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Monday, August 30, 2010

Naked Man's Rock

Introducing an exciting new collection of stories by WV Writers own Richard A. Lewis!

In the featured story -- “Rebecca's Revenge” -- Rebecca, a beautiful secretary to an offbeat minister, turns up missing. Suspicions fall on the minister and his wife. The Sheriff can't locate the missing woman. Jack Nickels, a former mob enforcer hiding in the Witness Protection Program, lives next door to Penny. She is a sister to the minister's wife. Jack walks the Greenbrier River Trail every morning, just at the break of dawn. Rebecca materializes in ghostly form before him on Naked Man's Rock in the middle of the Greenbrier River. She is a manipulative ghost and draws Jack into her scheme for revenge. Can a ghost be mistaken? Will she finally reveal who killed her? There are 14 short stories in this book. The majority are regional stories with an Appalachian setting. One story takes place in Alaska and another off the coast of Florida. You will find stories of betrayal, deception, ghosts, love -- both sad and humorous -- murder and suicide. The stories encompass a wide range of human foibles. If you are a B & B traveler, you will love these stories that fit the B & B experience. Read one before you go to bed. The next day, you will have another short story to look forward to reading. These stories are perfect for reading when you are by yourself in an old house. Be sure to lock all the doors, though.

Available in Hardback, Paperback, and Electronically downloadable to your Kindle from

Naked Man's Rock

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Poetry contest: Conceit Magazine

(Information courtesy of R.S. White)

(Sponsored as a fundraiser for CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

Juanita Torrence-Thompson is an award-winning POET, and author of 6 books including her latest, BREATH-LIFE. Her expertise has been sought out to judge multiple contests throughout the state of New York and on the national level.

First Prize - $50.00
Second Prize - $30.00
Third Prize – 20.00
Fourth Prize - 1 yr subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
Fifth Prize - 6 mth subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE
Sixth Prize - 3 month subscription to CONCEIT MAG.

$7.00 entry fee up to 2 poems

ALL writers welcomed

Previously published poems accepted

Please send name, address, phone and email addresses for notification of winners.
All poems entered will be considered for publication in Conceit Magazine.

Email entries and queries to: <Conceitmagazine2007(at)> (replace (at) with @)

PayPal users pay to <conceitmagazine(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Check website:
Snail mail entries and reading fees to:
Perry Terrell, Editor
Juanita Torrence-Thompson Poetry Award
P. O. 761495, San Antonio, TX 78245
Perry Terrell, Editor
Juanita Torrence-Thompson Poetry Award
P. O. Box 884223, San Francisco, CA 94188-4223
(Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Call for submissions: The Sharp-Tongued Woman Review

(Information courtesy of R.S. White)

Call for Submissions, Including Reprints: The Sharp-Tongued Woman Review

The Sharp-Tongued Woman Review is a new literary journal striving to
publish the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, scholarly works,
book reviews, and interviews. We accept and encourage work from around
the globe.

Though works are to be topically related to women and stories are to
have female protagonists, both male and female authors are encouraged
to submit.

For creative prose, the editor is looking for strong, distinctive
voices and unique approaches. For analytical pieces, the editor seeks
depth, a maturity of vision, and well-reasoned arguments. Please see
the submission guidelines on the homepage.

Stories submitted for consideration should be on the longer side and
are expected to be fully developed. Short shorts and flash pieces will
be considered if several are submitted together.

The first reading period ends September.1.

The editor will consider previously published work as long as you have
the legal right to republish the material. However, work that is
available on-line cannot be published. Please mention in your cover if
your work has been previously published.

Upon acceptance of your work, you grant The Sharp-Tongued Woman Review
one-time publication rights and archival rights. The copyright to your
work remains your own.

Poetry Reading in Princeton WV

(Information courtesy of R.S. White)

As part of the festivities celebrating the opening of the New Princeton Library on Saturday, August 28, local poets Rob Merritt, Raymond Neely, Salvatore Buttaci, and Kayla Ward will present a poetry reading from 2 to 3 PM. The library's new location is the previous Princeton Post office, 920 Mercer Street.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Call for submissions: One Forty Fiction

(Information courtesy of R.S. White)

One Forty Fiction is a website dedicated to stories that stick to a limit of 140 characters (spaces included). Stories told with beginnings, middles, and ends, and characters who want things.

But how to tell such stories in such limited space? How to create love, and want, and derision in 140 characters? How to deliver your heart?

We have no answer for you. We just know that you have 140 characters to make us see, feel, live, & yearn for the world beyond your 140.

Give us all you got. But give it to us wrapped tight, a Big Bang of a universe, a history of life itself, communicated wisely, and with love.

