Monday, December 30, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 30, 2013

Song of the Day: Chasing the Sun by Sara Bareilles

   Hello all! It's the last Monday of 2013! Is it me or do the years seem to be getting shorter? It's almost as though I don't have enough time to get everything done. That's why it's so important to make the most of everyday. Furthermore, you don't have to wait until the clock strikes midnight tomorrow to start your goals. Write them down today, and get started immediately. If there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that time is of the essence. Make the most of these last couple of days of 2013 and let's strive for a better 2014. Good luck to all my fellow writers. I wish you much success in the coming year!


1. Arcadia Magazine Short Story Contest

Arcadia has opened submissions for the 2014 Arcadia Short Story Contest. Stories should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. The contest winner receives $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Submissions are open until February 15, 2014.

2. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Their aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. They’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin.

Stories should be 8,000 words. Contest fee is $10 and the deadline is December 31, 2013 at midnight.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Bellows American Review

Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction. They publish on a rolling basis year-round. Their one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.

2. Motes Books- Motif Anthology Series

Motes Books is now accepting submissions for Volume 4 of the Motif Anthology Series. Volume 4 will center on the theme of WATER. Denton Loving will serve as volume editor. Prose (fiction or non-fiction) submissions should be 3,000 words or less. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. WATER must be referenced or illuminated in the works, directly or indirectly, in significant and artful ways. Deadline is February 1, 2014.

3. Commons Magazine

Commons Magazine is now accepting submissions for their poetry column, UNCOMMON/WORD. Deadline is December 31, 2013 (11:59pm).

4. Composite Arts Magazine

Composite Arts Magazine is now accepting flash fiction and prose poem submissions of no more than 500 words for its Special Issue, No. 15 Still Life. They are looking for snippets of the everyday and all its complexity. Moments that extend far beyond the physical words on the page. They want characters who live between the lines. Language that enchants. Show them how far you can push the idea of a Still Life. Submit up to THREE pieces in a single submission. Each individual piece MUST be 500 words or less. Deadline is February 17, 2013.

5. Stoneboat Literary Journal

Stoneboat Literary Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, photo essays, and black and white art for its Spring 2014 issue.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The last day to be considered for the Winter Issue is tomorrow! Happy Writing! 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Song of the Day: Baby Please Come Home by Mariah Carey

Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas! If you don't celebrate Christmas, then Happy Holidays! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 23, 2013

Song of the Day: Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson

   Hello all! It's been a LONG time since I posted the opportunities. It's the end of the year, but why give up now? Shouldn't we aim to finish strong? Just because it's the end of the year doesn't mean that we should stop focusing on our goals. Sure, you might not finish that short story or novel, but if you keep working, won't you still be that much closer to your goal? You'll still be making progress and you won't be in the same place that you were when you first started. So, writers, in these last few days of December, I urge you to keep striving and keep working towards your goals. Don't wait until next year. Get your butt in the chair and work.


1. Gemini Magazine's Fourth Annual Poetry Contest

The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100; four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2013 issue of Gemini. No restrictions on subject, length or type of poetry. Submission fee is $5 and the contest ends on January 2, 2013

2. River Styx 2014 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest

First Prize is $1500 plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer. All stories should be 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry. Include name and address on cover letter only. Include S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results (to be mailed out in March).Winner will be published in the Spring issue. Reading fee is $20 and includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). 

*OR you may submit contest entries online via Submittable. Please note, they also offer an online-only option to enter this contest for $10, which entitles you to the issue in which the winning stories will appear, rather than a 3-issue subscription. If you wish to choose that option, please submit via the "2014 Microfiction Contest $10" form on Submittable.* Deadline is December 31, 2013

3. Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award Prize 

The Main Street Rag Poetry Award is an annual full-length poetry book contest sponsored by Main Street Rag. Send between 48 and 84 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page. No restriction on content, style or subject. Winner receives 50 books and $1200. Runners up also considered for publication. Entry fee is $25 and the deadline is January 31, 2014.

