NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – So to Speak Journal, DEADLINE: Oct. 8, 2018

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Trish Hopkinson

So to Speak is a feminist literary journal and their blog is currently accepting submissions for their Immigration Series, including: The Feminist Artistic Process (Prose and Poetry writing, Visual Art, Photography); Micro (fiction or nonfiction); Book Review; Personal Essay; Experimental – Bending of Form, blending of genres.

I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked Blog Editor Allison Tunstall and she kindly replied. See my interview with Tunstall and submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about So to Speak.

TUNSTALL: So to Speak Journal is a literary journal of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. We are an intersectional feminist journal that includes, advocates for, and amplifies the perspectives & experiences of nonbinary people, women, people of color, people with disabilities, Native and Indigenous peoples, neurodivergent people, people of all different religions or none, migrants, refugees & immigrants (regardless of citizenship)…

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Your Current Challenges Doesn’t Define Your Tomorrow

Thanks to OJ’s positive message!


Just because your current situation of living is looking PALE and TOUGH, DOESN’T mean your future is not COLORFUL…

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If you cannot walk past the darkness (troubles, hard times, etc) facing you today…., then your colorful future will be in JEOPARDY.

Remember that;

Before getting to any great destination in life…. One must overshadow the hurdles and circumstances, laid out by life.

Be brave, keep living, Keep Smiling, Love, Laugh…, and take ONE STEP at a TIME in WORKING toward tomorrow (goals, dreams, etc), and all will fall in pleasant places for you.

Late post Inspiration!

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Fatal Flaws: Why Your Story is Falling Apart & How to Fix It – by Kristen Lamb…

Kristen Lamb tells it like it is in this entertaining post no fixing your (potentially) fatally flawed story.

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Recently I blogged about the log-line, how it’s an incredible diagnostic tool for spotting flaws in a story idea. The brilliance of the log-line is the simplicity. As an editor/writing coach, I can zero in on a story’s every strength and spot every flaw with a single glance at the log-line.

How? Because the log-line is a prototype (a scaled-down model) of the final product.

Continue reading HERE

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Outlining Your Novel – Whether You’re a Plotter or a Pantser – by Harrison Demchick…

Harrison Demchick shares great ways on outlining your story. 🙂

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on Live Write Thrive site:

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Pantser is a term that has come into vogue in the creative writing world over the last few years. When it comes to the process of writing, a pantser is one who flies by the seat of his pants, barreling his way to a completed draft with little planning and less revision. It’s an approach well-suited to writers who otherwise find themselves so stuck seeking perfection that they never actually finish anything.

I’ve never been one to fly by the seat of my pants. I’m a plotter. I plan. But I’ve also never been one to advocate for only one approach to writing. We’re all different writers with different writer brains. What works for one may not work for another, and as a writer you need to find what works best for you.

But fiction is complicated no…

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