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  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: finnick odair is viewed widely as a superficial character who was only self-obsessed and okay with being a killer, but really he survived the hunger games as the youngest ever winner, went through that much trauma and survived at 14 years old, grew up to fall in love with an emotionally damaged girl who had gone through what he had, yet she had turned out more externally damaged, grew close with a sweet old woman, was willing to protect her with his life and literally physically carried her on his back in the games, despite the risk to himself, stood with the rebellion against the Capitol even though he was their darling, publicly defied and spilled secrets about the president, married that same damaged girl he loved even in the middle of a war and had a child who he never got to meet, helped a psychologically damaged and unrecognizable Peeta and defended him, protected his friends and team against the lizard mutts, and actually begged for Katniss to throw a bomb down where he was, because he knew that it would save her and the rest of the team, even though he would die.


We go out to dinner
and we don’t look at each other.
We spend the whole night
scratching through napkins,
staining our hands dirty with ink.
I write your eyes into the stars
and you write my name into
a front-page headline:

I write you into something burning
and I am the heat of the sun,
a burning body that
you want to live in.
I turn you into poetry
until you become
the secondhand smoke
stuck in my hair
and I find myself pulling
poems from the shower drain.

We stare at each other
from across the room
and I spend the night
turning you into a metaphor.
It only takes three nights
before I realize you are
just words written
on the palm of my hand,
rubbed away every time
I hold onto something else
too tightly.

The next three weeks are spent
writing poetry about your lips
as you paint the stars
into my crooked spine.
After a while, I grow tired of the way
you look at me like I’m a masterpiece
but are too afraid to touch my body.

I spend the night tracing
the tattoo on your chest
with my fingertips,
and I begin to miss the boys
with the cruel hands
and brutal bodies.
Finally, my hands rewrite
your fear into an apology:
I have to go.

—  “When Two Artists Fall in Love” by Lindsey Hobart published in The Dinner Table Review

Wondering who we are exactly?
Persephone’s Daughters is a lit magazine founded by Meggie Royer, and staffed with Tumblr writers Lora Mathis, Caitlyn Siehl, Donna-Marie Riley, Kristina Haynes, and Azra Tabassum, and Elizabeth Roten, that is aimed at empowering abused and denigrated women. This is one of the only magazines of its kind, and we have staff members who are trans, who are former sex workers, who have been through trauma of all kinds, who have been featured in print, on TV, on the radio, and more.

If you submit to us, you’ll have the chance to be read by wonderfully talented writers, and possibly get a shot at empowering women who have suffered in a lit magazine whose audience comes from all over the world.

Submissions cap at 300, and we have 230 right now, so submit soon!


Submissions for our Spring 2016 Issue are now open! 

Road Maps & Life Rafts is looking for poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, and other visual art that is representative of travel and journeying, whether that journey is from physical place to place, or of emotional and social growth. 

If you don’t want to submit but would love to subscribe, you can do so here!

We look forward to reviewing your work!


SMILE BABY: A zine about how we make space for ourselves when we are given none to begin with.



SMILE BABY is an internet zine open to submissions for our first publication. 

We are currently accepting all work of or relating to how gender affects the ways in which young people navigate and reclaim public spaces. 

This expression can come in the form of visual or written work, including but not limited to: collage// poetry// photo projects// essays,

Our first theme is: OUR VOICES. We want to hear about the ways you understand your own experiences in public. 


SMILE BABY is currently only accepting submissions from those who can speak from the “I” perspective when discussion the experiences of young women and gender nonconforming youth. 

If you self identify as any of the above and would like to submit- please, be our guest! 


Submission is easy. Simply email SMILEBABYMAG@GMAIL.COM with an attachment to the piece you wish to publish and a small summary of the work you are submitting. 

The subject of the email should read: “SMILE BABY Zine Submission- Title of Work*” 

*please replace “title of work” with the working title of the piece you have submitted. 

