Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

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Deadline: October 1, 2016

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $50 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

“Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor…

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Cleave poem: A new experimental poetic form.

I have never heard of this form before. I’m learning lots as poetry editor. Thanks to Mary Bast for this. Kaye

The Cleave

In 2006 I came up with an idea for an experimental poetic form called the Cleave Poem.

One of my aims was to examine how something can be more than the sum of it’s parts and can be 3 in 1: synergy, fusion, co-operation, dialectics, marriage, interdependence, teamwork and The Trinity.

How to read a Cleave poem?

1. Read the left hand poem as a first discrete poem.
2. Read the right hand poem as a second discrete poem.
3. Read the whole as a third integrated poem.

Here are 2 of my cleave poems.

0000000000000000Cleave: Charm.

______________________Don’t let him charm you
don’t listen to his promises his words like birds
_____________scattering flies that flit from brow to lash,
________ready for your flesh, stroking feather kisses on your lips
__he squawks in expectation humming in your ears,
__flapping inside your skull

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Books that Convinced Me to Stop Writing (So Much)

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voyagerBy Anthony Michael Morena

The Voyager Record: A Transmission my lyric essay on the music, images, sounds, and greetings that were sent into space mounted on the interstellar Voyager spacecrafts in 1977 — is just over 13,000 book-length words.  And the pieces inside of it are each very short fragments, some no longer than a sentence or two long.

I used extreme brevity in The Voyager Record but not because it seemed cute to tell the story of the longest journey from Earth with short pieces. It was a style that even took me by surprise, and I was the one using it. Before I began The Voyager Record, I was strictly a writer of fiction: I had sworn off poetry and had never considered writing essays of any kind. But a succession of books written in nontraditional, short length formats changed all of that. These are the…

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Leaning Out: Interview with Jill Talbot

What a fabulous idea. This could be the beginning of a new writing genre. Collaboration in writing with another author.

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Part one of an interview with frequent Brevity contributor Jill Talbot, conducted by Emily Pifer:

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Emily Pifer: I stumbled upon “Lines Like Loss, Like Leaving,” your collaborative essay with Justin Lawrence Daugherty, while picking around on The Rumpus one day, but after reading, I fell completely. I followed the trail of your work together to “On Writing, Like Lust” in Pithead Chapel, and then “On Going, Like Going Back” on Hobart Pulp. The lines between you and Daugherty feel incredibly present and urgent, and the longing on both sides feels raw and open. There’s an energy moving back and forth. How did your collaboration with Daugherty begin, and how does the collaborative process typically unfold between you two?

Jill Talbot: I discovered Justin on Twitter when I began following Sundog Lit, the journal he founded and edits. I was drawn to the journal’s mission, “literature that…

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The 5 Fastest Responding Literary Magazines

This looks interesting. Send something in for the story prize. Kaye

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We know what it’s like to get excited about submitting a short story in the hope that you’ll get a fast response. Weeks can go by, often months, with nothing.

WaitingI hate to be the one to break it to you, but with some magazines, there’s a chance you may never get a response at all.

But don’t panic. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve taken the time to create a list of 5 of the fastest responding literary magazines, so you can get your submission fix quicker than ever before!

All of these publications are part of Duotrope’s 25 fastest fiction markets.

1. Eunoia Review

The Eunoia Review are committed to publishing two new pieces of fiction every day. They aim to respond to all submissions within 24 hours. 

See their full submission guidelines here.

2. Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

This journal have a turnaround time of 3…

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when jews aren’t white, part 1: “Little White Lie” and questions of color — 03/27/15, coloring books project

Thanks to Stephanie Hammer for raising “difficult” issues. Kaye

Stephanie Barbé Hammer @ Magically Real

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Friends —

My daughter and I were talking about funerals the other day because we just went to a very sad one.

“Why are these services always so Lutheran?” my daughter asked. Then we looked at each other.

“Remember that Passover we went to at Jenny’s family’s house?!!!” we both shouted simultaneously.

Let me explain.

I am a Russian-Norwegian Jew by choice. My husband is the child of European Jews, aka Ashkenazic Jews. My daughter is a blue eyed blonde.

By contrast, Jenny’s family are Iranian. The Passover we experienced at their house — while having the same prayers and basic storyline — had different melodies and a completely different tempo and feel than the polite — if funny — ritual dinner held at my friends’ and family’s seder tables.

For example, at Jenny’s house we were all given these giant green onions that we hit each other…

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