Welcome to the new, biweekly Champlain College Newsletter published by CCPI! We’ll feature a selection of places to submit work each week, along with helpful tools, advice from published writers, and upcoming events on- and off-campus. There will also be a small selection of contests each week.
The newsletter will be posted to our blog every week on Friday and cross-posted to the Professional Writing Facebook page as well as the CCPI Facebook page. We will also be cross-posting the link each week to our Twitter account, so be sure to follow us!
This newsletter is a result of many requests from students wanting us to have a resource for them to find literary magazines they can submit their work to. We won’t be featuring many each week, but we’ll make sure there’s a different selection each week!
Enjoy the launch edition!
Where Can I Submit My Work?
Some of the featured magazines accept genres other than what they’re listed under. Check out their full submissions guidelines to see all of the options.
100 Word Story: No more, no less. This lit mag forces you to question every decision and every word you pick. Accepts stories, prose poems, slices of memoirs, and essays. Rolling submission period. Charges reading fee. Check their submissions page for full details.
The Biscuit: Here’s an interesting one, folks. Not only are they looking for short stories that feature the same character, they’re interested in publishing serialized novels. The perfect place for someone looking to expand on a universe and characters. Rolling submissions. No reading fee. Check their submissions page for full details.
Apiary Magazine: This is for all you Philadelphians out there. This lit mag publishes work by anyone who is living or has lived in Philly. Doesn’t pay or charge a reading fee. Submissions are currently closed, but this is something to keep on your radar.
A Bad Penny Review: Accepts submissions for poetry and prose between March and April and between September and October. This lit mag has a special interest in visual and intermedia work. Check out their guidelines for more information.
32 Poems: Seeks to publish work no longer than 32 lines. Will make an exception for poems that are deemed “exciting” and are a little on the longer side. Charges a reading fee for online submissions.
Common Ground Review: Seeks to publish well-crafted poems with strong imagery. Accepts three to five poems at once, under 61 lines each. Visit their site for full submission guidelines.
Tools For Writers
- 25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy: Stumped on how to make your first draft the best you can be? Can’t figure out what isn’t right with that one paragraph that you just don’t lie? These tips will help you figure out what words to cut out and what isn’t necessary to include.
- 42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists: If your main interest is in fiction writing, you may find these tips helpful. There are 42 of them, so it’s a lot to take in all at once. But it’s great to keep on hand for reference. This list discusses ideas like not limiting yourself to one genre or giving your characters tough obstacles to overcome.
- NaNoWriMo: Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Beginning November 1, writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be completely polished. This concept is about determination and enthusiasm–and you’ll feel great for completing a novel-length story.
- The Most Dangerous Writing App: Got a bad case of writer’s block? If you’re the type that like to combat it by forcing yourself to write, this is an app for you. Within a set amount of time, you must continuously write. It can be anything: nonsense, coherent thoughts, a poem. So long as you don’t stop writing, anything goes. But beware. If you pause for too long, all your work will be erased.
Writing: As Told by Published Authors
Current Writing Contests
Because we can’t feature every single contest, here’s a more complete list for you to take a look at. This site lists deadlines, entry fees, and genres, along with links to submission guidelines.
- The Paumanok Poetry Award: Given by Farmingdale State College, first and second place winners will receive a monetary prize and a spot in a reading. Submitted poems may be published or unpublished. You may submit 3-5 poems, no more than 10 pages in total length. Deadline is September 15, 2016. Visit the site for full details.
This Week’s Prompts
Imagine a country you’ve always wanted to visit. Do a little bit of research on said country and start a short story about what a journey there might be like. Will your character be a criminal looking to pull off a heist? Or a woman traveling to find herself and true love–but winds up getting wrapped up in a twisted situation? Come up with a character and try writing off the top of your head instead of planning out a plot. Let the story take you where it wants to go.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" --Mary Oliver
What do you see when you read this excerpt? What images, visions, words float through your mind and behind your eyes? What do you hear? Smell? Taste? Take the sensations and run with them. Use whatever you feel to craft a poem. It doesn’t even have to answer the question. In fact, it’s more interesting if it doesn’t.
Nancy Means Wright Reading: At 2:00 p.m. on September 18 in the Morgan Room of Aiken Hall.
Kim Addonizio Reading: Hosted by the Champlain Publishing Initiative. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 3 in the Alumni Auditorium.
Po-Jazz: From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on September 16 at Speeder & Earl’s.
Header image designed by Emma Reed.