Include: your name as you wish it to appear in the zine, the best way to contact you, and any other information you think we may need about the piece. 

Thank you!- Jones

Friday night is messy like spilling vodka on my new shirt and being too lazy to change it,
it’s the girls in the bathroom with mascara down their cheeks, it’s how their wishing to be anyone else, when the boy they like forgets to show up, when their best friend leaves without them, when they lose their cellphones, when they lose their minds, it’s the broken bottles on the sidewalk, the smell of cigarettes in your hair, the bruised knees and the missed chances and the missed Ubers and the missed phone calls, it’s missing you when I wake up alone, it’s trying to scrub the night from my skin in cold showers with cold beers, it’s the smell of regret, sins, and people loving people more than they are loved back.
—  for more please visit

Let me tell you some things about the literary magazine racket, as someone who has been published quite a few times and made some okay money:

1. Literary mags always publish late. Whatever date your editor tells you, add a lag period of two weeks to a month.
2. Pay always comes late. Often in the form of an oddly personal check, floated your way so long after publication you can’t even recall what it’s for.
3. Sometimes literary magazines forget to pay, mail the check to the wrong place, or send payment to an incorrect Paypal address. There is no harm in hounding the editor about it.
4. ¼ of the pieces you get accepted will never actually go live, because the magazine folds, loses an editor, becomes insolvent, or is disorganized.
5. 1/10 of the magazines you are published in will cease to exist within the same year as your acceptance
6. Sometimes you will have work accepted, but won’t be paid, won’t be given a contract, will be asked to make nonsensical edits, and will later see the piece not in the place you submitted it to, but another affiliated magazine in a different genre.
7. These things will all happen to you at once if you ever submit stories to Efiction or any of its affiliates. Seriously they accepted 3 stories of mine in 3 different mags, and only one of those mags lasted long enough to publish a subsequent issue with my work in it, and despite years of emails, I never got paid. Doug Lance what the heck

i had a dream that mac and dennis were in high school and dennis had Feelings for mac and wanted to confess but he was too nervous to do it in person so he submitted a lengthy and highly detailed anonymous love poem to the high school literary magazine, which they printed, but dennis neglected to realize that mac doesn’t read the lit mag, so just about everyone BUT mac read dennis’s poem and figured out what was going on and dennis was trying desperately to get mac to just read the damn thing and mac kept being like, “no way dude that poetry shit is totally gay” shout out to my subconscious for this objectively high-quality concept
Writing Deadline Dos and Don'ts

It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contest, or completing edits for your publisher; and of course, there’s a deadline. You sincerely intended to complete your writing on time, but things got in the way: work, running errands, catching up on all six seasons of that show everyone’s talking about. Before you know it, the due date you had plenty of time to meet is now pressing down on you; it’s crunch time.

Don’t panic! Here’s what you should – and shouldn’t – do to meet your deadline without losing your mind.

Nightlight Vol 2 Issue 2 EXTENSION

Since it’s pretty much impossible to create a magazine without submissions, I’m extending the deadline to April 25. I’m also going to be trying to advertise a few more places in hopes of attracting submissions, but this is a tiny independent lit mag, and I really do need all my readers’ help to boost and get the word out about submission periods and issue drops. You guys have been doing such a good job, and I’m so grateful! I would just ask that you continue your support and consider submitting, if you are a creative type.

For a refresher, here’s the theme:

Volume 2 Issue 2: Giggle Box (February 5 - April 25)

For this issue, we want comedy. Tasteful (mostly) comedy, but something to laugh about, something to bring a moment of delight. As always, works that are explicit in nature will not be considered, and works that are derogatory towards those with mental illnesses will also not be considered. But everything else is free game. Surreal, situational, dark, satire, silly comics, funny anecdotes–bring it on, we want to see it! Any genre, any subject, as long as it’s funny, we want it. Nightlight is now accepting art this year, as a reminder, and the qualifications for that can be found in our Submission Guidelines. As a clarification, we will also accept pieces about comedians or just light-hearted in nature; if “funny” isn’t necessarily your cup of tea but you do have something bouncy and happy and maybe with some snappy dialogue, we’ll take it!

