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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poetry on the Move

(This news courtesy of Morgantown Poets)

Go to Scroll down right side and click on "Poetry on the Move" box. Poetry in Morgantown City buses by Vic Burkhammer, Laura Treacy Bentley, Nancy Lee Schrader, Amabile Milano, Suzi Whaples, Majesta Antion, Kevin Collstra, Salvatore Buttaci, Susanna Holstein, Katherine Harclerode, Maxx Delany, Mark DeFoe, Logan Cadlet and Susan Truxell Sauter. Beautiful designs around the poetry by Sean Conroy.

Final Notice for WV Writers 2010 Writing Contest

FROM: Contest Coordinator Steve Goff:

Greetings from the WV Writers, 2010 Writing Contest. Live from Contest Central at Lake Freud, outside of Salem, WV, I'm Steve Goff.

Just as I expected, on Wednesday, following the first deadline of March 15 , the Salem Post Office received an onslaught of "just at the buzzer" envelopes from folks wanting to avoid a Late Fee. The postal guys had to double basket my mail. Now I'm up to my elbows in entries and slowly getting caught up.

I know my contest work is just beginning. I'm guessing more than a few folks, used writer's rationalization to produce this brief internal monologue. "Two bucks? Really, that's your 'late fee'? Two bucks? Here's your two bucks, give me two more weekends to hone my craft." (I just love getting to say "hone my craft".) **Late fee is 2$ per entry!!

Regardless, you didn't write half as much as you thought you would when you rationalized this to yourself in the first place. So this is the weekend to "kick butt" on this contest thing. Carve out time for West Virginia basketball sure, but Write On, that's what half-time's are for anyway.

All the WV Writers 2010 Writing Contest info. you need is here:

This final deadline will produce a lot of entries. A lot of people are still working on their writing for this contest. It's not just you. A large percentage of our total entries arrives after being posted to me on March 31.

An old timer at a 12-step meeting once told the group, "You know with God, you can move mountains. But you got to bring your own shovel."

No matter what spirit is working with you, it's time to let the magic fly. Go get your shovel.

After the contest closes, March 31, I wait a week, 4/7, before I begin the process of shipping the entries to the judges. We have 12 categories and therefore 12 judges I mail to around the country. Our contract with them says they'll receive the entries they are to judge by April 15, and they'll return their selections to me by May 15.

Thus begins the notification process, on the Youth Writing side, and preparation for the awards banquet in June, at the conference. All awards in the adult competition are announced for the first time at the awards dinner. One more reason to attend the Summer Conference. Link here:

This is my second and final year as Writing Contest Administrator. Thanks to all who helped me over the last two years. Special shout out to Terry McNemar, Teresa Newsome, Patsy Pittman, Eric Fritzius, Dick Lewis, Henry Palek, Wilma Acree, Sandy Tritt, Debbie Crim, Craig Snider, George Lies, Norm Julian, Julie Perrine, and my wife Beth; and anyone else who helped out. You've got a great board with good leadership in place. And based on the work Terry and his team did, and Cat and her team will do, WV Writers, Inc. is in a good position to do some great things.

I enjoyed working with many of you and I look forward to seeing some of you at the summer conference.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Poetry Slam in Bluefield at the Ramsey

In celebration of the literary arts in Mercer County, part of All Arts Week (March 29 - April 3) a poetry slam will be held April 2, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Ramsey School club on Ramsey Street in Bluefield, WV. This event is being presented by Ervin Publishing and the All Together Arts Festival.

Featured poets will include: Charkera Edwina, Sin Santiago, Stephen Godfrey, Andrew Afton Lawrence, Murphy Hagy and many more.

This event open to the public. Food and beverages will be served. There is a $2 entrance fee.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Holler seeking submissions for Summer issue

Holler, a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal of poetry and short prose published by the Princeton Poetry Project, is seeking submissions of poetry and prose for their upcoming Summer issue. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2010.

Submissions should be sent to:

Princeton Poetry Project
P.O. Box 1924
Princeton, WV 24740

Please include the title of the poem and your name as you would like it to appear in the journal.

