Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blog Carnival - Carnival List

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Centrum Creative Nonfiction Workshop

PORT TOWNSEND — Nationally known poets and authors Sheila Bender and Meg Files, in Port Townsend for the Centrum Creative Nonfiction Workshop this week, will give a free reading of their writings at Fort Worden State Park on Friday. 

Admission is free to the 7:30 p.m. gathering in Building 262 at Fort Worden, 200 Battery Way.

Bender’s newest works are A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, a memoir about the months after her son’s sudden death, and Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, a book of poetry. 

She also has written instructional books for writers, including Creative Writing De-mystified and Writing and Publishing the Personal Essay. She teaches around the country at centers and literary arts programs. 

Files is the author of Write from Life: Turning Your Personal Experiences Into Compelling Stories, The Love Hunter and Other Poems, Galapagos Triptych: Three Ways of Seeing the Galapagos Islands and the novel The Third Law of Motion. 

For more information about the reading, the Creative Nonfiction Workshop and other Centrum offerings at Fort Worden, phone 360-385-3102 or visit

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fwd: mark your calendar - JUNE 28

Fourth Friday Readings will wrap up for the summer with a reading by George Lindamood, followed by a line-up of open mic readers.  Hope you'll attend -- read, bring a friend, enjoy listening to talented writers.

We will take a break in July and August and return in September.
Thanks for your continued support.  Please forward this to your family and friends.

Walking Is Still Honest | A Nostrovia! Poetry publishing project dedicated towards honest poetry and writing

Walking Is Still Honest | A Nostrovia! Poetry publishing project dedicated towards honest poetry and writing

Friday, June 14, 2013

thesnailmagazine - Home

thesnailmagazine - Home
thesnailmagazine is now ready to accept submissions from writers.
We are looking longish pieces (3,000 - 7,500 words) that are sharp, incisive, illuminating, and  grip the readers attention.

What we would like to see:
Investigative Journalism
Literary Journalism
True Life Stories
Immersion Reportage

Monday, June 10, 2013

Short Story: Bicycling with Einstein

Ms. Susan Mars is from East Texas. A spongy brunette with drawn-on eyebrows, a certified life coach, and an expert in Asian belief and practices.

Mars is one the richest women in the world; a distant heir to the Mars fortune, living in a large home, surrounded by porcelain teacups and wall hangings purchased from on-line catalogs.

Susan invites her circle of friends and a number of followers to weekly meditations and trainings at her home. She is set most apart from other dilettantes and mendicants by her uncanny ability to read people’s faces. She had “an eye for people”, and she always told the truth. She could not help it. Eccentric? Yes. Odd? Yes. Interesting and influential? Yes. If someone greeted her in the street, and said “How nice to see you,” she might ask them “Why?”

Many years earlier, Susan was with her father at a business meeting in New Jersey. There, while riding a bicycle to explore the quiet town, she came up alongside an older gentleman riding a bicycle. It was Albert Einstein. He greeted her, bashfully, and asked if she would like to ride along with him through the Princeton streets. They chatted as they rode for a while, and Einstein asked if he could leave Susan with a riddle. He told her the riddle and they rode a few more blocks. She gave her answer: “The German owns the fish.” Einstein was flabbergasted. He believed that only a two percent of people in the world could solve the riddle, and young Susan had solved it in minutes, in her head, with no pencil and paper. She was able to hold the components of the riddle in her head as she pedaled along.

Susan related this story to her friends and followers. They already believed she had certain abilities and a great intellect, but were puzzled by her love of garish knickknacks and d├ęcor in her home. They were too polite to ask, but she confessed it forced her to be humble and to put trappings aside as she concentrated on her involvement in the spiritual and in truth. This pronouncement drew her students closer, as you may expect, but it made many others nervous. They were afraid of this rich lady that drew her eyebrows on. She perceived too much, and she only told the truth. There were influential people that knew her and felt that straight trees should be cut first.

Saturday, June 1, 2013



Our New Literary Resources and Recommended Books features appear in our quarterly special issues, which are published on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Contest announcements and calls for submissions appear in our regular monthly newsletters.

48 Hour Books
This self-publishing company promises quick turnaround and responsive customer service. Pricing is easy to calculate on the website.

