Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Featured Writer at There Will Be Words

Hello all! Tonight, I am a featured writer at There Will Be Words. There Will Be Words is a monthly reading series in Orlando Florida organized and hosted by J. Bradley. This will be the last show of the year. I'll be reading some of my short fiction at 7 P.M! Some of the other featured writers include, Danielle Armstrong, Madison Strake Bernath, and Dan Lauer. Come out if you're in the Orlando area.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Workshop - "NanoWriMo: Keeping the Momentum" at Bookmark It (Part of FL Bookstore Day)

I'll be hosting a National Novel Writing Month workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15th at Bookmark It to help you keep up the momentum during this month of literary abandon. I'll discuss writing schedules, combating writer’s block, staying motivated, and what to do when you WIN! Register now for this FREE workshop at:


Don't forget to check out the awesome lineup that Bookmark It has planned!

New Short Story in Lotus-eater Literary Magazine

I am thrilled to announce that my short story, "Burial," is now out in the premier issue of Lotus-eater Literary Magazine. Special thanks to Diana Mastrodomenico for believing in this story enough to publish it. Here's the link:


About Lotus-eater:

"Lotus-eater is a literary magazine based in Rome. They are looking for daring, unusual, and inspiring writing. Their ambition is two-fold: to publish high-quality poetry and prose in the English language; and to translate the best contemporary Italian writing so as to expose local writers to an international audience. They are also interested in critical reviews of literary works."

Writer's Atelier on Functionally Literate Radio

I was a guest on Functionally Literate Radio! Ryan Rivas and Jared Silva of Burrow Press talk to me about Writer's Atelier, Black Fox Literary Magazine, self-publishing and YA fiction. Here's the link:


Monday, September 8, 2014

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 8, 2014

Hello all! Don't hate me for not posting any opportunities in a while. As you know, my latest venture, Writer's Atelier, has taken a lot of my time. I have been learning a lot about balancing time with writing, WA, Black Fox and blogging.

The latest progress on the novel: I made it to draft 3! I did some revisions last night and was realizing that my character in this particular novel, doesn't seem to leave me alone. When I take a break and I don't work on it for days, she gets inside of my head and reminds me to return to work. I've never really had that happen with another novel, which is how I know that I'm serious about this one...could be the one!

To make up for not posting opportunities in a while, I have a big old list! Keep writing, keep sending your work out!


1. Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contests

Tethered by Letters is accepting submissions for the second annual Spring Literary Competition. The three submission categories include: Short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words; flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words; poetry no longer than three pages. The judges are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Prizes: $250 for the short story winner $50 for the flash fiction winner $100 for the poetry winner. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. All finalists will also be published the Tethered by Letters, Spring 2015 Edition, as well as receive one free contributor’s copy. Winners will be announced publicly in November. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Contest deadline: September 30, 2014.


2. The Paumanok Poetry Award Guidelines

The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the annual competition for The Paumanok Poetry Award. One First Prize of $1500 and expenses for a reading in the 2015 - 2016 series will be given, in addition to two Second Prizes of $750 and expenses for a reading in the 2015 - 2016 series. Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion.

Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735:

a cover letter
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee

Deadline: September 15, 2014.


3. Connecticut River Review Poetry Prize

The contest is open to all poets. Prizes are as follows: 

1st place – $400 
2nd place – $100 
3rd place – $50. 
Entry fee is $15. Contest deadline: September 30, 2014.


4. The 2015 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author. Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form. Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page. Manuscripts should fall between 30,000 and 65,000 words. First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication. Entry fee is $25. Contest deadline: October 1, 2014


5. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

A prize of $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley will be awarded to one winner. Entry fee is $15 (includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears). Deadline: October 1, 2014.


6. Eighteenth Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest

All genres of literary fiction will be accepted. Entries must be unpublished and strictly 5,000 words or fewer. Guest Judge: Ben Fountain. 

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250 

The three prize winners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; The Gernert Company; and The Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Entry fee is $20. Contest deadline: October 1, 2014


7. The 10th Annual Writer's Digest Awards

Enter your best short stories—4,000 words or fewer—in six genres for a chance at $2,500, a trip to Writer’s Digest Conference, and more!

The genres accepted:

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Young Adult

Early-Bird Entry fee (September 15, 2014): $20 per entry. Regular entry fee (October 15, 2014): $25 per entry. See the link below for complete details and list of prizes. 


Calls for Submissions:

1. Slash Pine Press Call for Prose Chapbook Submissions

Each academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two chapbooks in limited runs of 125 copies. This year, the press will publish one in the fall of 2014 and one in the Spring of 2015.
The reading period is now open for the spring chapbook. They are in search of prose manuscripts of any prose genre, no longer than 25 pages and made up of at least five separate pieces. Reading/entry fee is $5. Deadline: October 31, 2014.


