Saturday, May 23, 2015

Poetry First Book Contest: Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

Below are the guidelines for the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (online submissions only):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors who have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press or have a book under contract with Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit our website.

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2500 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online between May 15, 2015 and the end of July 8, 2015 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on July 8, 2015). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a single copy of the 2016 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2015. 

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. 


jtribbleATsiuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Chapbook Submissions: Hyacinth Girl Press

Hyacinth Girl Press will hold our open reading period for 2015 from April 1st - June 30th. Submitting is fee-free because classism makes us sad.

This year we're taking poetry AND prose chapbooks! The fabulous Sarah Reck will head up our very first prose venture. As always, Margaret Bashaar will read your poetry, and this year Tess Wilson-Gay will also read your poetry.


- up to 25 pages of poetry, max. Seriously. No more than that.
- No previously published manuscripts. (individual poems are fine, though, obviously. We aren't fascists.)
- We like cover letters and a bio.
- Did we accept your manuscript last year? Yes? Wait a year before sending to us again.
- Send your manuscript as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf to:

 hyacinthgirlpressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

- up to 8,000 words, max.
- Any combination of short stories or flash fiction should be read as a collection
- Same as above otherwise, except all submissions should be sent to:

hgp.proseATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

What are we into? The best way to know is to buy a chapbook from us (they are only $6). That said, here is a list of what we are hoping to see more of in poetry-land:

- Poets of color.
- Queer poets
- Poets working/existing outside of academia

We'll be open for 3 months, which will hopefully mean our most fruitful submissions period yet. We are incredibly excited to read your work!

Seeking Staff: Drunken Boat

Open Positions at Drunken Boat (positions open until filled)
Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. We’ve been publishing an immense variety of work, especially innovative and experimental literature and arts, since 1999. We are an entirely volunteer staff, dedicated to literature and art and the internet (well, more like literature and the art on the internet, but we’re fans of the medium too). According to The Review Review : “ Drunken Boat is, or should be, central to any discussion of literature online or online literature . . . Drunken Boat is a . . . beautifully presented, carefully maintained space.”

Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be involved with an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. If you’re interested, please send a CV and cover letter describing your interest to Managing Editor T.M. De Vos at:

editorATdrunkenboatDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Publicity & Marketing Director

Responsible for implementing our publicity and marketing strategy through traditional and new media outlets. This is a senior-level position, requiring a time commitment of approximately 5-7 hours a week. Responsible for overseeing promotion and social media staff in collaboration with the Assistant Managing Editor; selling and exchanging online ads; scheduling issue-launch publicity; maintaining Drunken Boat's Twitter and Facebook accounts according to best practices; and developing and maintaining ongoing social media campaigns.

Director of Development

Responsible for long-term financial planning for the organization in collaboration with the Founding and Managing Editors, including developing fundraising initiatives and campaigns; soliciting donations; writing grant statements and narratives; creating an annual grant application schedule; and working with senior editorial staff and advisory board to develop funding opportunities. This is a senior-level position, requiring a time commitment of approximately 5-7 hours a week.

Call for Sumissions on the Theme of Revenge: The River Styx

We just decided our next themed issue: The River Styx Guide to Revenge. We’re not sure what it will look like: Voodoo spells? High school football team benchwarmers relishing a fresh ten upon graduation? A long happy life lived down the street from a miserable ex? We figure revenge might have as many flavors as an all-you-can-eat buffet, from sweet to bittersweet to savory to empty. But we’re excited to see what we’ll get.

We will accept submissions for this issue during the month of June 2015 only. Please send any vengeance, whatever flavor, shape, or size, to:

The River Styx Guide to Revenge
River Styx
3547 Olive Street
Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103

Please don’t forget to address it to “The River Styx Guide to Revenge”! Every now and then we still find a submission for our American Odes issue in our regular submissions, and that issue came out last year. If you don’t tell us what it is, it can be hard to find in our usual flood of submissions.

River Styx publishes one themed issue per year. In 2012, our theme was The End of the World. Our 2013 theme was American Odes.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wordsmith Studio 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

During a Tweet chat with Wordsmith Studio the other day, my friend Elissa reminded me that I had been invited to participate in their Blog Hop, an event that was supposed to end about a week ago. But their questions were so interesting that I couldn't resist! Thanks for the invite, Wordsmith Studio! Sorry about the late post!

