Picture Battle… This one’s turning into a War!

Cyranny's cove

Ok…  I have a feeling I am going to lose the respect of some very talented and intelligent people who thought I was someone somewhat intellectual, and capable of writing serious stuff….

But I am a Mini Wheat, and today is frosted side time! (no… no that kind of “frosted”… *sigh*)

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Now… This morning, Kelley started it by publishing a post about fun cats & dogs memes. I swear, she started, I never would have thought about doing anything like this if she hadn’t provoked me… Ok, ok, she didn’t exactly challenge me, per say, but the little voice in my head told me it was a good way to give OM a break, and hopefully, I could get Momma to join the battle, and it would be a great cat fight (cat memes, remember? Not, me, Kelley and Momma fighting in the mudd… Awww you silly Lovelies!!)

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62 NO FEE poetry book publishers + important tips on submitting your manuscript

Trish Hopkinson

It’s so important to do your homework before sending your manuscript to a publisher. Make sure to take notes for each publisher you research. You will most likely want to compare them to each other before deciding where you want to submit.

  • Make sure the press is the right aesthetic for your work. Do you like the cover art and the fonts they use? Do you like the design of their web site?
  • Also, check forms. For example, if they mostly publish free verse, but your poems are all sonnets, that’s not likely going to be a good fit.
  • If budget allows, purchase one of their current titles so you can hold it in your hand and be familiar with the quality of books they print.
  • Look for reviews of current titles to get a feel for what other poetry readers think of the books they publish.
  • Do they have…

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NO FEE Contest & Submission call & editor interview–Sonic Boom, DEADLINES: June 25 & July 1, 2016

Trish Hopkinson

sbSonic Boom is a literary & arts journal seeking both solicited and unsolicited experimental poetry, flash fiction, and visual art submissions tri-annually. They “hope to integrate multifarious genres of literature and artwork including Japanese short-forms of poetry, avant-garde, conceptual, and postmodern works of culture and art.” The issues come in free downloadable PDFs with beautiful formatting and always gorgeous art.

It’s always amazing to have a found poem accepted for publication and Sonic Boom has kindly published two of mine. My poem “Just a pocket memory,” an erasure poem from Rob Carney’s “Just Once I’d Like to Sneak Up on the Wind” (Story Problems, Somondoco Press) is included in issue five, and my poem “Closure,” a blank verse poem created from lines in the April 6, 2014 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, is included in the 2014 anniversary issue.

I wondered how and why this lit mag came…

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June/July 2017 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli

June/July 2017 Writing Contest DeadlinesJUNE 2017

Genre: Short Story Fiction (Unpublished writers only!)
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First place – $2,500

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: My Crazy Family
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $200

Genre: Short short fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 (for up to 3 shorts)
Prize: First – $500

JULY 2017

Genre: Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Comstock Review
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $5 (mail) | $25 (online)
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction
Theme: Mental health, the mind, the body, illness, etc.
Website: Bellevue Literary Review
Deadline: July 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10/6 poems or $15/10 poems
Prize: First – $1,000

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

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