you want all of our latest news, you can follow us on Twitter: @blackfoxlit. Finally, don't hesitate to send your submit your work for consideration. Now, on to this week's opportunities. Have a look and keep sending your work out there.


1. Weave Magazine's First Annual Flash Fiction and Poetry Contests

Weave, a literary magazine, will host its first annual contest with a cash prize of $100 for one first place flash fiction winner and a cash prize of $100 and publication for one first place poetry winner.  Up to three honorable mentions will receive publication in Weave. Entry fee is $6.00 and contest deadline is July 31, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Cobalt Review

A literary Magazine seeking fiction, non-fiction and poetry of the highest caliber.

2. Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain is looking for stories, poems, creative non-fiction, craft essays, and writing for children/young adults.

3. Flycatcher: A Journal of Narrative Imagination

Flycatcher seeks submissions of any genre that explore place or a sense of belonging for its inaugural issue. They are also seeking proposals for columns.

4. Spittoon

Spittoon, on online literary magazine, seeks contemporary and experimental fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.


The Millay Colony

The Millay Colony offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each between the months of April and November. They accept residents based on artistic merit. Application fee is $35 and the deadline is September 15, 2011. For more information visit the link below.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and art. Happy Writing!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 18, 2011

Song of the Day: We are the Champions by Queen

   Hello all! How was the weekend? As you all may or may not know, I'm on vacation! Sadly, this is my second to last day off. I was supposed to be blogging more, but then I realized that I had better try and spend my time really zoning in on what important things need to be done. I made a list of what I planned to do on my vacation, and I'll tell you all about how much of it actually got done in a separate post.

    I want to share some exciting news with you all. Over my little break I got an acceptance letter for a short story I wrote. It will be published in a literary magazine called The Scarlet Sound this August! Those of you who read my blog know about the endless rejections I've had. It feels so good to finally get a yes. Which brings me to my next point. I was relentless with my submitting. People, you have got to get your work out there. That's all I can say. Take Advantage of the free contests and the calls for submissions. It pays off in the end. I hope you all will make the effort to submit your work somewhere at least once a month. You can find lots of opportunities here every Monday. It's really that easy.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Dragnet Magazine

Dragnet, a new online/e-book literary magazine is accepting fiction for Issue #3. Deadline is August 1, 2011.

2. Prime Number Magazine 

Literary Magazine seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, interviews, and essays on craft.

3. Dogwood

Fairfield University's literary journal accepts fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Reading period ends October 15, 2011.

4. Sixth Finch

An online poetry journal currently accepting submissions until September 15, 2011.

5. TAYO Literary Magazine

Tayo is looking for submissions of fiction, creative, non-fiction, poetry, and art for their 3rd annual print magazine. Deadline is August 26, 2011.

Well folks, the first issue of my literary magazine, Black Fox Literary Magazine is set to be released July 29, 2011! Get Ready! As always, we're looking for quality fiction and poetry for the fall issue. Visit our website for details. Happy Writing!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 11, 2011

Song of the Day: I Just Wanna Live by Good Charlotte

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Anyone do anything productive? I wasn't very productive this weekend. It was my sister's birthday and between spending all day at Disney on Friday and a party with family on Sunday, I didn't get get much done. I did manage to have a great editors meeting on Skype with Pam and Quita about Black Fox. That was only my second time using Skype, but it was SO COOL. I should definitely use it more often. Starting Wednesday, I'll be off from my day job for a week. Until then, I'm trying to tie up some loose ends, which is the reason the opportunities are so short today. Still some good stuff, however.


1. The Story Prize

A prize of $20,000 is given annually to honor a story collection written in English and first published in the U.S. Two runners-up will also receive $5,000 each. Entry Fee is $75 and the deadline is July 15, 2011. For more information and official guidelines, visit the link below.

2. A Room of Her Own Foundationn

The foundation awards four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Los Angeles Review twice yearly to one poem, short story, short short story, and essay by women writers. Entry fee is $15 and the contest closes on July 31, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. eFiction Magazine

eFiction seeks short fiction, poetry, book reviews and art work. They publish writers who are published and unpublished, but prefer new writers who are underrepresented and do not have publishing deals with big publishers.

