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September 2014  



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Poetry competition deadline delayed

With the deadline for's Thirteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2014), has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November! If you haven't yet entered your poems for your chance to win £200 (that's over $300) you can enter online now in seconds by going to  

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Editor's pick: New literary agent, publisher and magazine listings in September

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Reference;
Areas include: Business; Crafts; Culture; Design; Film; Lifestyle; Literature; Spiritual; Translations; Travel;
Markets: Adult; Children's

 Publishes books about Asia and in particular Japan. Publishes mainly nonfiction and fiction in translation, but will in rare cases consider original fiction if appropriate. No poetry. Prefers submissions by email, but will accept submissions by post (use street address if sending by express mail or delivery service such as UPS). See website for full guidelines.

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Magazine publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. Originally founded in England in 1984, it moved to its current US home in 2005. Submissions should be chapbook-length (20-40 pages long), and entirely unpublished. Current subscribers may submit for free; non-subscribers must pay a $10 reading fee.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Literature; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes novels, novellas, creative nonfiction, and themed collections of poetry and short stories. Accepts submissions only during specific submission windows - see website for details.

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Translations;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Nationally distributed literary journal publishing fiction and poetry by emerging and established writers. Submit fiction up to 50 pages, or up to 5 poems up to 10 pages total. Reading periods run August 1 to October 15 and December 15 to February 1. Accepts submissions by post or online using website submission system.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Markets: Adult

Publishes novels "with strong character development and narrative thrust, brought out with writing that’s clear and expressive". Pays modest advance and offers competitive revenue sharing arrangement after publication. Submit using submission form on website.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry by poets writing in English who have not yet published a pamphlet or full collection. Will also consider new work by more established poets. Do not submit unless already published by several poetry journals. See website for full submission guidelines and online submission form, or send submission by post.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental

An author-run, not-for-profit publisher of artistically adventurous, non-traditional fiction. Publishes the work of the members of the Collective, and is committed to finding new and innovative work and continuously expanding the membership of the Collective. New members are acquired through contests (see website) and through member-sponsored submissions.

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Arts; Culture; Politics; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental

Experimental arts magazine publishing essays, fiction, articles and features, focussing on politics, culture, arts, and history.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Markets: Children's

Publishes fiction for children over 5 and young teens. Send query by post with SASE, synopsis, and first three chapters. No submissions by email or on disk.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Crime; Current Affairs; Politics;
Markets: Adult

Publishes true crime, crime and mystery fiction, southern interest, international politics, and "books that have a compelling story line and a riveting narrative". Send query by post or email with cover letter outlining the story or theme, how long it will take to complete, brief bio, one or two chapters, and marketing plan. See website for full guidelines.

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Send up to five poems, or short fiction or creative nonfiction up to 7,000 words, with SASE. Prize money for the best poetry and prose in the issue. See website for full details.

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: How-to; Lifestyle; Self-Help; Sociology;
Markets: Academic; Adult; Children's; Youth

Publishes nonfiction books and learning materials for children and teens, parents, educators, counselors, and others who live and work with young people. Also publishes fiction relevant to the mission of providing children and teens with the tools they need to succeed in life, e.g.: self-esteem; conflict resolution, etc. No general fiction or storybooks; books with animal or mythical characters; books with religious or New Age content; or single biographies, autobiographies, or memoirs. No submissions by fax or email. See website for full submission guidelines.



Articles from around the web this month

Montegrappa First Fiction Competition returns for third year

It is often said that everyone has a story in them. Now is your chance to find out if you are capable of becoming a published author by entering the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Montegrappa’s First Fiction Competition.

Eleanor Catton sets up grant to give writers "time to read"

Eleanor Catton, the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker prize, has announced that she will put the money from her latest awards win towards establishing a grant that will give writers "time to read".

So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets!

The "writers' room" of a television show is a magical place, where creativity flows and awesome ideas are generated. But how do you keep "the room" happy and focused? Some of the top showrunners, including Joss Whedon, share their secrets in this exclusive excerpt from the book Showrunners.

4 Things You Must Know About A Literary Agent

You’ve written, edited, proofed, and formatted your book manuscript until it’s polished and ready to go. So you may think that the finish line to getting published is in sight and all your hard work is behind you.

Mundy Steps Out As Agent

Toby Mundy, who stepped down as CEO of Atlantic Books on June 30, is setting up shop as an agent to represent and advise both authors and companies.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

I taught at a Michigan State University study abroad program in London this summer and had some superb guest speakers. Val McDermid wowed my writing students for her candor, especially when she told them about the lucky breaks she'd had in her career. "There are writers who are as good as I am," she said, "they just haven't been as lucky." An international best-selling author, she made it very clear that even though talent and hard work were essential, so was luck.

Talking sense

STEVEN PINKER’S career began with language in mind—particularly in the minds of children. Since then, he has become a celebrated (and sometimes controversial) public explorer of human nature and the reasons violence has declined. With “The Sense of Style” he returns to his first love, language and thought.

13 quotes to inspire your writing

Whether or not you’re a writer by trade, if you’ve sat down to draft a blog post, an essay or even an email, you know the frustrating feeling that comes with the lack of inspiration.

