Unlikely Stories Seeks Submissions

Submissions for the 20th Anniversary Issue of Unlikely Stories are open!

Unlikely Stories seeks poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art criticism, social criticism, first hand accounts of political activism, visual art, music, spoken word, other forms of aural art, audiovidual presentations, and everything else for their 20th Anniversary Issue. Submissions close June 1 for a tentative release July 1 — twenty years after the premiere of the first Unlikely Stories site.

Anyone is welcome to submit, and they are particularly looking for work by people who have been previously published in Unlikely Stories, Unlikely 2.0, Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Unlikely Stories Mark V, and/or Unlikely Books any time in their twenty-year run.

If you are a previous contributor, please make a note of when and what you contributed, so that they can make sure your work receives an enthusiastic audience.

Full guidelines are at http://www.unlikelystories.org/mission

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Paying Poetry Gig Seeks Bowie Inspired Work

Subterranean Blue Poetry, a New Age Internet Poetry and Art Publishing Café, has a submission call for their Christmas Subterranean Blue Poetry 2018. The theme is David Bowie. They seek poetry about David Bowie, reminiscences, love affairs, inspirations of his lyrics and music.

There are no reading fees. Please submit via email at subterraneanbluepoetry@outlook.com. Pay is $10 per poem and $20 per masthead graphic, paid in the month of publication. Subterranean Blue Poetry believes it is important that Poets/Artists are paid for their time, work and talent.

They also welcome subscriptions. Fees are $5 per issue and $25 per yearly subscription payable by PayPal. Email subterraneanbluepoetry@outlook.com for details.

So… someone is offering payment for poetry and art about David Bowie? I like these guys. Visit them online here at subterraneanbluepoetry.com.

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Enjoy “Lullaby,” Winner of the COG Poetry Award

Now that Easter and April Fools Day are done, all we have left to celebrate is National Poetry Month. All month long I’ll be sharing poetry contests, news, reviews… today I’d like to kick off the festivities with an animated adaptation of Megan Merchant’s poem Lullaby, the winner of the 2016-17 COG Poetry Awards. Find out more about Megan here.


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Happy Easter-April Fools-Poetry Month

How do I celebrate three holidays packed into one day? Maybe I’ll just let the masters handle this one. Here is a collection of Easter poems from the likes of George Herbert, Oscar Wilde and T. S. Eliot.

Any good holiday poems you think should be on this list? Share in the comments!

10 of the Best Easter Poems Everyone Should Read

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First Dungeons & Dragons Game

Last week we decided we were all going to play Dungeons and Dragons, a role playing game. My oldest son wanted to practice his DMing, so we were to be the guinea pigs. Last week he led us through a tutorial event so we could all get used to the mechanics.

Quote of the night:
How long does it take to get through a flipping door?

So tonight we played our first real game with consequences—hilarious fun. Our first boss fight was Zoet, a giant rabbit golem thing some crazy wizard had made with chocolate. We kept the damage to Zoet real, and high rollers got to eat their spoils as the battle progressed. My youngest son hit a “natural 20” and Zoet started going down fast after that. Looting was delicious. This may become an Easter tradition.

I made the photo time line above to show the highlights of our boss battle with Zoet, but to get a better idea of what a campaign looks like (for those unfamiliar), check out the video below of Vin Diesel as he sits down with Geek and Sundry and Nerdist for a game.


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Write Where Jack Wrote

Jack Kerouac by photographer Tom Palumbo.

Writers interested in enjoying a residency at the house where Jack Kerouac lived can apply until April 16. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums.

Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a Welcome Potluck dinner, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency.

More details on the Jack Kerouac Project here.

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Electric Literature Pays $50 for Essays

Electric Literature seeks personal and critical essays, as well as humor that reflects on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms.

They’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture, etc. Visit Electric Literature here.

Examples of some of their favorite recent personal essays include pieces about seeing yourself in Sailor Moonloving the Titanic before it was cool, and reading The Odyssey in a place that doesn’t yet feel like home.

Critical essays may cover a single book, multiple books, a whole genre, or non-book pop culture like TV, music, and games. Recent interests of Electric Literature include reproductive dystopiasdeath-positive novelsthe whitewashing of Annihilationand the medieval roots of bro culture. Some essays may be both personal and critical, like an essay about J.D. Salinger and why women don’t get to be asshole geniuses. Payment for essays is $50. Suggested word count is 1,500–4,000 words.

