Saturday, August 13, 2022

Some Interior Authors Group members at Farmers' Market, Kamloops, Aug. 13, 2022

1 Magnus Balle oversaw the planning & purchase of our new sign. Alex McGilvery designed it.   2 Basia Balle shows off the sign.   3 Alex McGilvery, Basia Balle, & Eileen Bell with the sign.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EXTENDED DEADLINE - Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive Thinking

As always, submit Chicken Soup stories through the web form link in the callout below. Do NOT reply to this email with submissions.

Chicken Soup for the Soul:
The Power of Positive Thinking

Deadline extended to December 15, 2022!

Your mind and thoughts are very powerful. Almost anything is possible if you think you can. Staying upbeat and positive doesn't mean you ignore the seriousness of a situation. But expecting things to go well rather than expecting the worst does make a difference. Change is possible if you change your thoughts from negative to positive.

We know that using the power of positive thinking helps you to achieve your goals and lead a happy, purposeful, and productive life. You can dream big, overcome challenges, create the best life possible for yourself, and turn adversity into opportunity

We are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person about how deciding to use positive thinking changed your life. What was the situation that inspired you to think positive? What changes did you make in your attitude — from negative to positive — that turned your life around? How did you train yourself to be a positive thinker?

These inspirational stories will remind readers to focus on hope and show them that each day holds something to be grateful for. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Tell us your success story about using the power of positive thinking.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

  • How a change in attitude has made a difference for you
  • The physical benefits to a positive mindset
  • The mental benefits to a positive mindset
  • Have you used the fake it till you make it strategy?
  • The unexpected benefits of challenges
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts
  • Counting your blessings
  • Using humor to improve your life
  • Silver linings that you have discovered
  • Appreciating the simple pleasures
  • What changes you made to create the best possible life for yourself and for your family
  • Attitudes are contagious — how did yours change someone else?
  • How gratitude helped you achieve your goals
  • How you used the power of forgiveness
  • How you pursued your passion
  • How you found purpose in your life
  • Ways you can actively practice using positive thinking to improve your life
  • Tell us about a role model who showed you how to "think positive"
  • Using forgiveness to put the past in the past and find your way forward
  • Powering through health challenges through positive thinking
  • The best advice/wise words that helped you use positive thinking

A few guidelines for you and some general information:

All stories and poems need to be true — we do not publish fiction. Stories should be no longer than 1,200 words. Please write in the first person about something that happened to you or someone close to you. Every part of your story must be true. No "composite characters." But yes, you can use a pen name, if necessary, to protect yourself or someone else.

If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not republish it. If you recently submitted a story to this topic, no need to resubmit it. We have it in our system and our editors will read and consider it. If you submitted a story to one of our previous Chicken Soup for the Soul book titles and we did not publish it, please submit it to us again if you think it will fit in this title.

Please remember, we no longer publish "as told to" stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published and the approximate exposure it received in the "Comments" section of the submission form.

We include stories in our books from as diverse a group of writers as possible, including the LGBTQ community and people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it or self-publish it.


The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2022.


Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact or visit our website at

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

writerly news for August 8, 2022

Six paying markets for poetry.

CONTEMPORARY VERSE 2 is a Canadian quarterly literary journal publishing poetry, critical writing about poetry, etc. Submissions guidelines here.

HERMINE is a print-only journal of stories under 4000 words. It's published annually in Toronto. Submission guidelines here.

Planning a book launch? Free how-to download is here.

What is voice in writing? Good article here including examples.

FAITH TODAY is a paying Ontario-based magazine aimed at evangelical Christians in Canada. Current needs: "Article proposals made in awareness of our writer's guidelines, in particular ideas for 300 word Canadian-focused 'good news' items for evangelical Christians. Also ideas for features (1000 words) focused for Canadian evangelical Christians." Info.

TOASTED CHEESE is a literary journal "founded in 2001 by a group of American and Canadian women writers." They're open to submissions of a variety of types of writing. Guidelines here.

ONTARIO POETRY SOCIETY runs a variety of poetry contests. Info here.

DAILY PAINTWORKS is a "platform for showing and selling your natural media fine art online." Artists can join free for the first month, then $12.95 a month. Info here.

How long can we make our sentences & still be clear & interesting? I usually limit mine to 25 words. But writing guru Matthew Fox says there's a place for very looooong ones. Here's his article on that, with examples.

Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's looooong sentences are amazing. Example: GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, "AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH." 121 WORDS.

"She had said I'm tired of begging God to overthrow my son, because all this business of living in the presidential palace is like having the lights on all the time, sir, and she had said it with the same naturalness with which on one national holiday she had made her way through the guard of honor with a basket of empty bottles and reached the presidential limousine that was leading the parade of celebration in an uproar of ovations and martial music and storms of flowers and she shoved the basket through the window and shouted to her son that since you'll be passing right by take advantage and return these bottles to the store on the corner, poor mother."


Principles of cover design with before and after examples.

Veteran Christian author & mentor Mary DeMuth recently launched her own literary agency. She's interested mainly in non-fiction Christian books. Info here.

Can you write articles about writing? Here are paying markets for that kind of thing.

GEIST is a magazine located "north of America" in Vancouver, British Columbia. They pay for submissions they accept, and are open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photographs, art, and comics. Submissions guidelines here.

Do rejection letters discourage you? Here's an article about some that were sent to authors who later went on to do okay.

Thursday, July 21, 2022


These weren't guests! They live on Andy Balogh & Dana Ramstedt's farm, where the social took place. Photo by Basia Balle.

Wendy Weseen, Elma Schemenauer, Gemma Barz. Photo by Basia Balle.

Basia & Magnus Balle. Photo courtesy of Basia Balle.

Robert & Elma Schemenauer. Photo by Basia Balle.


Sunday, July 17, 2022


Kamloops-based "fiddling group" Ordinary People entertaining us.

Basia Balle photographing. 

Ordinary People using clothespins to keep their music from blowing away.

Just a few of the attendees. L to R Tim Wourms, Barb Wourms, Dana Ramstedt [one of our three gracious hosts, standing], Coco Aders-Weremczuk, George Weremczuk.