1) What are you currently working on?
Aside from promoting my debut novel, Blood of a Stone, I'm working on two major projects. The first one is my second novel, a story set in the mid-twentieth century about a family whose lives are intertwined with the atomic bomb tests in Nevada during the 1950s and 1960s. My other big project is a collection of short stories, all centering on the theme of bad mother/child relationships.

2) For past work, what was your greatest joy or greatest challenge?
Since Blood of a Stone is my debut novel, this work has probably been both my greatest joy and my greatest challenge. It was a joy to complete this book and bring it out into the world. I was so grateful to work with a wonderful editor who taught me so much about revision, and my publisher has crafted a beautiful product I'm very proud of. My greatest challenge was getting this same book published. It took over seven years to write the book, and I queried almost 200 agents before I found a small press that believed in the book and wanted to publish it.

3) For current work, what challenge are you working through now?
As I complete a draft of my new novel, I'm very aware of how much I learned during the revisions of the previous book. I can see flaws, particularly in character development, that will need to be fleshed out during revisions of this new book. I'm also much more aware of structure and pacing. I have some good ideas on how to fix the problems. I just need to find time to work on them.

4) For work you are just planning or starting, what challenges or growth are you expecting or hoping to encounter?
For the collection of short stories, I hope to make my short fiction more precise.

5) What have successes or challenges in your work (recently) taught you?
The value of persistence. Don't let small failures stop you from chasing the bigger success. Good writers never stop learning and never stop writing. All of these things contribute to your growth as an artist.

6) What obstacles or challenges have you not been able to overcome, or still frustrate you?
Time management. I work very hard to set goals and reach them, but there always seem to be more things on my to-do list than I can finish. If I had a magic wand (or more money), I would hire an assistant to shield me from people's demands and to take of the business side of writing.

7) How would you describe a great writing day (or week)?
A great writing day is when I produce creative work. It doesn't matter how many pages, as long as I'm satisfied with the result. I set daily goals, weekly goals, and long-term goals. In general, I tend to be deadline oriented. I work well with the idea that X has to be finished by a certain date.
Thanks, Wordsmith Studio, for inviting to share on the blog hop. This was fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seeking Associate Editor and Business Manager: The Sun

The Sun
We’re patiently looking for two people who are just right for the jobs listed below. Could one of them be you — or someone you know? Click the links below to apply online.

We need a full-time Business Manager to oversee accounting, payroll, and benefits — a job that requires a head for numbers and a heart for all that The Sun represents. We also have an opening for an Associate Editor, whose responsibilities include substantial, hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves editing as well as soliciting work from writers.

Both jobs are full time and based in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina, office. The positions will remain open until filled. (No e-mails, phone calls, faxes, or surprise visits, please.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Call for Conference Proposals: Other Words 2015 Lyrics and Lyricism

Other Words 2015: Lyrics and Lyricism

The 2015 Other Words Conference is almost up and running and we want to see your proposals. Our theme for this year's conference is Music, Songs, Lyrics, Lyricism, Songs and Writing, Songs in Literary Works, Music as Writing, Writing About Music and Musicians, Songs about Literature .... However, we will also entertain panel proposals about ideas other than the theme ideas above. Please note that --

We prefer panel proposals that include panel participants rather than solo panel proposals. And finally, we prefer panel proposals about writing, publishing, editing and other "writerly" activities rather than academic/lit crit topics.

So far, our two featured writers for 2015 conference are Ed Ward and Jacki Lyden. Ward is the rock and roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air and the author of numerous books, articles and blogs about music and musicians. Jacki Lyden had a long career as a correspondent on NPR and is now working on her own production company called THE SEAMS. She has a new memoir, Dark and Lovely.

We will post more information soon about registration, lodging and other matters on the Other Words website.

The deadline for submitting proposals is June 1.

Conference dates are November 5-7, and it will be held at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.

Submit panels here.

Win a copy of Blood of a Stone on Queen of All She Reads!

