Update – Back Next Week!

Hello, all! Last week’s FWA conference was a scramble, and tomorrow I’m flying out to Knoxville, TN to host a workshop on visual translation. I’m super excited, but as you’ve probably noticed, that’s left me with little time to post. I’ll be back to the regular schedule next week. Happy submitting, and for those of you about to participate in NaNoWriMo, you’re all superheroes!

Best,

Nicole

From the Editor – Conferences

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Networking is an important part of publishing. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. I’m away attending the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference (#FWA2014!), and networking here is more important than I ever realized. To be clear, I mean this as more than just meeting people that are interested in my work. Meeting those people is happening, and its an amazingly cool thing. I’d like to share a different take on networking, though.

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Submissions – Raleigh Review

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Hello! Thanks for being so patient. My workload has been pretty insane leading up to the FWA conference. The standard rejections have been coming in without a break, but I got some great news today. My first chapbook is available for pre-sale! I’m super excited about every publication that’s come out of this Time to Publish project (I sent out to Finishing Line Press earlier this year), but it will be so amazing to hold a book that’s mine on every page. Phew! Okay, so submission time. Tonight I’m looking at Raleigh Review.

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From the Editor – Critique

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One of the most important things a writer can do to get a feel for what’s happening in the literary community is read contemporary work. I often meet writers that don’t read literary journals or recently published books. This can be a huge mistake, especially if you’re trying to publish, since it’s important to understand your market. But there’s more to participating in your community and making a mark on it than staying current with what you’re reading. Critique is important as well.

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Submissions – Michigan Quarterly Review

jpegI have to admit, I secretly (not so secretly anymore!) have an aversion to sending out paper submissions. This is bad, though, as there are still great markets out there that don’t deal with digital submissions through Submittable or other submission managers. Michigan Quarterly Review is one of those markets, and I’m getting over this weird phobia of formatting and mailing a hard copy of my work for the chance to send them some poetry.

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Submissions – Redivider

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I’m working six days a week for a while because of a wonky campus teaching schedule mixed with online teaching, so I’m extremely reliant on my daily checklists and other reminders to get things done in an organized way. That said, I definitely missed out on posting yesterday. I’m in the groove of posting M/W/F instead of every day while I’m teaching this overload, but sometimes schedules have to bend a bit. I’m really excited to write about Redivider today and get a submission out, though.

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From the Editor – Banned Words

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I started this post by focusing on words, phrases, and plot points I see too often. It’s true that there are way too many stories built upon descriptions in pleasing sets of three (seriously, check out paragraph ten), or pieces that use birds as a metaphor way too often (same example). As you can see, I’m guilty too. I also end up reading a lot of pieces that begin with a character waking up in the morning and either ending when that character goes to sleep or with some kind of climax that isn’t earned by the plot itself, like a car crash or explosion. The further in I got into the post, though, the more I started getting bothered by the worst phrase of all: “I can’t.”

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Submissions – WomenArts Quarterly

Messages Image(915120657)In the spirit of highlighting markets that accept submissions from as many people as possible, I haven’t written a feature like this in a while. Today, though, I’m looking at WomenArts Quarterly, a journal that only accepts submissions from non male-identified writers and artists. In many ways journals like this one strive to make the overall market more inclusive, which I love, and I’m excited to talk about the cool stuff they publish.

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