Friday, July 31, 2009
The Rio Grande Review, a non-profit bilingual publication run by students of the MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at El Paso, is looking for submissions for its Fall 2009 issue. They accept writing of all kinds, including (but not limited to): fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations, flash fiction, screenplays, memoirs, interviews, etc. The Fall 2009 magazine is open to all topics and genres. Payment is two contributor copies. Electronic submissions preferred.
Visit their submissions page for complete details, including how they select texts. Here's their Million Dollar Question: Would you keep reading this story after the first page if you didn’t have to?
Personal note: While living and working in El Paso in the mid-80s and finishing up my Bachelor of Science Degreee, I took a two-semester English literature class on-site at Fort Bliss. The professor who taught these classes also taught English at UTEP. I don't remember her name, but she introduced me to Flannery O'Connor and Katherine Anne Porter, two of my favorite short story writers. She also gave me an "A" in each of her two classes. I have many reasons to be grateful to her.
Thanks to Julie E. for sending me the link to the Rio Grande Review.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Cari and I (and Harley) stayed up late last night and watched the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Los Angeles Dogers 3-2 in 15 innings. I'm tired this morning and wasn't going to post, but I came across this call for submissions with a very short deadline I had to share with you all:
Chicken Soup for the Soup is seeking submissions for its Count Your Blessings anthology. This call out has a very short deadline. Here is a synopsis of what they want; click on the link for complete details:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings 101 Stories of Gratitude, Fortitude, and Silver Linings.
* True stories and poems
* Written in the first person
* No more than 1,200 words.
* Can be serious or humorous, or both
* Should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.
* DEADLINE IS MONDAY AUGUST 3rd.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Awards: 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, 20 copies of that issue, and a one-year subscription. 2nd/ 3rd-place: $500/$300, respectively.
Open to all writers
Stories not to exceed 3,000 words. (No minimum, but according to their website it's rare for a piece under 500 words to be read as a full story.)
Monday, July 27, 2009
Poets&Writers is a wonderful resource for writers. Since its founding in 1970, the editors have fielded a wide range of inquiries, yet common themes have emerged over time.
Click on the link to read about their Top Ten Topics for Writers which include: Literary Magazines, Book Publishing, Literary Agents, Writing Contests, Vanity Presses, Copyright, Publicity, Conferences and Workshops, MFA Programs, and Literary Organizations.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Call (636) 227-1227 to register.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"How do I find out what agent represents a novel in the genre that I think fits my work?"
I'm a subscriber to his newsletter, which I received yesterday. That's how I found out about his new blog!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thanks to Amanda from http://www.saturdaywriters.org/ for e-mailing the article to me.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Brenda is an award-winning Romance writer. For several years Brenda has surveyed many other generous romance authors who shared their figures.
For accuracy purposes, Brenda only included publishers about whom she received at least three responses and used data since 2000.
Talk about an eye-opener! I'm amazed that one person was able to amass so much information in an easy-to-read and understandable format. So, if you're curious about what some publishers pay their writers, check out Show Me the Money on Brenda's website.
Thank you, Brenda, for collecting, analyzing, and arraying such helpful information, and thanks to all the romance writers who shared their financial information with Brenda!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Some time ago I posted an announcement about Amy Willoughby-Burle's short story, "Out Across the Nowhere," which appeared in the Spring issue of The Summerset Review. I also posted information about The Summerset Review's Fifty-for-Fifty Contest Award. After my posting, I submitted comments about Amy's story.
I was surprised and thrilled to receive an e-mail that I was one of the two readers whose comments were selected for publication on-line. In addition to having my comments published, I received $50, plus a complimentary copy of their wonderful magazine.
The deadline for reader comments on the next issue is September 1 . You can read the guidelines by clicking here.
So, take time to read the poems, stories, or essays of the wonderful contributors in the Summer issue (click on the photo on the left), submit your comments, and you, too, might be a winner.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Summer is a special time to enjoy birdsong and work in the garden, but it's also a great time to catch up on reading. If you're looking for a good read, check out www.oprah.com Oprah has published her reading list for 2009--books that you can't put down.
Another special feature you'll find there is "Ask the Authors" This week's author is Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin McCann has been a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was the inaugural winner of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s "Best and Brightest," He's been a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review.
You can also submit a question for the featured author, and your question might appear on the website.
Looks like I need to make a list and head for the library.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Last night I attended an author talk at the Kisker Road Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library. During the event three local contributors to the Chicken Soup series spoke about their writing experiences, families, and careers.
Becky Povich, one of the speakers and a member of Saturday Writers, did a wonderful job encouraging writers to pick up their pens (or crank up their PCs) and write--no matter what your age.
In fact, all three women were great. After their talks, each of the three speakers read one of their published stories. As I sat there, I was amazed at their poise and courage reading in front of a group, mostly because their works are so personal.
