Writing Re-Enlightenment

Web wanderings: Some interesting links

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on January 30, 2012

If you don’t share my obsessive-compulsive tendency to troll the Internet looking for news and information about the wide world of literature and publishing, here are a few good links that you could have missed:

http://janefriedman.com/2012/01/28/start-here-how-to-get-your-book-published/ Great post by Jane Friedman laying out the basics of what writers need to consider on the road to book publication.

http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/133082-gender-bias-at-npr-and-what-it-reveals-about-the “Gender Bias at NPR — and What It Reveals About the World of Literary Fiction: All (Male) Things Considered” I learned about this sad, sobering article at Blog of a Bookslut, which offers great information and insights on the literary world.

http://thereviewreview.net/interviews/bridge-commercial-publishing An interview with the editors of Slice, who also happen to be book editors at Penguin and Hatchett. Particularly Hopeful Words: “We aim to act as a bridge for new writers to make their way into the commercial publishing world. Many of our subscribers are editors and agents and they routinely scout out new talent in Slice.” So might be a good place for many traditional writers try! This is my attempt to provide HOPE after the HELL of the essay by the former Tin House reader. (See previous post.)

http://www.erikadreifus.com/2012/01/friday-find-where-to-publish-flash-nonfiction-micro-essays/ “Friday Find: Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction & Micro-Essays” Might interest creative nonfiction writers as a way to dip your toe in the publishing waters, particularly if you’ve put all your eggs in a single “memoir” basket. As this new post at Talking Writing points out, memoirs are not an easy sell with agents, let alone publishers. FYI, I look at Erika Dreifus pretty religiously (note aforementioned obsessive-compulsive traits) — her website is worth checking out whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

In a last, totally unrelated note, last night my mother told me that her cat “hornswoggled” her. Love. That. Word. I believe it needs to see a resurgence in the under-70 crowd. Who’s with me?

As I tell my younger brother whenever we talk, Have a Good Life!

A Sprinkling of Lit Journals That Accept Electronic Submissions: C – D

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on January 29, 2012

Again, this list is not comprehensive. I consider it a taste — what the cool kids now call an amuse-bouche rather than the appetizer or “app” as identified in the many Applebee’s commercials littering traditional media channels these days — to get you started. If you really want to research the wide array of journals that are out in the world, Duotrope is the gold standard of databases, and Poets & Writers and NewPages both have their strong points as well. Drum roll, please, the letters “C” and “D”! Enjoy.

Calyx – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – October-December submissions

Camera Obscura – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – variable

Carolina Quarterly – Tell It Slant – $2 fee – allows simultaneous –year-round submissions (With Tell It Slant, submissions are done directly at its website: https://tellitslant.com/)

Carve – Submishmash – $3 fee – allows simultaneous submissions – year-round submissions

Cincinnati Review – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – September-May submissions

The Collagist – Submishmash – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – year-round submissions

Colorado Review – Submishmash – $3 fee – allows simultaneous submissions – August-April submissions

Contrary Magazine – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – variable

Crate – Submishmash – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – variable

Crazyhorse – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – September-May submissions

Cream City Review – in-house submission manager – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – August-November and December-April submissions

CutBank – Submishmash – no fee –allows simultaneous submissions – October – February submissions

Cutthroat – Submishmash – no fee – doesn’t address simultaneous submissions – variable

Dark Sky – Submishmash – no fee –allows simultaneous submissions – year-round

decomP – Submishmash – no fee – allows simultaneous submissions – year-round

Drunken Boat – in-house submission manager – no fee – doesn’t address simultaneous submissions – variable

An Inside Look at How Literary Journals Read the Slush Pile

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on January 26, 2012

Over at the website Talking Writing, David Cameron has written an essay, “My Stint as a Literary Doorman.” If you’re submitting work to literary journals, it’s a mite depressing to see just how much the odds are stacked against you. However, Cameron’s piece will give you some perspective when you have the myriad, impersonal rejections you’ll receive in hand. After reading it, I want to take a deep breath and keep trying — as opposed to bashing my head against the wall until the urge to write passes (which is how I normally feel by the time a story has been rejected 20 times).