"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Archive for July, 2015

Friday Call for Submissions: Spank the Carp: Wading Into the Stream

Spank the Carp


SPANK the CARP publishes unique, thought-provoking fiction and poetry that isn’t obscure or pretentious. Our goal is to invite readers to wade into the stream, not make them afraid of water for fear it’s too cold.

We look for tight, pithy Flash Fiction and Short Stories of any genre, including sci-fi and humor, except fantasy and erotica.

We also look for poetry that takes chances, including concrete or “shape” poetry.

NOTE: Each issue will include only four to six works, with a mix of fiction and poetry. There will be no set timetable; only when we feel we have a good variety will we publish an issue.


We publish fiction and poetry from any author including as yet unpublished writers or writers with only a few publications under their belt.  

Any genre, including hard science fiction, though PLEASE no fantasy, erotica, or sappy romance. Humor is good.

Flash Fiction (around 800 words or less). 

Short stories (around 6000 words or less).

Poetry that is lyrical, where you’ve paid as much attention to the sound of the words as to their meaning. Also concrete or shape poetry.

Regardless, we prefer works that cut to the chase, that are pithy, and have a sense of importance (without overdoing it). And by that we mean, you wrote something you felt needed to be written and put out there in the world.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT anything erotic, sexual, pornographic, or portraying gratuitous violence. Think PG-13, maybe PG-18. Also do not submit political or religious screeds disguised as fiction or poetry. Sensitive thought-provoking actual fiction that makes a general religious or political point, like something utopian or dystopian is okay, just no preaching. It won’t even be considered. Same goes with anything erotic, sexual, pornographic, or violent.

Anything you submit must be your own original creation. It must never have been published on any website or print publication that you do not personally own. If it has appeared only on your own blog or website or your own self-published printed material it is considered self-published. In this case, as long as you are the sole copyright owner, we will accept your work for consideration for reprint.

I’m looking for images and photos that depict Carp and Koi in artistic and natural settings. See the 
Past Ponds page for examples. A one sentence bio will appear under your image or photo. Submission process, compensation, and terms are the same as for written work.

Submission Process
All stories must be submitted via email. We will respond as quickly as possible. Expect a 30 to 45 day turnaround time.

Please submit one short story, one flash, or two poems at a time. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please inform us if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Please include:
– A docx, doc, or rtf formatted document. For visual poetry, png or jpg only.
– A two sentence max description of your work.
– Do not send a formal bio. If your work is accepted we will contact you for a formal bio. DO however tell us whether you have been published before.

Email to: the_carp (at) spankthecarp.com  with the word Submission as the subject.

No compensation can be offered at this time. If accepted, your work will appear prominently on the home page, with a link to it’s own page. This can easily be linked to from a personal or other website. Also, since we seek quality over quantity, in the issue in which your work appears, you will appear with only a few other authors and not buried in a sea of screen clutter.

Terms and Agreements
If we accept your work, we ask for First Serial Rights until publication. After publication all rights revert back to the author. Also your work will remain in our past issues archives unless you ask us to remove it. Exceptions to these terms can be granted on a case by case basis, just ask.

Visit Spank the Carp here: http://www.spankthecarp.com/

Sometimes YOU Are the Poem <3

Extra prompt for today

Line from the pome I just drafted this morning 🙂

“You are radiant
always, already, although you fail to believe”

Make art about how beautiful, how radiant, you are ❤


Special Tuesday Call for Submissions: A-Minor Magazine

Special Tuesday Call for Submissions

from the fabulous editors who brought out my book If We Could Know Our Bones

A-MINOR Magazine: Stories in the Chord of Am

Reading submissions for the September issue of A-Minor Magazine! Send your prose, poetry or artwork. Spread the word!

Editor Nicolette Wong says, “p.s. we have more room in the prose/fiction house at the moment.”


We’re now reading submissions for our next September 2015 issue.

Please submit in ONE category only. Prose and poetry should be pasted in the body of the email. If your poems require special formatting, you may send an attachment.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Include a 50-word, third person bio. Longer bio will be subject to editing. Send your work to aminormagazine@gmail.com

Short Fiction/Prose: 1000 to 4000 words. One story/prose piece only.

Flash Fiction/Prose: 100 to 1000 words apiece. One to three pieces.

Poetry: Three to Five poems. Prose poetry and hybrid form welcome.

For fiction/prose, we are partial to surrealist, experimental and quirky writing. For poetry, we lean toward the lyrical, eccentric, ambivalent and wildly imaginative.

Art/Text: One to three flash prose pieces or poems, based on or paired with artwork by the writer or a visual artist.

Artwork: Two to five pieces of visual poetry, asemic writing or other post-literate variety. Preferences will be given to images that work as a series. Collaborations are welcome.

Prose and poetry must be entirely unpublished. Artwork may be previously posted on the artist’s web site or blog.

Please check out the list of selected back issues and features to get a sense of our editorial drift.

If your work has been featured in A-Minor, please wait at least six months before submitting again.

If your submission has been declined, please wait at least one month before submitting again.

A-Minor requires First North American Serial Rights and all archival rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. If your work appears elsewhere in print or online, please give due credit to A-Minor.