Read an excerpt of Blood of a Stone and enter the paperback giveaway at Queen of All She Reads!

Enter here.

Essay Competition: Fifth Wednesday Journal

To encourage writers and editors to voice their thoughts, FWJ is offering a reward for the best short essay of 800 words or fewer on the subject of small literary magazines and the advance toward a digital world for literature. We will print the best essay in our fall issue, publish it on our blog, and reward the author with a one-year subscription to Fifth Wednesday Journal, and a new FWJ T-shirt. 

Send your essay to:  

millerATfithwednesdayjournalDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Put “Essay Competition” in the subject line and include your name, e-mail address, and a postal address in your message, but separate from your essay. Our senior editors will serve as a judges’ panel. 

Deadline for receipt of an eligible essay is July 1, 2015. We will announce the winner on August 15, 2015.

One-Act Play Competition: WordWave

Lake Tahoe, home to one of the most beautiful historic theaters in the nation, presents the WordWave One-Act Play Competition. Enter your one-act play, win, and watch it unfold on stage at the Boathouse Theatre overlooking Lake Tahoe.

Through June 30, Tahoe WordWave will accept submissions to our playwriting contest. The winning plays—two will be selected—will be directed and performed at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe.

The winner will receive:
lodging for 3 nights before production (double occupancy)
• access to rehearsals at any time
• $500 prize
• the opportunity to speak to the audience before or after the production
• the winning plays will be directed and performed as staged readings on stage at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre by local actors

Submission Guidelines
• All entries must be submitted online in the form of a pdf.
• We will only consider manuscripts with a running time of no more than 60 minutes.
• Pictures, sketches or descriptions of your vision are always helpful.
• We do not require specific formatting. However, your efforts to ensure your script is free of misspellings and typos will help the submissions editor.
• Multiple submissions are accepted.

Submission Requirements
The following information must accompany your submission or query:
Submit one-acts of no longer than 60 minutes by June 30 at 12am (midnight). Any submission after this time will not be considered.
• Submissions must be entered under one of two categories: drama or comedy
There is a $10 submission fee for each entry paid via Paypal. 

• 100-200 word synopsis.
• Cast list that indicates the number of female roles, the number of male roles and the number of roles that can be performed by either gender.
• Set design(s). Please feel free to provide diagrams and/or pictures.
• Estimated running time.
• Contact information.

More info at our website.

Seeking Cover Art: Sixfold

Have original art of your own or have a public domain image you'd like to see as a Sixfold cover? Are you a graphic designer who would like to create a cover? E-mail:

sixfoldATsixfoldDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with links or your portfolio. 

See our website for recent Sixfold covers.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Call for Essays and Poetry: Mothers Always Write

Mothers Always Write is an online literary magazine for mothers by mother writers, offering essays and poetry that are intended to honor parenting as one of life’s greatest callings. We are seeking essays (up to 2,000 words) and poetry (up to 3 poems) about the parenting experience (Dad writers are welcome too). 
We love deep, emotional writing that offers new insight. We also seek unpublished blog posts about mothering. Please see our writers’ guidelines for specific requirements, or visit our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Freeman

The Freeman accepts poetry submissions year-round to be considered for publication. Poems appear online, and some are selected to appear in the quarterly print magazine as well.

Although each issue has a theme of its own, poems need not relate to any theme. Our primary criterion is always literary excellence. Please see recent poems we've published for a sense of the kind of work we're looking for.  

Payment is $50 per poem, as well as a copy of the issue of publication.
Submissions must be unpublished poems or translations only.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if noted as such.
Translations into English are accepted, but either the translator must have documented permission to publish the translations at the time of submission or the poems must be in the common domain per U.S. and international copyright law.
Include copies of the poems in the original language with any translation submissions.
Send up to 6 unpublished poems, up to 60 lines each (exceptions to the length restriction may be made in rare cases), in .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Luke Hankins, Poetry Editor, at:

poetryATfeeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

You can expect a response within 6 weeks of receipt. If you have not received a response after 6 weeks, you may query by email to the poetry editor. 

