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TALKING STICK VOLUME 27 Submission guidelines!

*** AGAIN THIS YEAR—CELEBRATING THE SHORT FORM ***

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction.

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication.

 

  1. Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, cutting all unnecessary words. Create an elegant moment that hints of a longer, more complex story. Think of these as compressed creations.

 

  1. DEADLINE: March 1, 2018. This year we will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Our Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS27. A published Minnesota author will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September (tentative date is September 22, 2018). We are not yet sure of the location. PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

 

  1. Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. We want new writings, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, and email address in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION or FICTION. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc. We accept no political or religious rants and no children’s writings.

 

  1. 4. This year, we will have a special separate $50 prize for humor. We will choose this from any of the 3 genres.

 

  • POETRY – Limit TWO poems per writer, either a Prose Poem no longer than ½ page or a poem with line breaks but no longer than 35 LINES total (and this must include counting the blank lines), typed single-spaced. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 500 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 750 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.

 

  1. Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio (50 word limit). If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want on the submission in the book, in the table of contents, and back of book MUST BE THE WAY YOU HAVE IT ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. Also, tell us what name you want in press releases. If you do not do this, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

 

  1. 6. Send ONE SASE** so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2018, submissions cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS27, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.

 

  1. Send hard copy to: Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464. Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on our website: www.jackpinewriters.com. We are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year. Check the website for details at www.thetalkingstick.com. We will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—we cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

 

  1. Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS27 will receive ONE free copy of TS27. Your copy may be picked up at our Book Release Party in September 2018. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

WATCH FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS IN OR NEAR PARK RAPIDS THIS YEAR

SPONSORED BY JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC INC.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY TO THE TALKING STICK 27

TS26 book release party!

Hello Everyone,

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Short Shorts workshop with Marge Barrett and our book release party for Talking Stick Volume 26, Fine Lines. Both events were held at Blueberry Pines Golf Club between Menahga and Park Rapids. We had a great day with authors arriving from far and wide. We even had one person from Tennessee.

We started the day with the three hour workshop with Marge. She taught us how to shorten our writing, how to make an emotional impact in very few words. Nouns and verbs are so important. Cut the adjectives and adverbs. A Short Short might end abruptly with a punch. Everyone got to practice writing short pieces during the workshop.

Then, after lunch, the book party began. We announced the winners and honorable mention of each genre and asked them to come up and read. If the winners were not present, either Marge or one of our JWB members read the story or poem. After that, we asked anyone else in the book to come up and read. We spent a lovely afternoon listening to stories and poems. Some were very funny; some were very sad; most touched our hearts deeply.

After the book party, many of us moved into the bar area to sit back and relax and converse. We had a great day full of good conversation, greeting old friends and making new ones. We all agree that the book and the release party are a huge amount of work—but well worth it.

Thanks to all who submitted to our book and all who attended today. Thanks to all who donated to our group. We hope to keep on publishing the Talking Stick books!

Sharon

Jackpine Writers Talking Stick 26 book release party notes

Hello Everyone,

Thanks so much to all of you who attended our Short Shorts workshop with Marge Barrett and our book release party for Talking Stick Volume 26Fine Lines. Both events were held at Blueberry Pines Golf Club between Menahga and Park Rapids. We had a great day with authors arriving from far and wide. We even had one person from Tennessee.

We started the day with the three hour workshop with Marge. She taught us how to shorten our writing, how to make an emotional impact in very few words. Nouns and verbs are so important. Cut the adjectives and adverbs. A Short Short might end abruptly with a punch. Everyone got to practice writing short pieces during the workshop.

Then, after lunch, the book party began. We announced the winners and honorable mention of each genre and asked them to come up and read. If the winners were not present, either Marge or one of our JWB members read the story or poem. After that, we asked anyone else in the book to come up and read. We spent a lovely afternoon listening to stories and poems. Some were very funny; some were very sad; most touched our hearts deeply.

