Call for submissions!

Do you write things? Do you write things that are original fic that could be considered science fiction, fantasy, horror, fairy tales, folk tales, speculative fiction, steampunk, diesel punk, solar punk, cattlepunk, epic fantasy, urban fantasy, or anything at all that is not just this world we live in? Would you like to maybe get published and get paid ten bucks for your story? If the answer to all of the above is yes, then please submit to Devilfish Review! We’re looking for a few (okay for a lot of) good stories! Check us out at DevilfishReview.com. Please read us before you submit! We’ve been getting a lot of stories that aren’t spec fic in the slightest, and while they aren’t bad, they just aren’t us. We try to put an emphasis on publishing women. We would love some non-cis-hetero characters. We would especially love some trans friendly stories. And by trans friendly, I mean a trans protagonist. I don’t think we’ve published one yet. If you’ve read my tumblr, you know I push the representation matters thing a lot. I would love to get more stories with more representation in them.

(We also take poetry, but for whatever reason, we don’t seem to have to work as hard to get poetry submissions. It’s weird. Awesome, and I am so super stoked about the poetry we have coming for you, but weird. But if you have poetry that falls into any of the above categories, please send it along! We pay five dollars per poem.)

What book-lover hasn’t at least thought about bringing his e-reader into the bath, shower, or even the pool? How many have ruined e-readers this way? But bathtub reading isn’t a problem with the new $180 Kobo Aura H2O, a waterproof E Ink e-reader that can survive being dunked in more than 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, assuming its port cover is closed.  

Finally! Was that too much to ask?

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan. Foreword by Sophie Dahl. Puffin Books, 2014.

Looking for a nice way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlies’s Chocolate Factory provides a in-depth look at the life of this classic. From its publishing history to the history of its illustrators to the movie adaptations to the overall impact the book has had on our culture the book will surely add a sprinkle to Dahl cannon.

Who knew that the book was originally published in America and not the UK or that Maurice Sendak was supposed to be the original illustrator but was too busy working on a book called Where The Wild Things Are or that rumors where abound that the NAACP would picket the movie theaters showing the 1971 film version because they were troubled by the title of the book for, at that time, ‘chocolate’ was a derogatory term for black people and that ‘Charlie’ was hipster slang for white people.

Pre Order: Amazon | Powell’s

First Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1971 film version: Buy

2005 film version: Watch | Buy

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Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lion’s den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you can’t get free of them and that’s what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, there’s a story.
—  Friday would have been Ray Bradbury’s 94th birthday, which is why Dan Piepenbring, at The Paris Review Dailylooked back on one of Bradbury’s classic stories and picked out some choice quotes from his Art of Fiction interview. Piepenbring also pointed out that the story gets a mention in, among other places, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. You could supplement this by reading Tanjil Rashid on the author’s Middle East connection.

Some cover art done for my book by the fabulous artist Erin Plew.  Caged Boy Sings The Book is still coming, kids. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it, but let’s just say that if Chuck Palahniuk and Oscar Wilde got Jackie Collins Pregnant, and Sylvia Plath and Chelsea Handler performed the abortion, the fetus would look something like Caged Boy Sings. It’s an amalgamation of so many different emotions, characters and experiences. It’s everything, it’s nothing, and it’s shaping up to be one hell of a nasty little piece of work. Pre-order at cagedboysings.com or pick up your copy on September 1, 2014. You won’t regret it.

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Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.

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Working On My Novel, Cory Arcangel (2014)

Working On My Novel is a book which is based on a twitter feed that re-tweets the best posts featuring the phrase “working on my novel.”

What does it feel like to try and create something new? How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?

Working On My Novel is about the act of creation and the gap between the different ways we express ourselves today. Exploring the extremes of making art, from satisfaction and even euphoria to those days or nights when nothing will come, it’s the story of what it means to be a creative person, and why we keep on trying.

(All of the tweets collected in this book are used with the permission of the original authors.)

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd 

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