For All the Broke Writers: The Citron Review Lets you Read for Free

An original goal I had for this blog was to provide readers with information about the submission response times for literary journals and magazines I’ve submitted to in the past.  However, I’ve noticed myself recently shying away from publications that don’t offer excerpts online; to read the journal and get a vibe of what theContinue reading “For All the Broke Writers: The Citron Review Lets you Read for Free”

Submission Update for Fiction and Non-Fiction

I haven’t posted a Slow Sunday update in a while because, honestly, I’ve been so busy trying to get employed and housed that I haven’t been submitting (or writing much, which is depressing).  But things are finally starting to calm down (I am employed and temporarily housed, though I’m search for something more permanent inContinue reading “Submission Update for Fiction and Non-Fiction”

The 4 Rules of Polite Simultaneous Submissions

I’ve read blog posts before where people claim that it’s “rude” or, at the very least, makes them extremely uncomfortable to simultaneously submit their writing to multiple journals or to multiple literary agents.  This is ridiculous!  Think about it.  If you have submitted your manuscript to a single literary agent, the wait time is, perhaps,Continue reading “The 4 Rules of Polite Simultaneous Submissions”

Television Rots Your Writer’s Brain

The other night my boyfriend and I set up on the couch in the family room; he to work on some accounting homework, and me to work on a short story.  Then my mom and sister came in and turned on the television.  I felt like I was in a psychology experiment.  For some reasonContinue reading “Television Rots Your Writer’s Brain”

Poll: Rate the Design of Cutbank Literary Journal

While doing my monthly examination of the New Pages [sorry, link won’t work right now] writing contest and call for submission boards (I do best submitting when I have a whole slew of journals and due dates in mind) I stumbled across a lovely journal called Cutbank.  They accept fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.  They’reContinue reading “Poll: Rate the Design of Cutbank Literary Journal”

Write a Tiny Essay, Win a Tiny Texas House

Tiny animals, tiny teacups, tiny anything, triggers cooing in most humans and I cannot resist saying “it’s so cute!” every time I look at this amazing writing prize. A Tiny Texas House is built of 99% salvaged materials.  Basically, it’s an adorable, quaint, and rather small recycled house and you can win one if youContinue reading “Write a Tiny Essay, Win a Tiny Texas House”

Call for Emerging Western (Region, not Genre) Writers!

For all you writers in the great mid-West and Western sector of the United States who think they have a sense of humor, this themed call for submission is for you!  Even if you don’t live there, have you visited?  Think you can spin a good yarn off your experiences there?  Western State Press, theContinue reading “Call for Emerging Western (Region, not Genre) Writers!”

Chapbook Contest–Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction

On the ride home from work yesterday I got the germ of a new book idea.  I want it to be a collection of creative non-fiction essays organized around a theme.  Aside from basically everything David Sedaris writes, there aren’t many non-fiction short story collection books for sale in stores.  So I was wondering, howContinue reading “Chapbook Contest–Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction”

And the Versatile Blogger Award Goes To…

Me!  And many other lovely people.  First is was bestowed upon Katy and her blog The Storytelling Nomad and now she has shared it with twelve other bloggers,, myself included.  Thanks Katy!  My impression is that it’s like those chain letters we use to tape to our friends doors when we were in elementary schoolContinue reading “And the Versatile Blogger Award Goes To…”

How to Delete Paragraphs without Crying

I was getting tired waiting to hear back about the same submissions from the same places and realized that I literally haven’t submitted anything since BEFORE the NYU program. [shocked gasp]  Of course, this is not only completely unacceptable, but an unsustainable writing practice.  Thanks to Kat over at her blog After I Quit MyContinue reading “How to Delete Paragraphs without Crying”