After the book party, many of us moved into the bar area to sit back and relax and converse. We had a great day full of good conversation, greeting old friends and making new ones. We all agree that the book and the release party are a huge amount of work—but well worth it.

Thanks to all who submitted to our book and all who attended today. Thanks to all who donated to our group. We hope to keep on publishing the Talking Stick books!

TS26 Call for submissions. Send us your Shorts!

TALKING STICK VOLUME 26

*** NEW THIS YEAR—CELEBRATING THE SHORT FORM ***

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication.

 

  1. Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. THIS YEAR, ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, cutting all unnecessary words. Create an elegant moment that hints of a longer, more complex story. Think of these as compressed creations.

 

  1. DEADLINE: March 1, 2017. This year we will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Our Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS26. A published Minnesota author in each field will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September (tentative date is September 16, 2017). PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

 

  1. Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. We want new things, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, and email address in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION or FICTION. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc. We accept no political or religious rants and no children’s writings.

 

  • POETRY – Limit TWO poems per writer, either a Prose Poem no longer than ½ page or a poem with line breaks but no longer than 35 LINES total (and this has to include counting the blank lines), typed single-spaced. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 500 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 750 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.

 

There are many short forms. Fiction can include Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, Hint Fiction, Micro Fiction, Drabble and Dribble. You do not need to specify which one you consider your writing to be. We want only 750 words or less and label it as Fiction. Creative Nonfiction can include Micro Memoir, Micro Essay, Flash Nonfiction, just so it is at least somewhat true—and 500 words or less and just label it as Creative Nonfiction. For poetry, we will accept short line-break poems of less than 35 lines OR prose poems no longer than half a page as described above and just label it as Poetry. These short forms all seem to overlap and the differences are blurred. These short writings should stand alone but can suggest a larger more complex story.

 

  1. Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio (50 word limit). If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want on the submission in the book, in the table of contents, and back of book MUST BE THE WAY YOU HAVE IT ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. Also, tell us what name you want in press releases. If you do not do this, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

 

  1. Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2017, submissions cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS26, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.

 

  1. Send hard copy to: Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464. Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on our website: www.jackpinewriters.com. We are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year. Check the website for details at www.thetalkingstick.com. We will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—we cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

 

  1. Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS26 will receive ONE free copy of TS26. Your copy may be picked up at our Book Release Party in September 2017. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

WATCH FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS IN OR NEAR PARK RAPIDS THIS YEAR

SPONSORED BY JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC INC.

THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE TALKING STICK VOLUME 26 ARE NOW OPEN – CLICK HERE

Talking Stick 25 Book Release Party

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all who attended our book release party for our 25th Talking Stick. We had a new location and a great day. The day started off with a fun workshop with Faith Sullivan. We listened and wrote, laughed and learned. Following the workshop, we had a fabulous catered lunch from Hilltop Inn of Hubbard.

Then more and more writers arrived to pick up their Talking Stick books. We were fortunate enough to have several of the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc founding members in attendance. We got to visit with Florence Witkop, Norma Thorstad Knapp, Linda Henry, Carolyn Spangler, and Deane Johnson. Linda Henry told us the story of the group’s beginnings and thanked us for taking care of her baby.

First we announced the winners of the poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction genres and had them read their winning pieces. Then we listened to many other readings from the book. Much laughter and enjoyment.

Our 25th book celebrates those determined writers who first formed the JWB. The book contains the work of our current members as well as reprinted favorites from the founders of The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

The JWB was founded over twenty years ago by a group of people who loved to write and wanted to get published. They created the first volumes of The Talking Stick, starting out small and using various local publishers and editors. The book began with poems and stories from just the Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis area. Our book now includes writers from the whole state of Minnesota as well as writers who have a strong connection to Minnesota.

Thanks again to all who attended, thanks to all who helped with the event, thanks to Faith Sullivan for the excellent workshop. Thanks to The Patio for hosting our event. We are already planning for our next book, #26. We hope to see all of you again next time.