NEW in the Octopus Review – two poems by Juliet Cook surrounded by other poems and art

By Juliet Cook

“Those who will never stop hissing behind my back,
I want to move their extended tongues away from me
and my cluttered open space.”
from my poem “Not a Member of Your Snake Handling Church Organ”, appearing alongside other poems inside The Octopus Review #3
Excited to be a small part of this Octopus.
HERE – https://theoctopusdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-octopus-review-3-winter-2018.html

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The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

The Wayward Sword wants to break the mold of typical literary mag conventions. We are seeking your experimental work. The work you thought you’d never want to show anyone because it’s so “out there” that people “just won’t get it.”

We want it!

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

(these are guidelines, if a piece is a little under or over, submit it anyway)
Non/Fiction between 500 and 1500 words;
or
Poems between 4 and 100 lines;
or
Graphic Novel/Comic black and white, between 1 and 5 pages (8″ x 10″, 300 dpi);
or
Visual Art black and white (8″ x 10″, 300 dpi).

Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for May 2018.

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″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 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

The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Anti-Mimetic

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

Mimetic – a poem which imitates the style, form, cadence, voice or subject matter of a well-known (or maybe not so well known) poet.

Anti-Mimetic – same thing… except… what would that poet NEVER write about?

Example: What if Emily Dickinson wrote a raunchy, clam out, sex poem?

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

(these are guidelines, if a piece is a little under or over, submit it anyway)
Poems between 4 and 100 lines.

Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for May 2018.

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 jpg photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Anti-Mimetic – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 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

The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Personify Poems

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

What happens when a Haiku receives head trauma?
What if your Sestina experienced psychosis?

Can an Ode have an oral fixation?

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

(these are guidelines, if a piece is a little under or over, submit it anyway)
Poems between 4 and 100 lines.

Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for May 2018.

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 jpg photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Personify Poems – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 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

The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Iconoclasm

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

Iconoclasm – the action of attacking or assertively rejecting cherished beliefs and institutions or established values and practices.

Tell us a story: Fiction/Nonfiction/Both/Whatever about destroying the status quo.

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

(these are guidelines, if a piece is a little under or over, submit it anyway)
Non/Fiction between 500 and 1500 words.

Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for May 2018.

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 jpg photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Iconoclasm – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 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

The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Cover Art

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

The Wayward Sword wants to break the mold of typical literary mag conventions. We are seeking your experimental visual work. The work you thought you’d never want to show anyone because it’s so “out there” that people “just won’t get it.”

We want it!

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

Visual Art (8″ x 10″, 300 dpi, color or black and white).

Email Address:
waywardswordsubs@gmail.com

Rights:
After publication all rights return to Creator.

Release:
Slated for May 2018.

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 jpg photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold: Cover Art – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 potential covers. If we like all of the images, we might use them all, but have 4 of them inside the mag instead of on the cover.

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 subject
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

Forthcoming in 2018 from Crisis Chronicles Press

By John Burroughs

Smith collage from Where Never Was Already Is

In 2018 I plan to publish twelve books by writers/artists whose work I have long admired. Many of these have been in the works for quite some time, and I am looking forward to finally midwifing them into print. All of them will be perfect bound. Some do not yet have finalized titles, but here are the dozen (in no particular order:

Serving, poems by Kari Gunter-Seymour

not yet titled, poems by Helen Shepard

Malformed Confetti, poems by Juliet Cook

not yet titled, poems by Christopher Franke

Where Never Was Already Is, poems and collages by Steven B. Smith

Ode to Horatio and Other Saviors, poems and photos by Carolyn Srygley-Moore
Drinking from What I Once Wore, poems by Chris Stroffolino

ouroboros, poems by Chansonette Buck with art by Jillian Mardin

Before the Next Ice Age, poems by Lisa J. Cihlar

not yet titled, poems by Dianne Borsenik

not yet titled, poems by Julie Ursem Marchand

a big surprise book to be announced later

Where Are You?
In the USA $100.00 USDElsewhere $125.00 USD

Order all twelve in advance for $100, which will (1) save you $20 off the projected retail price, (2) get you an immediate bonus shipment of three recently published [2017] Crisis Chronicles Press publications, and (3) get you free shipping on all of the above. Fifteen fabulous books in all!

