Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Summer Issue (#5) of Black Fox Literary Magazine!

Song of the Day: We Are Young by Fun

   Hi all! I'm thrilled to announce that Black Fox Literary Magazine has come full circle! It's been exactly one year since we've been publishing our issues! Pam, Quita and I have had such and AMAZING journey with this magazine. As always, this issue features work from some very talented writers. We also had the privilege of interviewing New York Times Bestselling Author, Omar Tyree. You can read our Anniversary Issue online on our website. If you feel like supporting our cause, you can buy a print or eBook copy. Thanks for all the love and support over the last year! Here's to many more! 

Features work by: Spencer Hayes, A.J. Huffman, Matthew Funk, Angela Khristen Brown, Lee Wright, John Grey, David O’Connell, Brandon Figliolino, Olubunmi Bolarin, Salena Casha, Zakk Flash and contest winner, Patty Hopkins. Author Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author, Omar Tyree. Cover Artist: Misti Rainwater-Lites.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I had a very productive one. I got a ton of things checked off on my to-do list. As some of you may know, two weekends ago I attended a writers retreat in North Carolina with a couple of blogger pals and some writers from my MFA program. The retreat was the reason I didn't post any opportunities last Monday. I was in dire need of rest! I'll be posting about my experience at the retreat later this week. It was wonderful being surrounded by writers. In the meantime, what steps have you taken to get your work out there? If you've never submitted anything, now is a good time to start. It's good practice if you're working on a larger work that you eventually want to get published. Have a look.


1. Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

Palooka Press will consider manuscripts of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, drama, graphic narrative, or mixed-genre (any combination of genres). The winner receives publication by Palooka Press, $100 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, a bio and photo featured on the Palooka website with an author interview about the winning manuscript and all the praise and social media benefits Palooka can offer (Facebook page with 1,850 followers). Entry fee is $10 and the contest deadline is December 1, 2012.


2. Liternational's 1st Annual Contributors Prize

Eligibility: Writers with original fiction and/or creative non-fiction who are over the age of eighteen and have NOT published professionally are eligible. Prizes are as follows: $500 for fiction, $500 for non-fiction and $250 for the Runner-Up. There is no entry fee and the contest ends August 15, 2012.


Calls for Submissions:

1. Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit

Extract(s) features bite-sized literature in surprising forms. Publishing something new five days a week, they're looking for short prose, poetry, haiku and photograph pairs, and book excerpts.


2. Saw Palm

Saw Palm, a regional publication affiliated with the University of South Florida, is accepting submissions for Issue #7. Saw Palm only publishes work having to do with the state of Florida by artists and writers in-state and out. They're looking for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art and photography that captures the unique experience of Florida life, landscape and trope. New and experienced writers and artists are encouraged to submit work.


3. Composite

Composite is currently accepting submissions of unpublished flash fiction or micro-essays under 1000 words, and short stories or creative non-fiction essays under 3000 words for their 9th issue themed, Function.


4. Toad

Toad, a quarterly journal of exciting art, is currently reading submissions for Issue 2:3. They're looking for prose, poetry, visual art, and multimedia projects.


5. Saxifrage Press

Saxifrage Press is featuring one fiction writer for August and September. Please send one short piece no more than 3000 words for consideration. Stories must be previously unpublished.


6. Tilt-a-Whirl

Tilt-a-Whirl, the "sporadical" of repeating form poetry, announces that it will publish a new issue soon. There is still room for a few more poems written in the following forms: rondeau, ballad, ballade, paradelle, ovillejo. (No villanelles, sestinas, or pantoums at this time.) Please consult the guidelines and submit by July 25, 2012.


   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is looking for submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the lookout for our summer issue (#5) out next Monday! Happy Writing!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Happy by Natasha Bedingfield

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I'm sort of scrambling around this week. I've got a novel I'm editing for a client, plus I'm getting ready for a big trip! I say "big" because I get a full weekend to work on my novel and be among writers. I'm heading off to a writer's retreat with some writer friends from Twitter, Blogger and some from my MFA program. I CANNOT wait. Today is also my sister's birthday (If you're reading this, Happy Birthday Nat!) and I have to go to work as normal this week. Then there's always Black Fox. We're nearing our release day. I'm swamped. I'm not complaining, though. I love being busy. I have only a few opportunities today, because of such a busy week, but fear not, I'll be back next week with plenty more.


1. The Southern Sin Essay Contest

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South in all its steamy sinfulness--whether you're skipping church to watch football, coveting your neighbor's Real Housewife of Atlanta, or just drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea. Confess your own wrongdoings, gossip about your neighbor's depravity, or tell about your personal connection to a famous Southerner headed down the broad road to Hell. Whether the sin you discuss is deadly or just something that would make your mama blush, describe it in an essay that is at least partially narrative. The selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #47. CNF and Oxford will award $5000 for the best essay. Reading fee is $20 and the contest deadline is July 31, 2012.


