Sundress Publications Opens Submissions for the 2017 Chapbook Competition

Dear friends, readers, and fellow writers, I’ve just received this email from Sundress Publications. If you have a chapbook manuscript in the works, or already written, here’s your chance to win a publishing competition. Good luck!


Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest.  Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of February 1 to April 15, 2017.

Enter Now

What We’re Looking For
We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot appear in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. A unifying element is encouraged but not required. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

Entry Fee & Prize
The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title from our store.

The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.

Our Judge
unnamed-3This year’s judge will be Darren C. Demaree. Demaree lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of six poetry collections and the recipient of nine Pushcart nominations. Currently, he is the managing editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.

Submission Guidelines
All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgements for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not be included in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of the author.

Simultaneous submissions to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2017.

Send your manuscript as a DOC or PDF to contest@sundresspublications.com along with a receipt number or screenshot for your payment.

Awesome Discount from Kingdoms in the Wild Publishers

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Hello, dear friends and readers. A while back, I reviewed the book, Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole. As I said in my review, this was one of the best books of poetry I have read in a very long time. So unique and raw. As a result of my review, the publishers at Kingdoms in the Wild have offered a 30% off purchase price for a limited time deal for my friends and families. If you enjoyed my review and have wanted to purchase a copy of this book, now’s the time to do so at this great discounted price. (Note: This is a Kindle edition of the book – for paperback at undiscounted price shop here)

Here’s the deal:

Discount Link:
Lace Bone Beast
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MA372HV

Valid:
midnight on Feb 27th-Feb 28th 2017 at 11:00 pm PST time zone (time zones)

Please check your time zone against the Pacific Standard Time to be sure you access the Amazon site during the appropriate Discounted time limit. I hope you will take advantage of this great discount and purchase this amazing book of poetry. Please leave me a message in comments to let me know if you’ve purchased the book. If you do purchase and read, please consider leaving reviews on your blogs, Amazon, and Goodreads, and maybe leave a link on your Twitter and Facebook as well. Thank You in advance for helping other writers get noticed!

Latest Health Update

Hello dear friends and readers. I come to you all with a heavy heart and in complete frustration. I was ‘well’ for maybe three days tops. I’ve doing all of the right things – high dosages of Vitamin C, cayenne pepper, lemon tonics, ginger, garlic, echinacea, zinc, pre/probiotics, and even Beta Glucan. Pulling out all of the known stops here. Using everything that the experts say work, everything I’ve known to work in the past, and everything I’ve researched recently. And yet, I am once again sick. I am still doing all of those things and haven’t stopped doing any of them for the past 25-35 days (as I’ve added things). And I won’t stop, even though I am so frustrated and feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall.

My symptoms returned on Monday. Fevers, chills, body aches, lethargy, upset stomach (can’t keep solids down), brain fog, light and sound sensitivity, and dizziness. I don’t even know if this is still the flu or another cold that has hit me or if it is something different altogether. I am just so tired and so weak and spending about 75% of my day in bed sleeping. When I am up, all I feel like doing is lying about and reading. It even hurts my eyes and ears to watch Netflix or something else on the computer, even at low volume and a dimmed monitor. I should probably give in and just go to the doctor, but I know antibiotics won’t help whatever this is. That’s evident since I am taking so much natural antibiotics and they aren’t helping or are helping, but slowly.

I hate feeling like an invalid. I went through this for several years when I was in Oklahoma and I don’t want to feel this way anymore. Anyway, I just wanted to update you all on my health so that you know why I am not doing much these days other than book reviews. It’s about the only energy I have… to read and then write a few quick reviews. My brain isn’t functioning too creatively right now.

Keith, just wanted to let you know that I am going to try to write a part to the Zanzibar story for Sunday. It may take me until then to get it written. I know where I want it to go, just getting there may take time.

I also want to work on Andromeda Dreaming, but I am foggy on where I am going with the story and need time to sort it all out again. I know I knew where it was going at one point, but now, I am just not sure anymore.

Prayers, healing thoughts, and healing energy are all welcomed here. Much love to all of you.

Health Update – Flu Edition #3

Hello dear friends and readers. Just an update on my health. It has now been over two weeks since I caught that nasty flu bug. I am mostly better, but still not 100%. The cough has lingered and so has the fatigue. As some of you know, I have a suppressed immune system from taking chemo several years back, so any time I get sick, it takes me far longer than normal to get well again. But, not only have I been trying to take care of me, I have also been taking care of my dad. We are both on the road to recovery.

