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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Submissions, submissions, and more submissions!

Publisher Seeks Submissions for 2011 MOTIF Anthology
MOTIF is a themed anthology series published annually by MotesBooks, Louisville, Ky. The theme or "motif" for Volume 3 is WORK. Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays, letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms. Combinations of forms are acceptable up to the limits described: Prose must be under 3,000 words. Send no more than three poems/lyrics. All genres will be considered as long as "work" is referenced or illuminated in the works. Submissions may address the theme either directly or indirectly, but work should figure significantly and artfully in the piece. The definition or concept of "work" can be interpreted in any way the writer sees fit. Submit by email only. Send manuscript (Arial 12 pt., single-spaced) as a .doc or .rtf file (MS Word) to IMPORTANT: Use "MOTIF Anthology" as the subject line (email containing blank subject lines will automatically be deleted; other subject lines may inadvertently be tagged as spam). Include all author contact information (including phone, snail mail, and e-mail address) with each submission. Include a 50-60 word biographical note to appear in Contributor's section of the anthology in case of acceptance. Do not send previously published material, including online publications. Submission period closes November 30, 2010. Acceptances will be notified by early 2011. Publication slated for Summer, 2011. Editor is Marianne Worthington. For clarifications, visit or email us at

30-Word Story Contest: SmokeLong Quarterly
In honor of SmokeLong Quarterly¹s 30th issue, we are holding a 30-word story contest. From November 1 to November 30, we will be accepting submissions of 30-word stories on any topic. The top 5 stories will be published in our 30th issue due out at the end of December. The rules: Thirty words exactly no less, no more. You MUST have a title for your story, though the title does not count toward the word count. You can submit up to three stories, but please submit each story SEPARATELY. No entry fee. Submissions open from November 1 to November 30. The final judge for this hint fiction contest is Robert Swartwood, the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, due out by W. W. Norton in November 2010. You may also visit our website.

Talking Writing seeking submissions
Talking Writing is an online monthly literary magazine that supports writers and those interested in literature by encouraging creative discussion of the writing process.Each issue of Talking Writing features the work of a poet, a fiction writer, and a visual artist or photographer. TW includes long reviews and personal essays, pieces that are often hard to place in print. We are committed to a new kind of magazine, one that¹s dynamic, talky, inspiring, and not too dusty. For poetry submissions, please send 6-8 poems, as TW features 2-4 poems by the featured poet in each issue. Send all submissions to We handle all correspondence through email. Guidelines for the various writing categories appear below. Please put "Submission" and the category name in the subject line of your

s on Women and Poetry
Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets.Book Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc. Contributors needed for articles about: websites for women poets, using life experience, magazine markets, networking, managing family, blogs, unique issues women must overcome, lesbian and bisexual poetry, continuing education, queries and proposals, anthologies, conference participation, contests, promotion, self-publishing, teaching tips, and other areas women poets are interested. Practical, concise, how-to articles with bullets/headings have proven the most helpful. Please avoid writing too much about "me" and concentrate on what will most help the reader. No previously published, co-written, or simultaneously submitted material. Please send 2-3 topics you would like to contribute each described in a few sentences and a 65-75 word bio using the format of the bio's above. Please send in a .doc Word (older version) file by November 15, 2010 using POETS/your last name on the subject line to You will receive a Go-Ahead with guidelines if your topics haven't already been taken. Contributors will be asked to contribute a total of 1900-2100 words. Those included in the anthology will receive a complimentary copy as compensation.

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