The Freeman acquires first North American serial rights for each poem or translation published. Rights revert to the author or translator upon publication, though The Freeman must be credited with first publication in any subsequent publication. (E.g., “'Name of Poem' originally appeared in The Freeman.”)

Poetry Competition: University of Akron Press Poetry Prize

The University of Akron Press Akron Poetry Prize competition is open for submissions of full length poetry collections through June 15th. 

The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication. 

Entry Fee: $25.00

The final judge for 2015 is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series. Full guidelines and a link to the UA Press Submittable page may be found here.

Fiction Prize: Bard's Annual Fiction Prize for Young Writers

Bard Invites Submissions for Its Annual Fiction Prize for Young Writers (Age 39 and under)

To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted. 

Applications for the 2016 prize must be received by June 15, 2015

For more information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087 or send an e-mail to:

bfpATbardDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Applicants may also request information by writing to:

Bard Fiction Prize
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Call for Submissions on Theme of Suspense: Main Street Rag

MAIN STREET RAG seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the following theme: suspense. Submit 1–2 poems or story up to 10K words. 
Reading May 31–July 31
All submissions by e-mail only. Previously published OK, simultaneous submissions not. 
Guidelines for this and other opportunities can be found at our website.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Poetry Competition: Press 53 Award for Poetry

Press 53 Award for Poetry

$1,000 advance awarded to an unpublished poetry collection. Includes travel and lodging for a book launch party in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Reading Fee: $30.  

Open: April 1–July 31; finalists announced Sept. 1; winner by Nov. 1.

Complete details on website.

Guest Blog Post at Book Lovers Paradise

I have a guest blog post up at Book Lovers Paradise where I talk about the inspiration for my debut novel, BLOOD OF A STONE.

Stop by and take a look!

Call for Submissions: Synecdoche Magazine

Synecdoche Magazine, a new national literary arts publication based at Brown University in Providence, RI, is now seeking submissions!  
We print two magazines (featuring art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) and two to four chapbook collaborations between artists and writers per year. As a whole, Synecdoche is interested in work that experiments with the possibilities of blurring its own genres, work that attempts to probe both the dark and hopeful complexities of modern culture. We seek pieces that represent a wide range of voices and manipulate form and language in innovate ways. Specifically, we're interested in work that addresses how technology impedes, or enhances, art form. Our full mission statement can be found on our website.
The reading period for our next magazine just started and runs until July 15, 2015.
 If you’re interested in submitting your work, please visit the aforementioned website for our submission guidelines.
Questions or comments can be directed to:
 We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for Poetry Chapbooks: Slash Pine Press

Each academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two to four chapbooks in limited runs of 125 copies. The reading period is now open for our poetry chapbook series. We are looking for poetry chapbook manuscripts to publish in fall 2015.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2015

Submit here.


All manuscripts receive a blind reading. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or in the title of file (on Submittable blind readers can still see the name of the file). Those manuscripts that include the author's name will be disqualified.

Please include your name and full contact information only in the “cover letter” section of the submission page. Authors may also list acknowledgments on the manuscript if desired.
Simultaneous submissions are OK, but no multiple submissions will be accepted.

Manuscripts should be between 15-25 pages, not counting the title page, acknowledgment page, table of contents, etc.

 Collaborations are OK, but only by two authors.

The accepted manuscript will be determined by the editors and interns of Slash Pine Press. Decisions will be announced in September 2015.

 The $5 reading fee will go to printing and administrative fees. The author of the accepted manuscript will receive 15 copies as well as the option to buy additional copies at a reduced cost.

Faculty, students, and graduates of the University of Alabama are not eligible for publication.
As always, Slash Pine books are carefully designed and hand bound. To see examples of the books Slash Pine has published in the past, go to

Call for Essays about Tenure Denial: Guardians of Mediocrity: How Universities Use Tenure to Protect the Status Quo

Edited Collection, Guardians of Mediocrity: How Universities Use Tenure to Protect the Status Quo

Contact email:

tenureabuseanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )  

Deadline for Submission of Abstract: June 1st, 2015  

Abstracts of essays are invited for a forthcoming edited collection highlighting the failures of the university tenure procedure, a process now often used to get rid of faculty who challenge institutional incompetence. For this collection, we are looking for well-written essays (in the style of literary nonfiction) about college professors (4-year or 2-year schools) who were denied tenure when personal agenda overrode fair evaluation of teaching, scholarly, and professional accomplishments. Narratives should be compelling and poignant in the stories they tell and should also try to contextualize flawed tenure decisions within historic and/or cultural shifts. Anonymity will be granted at author’s request.

