The Wayward Sword: The Hero Dies in This One

By Writing Knights Press

The Wayward Sword:

“The Hero Dies in This One”

Submission Accepted:
April 1, 2017-August 1, 2017


Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for October 2017.

Compensation:
Creator receives a printable PDF of the issue where the piece is included, with which the Creator may do as they please (including sell or distribute for free).

Optional Inclusion:
A 10-20 word bio, a 300 dpi black and white photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

…Super Powered Vigilantes, Masked Crimefighters, Gods, Mutants, Aliens, Sports Stars, Musicians, Lovers…
Winners, the Triumphant…
Heroes
What if no matter how hard they tried, they just couldn’t win?
The odds, completely in their favor and they fall….
Only one enemy can defeat anyone…
It is Death.

Looking for:
Non/Fiction between 500 and 1500 words;
or
Poems between 4 and 100 lines;
or
Graphic Novel/Comic between 1 and 5 pages (8″ x 10″).

Remember: The piece must end with the death of the main character(s).
Also: the publisher will ask for an additional contribution after the initial submission.

Consider combining images and words in a single submission.

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: The Hero Dies in This One – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 3 pieces

Protips:

no “Roses are Red / Violets are Blue” crap.
Send us your blood, sweat, tears, shit, mucus, broken bones, stitched hearts, brains ripped to shreds,
COMPEL the AUDIENCE!!!!
make the audience care about your main character
Swearing is fine if it works in context, but overuse isn’t edgy, it’s moronic.
Erotica/Nudity is fine, but gratuitous sex isn’t erotica it’s just pornography….

plus, if you write fan-fiction,
change the names of the characters so we don’t get sued.
The only hard/fast rule is: NO condoning hate speech or nonconsensual abuse….
You can certainly represent these issues in your art, but condoning these only serve to trigger victims, not to break open peoples’ minds so they can grow and overcome.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

James Schwartz — Contributor Bio

By Writing Knights Press

James Schwartz is a gay ex ‪Amish‬ poet and slam performer.

Schwartz’s poetry has been published by various poetry journals including Poetry 24, Politiku, @7×20, Babel: The Multilingual Multicultural Online Journal, The New Verse News, Nostrovia! Poetry, piecejournal, Silver Birch Press blog, Diversity Rules Magazine, Eris Magazine and WritersResist.com.

His book, The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America, was published by inGroup Press in 2011 and poetry in the anthologies Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (2012), Milk and Honey Siren eBook (2013), Page-A-Day Poetry Anthology (2015), Writing Knights Press 2014 Anthology, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (2015), Dangerous Submissions Litmag (2017) and Alpine Suite (2013), Poetry 4 Food 2 (2013), Poetry 4 Food 3 (2014), Arrival and Departure (2014), Secular, Satirical & Sacred Meditations (2016), Michigan Meditations (2016) chapbooks and fourplays.

As a slam performer he has read at The Meta Café, This is Fire! The Zoo Bar and the St. Joseph County, MI. Democratic Inauguration Day party of Barack Obama. In 2011 Schwartz joined the Three Rivers Community Players for a production of The Rocky Horror Show, playing a Phantom. He appears in the forthcoming documentary film The Seahorse.

Most recently, essays by Schwartz have appeared in RFD Magazine, The Good Men Project, Best of Books by the Bed 2 anthology (2014) and a short story in Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction (2014). Forthcoming essay in Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars anthology. He resides in Michigan.

literaryparty.blogspot.com
Twitter @queeraspoetry

Source:: Writing Knights Press

13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction – by Adrian Manning (CC#87)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is thrilled to announce the long awaited publication of 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction by Adrian Manning. This fine chapbook is now available for $6 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
Where Do You Want It?
United States $6.00 USDElsewhere $8.00 USD
“Adrian Manning has a phenomenal ability to transform words into pictures. I love the way he paints his poems, brushed with this highly surreal and emotional tone. His newest poetry collection is no exception. Read it and see for yourself.”
—Janne Karlsson

“These short poems do a ‘dance on your tongue,’ delivering a feast for the mind. I was drawn to them like a moth is drawn to the heat of a lightbulb. Taste them like a hummingbird tastes the nectar of a flower in bloom. Each poem is like a step ladder, each rung leading you to the next one. Food for thought, digest them as you would a warm meal on a cold winter night.”
—A.D. Winans

“When I read work by Adrian Manning I fully expect to be challenged, intrigued, entertained and surprised. This little book is no exception to the rule.”
—John Yamrus