Holler does not normally accept material copyrighted by a third party, e.g., another journal, and does so only with the explicit permission of that party.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Princeton Creative Community Shines in 2nd Annual All Together Arts Week

Artists and arts organizations from all around Mercer County are encouraging the public to join them in celebrating the second annual All Together Arts Week, a showcase and observation of the thriving arts landscape our area is home to. Writers groups, performing arts groups, photographers, painters, musicians, healing artists and many others will share their work and ideas, and the public is encouraged to come out and discover what the creative community has to offer.

A.T.A.W. begins with a Kickoff event on March 27 at The Brushfork Armory. The event is free to the public and will feature performances and activities for all ages from noon to 6 pm. Displays will give information about programs available for those with creative interests and it is an excellent opportunity for students and adults to become connected with an outlet for their exploration.

The rest of the week features a host of events from poetry slams to music concerts to drum circles and a grand finale parade on Saturday, April 3. You can see the complete schedule at The public is encouraged to attend each of the special events that make up All Together Arts Week. Those interested in participating in the parade should meet at Stages Music School in downtown Princeton at 11 am for face painting, sidewalk chalking and more fun activities. The parade begins at 1 pm.

All Together Arts began with an idea during a Create West Virginia summit in 2008. The Mercer County Commission passed a resolution declaring the importance of the arts in our community and the value and potential of cooperation between various arts groups around the county. The resolution also declared one week each spring to be celebrated as A.T.A.W..

Pete Sternloff of Gary Bowling's House of Art and The Bluefield Town Council said, "All Together Arts Week is one of the most important events taking place on an annual basis in Mercer County because it unites our communities with art, written and spoken word, music and performance which are the foundation of developing a true creative community where people will want to live, work and visit. It is essential that those of us who live in Southern WV work together to develop our community."

Maggie Mainland of the newly formed SWV Music Teachers' Alliance said, "Everyone works hard to make money so they can enjoy life. The arts are a primary source of enjoyment. A.T.A.W. reminds us of what is truly important and beautiful in our lives."

All Together Ars Week is presented with assistance from the Mercer County CVB and LLyniuM entertainment. Visit for more information or call 304-425-6425.

Participating Organizations

The RiffRaff Arts Collective
Gary Bowling's House of Art
Bluefield Area Arts Center
Summit Players
Appalachian Highlands Music Association
Stages Music School
Ervin Publishing Company
Associated Photography
Princeton Camera Club
Princeton Poetry Project / Holler
The Ink Slingers Writers
The Music Exchange
Frameworks Plus
The Little Opry
The Bronze Look
Brainerd Gallery
Sacred Ground
Chuck Mathena Center
Bluefield Fine Arts Commission
Blue Mountain Performing Arts
Concord University Fine Arts Department
Princeton Public Library
Craft Memorial Library
Windhorse Healing Arts Association
Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival
The Bluestone Review
Mags Music
SWV Music Teachers Alliance
Walk Free Press
Bluefield College
WV Writers Association
Mercer County Schools

COMPLETE SCHEDULE for All Together Arts Week 2010:


9 a.m. - The Unique Show Choir Classic @ Bluefield Area Arts Center

10 a.m. - Knitting Club @ Craft Memorial Library - downtown Bluefield

noon - 6 p.m. - A.T.A.W. KICKOFF EVENT @ Brushfork Armory- Bluefield

7 p.m. - Bobby Maynard & Breakdown @ The Little Opry - Glenwood


2:00 p.m.- Blues & Gospel Brunch -w- Melissa McKinney- Sisters Coffee House - Princeton


5 P.M. - Jusiel-Smith Duo, flute & piano recital @ Concord University- Athens

7 p.m. - Spoken Word Open Mic and Writers' Coffee Klatch, featuring the Inkslingers Writers @ Windhorse Healing Arts Center - downtown Bluefield


6 p.m.- Art Night @ Princeton Public Library - Princeton


7 p.m. - A Special Night at Gary Bowling's House of Art- Open Mic & Studio Tour- downtown Bluefield


