February 27, 2014

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Shock Totem: Open To Submissions

Shock Totem is a literary journal that publishes horror and dark fantasy short stories as well as non-fiction about real horrors, such as addiction. They are also open to poetry, as long as it is dark, on a more limited basis. They are primarily a bi-annual print journal, but they do publish some writing electronically…

February 26, 2014

Bare Fiction: Now Accepting Submissions

Bare Fiction Magazine is a print and digital edition literary magazine based in the United Kingdom, which launched in December 2013. They publish poetry, fiction, and plays, as well as literary reviews and interviews with writers. Though young, Bare Fiction has a clear goal: to challenge readers with mind-bending new writing. They aim to publish…

Announcing The Winners of The Best First Line Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winner’s of this weeks writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our new contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest…

Writing Prompt: Amnesia

Amnesia has been a great literary prop for centuries. One of the greatest action characters of our time had amnesia: Jason Bourne. But he is not the only one. In See Jane Run by Joy Fielding the main character has amnesia. The same is true of Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. However…

How To Promote Your Poetry Without Paying A Penny

Updated January 19th 2017 Many writers ask me this question all the time: “How do you promote your poetry without paying anyone?” There is more then one answer to this question, but it mostly comes back to hard work. In my experience, outside of paying to enter contests, it is very easy to promote one’s…

February 25, 2014

Atticus Books: Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Atticus Books is a small publisher based out of New Jersey. Atticus Books was founded and is still run by Dan Cafaro and is interested in publishing unusual literary fiction. They publish books that are concerned with language, ones that are playful but are aware of the rich history that dwells in literature. They have one open reading…

February 20, 2014

Announcing the Winners of the Six Word Memoir Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winner’s of this weeks writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our new contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest…

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Writing Prompt: Gender Swap

Are you working on a novel? Or do you have a favorite character from a novel by another writer? This is an exercise that requires an established character, one that you know really well, although it does not need to be one you created. Pick a character and then write down his or her name…

The Active Writer

Phillip Roth has often said that he walks a mile for every page he writes. He also writes those pages standing up. Hemingway was also known for standing while he wrote, and many modern writers from John Green to Susan Orleans have been known to use a treadmill desk. The famous Japanese Novelist Haruki Murkami…

Caboose: A Journal of Really Awful Poetry

Have you ever written a poem, read it over, and groaned? Was it a truly terrible poem that was overwrought, confusing, and mixed metaphors the way a blender does? I know I have written these poems, even if I didn’t know it when I wrote them. Months later I will stumble across them and flush…

Beorh Quarterly: Open To Submissions

Beorh Quarterly is an online literary journal that publishes four issues every year. They accept poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, they are also open to work from any genre, except they are not interested in erotica or romance.  Horror, science fiction, mystery, and most other genres are fine. They are only interested in work that…

February 17, 2014

Prism Books: Open to Manuscript Submissions

Prism is no longer open to submissions without an agent except at conferences. Prism Books is a e-book publishing company with four imprints. They publish a wide variety of books. However Prism is a Christian company, and while they do not only publish Christian books and their authors do not need to be Christians they…

February 13, 2014

Voluted Tales: Accepting Submissions

Voluted Tales Magazine publishes four monthly e-editions, roughly one each week of the month. All regular editions are edited and published by Mark Turner. These  weekly editions include a Voluted Tales General edition, a Voluted Tales Themed edition, a Voluted Tales Serials edition and a Voluted Tales Classics/Steampunk edition. They publish around 48 issues a…

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The Benefits of Procrastination

It’s the weekend, the kids are out with your spouse and you have nothing to do but work on your manuscript – except the breakfast dishes aren’t going to clean themselves, even if all they need is a bit of help into the dishwasher.  Oh, and the dog needs to be walked, dinner should be…

Writing Prompt: Unusual Houses

When I was growing up I was obsessed with the Boxcar Children, not the later books when the children were wealthy and supported, but the first book when they were making a life for themselves in an abandoned boxcar. The books where homes were established in churches, barns, buses, boats, and trees all captured my…

Caketrain: Accepting Submissions

Update: In the Summer of 2015 Caketrain went on an Indefinite Hiatus.  Caketrain is a primarily print journal based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 2003 and their goal has stayed the same: To publish the best contemporary works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. They have become a respected modern journal and are…

February 10, 2014

Clean Reads: Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Astrea Press officially launched in 2010 and published it’s first e-book in early 2011. It was founded because the owner, Stephanie Taylor saw a gap in the e-book market when it came to “wholesome” mainstream romance novels. Astrea does not publish anything erotic. To this end in the last year they seem to have re…

February 6, 2014

The Routines of Successful Writers

I have always been fascinated by the routines and daily schedules of other writers and artists. Writing is not a job with hours or even deadlines, unless you count the self-imposed ones. There is so much self discipline involved in being a dedicated writer. Some of my friends write best in bars, others measure their…

Writing Prompt: The Happy Funeral

There are lots of words people use to describe funerals, although rarely do any of those words have positive connotations. Your challenge today is to write about a funeral. But you can’t use any of the following words: Sad, dour, mad, upset, crying, sobbing, grieving, angry, dark, black, rain, or tombstone. The tone of your…

The Five Best Literary Journals Re-Opening This Month

In February many journals are opening their doors to submissions. Some of these journals have only been closed for a month, others have been closed for over six months. February’s list of five journals includes two of my favorite literary journals. 1. A Cappella Zoo A Cappella Zoo is a journal of magic realism that…

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February 5, 2014

On Becoming an Author

1au·thor noun \ˈȯ-thər\ : a person who has written something; especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many books : a person who starts or creates something (such as a plan or idea) (From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) I receive emails all the time asking me what it means to be…

February 3, 2014

Tilbury House: Accepting Manuscripts

Tilbury House is a press based out of Maine that publishes children’s and adult non-fiction books. Their focus since the early 90’s has been primarily on children’s books with a message about the environment, social justice, nature, and cultural diversity. They are often published along with teacher’s guides. Most of their books are aimed at…