Thank you so much for supporting Nightlight, and I hope to see submissions rolling in soon!
Online Writing Submissions: What You Must Do Before You Hit Send!

Like it or not, the process of submitting your writing to literary journals and agents has moved irreversibly into the digital age. And while most writers have happily embraced the convenience of submitting work online, others still need to be dragged, kicking and screaming, up to the computer keyboard. Either way, the reality is unavoidable: The printed, mailed submission is going the way of the inkwell and parchment paper.

Using an online submission manager allows you to easily make, track, and manage your submissions. Many literary journals now accept submissions via an online submission form or a submission manager – and some have stopped accepting print or email submissions entirely! Literary agents as well have embraced the ease of electronic submissions and are accepting e-queries, sample pages, and even entire books by email.

But, while online submissions have made sending your work easier and faster, they’ve also made it possible for you to send glaring errors and avoidable mistakes with lightning speed too.

Here are a few reminders to help you make the best possible online writing submissions.

anonymous asked:

dude please rec us whatever this is you've been reading!!!! I'm a latinx history student with a focus on the Brazilian military dictatorship (which was, of course, sponsored by and entirely reliant upon the financial interests of the united states) and if it's not much trouble I'd really like to read some of the stuff you've been talking about

Is the philip roth post a joke or real life. Have I been living behind a curtain of ignorance

for the concerned here are three articles on the CIA funding the paris review and a whole other bunch of lit mags that were crucial to launching the careers of various uh lit canon authors - the paris review and the cold war and the cia, literary magazines for socialists funded by the cia ranked, literary agents. All 3 have links back to the original expose published c. 1977 by the NYT.

the book i am reading is “ finks: how the cia tricked the world’s best writers” by joel whitney.

and here are two articles on how the MFA lit programme in its early incarnations had strong links and funding from the CIA: how iowa flattened literature and workshops of empire (which is a book review).

just putting it out there, i’m a history major with an english minor. i proof and edit papers (undergrad and high school) for money. i can do grammar/syntax checks for any discipline and more thorough editing for literary or historical research papers. i also can do non-scholarly jobs. i’ve been published in my university’s lit mag and won scholarships for my essays so i’m moderately qualified. i do online freelance copy-editing and writing too, off and on. msg me if u need my services. i’m very fast and cheap, paypal me after the work is done. i can do any degree of editing you like.

