Monday, June 25, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 25, 2012

Song of the Day: I Got This by Jennifer Hudson

   Hello all! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this past weekend. As some of you know, I absolutely love stormy weather. While others find it depressing, I find it uplifting. I love to read or write while it rains. It's somewhat therapeutic for me. It has been raining for three straight days here in Florida. I spent the weekend reading, making Trinidadian dishes with my mom and watching the rain. I wasn't as productive as I should have been, but isn't reading supposed to be research for writers? Here are the opportunities for this week. Be brave. Pick something. Submit.


1. Oregon Writers Colony (OWC) Annual Writing Contests

Short Stories Both True and Imagined Contest:

First place in either fiction or non-fiction will receive $200, feature story and excerpt of winning story will be published in the newsletter, Colonygram, and listed on the OWC website. Second place in either fiction or non-fiction will receive $100, plus listed in Colonygram and on the OWC website. Third place in either fiction or non-fiction will receive $50, plus listed in Colonygram and on the OWC Website.

Elizabeth Bolton Poetry Contest:

First place will receive $100, second place will receive $50 and third place will receive $25. All entries will receive publication in Colonygram.

Winners in all contests will be invited to read at an celebratory evening in the fall, 2012. The contests end on August 15, 2012.

2. Thread Fantasy & Science Fiction Short Story Contest

This contest is to honor Ray Bradbury, one of America’s great writers, who died on June 6, 2012 at the age of 91. Stone Thread Publishing is seeking fantasy and sociological science fiction short stories to create an anthology in his honor. First Place will win a prize of $50. Second through sixth will receive $20. Honorable Mentions will all receive $10. Deadline is July 31, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Diverse Voices Quarterly

Diverse Voices Quarterly is celebrating its third year of publishing online. Submit your best poetry, short stories, and personal essays/creative non-fiction for the autumn issue. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, however the deadline for the autumn issue is August 1, 2012.

2. Palooka Journal

Palooka is a nonprofit literary journal open to diverse forms, seeking fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia for Issue #5 and #6.

3. Measure

Measure is always looking for metrical poetry submissions, but if you've been writing sonnets about rock 'n roll, villanelles about the golden age of radio, or blank verse about Beethoven, now is the time to submit. The currently call for submissions is for a music-themed issue that will feature poems, essays, and lyrics from songwriters and poets. Deadline for the themed issue is October 15th.

4. Radioactive Moat

Submissions for issue seven are now open. Radioactive Moat accepts fiction, poetry, visual art and photography. The submission period ends September 1, 2012.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is looking for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Happy Writing!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Keeping Your Writing Alive: The Importance of Keeping a Writing Journal

Song of the Day: Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees

   Yes, that's my notebook to the left. I had an epiphany last week. I was going through my writing notebook (basically a notebook I carry everywhere to jot down anything inspiring, character names, story ideas, etc.) and I realized I had a good amount of material in it. I had discovered parts of stories that I'd forgotten about, phrases and story ideas.

   When I took my first creative writing class at the University of South Florida, my teacher made us keep a journal. We were to write down anything we wanted in it, just as long as we wrote in it everyday. I kept up with the idea even after I finished the class. The only thing that had changed was the frequency in which I wrote in the journal. I didn't keep up with the "writing everyday" part.

   But this past week when I went through my notebook I was reminded about just how important keeping a writing journal really is. I always have my notebook with me, but I don't write in it everyday. I have decided that I should write in it everyday, even if I only write bits and pieces.

Here are some of the benefits of keeping a writing notebook:

1. Discovering stories that are actually pretty good.

I went back and tweaked a few old stories and one of them was actually accepted for publication recently. This goes back to that old saying about stepping away from your writing. Back then I doubted the stories, but looking at them today, I realize their potential.

2. Discovering Characters

I write down unique names I come across and also phrases and bits of conversations I hear. Sometimes, I'll even jot the details of a person with an interesting outfit. When I'm looking back on my journals and reading over these notes, I'll often get an idea for a character.

3. Seeing a phrase that might trigger a story idea.

I'm sure all writers can attest to this. Random thoughts and phrases will pop into my head. There is no method to the madness. It's almost as though the voices of different characters nudge you by saying something important, something that triggers the lightbulb and makes you have to write it down. Well, when I read over these fragmented bits, a lot of the times, a new story is born.