And if you're feeling saucy, don't be afraid to bring the jazz & funk.

Submit as many and as often as you like:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Poetry contest: Naugatuck River Review (SEPT 1 deadline)

(Information courtesy of R.S. White)

Announcing: Naugatuck River Review's 2nd Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST

Contest Submission Period: July 1st through September 1st

First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR

All entrants will receive one issue of Naugatuck River Review.
All poems will be considered for publication. Contest deadline is
September 1st, 2010 at midnight.

Electronic submissions ONLY will be accepted through our Submission Manager.
$20 contest fee per group of 3 poems, payable through PAYPAL or credit card.


Judge for 2nd Annual Contest: Patricia Smith
A National Book Award Finalist, Patricia Smith's fifth book of poetry,
Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press) chronicles the human, physical and
emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic natural
event with lasting spiritual and political impact. This
much-anticipated volume is also the focal point of a new dance/theater
collaboration between Patricia and Urban Bush Women dancer Paloma
Patricia is also the author of Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House
Press), a National Poetry Series winner, the Best Poetry Book of 2006
on, and a 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Paterson
Poetry Prize winner; Close to Death (Zoland Books), Big Towns, Big
Talk (Zoland) and Life According to Motown (Tia Chucha). Her poems
have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, poemmemoirstory, Harvard
Divinity Bulletin, the Chautauqua Literary Journal, TriQuarterly, and
other journals, and in many groundbreaking anthologies. Her poem "The
Way Pilots Walk" received a Pushcart Prize, and is featured in
Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses. Recognized as one of
the world's most formidable performers, Patricia has read her work at
venues round the world

All poems will be considered for publication. Contest deadline is
September 1st, 2010.
Electronic submissions ONLY will be accepted through our Submission Manager.
$20 contest fee per group of 3 poems, payable through PAYPAL or credit card.


Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing great narrative
poetry. We are open to many styles of poetry, looking for narrative
that sings, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the
narrative is compressed. We publish twice a year, Winter and Summer.
The Winter issue is the contest edition.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Call for Writings

Editions Bibliotekos is accepting submissions for war-related stories for their anticpated (third) anthology, Battle Runes: Writings on War. At this point they are interested in good fiction. Details can be found at their blog, - by clicking on the Guidelines button. Deadline is September 1.

Editions Bibliotekos

Friday, August 20, 2010

Small press seeks fiction for electronic chapbooks

(News courtesy of R.S. White)

Call for Fiction Submissions: Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks
This small press publishes four collections online annually of
fiction, poetry or memoir, each featuring one author. Submit your
manuscript for the mid-September FICTION e-chapbook by August 28. No
fee to submit. Payment: $65. See

for guidelines and 2010-11 submission and publication schedule.

Stories may be flash or longer, from 600 up to 2,000 words each,
totalling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 14,000
words for the collection.

The stories should belong together for some reason, be it theme,
location or character/s.

At least half of the collection should be previously unpublished. (But
no stories need be previously published.)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Call for fiction, creative nonfiction and art: Fiction Fix

(News courtesy of R.S. White)

Call for Submissions: fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork

Fiction Fix seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork submissions. The
deadline for issue 8 is Sept. 30th.

Our latest issue and details for submission
are available at

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Anthology seeks poems about trailer park experiences

Anthology seeks poems about the trailer park

Slated for publication via an independent press in 2011, we are seeking poems that celebrate growing up, living in, leaving, or otherwise responding to the trailer park for an as-yet-untitled anthology. Accepted poets will receive one copy of the book upon publication as payment.

• Beginning, emerging and established poets are equally invited.
• Send submissions to <parkanthology(at)> via attachment
• Submit up to five poems in rtf, doc, or docx format
• Include author contact information—name, address, phone number, email—on
each submission.
• Previously published poems are welcome.
• Deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2011
• For questions, contact editor at <parkanthology(at)> (replace (at) with @)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sarah Dooley's book release and launch party

Huntington resident Sarah Dooley's debut middle grade novel, LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE, will be released August 17 from Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. LIVVIE OWEN LIVED HERE is the story of a child with autism trying to find a home for her family after an eviction she thinks is her fault.

A book launch party will be held Saturday, August 28, at Taylor Books in Charleston from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to a reading and book signing, there will be opportunities to win prizes, including a signed copy of the book.

To learn more about Livvie Owen Lived Here, visit

Monday, August 02, 2010

Call for nonfiction on food: Creative Nonfiction

(News courtesy of R.S. White)

postmark deadline September 3, 2010

For an upcoming issue, we're seeking true stories that incorporate or
involve food.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and
compelling narrative with a significant element of research or
information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in
personal experiences. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with
detail and a distinctive voice.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay and $500
for runner-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be: unpublished, 5,000 words or less,
postmarked by September 3, 2010, and clearly marked "Food" on both the
essay and the outside of the envelope.

