Champlain Publishing Newsletter

Welcome to Champlain Publishing’s newsletter! Each edition features a new selection of places to submit, tools for writers, and prompts (for those suffering from the dreaded writer’s block). Check out the upcoming events to see what’s happening on or around campus.

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. Be sure, when submitting, that you carefully read through the submissions guidelines, as well. Many literary magazines are strict about submission format.

The Axe Factory: A quarterly literary journal that publishes contemporary prose of up to 5,000 words. Rolling submissions. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Charges a $4 reading fee. Pays $25 for accepted pieces. Highly supportive of new and emerging authors.

Jersey Devil Press: An online literary journal. Submissions should be less than 4,200 words. Editors prefer an even 4,000 (or close to). Also accepts flash fiction. Rolling submissions. Accepts simultaneous submissions. No reading fee.

damselfly press: Seeks to promote exceptional writing by women. Submissions must be no more than seven pages. Permitted to send up to two nonfiction submissions. No reading fee. Publishes three times a year (January, April, and October) and requests writers submit to only one genre per issue.

Temenos Journal: Seeks to publish both established and emerging writers. Piece must be no more than 4,000 words. Deadline for submissions is November 18, 2016. Charges $4 reading fee.

Buck Off Magazine: Submit up to five poems. Rolling submissions. Does not accept previously published work. Encourages author to take a look at previous editions and send an email if they aren’t sure their work is a good fit.

O-Dark-Thirty: A literary journal that serves as a platform for veterans and members of the military community (including family members of those serving/on reserve) to share their writing. Rolling submissions. Submit up to three poems.

Not what you’re looking for? No sweat! Check out Poets & Writers list of literary magazines to find one that’s a good fit for you.

Tools For Writers


  • 33 Commonly Misunderstood Words & Phrases: There’s always that one word/phrase we can never get right. This graphic lists 33 of the most common misunderstandings and what the actual words/phrases are supposed to be. (Spoiler: “supposed” is on there.)

  • How Professional Writers Beat Writer’s Block: We’ve all been there: staring at a blank page, pen in hand, with no clue what to write or where to start. Lucky for us, a few pros gave away some of their strategies.

  • Hemingway App: Having trouble with passive voice? Run-on sentences? Overuse of adverbs? This app highlights all of those things in the most literal sense possible. Through use of different colors, the app helps you detect various issues with your writing. Good for those who need a little extra help editing their work. Just copy and paste in your writing, or write directly in the box!

  • 16 Ways to Improve Your Writing: We’re never too good to not need improvement. These are all relatively practical, and you may find that you do some already; however, some may be so obvious that they never even occurred to you.


Writing: As Told by Published Authors


I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that, later, I can build sand castles. –Shannon Hale

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
–Herman Melville


The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
–Ursula K. Le Guin

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them. –Isaac Asimov


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 and provides links to submission guidelines.

  • Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest: Offers two $1,500 prizes: one for a poem that rhymes or is of traditional style and another for a poem of any style or genre. Honorable mentions will receive $100 each. Max of 250 lines per poem. Entry fee is $10. Deadline is September 30, 2016.


  • Halloween Horror: Love writing chilling horror stories and thrillers? This halloween-based contest is looking for 700 – 7,000 word submissions (suggested length 2,000 – 3,500 words) that have a terrifying theme. Deadline is October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize. All writers will get feedback on their work.


  • Our Darkest Hours: Sponsored by The Writer, this contest is looking for 2,000-word fictional short stories “using any nuance, definition or understanding of the word ‘dark.'” The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016. Entry fee is $25. The grand prize is $1,000 and publication in the magazine.


This Week’s Prompts


Return to a short story or piece of fiction you wrote in the past and haven’t looked at in awhile. Reread it. Jot down new observations on your character(s): actions, personality, etc. Then start a sequel, either directly after or sometime in the future. Include new insights, a shift in behavior. Attempt to show that there has been a change in your character during the lapsed time, as if they were an actual person. (After all, we don’t stay the same forever.)



"Thy soul shall find itself alone
'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone."
               --Edgar Allen Poe, Spirits of the Dead

Where does your soul find itself alone? Is it dark? Lonely? Desperate? Take a knife and cut into it this week. Write about what your soul feels and sees when it’s by itself.

Upcoming Events


Kim Addonizio Reading: Hosted by Champlain Publishing. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 3 in the Alumni Auditorium.

Lost Wax Book Launch: Jericho Parms will be celebrating her new book Lost Wax with a reading and reception at Burlington City Arts on Friday, September 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. If interested, you can read a book review here.
Poetry Reading: Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Justin Boening, Kerrin McCadden, and Tom Paine will be reading at Burlington City Arts on October 2 at 4:00 p.m. Justin Boening is on tour for his debut poetry collection, and fiction writer Tom Paine will be debuting his poems as well.
The Warmth of Other Suns: Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson will be chronicling the decades-long migration in America of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities. At 5:00 p.m. on October 5 at the Ira Allen Chapel.

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