Submissions will be accepted on the submittable account here.

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Anthology Seeks Pantuom

Poets are invited to submit pantoums for an upcoming anthology, tentatively titled, “Pantoums for the 21st Century.”

Send up to three pantoums, which meet the following criteria: the poem must be recognizable as a pantoum; although the poets may be international, the pantoums must be in English; and, finally, the pantoums must not have been previously published.

No translations, please. The editor, Carol H. Jewell, prefers that pantoums not have the word “pantoum” in their titles, for obvious reasons. Payment TBD. Carol H. Jewell’s first book, Hits and Missives, was published in 2017, by Clare Songbirds Publishing House (Auburn, NY).

Send submissions in Word, as PDF, or in the body of your email. Please put “Pantoum anthology” in the subject line. If your Pantoum(s) is/are chosen, you will be asked to provide a brief bio. Send your pantoums to cherbiej@gmail.com. Deadline is Sept. 1, 2018.

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Guest Post: On Meeting Stephen King

Last week I posted a re-blog of some Stephen King tips for writers, and I mentioned a friend of mine just met him in person? Good news! That friend, Nikki Hedrick, has agreed to share details of the experience. 

Nikki runs 850ME, a music and entertainment company, and the Kite Film Fest. She has been an avid supporter of local and regional music in the 850 area (Northwest Florida) and has been responsible for bringing some big name performers to the area as well. 

I’m still quite jealous that I couldn’t ride her coat tails and meet Stephen King myself, but with Nikki, he was definitely in good hands.

Meeting Stephen King

—from Nikki Hedrick

I’m in my 30’s.  I grew up in a household where horror movies and horror books were accessible.  The novel ‘IT’ helped shaped my understanding and empathy towards other’s journeys.  The movie ‘Carrie’ made me feel like I could be powerful, even if I was an outsider to my peers.  Through the Stephen King’s books, stories, and various adaptations of his material – I had a window to the world outside of my quiet beach-town life.

It’s not an overreach to say the King made an impact on my life.  Moreover,  I know I’m one of many who feels that way.

In 2011, my mom and I created 850 Music & Entertainment to support independent musicians – to support our friends.  In 2012, the Destin Florida based publication The Beachcomber recruited me as a contributor.

Life’s been a little wild, but I could have never guessed the opportunity my editor Chris Manson would throw my way.   He began asking how quickly I could take off a day?  How quickly I could drop everything for a road trip.  After a flurry of slightly confused emails, it’s revealed that he has a tentative day and time to meet Stephen King in a private setting.

The Beachcomber features a pet every issue, and Manson had gotten King’s people to agree to let him feature Molly aka The Thing of Evil.

With only a few hours of sleep in my pocket and a dawn meeting time – Mason and I made our way from Destin to Sarasota Florida – a 7+ hour drive.

Stephen King feeds his dog Molly a treat. Photo courtesy of 850 Music and Entertainment

We hit King’s driveway with only 2 minutes to spare.  Met by the man himself with Molly on a leash, waving at us.  It was real.  We were there.

King was relaxed and talked easily.   He handed me a couple of Molly’s favorite treats and I worked with the hyperactive pooch to get a few posed images while Manson asked questions and furiously took notes.

In arguably one of the most surreal moments of my life, I’m sitting on the floor trying to keep Molly’s attention listening to King talk about travel, books, and his routines.  He posed for a couple additional photos – one of him and Molly, and a cell phone snap of all of us.

As we made small talk leaving the house, he was warm in wishing us safe travels, shook our hands, and thanked us for stopping by.

If I didn’t have the photos, I’m still not sure I’d believe it was all real.  But that’s the story.  The entire story, of how a small town gal managed to take photos of Stephen King… and his little dog too.

See all the photos from the experience here.

Visit 850 Music and Entertainment here.

Read the article from The Beachcomber here.

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On Madness and Matches

I woke up this afternoon to find my guest post on madness posted up at HorrorAddicts.net and to see one of my poems, The Match, featured by Central Coast Poetry Shows. It’s always nice to start the day with some kudos.

Find my post, Embracing Madness for Creativity Sake, on HorrorAddicts.net here.

Find my poem, The Match, on Central Coast Poetry Shows here.

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