Call for Submissions The Write Room

The Write Room, an online literary magazine featuring new and established writers, is currently seeking submissions in fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry. In addition, we accept film, book, music reviews, and interviews. Occasionally, we accept photography. We prefer reviews of independent films and documentaries. Generally, that which is less mainstream, less well known, or underappreciated in the arts appeals to us. All submissions should include a brief author bio, contact information and a photo. All authors will receive a space on our Author Profiles page. Although photography does not have its own category, all photographs are credited, and photographers receive … Continue reading Call for Submissions The Write Room


Forks by Katrina Carmichael This time it starts with a dinner party and the subtle discomforts such parties cause. I tell a Margaret Thatcher joke to slice the silence before the salads come. Stark lettuce crunch: not too painful. But the bottom of the bowl, where metal hits china, that hurts. The soup is a relief: mild slurping meets my ears gently. But the main course—steak! Oh the cutting, the slicing, the serrated sawing as the biters prepare! They hush, lift, maws spread for the gift as molars graze light; the sharp piercing frightens me, each ping as new as … Continue reading Forks

Through the Back Window

 Through the Back Window by Katrina Carmichael Only the first of September, yet there in the dumpster behind our new home, a maple leaf, brown and cracked, like a man who had lain too long in the sun. The leaf leapt from the tenth story of the tree, without looking down to spot the dumpster’s open arms waiting. We saw it tremble, then jump, its veins plump and wet. Now stiff, stuck on last week’s celery stalk, dead and blood warm. Continue reading Through the Back Window

Katrina Carmichael

Katrina Carmichael was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where she first fell in love with the arts. She started her artistic career at the ripe age of three when she discovered dance and theatre. Since then, Katrina has written numerous plays, poems, and short fiction pieces. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and an M.A. in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. She is currently pursuing the wonderfully inane art of finding a day job.   Katrinia’s contrbutions to The Write Room are linked here: Forks Through the Back Window Continue reading Katrina Carmichael

Contests and Awards June & July

ABZ Press First Book Prize A prize of $1,000, publication by ABZ Press, and 50 author copies will be given annually for a first poetry collection. Mark Halliday will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. ABZ Press, First Book Prize, P.O. Box 2746, Huntington, WV 25727-2746. (304) 733-5054. John McKernan, Editor. ===== Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize A prize of $25,000 is given annually for an outstanding book of poems written by a living … Continue reading Contests and Awards June & July

Freelance Markets/Job Opportunities

Abbey Hill Literary Invites Submissions Unique short fiction contests. Please visit Abbey Hill, review the challenges and rules there, then craft and submit original work of up to 1000 words. Most genres welcome. Entry: $12. Prizes $500, $200, $100, Evolving Talent $50. Electronic entries preferred; snail mail OK. Deadline 2-28-09. Results 1st week of April. Email: | Website: ===== Anonymity Ronald Goldfarb, AWP counsel and occasional contributor, is researching a book on the subject of Anonymity. He is interested in any suggested readings or information on the subject.  Pseudonyms, for example, will be covered. Examples are solicited. Readings, fiction or nonfiction, … Continue reading Freelance Markets/Job Opportunities