Issue Two Hundred Forty Four

Clean Teen Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Clean Teen Publishing is a small publisher started a number of years ago. They publish print and electronic versions of books. All of the books they publish are aimed at teens. Their selling point, and the reason they are named what they are, is that all books come with a really clear rating system, that…

Elm Leaves Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

A well-established print publication, Elm Leaves Journal has been produced by the students at SUNY Buffalo State College since 1948. In 2013, the journal was born anew with a contemporary heartbeat and a body of writing contributed by authors from all around the United States. Edited by Pushcart Prize winner Kim Chinquee, the journal boasts…

How to Craft a Killer Short Story — and How to Get It Published

If you’re looking to become a successful author, getting your short stories published in literary magazines can be an incredibly valuable plume in your cap. It builds your writer’s resume, it allows you to reach an audience, and there is of course the potential benefit of getting paid for your writing — or winning prizes…

How to Write a Hook That Captures Attention

by Wendy S. Delmater Readers are dealing with a constant barrage of television, radio, internet, other written things, and real life: all are vying for their interest. Why should they read your story? To overcome that initial resistance, there’s a tool writers use. It’s called a hook. Hooks are something—sometimes more than one thing–in the…