The Rattling Wall: Submission Deadline May 1st


The three year old LA based literary journal is accepting sophisticated short fiction (yes please!), travel essays (hm, something to think about) and poetry submissions (try something new, anyone?).  

They may be too young to nominate for the Pushcart, but don’t overlook this one.  It’s a style heavy magazine with great writers and a selected artist for each issue.  

Polish up a piece now and send in, snail mail, by the end of the month.


Virginia WoolfDon’t be like David Gilmour, the writer and professor who sparked controversy last year when he said he was not interested in reading books by female authors (save Virginia Woolf.)

In light of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch, Time has come up with a list of seminal women writers and why you should be reading them. Hop to it! And if you’re on Twitter, check out the hashtag  #readwomen2014 for great new books by women.




MFA vs NYC: Behind the Title

imgresNYC vs MFA: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, Edited by Chad Harbach, is a collection of essays by writers who care deeply about one of these places and usually not so much about the other.  Whether this is a result of institutional limitations is not of so much importance to most of the contributors.  Instead, the through line is that each took the path that was open to them at the time and walked it the best they could. Continue reading

A Creative Retreat at Camp NaNoWriMo, April 1st – 30th


Are you ready to breath some fresh air into your writing practice this Spring?  Let it be hot air if you’d like, as long as you lift yourself above the daily grind of revisions and drift into the midst of some new ideas. If conferences and residencies aren’t in the plan for you this year, then check out Camp NaNoWriMo, the April program for storytellers and word counters.

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short, takes place in November every year.  It’s a call to writers to set aside our self-editing in the service of completing a first draft of a novel, defined by the word count of 50,000 words. That’s the promise you make at the beginning of the month and if you fulfill your promise you “win”. Continue reading