Top ten tips for writing as a duo

Two of our favourite authors, Cassandra Clare - who penned The Mortal Instruments - and Holly Black - who wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles have teamed up to create a brand new YA novel, Magisterium: The Iron Trial.

How to write a bestselling novel

Everyone has a book in them, but how do you get it out? Here are some great tips from the "book doctor" Philippa Pride.

How to write a bestselling novel

Screenwriting is a live medium. Unlike a novel, you depend on actors to perform it. You are creating a blueprint for others to be inspired. I think of my scripts like a muse for the collective mind of the cast and crew, that together they will bring to life.

Why Every Writer Should Take a Humor Writing Class

Maybe you're a journalist, maybe you're trying to write your novel, maybe you're a blogger or a copywriter or maybe you're working on your memoir. Or your cat's memoir. Whatever or whoever you are, there's one very enjoyable step you can take, right now -- or at least, fairly soon -- to make yourself a better writer: Take a course in humor writing.

Nicola Griffith Explains Why You Shouldn't Fear Writing Sex Or Violence

We love Nicola Griffith's writing for its intensity, but also for its realism. And talking to Locus, she explains why she thinks it's important to include real sexuality as well as real violence in her books.

Four Questions for... Literary Agent Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg announced last month that he was leaving William Morris Endeavor to launch his own eponymous agency. The move for the sometime memoirist and lauded literary agent is both exciting and unnerving, he said. PW talked to Clegg about selling literary books for big money, going solo and if he's ready for his first Frankfurt with the Clegg Agency.

Top Productivity Tips For Writers

Whether you work as a writer, aspire to be a writer, or use writing for business, these tips should help you be productive with your writing.

New book publisher opens in Edmonton

Edmonton has a new book publisher specializing in historical and literary fiction.

Stonehouse Publishing is open for business, with plans to publish its first five titles in the spring of 2016.


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Creative writing comes from the heart

By Marcella Simmons

Writing can be taught. It can be learned. But the best writing comes from a person's heart and soul. The ability to express ones' emotions in words can only come from within. Every person has a writer-self within themselves, like it or not. It's just that some people have no desire to utilize the God-given talent they were born with while others utilise it to its fullest extent. A writing class is good but the creativity must come from within your soul.

I have read stories written by English teachers – stories that made me cringe. They were dry and dull, without any emotion. Sure, they were grammatically correct and not a punctuation out of place anywhere. It was apparent these teachers had the God-given, but the desire to apply the heart and soul emotions weren't visible, giving way to a story that left the reader dissatisfied and longing to quit reading. I know because I was one of them. I'd give anything to have a degree in English – oh what it would do for my writing. Some of the stories I have read lacked in merit because they were nothing more than a list of details about something about the class or something they did. The stories written and presented by the student I have had the pleasure of reading were funny or sad and showed more feeling in a child-like way than any of the teachers that sent things to me to read.

Without the desire, a person who writes is nothing more than that – a person who writes something. Every person has a certain amount of creativity but if emotion and feelings are not embedded, it's not creative work at all, be it writing or art or anything for that matter.

I am a writer – my work isn't always the best as it could be, but I try my best to instill feelings and emotions in my work, especially fiction. It may not win a Pulitzer prize or be the best piece you ever read, but if you read long enough you'll notice a few of my heart strings attached every now and then. And sometimes, you even see the tears and blood and feel the pain... or share the laughter...

My six year old grandson loves to draw and he "gets down with it" when he is creating pictures for me, for his mommy or anyone else who is the recipient of his heartfelt gifts. I always say he is going to be the next Pablo Picasso because he puts his heart into every picture. I've seen real paintings in galleries that were dry and tasteless, with no feeling whatsoever. Yet, there are those that stand out and say, "Take me home!".

Jyoti Arora couldn't have said it better ... pick up your wand and let magically words flow forth... "Creativity is a magic wand that works two ways. When you set it in action and seek to create something, it does not just brings into existence that object or work, it also raises in your heart a dream, a hope, and a will to achieve that creation. And when all else seems lost and steeped in hopelessness, the magic of creativity can still keep you going. For when all else seem dark, an urge to create something would still give you an aim to look forward to. And if you just take hold of this urge, it will take hold of you and see you through even the darkest times. Like it did to me." ― Jyoti Arora

My point is simple. If you are a writer, don't worry about spelling and grammar – edit later. If you have a story in your heart and it must be told, only you can put it out there. Don't worry about the syntax or usage until the editing stages. Just write and get every word out of your heart and onto paper, before you let the emotions and feelings fade. Grammar isn't important in your first draft. That's what revision is for. That first draft is what comes out of you, from your heart, your mind and your soul.

Nine times out of ten, if your story doesn't grab your reader from the first two or three paragraphs, then they're likely to quit reading and move on to something that is not boring, dry or dull. Don't try and force your feelings into your story either. Relax, and let the words flow naturally, and freely. Remember, the best stories are come from within your heart and soul.

Share your message to the world and let your sun shine in.... 

About the author
My book Anywhere But There by Marcella Simmons (Romance/Suspense Novel) is available now.


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