The goal of publishing such stories is to draw public attention to contemporary abuses of the university personnel decision process, as well as the strain of anti-intellectualism that has infiltrated higher education in the United States, and to underscore how students and educational quality suffer when good teachers are unjustly fired.

We already have interest from an indie publisher who wants to grant a percentage of royalties to each author featured in the collection, as well as provide them with one free copy of the anthology and discounts on additional copies. We hope to represent a diversity of voices in order to show the widespread and systematic nature of such abuse.

Please submit a 500-word abstract and a bio (listing relevant previous publications, especially nonfiction or personal essays) to:

tenureabuseanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by June 1st, 2015. Contributors will receive notification before end of June 2015. Completed chapter drafts (approximately 5,000 – 7,000 words) should be submitted by November 1st, 2015. All chapters will receive review by the editors prior to submission of book manuscript, and further review may follow at later stages of the process.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Blast Furnace

For our eighteenth issue, we are entertaining poems that resulted from a writing prompt, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages.

As a reminder: we accept a few kinds of submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files.

That said...please submit your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration.

Submit here

Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky. 

DEADLINE: June 30, 2015, at 11:59 PM EST 

R.Clever, Editor/Publisher
Blast Furnace

Video/Social Media Internship (Ohio): Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms

Call for Video/Social Media Internship (Ohio)  

The Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is looking for a creative and innovative individual to serve as a video/social media intern to work with the SAFTA Web Series “CookBook,”to film and promote this new SAFTA project. This part-time internship would consist of approximately 10 hours of work per week and run from through August 2015, with a chance to be renewed for the following fall.  

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an entirely volunteer-run organization that hosts workshops and retreats centered on performing arts, creative writing, visual art, etc. All workshops are led by experienced instructors of various creative genres and also include an element of incorporated learning. Located on a 45-acre farm twenty minutes from downtown Knoxville, SAFTA's mission is to give writers and artists of all levels a chance to workshop with nationally renown professionals in their field as well as uninterrupted time to focus on their creative work.  

The video/social media intern must be a detail-oriented and organized individual who will be responsible for filming the series and promoting it on SAFTA’s social media platforms. This person should be creative, dedicated, and excited to participate in wide-ranging discussions of food and the arts.  

Preferred qualifications include:  

-Experience in social media (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, etc.)
-Experience in using a video camera
-Familiarity with Columbus, OH

Applicants should be located in the greater Columbus, Ohio area and be able to provide transportation for meetings and events.  

While this is an unpaid internship, all interns will gain real-world experience in the founding and execution of a small business while creating a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities. Interns will also be able to attend all workshops at cost during the duration of their tenure with SAFTA.  

To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position to the CookBook producer, Darren C. Demaree:

sundresscookbookATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)  

For more information, visit our website.

Call for Nonfiction Submissions: The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine
2413 Bethel Rd.
Logansport , LA 71049 USA 


writersmonthlyreviewmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

SUBMISSION CALL for the JUNE 2015 Issue
Deadline for submissions is set for MAY 25th for the JUNE edition so get those articles in. I’d like to see how-to’s dealing with rejection, articles dealing with manuscript format, articles dealing with everyday life of a writer, conference and workshop news, dealing with editors … you get the picture. If anyone has market news or updates please send those to me as soon as possible. 

I would also like to see inspirational articles for each issue – keep the length between 500 and 2000 words. Please, please put your name, address and email on each manuscript and shortly following each article, add a short bio. Manuscripts will not be read if they don’t have names, etc. 

The Writer’s Monthly Review is a magazine where writers, poets, authors, editors, Publishers and literary agents come together under one roof offering inspiration, motivation, encouragement and knowledge with one another.