“Adrian Manning is a live-wire from Leicester, England, an old school old soul poet/publisher. Stay on your toes because these lean poems punch well above their weight.”
—Kent Taylor
Adrian Manning‘s 13 Poems from the Edge of Extinction is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel light yellow end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by Kevin Eberhardt. 8.5 x 5.5″. 18 pp. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-38-7. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Adrian Manning lives and writes in Leicester, England. He is a Pushcart nominated poet who has had a number of chapbooks published and many of his poems have appeared in print and online around the world. For more, visit his Concrete Meat Press.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press

The Wayward Sword: Challenging Cover Image

By Writing Knights Press

The Wayward Sword:

Challenging Cover Image

Submission Accepted:
Until we find one


Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for April 2017.

Compensation:
Creator receives a printable PDF of the issue where the piece is included, with which the Creator may do as they please (including sell or distribute for free).

Optional Inclusion:
A 10-20 word bio, a 300 dpi black and white photo 1.25″ x 1.25″
words

…show us what is challenging…

Images should be 300 dpi and can be comfortably reduced to 6″ x 9″ or 12″ x 9″ black and white or color.
Photography, Pen/Pencil Drawings, Graphic arts other forms of visual art.
You handle the image we’ll handle the words.

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Challenging Cover Image – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Attachment:
Up to 5 images

One image will be chosen. Other acceptable images may be reproduced inside the Litmag in black and white.

Protips:

Send us your blood, sweat, tears, shit, mucus, broken bones, stitched hearts, brains ripped to shreds,
CHALLENGE THE VIEWER!!!!
Erotic is fine, but no nudity.
The only hard/fast rule is: NO condoning hate speech or nonconsensual abuse….

You can certainly represent these issues in your art, but condoning these only serve to trigger victims, not to break open peoples’ minds so they can grow and overcome.

Source:: Writing Knights Press

NEW in Rag Queen Periodical – Not a Baby Doll by Juliet Cook

By Juliet Cook

“I growl through another nightmare in the bathtub.
I give birth to more fetal flesh
then use it like shampoo for a witch.”
the beginning of Juliet Cook’s poem “Not a Baby Doll”, now up at Rag Queen Periodical
https://www.ragqueenperiodical.com/single-post/2017/03/24/Not-a-Baby-Doll

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Bestiary – by Michael Estabrook (CC#86)

By John Burroughs

Crisis Chronicles Press is pleased to announce the publication of Bestiary by Michael Estabrook. This modern bestiarum vocabulum is the latest release in our NineSense series of 9-poem chapbooks by writers you need to read.
Where Do You Want It?
United States $4.99 USDElsewhere $8.99 USD
Estabrook’s writing has been described as growlingly good. His Bestiary includes “Extremophiles,” “Humboldt Penguin,” “Burmese Python,” “Megalodon,” “Colossal Squid,” “Giant Huntsman Spider,” “Mountain Gorilla,” “Grendel” and “Swarm Bots.” This chapbook is available beginning 24 March 2017 for only $4.99 from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA.
Bestiary is hand assembled and saddle stapled. It features white cover stock, pastel lavender end papers and pastel ivory pages. Cover art by John Burroughs. 8.5 x 5.5″. Laser printed. ISBN: 978-1-940996-38-7. Limited 1st edition of 100 copies.

Michael Estabrook is a recently retired baby boomer child-of-the-sixties poet freed finally after working 40 years for The Man and sometimes The Woman. No more useless meetings under fluorescent lights in stuffy windowless rooms. Now he’s able to devote serious time to making better poems when he’s not, of course, trying to satisfy his wife’s legendary Honey-Do list.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press

NEW in The Rising Phoenix Review – “When I Used to be a Little Girl” by Juliet Cook…and NEW FLAPPERHOUSE #13

By Juliet Cook “My sisters and I picked bunches of the dead
off the ground and formed a mound,
then carried one of the cats in front
of the cicada mountain
and watched the cat eat our offering.”


from Juliet Cook’s poem “When I Used to be a Little Girl”, now up at The Rising Phoenix Review, HERE – https://therisingphoenixreview.com/2017/03/20/when-i-used-to-be-a-little-girl-by-juliet-cook/


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Also, FLAPPERHOUSE #13, Spring 2017 is newly available today, HERE – https://flapperhouse.com/zine/13-spring-2017/

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Lyn Lifshin’s LITTLE DANCER

By Dianne Borsenik

Please join us as NightBallet Press celebrates Women’s History Month with the release of Lyn Lifshin’s newest collection of poems, Little Dancer – The Degas Poems!

