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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.

WHEN TWO ARTISTS FALL IN LOVE

i.
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:
BOY FALLS IN LOVE WITH A PAINTING.
IT DOES NOT END PRETTY.

ii.
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.

iii.
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.

vi.
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.

v.
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

[old conversations]

I used to carry a peach around in my pocket
the size of two fists combined,
thinking one day I’d be strong enough
to lay the bruised fruit on the table
and give voice to all our hurt.

You and I left things unsaid, so
imagine this poem as an unsent letter,
an old I love you,
that says
I miss letting your palm lines
imprint themselves on me
like love lines.

We’ve left conversations tied to fence posts
like a wild animal left to die,
left to fester for days in the sun,
and when we came back to them they were unrecognizable,
or if we were lucky, they had decomposed back into the earth
and a flower had grown in its place.

—  [old conversations] by Alex Lenkei published in The Dinner Table Review. Find them at their tumblr, typewriterdaily
Submit your writing to Tongue Tied!

Hello! As some of you may know, I’m the literary editor for @tonguetiedmag. We’re making some changes to the way the mag is run, and one of those changes is that we want you to submit your work to us! We’re looking for content from passionate voices and people who want to submit their work to a broader audience. Some of the content I’m looking for as lit editor includes:

  • Original poetry or prose works
  • Book reviews / literary criticisms
  • Interviews with writers
    • If you want to interview a writer, email us with the request before you actually carry out the interview. That way we can reach out to that writer and set up the interview for you! 
  • Recordings/videos of you performing your own slam poetry
  • Articles and opinion pieces about issues/topics/passions concerning literature
  • Anything you wanna share concerning literature, writing, or the literary world

If we like the content you submit to us, we’ll feature it on our page! This is a great way to get your work out there to a broader audience and to start establishing yourself as a serious writer. 

For submissions, send your work to tonguetiedmag@gmail.com with the Subject “submission: [your article title]”. If we like your content, we’ll let you know when your article is being posted, or if we like what you send us but want some small things edited, we’ll let you know! 

I’m so excited to see what you guys write and are passionate about! If you have any questions, you can email either tonguetiedmag@gmail.com or my email sean@glatch.net, or you can message me on here.

Thanks so much!

09/15/2017: Fallen Attics Short Story Competition

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FOLLOW FALLEN ATTICS HORROR LITERARY MAGAZINE HERE

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700 WORD SHORT STORY COMPETITION!

Prize: $50

Submission Deadline: 11/01/2017

Prompt: Write your best story based off the photo below.


What We’re Looking For: I walk past this house in North Philadelphia everyday, and although it unnerves me, it has a sense of character and presence that I adore. Your short story can be about this place specifically or whatever this scene means to you, but you must incorporate something about this photograph. Get creative!

While we prefer stories that are concrete, ambiguity is welcome too. The most important thing is that your story is unique. Horror tropes such as vampires or zombies are okay as long as it’s subversive and original (a fantastic example of this would be Joe Hill’s short story “Abraham’s Boys”). Violence, gore and fowl language are also okay. You can be subtle, you can be loud; whatever your style is just let it shine.

We will publish authors who write with different political opinions than us, but any content that we consider offensive or harmful towards people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ will not be tolerated.

Stories longer than 700 words will be disqualified. Although there’s no minimum word count, stories that are unnecessarily slim probably won’t be considered either.

How It Works:

We will choose the top five submissions after the deadline closes and will post them individually on our page. A week long period of voting will take place then. Readers will vote by reblogging your story. The story with the most reblogs at the end of the voting period will be the winner!

If you’re selected in the Top 5 we encourage you to promote your story how you see fit.

The $50 prize will be your choice of delivery via PayPal or a mailed Visa Gift Card.

Where To Submit:

You can send your short stories to jakejerome@brokendoorpublications.com in standard manuscript form as a .doc, .pdf or .pages file. We will be using Submittable in the future, but feel free to shoot that email over for now. We will do our best to respond to each submission for confirmation of its arrival.

Have Questions?:

You can use the contact box above. We’ll try to respond in a timely fashion!

Please remember to follow and share our page. Happy writing!

IF THE MIND IS AN ATTIC...

…we celebrate those that are full of cobwebs. We explore those that have boxes full of dark secrets. We honor those that have simply fallen in. 

Fallen Attics wants to publish the best in online horror literature. In order to get this thing off the ground, we need your help: we want to pay you to publish what you have to offer. 

So we are pleased to announce our first order of business…

A 700 WORD SHORT STORY COMPETITION!

