“After Writing A Story…” Poem

Just a couple of days ago, my poem “After Writing A Story and Hearing Others Ask for the ‘Real’ Ending” was published by Leaves of Ink!

Here’s an excerpt to get you started:

 

They asked
for a conclusion,
the end to the story,
but sometimes
we never know the end… (Interested? Read more here!)

“I Know What It’s Like” is Available on Medium

I just published a poem about trauma on Medium, called “I Know What It’s Like-A Poem about Trauma”.

Excerpt is here (so you’ll seriously consider checking it out):

I know what it’s like to live in the dark,

to breathe it in,

to feel myself dying in it,

to try and exist far beyond it…. (read more here!)

Three Publications in One Day (A RECORD… for me)

So yesterday, I was published in 3 different places all in one day– A RECORD!!!… For me, that is. And so I want to share all of them with you here.

First off, my award-winning story, “The Last Time She Saw Her Brother” was published in the amazing The Box Under the Bed Anthology. It’s only 99 cents for the Kindle and has been climbing up the list of popularity quickly–and this is just the second day since it has been published (I repeat: second)! If you want to look more into it, check it out right here. You won’t want to miss it!

Second, three of my poems–“Bibliography”, “Librarians”, and “Revelation 12”–have been published by Foliate Oak and can be located right here. What was exciting for me about this was that I sent the maximum number of poems possible to send to Foliate Oak, and every single poem was accepted. That’s a first for me!

Lastly, I have been published for the third time in the amazing The Asexual. This is one of those literary journals I absolutely love and never want to stop contributing to. Check out my latest poem, “When You Say ‘Body’, I Say”, right here.

That’s all I want to say for now, except… WOW. Three publications in one day is pretty incredible!

“The First Thorn” on The Voices Project

I’ve been waiting months for this poem to be released, and it’s finally here! I wrote this last year and submitted it, thinking it wouldn’t even be seriously considered. Instead, it was accepted at my first try with The Voices Project, and I’m glad to be sharing it with you through this amazing publication!

Excerpt (so you’ll seriously consider checking out the link):

Cry

till your heart bleeds out

into a thousand glass pieces

scattered upon the blood-stained floor,… (read more here!)

Seshat Literary Magazine – Issue 1 Release

I wanted to quickly announce that the first issue of Seshat has been put up! Link is here:

Seshat Literary Magazine – Issue 1

I hope you all enjoy perusing its pages and enjoy the plentiful, beautiful works found in this first issue.

Submissions Deadline for Seshat Literary Magazine

Remember to consider submitting to Seshat-a Magazine with a strong preference to those involved, or those who have been involved, in homeschooling. The deadline is September 1, 2017. Make sure you submit your pieces before then! We accept poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Click the link listed here for more details and to learn how to submit: http://seshatlitmag.wordpress.com/

Thank you all and I hope to receive your submissions there shortly!

Two Publications – The Asexual and Planted Word

I have appeared, once again, in two new literary journals! My poem, “The Thoughts That Cross My Mind When I Incorrectly Call Myself ‘Bisexual'” can be found in The Asexual‘s latest issue here, and my story, “A Pebble on the Road”, can be found in Planted Word‘s latest issue here.

I hope you enjoy these pieces!

Two Publications – Moledro and Seven by Twenty

I have recently appeared in two publications recently. Moledro has published two sets of my poetry (including a haiku collection I have written), and Seven by Twenty has published one of my poems today.

More pieces of mine will be published in the days ahead, including three stories of mine. Unfortunately I can’t post here much this week, so I will be updating the Works page as I am published. Be sure to check that page for updates throughout the week!

Have a blessed week, all! I look forward to posting more as soon as I get the time (and wish) to do so.

Ten Writing Contests with NO Entry Fee

Hey all!

Have you ever begun searching for contests and found that nothing rolls up your alley because… well… you have to pay an entry fee?

Seriously, sometimes these entry fees can reach upwards of $28. I don’t know if any of you have submitted to more expensive contests, but I’m sure some are out there.

