About Rumple_deWriter


I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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lost in the ozone west of Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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writing, sports, reading
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most of the good 'uns
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a bunch of the good 'un
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anything but rap and atonal


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Topic: Book Titles you WON'T Find in Waterstones...
Posted: 17 Jul 2017 07:02

"Working Under the Bleachers" by, Seymore Butz

note: not to be confused with, Seymore Butts, from the Bronx, NYC. ;)

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Topic: A Flash Fiction Market
Posted: 13 Jul 2017 19:11

Flash Fiction Magazine, https://flashfictionmagazine.com/ is an electronic literary journal that only publishes flash fiction. They publish one story on a daily basis. You can read their daily stories here. They also publish flash anthologies on a regular basis. They publish fiction stories between 300 and 1000 words in length. They are a fairly easy market to get into. They publish about 25% of the work that is submitted to them. If you are just figuring flash fiction out they are not a bad place to start.

Even though they have such a high acceptance rate for the magazine, which you can read online, their anthology series has an acceptance rate that is probably much lower (although I couldn’t find the details). Each anthology contains 50 pieces of flash fiction by 50 different writers. They pay 40 US dollars per flash fiction piece selected for the anthology. So if your work is selected for the magazine you will not be paid, but if they like your work so much it is also selected for the anthology, you will be paid. It is an interesting system, with the magazine acting like a filter for the anthology.

They only publish fiction, no poetry, no non fiction, no memoir, although you can feel free to fictionalize your own short non-fiction.

All submissions are through their online submission system. Make sure to read all the guidelines closely before submitting. To see their submission page

(taken from 'Authors Publish' newsletter)

Topic: Crumpled Money
Posted: 07 Jul 2017 08:04

While enjoying their evening cocktails, the woman asks her husband, in a very seductive voice, " have you ever seen Twenty Dollars all crumbled up?"

"No," said her husband.

She gave him a sexy little smile, unbuttoned the top 3 or 4 buttons of
her blouse, and slowly reached down into the cleavage created by a soft, silky push-up bra, and pulled out a crumpled Twenty Dollar bill.

He took the crumpled Twenty Dollar bill from her and smiled approvingly.

She then asked him, "Have you ever seen Fifty Dollars all crumpled up."

"Uh... no, I haven't," he said, with an anxious tone in his voice.

She gave him another sexy little smile, pulled up her skirt, and
seductively reached into her tight, sheer panties... and pulled out a
crumpled Fifty Dollar bill.

He took the crumpled Fifty Dollar bill, and started breathing a little quicker with anticipation.

"Now," she said, "have you ever seen $50,000 Dollars all crumpled up?"

He said "No!",trying to hide his arousal.

She said. "Check the garage."

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Topic: 'Chicken Soup' is calling
Posted: 06 Jul 2017 07:12

Chicken Soup for the Soul

They are accepting true stories or poems for several themes now. Of these, Miracles and More – when good things happen to good people (stories about inexplicable events, like a premonition to take a different route, which helped you avoid an accident), and Stories of Redemption – what starts out as a negative force turns positive, have deadlines in August. See the guidelines for details, and more upcoming themes.

Deadline: 31 August 2017
Word count: 1,200 for non-fiction
Pay: $200
Details here.
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Topic: Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted: 28 Jun 2017 16:42

One other 'badge' that could use a reality check is 'Profile Views'. To qualify for that one, your profile must have at least 100,000 views. Me, I'm only 95,000 short.

And while I'm in mid-bloviation, has anyone else been putting up with unreliable email notification of comments on their stories? The problem might just be me but please let me know if you're in the same boat. In a few days, I'll PM Gav with the problem.

