Talking Stick Submission Guidelines

TALKING STICK VOLUME 31

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

(but slightly longer fiction and creative nonfiction this year)

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.

2. DEADLINE: March 15, 2022. This year we will again offer monetary prizes in each of 3 categories. Writers may submit in more than one category. Our Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS31. 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 2022 if we are able to hold a book release party. Tentative date for a writers’ workshop is September 17, 2022. PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3. Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works must be UNPUBLISHED. This includes Websites and Blogs. We want new writings, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, email address, and phone number 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 either one no longer than 35 LINES total (and this must include counting the blank lines), typed single-spaced. We have 35 lines available on each book page, whether you use them as blank lines or lines of words. Note also that our books are small. Long lines will wrap and take up an extra line. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.

  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 650 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count on last page. See other requirements under #3 above.

  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 900 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count on last page. See other requirements under #3 above.

5. 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 in the book (on the submission page, in the table of contents, and back of book). PERHAPS PUT BOTH NAMES ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. If you do not make this clear, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.

6. Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts MUST 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, 2022, 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 TS31, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.

7. 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.

8. Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS31 will receive ONE free copy of TS31. Your copy may be picked up at our Book Release Party in September 2022 if we are able to hold the party. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

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