4. Remembering story ideas that you meant to write about.

My writing is character driven, so I get a lot of ideas about telling stories that involve real issues people face on a daily basis. I keep track of this in my notebook, and when I look back I say, "Oh yeah! I meant to write a story about that!"

5. It helps you to write more frequently.

We all here that we should write everyday. Journaling is a way to that. Isn't writing one paragraph, one idea, one phrase better than writing nothing at all? A little at a time everyday suddenly seems more doable.

6. It inspires and builds confidence.

As I pointed out before, I saw the potential in some of the stories and half-stories I had written. It shows you that maybe your work isn't so bad at all. Journaling, can make you feel like a real writer and I've been feeling the love from my writing lately.

I think I have finally found the thing to keep me writing consistently. Now, if I could just find something to keep me editing my own work consistently! Keeping a writing journal helps me keep my writing alive.

What about you? Do you keep a writing journal? Have you ever kept a writing journal? What are some of the benefits you reaped from your own writing journal?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 18, 2012

Song of the Day: The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder

   Hello all! Hoping everyone had a nice Father's Day. I had a pretty low-key weekend and I got a good amount of reading and research done. I've just been wanting to kick back and read for quite some time. With it being Father's Day weekend, I still had distractions, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

   How has everyone been doing on submissions? I need to start submitting again. I've gotten decisions on almost everything I've sent out in the past month. I like to have at least one piece out in the world. If you can't submit to multiple places, try just picking one. Here's a look at what's new this week.


1. The New Guard 2012 Contests

Knightville Poetry Contest: $1,000 for an exceptional work of narrative and/or experimental poetry. Three poems per entry. Up to 300 lines per poem. Judged by National Poetry Series winner, JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT.

Machigonne Fiction Contest: $1,000 for an exceptional work of literary and/or experimental fiction. Submit up to 7,500 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the manuscript functions as a stand-alone story. Judged by Novelist and Essayist, RICK BASS.

Entry fee is $15 for both contests and the deadline is July 18, 2012.

2. Emergency Press International Book Prize

Emergency Press is taking entries of book-length manuscripts for its 2012 contest. They are considering books that are cross-genre or multimedia. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication of their book by Emergency Press. There is an entry fee of $20 and the contest will end on July 1, 2012.

3. The 2012 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

All full-length collections of poetry 50-80 pages in length are eligible. Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be approximately 200-300 pages in length. Prizes per category include book publication, $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel grant to participate in the 2013 Autumn House Master Authors Series in Pittsburgh. Entry fee is $30 and the contest closes on June 30, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Mixed Fruit Journal

Mixed Fruit, a quarterly literary magazine, is accepting submissions for its sixth issue. They're accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, literary translations, visual art, works that incorporate typography, experimental soundscapes, videologues, recipes, silent film, animation, comics, and rogue power points. The deadline for issue six is June 30, 2012.

2. Grist: The Journal for Writers

Grist is seeking fiction, non-fiction and poetry from both emerging and established writers, whose work is of high literary quality and value. They want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of style, form, or content. Submission period ends September 15, 2012.

3. Consequence Magazine

Consequence Magazine is the print, literary journal that focuses on the culture of war. They are looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, visual art, and interviews that address the consequences of armed conflict. Submission period closes September 1, 2012.

4. Talking Writing

Talking Writing is an online literary magazine that supports writers and those interested in literature by encouraging creative discussion of the writing process. They're looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews and visual art. Submission period ends July 15, 2012.

5. The Quotable

The Quotable is a new quarterly literary magazine showcasing tomorrow's quote-worthy authors. They're seeking flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and original art and photography. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, however the deadline for the Fall Issue is August 1, 2012.

As always Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy writing!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 11, 2012

Song of the Day: Reach for the Stars by S Club 7

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I have to confess that I barely got anything done. I did get some much needed R & R. I also came to the conclusion that my blog has been lacking posts on the craft of writing lately. I have been consistent with my posts regarding opportunities for other writers, but I haven't been blogging on writing at all. I've been so busy lately that I've sort of neglected my blog. I'll have to fix that. In the coming weeks I'm going to try and have at least one other post other than my writing opportunities. In the meantime, check out what's here this Monday.