3:30- 4:30 p.m. - Reader's Theatre at Craft Memorial Library- downtown Bluefield

6 p.m. - Special Stages Music School Showcase - downtown Princeton

7 p.m. - Peace Meditation @ Sacred Ground Healing & Meditation Center- downtown Princeton


7 p.m. - 2nd Annual Poetry Slam hosted by Ervin Publishing Company @ The Ramsey School- downtown Bluefield

9 p.m. - "McDowell County Inspiration" - Featuring the Art of Jamie Powers @ Bluefield Area Arts Center, downtown Bluefield - drum circle and jam session to follow


Discover Downtown Princeton!

◆ 10 a.m. - Fenton Family Signing Event @ The Bronze Look
◆ 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Art Alive in The Streets, PARADE and Drum Circle (Mercer Street/ Princeton Town Square)
◆ 6 p.m. - An Evening With The RiffRaff concert @ The Room Upstairs

Visit WWW.ALLTOGETHERARTS.COM for Details About These Events!


Contact Lori McKinney for more information at 304-425-6425.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Conference Lodging Update

From what we understand, Holt Lodge at Cedar Lakes Conference Center has now been fully booked for our 2010 Summer Conference. There are still rooms available in the various cabins they have on site, so there is still room for attendees, but Holt is currently booked. Please see the Cedar Lakes registration form for all the details on lodging and meal plans.

Other lodging possibilities in Ripley include...

Quality Inn
1 Hospitality Drive,
Ripley, WV
304-372-5000 ex 2
(They offer a Cedar Lakes rate for conference spillover of $70 plus tax per night, which includes free breakfast.)

Best Western McCoys Inn & Conference Center
701 Main Street W,
Ripley, WV 25271
(304) 372-9122 or 800-288-9122

Holiday Inn Express
111 Memorial Drive,
Ripley, WV 25271,

Super 8 Motel – Ripley
102 Duke Drive,
Ripley, WV 25271

77 Motor Inn
RR 3 Box 80,
Ripley, WV 25271

Summers County Writers Group sponsoring live poetry readings

The Summers County writers group shall be giving live poetry readings in honor of April being national poetry month. The readings will be held at the Summers County Library at 6:00pm on April, 20, 2010. All are invited to attend this event. All are invited to join us in the poetry reading. Bring a few poems to read, if you wish.

The regular meeting of the Summers County Writers' Group will be held at the Summers County Library on April 6, 2010 at 6:00pm. We are currently welcoming new members to join the writers group. So, come on out and bring a poem or two and a friend or two.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Meredith Sue Willis Class Offering

Meredith Sue Willis is offering an ONLINE SUMMER SOLSTICE MASTER CLASS on June 21, 2010; June 28, 2010; July 5, 2010; and July 12, 2010. This is a class for writers who are already working on or trying to restart a project of fiction like a novel, a memoir, or other prose narrative. This class will focus on ways to expand, continue, restart, go deeper, and revise. Class members will be invited to submit specific areas of interest and concern in advance. There will be feedback from the teacher on up to 2000 words per student per week.

For more information, fees, and how to apply, please see the website at

Thursday, March 18, 2010

REMINDER: poety editor Elizabeth Savage at Monongalia Arts Center tonight

Author, educator and poetry editor Elizabeth Savage will be featured with Morgantown Poets at 7 p.m. tonight Thursday (March 18) at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

The event is free and open to the public. The MAC is at 107 High Street, downtown Morgantown (beside Hotel Morgan).

Savage is an associate professor of English and co-director of women’s studies at Fairmont State University where she has been on the faculty since 2001. She is also the poetry editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art.

Savage was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from Virginia Commission for the Arts for her series, “Jamestown Koan,” a collection of poems the author sees as “filling in the emotional cracks” of Jamestown’s early history. “Jamestown Koan” was recently published by Connotation Press. The fellowship encouraged Savage to continue working in the series form. Recently, this interest has led to a collaborative project with photographer Tim Berg entitled “The Book of Lonely Chairs.”