2. Missouri Review Editor's Prize

The Missouri Review will award $5,000 to the best piece in each of the following categories: fiction, poetry and essay. Entry fee is $20 and the contest closes on October 1, 2012.


Calls for Submissions:

1. Technoculture

Technoculture seeks creative works that use new media and/or are on the subject of technology, and essays from a broad a range of academic disciplines that focus on cultural studies of technology. For Volume 3 (2013), The Retro Issue, they are seeking essays and creative works that focus on lost, ancient, old or dead technologies, technologies that no one uses, or very few people still employ. Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the humanities. Submission period will be between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.


2. Prairie Wolf Press Review

The editors of Prairie Wolf Press Review, an online literary journal, are looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, poetry, and visuals for the fall issue. Submission period closes September 1, 2012.


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

Friday, July 6, 2012

Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer

Song of the Day: Here We Go by 'N Sync

Hello all! Who is ready for the weekend? I know I am am! My schedule at the office is a little off due to the Fourth of July Holiday being right in the center of the week. My normal four day weekend has been disrupted. Which means, I'm VERY ready for the weekend.

I don't always post about the books I read, but whenever I do find a book that I couldn't put down, it's only right that I tell the world about it. That is exactly how I felt about Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer. My posts on books are not reviews. Rather, I like to talk about what I liked and why I think other people should read the book.

Even though I've yet to read Lolita, (need to get on that like, yesterday) Missing Girl reminded me of the YA version of the book. It's told from different points-of-view and we get to see inside the mind of a man who becomes obsessed with five sisters. I tend to read very dark fiction and this book was exactly that. I find it fascinating when fiction can take us to the point of actually seeing how people who aren't normal think and act. This topic, along with the shift in character perspective is no easy task to take on, but Mazer does an excellent job of executing both. All I wanted to do was keep turning the pages. When I was finished, I was left staring into space (this is my way of reflecting on a book I thoroughly enjoyed--it sort of leaves me mesmerized).

If you're looking for a good psychological thriller, pick up Missing Girl. It's without a doubt one of the best books I've read this year. Have a good weekend and Happy Reading!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World-July 2, 2012

Song of the Day: You Get What You Give by The New Radicals

   Hello all! Guess what? I'm teaching my first fiction class today! I have students! I'm really excited and nervous at the same time. Having my own fiction class is something I've wanted for a long time and it's finally happening. If you're in the Tampa Bay area and you're interested in taking a fiction class you can email me at: racquel@racquelhenry.com.
   I haven't asked this question in a long time, so have you all been submitting? It's a new month, which  means it's time to sit down and plan out your submissions or at least pick one place to submit to. It may take a lot of no's to finally get one yes, but believe me, that one little yes, will feel like such a huge accomplishment in your writing career. Take the leaps, be strong and get your work out there.


1. Naugatuck River Review’s 4th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest

Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing narrative poetry in the tradition of great narrative poets such as Gerald Stern, Philip Levine or James Wright. They are open to many styles of poetry and looking for narrative poems that sing, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the narrative is compressed. First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR. Second prize is $250 and publication in NRR. Third prize is $100 and publication in NRR. All poems will be considered for publication. There is an entry fee of $20 per group of 3 poems. Deadline is September 1, 2012.


2. 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2012 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Ander Monson. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 25.2, due out in April 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website. Entry fee is $17 and the contests ends on September 1, 2012.


3. The 16th Annual Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Contest

Zoetrope: All Story accepts all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. First prize is $1,000. Second prize is $500. Third prize is $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. The contest closes on October 1, 2012.


Calls for Submissions:

1. The Survivor's Review

The Survivorʼs Review, a not-for-profit online journal encouraging the creative expression of cancer survivors, is seeking stories, essays, and poems by those who are intimately familiar with the cancer journey.


2. Burntdistrict

Burntdistrict is now accepting poetry submissions for their second issue, to be published late summer/early fall of 2012. Burntdistrict is a print journal produced by the editors of Spark Wheel Press.


3. Trio House Press

Trio House Press is open for submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts (48-70 pp.) during the open reading period, July 1-July 31. Poets whose manuscripts are selected must serve as Collective Members of Trio House Press for a period of twenty-four months. There is a reading fee of $20.


4. Worker's Write Journal

Calling all Road Warriors: Issue nine of Workers Write, tentatively titled, Tales from the Concrete Highway, will contain stories and poems from the driver's point of view. They're looking for fiction from taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs, truck drivers, delivery drivers and couriers, forklift operators--anyone who uses a wheeled vehicle for work (even pit crews and stunt drivers). Submission deadline is December 21, 2012.


5. Aquarius Books

This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. The mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages.


6. The Conium Review

The Conium Review is open to submissions of poetry, flash fiction, short stories and novellas. The submission period closes November 1, 2012.


   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for our Summer Issue out later this month! Happy Writing!