2. Subprimal Poetry Art

Subprimal Poetry Art is seeking submissions of poetry, flash fiction and art work for their Winter, 2014 issue. The theme for this issue is Doorways and Revelations: ideas, concepts and epiphanies that enter our consciousness in a way that surprises, shocks or opens a passage into another way of seeing the world and the human condition. Deadline for consideration in Winter issue: October 16, 2014


3. Pilcrow & Dagger

New literary journal accepting short stories, essays and poetry. They are looking for original works that are thought-provoking and creative with literary merit and interest for a wide audience. January’s issue theme is winter. The submission window for January’s issue closes on December 1, 2014.


4. Shadowgraph Magazine

Shadowgraph is currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios. Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an online quarterly journal. Submissions are accepted year-round. 


5. Sugar Mule

Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects. Deadline: December 1, 2014.


6. The Inflectionist Review

The Inflectionist Review considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis and is currently reading for issue 3.


Jobs/Vacant Positions:

1. Poetry Position at Ball State University

Tenure-track faculty position available August 21, 2015.


2. Creative Writing Position at Willamette University 

The Department of English at Willamette University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Creative Writing at the level of assistant professor. Open until finalists are selected. First priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2014.


3. Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Department of English: Assistant Professor, Creative Non-fiction/Fiction to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses in creative non-fiction/fiction; maintain a program of active research, scholarly and/or creative achievement; provide service to the department and university. Screening of applications begins October 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.



1. Spencer Hill Press

"Spencer Hill Press and its imprints are seeking new interns to work on their Reading With Me (RWM) team! There are four to six positions available that focus on social media, publicity, and writing.

The internships will begin mid/late September 2014 and go until the end of spring 2015. Interns will have opportunities such as chatting with authors, reading ARC’s, running book club related events, interacting with readers via social media, and learning more about the publishing industry.

If interested, email readingwithmeshp@gmail.com for more information. Please, attach a resume and a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself and your interest in the amazingness that is books and Spencer Hill!

The positions they are looking to fill are:

Generalist (1-2 interns — one intern will serve as "Team Leader," supervising the rest of the team and reporting to Spencer Hill publicists and editors)

Social Media Team - 1 person/account: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram (you will be launching their Instagram).

Positions are remote. Deadline for applicants is September 12, 2014 (midnight)!"

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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Summer Issue (#10) of Black Fox is Available!

Black Fox Literary Magazine celebrates 3 years of publication history with Issue #10!

Features work by: Mathieu Cailler, Cara MacNeil, Miranda Stone, Grant Riedel, Ethan Noone, Stephanie Niu, A.J. Huffman, Chelsea Reeser, Sandra Kolankiewicz, David Klugman, Amy Friedman, R.K. Gold, Chelsea Eckert, William Ogden Haynes, Joanell Serra, Melissa Grunow, Aleyna Rentz, Paulette Perhach, Brad Garber, Joshua Hall, Alicja Madloch, Holly Day and Michaelsun Knapp. Cover artist: Marjani Viola Hawkins. Read it here. Buy it here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Publication News- "Burial" (Short Story)

Hello all! It's been a busy summer. I recently finished up a second round of revisions for my novel and I'm waiting to hear back from some of my critique partners. I just wanted to share some writing/publication news. I received an acceptance letter for my short story, "Burial," from Lotus-Eater Literary Magazine. It will be published this fall. It's a new magazine based in Rome, Italy, so I'm quite excited.

Just a little background: the story was rejected more times than I care to admit. I've been writing on my blog for years, and this is exactly what I've been trying to tell writers. Do not give up, no matter what. Keep perfecting the craft, keep submitting your work and keep dreaming. Writing success is yours if you really want it. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 30, 2014

Hello all! It's been a while, and I sound like a broken record, because I've been saying that a lot lately. Getting Writer's Atelier off the ground has been challenging, but I regret none of it. It's been quite the journey and the progress is rewarding. 

Speaking of progress, I've also been making some on the novel. I have a deadline thanks to my writing buddies, and I'm really excited to get the second draft done. I have decided to focus on a YA novel. I experimented last Nano with YA, and according to all my writing buddies, the voice in this book has been my strongest so far. Plus, I can't stop thinking about it and the character won't leave me alone. So here goes nothing. In the meantime, I'm still submitting my short stories. Hope you all are too. 


1. Helen: A Literary Magazine

Helen: A Literary Magazine based in Las Vegas, Nevada is holding their first short story competition. They are seeking short fiction between 500-5,000 words that honor the theme: "Strong Female Lead."  All submissions will be read blindly. Entry fee includes a year-long PDF subscription. The winning story will receive $100 and publication in the inaugural issue. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $12.


