Monday, March 30, 2015

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World - March 30, 2015

Hello all! It has been a very busy month in terms of both writing and editing. BUT I could not let the month go by without at least one opportunities post. I hope that you are still finding the motivation to get your work out there in the world. If not, what are you waiting for? 


1. Dămfīno Press is pleased to announce its first annual “Afternoonified” Poetry Chapbook Contest. Entry fee: $15.00. Deadline: April 30, 2015.

2. Autumn House Press is now accepting submissions for their 2015 full-length manuscript contests in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each winner receives publication and $2,500. Entry fee: $30. Postmark deadline: June 30, 2015

Calls for Submissions:

1. RESTLESS is accepting short stories, poems, visual art, photography, or hybrid work for their Pride Month category on Submittable. They are also looking for novella-length stories and epic poems to serialize.

2. Backbone Press is currently accepting chapbook submissions. Please submit 20-30 pages of poetry.

3. Lime Hawk seeks original short fiction for their spring issue. Submissions are accepted year-round.

4. Gingko Tree Review invites submissions of up to six poems/short prose pieces or a single longer work of up to 6,000 words. Deadline: May 1, 2015.

5. Compass Literary Journal is currently accepting submissions that focus on various interpretations of loss.  As this is their first issue, they are particularly interested in hearing from new and emerging writers. Deadline: April 15, 2015.


1. The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its twelfth Children’s Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children's author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend and an office at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from September 2015 through May 2016. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2015.

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

February Reading

I got the idea from one of my Twitter writer pals, (Evelyn Alfred) to keep track of the things that I'm reading each month. This list may not be fully inclusive, because there were times when I felt too tired to write down what I read. Some items also don't have links for this very reason, or because they were read in print. In any event, this activity has taught me that I shouldn't feel bad about not fulfilling my Goodreads reading challenges! I won't ever beat myself up again. This doesn't even include Tweets or Facebook posts. (Ha!) I am looking forward to compiling everything at the end of the year to see just how much reading I do (outside of published books). Below is a list of everything I've read for the month of February. Disclaimer: I am attempting to learn all sides of publishing, hence all the publishing articles!

2 client manuscripts (one novel, one nonfiction book)

10 client papers (academic)

10 Black Fox Submissions (I'll get better, I promise!)

8 classic short stories (as review for teaching purposes)

Examining the Daily Scriptures February 1-28

I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You by Spencer Madsen (The Toast)

So You Want to Start Your Own Micro-Press? Center for Fiction

A Guide for New Literary Publishers (CLMP)

Lessons I've Learned Starting a Micropress by Roxane Gay (HTML Giant)

Why Small Publishers Fail by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

How to Create, Register, and List Your New Publishing Company by Joel Friedlander 

Should I Start My Own Publishing Company? By Jillian Beegsma

Anatomy of a Small Press Company By James Roy Daley
Books of the Dead Press

Bookstores and Getting Into Them (Starting a Small Press Publisher) 
Devoted Love Press 

How to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part I) by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part II) by Catherine Ryan Howard

Self Printed Preview #3: The Minefield That is Self-Published Cover Design
By Catherine Ryan Howard

Self Printed Preview #4: What Does the Dream Book Look Like? By Catherine Ryan Howard

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Publisher by Robert Lee Brewer
Writers Digest 

Guest Post: On Writing Realistic, Flawed Parents in YA by Bryan Bliss

"Progressive Walmart. Really." By Sebastian Mallaby

"Don't Blame the Eater" by David Zinczenko

"In Defense of Cheering" By Jennie Yabroff

"Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter" By Tom Bissell

6 chapters in the book The Say, I Say (in preparation for teaching)