A magazine for writers of every genre
$25 per year for 12 issues/published monthly 

1) This is a place where new writers can read articles and learn from the mistakes of others; get encouragement, inspiration, motivation and feedback from other writers; our readers are for those who enjoy reading about writing to learn, etc. Our panel of writers will share information and knowledge in unique ways you won’t find in a classroom… 

2) We have two editors on board who will be editing manuscripts and offering suggestions in rewrites…rewrites if necessary will be left up to writers. 

3) Every month, we publish anywhere between 10-20 articles per month. We work with new writers and will accept articles based on subject matter, content and valuable information useful to other writers each month; we will include guest editorials, articles from agents, experts and editors as they are presented to us. We are not limited to either group.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Call for Book Reviews: con*text

con•text is a new magazine focused on writing about literature, with an emphasis on the reviewer's perspective. 

We're a space for talking about literature. We don't run fiction or poetry, but that doesn't mean we're not looking for writing that is creative, inventive, and personal. We like a review that is not only about the book itself, but also about the experience of reading it. We like criticism that turns things over, that is challenging, and that is a pleasure to read. 

Written Criticism : We tend to think of book reviews as being at once succinct, exploratory, and personal, showing the reviewer's intimate connection with the text. Criticism may employ outside texts or sources (explicit or implied) in addition to evaluating a central work. We are open to the possibility of reviews or other works of criticism that cross generic boundaries and assume unfamiliar forms. If that's your thing, we hope you'll take advantage of this space to experiment. 

Retro Reviews : We'll also occasionally feature personal essays about literature, or reviews of older works. 

Graphic, Sonic, and Multimedia : We're opening the floor to reviews and criticism in uncommon forms. We'll see what we can do to meet your technical specifications. 

Any written work should fall between 800-1,500 words, give or take. 

To Submit: You can find any submission details, and the magazine itself here, or send us an e-mail at:

contextreviewsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Sugared Water

Sugared Water (lit mag) seeks submissions for issue #005.  

SW is an independent lit mag published & handbound in Cincinnati, OH. Our cover art is original and produced in limited edition (usually between 100 and 15 copies with handprinted covers). We read poetry & prose, with a particular interest in flash and micro forms, lyric and personal essays, prose poetry, free verse poetry, and individual, strong senses of voice and place. We will consider 3-5 poems or up to 4,500 words in fiction or creative nonfiction.  

You can see more on our current issues here. And our complete guidelines here

We read via Submittable.  

Poetry: 3-5 poems.
Fiction: up to 4,500 words with a preference for flash & micro forms.
Creative Nonfiction: up to 4,500 words.
We like personal essay, lyric essay, character sketches, lists, pieces written in the form of something else, letters. Show us something true and wonderfully messy, or lyric and pristine. Just show us who you are.
Art: We’re also interested in comics, sequential art, mixed media art, art in general, and graphic narratives including illustrated lists, sketchbook pages, photos with handwritten words overtop, and any manner of eye candy. 

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Creative Nonfiction Competition: Southern Indiana Review

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $2000 and publication in SIR for a work of creative nonfiction written in English submitted under the following guidelines. 

Each submission must:

  • Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 22, No. 2 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.
  • Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review. Please do not send cash.
  • List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.
  • List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.
  • Be fewer than 35 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.
Be addressed to: 
Southern Indiana Review, Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN, 47712

  • Be postmarked or electronically uploaded by June 1, 2015.
  • Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.
Current and former students of Elena Passarello (excluding conference/short-term workshops) are not eligible for the Award.

Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

Sonnet Competition: The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest--2015

Announcing the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest – 2015 

This year's Contest, our eighth, again celebrates the memory of Maria W. Faust, a lover of poetry and a passionate supporter of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The Sonnet Contest has attracted poets from across the United States as well as international entrants. Contest activities this year will include an Opening Event that features a discussion and sharing of sonnet forms, and a Closing Award Ceremony including the reading of prize-winning sonnets and recognition of winning poets, which will conclude this year's Contest. 