2. The Saturday Evening Post

In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Ray Bradbury, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, and Edgar Allan Poe. You have the opportunity to join their illustrious line-up by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Third Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

The winning story will be published in the Jan/Feb 2015 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive a $500 payment. Five runners-up will each receive a $100 cash payment and will also have their stories published online. Entry fee is $10 and the contest deadline is July 1, 2014.


3. Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse will accept entries for the annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each. First place will win $1,000 and publication; three runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by the editors for publication, and the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse. Deadline: July 31, 2014.


4. 2014 Arcadia Fiction Chapbook Contest

A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies will be given annually for a fiction chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to subscribers. All individual stories submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September. The winning chapbook will appear as the summer issue of Arcadia. Submit a manuscript of thirty to forty-five pages with a $20.00 entry fee by August 15, 2014. Arcadia is also accepting submissions for the 2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook contest. 


5. There Will Be Words Prose Poetry Chapbook Contest

There Will Be Words is expanding its mission to include prose poetry. Their first show dedicated to prose poetry will take place on December 9, 2014. To celebrate this, they want to publish the first ever solo prose poetry chapbook collection.

The winner will receive:

  • 10% of the first print run
  • 40% of the net profits from chapbook sales from the first print run
  • A spot on the December 9, 2014 show as a featured reader
  • Promotion leading up to the event
  • Support in getting their chapbook reviewed by literary magazines

All who submit manuscripts will receive a copy of the winner’s chapbook.

The contest deadline is September 5, 2014 and entry fee is $10.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Grist Journal

Grist: The Journal for Writers is now reading for Issue 8! They seek quality fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, as well as essays devoted to discussions of craft. All styles and aesthetic approaches are welcomed. Deadline for the reading period is September 15, 2014 and submission fee is $3.


2. The Labletter

The Labletter is currently accepting submissions to its fiction, essay, and poetry sections. Submissions are due by July 18, 2014


3. Blinders Journal

Blinders Journal is open to submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art. 


4. Per Contra

Per Contra is open for submissions of short literary fiction. They publish both flash fiction and short stories up to 4000 words. 


5. Mud Season Review

Mud Season Review is a community-led literary journal based in Vermont. They invite strong, deeply human work in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art for the inaugural issue and seek to celebrate the writers and artists behind the work. 


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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 21, 2014

Hello all! Today's message will be brief. I have been busy with the center lately. By the way, check out the new website for Writer's Atelier. Our newsletter sign-up will be on the site soon. Hope that everyone will consider submitting to the awesome places that are on this list. The long weekend is around the corner. It might be a great time to get some writing done, and to get some of your work submitted. 


1. Cider Press Review's 2014 Editors' Prize Book Award

Cider Press Review is now accepting manuscript submissions for the 2014 Editors' Prize Book Award for a first or second book of poetry.

The annual Cider Press Review Editors' Prize offers a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author copies of a book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Cider Press accepts submissions for the Editors' Prize between April 1 and June 30, 2014.


2. The 2014 Gabehart Prize

Each year the Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers opportunities for both emerging and established voices to be singled out and cheered on by the community.

One winner will be chosen in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Winners receive:

  • $200, plus up to $100 in travel, lodging, or dining expenses (receipts required)
  • The opportunity to read her winning work during the conference in September
  • Two general admission tickets to the conference for herself and one guest
  • One slot in a small-group writing workshop for winner (if guest also wishes to enroll in a workshop, she must purchase admission)

Entry fee is $10 and the contest closes on June 2, 2014


Calls for Submissions: 

1. Midway Journal 

Midway Journal is currently seeking prose, poetry, art, ephemera, and mixed-Genre. Submission period ends May 31, 2014


2. Tinderbox Poetry Journal

The new literary magazine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, is now open for submissions. They are looking for all forms of poetry--be it formal to experimental, free verse to hybrid voices, lyric and narrative, language and visual, and all else. They are also interested in critical pieces such as essays on craft, poetic issues, interviews, conversations, and the like.


3. Madcap Review

Madcap Review is a semiannual online journal of literature and art. As the name indicates, they embrace the impulsive, the reckless, and the lively, but also have great respect for form and restraint.  Madcap Review was founded by alumni fiction writers, poets and artists of the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. Madcap Review is a platform for any and all forms of writing and art. They have no genre restrictions, because they believe that great writing isn't easily categorized. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2014.  


4. Cartridge Lit

Cartridge Lit is an online literature mag dedicated to showcasing the best lit – fiction, non-fiction, poetry – inspired by video games. They believe video games are important and vital to [pop] culture. 