4. StoneThread Publishing Short Fiction Contest

StoneThread Publishing is seeking unpublished, original, speculative fiction short stories of 1,000-10,000 words set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world can be Earth or some other world. First place will receive $60 and a copy of the publication in all formats. See the website for prize list. There is no entry fee and the contest will close on March 31, 2014.

Calls for Submissions

1. Carnival Literary Magazine 

Carnival is an online literary magazine featuring poetry, flash fiction, and artwork. They are currently reading for a themed-issue, due to launch in Summer 2014. The theme for the next issue is Magic tricks, Gambling, and Las Vegas. Submission deadline is unclear, but double check their website. 

2. THE BOILER Journal

THE BOILER is accepting submissions in poetry, short stories, and short memoir/essays (prose under 3,500 words) for its spring 2014 issue. Submissions close February 20, 2013

3. Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork for the Summer 2014 Open Issue, co-edited by Laura Shovan and Steven Leyva. The Open Issue is LPR’s first un-themed issue, so write with abandon, occupy your imagination, and send LPR your best writing. Submit one fiction piece of up to 5000 words, one non-fiction piece of up to 3500 words, or a maximum of three poems. Deadline is March 1, 2014.

4. CREDO (The Cambridge Writers' Workshop)

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop invites writers of all stripes (Poets! Fictioneers! Memoirists! Journalists! Essayists! Dramatists! Genre-benders!) to submit to CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. Writers are invited to submit their personal aesthetic philosophies and manifestos for the anthology, writing exercises and prompts that have helped to kick-start their imagination, and short essays on the art of writing, reading, and being creative. Please send us a brief (7 pages max) submission in one of the following categories:

I. Credos

Writing manifestos, rules to live by, artist creeds, hand-written notes to self, aphorisms earned, and personal philosophies on what makes good writing work and why. If you have ever typed or scrawled out a manifesto, we would like to see it. Feel free to send us manifestos for creative writing that you have drawn up for yourself or for your writing group. They accept typed written credos, hand-written lists, and even collages that demonstrate your aesthetic philosophy.

II. Writing Exercises:  

Send writing exercises, prompts, or any practices that have helped energize and motivate your creative writing practice. Is there a daily ritual you do to kick-start your imagination? Are there writing exercises and prompts that you keep on going back to or to use in class with your students? They are interested in your favorite writing exercises. Please send us original writing exercises or prompts, or please write to us about how your favorite published writing exercises.

III. Essays on Writing Advice:  

They are looking for essays that describe the writing process, essays on creative arts communities, salon culture, and advice on creative writing. What has helped you sustain and catalyze your writing career? What has inspired you, from reading the works of your favorite authors, experimenting with new forms, finding communities of writers, experience with social media and writing, etc.? They welcome any essays on creative writing between 5-7 pages.

Please also include: A brief biography of 200 words or less. There is a $5 reading fee and the submission deadline is January 15, 2014.

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

Saturday, December 7, 2013

How I Won NaNoWriMo: Tips That May Help You Too

   Hello all! How I've missed you. For the month of November I usually go into hibernation because it's National Novel Writing Month. This was my fourth year doing Nano and it was a success. I do it every year because it ensures that I write at least one novel a year. Something about NaNoWriMo gives me that extra kick in the pants to actually sit down and write. I thought I would share some tips on how I won Nano this year and maybe, just maybe, it might help you in the future. 

1. Lots of coffee.

I blame Nano for making me into a coffee drinker in the first place. Before my first year of doing Nano, I wasn't a regular coffee drinker. Now I can't put the stuff down. This month I wrote into the late hours of the night and often woke up as early as 4 am to write. Trust me when I say that it could not be done without coffee.

2. Locking myself away.

I spend A LOT of time with my family and go home on weekends. While doing Nano I had to step away, close my room door and write. I would come out for food then retreat back to my writing cave. I would set goals. You will have to find what works for you, but my goals were in 1000-word increments. Every thousand words I got a reward, such as a certain amount of social media time. I'm obsessed with social media so that was motivation enough. Find what works for you.