A&U: America's AIDS Magazine
A&U is a national HIV/AIDS magazine with a focus on advocacy, prevention and care, and literature and the arts. Their annual Summer Reading Issues have featured cover story interviews with Tony Kushner, Gore Vidal, E. Lynn Harris, and others. Each month, they publish work by established and emerging writers including Emanuel Xavier, Patrick Donnelly, and Julie E. Bloemeke. See website for their Christopher Hewitt Literary Award, a free contest with small prizes for fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

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Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris
Comic mystery writer Anne R. Allen publishes weekly posts about publishing and marketing your books in the digital age. Guest columnist Ruth Harris is a New York Times bestselling author and former Big Six editor who contributes a post each month. Popular posts include "Top Ten Questions from New Writers", "Top 10 Self-Sabotaging Mistakes of Author-Bloggers", and "12 Signs Your Novel Isn't Ready to Publish".

Avoiding Scams in Agent-Curated Self-Publishing
This article from David Gaughran's self-publishing blog "Let's Get Digital" warns about overpriced intermediaries.

Bath Short Story Award Blog
The website of this British contest for short fiction includes the "Get Writing" blog which features short craft essays and writing prompts.

Critique Circle
Critique Circle is a free online forum for writers of literary fiction, genre fiction, essays, and articles. Members can give feedback on each other's work, either on the public site or in a private group. The site includes tools for plot outlining, storyboarding, keeping track of submissions, and writing prompts.

Essay Daily
Curated by DIAGRAM editor Ander Monson, Essay Daily is a space for ongoing conversation about essays and essayists of note, contemporary and otherwise. They mostly publish critical/creative engagements with interesting essays (text and other), Q&As with essays or essayists, and reviews of essays, essay collections or book length essays, or literary journals that publish essays. Query before submitting.

Get Published Now: Molli Nickell, Publishing Consultant
Molli Nickell, a former Time-Life editor and journalist, now teaches writers to create marketing documents and make effective pitches to agents and editors. She also guides writers through the pros and cons of self-publishing. Her website features monthly contests with the prize of a free consultation. Based on the sample pitches and manuscript excerpts on the site, this service seems most appropriate for writers of genre fiction or commercial nonfiction.

Glossary Terms at the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation provides this glossary of poetic terms, with links to examples by outstanding contemporary and classic poets.

HEArt Journal Online: Human Equity Through Art
HEArt is an online journal that promotes the role of artists as human rights activists. They publish contemporary poetry, fiction, essays, music, videos, and artwork that challenge discrimination and promote social justice. Their print edition, published 1997-2002, featured writers such as Martin Espada, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Sekou Sundiata, and Stacey Waite. HEArt re-launched in online form in 2013.

(In)Visible Memoirs Project
Memoir Journal's (In)Visible Memoirs Project nurtures, publishes, and circulates memoirs that are too often excluded from dominant literary discourses. Editors say, "Our focus is on communities traditionally underserved by literary programming and underrepresented in contemporary literature. We recognize that the exclusion of so many voices from literary programming limits our understanding of the world in which we live and deprives us all." They are seeking workshop proposals to bring the project to more communities in the US, with a special interest in the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley areas of California.

Jane Friedman's Self-Publishing Links
Digital publishing expert Jane Friedman compiled this extensive list of resources about how to publish an e-book, find the right e-publishing services, and stay on top of changes in the industry.

Kind of a Hurricane Press
This small press publishes several poetry anthologies a year on various themes, in POD print and e-book formats. Recent themes have included "Barbie in a Blender" and "Poised in Flight". The press also sponsors online journals for different types of poetry.

Levellers Press
This small press based in Western Massachusetts publishes literary novels and short story collections through its Thornapple Books imprint, and poetry collections through Hedgerow Books. The press has also published nonfiction books relating to local history and progressive social thought. Poets in their catalog include Annie Boutelle, Patricia Lee Lewis, and Anne Love Woodhull. See website for submission guidelines.

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (The)
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation sponsors several free awards for books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by veterans and/or about Marine Corps history and life.

Meat for Tea
Founded in 2006, this quarterly literary journal based in Western Massachusetts accepts poetry, fiction, essays, and artwork from writers around the world. Each issue has a meat- or tea-themed subtitle such as "Tartare" or "Pomegranate". They accept only online submissions; see website for formatting guidelines. A 2013 profile in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper described their aesthetic as "generally slightly off-beat, with dark humor and art that leans to the surrealistic side."

