Archive for December, 2012

New Literary Journal Publishes Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

December 18, 2012

Catamaran Literary Reader is a new quarterly literary and visual arts magazine. Inaugural issue was published on October 17th 2012. Catamaran features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Based in the new Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, CA., their mission is to capture the vibrant creative spirit of California in writing and art from around the world. Themes include environmentalism, personal freedom, innovation, and artistic spirit. Seek to present diverse national voices around themes such as these that have a special resonance with their region.

Catamaran Literary Reader (ISSN 2168-7226) is published in October, January,April, and July by Catamaran Literary Reader Inc., a California Nonprofit Corporation with 501C-3 fiscal sponsorship from Chicago Quarterly Review.


Catamaran Literary Reader accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art. Themes  especially interested in include diversity, environmentalism, artistic spirit, personal freedom, and innovation. Any setting is fine, but the California is of particular interest.  

Catamaran Literary Reader

1050 River St., Studio 113
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Write about a dog – – fiction contest for cash!

December 18, 2012

American Kennel Club’s 26th Annual Fiction Writing Contest is now accepting entries for our 26th Annual Fiction Contest. The winners will receive: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Winning stories will be published in AKC Family Dog as space allows.


1. The contest is open to anyone except employees of the American Kennel Club and their immediate families.

2. Entries must be original, unpublished stories that have not been offered to or accepted by ano other publishers. Only one entry per author.

3. The American Kennel Club retains the right to publish the three prize-winning entries in AKC Family Dog or other AKC publications.

4. Entries may feature either a purebred of mixed breed dog. The maximum length is 2,000 words. Entries exceeding that length will not be considered.

6. The author’s name, address, and phone number must appear on the first page. The author’s name and the page number must appear on each successive page.

7. AKC Publictions cannot acknowledge receipt of manuscripts and assumes no responsibility for any entry under any circumstances. Entries will not be returned. No phone calls, please.

8. All acceptable entries will be read by a panel of judges selected by AKC Publications. They will choose the winners based on the style, content, originality and appeal of the story. All decisions are final. Winners will be announced in an issue of AKC Family Dog in 2013.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013

Send entries to:

AKC Publications Fiction Contest
The American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


For submissions: AKC Publications Fiction Contest, The American Kennel Club, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016


Anthology Call for Submissions

December 6, 2012

Are you the mother of a child with special needs?

 Deadline:  April 22, 2013

Nonfiction. Up to 6,000 words or 6 poems.

Submissions must address one of the themes listed below:

  • Challenges: Sometimes it sucks.
  • Purpose: I learned my own power; I get “it.”
  • Providence: Why was I chosen?
  • Pure Joy: Their joy is my joy!
  • Joy?: It’s the simple things.

For more information, visit:

The Sun Magazine

December 5, 2012

The Sun

I picked up a copy of this magazine and didn’t put it down until I had finished the entire copy.  Have you read it?  Short stories, essays, interviews, poetry and letters all written with depth, humor, and insight.  They don’t want opinion pieces or academia.  The best thing is they purchase one-time rights, which means you can sell them something you may have sold before. 

One section is devoted to Readers Write, which asks “readers to address subjects on which they’re the only authorities.  Topics are intentionally broad in order to give room for expression.” 

 Upcoming Topics

Breaking the Rules       January 1      Deadline             

Bullies                                    February 1            

In The Dark                        March 1                                        

Honesty                                April 1                                              

Trying Again                     May 1                                                 

Writing Prompts: 

  1. Choose one of the topics above and write a personal experience piece on this theme. 
  2. Choose one of the topics above and write a short story.
  3. Choose one of the topics and write a poem.