Prize: $50 

Submission Deadline: 11/01/2017

Prompt: Write your best story based off the photo below.

What We’re Looking For: I walk past this house in North Philadelphia everyday, and although it unnerves me, it has a sense of character and presence that I adore. Your short story can be about this place specifically or whatever this scene means to you, but you must incorporate something about this photograph. Get creative!

While we prefer stories that are concrete, ambiguity is welcome too. The most important thing is that your story is unique. Horror tropes such as vampires or zombies are okay as long as it’s subversive and original (a fantastic example of this would be Joe Hill’s short story “Abraham’s Boys”). Violence, gore and fowl language are also okay. You can be subtle, you can be loud; whatever your style is just let it shine. 

We will publish authors who write with different political opinions than us, but any content that we consider offensive or harmful towards people of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ will not be tolerated

Stories longer than 700 words will be disqualified. Although there’s no minimum word count, stories that are unnecessarily slim probably won’t be considered either. 

How It Works:

We will choose the top five submissions after the deadline closes and will post them individually on our page, followed by a week long voting period. Readers will vote by reblogging your story. The story with the most reblogs at the end of the voting period is the winner! 

If you’re selected in the Top 5 we encourage you to promote your story how you see fit. 

The $50 prize will be delivered via your choice of PayPal or a mailed Visa Gift Card. 

Where To Submit:

You can send your short stories to jakejerome@brokendoorpublications.com in standard manuscript form as a .doc, .pdf or .pages file. Subject line must include the title of your story, your name and word count.

We will be using Submittable in the future, but feel free to shoot that email over for now. We will do our best to respond to each submission for confirmation of its arrival. 

Have Questions?:

You can use the contact box above. We’ll try to respond in a timely fashion!

Please remember to follow and share our page. Happy writing! 

Wondering who we are exactly?
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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!

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT TO SUBMIT!

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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.

Calling All YA Writers!

Are you a YA writer? Do you want to share your work with a community of readers and writers that love YA fiction just as much as you do? Then check out The Turquoise Owl! We are a not-for-profit “hobby” lit mag just starting out, and our goal is to establish a network of YA fans through social media (currently Tumblr and WordPress). We are also accepting submissions for our first issue until midnight on Halloween, so check out our submission guidelines here and get writing. We’d love to see what you’ve got!

Want to know more about us? Visit our “About” page here, or ask us a question!  

I’m Getting Published!

GUYS I’M SO SHOOK AND HYPED AND SHOOK AND HAPPY.

This morning I was sitting in my new house with my roommate, talking about our feels on Game of Thrones, when I got an email notification. I quickly looked at my phone and saw it was from a lit mag I’d submitted to a few months ago. 

I turned to my roommate and jokingly said, “Look, I got another rejection!” 

However, when I actually read the email, it wasn’t a rejection letter.

Dear Shaelin Bishop,

Thank you for sending us “Symbiosis.” We love it and would like to publish it in the next issue of [magazine].

WHO IS SHOOK THE ANWSER IS ME I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS

This is my first serious publication, other than a few tiny local writing journals and a poetry contest, and I feel soooo incredibly honoured. I’m so shook. I was sending this story out simply because I didn’t want it sitting on my computer, I can’t believe it actually got accepted I’m crying.

My classes start on Thursday, and I feel so blessed that I’m starting the year off with so much confidence after publishing a story, and getting an award from my department. 

My goal was to get ten rejection letters for this story, and I guess I didn’t reach that, since I got seven rejections and one acceptance. But I call that a win heyooooo. 

I’ll share more information about where and when you can buy a copy soon!

ALSO: I’ll be busy starting school, so I’ll be opening and closing my ask box as needed to not get overwhelmed with asks. If it’s closed, just check back later and it should be open.

That’s all for now folks,

–Shaelin

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!

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

Lana


says her pussy tastes like Pepsi-Cola.

Years of salt and strain have feathered mine

into a canyon bearing blood.

Once a week, he feeds me through the door,

porterhouse steak sliced sideways,

glass of milk sweating beads of ice.

I sleep wound in an American flag,

mountains outside the crack of window

being embalmed in moonlight.

If I was not born to die,

I was born for this.

To give whatever he demands,

be it a little toe or my whole body,

until the bedsprings break

and my final spells have been cast.



About: Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, Winter Tangerine Review, Electric Cereal, and more. In March 2013 she won a National Gold Medal for her poetry collection and a National Silver Medal for her writing portfolio in the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her work can be found at writingsforwinter.tumblr.com.


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