I submit a lot of work to literary journals, and with all that submitting comes perspective.
I read, and read, and read–and then read some more–submission guidelines, blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, all instructing writers on how to be courteous and effective before, during, and after the submission process. All of this advice is usually quite sound, of benefit to any writer thinking of submitting their work for publication.
Yet, throughout my experience submitting work to journals, I’ve also noticed some rather dubious submission practices on the editorial side of things, some of them little, some of them rather blatant. So I made a list of the eight I notice most, and submitted them to the inimitable The Review Review, which has published my list here:
Writers Have Rules Too: A List of No-Nos for Magazine Submissions
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Maybe you know what it’s like to be away from someone–away, perhaps, indefinitely? You might then appreciate my latest publication in The Conium Review:
I’d like to thank James R. Gapinksi for bringing this piece to life on the website–I do think it looks great, especially beneath that wonderful Chicago skyline I hold so dear.
A big thanks to Squawk Back, and its editorial overlord, Zak Block, for publishing a flash fiction piece of mine in Squawk Back 126:
Sunspots on a Calendar Week
I wrote this a long time ago–maybe some of my new friends will enjoy reading it.
Originally posted on Treehouse:
When I found the postcard from Remy beneath my bed I immediately wrote him at the return address. Mama immediately questioned my judgment.
“He doesn’t live in Paris,” she said as she reached for her coffee from behind her morning read. “He might still be out on the ranch, there in the hills.”
“Yes, near Bordeaux,” I replied. “That’s where he wrote the postcards from.” My mother lowered her book to the table and looked me in the eye.
“That was nearly ten years ago, Andre. Since before your father passed. He won’t recognize you even if you do manage to track him down.”
“Papa loved him,” I reasoned. “So do you, ma. Remy is blood.” But she wasn’t looking at me anymore. Her gaze was elsewhere, unfocused and lost outside the kitchen window. We were quiet for a while after that.
I left for France the next…
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The folks at Chicago Literati were kind enough to publish a creative non-fiction piece of mine in “The Wanderlust Issue.” I wrote this piece after returning from a wedding–a beautiful, candid, touching wedding–where I had the opportunity to dance and drink and be weird with some of my closest friends. And of course, this piece was also inspired by Great Expectations and Candide, books I recently read for the first time.
Great Expectations, Or the Baby Melancholy and Nostalgia made
Please enjoy “Windswept,” an early short story of mine that I’ve made available here in its entirety. This piece was originally published in Nib Magazine (now defunct).
A sharp jolt of pain shot from his pinned arm and froze him at the top of a lingering breath, where a flash of his son’s smile, his wife’s face, and the color of the girl’s touch were waiting like a mirage; but they were loath to stay and quickly turned to black as the pain eased its grip on Ernie’s nerves, allowing a final bounty of oxygen to leave his lungs and dissipate into the night air like a quick puff from a cigarette.
Write something deep-down, heartfelt, true, and the world will remember you.
The Prints Project at Pea River Journal is evidence of that. The premise, while it might appear straightforward, has already led to beautifully layered responses from contributors.
Akhmatova, Whitman, Pound, Dickinson, Baraka, Woolf–these are some of the faces that appeared in the mailboxes of contributors (including yours truly) to the Fall 2014 issue of Pea River Journal. The writer’s task: respond. No guidelines. Just respond to whatever the print stirs in you.
Take a moment and read what all of these talented writers have come up with in response to these wonderful prints:
The Prints Project at Pea River Journal
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I have a new piece of flash fiction up in the Summer/Fall 2014 issue of Lunch Ticket, the literary journal of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles:
Perry and Vega
If you’ve read the piece and feel like engaging me with feedback, critique, or other such things, please do so in the comments section below, or by email. I look forward to reading the rest of the work in this issue, and send many thanks to the editors of Lunch Ticket.