Send all questions to aminormagazine@gmail.com

Check out A-Minor Magazine’s Fifth Anniversary Issue here:


I Forgot to Remember :-) Writing Prompt


I forgot to post a prompt yesterday 🙂
So make art about forgetting.



Monday Must Read! Robert Aquinas McNally, Simply To Know Its Name

Monday Must Read!

McNally03This week meet Robert Aquinas McNally, the author or coauthor of nine books of nonfiction, with a tenth in the works, and the author of four poetry chapbooks and the full-length collection Simply to Know Its Name, which won the Grayson Books Poetry Prize in 2014 and was published by Grayson Books this past April. His poems have appeared in a long list of anthologies and journals, including Ecotone, Spillway, Snowy Egret, Quiddity, RiverSedge, Blueline, Minnetonka Review, Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Soundings East, and Runes. Five times his poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Western Writers of America, McNally has also written news, features, and essays about the wild, particularly in the American West. He wanders, wonders, and writes in Northern California.

Get Robert’s book! Simply to Know Its Name on Grayson Books:


A Reading of Poems, Plus a Commentary on Poetry and Awe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP3f8lyw50E

Read more from Robert online 🙂

Sheepshead” http://www.decompmagazine.com/sheepshead.htm

Passage” http://minnetonkareview.com/IssueSeven/robert_aquinas_mcnally.html

Red Fox” http://www.versedaily.org/2015/redfox.shtml

Great Blue Heron” http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/gallery.php?item=19848


Happy Reading!



Friday Call for Submissions: carbonate: Satisfy Your Read

Friday Call for Submissions: carbonate: Satisfy Your Read


Deadline for Fall issue: August 31, 2015


carbonate is a quarterly literary magazine published online in January, April, July, and October. We accept submissions of poetry, essays, short fiction, novel excerpts, art, and photography year-round.

Originating in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, carbonate® is produced by The Foundry/Rocky Mountain Centre for Writing, a non-profit organization increasing access and visibility of the literary arts in the mountain regions.

We are seeking deeply human, fully realized work from far and wide, and always hope to include voices new to us and new to publication. We publish online: one story, one portfolio of poems, one essay or piece of narrative nonfiction, and visual art. Subscribers and selected contributors get the full edition electronically in a beautifully formatted, full color e-book.

We’re exceptionally partial to works that are well-written and engaging.

Please send us work that truly resonates and brings the reader to a new place. The online journal also publishes interviews with accepted authors and artists. Please inquire before submitting interviews.

We’ll take a look at everything, but boring work will probably not find a home here. Send us your best. Try something new. We might love it.

Deadline for Fall issue: August 31, 2015

Send your submission as an attachment to: carbonatemagazine@gmail.com

Put your contact information and a short bio in the body of the email.

Submission Guidelines

Short Fiction: 5,000 words or less.

Short fiction submitted to the magazine must be original and previously unpublished. carbonate considers work that has appeared online (including on blogs and Facebook) to be previously published.

All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced, with the author’s name, address, phone number, and approximate word count at the top of the first page, and numbered throughout and sent as a WORD attachment to the email address listed herein.

Send only your best work. Submit only one story at a time.

We are not accepting paper submissions at this time. All paper submissions will be recycled upon receipt.

All manuscripts must be written in English. Translations are acceptable, but must be accompanied by a copy of the original text.

Poetry: 3-5 poems (no more than 8 pages)

Novel Excerpts: 5,000 words or less.  You must indicate that your submission is part of an unpublished novel.  The ideal excerpt will be self contained in terms of characterization and storyline.  We will not print setups or explanations of what is taking place.  Your writing should embody a smaller version of the overall story arc.

Creative Non-Fiction: We draw heavily from unsolicited submissions. Our editors believe that providing a platform for emerging writers and helping them find readers is an essential role of literary magazines, and it’s been our privilege to work with many fine writers early in their careers. A typical issue of carbonate contains at least one essay by a previously unpublished writer.

We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. Our editors tend to gravitate toward submissions structured around narratives, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised by work that breaks outside this general mold. Above all, we’re most interested in writing that blends style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting to a general audience.

Art: Please submit only 4-6 pieces per email. However, you may submit more than one email. We prefer to receive submissions digitally as JPEGs or PNGs sent via email to salidafoundry@gmail.com. Please make sure that your name and contact information appears in the body of the email. Each piece should be accompanied by the work’s title (if any), medium, and contact information should one of our readers want to purchase your work.

We are unable to provide critiques or feedback regarding art submissions or the selection process. If your artwork is selected for publication, you will be notified by telephone or email with further information.  If you do not hear from us in 4-8 week’s time, you should assume that your submission was not a fit for our publication at this time, but we will place them in our files for potential use in future publications. We do accept professionally presented pencil or pen/ink images.

Photography: The photography published in ‘carbonate’ is very high level, professional-quality imagery suitable for commercial purposes. If you are a recreational photographer/hobbyist, unfortunately your work will likely not be a fit for our product lines.

Submission Deadlines

The following publishing deadlines are set for the forthcoming publications.  If we receive a submission between deadlines, we will assume it is meant for the next issue.

