Pick of the Month
Welcome to the first month in our "Pick of the Month" series. Every month we will enlighten you with our absolute favorites in the publishing world that you may not have heard of. February is a dreary time for all (unless you happen to live in Florida), so we've compiled an especially cheery group to keep you going until spring. You can't play outside, so you might as well sit inside and write.
The Ledge Fiction Award
$15 entry fee
$1,000 prize with publication in magazine
Deadline is February 28th
Submit stories up to 7,500 words
Visit their brightly colored Web site for more information.
Twisted Vine Literary Art Journal
What could be warmer than this press out of Western New Mexico University? They accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, audio/video, interviews, and art. They accept only blind submissions so your work will be judged on it's stand alone merit. That's great news for emerging writers! Peruse Twisted Vine's gorgeous, outdoorsy site to get a feel for what they're into.
photo credit: Western New Mexico University
Before you get published you've got to actually write the thing. This blog will help you get over the fear of actually sitting down and writing, tips on how to submit, ideas for collaboration, and an insane amount more. The bloggers on this site stress that, like any other sport or art form, you must practice in order to become great. "You have to write millions of words no one is ever going to see before you can write the ones that will change someone's life."
It's too cold to sit under that tree in the park that you love and write. Star Lounge in the Ukranian Village is swimming in all the Earth tone's needed to thaw your fingers and your mind. Enjoy a spicy Mayan Mocha while you put pen to paper. The staff is always friendly and you'll be surrounded by other diligent customers, hard at work on their masterpieces.
2521 W. Chicago Ave.
Saturday February 27th
Myopic Poetry Series
Hosted by the historic Myopic Books in Wicker Park, the featured reader is J. Hope Stein. Nuzzle in amongst the towers of books and enjoy some of the city's most intriguing poetry.
Here at The Publishing Lab we are strong supporters of indie presses. That means we're not going to be recommending that you read Stephen King (though, we're not saying you shouldn't). We're going to be recommending the titles that you might not have heard of, reviewed by our sister site, The Review Lab. Our recommendation this month: The Night of the Rambler by Montague Kobbe.
Enjoy a small piece from Ben Kramer's review: "Back in 1967, people were growing their hair long and grooving to “Sgt. Pepper,” feeling high from the Summer of Love. While tripped out hippies lazily discussed revolution, a real one was happening in the Caribbean, in the largely unknown island of Anguilla. Exploring the topic through fiction, Venezuelan author Montague Kobbé uses his debut novelThe Night of the Rambler as a vehicle in understanding the island’s revolution. Coming off as part narrative, part history lesson, Kobbé’s book guides us through the events that led to Anguilla’s rebirth as a sovereign state. Following the small, fictionalized, rebel crew aboard “The Rambler,” (a tiny little ship) we see this transformation. The crew’s plan is to invade St. Kitts, capital of the British tripartite state St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. Their mission: stage a coup, and demand Anguilla’s sovereignty."
While Russia is still in the limelight, let's join The Millions' discussion on what makes Russia, Russia through an interesting literary analysis.
If you're looking to get published, we hope you already know what we are going to say. We wanted to start somewhere basic: Read the markets that you're submitting to. Editors can tell which submissions are from their readers and which ones are not. Their non-readers will submit writing that is completely left-field of what they publish. If you don't have time to read thirty lit mags, check out our magazine reports and get a summarized feel of what they publish.
Check out our most recent Opportunity Knocks Newsletter for more markets and contests.