Cash prizes, totaling $2,000, will be awarded in a number of categories, including:
• Best Overall
• Best Youth (High School & Younger)
• Laureate's Choice
• Local Area (Winona and adjacent counties)
• Honorable Mention

Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-traditional form. Only previously unpublished sonnets are eligible. There is no entry fee and each entrant may submit one to three sonnets, maximum, with sonnets to be received no later than June 1st. 

Entries may be submitted in one of two ways:

(1) Either by U.S. or international mail to:

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest of the GRSF
Ted Haaland, Director
P.O. Box 827
Winona, MN 55987-0827

Submissions will not be returned. Do not include your name on the sonnets; however, please include a separate information sheet with your name, address, email, phone number, the title(s) of your sonnet(s), your age (if entering the High School & Younger), and how you heard about the contest. Each sonnet should be on its own page. Place the title or the first line if it is your title on the top of the page, then skip two double-spaces and add all fourteen lines of your sonnet, double-spacing each line.

(2)Via the forms found at the bottom of the webpage.

Winners will be announced August 1st online. 


The Opening Event

The Sonnet Contest "Kick-Off" is planned for April 7th at 7 PM in Winona at the Blue Heron Coffee House, on 2nd Street, and will include readings by Winona Poets Laureate, past and present, as well as activities involving those able to attend The public is cordially invited.

The Closing Award Ceremony

The free reception Award Ceremony will be the closing Great River Shakespeare Festival Front Porch Event Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Winona State University. Mark your calendars for readings by members of the Great River Shakespeare Festival and an opportunity to meet some of the poets, as well as special music and coffee and snacks.

Read an Excerpt from Blood of a Stone!

The blog, What is That Book About, has posted a free excerpt from my novel, BLOOD OF A STONE! You can read it here.

Poetry Competition for College Students: The Lyric College Poetry Contest

The Lyric College Poetry Contest 

Directed toward undergraduate enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university

$500 First Prize
$100 Second Prize

Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferably with regular scansion and rhyme. We welcome up to three poems per student. 

Winners will be announced and published in the Winter issue of The Lyric.

Entries may be sent by email to:

tanyacimATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

or by post to:

The Lyric College Contest
c/o Tanya Cimonetti
1393 Spear Street
South Burlington, VT 05403 

All entries must be submitted between September 1 and December 1, 2015. The following information must appear on each poem:Student's name and complete address
College's name and complete address

Call for Panel Prosals: The 2015 Other Words Conference

The 2015 Other Words Conference is almost up and running and we want to see your proposals. Our theme for this year's conference is Music, Songs, Lyrics, Lyricism, Songs and Writing, Songs in Literary Works, Music as Writing, Writing About Music and Musicians, Songs about Literature .... However, we will also entertain panel proposals about ideas other than the theme ideas above. 

Please note that --
We prefer panel proposals that include panel participants rather than solo panel proposals.
And finally, we prefer panel proposals about writing, publishing, editing and other "writerly" activities rather than academic/lit crit topics.

So far, our two featured writers for 2015 conference are Ed Ward and Jacki Lyden. Ward is the rock and roll historian on NPR's Fresh Air and the author of numerous books, articles and blogs about music and musicians. Jacki Lyden had a long career as a correspondent on NPR and is now working on her own production company called THE SEAMS. She has a new memoir, Dark and Lovely.

We will post more information soon about registration, lodging and other matters on the Other Words website.

The deadline for submitting proposals is June 1.  

Conference dates are November 5-7, and it will be held at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Proposals accepted here.

Call for Submissions: Compose Journal

Compose Journal is seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, feature articles and artwork for our Fall 2015 issue.

We publish work by established and emerging writers, and past contributors have included William Logan, Ada Limón, Robert Vivian, Marion Roach Smith and Ian Duhig.  

Deadline: August 15, 2015.
Submission guidelines.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour for BLOOD OF A STONE

For the month of May, I will be participating in a blog tour for my debut novel, BLOOD OF A STONE. Stop by for chances to win free copies of the book, to learn more about me and my writing, and to read the reviews.

The tour kicks off today with Passages to the Past, where two readers will have a chance to win a free copy of BLOOD OF A STONE.


I'm so pleased to announce that my debut novel, BLOOD OF A STONE, has received an IPPY (bronze) in the national category of religious fiction! You can see all of the winners here.