2. The Literarian

The Literarian is the literary magazine of The Center for Fiction. They are currently accepting submissions for fiction.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting Submissions of Fiction and Poetry for Issue #2! Happy Writing!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Fives- Favorite Research Tools

Song of the Day: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2

   Hello all! It's Friday so it's time for Paper Hangover's weekly Friday Fives! If you feel like participating hop over and post a link to your Friday Fives post. We writers are always having to do research on the subjects we write about, and in the spirit of that we're talking research tools today! This Week's Question:

What are your FIVE favorite research tools?

1. Google- I heart it and it's my favorite research tool. I pretty much google everything and it's the first source  I go to if I need to do research.

2. Wikepedia- Probably not the most reliable, but hey, it usually gets the job done. Plus it's pretty fast.

3. Twitter- I talk about twitter all the time because its power is righteous. If you have a question you can tweet it, and almost instantly, answers come pouring in. Other writers are also tweeting and re-tweeting about resources and articles. I can't tell you how much I've learned about writing on twitter alone.

4. Merriam-Webster and - I'm always looking words up or using the thesaurus to find other words. Sometimes I have to look up terms too. I also like their word of the day tweets.

5. Blogger- Duh! I learn so much from my writer friends on blogger. Their posts are always helpful and then there are links galore on almost everyone's blogs. If you're trying to research anything writer related, or looking for writing resources, you can find it on blogger.

What about you? What are your favorite research tools?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Vacation...Sort Of

Song of the Day: The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

   Hello all! I know I've been promising a post on that blogging workshop I went to, but I've been so swamped lately that I haven't had a chance to organize and type up the notes. I promise I'll get to it next week. Guess why? Yup, I'm taking a one week vacation from the day job! I'm SO excited. I will finally get a chance to catch up on my various writing projects. Since I didn't really know what I should blog about today, I decided I'd post my Agenda for my week off.

I plan to...

1. WORK ON THESIS- This is at the top of my list. I need to finish preparing my presentation for my craft and form thesis (this one focuses more on the craft of writing) and I need to make sure everything is perfect with my creative thesis.

2. Work on Black Fox Issue #1- Can you believe it? Our first issue will be out later this month! I'm so nervous! I'll be spending the next week (along with Pam and Quita) making sure the issue is ready for production.

3. WRITE- Sadly, my writing time has pretty much gone down hill. I've been so busy. I can only get in a few words here and there. I want to seriously finish at least two stories over my break.

4. READ- My reading habits have been worse than my writing habits. Lately, I've only been able to squeeze in a short story or a flash piece. I am definitely going to read at least one book over my break.

5. Blog- I have a couple posts I've been meaning to write, so I'm definitely spending some time cranking those out.

6. Be lazy- I would love to take one day to just do absolutely nothing but watch TV and movies (and sleep.) No emails, no phone calls, no anything. Will that happen? Probably not, but we shall see.

I'm thinking I'm going to do all of this from my parents' house because they have a pool, and it's in another city, so it will feel more like I'm getting away. Anyone else taking a vacation or a break from work this summer? What are your plans? Those of you who aren't taking one this summer, what do you normally do when you do take one?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 5, 2011

Song of the Day: Party Up by Hilary Duff

   Hello all! How do you like the new blog design? I am in love with it! If you ever need any custom blog work done, Zoe is your girl! She blogs over at Chic and Sassy Designs. She's the best! How was your fourth of July? I got a chance to relax with family and get some work done. I also got a chance to submit work to a couple places and plan out my submissions for July. Have you planned any submissions for this month? Have you submitted your work to any interesting magazines or contests? Feel free to share in the comments section. The winners of my contest are posted at the end of this post. Here are the opportunities for this week. Lots to take advantage of.

Blog Contests:

1. Kody Keplinger's ARC Giveaway

Kody is giving away two ARC's of her novel Shut Out plus a Duff  prize pack. Go visit her blog NOW for details on how to enter!