5. Toad the Journal

Toad is currently seeking work for issue 4:2. Please send your best poems and flash fiction pieces (1,000 words or less). 


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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 12, 2014

Hello all! I know it's been a long time, but the opportunities are back! I hope that you have still been writing and attempting to get your work out. I am not teaching at the college for the summer, so last week I had the chance to revisit some of my writing. I spent most of the week organizing bits and pieces of short stories spread out over several notebooks. I'm still not finished, but I did get something out of the process. It made me remember why I wanted to be a writer in the first place. I had a chance to start editing some stories that had been sitting and I was able to submit them to quite a few magazines. Just like that, my work is out there in the world again. I'm looking forward to a summer full of writing and revisions. Hope you find something in this batch of opportunities that can potentially be a home for some of your own work.


1.  The Akron Poetry Prize
The Akron Poetry Prize competition is now open for submissions. A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. The entry fee is $25 and the contest deadline is June 15, 2014.


2. Rattle Poetry Contest

Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). Rattle‘s winter issue must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but Rattle must be notified immediately by phone or email if any poems are accepted elsewhere. One $5,000 Winner and ten $100 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2014 issue; one $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote. Entry fee is $20, which comes with a one year subscription to Rattle. Contest closes on July 15, 2014.


3. American Fiction Volume 14: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers 

New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in American Fiction Volume 14: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. They are seeking well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre. There will be $1,750 in prizes for short fiction ($1000 for 1st Place, $500 for 2nd, $250 for 3rd). Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. Publication date is set for October 2015. Finalist judge is New York Times Bestseller and Pulitzer prizewinning author, Elizabeth Strout. Maximum 10,000 words per story. Reading Fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 to June 15, 2014.


4. Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award

The University of Georgia Press is proud to be the publisher of the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award series. Winners are selected through an annual competition. Judges select seven to ten finalists each; the pool of finalist manuscripts is read by series editor Nancy Zafris, who makes the final selection of two winning manuscripts and a runner-up. Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Entry fee is $25 and the contest ends on May 30, 2014.


Calls for Submissions:

1. Valparaiso Fiction Review

Valparaiso Ficion Review is now reading for the upcoming issue. Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction and should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words. 


2. Bayou Magazine

Bayou Magazine is always looking for innovative and original short stories and poems, but they are especially hungry right now for creative non-fiction that excites. Literary non-fiction, creative personal essays, and lyric essays are what they're looking for, rather than academic papers or reviews. Submission period closes on June 1, 2014.


3. Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal

Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal is currently accepting submissions for the ninth issue. The theme for Issue #9 is “Truth,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. All submissions will be given thorough consideration for publication. However, your work will also be considered for the Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 award. Deadline is May 15, 2014

4. Augury Books

This year, Augury Books is looking for poetry manuscripts, short fiction collections, and creative non-fiction manuscripts. Augury’s reading period is open from May 1st through July 31, 2014 and writers will be notified of a decision by December of 2014.  All books selected will be published in 2015. 

5. Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. They seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought out. Thrilling. Intelligent.

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

Friday, May 9, 2014

Announcements About Writer's Atelier & Latest Issue of Black Fox!

Hello all! So, it's been a ridiculously busy year. For those of you who don't know, I've expanded my editing company. I now have a writing center that will host workshops and other literary events. I have not been able to post as much as I would like since I am still teaching college English. (And boy do those students keep me busy.) Writer's Atelier now has a separate website (www.writersatelier.com) and I will be posting the opportunities over there. Does that mean I am going to stop posting them here? NOPE. I will still post the opportunities here so that my loyal readers can still have access to them. Plus, this blog will still be the home of Racquel, the Writer, rather than Racquel, the Editor.

In the meantime, I wanted to announce that the latest issue of Black Fox Literary Magazine is up for your reading pleasure. As always, you can read the issue for free online, or you can support the arts and purchase a print or eBook copy. Thank you all for reading my blog and for following the magazine.

Features work by: BFLM Contest Winner, Shawn Hoo, Cindy Glenn, Lisa Aldridge, Stanley Noah, Flannery James, Jeffrey Graessley, Margaret Karmazin, Gene Goldfarb, Haley Mudrick, C. Michael Downes, Julienne Grey, Laura Foley, Milla van der Have, Jon Boisvert, Katherine Hart, Anthony Langford, Diana Raab, Amber Kelly-Anderson and Michael Salgado. Author Interview with Renee Ashley. Cover Artist: Brendan James.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year to all of my loyal readers! 
Here's to a year of successful writing. 
I'll post my goals for the year tomorrow. 
Have a wonderful first day of 2014!