April 17, 2014

The Importance of Voice

I remember the first critique I ever received for my professional writing. In fact, I still have the email it was attached to so I can quote it here: “The issue with your writing is lack of confident voice”. Ouch, right? I had no idea what voice was let alone how to have a ‘confident’…

Bird’s Thumb: Now Accepting Submissions

Bird’s Thumb is an online journal dedicated to publishing emerging writers. As a young and evolving journal, they publish a wide array of voices. Their goal is singular: to discover and publish the best new writers. Writers can get a sense of the journal by reading its content online. Recordings of authors reading their work…

The Ten Word Poem

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our 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 winner…

Skypony Publishing: Accepting Book Manuscripts

Skypony Publishing is a division of Skyhorse Publishing, which we reviewed recently. Skypony is the division of Skyhorse that focuses on publishing work for children, they are also open to publishing Young Adult work as long as it intersects with other areas of interest for the publisher such as ecology, farm living, wilderness living, recycling,…

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April 10, 2014

“How I became a writer.”

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our 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 winner…

Writing A Great Synopsis: The Key to Publishing Your Book

How many of you are like me?  You’re a first-time author, you’ve finished your manuscript and polished it to the best of your ability, and you’re convinced that it has the potential to do very well. But then you are faced with the requirement to write a synopsis of your work.  All of a sudden…

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The Top Five Journals That Have Re-opened to Submissions This Month

A lot of good and interesting literary journals have re-opened to submissions this April. Here are the five journals I am most excited about seeing open to submissions again.  They are not listed in any particular order. 1. Stoneboat Stoneboat is a print journal that tries to publish a mix of established and emerging writers….

April 3, 2014

Writing Prompt: Abandoned House

There is an abandoned house in your fictional neighborhood. It has been abandoned for decades under mysterious circumstances. No one knows where the owners went. But for some reason the house was never sold again and the city has never torn it down. The rest of your fictional neighborhood is up to you, the one…