Category: Submissions

Underwater Inspiration

Underwater New York wants you to write a piece in 500 words or less that is inspired by one of the items on their list. Here’s the call for submissions. The list is definitely an eclectic assortment of items and I’m sure you can find at least one that gets your writer brain ticking. Click…

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Short and Sweet

“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.” – Blaise Pascal Or, translated, it means, “I made this letter long, because I did not have time to make it short.” A perfect introduction to this week’s prompt. I recently found The Postcard Press,…

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Random Post of Accountability!

Been awhile since I’ve done some accounting for myself. Here’s what I’ve been doing writing-wise: 1. Figuring out what the heck I wanted to write. A couple months ago I hit that point where it was time to work on a new project. I don’t know if you’re anything like this, but I have project…

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Short story hook question

There’s been lots of talk about how important a good hook is for a novel–because that leads to better query letters, etc., and that way people have a good grip on what you’re writing. But how about with short story queries/submissions? As a rule, you put your whole story into the mix and let the…

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Do you want to know how stupid I am? Here I am, sitting at the computer, day after day, checking my email, bemoaning the fact that no one is requesting pages and pages of my genius, when, low and behold, a request comes through for pages. All together now: Yay! However, this isn’t what makes…

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April Goals, March Sum-up

I didn’t do too bad in March. Got some queries together and off. Got some new pages written–not as much as I wanted, but enough because it helped keep me from going insane while the queries were doing their thing (and they still are, by the way). All the critiques for both groups got finished.…

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And the smackdown came fast. Rejection #1 for the year. Short, polite, and to the point. Glad that’s over with. I thought I’d feel more, I don’t know, dejected or whatnot. Yet suddenly it is just like short stories. Reality checks are healthy and now I’ve been brought back down from daydreaming. Time to submit…

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Oh God, Oh God, Oh God

I just hit the ‘send’ button on the query/five pages submission, and about passed out. My brother is laughing uproariously in the backgroud–ranting about how the first submission is always rejected. I’m trying to think of it all as a short story submission. I’ve just been working on this short story for a couple years,…

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Got a submission ready

Okay, so it’s not the full story, but even partially done, the beginning is running at 6 pages. This is gonna be a long one, so I don’t feel bad anymore about splitting it into–probably 3–different submissions for the Sunday group. Of course, in my excitement I forgot page numbers…off to do that by hand!

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