Monday, February 25, 2013

Poetry Prompt: Definitions (from Poets & Writers)

Choose any word from the dictionary and read its definitions. Write a poem using only the language of these definitions. Try repeating them in different combinations and using line break to create unexpected phrases. Experiment with how far you can push the limits of the language you're working with. Use the word you've chosen as the title of the poem.

from the website

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Two Volunteer Positions Open at Relief Journal

from their website:


Join us as part of the Relief Team!

Dear <<First Name>>,

Relief and our sister publication, The Midnight Diner, run, to the extent that they do at all, on the cold sweat and caffeinated blood of our many volunteers. If you want to help us do what we do (and maybe even do it better), we can probably find a place for you. We always need bloggers and reviewers, and sometimes we have an odd task that needs concentrated attention.

We have an immediate need to fill two positions. Our volunteer Managing Editor and Marketing Director positions are both open and in need of qualified individuals to ensure the steady growth of the journal.

Managing Editor
We need someone who wants to see our small Christian literary venture become a somewhat larger and thriving venue for the best in Christian literature. We need someone who has administrative talents and gifts to keep the rest of us right-brainers on task and on schedule. Our managing editor will love to work with people and will help create a supportive, productive volunteer community online. The managing editor will provide essential administrative support for the coordination of the various branches of ccPublishing NFP.

Marketing Director
The marketing director will be the point person for strategizing and implementing creative promotion of Relief and possibly, on occasion, The Midnight Diner. This position is key to growing our subscription and submission base and thus keeping the organization sustainable. We operate on the Internet equivalent of a shoestring, so the operative word here is creative; this may include ad swaps, guest blogging, conference materials, social media and e-mail marketing, etc.

A complete description of either postion is available on the Relief website or as a PDF below.

Marketing Director Description
Managing Editor Description


Brad Fruhauff

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Harpur Palate Call for Submissions

We are now calling for submissions for our upcoming issue 13.1! The theme for this issue is country living. We are looking for essays, stories, and poems that take us away from city skyscrapers and closer to the eclectic American countryside. We want to be taken to the apex of an Adirondack Mountain, to the front porch of Aunt Bernice's goat farm, to the bayous of Mississippi. Tell us what it was like to plow a field in the 1900's, what it feels like to milk a cow with your hands. And while you're at it, we've always marveled at the art of fly fishing.

We want to see more than the archetypal moonshiners who drive beat up pick-up trucks, and men who play fiddles that are lost in their beards, so give us more than “hillbilly” stereotypes and “hick” dialogue. Give us essays that will haunt us, stories with raw characters that we cannot forget, and poems that hum with nature. Bring the sounds of the American country alive and surprise us by what we find there.

The deadline is April 15. General submission guidelines apply. Check our blog for more details!<>

Click here to submit electronically<>. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize for Undergraduate Writers

Stony Brook

State University of New York
Short Fiction Prize
Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2012-2013 are eligible for the prize.
Deadline: Postmark March 1, 2013


undergradates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2012-13 are eligible. This Prize has traditionally encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we urge all students to enter.
  • Entrant's identity and academic institution will not be revealed to judges.
  • Submissions of no more than 7,500 words should be typed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper.
  • Include one cover sheet with the title of the work only. On a second cover sheet, include your name, permanent address, telephone number and email address. Do not include your name on any pages of your story.
  • All entries must be accompanied by proof of current undergraduate enrollment, such as a photocopy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or payment receipt showing your full-time status.
  • The institution's name and address must be clear. No fax or electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Submission assumes the right of Stony Brook to publish the winning story on its Web site.
  • The winning short story will automatically be considered for publication in The Southampton Review, the literary journal published by the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program in Writing and Literature.
March 1, 2013. All applications postmarked after the deadline will be returned unopened. The winner and runners-up will be notified in June 2013.

Mail submissions to:

John Westermann
Director, Stony Brook $1,000 Short Fiction Prize
Stony Brook Southampton
MFA in Writing and Literature
239 Montauk Highway
Southampton, New York 11968

Undergraduate Student Call for Submissions


welcomes submissions of all genres from undergraduate students. Published twice yearly. Deadlines: October 15, February 15. Hard copies, proof of undergraduate status (.edu e-mail address) to NCR, North Central College, CM #235, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, Il 60565. For details, see E-mail submissions also accepted:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

a website for readers

if you love to read and like to keep up with what you read, i recommend signing up for a Goodreads account.

Goodreads allows you to have a list of what you've read, plan to read, and are currently reading. you can discover books that are similar to what you are currently reading, make friends and look through their reading lists, and follow your favorite authors.

it is free, easy to sign up for, and a useful tool for any writer looking for some reading to inspire them.

Monday, February 4, 2013

"and we were hungry" Short Story Contest!

AndWeWereHungry, a new online literary magazine, seeks prose, poetry & art for Debut Issue

Deadline:  March 31, 2013

Theme:  "And We Were Hungry...." or "Hunger"

 Short Story Length: 2000-8000 words

From the website:
In honor of our debut issue, we seek work that is inspired by our name, “. . . .and we were hungry,” or, more broadly, “Hunger.” We believe that for writers and artists there is a deep connection between hunger, memory and the imagination in action, that “it’s lack that gives us inspiration.”
The theme is simply a thread for us to pull together a coherent inaugural issue and should be treated as a non-restrictive creative prompt, and contributors are thus encouraged to freely interpret it. We hope entries will embody a wild diversity of perspective, voice, and style; and suspect that the most powerful submissions will wear the theme lightly while presenting us with something new to discover. We encourage work from writers/artists of all backgrounds.
Short Story submissions are automatically considered for our Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, sponsored by "Ashes & Snow" artist Gregory Colbert. Four writers will share $5000 prize fund, with consideration for grand prize ($2000) reserved for short stories that connect the theme with nature.
Read more about the magazine's submission guidelines here.
Submit your story here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

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