There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a
4-issue CNF subscription); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as
are entries from outside the U.S. (though subscription shipping costs
do apply). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with
complete contact information (address, phone, and email), SASE and
payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Food
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Sunday, August 01, 2010

2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest Rules

(This news courtesy Rhonda Browning White)

See the rules and entry information for the 2010 Family Circle Fiction Contest.


Contest begins March 1, 2010 and ends September 8, 2010. Entries must be postmarked on or before September 8, 2010 and received by September 15, 2010. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or stolen entries or mail.

ENTRY: Submit an original (written by entrant), fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words, typed on 8-1/2x11paper. Entries must be unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Include your name, address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address (optional) on each page and send to: Family Circle Fiction Contest, c/o Family Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10017.

LIMIT: Up to two (2) entries per person will be accepted but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, disqualify, modify, edit, and revise any entries, subjects, stories, or related materials that Sponsor deems to be nude, obscene, defamatory, profane, offensive, lewd, pornographic, false, misleading, deceptive, or otherwise inconsistent with its editorial standards, audience expectations, or reputational interests or that Sponsor believes may violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of any third party. By entering this contest, entrants consent to a background check, and Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to verify any element of any entry or related materials and to disqualify any entrant whose participation may subject the contest, Sponsor, or Sponsor's advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.

ELIGIBILITY: Legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older are eligible to enter, except employees of Sponsor, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement
or promotion of the contest and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address.

WINNER SELECTION: On or about October 15, 2010 a qualified panel of judges will judge eligible entries equally on the basis of sustained writing ability (25%), topic creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). One (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runners-up will be selected. In the event of a tie, a qualified panel of judges will determine the winner based on the criterion of overall excellence. Sponsor reserves the right to choose fewer than two runners-up if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. Potential winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and the prizes delivered on or about November 30, 2010. Decisions of judges are final and binding in all respects.

PRIZING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a prize package including a check for $750.00, a gift certificate to one (1) course of his or her choice, up to a value of $610.00, one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year On Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total approximate retail value of grand prize package $1,575.00. One (1) Second Place winner will receive a check for $250.00, a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00 and a one (1) year on Demand Videos membership valued at $160.00. Total retail value ("RV") of second place prize package $465.00. One (1) Third Place winner will receive a
check for $250.00 and a one (1) year AvantGuild membership valued at $55.00. Total RV of third place prize package $305.00. One (1) prize per household. Prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. The
awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. The Grand Prize winner's story may, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, be published in a future issue of Family Circle magazine. Runner up stories may, in the sole discretion of sponsor, appear on the Family Circle website, currently located at Publication of winning entries is not guaranteed, and has no retail value.

CONDITIONS/WARRANTIES: Entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules and agree that if any winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required affidavit, is found to have violated the Official Rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsor is not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize. Decisions of Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

PRIVACY: By entering and providing the required entry information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may also send you information, samples or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, by participating Contest entrants agree that: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsor and their agents shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Entrant agrees that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest, or awarding of the prizes,
shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the
State of New York and entrant hereby consents and submits to the
personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating
any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this
Contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and
causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or
awarding of the prizes, shall be resolved individually, without resort
to any form of class action; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and
awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred,
including costs associated with participating in this Contest but in
no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any
participant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all
rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any
other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any
and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. Some
jurisdictions do not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability
for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to

GENERAL: Except where prohibited by law: (i) entry constitutes
permission to use entrants' entry, name, hometown, voice, likeness,
photograph and any statements regarding this contest for editorial,
public relations, promotional and advertising purposes on behalf of
Sponsor without compensation; (ii) potential winners will be required
to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership/Liability
Release, Publicity Release and License of Pre-Existing Work within ten
(10) days of notification or the entry with the next highest score may
become an alternate winner. If winner notification is returned as
undeliverable, the entry with the next highest score may become an
alternate winner. By participating and winning a prize, winners
release Sponsor, and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and
agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees and
agents from any and all liability with respect to the prize won and
participation in the contest. Subject to all U. S. federal, state and
local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited. Taxes on prizes are
sole responsibility of winners. Grand prize winner will be issued a
1099 tax form for the retail value of the prize. For winners' names,
available after December 15th, 2010, send a separate, self-addressed,
stamped envelope to Winners' List/Fiction Writing Contest, Family
Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. VT
residents may omit return postage.