Consequence magazine is running a contest for poetry dealing with the culture and consequences of war. No fee to enter, deadline October 1, 2013. For more info, see: http://www.consequencemagazine.org/poetry_contest.html
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Robert Lee Brewer of Writers Market invites proposals for instructional articles you could write about crafting poetry. For more info, copy and paste this address into your search engine: http://blog.writersmarket.com/whats-new/call-for-submissions-2015-poets-market?et_mid=634735&rid=239254330
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Here’s an interesting message from Father Jim Tucker of Catholic Flash Fiction.
Authors One and All:
Catholic Flash Fiction has a new home on the web:
You are cordially invited to submit stories to the site via the following
submissions @ catholicflashfiction.net
From the webs tie:
Welcome to Catholic Flash Fiction. What is Flash Fiction? There are many opinions as to what precise length constitutes a flash fiction story, but in short, flash fiction is a story told in as few words as possible. For our purposes here, any story between 300 to 1000 words will constitute Flash Fiction.
In our fast-paced world, in order to get the attention of would-be readers, the material needs to be short, snappy and to-the-point. So flash fiction provides the reader a quick form of engaging entertainment for a busy lifestyle. It provides the writer with a particular challenge:
how to be lean and economical with words.
Catholic Flash Fiction provides this and much more: namely a way in to the soul of the reader, a way to get the reader to think more deeply about life and its true meaning.
It is yet another way to implement Pope Benedict’s encouragement for Catholics to bring Christ to the “digital continent”. Are you up for a treat? Am I up for a challenge? Come and see . . .
Catholic Flash Fiction is part of a network of websites which focus on using the elements of today's culture and fashioning them -- "melting them down" -- to illuminate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This also includes fashioning our own stories that lead to a deeper sense of what humanity is all about, life in Christ!
For more information about the mission of Catholic Creativity, please
length: 300-1000 words
format: MS Word or RTF format;
Catholic in its world view: The piece need not be overtly Catholic, such as including priests, religious, etc. Tolkien had once said that he was Catholic writer, yet nothing in his Lord of the Rings is overtly Catholic.
Yet, his themes and imagery point the perceptive reader in that direction.
May God bless you in your writing and in life,
Fr. Jim Tucker
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Pages of Stories, which closed down a year or two ago, opened again under the name Ficta Fabula. They’re inviting submissions for their Christmas edition and presumably for others. They’re located in Crossfield, Alberta. You can submit to them by regular mail or e-mail. They say they’ll send you their submission guidelines if you e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org More info at http://www.fictafabula.com/.
Courtesy of Publishers Weekly, here's an announcement regarding a new series of short biogs from Amazon. Looks good. Hopefully women will be included.
Amazon Publishing has unveiled a new series called Icons that will feature short biographies of significant figures. Icons will, in its first year, feature 10 titles to be released on a bi-monthly schedule. The first Icons title, a biography of Jesus by Jay Parini, is on track for a December 2013 publication. Amazon said it will be hiring "celebrated authors" to write about "canonical figures." To that end, the subjects to be covered in the first year of the series range from Stalin to David Lynch to J.D. Salinger to Alfred Hitchcock.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
James Scott Bell has a good article here about fiction-writing mistakes: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-5-biggest-fiction-writing-mistakes-how-to-fix-them If the link doesn't work, search on the words five fiction writing mistakes Bell.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Peter Gethers is featured in a Vanity Fair interview in connection with the release of his novel ASK BOB [about a pet doctor’s professional and personal life]. On publishing, Gethers comments: "If I were 21, I would so jump into publishing right now. I think the future is going to be all interconnected, and I think publishing will morph into something, frankly, like what I’m trying to do. People will be allowed and encouraged to be more entrepreneurial, and you’ll be encouraged to work in things you’re interested in. Books still have so much value in and of themselves, but also value as a way to launch not just thoughts and substance but brands and products . . . a cookbook can lead to a food show . . . to a YouTube channel, a blog with a fan base. So many areas in which to expand, but a whole different way of thinking."
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Robert L. Bacon, who runs The Perfect Write editing service, http://www.theperfectwrite.com/, recommends the Visual Dictionary Online, http://visual.merriam-webster.com/. It looks like a useful resource for writers, editors, and others. I tested it by searching on two words, one after the other: NAVE and SPROCKET. In both cases I eventually saw an illustration showing the items within their contexts. It did take a bit of sorting through the sites, since some seem to be aimed mainly at selling something.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Good article here on devising a title for your writing: http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2013/08/great-title-for-your-book-or-story-or-poem/ If the link doesn’t work, search on the words “writers relief great title.”
An online writer acquaintance, Barbara [sorry, don’t know her last name], recommends the book SHAKESPEARE: THE INVENTION OF THE HUMAN by Harold Bloom published by Riverhead Books, the Berkley Publishing Group. She says, “I have been reading it for quite some time now and it has really helped me to develop and to critically edit my poems and short stories.” Sounds like a useful read.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
What can Shakespeare teach us about writing thrillers [and other stories]?
See http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/things-shakespeare-teaches-about-writing-thrillers/153812/. If the link doesn't work, search on the words Shakespeare thrillers.
Canadian publisher Dundurn Press buys Canadian Thomas Allen Publishers
Toronto-based Dundurn Press is acquiring Thomas Allen Publishing, the publishing arm of Thomas Allen & Son. If interested, you can find an article about this by searching on the words Publishers Weekly Dundurn Press.