Click the Buy Now button or send a check for $100 to Crisis Chronicles Press, 3431 George Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134 USA. Please add $25 if you’re ordering from outside the United States.

Source:: Crisis Chronicles Press

NightBallet Press: Gratitude, Revelations, and Love

By Dianne Borsenik

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As NightBallet Press transitions from a numbingly cold 2017 into a brighter, and Oh-We-SO-Hope-Warmer, 2018, we give gratitude, from the bottom of our hearts, to the awesome writers who trust us with their words, the artists and photographers who give us permission to use their stunningly beautiful work, the supportive hosts who offer venues and opportunities for our poets to have their physical voices heard, the bookstores and libraries who offer our poets the opportunities to have their literary voices heard, the lifetime subscribers who invested in us from the beginning, the thoughtful angels who surprise us with donations throughout the year, two very special local businesses: Elyria Print Shop and Hollo’s Papercraft, and the readers like YOU, who continue to believe in us and the editing/publishing we do. You have given us six-going-on-seven wonderful years, with the promise of much more to come.

We are truly grateful to the Wingman Club members, those who annually subscribe to our books and who continue to sustain us by offering encouragement and financial assistance to this small, independent, hands-on, poetry-and-art book press. This generosity is much appreciated.

As we move into 2018, we invite you to fly with us as a member of this special club. A wingman is described as one who supports a friend or associate. We offer membership to the Wingman Club in the form of a one-year subscription to NightBallet Press.

This means you, for fifty dollars, will receive every book published by the press between September 2017 and September 2018, with a guaranteed minimum of ten titles, many of them full-length collections. The total worth of this season’s books is estimated to exceed one hundred dollars. This subscription offers an additional bonus: no charge for postage! That’s a huge savings, in addition to the incredibly low cost of a subscription.

Please note: you will receive all the books published between September 2017 and September 2018, no matter what month you join the club. The first shipment contains all the books published up to the date of joining.

NightBallet Press is founded on the principal that a poet’s work belongs to the poet, and that these wonderful words deserve to be presented as a package of beauty. We respect the art and craft of poetry and we strive to give it excellence, in every aspect of our publishing. NightBallet Press exists and produces without grants or endowments, and we do not take money from our poets for the production of their books. Expenses are out-of-pocket for the publisher.

Being a Wingman means you would fly alongside this publisher as she creates new books for poets across the United States. Your subscription money would be an investment in the poets themselves; every penny would go toward the ink, cardstock, paper, staples, envelopes, packing tape, and other printing needs that make NightBallet publication possible.

Feel the wind beneath your wings this New Year and join NightBallet Press’ Wingman Club…subscribe, and become a Wingman today!



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And now, NightBallet Press celebrates life and offers all of you love, light, and best wishes for a very Happy New Year! Bring on the bubbly! We have a fresh new year to celebrate!

Source:: NightBallet Press

FourPlay #28: The Body Sings Electric by Eli Williams

By Writing Knights Press

$1.00 USD
FourPlay


About the author:

I write because it’s painful and sometimes pulling words out of my brain is like being submerged slowly underwater, grasping at anything to be brought back to a breathing point. Until that moment occurs you flail and wonder why you would ever put yourself into this predicament in the first place and even moreso wonder why you would keep coming back. Each time above water is like being in love for the first time. A rush of wonder and joy of life is thrust upon your soul and breathing is better than anything you’ve experienced. I write because it’s the only thing I haven’t been able to run away from. I live for those moments above water.

– Eli Williams

Source:: Writing Knights Press

FourPlay #27: Birth Life Death Forever by Daria Quinn

By Writing Knights Press

$1.00 USD
FourPlay


Coming Soon
About the author:

There just aren’t that many queer writers out there, certainly not many of any real name value. Even within our community, there’s just not that many of us out there whose work is visible. I just happened to learn early on that I had a talent for wordcraft, and because of this, I was able to focus on developing that talent at a time in my life where almost everyone else my age was focused on social status and popularity. I don’t really consider writing a talent or a gift so much as I see it as a responsibility. I am an autistic, bipolar, transgender lesbian feminist in a time and political climate where people like me rarely, if ever, see their voices in print. There is an audience in desperate need to see their lives and experiences represented in the media, and I, as a neurodivergent queer woman, have a responsibility to every other neurodivergent queer woman in the world to make my voice heard. That’s why I write.


Daria Quinn

Source:: Writing Knights Press