Military Experience and the Arts
This organization's mission is to bridge the gap between military and civilian cultures through creative expression and scholarship. The site includes resources to help veterans write their personal stories. MEA publishes three magazines: The Blue Falcon, a journal of military fiction; Blue Streak, a journal of military poetry; and the Journal of Military Experience, an interdisciplinary scholarly periodical. See website for their calls for submissions.

New York Dreaming
This webzine publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and artwork by people living, working, studying, or traveling in the New York metropolitan area (including New York City and surrounding states). The work can be either related to New York or not, and new as well as established writers are welcome. The site also features announcements of NYC readings and events, lifestyle and dining, and news stories.

Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry
This e-book is free to download from the Poetry Foundation website. Edited by Dorothea Lasky, Dominic Luxford, and Jesse Nathan, and co-published by McSweeneys Books, this selection of essays, interviews, and lesson plans gathers the best thinking about how we can impart the value and joy of poetry to kids.

Persimmon Tree
Persimmon Tree is an online magazine of literature and art by women over 60. The magazine is published quarterly, in association with Mills College. See their submission guidelines page for themed issues and regional contests.

Philosophy After Dark
This literary weblog features weekly poems with philosophical themes, and short essays about history and culture.

People of Color in European Art History
An enlightening research source for writers of historical fiction, this Tumblr site showcases artwork that depicts the true ethnic diversity of medieval and early modern Europe. The site seeks to reverse the "retroactive whitewashing" of European art history, and counteract writers' common assumption that stories set in this time period must feature an all-white cast to be historically accurate.

S.J. Crown: Blending Fiction and Sports Together
The website of fiction writer Stanley Joel Crown features short stories, many with sports themes, and information on his novel The Victors Club, about a professional woman golfer battling sexism on her rise to the top. Also see his list of favorite sports movies and literature.

Sport Literate
This literary journal publishes creative nonfiction and poetry that explores sports and leisure pastimes. Personal essays, travelogues, first-person journalism, interviews, and humor are welcome. No fiction. See website for their annual contest.

Tanka Teachers Guide 1st Edition
Tanka Teachers Guide, a public service of the MET Press in cooperation with the Tanka Society of America, contains primary materials and resources about tanka poetry which educators and students may copy without seeking permission.

The Metric
This innovative international digital journal of poetry and short prose "aims to promote literary interestingness on the web at a grassroots level". For greater artistic freedom, submissions are published anonymously at first, with authors' names revealed in the next issue.

The Smart Approach to Contest Submissions
In this essay from May/June 2013, the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine gives seven simple steps to make your contest submission choices more efficient and well-targeted.

What Editors Want: A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines
This article by Lynne Barrett in The Review Review gives comprehensive, essential advice about researching your markets, crafting the best possible submission, and responding to editors' comments. Favorite tip: share a few journal subscriptions with your writer friends and discuss the work published there, as an enhancement of your usual workshopping.

Writer's Drawer (The)
The Writer's Drawer is a free online literary community that welcomes writers of all experience levels, with a special interest in international and non-native English-speakers. Site administrator Beryl Belsky offers free critiques of submissions. The site also includes book reviews and recommendations, and a free book promotion service for authors and editors. Their website design and writing quality are above-average for an online forum.

WTPoem App
WTPoem is a poem-of-the-day iPhone app from literary publisher WordTech Communications. Authors in their extensive catalog include Rachel Hadas, Allison Joseph, Annie Finch, Barbara Crooker, Walter Bargen, Norbert Krapf, Rane Arroyo, Melissa Morphew, and Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter.

Zoetrope Virtual Studio
In 1998, acclaimed film director Francis Coppola launched a website where writers could submit their short stories to his magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. A community of writers quickly formed around the website. It became so popular so quickly that a few months later he created sites for novellas and screenplays. The Virtual Studio, which launched in June 2000, brings together the original sites as departments, and includes new departments for other creative endeavors. Members can workshop a wide-range of film arts, including music, graphics, design, and film & video, as well as access some of the best e-collaboration tools.

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