Meet-up this Sunday

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” ― Philip José Farmer

–Sunday, March 13 at 1pm
Panera Bread
8870 Southwest 72nd Court, Miami, FL 33156
On the first floor of the condominium building next to BrandsMart USA; south side of Kendall Drive across from Dadeland Mall
Phone: (305) 670-6747

Storypalooza: The Big Read Edition

Come out for a storytelling open mic! This is how it works: you have 4 minutes to tell your story in front of a panel of editors from Lip Service, Miami’s own, home-grown, live (true) storytelling event. Get feedback from these pros before the submission period for May’s Lip Service show.

Theme: Family Stories
Editors: M.J. Fievre, Nick Garnett, Andrea Askowitz
March 26 at 7 p.m.
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Free: RSVP required

For more information, visit: https://mdcmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/z1o56lgr1h54upq/

First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: Out of Place
Where: Books and Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Thursday, March 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vanessa Garcia
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

Meet-up this Sunday

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L’Amour

–Sunday, February 28 at 1pm
Panera Bread
8870 Southwest 72nd Court, Miami, FL 33156
On the first floor of the condominium building next to BrandsMart USA; south side of Kendall Drive across from Dadeland Mall
Phone: (305) 670-6747

First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: Between the Sheets
Where: Books and Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Thursday, February 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nick Garnett
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

Meet-up this Sunday

“Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.” ― John Cheever

–Sunday, February 14 at 1pm
Panera Bread
8870 Southwest 72nd Court, Miami, FL 33156
On the first floor of the condominium building next to BrandsMart USA; south side of Kendall Drive across from Dadeland Mall
Phone: (305) 670-6747

Earth Day Short Fiction Contest

Per the site:

Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Stories that promote the Sapiens Plurum mission will receive higher rankings than others. This does not mean that stories should be saccharine, naive or pollyanna-ish, but they should be heroic, even if the hero or heroine has feet of clay.

Deadline: April 22, 2016
Word count: 1,500-3,000 words
1st prize: $1,000

For more information, visit: http://www.sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html

Call for submissions: Articulated Press

Per the site:

Tayen Lane is currently reading submissions for our first annual Articulated Press short story anthology.

Submissions are open to writers from all countries; however, all stories must be in English. Maximum word count per story is 5,000. Submissions must be unpublished.

Submissions will remain open until 11:59pm PST, Thursday, March 31, 2016. The anthology is co-edited by Nora Boxer and Kelly Luce and will be published in hardcover in FALL 2016 with subsequent softcover and eBook editions to follow. All chosen contributors will receive $100, two hardcovers, two softcovers, and an eBook.

For more information, visit: http://www.tayenlane.com/submission-call/

Call for submissions: Unlikely Story

From the site:

For The Journal of Unlikely Observances mini-issue, we’re looking for short fiction of up to 2000 words (we’re willing to bend a little on that limit, but not a lot, for the right story), that incorporate AT LEAST THREE of the following:

  • power/role inversion
  • water fights
  • resurrection, rebirth, renewal
  • transformation, transsubstantiation
  • body painting, body art
  • practical jokes
  • one of the festivals themselves

We are accepting submissions starting now, and all submissions must be in by the end of 29 February, 2016.

We pay 6¢ per word for original fiction. Payment is made upon publication.

For more information, visit: http://www.unlikely-story.com/submission-guidelines/fiction-submissions/