3. Trusting that I could write in another genre.

I normally write literary/women's fiction. This time, I decided to experiment with YA. It was fun, which is what Nano should be. I think that I'll experiment every year now. I learned that I can write other things and it doesn't have to be perfect. 

4. Unwavering faith.

I never once stopped believing that I was going to finish. Sure, the future often looked grim, but I didn't let it stop me. I kept going and I kept writing.

5. I wanted it badly enough.

Failing just wasn't an option. I wanted to win National Novel Writing Month by any means necessary. I was willing to do whatever it was going to take. 

   National Novel Writing Month is important to me because it's the one time I can be selfish about my writing. It seems as though everything comes before my writing in the previous months of the year--well, not in November. Despite my demanding job, I was able to finish. Nano will be something I do for years to come. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Writing Prompt #4

   Hello all! Prompts are back! This was actually another desktop background I found on Google. Thought there was an air of mystery to this house and decided it would make a fantastic writing prompt. I'll be posting the image on my Writer's Atelier Instagram feed as well, so feel free to comment there. Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013

   Hello all! I can't believe it's already time for Banned Books Week! This year is flying! For those of you that don't know what it is, here's what has to say:

   "Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

   I don't believe in censorship and I believe that everyone should be allowed to read what they want. If you don't agree with a particular book's message, then don't read it! In honor of the week I thought that I'd list some of my favorite banned books. 

In no particular order: 

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

2. The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison

3. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

4. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney

5. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

6. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

7. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

8. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

9. Push by Sapphire

10. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

11. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

12. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Did not read, but it's on my list. I was shocked to find it on the list.)

   As Banned Books Week comes to a close, I hope we all celebrate our freedom to read. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 24, 2013

Song of the Day: Roar by Katy Perry

   Hello all! How was the weekend? For the first time in a very long time, I edited a ton of my own work. I was able to edit five chapters, and also three short stories. I always have these periods I go through where I won't edit or write. It's really quite terrible. But then I always go back to it. I guess that means that I am really meant to be a writer, because words seem to have this power over me. They sing songs in my head and whisper sweet nothings in my ear. I am never able to resist them no matter what I do. I know I'm not the only writer out there who feels like this--and if you don't, then you might consider reevaluating your choice of profession. I hope that you're all practicing your craft and by that same token, making strides to let the world know about your writing. So many great places to submit. Give it a go.


1. The 2014 Mississippi Review Prize (Fiction and Poetry)

The annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next winter's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. The contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern MississippiEach entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. Paper entry fee is $15 per entry, payable by check or money order to Mississippi Review. Online submission entry fee is $16, payable through Submittable. Deadline is December 1, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The Golden Key

The Golden Key is a bi-annual journal of speculative and literary writing, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale of the same name. They seek realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. They love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language. They are currently accepting unpublished fiction and poetry submissions for Issue #3: Things Unseen. Submission period for Issue #3 ends October 1, 2013.

2. The Telegram Review

The Telegram Review is opening up to the public and calling for any flash fiction between 400-800 words.

3. Border Crossing

Housed at Lake Superior State University on the border of America and Canada, Border Crossing seeks the best fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by emerging and established authors in both countries. Online submissions only. They seek writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications. Reading Period ends January 15, 2014.

4. Twelve Winters Press Anthology

Twelve Winters Press is accepting submissions for an anthology of poetry, prose poetry, and flash fiction (1,000 words maximum) inspired by the theme of "extinguished and extinct." Contributors will want to think in terms of animals that have become (or are becoming) extinct, but also plants, insects, even bacteria and viruses.

Feel free to think of extinguished and extinct in more abstract terms as well: disappeared ecosystems; eras; political, social, cultural, artistic movements; perhaps even extinguished emotions on the personal level. As long as you're thinking extinguished and/or extinct, they want to take a look at it.

Contributors may submit up to five total pieces (poem, prose poem, and/or flash fiction) and will be paid in two copies of the anthology, which is planned for a 2014 release. After confirmation of acceptance, contributors will receive page galleys for approval. Deadline is November 30, 2013.

