Friday, April 28, 2017

Interview with the Author Learning Center: Developing Characters

In February, I was interviewed by the Author Learning Center for their ongoing series on the craft and business of fiction. That full interview is now live on their site. You can watch a short clip here, where I discuss character development.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Sale!

The publisher who published my short story in the anthology, Debris & Detritus, is participating with #BookSweeps in a great promotion! You can purchase any of these 14 featured anthologies for $2.99!

If you enjoy speculative fiction, fantasy, or romance, this is a deal! Check it out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Call for Submissions and Writing Competitions: Profane

Profane is currently open for submissions. Our reading period runs through July 31st.

In addition to accepting poetry, nonfiction, and fiction submissions, we're also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year.

The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces per submissions in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words.

For more details and guidelines about the contests, or for more info about the journal itself, check out our website.

Among other things, all of our past issues can be read on our site for free.

Patrick Chambers
Editor, Profane

Call for Long-form Submissions: Hayden's Ferry Review

Hayden’s Ferry Review Current Call: Issue 62, "The Long Issue"
At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages.
Novella in Latin means “new things” and so we invite prose in both fiction and nonfiction that longs to show us something new, to introduce us to an experience we have never had before. We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the novella we can’t stop thinking about.
Poets, we ask you to give us a poem with complexity, with scope, which is ambitious in the effort to express itself and skilled in its execution. We are looking for the poems we want to climb into and which hold us in suspension such that we do not want to emerge.
We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until December 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. (As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible.)
We accept prose (both fiction and nonfiction), poetry, translations, and visual art.
To submit, please visit our submittable page.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: The Book of 21st Century Forms

Have you written a bop? A golden shovel or a specular? A pecha kucha or a gram of &s? Invented a form of your own? Send us your best original poems in a form invented or rediscovered in the new millennium for consideration for an anthology that will collect together all of these divergent poetic forms. Email up to 3 poems along with a brief biographical note [and instructions if it's an invented form] to:

thebookof21stcenturyformsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Editors Sharon Dolin and Ravi Shankar will make all final decisions and submissions will be accepted by Sept. 30th, 2017.

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone 

Sliver of Stone's 14th issue is now available online.

We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe.

Authors featured in the current issue include Jan Becker, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, and Ashley Jones. Artwork by Allen Forrest and Kevin Perkins.

Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Barbara Hamby, Allison Joseph, J. Michael Lennon, Dinty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. Past interviews with Paul D. Brazill, Janet Burroway, Edwidge Danticat, Beverly Donofrio, Dean Koontz, K.A. Laity, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, José Ignacio Valenzuela, and Mark Vonnegut.

We're now looking for submissions for our 15th issue!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

Call for Audio Submissions of Lullabies: Flock: A Literary Journal

Call for Audio Submissions: Lullabies 

Flock: A Literary Journal

Flock literary journal is teaming up with EAT Audio Magazine to release a digital album of lullabies. We are looking for new lullabies, experimental lullabies, spoken word, percussion, etc – any audio project with a lullaby spirit. Traditional lullabies and revisions to traditional lullabies are also welcome, so long as the submitter shows that the original is in the public domain.

Artists should submit no more than 1 lullaby. Please include a document or cover letter containing any lyrics. For non-English language lyrics, please include words in the original language as well as translated into English. We will consider audio up to 7 minutes in length, though expect most accepted pieces will fall in the 3-4 minute range. Audio should be submitted in Mp3 format, and artists should have a WAV file on hand in case the submission is accepted.
The Editors at Flock