St Somewhere Fiction Anthology – Deadline August 1st 2013

St. Somewhere Press is currently accepting submissions for “Things & Time”, a book length, short story anthology, to be released in 2013. Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2013. Projected publication date is October of 2013. This anthology of short fiction will be published in electronic book form, spanning multiple formats.

We are seeking original, unpublished fiction with a direct thematic connection to the Caribbean, or the Caribbean Diaspora. Accepted works must not have been previously published in print or digitally (online or e-book formats). All genres are welcome, as long as they meet the previously stated criteria of a connection to the Caribbean or Caribbean Diaspora. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Please submit short fiction of 3,000 to 6,000 words, as an email attachment. Email submissions only will be accepted. Failure to comply with requested word count or to provide submission as an attachment will result in automatic disqualification. Your submission should be single spaced, with block paragraph formatting.  You may send multiple submissions, but only one per email.

Send your submissions to submissions@stsomewherepress.com with the subject line: Submission – Fiction Anthology. Include your name, email address and a brief bio in both the body of your email and in the attached document.

No monetary compensation is being offered for this anthology. Upon publication, contributing authors will be given unlimited access to download electronic copies of the anthology for a two week period of time.

Upon acceptance, St. Somewhere Press assumes first serial rights to all submissions. The copyright automatically reverts to author upon publication. All work may be permanently archived online by St. Somewhere Press and St. Somewhere Press retains the non-exclusive rights to republish accepted works in alternate, or new, formats. Any subsequent publication of accepted works by their authors must properly cite St. Somewhere Press as the original publisher of the work.

http://stsomewherepress.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
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Do you have a Dream Journal? Crazy Caribbean Fantasy

Excerpt from an unfinished novel:

Michael’s dreams taunted him. There was a world in his sleep that disappeared when he awoke. Even though he kept a pen and pad on his night stand, he was never quick enough, strong enough, and talented enough to capture his dreams. When he was asleep, he could manipulate words; he created plots and crafted stories so beautiful, so exciting that he was sure they would be recited for generations…but as soon as he opened his eyes they all disappeared and he was left staring at pages of disjointed sentences and nonsensical stories.

Taken from Patsy, Coming no time soon…

I was inspired to write this post because of a crazy adventure dream I had last night.

I was in a rainforest in Guyana with some friends. The task was to reach a part of the island, within some time frame (yes even my dreams have some kind of structure) and apparently I was the only person shocked by these strange creatures in the Caribbean, whose sole task was to prevent us from reaching the sacred bush and get a tasty human entrée in the process.

We fought every creature – some of them physically- but most of the time it was a battle of wit and strategy versus strength. My Guyanese friends would give me a rundown description of the creatures, what their weaknesses were etc., while they stood there and waited until we finished (Yes they are monsters, but that is no reason to be rude).

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I Confess: I love Mondays

*Fends off the evil stares*

Writing does not have a conventional 9-5 schedule, and that’s why we love it.  I can sleep in late or wake up early; set my schedule around a four hour afternoon nap, anything I want! But sometimes I do lament not being able to relate to those “TGIF” posts. tgif

I despise the weekend! There are so many distractions, too much noise – I will have a separate post to describe my hatred of lawnmowers. I find it hard to focus, and to balance the need to get work finished and to hang out with friends/support events. Productivity is at an all-time low on weekends!  It is not relaxing for me because I get frustrated when I can’t get things done. Sue me for liking my work.

I love the feel of Mondays. Monday symbolises the smell of fresh projects, new ideas, replies to my emails, progress on assignments and…sweet silence as sour-faced islanders trudge off to offices.

So I just re-read the first two sentences. If I can do anything I want, then why is it so hard to set an off day? Decide to write Monday to Friday, and take weekends off? Yes, I’ve read the numerous articles and tips on how to be an effective writer, and they all recommend that off day.

shut_my_brain_off_by_digiq8-d3itbzlMaybe someone can tell me how I shut my brain off? I am not so talented yet that I can programme inspiration to come between Monday and Friday because an expert said that I should have one day to relax. I relax when I want to, write when I want to, spend the time lamenting about my lack of progress when I want to. Maybe I need more training? If only my body would cooperate.

You’re supposed to find out the most effective time to write for you, and plan your schedule around that. A couple years ago, waking up around 5am and writing until I could no longer ignore hunger pangs used to work for me. Then I changed time zones, and my effective writing period changed to midnight until about 3am. Life changed, and I found that I could no longer stay awake, and so I wrote from about 4pm to 8pm. You get my drift? Now, I just move with the tide.

I can’t even say, “Look out for new posts on Mondays and Fridays”. Suppose I have something to say that is only relevant on Wednesday? Suppose nothing interesting happens to me at all, and I have to post a pic of my cat in a compromising position?

The highlight of my week was nothing writing related. My friend sent me a vid of my godson, Zach. Not many things can bring you as much joy as a child’s laugh. See for yourself.

So…this starting off as a post about me loving Mondays, and ventured into all different directions. Who cares?

At a recent writing workshop, a fellow writer told me I have a great talent for ‘circular writing’. I smiled and accepted the compliment. She didn’t have to know that – like this post- I started with one topic/issue in mind, got lost, asked for directions, stopped to observe the scenery, and then continued along the original path. I always get there in the end.

See? I have my own problems.

But ‘Monday blues’ isn’t one of them . 🙂

PS. Here is the pic of my cat.

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Hmm…will have to look for a new back-up post.

Until…

Kirah

Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference – Deadline March 1st 2013

You may apply to the Conference by submitting a sample of original work and an online application (see the link to the application below). All applicants submit an application and their supporting materials online. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

There are several ways to apply to the Conference. You will see an overall list below. Those applying for financial aid must choose one category. If you would like to be considered for a spot as a general contributor should you not receive a financial aid award, you must submit a general contributor application in addition to the financial aid application.

Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the Conference. The workshops are designed to accommodate both published writers and those in the early stages of promising careers. For the 2012 Conference, we were able to accept 26% of general applicants; 6% of those who applied for financial aid received an award.

We cannot enroll anyone for less than the full ten days of the Conference. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.

There is no application fee.

N.B.: Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the Conference, noting it on their deposit/confirmation form. Participants are then assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.

CLICK HERE for the online application.

http://www.middlebury.edu/blwc/admissions

Marc Gibson – Pen Pal

Marc has always had a way with words. This curious affinity has led him down a meandering path  that includes being educated at the Barbados Community College  in Mass Communications, stints as a copy-writer, print journalist, freelance writer and more recently a screenwriter.

Also very passionate about film and television, he pursued the Motion Picture Arts programme at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

He enjoys reading fiction in general (Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is a favourite) and comics in particular, in addition to the cinematic works of Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams and Alfred Hitchcock.

Marc can often be found entertaining himself for several seconds at a time with several computer games such as action RPGs like Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect franchise as well as action RTS favourites such as DoTA2 and League of Legends.

Bridgeland is his debut graphic novel that he hopes paves the way for many more.

http://www.bridgelandcomic.com/About_Us.html