college diary no. 93482
  • I’ve no time to be doing this but ah have reached a fuck-it mentality starting last night–which may be, perhaps, a good thing? it’s the moment of apathy when you’ve sort of accepted your fate that you’re going to be saturated in stress so your body just shuts off the switch for being able to feel that stress……if that makes any sense !
  • I was looking forward to taking it easy senior year, dabbling in things that I’d wanted to do during my college career yet was not able to prioritize (e.g. chorale; theatre; lit mags)–but I ended up re-running and being re-elected to my presidency in one organization, and was asked to run for chair for my other organization……….. so here I am, facing a senior year with law school apps, potential re-take of the lsat (NO not even going there), figuring out the honors thesis process within the first week of fall semester, and two huge extracurricular commitments that are bound to take up just as much time as extracurriculars have for this past year. Not sure how I feel about it quite yet, but I was talking on the phone with Maman and she said that although I complain about it, that I would not be happy if I had it any other way, and perhaps she’s right. she’s probably right. 
  • the event that I’d been planning finally happened yesterday. after all the stresses of dealing with securing funding, booking rooms, taking care of logistics, ensuring speakers (nine!! fantastic!! alumna!!), creating promotional graphics on Photoshop, and marketing all by myself ! (with the incredible help of the alumni affairs office agH) it finally came together. there was lunch. there were people. there were incredible alumna who inspired me so much. it happened. after all the stress, all the times I felt as if I couldn’t breathe ! it finally happened. and now here’s to looking at next year’s event………….
  • I had my last death penalty law class and… I had heard from friends who’d taken it previously that it was something Huge, and I’d not gone in knowing exactly what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for that. Both of my law professors, who had epitomized poise and calm, yet imposing presences that could only come with years and years of litigation experience… watching them break down, voices quavering, sobs overtaking them as they spoke about their clients who had been executed, and their experiences waiting with them in the death house and walking them to their scheduled executions… I……… it made me so outraged–beyond what words could describe. it may be naive and it may be what exactly every aspiring lawyer heads into law school to try and do, but–fuck–that feeling, that emotion is something I’m going to hold on to for the rest of my life, if I can. because our justice system is not serving justice on so many fronts; just with the death penalty, not only is it horribly skewed for people of colour (most notably for Black men whose victims were white), but it leaves scarcely any room for considerations of mental illness, is plagued with gender bias, and is such a blatant violation of the Eighth Amendment that I cannot believe that it still stands today as a viable form of punishment. fuck. 
  • i am so !!!!!! f’d for the lsat. so, so, so f’d. I haven’t touched material in a good six weeks; maybe I believed in myself too much when I thought that I could just get it out of the way in June, balancing studying on top of the 30 hours I devote to extracurricular responsibilities per week, and school on top of that. I know that law schools don’t particularly care about ECs and would prefer candidates with top-notch LSAT scores with low-commitment ECs than a highly-involved applicant whose LSAT score is mediocre… but I just love the things that I do and cannot do anything half-assed if I commit myself to it and. I just. 
  • I flip back and forth between that mentality and the you still have 3 weeks after school is over to devote 24 hours each of those days to LSAT prep… you got this!! if not you, who??? and it’s just paralyzing !! so I’m not even going to think about it anymore. whatever happens, happens. if I have to cancel in June and take it next fall, it won’t be a huge deal. If i take it in june and I have to re-take it next fall, also not a big deal. I got this. I got this, I got this, I got this. I am so close; I can do it. I can, and I will.
  • wow it’s 11:30 i need to get back to studying a;woeijdfslkm,x !!! so close to the end. so close :-) all will be well.

little-miss-moonlight-deactivat  asked:

Can I ask you a question? How did you first become published? I have been hearing more and more about small local publishing, like zines and such, and I would love to have my work in one. I doubt it's good enough, but I'd like to give it a shot.

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this! To try and answer…

I first became published at age 12, when I sent a poem to a magazine. That was also the same year I began making my own zines, so my self-publishing life and my professional* publishing life have grown side by side for the last 23 years. There have been times when I’ve focused more on professional publishing, and times when I’ve primarily only done self-publishing–but I’ve never given up on one or the other.

As far as submitting stuff to other people’s zines, mags, lit zines, ezines, anthologies, etc.: the only way to do it is to do it. If you see a call for submissions that sounds like something that fits with your writing–be it a thematic connection or a stylistic one or anything else–submit! And look for places that have published writers you like/have something in common with, and next time those places put out calls for submissions, submit to them, too!

Don’t worry about your stuff not being good enough. You will get rejections, that’s just par for the course. The more stuff you submit to different places, the more rejections and acceptances you’ll get. I still get rejections! All the time! But here’s something to keep in mind: a rejection from a particular zine or mag or anthology doesn’t mean your stuff isn’t good enough. It could mean they loved it but they only had a limited amount of space and your piece didn’t quite make the cut. It could mean it just didn’t quite fit with their theme or vision. So keep trying. And if all else fails–or hell, no, even if it doesn’t–self-publish! Hone your skills that way. Write and write and write, trade edits and feedback with your writer-friends, and make your own dang zine!


1. *I use the term ‘professional’ to differentiate from self-publishing, but I do not actually put one above the other. I hold my self-published stuff to equally high standards as I do my other work.
2. You may want to check out these tags on my blog: #self+publishing and #call+for+submissions