The author has devoted most of her recent writing to critical work on poetry. Her book manuscript, “True Value Expands: Lorine Niedecker, Gender, and Cultural Worth,” is close to completion. She has also completed a poetry manuscript, “Blue Bison.” Poems from this collection, as well as new work, have been published or are forthcoming in The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Court Green, Jelly Bucket, and Connotation Press.

Savage was born and raised in Richmond, Va. She previously taught at Virginia Commonwealth University after defending a dissertation in innovative feminist poetics. In Virginia, the author worked with the Richmond Women’s Poetry Workshop, a group closely connected with the Virginia Museum.

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least seven days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to

Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in the search. Or join the mailing list at or the listserve,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HOLLER Winter 2010 issue reception this week!

In celebration of the Winter 2010 issue of Holler, a reception and poetry reading will be held on Thursday, March 18, at 7:00 P.M., in the State Room of the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center at Concord University, Athens, WV.

Driving directions and a campus map are available on the university's website ( under the "Parents and Visitors" menu. (The Stateroom is on the second floor of the Student Center.)

Please RSVP to Thomas McKenna ( as soon as possible and let us know how many guests you intend to bring. If you cannot attend, but would still like a copy of the journal, then please contact us.

The journal is free.

Inkslingers Open Mic this month

The Inkslingers writing group from the Bluefield area in Mercer County, will hold an open mic as part of the All Together Arts Festival, March 27 - April 3.

The open mic will take place March 29th at Windhorse Arts Center on North Street in Bluefield.

Conte seeks submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our thirteenth issue, slated for publication in summer 2010.

Recent contributors include Erika Meitner, Jim Daniels, William Hathaway, Roger Weingarten, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Kenneth Womack.

Visit for specific submission guidelines and past issues

Monday, March 15, 2010

Legends of the Mountain State 4 (Deadline Approaching)

Title: Legends of the Mountain State 4

Publisher: Woodland Press

Editor: Michael Knost

Format: Trade Paperback

Payment: five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.

No reprints (and please do not resubmit rejected stories from previous editions)

Story length: Up to 2000 words

No multiple or simultaneous subs

Deadline: April 1, 2010

Do NOT query about submission status until August 1, 2010

Send submissions to:

E-mail submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do NOT copy and paste story into the body of your e-mail. Send submissions or inquiries to the above e-mail address.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

I do NOT want stories with legends or ghosts already covered in previous editions of this series. Reading the other books is a great way to see what I am buying.

Stories MUST expand a known legend/ghost tale from the state of West Virginia.

You do not need to be a West Virginian to submit, but you will need to keep the story (and legend/ghost) true to the state. All stories should include real towns and counties from the Mountain State. Do not tell us the biography of a legend/ghost-tell us a story with the legend or ghost at story's center.

We are looking for tales with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories containing explicit language or content.

The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and failure to follow the guidelines. Please visit for the only manuscript format we accept.

We purchase First World Anthology Rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world.

New Verse News Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to (replace (at) with @). Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy 4th Anniversary to this Blog

Today is this blog's 4th Anniversary.

Yay, 4th Anniversary!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Podcast Episode 27 Now Online

The WV Writers Podcast Episode 27 is now online featuring an interview with 2009 WV Writers Summer Conference success story Sheila "S.G." Redling. Sheila is a morning radio show cohost at WKEE in Huntington and the author of a book called Storyteller that is currently making the rounds of publishers via her literary agent. The details of how she came to be in this position are illuminated in this podcast. (We'll give you a hint: it has something to do with the 2009 WV Writers Summer Conference, not to mention a healthy dose of talent.)

Find Episode 27 at our new address of

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Blog Site Address

Thanks to some technobabble-worthy issues behind the scenes, the website address for this blog has had to change.

While the old address will still get you here (at least after 30 seconds, when it forcibly bounces you), the new address for the blog is now and will hopefully forever more be Similarly, address for the West Virginia Writers Podcast has also changed and is now

We're not complaining, as this is a simpler address to remember than our old one and the move has allowed us to do lots of modification on the site that would otherwise have been more difficult to do. Expect some visual changes and new features (not to mention a sidebar that gets updated more often) here and on the podcast page.