1. Palettes & Quills 3rd Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition

Palettes & Quills will give a $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book to one author. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book. Entry fee is $20 and the contest ends on September 1, 2012.

2. The Willow Books Literature Awards

The Willow Books Literature Awards will recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. Prose Grand Prize is $2,000 and a book contract and the Poetry Grand Prize is $1,000 and a book contract. The entry fee is $30 for prose submissions and $25 for poetry submissions. Contest Deadline is October 1, 2012.

3. The Cincinnati Review Robert and Adele Schiff Prizes in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review invites submissions for the fourth annual Robert and Adele Schiff Prose and Poetry Prizes. One winning poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative non-fiction) will be chosen for publication in the 2013 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review. The entry fee is $25 and the contest will end on July 31, 2012.

4. The 2012 Heinz Literature Prize

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. There is no mention of an entry fee on the website and the contest ends June 30, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Linden Avenue Literary Magazine

Linden Avenue Literary Journal is seeking poetry and short fiction for issue two to be published July 1, 2012.

2. The Bakery

The Bakery is a new online poetry journal launching in July and looking for poetry submissions.

3. Opium Magazine

Opium Magazine is currently open to submissions of fiction.

4. Luna Station Quarterly

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women. They want science fiction, space opera, new fairy tales, some creepiness, stories that explore the nooks and crannies of an original world, big events from the everyman perspective, unique settings and storytelling forms, and well written stories with strong characters. Submission period for the September issue will be June 15, 2012-August 15, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 4, 2012

Song of the Day: World's Greatest by R. Kelly

   Hello all! It's June. Like, it's really June. I'm actually VERY paranoid with time and I'm feeling a lot of pressure to complete all of the goals I set for this year. I have time, but before you know it, it's going to be December! Which means that this week I'll probably be doing a check-in to see where I am with my goals for the year.

   I have some good news. I got an acceptance letter in my inbox on Friday! My story, Start to Stop will be published in The Rusty Nail. I'm thrilled! This story was rejected twice before. See? You have to keep trying! In that same way, I received a rejection in my inbox yesterday. I'm still going to keep submitting that story until I get a yes. How are you doing with submissions? Any acceptances? Any rejections? It's like the Cinderella story. Us writers have to submit to a lot of magazines to find the perfect one.


1. Accents 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2012 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected. Each winner will have his/her submission published and will receive a $250 cash prize and 25 perfect-bound copies. All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing. There is an entry fee of $10 and the contest ends on June 30, 2012.

2. The Writer 2012 Travel Essay Contest

The Writer magazine invites you to submit a previously unpublished travel essay of up to 1,200 words. Write about your unforgettable travel experiences, whether your travels took you to an exotic destination or a hometown treasure. Prizes: $1,000/$300/$200; Gotham Writers' Workshop online classes; and publication in The Writer for the winner. Entry fee is $10 and the contest closes on June 15, 2012.

3. The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize

The annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. The purpose of the prize is to encourage excellence in poetry, and to provide a wide readership for a deserving first book of poems. Entry fee is $25. The contest runs from August 1, 2012 - October 31, 2012.

4. Blue Light Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

The editors of Blue Light Press invite you to submit a manuscript to their Blue Light Poetry Prize Competition. They like poems that are imagistic, emotionally honest, and contain a vision where the writer pushes through the imagery to a deeper level of insight. There is a reading fee of $10 and the contest deadline is June 15, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The Mom Egg

The Mom Egg, an annual print journal of work by or about mothers, is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative prose, and art for its 2013 issue, which is themed MOTHER TONGUE. Mothers and non-mothers are invited to submit works on this topic. Deadline is September 1, 2012.


2. OVS Magazine

OVS Magazine is looking for well crafted poetry, and black and white art. Submissions are accepted year-round but the deadline for the summer issue is June 15, 2012.

3. The Destroyer

The Destroyer, a biannual online publication, is currently looking for poetry, innovative prose, texts with no determinate genre, video, and audio. They are also seeking to publish public opinion pieces by established writers and civic journalists in the section, "The Vent."

4. MOLT Journal 

MOLT Journal accepts submissions of fiction and poetry year-round.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!