Creative and Memoir Writing

April 5, 2023 Compiled by Carol Brennan King

We are nearing the end of our Spring semester so, as those of you in the Zoom class will remember, I am giving you a number of online resources right now. Think of it as a reference library to be used as you continue writing. I know that many of you write as fast as you can to get them all down…but here they are. Now you can check your work to make sure you were able to get the right URLs down.

This first section of class notes is derived from Spotify.

  1. K. M Weiland teaches this first podcast: Ep.818. It is Genre Tip: How to Write Literary Fiction or Helping Writers Become Authors. One key takeaway from this podcast is that literary fiction focuses on character development while general fiction is more plot or action focused.
  2. Savannah Gilbo is one of my favorite writing teachers, and you can go straight to https://open.spotify.com/show/5HiLhjVjkMn41WMnRvNBp8 for an index of her resources.
  3. You can go straight to her Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcasts at https://www.savannahgilbo.com/podcast
  4. Go to https://open.spotify.com/episode/4Tut3eHaPOahGA0Gvill3X for Gilbo’s The 6 Scenes Every Status Story Needs
  5. Finally, check out https://www.savannahgilbo.com/blog/point-of-view for her piece on Point of View.
  6. The final Spotify resource I have for you is a site created by Nicole Breit and Mary Adkins, two well-known on-line writing instructors. On this site. they discuss how to write lots of things and tell you how to order more free training. https://open.spotify.com/show/3kIFPFSNzuNs83RXKL11Ie

Note: I take a lot of online free classes. This is a great way to figure out who teaches in a way that you can follow and develops material well.

I recently took a class that promised a lot. The problem was I could not keep up with the speaker. SO, it was a taped session. Great, you can stop the tape periodically and copy the slides. The problem then became the time. It was supposed to be a 50-minute presentation, but since I wanted all the information, it took much longer to get it all, using this stop-and-go style of note-taking. I discovered taking this person’s classes were more work and time for the value I took from them. So, I avoid her classes.

The final gift I had for this class was a group of resources this week from Writer’s Relief: https://writersrelief.com/2022/06/22/12-literary-journals-that-accept-flash-fiction-writers-relief/ or Just google 12 literary Journals that Accept and Publish FLash Fiction.

Before you read any further, note that this is not all that you need to know to submit to any of these journals. Go to the website provided for the rest of the necessary information.

Here are a few journals that I shared in class:

1. Flash Fiction Magazine: no submission fees; no payment, but it is a publishing credit. We accept fiction stories between 300ā€“1000 words.

  • No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don’t publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let our editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere. You are allowed to submit once a month. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule.
  • Go to the site for more information: https://flashfictionmagazine.com/submissions/

2. CRAFT: https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/ We focus on the craft of writing and how the elements of craft make a story or essay shine.   We feature fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as craft essays and interviews..

CONTESTS

For all contest information, including submission guidelines, please visit our AwardsCalendar, and Submit pages, and our Submittable. Other questions? Email contact@craftliterary.com.

To see a list of our most commonly asked questions about submitting to us, please visit our FAQ pageIf you have additional questions after reading our FAQ, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com.

Flash Fiction, for work up to 1,000 words. (See submission form for details about microfiction.)

Short Fiction, for work up to 6,000 words.

Flash Creative Nonfiction, for work up to 1,000 words. (See submission form for details about micro-essays.)

Creative Nonfiction, for work up to 6,000 words.

For more, go to the website above.

3. Fractured Lit          https://fracturedlit.com/submit/

Guidelines:

Pays $50 for original MicroFiction ( 400 words or less)

$75  for original flash fiction (401 ā€“ 1,000

Writers may submit up to two stories in the same document. You may submit again as soon as you have heard back about your current submission.

4. American Short Fiction has published and continues to seek: short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online. Submit here.

Unsolicited submissions will be accepted from September through December. During other times of the year, keep an eye out for our contests. There are no set guidelines as to the content or length of regular submissions. Anyone wishing to send a story to American Short Fiction should first become familiar with the work previously published by the magazine. Our standards for acceptance are extremely high. Sample copies and subscriptions are available for sale through our online store.

5. Ghost City Review  https://ghostcitypress.com/submit

CATEGORIES

  • POETRY: Please send up to three poems in a single Microsoft Word document. Please do not send PDFs or links.
  • PROSE: Please send up to 3 prose pieces per submission in a single Microsoft Word document ā€” no more than 3,000 words per submission (for the entire document). Please do not send PDFs or links.
  • ART: Please send up to three pieces as high-quality JPGs.
  • REVIEWS: Submit a proposal for the title you would like to review.
  • OTHER: Please feel free to submit anything that falls outside of the categories listed above. This might include journal entries, short plays, monologues, translations, etc. Be creative. We like this category.
  • Submit to  TO GHOSTCITYREVIEW@GMAIL.COM

As I said in class, I am trying to give you lots of helps you might use as you continue working on the craft of writing!

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