October 2015   deadline August 31, 2015

January 2016  deadline October 31, 2016

April 2016  deadline February 1, 2016

July 2016 deadline May 1, 2016

October 2016 deadline August 31, 2016

Publication Rights

Simultaneous submissions must be marked as such, and you should notify us immediately in the event your work is accepted elsewhere.

We do not pay contributors for any work published in carbonate. However, accepted contributors will receive a 1-year digital subscription beginning with the edition your work appears in.

Upon acceptance, we acquire first rights for publication in our online magazine and one-time rights for pieces selected for re-publication. Following publication, all rights revert to the author. Should we desire to use your work in any other context (primarily, this might occur in an advertisement-type context), we will contact you via email requesting the appropriate permission.

Visit carbonate: http://carbonatemagazine.org/

Special Thursday Call for Submissions: That, Brand New Litmag Wants Your Work

Brand New Litmag Seeking Submissions

That Literary Review

About THAT

THAT Literary Review is affiliated with the Creative Writing Program, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the College of Arts and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. Published annually, THAT will be available online with print copies available at additional cost.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, preferably Times Roman. All poems should be submitted in a single document. Fiction must be double-spaced, poetry single-spaced. Please send us your work as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file via the Submittable portal below. We do not accept submissions by post.

Our reporting time is three months; if you have not heard from us by then, feel free to query us at editor@thatliteraryreview.com.

The author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count should be typed at the top of the first page; all other pages should include the page number and the author’s last name in the header.


We’re looking for excellently written fiction between 100 and 5,000 words in length.
It should be surprising, relentlessly engaging, fun, and humming with vibrancy. Include compelling characters, lively but minimal dialogue, and plots charting the unexpected.


The poetry that we prefer is alive and idiosyncratic and that opens new vistas to the reader. We stay away from rhyming poetry, conventional forms, and love poetry unless brilliantly revisited. Three poems may be submitted (as a single document) at a time, with a total maximum of twenty pages.

General Guidelines

– We are interested only in work that has not appeared previously in either electronic or print format.

– Submit only one story or three poems at one time. If you have material under consideration with THAT, please do not submit additional work until you have heard back from us.

– Simultaneous submissions are permissible, but notify us if the work you’ve sent to us has been accepted elsewhere.

– It is recommended that all interested writers take a look at a sample issue of THAT. It really helps.

-THAT acquires first serial rights, including both print and electronic rights. Copyright remains with the author.


Authors published in THAT will receive a print copy of the issue in which they appear.

Website for That: http://www.thatliteraryreview.com/home.html




Sometimes Food Is the Poem…or a Pickle :-)

This planet is so amazing, and so generous 🙂 My garden’s overflowing 🙂 so, Bread’n’Butter Pickles. For me, gardening and food, preparing it, preserving it, cooking it, eating it, sharing it, food is one of my most important creative resources, and one of the most important ways that I pray ❤

Writing Prompts Updated Daily!

Good Morning!

I’ve been on the road, home only three days in the last three weeks–whew! But now, I’m home and it’s time to get a little writing done!

Join me!

Check out my page of writing prompts, updated daily!

Get that beautiful write on, y’all!


Happy writing!



Monday Must Read! Margaret Mackinnon, The Invented Child

Monday Must Read!

Author_Photo_MargaretMackinnonThis week meet Margaret Mackinnon, author of The Invented Child, for which she received the Gerald Cable Book Award and was given the 2014 Literary Award in Poetry from the Library of Virginia. Her work has appeared in Image, Poetry, New England Review, Georgia Review, Quarterly West, RHINO, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and other publications.

Margaret Mackinnon grew up in the South, influenced by a lush landscape and a family that emphasized a deep connection between language and meaning. Her mother wrote poetry as a young woman (and generously encouraged all her earliest literary efforts). Her father was a Presbyterian minister, so every Sunday, she watched him try to give shape to beliefs and questions through the words of sermons, prayers, and creeds.

In college, at Vassar and the University of North Carolina, Mackinnon studied art history and religion, thinking about how image and pattern intersect with what we see as significant. And then came five years in Japan, where she taught English and studied textile design in a small circle of Japanese women artists. She learned something there about the discipline of a craft, and how that kind of focus can take one into a deeper attention to the everyday world. Back in the United States, she entered the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Florida.

Her awards include the Richard Eberhart Poetry Prize from Florida State University, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at a private girls’ high school and lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

She lives with her husband and daughter in Falls Church, Virginia.

More about The Invented Child

Margaret Mackinnon is a compelling voice in American poetry. Her début collection, The Invented Child, is beautifully poised between reticence and candor. Frequently inspired by visual art, she writes lovingly of her parents, her husband, her child, but also of Sophia Hawthorne and Walt Whitman and Grant Wood, reminding us of the “sweet amplitude” of life. These are splendid poems of feeling that look far beyond the self to the miraculous other. Brava! — Kelly Cherry

Four Poems from The Invented Child


For Grant Wood” at The Poetry Foundation


Mary Shelley’s Dream”


More poems and reviews at Verse Daily


Happy Reading!



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