5. Another Chicago Magazine

Another Chicago Magazine publishes work by both new and established writers. Their reading period is currently open and they're looking for Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Art, Audio/Video (for publication on the ACM website). There is a $3 reading fee.

6. The Lindenwood Review

The Lindenwood Review is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essays for Issue 4. Submission period deadline is December 15, 2013

7. Conte

The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for the twentieth issue, slated for publication in Winter 2014. Submission Period deadline is December 1, 2013.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The summer 2013 issue is out! Happy Writing! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

   As some of my regular readers might know, I don't do book reviews. I do however, post about books that I thoroughly enjoyed. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen is one of those books. I came across this book at Books-A-Million and after reading the back, was immediately intrigued. I had already enjoyed one of Pekkanen's short stories (All is Bright) and loved it. These Girls follows the lives of three characters (Cate, Renee and Abby) each beautifully flawed in their own way. These three women slowly discover a great deal about themselves and also about their friendship. Here's what Goodreads had to say:

   "Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance.
   Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated.
   Cate’s roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she's heading for real danger.
   Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.
   Pekkanen’s most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other."

   Another reason I wanted to pick up this book is because it is classified as women's fiction. My writing tends to fall under the genre as well and I wanted to stay abreast of what's selling. This was one of those books I didn't want to put down. After finishing the novel, I would definitely pick up another one of Sara Pekkanen's books. In fact, I already bought a copy of The Opposite of Me and can't wait to read it. At the bottom of this post you can also click the link to visit Goodreads on your own.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 17, 2013

Song of the Day: Free by Donovan Frankenreiter

   Hello all! It's been a while. The real deal is that I was transitioning jobs. I finally got out of the traditional 9 to 5! I am now teaching English I and II at the college level. While I am working less hours "on the record," I am also doing a lot of work "off the record." There are papers to grade and emails to answer from students, etc. I am still trying to find my balance, which is why I've been so absent. I am slowly finding my way back, so fear not. I hope that you all have been keeping yourselves busy with your writing. We're already midway through September, which means we have three months to meet our goals for the year. I feel like I'm still far away from my own writing goals, but we still have time to kick it in gear. Take a look at the opportunities that I've found. It's so very important to get your work out there. Be brave.


1. Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize 2013

There will be a $2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press. Manuscripts should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Entry fee is $25 and the contest ends on September 30, 2013

2. The 23rd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry

Prizes are as follows: $5,000 for Fiction, $5,000 for Poetry and $5,000 for Essay. Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series. Entry fee is $20 and the contest closes on October 1, 2013

3. Tennessee Mountain Writers

Tennessee Mountain Writers announces the Excalibur Award for a first-time novelist of a full-length juvenile (for middle school level readers) or young adult novel manuscript of publishable quality. The winner will receive a $500 cash award to be presented at the 2015 Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference. Writers are asked to submit the first forty pages and a complete one- to two-page synopsis of the novel; semi-finalists will then be asked to submit their entire novels. They are accepting submissions only from writers who have not previously published or self-published a novel. Deadline is June 1, 2014.

Calls for Submissions:

1. TINGE Magazine

TINGE Magazine, Temple University's online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The submission period ends November 1, 2013.

2. Thornapple Books

Thornapple Books, the literary fiction imprint of Levellers Press in Amherst Massachusetts, is currently accepting submissions of literary fiction. Review the submission guidelines on their website.

3. Heron Tree

Heron Tree is now accepting submissions of poetry. Submission period deadline is December 1, 2013.

4. Sou'wester Magazine

Sou'wester Magazine is now reading for its Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 issues. All submitters who have not yet published a book are eligible for the Robbins Prize, which will be awarded to one poet and one prose writer whose work was published in the current volume. The award will include a cash prize of $100. The awardees will be selected by the editors.

5. Pebble Lake Review

Pebble Lake Review, now in its 10th year, will be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The editors are particularly seeking more short fiction and prose poetry, but are enthusiastic about other styles/genres as well. Submission period deadline is March 1, 2014.

6. Josephine Quarterly

Josephine Quarterly is accepting poems on a rolling basis. The editors are interested in work from both established and new voices. Please submit up to five poems of any length via Submittable.


