Lesson: You Can Get a Rejection Letter at Any Time

Despite the fact that it’s Sunday morning, I was able to wake up and smell the roses with a form rejection letter in the mail.  A form rejection letter at that.  [Depressed hang of head]. But at least we learned something from it, yes?   Palooka: A Journal of Underdog Excellence Official submission response time: Continue reading “Lesson: You Can Get a Rejection Letter at Any Time”

Selling Your Firstborn Sentences: A Writing Contest and Prompt

Get inspired with The First Line Literary Journal challenge: write a short story starting with the sentence “Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train.” Before you make a face and click off this page, think about it practically.  The chances of a huge number of writers deciding to spend the time thinkingContinue reading “Selling Your Firstborn Sentences: A Writing Contest and Prompt”

Choices: Do New Writers Have to Submit to Online Literary Journals?

Like Chicken Little, a lot of people are running around shouting that the publishing world is going under.  This allegedly inevitable transformation to digital is going to delete jobs, while journals and magazines that don’t keep up and reformat for iPad will go extinct.  Literary journals are traditionally characterized as small and underfunded.  Basically, they’reContinue reading “Choices: Do New Writers Have to Submit to Online Literary Journals?”

How to Get Published in Southern Literary Journals and A Writing Prompt

I promised to provide some inspirational photos from my vacation so here they are, along with an inspirational, creative writing prompt. Apparently, Savannah, Georgia is one huge graveyard.  When they wanted more space, the city decided to pave over huge sections of the original graveyard and build houses; also, some Civil War soldiers’ amputated bodyContinue reading “How to Get Published in Southern Literary Journals and A Writing Prompt”

How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example

  For those of you who are shy and don’t like bragging about your publishing credits for fear of being impolite, stop being shy!  Literary journal editors and literary agents WANT to hear about that stuff!  A query letter and a cover letter are like job interviews.  Proving that you’re a qualified writer helps you–andContinue reading “How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example”

An Occupational Hazard: Why Writers Resent Holidays

Let’s be honest.  We always become really committed to write, to create, to finally-put-that-great-story-idea-on-paper the exact moment that we can’t; namely, when we have other commitments be they to family, friends, traditions, dirty dishes, school, our bodies.  It’s convenient.  It’s certainly easier to glower and blame an early morning sunrise service, a parade, or aContinue reading “An Occupational Hazard: Why Writers Resent Holidays”

Listen to Your Mother: Waiting By the Phone Never Gets You Anywhere

Sixty-five unopened emails greeted me.  Not a single one was about my submissions.  An awful great amount were from Victoria’s Secret and Barnes and Noble, warning me about last-minute sales.  Lame.  One was The Honors Review, announcing that the print version of this year’s issue are heading out in the mail this week (!!!)  So,Continue reading “Listen to Your Mother: Waiting By the Phone Never Gets You Anywhere”