But when you’re faced with an entry fee, it can be hard to choose whether to spend that money on a contest you may not win, or if you ought to spend it on something you’re 110% certain you’ll get–such as food. Or books.

If you’re faced with this problem, then here are Ten Writing Contests with NO entry fee (listed in no particular order).

 

1. Brilliant Flash Fiction

Brilliant Flash Fiction offers a quarterly writing contest with absolutely NO entry fee. Their due dates are usually in the 15th of January, March, June, and September of each year, and the winners are posted by the end of these months.

Of course, you must submit fiction, not poetry. In addition to this, the fiction must be flash fiction. I think it’s worth it, for sure.

If you’d like to read more about these contests, click here for more details.

 

2. Helen Literary Magazine

Helen Literary Magazine holds its own quarterly prompt writing contest with (surprise!) NO entry fee. The writing you submit must be based on the images they provide. It can be any genre you choose: poetry, fiction, nonfiction. All are welcome!

Winners are announced 15 days after they have closed submissions. Deadlines are usually at the end of January, March, June, and September. You can find out more about it here.

 

3. Spirit First

Yet another writing contest worth considering the next time they host one! Spirit First hosts a poetry writing contest annually. Writers must stick with the themes of meditation or mindfulness in order to be considered for publication. First place receives $200 and publication.

Be sure to check it out and watch for the next time they hold a contest! Deadline is usually at the end of January.

 

4. Foley Poetry Award

America Magazine typically holds its own annual poetry contest called the Foley Poetry Contest. They typically accept any unpublished poetry that’s under 30 lines. The cash prize is $1000 and, I think, is definitely worth a shot! Check here for one of the last times they held a poetry contest.

 

5. Inkitt Novel Contest

This one is a bit farther up the alley, because it is a free writing contest… for novels.

Now I know that not everyone is up for writing novels, but for anyone desperate to get their novels out there–well, here’s a way to do just that! You receive 25% royalties and they have a good marketing team helping you with your book along the way. It’s worth considering, at the very least!

 

6. Starkey Flythe Jr. Poetry Prize

This writing contest, hosted by Berry Fleming Book Festival, requires that you submit 3 poems of no longer than 30 lines per. Of course there are more details that you must adhere to, listed here, but it’s definitely worth submitting to. Their deadline is by the end of July for this year. Best get to submitting now for a possible $500 prize!

 

7. Poetry Nook Weekly Poetry Contest

There are some unique places out there who host contests often, but this one has a weekly contest with possible winnings up to $150. The results are posted every Sunday and can be about anything at all. On top of that, you can submit previously published poetry! This means that you have a chance to get a winning spot every week. Of course, you’d have to be a member of the site, but I think it’s definitely worth looking at. Check here for more details!

 

8. Winter Tangerine Awards

This writing contest, hosted by Winter Tangerine Review, is open once a year. They accept poetry or prose and give a $250 award for the winner. Finalists receive $20. They also request that you include an artist statement–and that you have not published any books whatsoever. So all emerging writers are definitely welcome here! Visit their website here for more details.

 

9. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

If you have any fantasy or science fiction pieces written (up to 17,000 words total), then this contest is right up your alley.

They host this contest quarterly (with awards of $1000, $750, and $500), and the annual grand prize is $5000. Definitely worth checking out, especially since this is hosted regularly. Their next deadline is June 30, 2017, so consider submitting!

 

10. Warner International Playwright Festival

I don’t limit writing to simply prose and poetry–we must also remember playwrights and screenwriters, who are also part of the circle of writers.

Warner holds an international playwright festival annually. They consider one-act plays that are no less than 12 pages, but no more than 30 pages. Though not exactly a competition, it is a chance to be among the selected playwrights whose play is featured. Definitely worth considering and submitting to.

 

 

So, those are all the writing contests I wanted to share with you! If you know of any more that I haven’t mentioned here, please share them here so that the list can be extended as time goes on. I hope to do more lists like these in the near future, so if we can find up to 25 writing contests with no entry fees… well, that’d be better than awesome, for sure!

Have a great day all! I’m off to see if I can submit to some writing contests myself…