Little Dancer -The Degas Poems is the fourth NightBallet Press book by the legendary American poet Lyn Lifshin. (The first three were Moving Thru Stained Glass – The Maple Poems, Tangled as the Alphabet – The Istanbul Poems, and Knife Edge and Absinthe – The Tango Poems.) In this newest book, Lifshin imagines and explores the world of Marie Van Goethem, the “Little Dancer” sculpted by Edgar Degas.

In her introduction, Lifshin writes:

“Now loved, Degas’ original wax version of the little dancer was hated, though his paintings had been greeted enthusiastically. His sculpture of The Little Dancer, Aged 14, was considered shocking and unsettling, like a little monkey. It is said one father cried, ‘God forbid my daughter should become a dancer.’ Many were shocked by her pose and the material used: human hair, beeswax, silk. Degas loved the opera and ballet but this statue was called ‘repulsive’ and ‘vicious,’ a threat to society. It forced viewers to look at the seamy side of life since most of the young girls came from very poor slums and working class families. Others were horrified that she seemed to champion ugliness and depravity. Degas never again exhibited the sculpture. And, though he painted ballerinas all his life, The Little Dancer was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered with dozens of other sculptures. His fascination with making sculpture was little know in his lifetime, unlike his portraits, history paintings, scenes from modern life, the world of horse racig, and the theater and ballet.”

Christina Zawadiwsky, winner of a National Endowment Award, and author of The Hand on the Head of Lazarus, wrote this review:

“We now recognize The Little Dancer sculpture by Degas as arresting and compelling, but there was a time when she was considered scandalous and disturbing. Lyn Lifshin’s poems celebrate her creation as a symbol of so many young and impoverished French female dancers who attempted to fill our world with grace, energy, and beauty. And Lifshin’s insightful and incisive Little Dancer poems remind us to remember her name, Marie Van Goethem, so that she will never fade into obscurity.”

Little Dancer – The Degas Poems contains 29 poems on 40 pages, printed on creamy white paper in a clean Arial 10 font. The front cover cardstock is a pale dove gray, and the heavy cardstock insert is a rich gray-green. The cover photo and inside photos were taken by Albert Jordan at the National Gallery of Art.


Lyn Lifshin won the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss the Skin Off, the Paterson Poetry Award for Before It’s Light, and the Texas Review Award for The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. She’s been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey, and Richard Eberhart, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary Not Made of Glass. Lifshin earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses” for her dedication to the small presses which first published her. Her most recent books include Secretariat: The Red Freak, the Miracle (Texas Review Press, 2014) and #AliveLikeALoadedGun (Transcendent Zero Press, 2016). For much more, visit her website at www.lynlifshin.com.

Little Dancer – The Degas Poems
is available beginning March 19, 2017, for only ten dollars plus four dollars shipping/handling, right here, directly through PayPal. (Canadians and overseas buyers, please do not use the PayPal button. Contact the press – nightballetpress at gmail dot com – for your shipping costs. Thank you!)

Mention “Women’s History Month” in the order’s “note to the seller” section, and I will include another NightBallet Press book authored by a woman (my choice) for free!

You can also find Little Dancer on Amazon, and of course, it will be available from Lifshin herself at her website. Order your copy today!

Source:: NightBallet Press

The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end

By Juliet Cook The Blood Pudding Press chapbook submission period has now come to an end – and everyone who submitted should have received a small email, either last night or tonight, informing you that your submission was received.

If you submitted and did not receive that email, please let me know ASAP.

As mentioned in my guidelines, I hope to let each of you know by the end of March whether or not I would like to receive your entire chapbook manuscript submission.

Thank you for your interest in Blood Pudding Press.

Source:: Blood Pudding Press

this is an x-ray by Michael Bernstein

By Writing Knights Press


$6.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)
$0.99 USD
E-Book (PDF)

excerpt
in seconds,
in corners
where the
spectrum
drains.the
product
drips

white,bored
by tics,un-
mistakeable

— this is an x-ray

About the author:
Michael Bernstein is an American writer and musician. He currently lives in Wisconsin, where he works as a prison librarian and music instructor.
Publication Date:
Mar 15 2017
ISBN/EAN13:
1544611374 / 9781544611372
Page Count:
24
Language:
English
Related Categories:
Poetry / American / General


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Source:: Writing Knights Press