1. Backwaters Press

The Backwaters Press is a nonprofit publishing company in Omaha, Nebraska with a proud 16-year history of publication and a national reputation. They need an editor and jack-of-all-trades interested in working with an active Board of Directors to continue the Backwaters tradition. They are searching for an enthusiastic, energetic literature lover to become managing editor of an amazing, award winning literary press in Omaha, Nebraska. They will consider a partnership of two editors heading up the press.

Note: This is an unpaid position, with a non-profit entity.

Visit for more information.

Send your CV/resume to by October 1, 2013.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The summer 2013 issue is out! Happy Writing! 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- July 17, 2013

Song of the Day: Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)

   Hello all! It's been a while. I've been so busy, it's sort of unreal. I had a spectacular weekend with my writing buddies a couple of weeks ago. We got some quality writing time in, got to visit my favorite discount bookstore (Book Warehouse) and spent a day at Disney! It was a weekend of relaxation, but I also got to talk publishing and writing with some of my best friends. It was much needed. We also decided that we were going to participate in Camp NanoWriMo this month. I was initially going to experiment with a short story collection, but my novel (the one I've been working on forever) kept calling me. My characters speak to me, and this particular one, won't let me rest. When they speak, I must listen. I'm sure you other writers can relate. Thus, I'm using Camp Nano to edit instead. I did manage one short story though. I may not be posting anymore opportunities until after July is over. Forgive me. In the meantime, hope the ones I've listed today will keep you busy!


1. Black Warrior Review's Ninth Annual Contest

Winners in each genre (poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction) receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 40.2, the Spring/Summer 2014 issue. Finalists receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and the contest closes on September 1, 2013

Calls for Submission:

1. Eccentric Chai

Eccentric Chai, the blog of all trades, is hosting a flash fiction contest. The winner gets his/her story featured on the site with a bio for a month. Details on their site. Deadline is July 22, 2013.

2. Rose Red Review

Rose Red Review is now accepting submissions for its Autumn 2013 Halloween-themed issue! Submit fiction, poetry, art, and photography that concerns the dark origin of fairy tales. Send in your ghosts. Your goblins. Your beasts. If you do not have a themed piece, Rose Red Review still wants your work! Reading period ends August 12, 2013.

3. Stems Journal

Stems Journal is now accepting submission for our debut issue. Stems is looking for writing and visual art inspired and challenged by science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. The submission deadline for the first issue is August 31st, 2013.

4. Prairie Wolf Press Review

The editors of Prairie Wolf Press Review, an online literary journal, announce their open reading period from July 1 to Sept. 1, for the next two issues to be published October 2013 and March 2014. They are looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. Reading period ends September 1, 2013.

5. Minerva Rising Literary Journal

Minerva Rising is an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. They publish thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry and essays by women writers and artists. They are now open for submissions for Issue #4. The theme for the next issue is Mothers. Minerva Rising awards: $50 for literary works, $35 for poetry and artwork, plus contributor copy. There is a reading fee of $15. Deadline is August 15, 2013.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The summer issue will be out July 29, 2013. Happy Writing! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Writing Prompt #2

Song of the Day: Layla by Eric Clapton

   Hello all! I was searching the Internet for wallpapers and came across this mysterious woman on I thought it might be a nice idea for a prompt. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you see this image? Go with it! Happy Friday! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 10, 2013

Song of the Day: Wings by Little Mix

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I will be quite brief over the next couple of weeks due to a temporary change in my work schedule. I'm working extra days in order to take some much needed time off! I can't wait. I've been swamped lately, and I'm looking forward to getting some writing done over this break. I've been spreading myself thin and my own writing has suffered. Time to figure out a way to balance and get back on track. Hope my new series of prompts are helping you all. A new one will be posted this Friday. Check out the opportunities and submit your work somewhere, even if it is to just one market. 


1. Quirk Books Looking for Love Fiction Contest

Announcing the Quirk Books “Looking for Love” Fiction Contest. First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books. They’re looking for love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. Anything goes! Except vampires. NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline is October 1, 2013.