All of the old posts of both the blog and the podcast are now in place at the new addresses and feed service will soon resume. So if you have us bookmarked anywhere, please change to the new addresses.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Horizontal-Vertical Poetry Contest

The Greater Greebrier Valley Community Foundation will be holding a horizontal-vertical poetry contest to benefit the Shepherd’s Center of Greenbrier Valley, an organization that provides classes, nursing, transportation, meals, companionship, and other services to older people in the Greenbrier Valley. All proceeds from the event go to them.

Horizontal-vertical poetry is a lost art form discovered by the Managing Director of The GGVCF while listening to a lecture on Sir Walter Raleigh. It is a fun exercise, especially for people who like crossword puzzles. Please see the information below for rules and requirements.

Rules for Entry
Any poet writing in English is eligible to enter
Poems must be written in horizontal-vertical form: they must consist of three columns of two words in four lines to be read either left to right or top to bottom:

Sample Horizontal-Vertical Poem by Sir Walter Raleigh
Her face___her tongue___her wit
So fair_____so sweet____so sharp
First bent__then drew___now hit
Mine eye___mine ear___my heart

All poems must be original and previously unpublished

There is no limit to the number of poems an entrant may submit; however, a separate entry fee must accompany each poem

Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet

Entrants should submit two copies of each poem and write their name, address, phone number, and email address on one copy only of each poem

Include a $5 entry fee payable to The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (TGGVCF)

Mail entries to:

The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation
PO Box 387
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Deadline: entries must be postmarked on or before Friday, April 2, 2010

Poems will not be returned

Grand prize winner will receive $50. First and second place winners will each receive $25.

Winners will be announced Sunday, April 25 at a reception where the top five poems will be read.

Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose seeks submissions

Call for Submissions: Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose.

Umbrella, the "supremely rereadable electronic journal," is now accepting submissions for our spring-summer issue, online May 1, 2010. Both general poetry subs and poems on the theme of "gall" are invited, as is poetry-related prose.

Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.

On an ongoing basis we also read poems written in repeating forms for our sister publication, Tilt-a-Whirl. Guidelines at the bottom of theUmbrella submit page.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Nashville Review seeking submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

Vanderbilt University's new national literary magazine, Nashville Review, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. Contributors are offered up to $100. Work in Issue One will be featured alongside interviews with Maira Kalman and Salvador Plascencia.

For submission guidelines, please visit

Friday, March 05, 2010

2010 Passager Poetry Contest For Writers Over 50

2010 Passager Poetry Contest for Writers Over 50

Submit work: September 1, 2009 - April 1, 2010
Results announced for 2010 contest (projected date): July, 2010

Winner receives $300 and publication.
Honorable mentions will also be published.

Reading fee: $20, check or money order payable to Passager
Reading fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to Passager.
Submit 3-5 poems, 50 lines max. per poem
Introduce yourself with a cover letter and brief bio.
Include name and address on every page.
Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE) for notification of winners.
Poems will not be returned.
No previously published work.
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are okay, but please notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
No email submissions, please!

If you need more information, send us an email: (replace (at) with @), or call: 410.837.6047.

Send all submissions to:
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-5779

Thursday, March 04, 2010

ragazine seeks submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

The fiction editor (Metta Sama) at ragazine invites you to submit short stories to ragazine for their upcoming issues. The current reading period is March 1 - April 30, 2010, for work that will appear in the July/August or later issue.

Please read the Fiction Submission Guidelines prior to submitting work:

ragazine is an on-line journal of arts, information, and entertainment.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The 2010 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize

The 2010 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize

Deadline for the 2010 contest is: March 15, 2010.

We invite contest submissions from both emerging and established poets, published or unpublished. In keeping with the philosophy of Web del Sol, we are only interested in the very best poetry, regardless of source or type. Finalist manuscripts will also be considered for publication Winner Receives a $1,200 Honorarium, paid in Summer 2010; book publication by Del Sol Press in fall 2010, in The Annual Del Sol Press Poetry Series; and 20 copies of the winning book. Eligibility

Poets who are at least 18 years of age and who live inside or outside the United States.
Translations are eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable (as long as you let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere).

Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or self-published books, but must be submitted in manuscript form. Published books in poetry or other genres do not disqualify contestants from entering this contest.

Employees, volunteers, and board members of Web del Sol, their partners, spouses, and immediate families, and immediate family, friends, and former students of the judge are not eligible.

Competition Guidelines

Deadline (postmark): March 15, 2010.
50 to 100 typed manuscript pages, each poem starts on a new page.
$18.00 contest fee; Please make checks out to Web Del Sol.

Include two cover pages: one with your contact information (phone, email, address), and one with the title of your collection (minus your name). Your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.

Type or word-process on standard white paper, on one side of the page only.
Paginate consecutively with a table of contents.
Bind with a binder clip (no paperclips, please).

Attach publications acknowledgments if any.

Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.
Please keep a copy of your entry. Manuscripts not selected for publication will be recycled.
Multiple submissions are acceptable; include an additional reading fee of $5.00 with each.

Postmark no later than March 15, 2010 and include $18.00 contest fee to:

Del Sol Press Poetry Contest
Web del Sol Association
P.O. Box 1550
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
ATTN: Katie Shinkle/Contest Coordinator

Queries to Katie Jean Shinkle, Contest Coordinator. Email: katie "at" (replace "at" with @).

James Dickey Review seeking submissions

(This news courtesy Rhonda White)

The James Dickey Review, formerly the James Dickey Newsletter, invites submissions of poetry, nonfiction (including Dickey reminiscences and anecdotes), scholarly articles, and book reviews. Though attempting to maintain an artistic and intellectual connection to the work of James Dickey, the magazine accepts all manner of poetry, nonfiction, scholarly articles, and book reviews.

The JDR is published twice yearly, is assigned International Standard Series Number (ISSN) 0749-0291, is indexed in The Modern Language Association International Bibliography and The Humanities Index, and is cataloged in the Library of Congress.

Submit your work in an email (both in-text and as Word or RTF attachment) to:
JamesDickeyReview(at) (replace (at) with @)

Scholarly articles should follow MLA format.

Creative nonfiction (5,000 words or less)
Scholarly articles (5,000 words or less)
Poems (send no more than 5 at a time)
Book Reviews (500 words or less)

Payment for accepted work is a copy of the issue.

For additional information, please visit

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Upcoming Colleen Anderson Workshops

Writer Colleen Anderson will be conducting some writing workshops in the near future.

April 18-23: Cedar Mountain Writing Workshop. This workshop, which will be held in a private cabin near Brevard, NC, is limited to a few participants, but there's room for at least one more person. With five days of workshopping, time to explore the area (near Asheville, NC), and breakfasts/lunchesincluded, it's a remarkably affordable $350. Rental cabins are
available, and there may be a bedroom left in a cabin that's being rented by several already-registered participants. You can download more info and a registration form at my website:

May 16-21: Sensory and Specific: A Creative Writing Course. A week- long Exploritas program at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV.

Find out more about this workshop by visiting and search for "Sensory and Specific," or call 1-800-454-5768 to register.

Village Pariah Seeks Submissions

(This news courtesy of Rhonda White)

The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. They are interested in publishing poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America. Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc who speaks of Twain's influence on his or her art or life.

Electronic submissions only.

Entries should be emailed as an attachment to thevillagepariah( at)yahoo. com (replace "(at)" with @)

Please include name, contact information, and a short bio along with your submission. Our reading period is now open and entries will be accepted until March 15, 2010.

Visit their website ( for more information

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society seeking poetry submissions

(This news courtesy of WVW's Ed Zahniser)

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 17.

The festival is held at the Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

Again, events will include a "poetry walk" with original poems on spring themes posted all along the preserve's Kingfisher trail. The poetry walk has become a very popular feature of the festival!

Those who wish to submit poems are encouraged to do so by email by sending them to Poems may also be dropped off at the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown or submitted by regular mail to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

The deadline for submissions is April 10.

For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or