1. The Galaxy project by Rosetta Books

Rosetta Books hosts the Galaxy Project for science fiction novellas and novelettes. Here is what the release says:

 “The winning writer will be guaranteed e-book publication as part of The Galaxy Project collection, a set of the top novellas that appeared originally in Galaxy, and will also receive a $1,000 advance against royalties of 50% of net receipts to 2,500 copies and 60% of net receipts thereafter for world English digital rights. The contest is open now and the submission deadline is Friday, September 2, 2011.”

Novellas and novelettes should be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

2. Literal Latte Poetry Awards

Literal Latte Literary Magazine seeks unpublished poems of up to 2,000 words for its annual poetry contest. All styles are welcomed. First place will win $1,000, second wins $300 and third wins $200. The cost is $10 for up to six poems or $15 for a set of 10 poems. Contest ends o July 15, 2011.

3. Writers' Journal Romance Contest

Writers' Journal is looking for romance stories of 2,000 words or less for its annual romance contest. First place will win a prize of $250, second place wins $100.00 and third place wins $50.00. Honorable mentions will also be acknowledged. Winning stories and selected honorable mentions will be published in future issues of Writers' Journal. Entry fee is $7 and the contest closes on July 30, 2011.

4. Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award

Glimmer Train hosts this contest twice a year. They are looking for short fiction that does not exceed 3,000 words. First place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train, and twenty copies of the the issue. Second place wins $500 and third place wins $300. Entry fee is $15 and the contest ends on July 31, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Thematic Literary Magazine 

Thematic Literary Magazine is looking for stories about love, relationships and attraction. Deadline is July 15, 2011.

2. Orange Quarterly Review 

A new literary magazine accepting submissions of stories, essays, poems, photographs and art for their first issue.

And now for the two WINNERS of my blog contest! To be fair, I chose the people with the highest points, wrote their names down on paper, put it in a hat and randomly selected two names. Congrats to:

Lori M. Lee winner of the $30 Gift Card to a Bookstore of  her Choice. Visit Lori at You Are the Unicorn of My Dreams


Ashley Simmons winner of a book of her choice. Visit Ashley at: A Sassy Woman

Ladies, please email me at so we can discuss your prizes! :)

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is always accepting fiction and poetry. Happy Writing!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Fives or Four- Cream of the Crop Cliches (via Paper Hangover)

Song of the Day: The Cliché Song by Christopher Mast

   Hello all! Time for Friday Fives! Before we get there, I have a few announcements. First, the opportunities I post on Monday, will be posted on Tuesday. Therefore, the two winners of my contest will be announced Tuesday instead on Monday. I'm taking this weekend to get my writing life together and hopefully do a little relaxing with my family. Also, this week I had my blog custom designed! I can't wait to reveal the new layout and design to you. Check back on Tuesday July 5, 2011!

   I'd just like to say that this was the hardest Friday Fives for me, so I only have four, which would make it Friday Four. The blog Paper Hangover asks:

What are your FIVE favorite cliches?

1. The Heroine

This is the most appropriate writing cliche for me because the heroine is the topic of my thesis (yes, I'm in thesis mode.) We've seen them in the past with Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, and we see them in more modern books with characters such as Precious in Push and Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Many argue that the heroine is a cliche, but I don't think she's ever going away. I for one love reading about her.

2. The Ex vs. The New Guy (or Bad Boy vs. Good Guy)

Often times a female character will break up with a guy (who is usually the bad boy) and find a new guy (the good guy.) The female will then go back to the ex once he shows interest again (usually due to seeing her with a new guy.) But in the end she realizes that the good guy is who she should be with. I love when the good guy wins.

3. The Sarcastic Main Character or Sidekick

I love sarcasm. The end.

4. The Enemy

The adversary always makes a more interesting read. They tend to shake up the equilibrium of the main character plus get the reader to be sympathetic to the MC.

What about you? What are your favorite writing cliches? Also, seriously check out the song of the day. It's a song composed entirely of cliches. So cool!