2. Narrative Magazine's Spring 2013 Story Contest

Narrative's spring contest is open to all fiction and non-fiction writers. Categories for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary non-fiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and non-fiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $22 and entries are due by July 31, 2013.

3. Glimmer Train's Open Fiction Prize

There are no theme restrictions. Word count generally ranges from 2000-8000, though up to 20,000 is fine. First place has been increased to $2500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. Second/Third: $1000/$600 and consideration for publication. Deadline is June 30, 2013

Calls for Submissions:

1. Ardor Literary Magazine

Ardor Literary Magazine is looking for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography for issue #3. Reading period deadline is July 31, 2013

2. Ginosko Journal

Ginosko is now accepting fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, social justice views, and spiritual insights. 

The Literary Yard invites stories, articles on literature, literary criticism, opinion articles on literature and literary trends and much more.

4. JMWW Magazine

JMWW accepts fiction, essays, non-fiction, poetry and art year-round.

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

Friday, June 7, 2013

Writing Prompt #2

Song of the Day: Goodbye by Alicia Keys

   Hello all! I have been thinking a lot of goodbyes lately. A co-worker and friend of mine is leaving the firm where we work because she is on to bigger and better things. Goodbyes can be sad, happy or a combination of both. This week's writing prompt is inspired by the power of goodbyes. Happy Friday! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 3, 2013

Song of the Day: Steer by Missy Higgins

   Hello all! I hope you all enjoyed (and found useful) my writing prompt from this past Friday. Now you have no excuse for writer's block! If you're currently working on a project then you can always save the prompts for moments when you get stuck or just need a break. It's SO important that we practice as much as we can. I am also going to be using the weekly prompts to keep myself writing. I'm currently working on a post for new writers. If I don't get to post it this week, then I hope to complete it by next week. Check back this Friday for a new writing prompt. Until then, here are the opportunities for the week.


1. The Barrow Street Press Book Contest

The Barrow Street Press Book Contest award will be given for the best previously unpublished manuscript of poetry in English. The winner will receive book publication by Barrow Street Press, and $1,000.00. Entry fees: $25.00 (regular mail submission) or $28.00 for online submission (the additional $3.00 cost is to offset printing and collating costs). Deadline is June 30, 2013.

2. Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Contest

The University of North Texas Press announces the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. The Winner of this annual award will receive $1,000 and publication by UNT Press. Entries will be judged by an eminent writer. There is a $25.00 entry fee and the contest ends on July 16, 2013.

3. The Bechtel Prize

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) honors the author of an exemplary essay on literary arts education. The essay selected will appear in Teachers & Writers Magazine and on the T&W website, and the author receives a $1,000 honorarium. Submissions for the award will offer compelling portraits of the work done in creative writing classrooms, address important issues in creative writing education, and/or explore the nature of the writing life. Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in creative writing education, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing. Entry fee is $20.00. The contest will close on July 1, 2013.

4. 2013 Romancing the Craft of Poetry & Fiction Contest

An annual contest that has no submission fee and is open to all themes and genres of poetry and fiction. Emerging and established writers are encouraged to participate. Please submit three poems or a fiction story with 3,000 words or less. All types of work will be considered. All submissions received towards this contest will automatically be considered for Torrid Literature Journal. The prizes are as follows:

Third Place: $25 USD Visa Gift Card; and 1 print copy of the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. VIII.
Second Place: $50 USD Visa Gift Card and 1 print copy of the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. VIII.
First Place: $100 USD Visa Gift Card and 1 year print subscription to the Torrid Literature Journal (Vol. VIII - IX).

FREE entry. Deadline: June 30, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Looseleaf Tea

Looseleaf Tea is calling for prose, poetry, or visual art submissions. Looseleaf Tea is a literature and arts journal aimed toward building awareness and knowledge of the traditions and perspectives of various cultures, and of the emotions and ideas of those subdued and forgotten.

2. Story|HoustonStory|Houston, would like to invite you to submit your best short story fiction and creative non-fiction for the Summer 2013 issue. There is no submission fee or cover letter required, and they award $200 per published work.

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