Friday, July 18, 2008

What did you learn?

Please post a comment here telling us what you learned from this class. Thanks!

Name your anthology piece

Please click on "comments" below to tell us which piece on your blog you want us to put in the class anthology.

Publishing Short Memoir

Some hints for publication:

* Read the publication to which you want to submit
* Send what they ask for -- query letter, complete submission, excerpt, clips, bio
* Develop a relationship with the editor (never be a diva)

How to Find Markets

* The Writer's Market

Anthologies Currently Accepting Submissions

Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

* List of Upcoming Books
* Story Guidelines
* Submission page

Cup of Comfort Series

* Introduction (explanation of who we are and what we are doing)
* Call for Submissions


* Charleston Magazine


How to Find Contests

* Writer's Digest Contests

Submit 10,000 words or fewer by email or snail mail: only one submission per person. Deadline October 31, 2007.
$500 Prize and publication in our Fall Issue. Click here to read more.


WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season and the flavor of our sponsor, if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That's not to say that our guest judge will feel the same... so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let's have some fun!


Maximum: 1200

Minimum: 800

The title is not to be counted in your word count. We use MS Word's word count to determine the submitted entry's word count.

Story slant: Geared toward women readers, light-hearted to funny, imaginative, creative—you get it--*original*.

THIS IS INTENDED ONLY TO SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY. STORIES MUST BE ABOUT LUCK (GOOD OR BAD), SERENDIPITY, A MISSED OPPORTUNITY, OR KARMA. Only stories that have the Prompt incorporated in them will be accepted. You may do this any creative way you would like, just make sure anyone would know you wrote your story specifically for this contest.

For more information, click here.

Literary Magazines

For a listing of literary magazines, go here at

Some examples:

* Fourth Genre
* Memoir Journal

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Particpant's Blogs

Click on these links to visit the Memoir 2008 blogs:

Mary Alice

Monday, July 7, 2008

Literary Events

Monday Night Blues at East Bay Meeting House (coffee shop/bar) with featured writers from 8 pm - 9 pm, then open mike for poets and songwriters. Every Monday at 159 East Bay St. in downtown Charleston.

Tues, July 8th. Bret Lott will be signing copies of his new book on writing, Before We Get Started: A Practical Memoir of the Writer's Life, at the Barnes and Noble in Mt. Pleasant at 8 pm.

About the book from

Lott was a little-known writer of literary fiction until Oprah Winfrey selected his then out-of-print novel Jewel for her TV book club, rocketing him into publishing's major leagues. In this candid memoir and literary handbook, Lott looks back to the hard times before Oprah, when he was forced to juggle raising a young family with a demanding teaching job that left him little time for writing. Recently named editor of the Southern Review, Lott offers via his reminiscences plenty of practical advice on the craft of writing, which for him is intricately bound up with observation and soulfulness. His hero is Raymond Carver, and his literary values echo those of the master; he urges writers to attend to the weight of every word, to the material reality of characters' daily working lives and to the handling of time. Beginning writers will appreciate the heartfelt supportiveness of his counsel as he imparts encouragement and insight. Of wider cultural interest is Lott's critique of the irony hawked by such writers as David Foster Wallace and of the so-called postironic Dave Eggers. Lott advances a case for a new and radically more hopeful genre of fiction. He imparts his own brand of wisdom on writing and the world of publishing with resounding candor and sincerity.
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Outlaw Poets Open Mike Night at Kudu on Thursdays, 8 pm -10 pm at 4 Vanderhorst St. in downtown Charleston.

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