Some things I have been doing to help take care of myself:

  • lots of rest
  • using cayenne pepper and garlic in all of my soups and broths (still the only things I’ve been able to keep down)
  • taking high dosages of Vitamin C (2000 mgs twice a day)
  • drinking ginger and tulsi (holy basil) teas – (thank you to tigre23 for suggesting the ginger tea!)
  • dry brushing and hot showers

Although I’ve had the severe cough, I didn’t get the gunk in my chest like my dad did. I attribute this to the cayenne pepper, garlic and ginger. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my dad to use these remedies. His went into pneumonia, while mine has just been irritating. My brother took my advice about cayenne pepper and hot sauce, so his never got more severe than an annoying cough too. We all plan on kicking my sister squarely in the arse on her next visit for giving us this nasty flu *laughs*

I have the desire to jump back into all of my writing projects, but since I am still so fatigued, I am going to hold off until the end of the month. Hopefully within the next 6 days, the sluggishness will have vanquished and I will be able to do more than just sleep all day. I miss all of you and look forward to engaging with you all again soon. Much love and blessings to you all!

Writing Contests, Publishers, & Lit Journals

Hello dear friends and readers. Just an update for my fellow writers. There is a little bit of everything here for writers of all genres and poets.  Here are some links to upcoming writing contests, manuscript publishers and some Lit Journals:

Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

62 Poetry Manuscript Publishers Who Do Not Charge Reading Fees

16 Publishers with Excellent Distribution That Accept Unsolicited Submissions

25 Literary Journals That Publish Genre Writing

I hope you find these helpful/useful. Much love!

Health Update – Flu Edition #2

Hello, dear friends and readers. Just an update on this nasty flu that caught up with me. I am still sick. It’s the upper respiratory thing with fever that is keeping me down. It has been nearly two weeks now and since I am following the path a few days behind my dad and brother, it is safe to say that it will probably be another week before I feel well enough to begin writing again. The worst part is the constant coughing. I’ve been to the doc and there is no pneumonia, which is a good thing. My dad wasn’t so lucky. He is worse off than I am with this upper respiratory issue.

This is what really bothers me with the mandatory flu vaccine for nurses. The nurse gets the vaccine and becomes a carrier of the flu. Even if the nurse doesn’t get sick, anyone she/he comes into contact with can get the flu, especially if that person didn’t get the vaccine. This is the case with my sister who is a nurse. She did get sick and brought that here to us. We don’t take the flu vaccine in this house. My parents never believed in taking any unnecessary vaccines, and it’s been proven year after year that the flu vaccine doesn’t immune against all strands of the flu. Anyway, enough of my soap box.

Suffice to say, I don’t know when I will be well again. I spend most of my time in bed – sleeping, watching Netflix or reading. I just don’t have the energy for anything else. All writing projects are on hold until I am well. Thank you all for your kind words and I will see you all again soon, I hope.

 

Health Update – Flu Edition

Hello dear friends and readers. Just wanted to take a moment to let you know why I’ve been absent. Story time….

Around the 28th or so of December (I can’t even remember the exact day now), my sister came to visit after Christmas. She is a nurse and works in a hospital and as such, she was required to take the flu shot. She came down with a horrible case of the flu. She hadn’t fully recovered when she came to visit. My dad and brother caught it first from her. She has a habit of kissing people on the mouth, but I don’t like that from her (feels phony and well.. I have issues with her so-called sisterly love) and I usually turn my head, but dad and brother didn’t.

Anyway, so they got sick and for about four days, I was okay. But now I too am sick and have been for several days as well. It is a horrible case of flu – the cough and congestion, the stomach issues and of course the overall body aches and continual fevers. This is far worse than what I had in November and I thought that was pretty bad. Anyway, I was a bit prepared this time (since I saw what dad and brother were going through) and have taken better care of myself during the whole ordeal – drinking lots of fluids, sipping broths and taking meds – but I am still sick and quite weak and just don’t have the energy to do anything but sleep.

I had hoped to be better by tomorrow and begin my round of writings again, but it just isn’t going to happen and for once, I am not going to push myself.

I hope all of you are well and if any of you are sick, you have my sympathies. This is a horrible flu that is going around. Please take care of yourselves. I’ll be seeing you all, when I recover fully. Much love and blessings.