Listening to advice from writers who have achieved some measure of success is always inspiring. When my schedule permits I try to attend these type of events, not just to support local writers, but also to learn from their experiences.
Another way I learn is by regularly seeking out books with solid writing advice.
Today on my other blog, A Book A Week, I have posted a summary of a book with some superb writing advice. The book, written by Ann Whitford Paul, is Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication (Writer's Digest Books).
If you get a chance pop on over to A Book A Week to check out my comments on Ann's book. Even if you don't write for children, Ann's book has lots of helpful advice and hands-on exercises to hel you become a better writer. While you're there, you'll discover which famous writer celebrates her birthday today. Hint: Did you love Nancy Drew books growing up?
Hope you all have a great weekend.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here's a submission opportunity from Robert Swartwood's blog I stumbled upon that is short and sweet--well it doesn't have to be sweet--Hint Fiction.
What is hint fiction? It's a story of no more than 25 words that suggests a larger, more complex story.
The Hint Fiction anthology is tentatively scheduled to be published in the fall of 2010 by W.W. Norton.
The anthology will include between 100 and 150 stories.
Payment is $25 per story for World and Audio rights.
Stories must include a title (which helps give a “hint” of the story).
Writers can only submit up to two stories, both embedded in the same e-mail.
To make everyone’s lives easier, embed the stories like this:
Submissions will open August 1 and close at midnight Eastern time August 31.
A submissions e-mail address will appear on this page on August 1 — DO NOT SUBMIT TO ANY OTHER ADDRESS BEFORE THEN.
Check back on the link above for examples of Hint Fiction and complete guidelines before submitting.
***For a limited time, if you link to these guidelines from on your blog or Twitter, you can submit a third story. These must be posted between July 1 and August 15. Include the link at the end of your e-mail. If you don’t include a link, the third story will be deleted unread.***
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
As part of the St. Charles City-County Library District Meet the Authors Series, on Thursday, July 9 from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m., the Kisker Road Library 1000 Kisker Road, St. Charles, MO, will host three Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Drum roll, please!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Happy birthday, Walt! On this day in 1947 my wonderful husband Walt was born in Erding, Germany. He emigrated to the United States in April, 1962 and lived in Holyoke, MA, until he enlisted in the USAF in 1967. I met and married him in 1968 while he was stationed at Scott AFB, IL.
Here's a photo of Walt with our grandchildren Cari and Michael at our place on the Gasconade River in Osage County, MO.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
From the middle of America, in the "Show Me" State of Missouri, I wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day.
While you are enjoying yourself on this Fourth of July, take time to remember those who have made our country so great. If you cherish your freedom, thank a vet. If you want your children and grandchildren to enjoy the same freedoms, thank a member of our armed forces who nobly serve our country.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Recently I've received e-mails from two writing friends asking me to add links to their websites on my blog. I'm more than happy to do that. It got me to thinking about how closely connected networking and marketing are. Linking with other writers via blogs or websites or social networks helps to stay in touch--and possibly connect with publishing industry folks who visit blogs like mine.
I used the title "Blog Me, Baby" from Amy Willoughby-Burle's e-mail to me, which gives you a hint at Amy's wit and wisdom--not to mention her elegant writing!
Amy Willoughby-Burle’s fiction has appeared in Potomac Review, Sycamore Review, Inkwell, The MacGuffin, Summerset Review, Reed Magazine, and Cuivre River Anthology. Her story “Stone Jesus in the Front Yard,” which appeared in The MacGuffin was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007.
Amy is a graduate of East Carolina University. Born and raised and now back in North Carolina she has also lived in Virginia, New York, California, and Missouri working as an event planner, a receptionist, a cashier, a housekeeper, a newspaper editor, a certified nurse’s aide and much more. What some would see as a fear of commitment she has used as a map of life and knowledge, allowing all that is awful and beautiful to permeate her fiction--living in that moment of transition. Amy resides in Candler, NC just west of Asheville, with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Claudia Shelton lives where summers are hot with humidity and winters are cold with snow; but, the other two seasons provide her world with colors and scents enough to spark her feelings. In spring, her imagination tiptoes through the daffodils, sits beneath trees bursting with blossoms and relishes the sound of birds returning from their winter vacation. Leaves in all their colorful reds and golds mix in her fall imaginings with the call of geese on their way south or the smell of an early morning get-the-chill-off fire. These all become the backdrop for her stories of relationships and love, patriotism and duty...and second chances in life.
Claudia is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Missouri Romance Writers of America (MORWA), Missouri Writer’s Guild, Saturday Writers and a few critique groups. Her short fiction has received numerous recognitions, plus being published in Sweetgum Notes and Cuivre River Anthology, Volume III. Sharing time with her family and two dogs brings her happiness. And, relaxing on her swing with a good book is always a great way to start the day.
If you get a chance, visit Amy's and Claudia's websites to see what wonderful and unique ways they express themselves through their writing.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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