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Topic: A list of some poetry competitions, some including short story, which might be of some interest to some of you.
Posted: 19 Jun 2017 12:41

Submitted for your consideration, a list of poetry competitions, some including short story, which might be of some interest to some of you.
note: AuthorsPublish is a free, weekly publication. Recommended. RdW
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Authors Publish Magazine 30 Writing Competitions and Submission Calls for Poets

30 Writing Competitions and Submission Calls for Poets

Written by S. Kalekar | June 19, 2017

This list is divided into two: submission calls and competitions for poets, including fellowships and one essay contest; prizes range from $250 to AU$10,000. They are listed according to deadline. The calls are for various topics, styles, as well as geographical and age demographics of poets.

Special submission calls include those confronting shaming, LGBTQ themes, poetry by underrepresented writers, various poetry forms and poems on modern relationships, and found poetry on a specific theme. Some journals also have editors’ prizes. Some publish work by new and upcoming writers along with prize-winning poets, and regularly nominate work for various prizes.

Submission calls

The Puritan

They are looking for poems of any length, including sequences and long poems, and are open to other genres. There is also a call for The Town Crier Editor-in-Residence positions, to take creative control of the blog for one month – see guidelines.

Deadline: Rolling; reading till 25 June for the Summer issue
Word count: Up to 4 poems; one fiction or essay up to 10,000 words, under 500 words for flash fiction; 2,000 words and up for interviews; 1,500-6,000 words for reviews
Pay: $15/poem or page, capped at $60; $50 for fiction; $100 each for essay, review or interview; $200 for The Town Crier Editor-in-Residence; $20 for work in the Supplement Series
Details here.

Long Poem Magazine

They publish long poems, one essay per issue, and book reviews. They have published a diverse range of poets, including some prestigious names, and also translations and collaborative works. They welcome both traditional and modern voices.

Deadline: Reading in June for Issue 18
Word count: Submit up to 2 poems, at least 75 lines; contact for essay proposals and book reviews
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Boxcar Poetry Review

They accept poetry by both new and established poets, reviews of first books of poetry and first book poet interviews/conversations. They nominate poetry for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. One poem with the most votes in each issue gets a $25 Peer Award.

Deadline: 30 June 2017
Word count: 3-5 poems
Pay: One $25 award per issue
Details here.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: Sterling A. Brown Tribute Issue

This award-winning magazine showcases work of poets in Washington, DC and the surrounding mid-Atlantic region – Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware. They are seeking poems about Sterling A. Brown (the first Poet Laureate of Washington), for Brown, or poems that address the subjects closest to him: music (especially jazz, blues, work songs and spirituals), racial identity and folklore. They do not accept work outside of their annual submission call.

Deadline: 30 June 2017
Word count: Up to 5 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Twelve Point Collective: Modern Relationships theme issue

They want poetry, fiction and non-fiction on the Modern Relationships theme, widely interpreted. There is an option to publish anonymously. Each work will be paired with the work of a newfound artist. They invite writers to be a part of their collective.

Deadline: 30 June 2017
Word count: Up to 5 poems, up to 3,000 words for short stories and 2,500 words for essays
Pay: One copy of the book
Details here.

Fifth Wednesday Journal Special Issue

This is the journal’s first special issue call. They want writing by immigrants or children of immigrants of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, written by by US and Canadian residents. Works are eligible for an annual Editor’s Prize in fiction, and poetry of $150. They seek poems of any length or style, but are less likely to publish a poem longer than 4 pages.

Deadline: 1 July 2017
Word count: Five poems of up to 4 pages, fiction and creative non-fiction of 1,000-12,000 words
Pay: Two contributor copies, one-year subscription with the issue following; annual Editor’s Prize of $150
Details here.

Sonic Boom

They publish experimental poetry, Japanese short-forms and flash fiction. The special feature call is for parallel haiku. They also have a link to an editor interview.

Deadline: 1 July 2017
Word count: Various for different sections; see guidelines
Pay: Non-paying
Details here.

Blithe Spirit

This is a quarterly journal of the British Haiku Society. They want poems in all haikai genes, and writing about haiku. There is also a Museum of Haiku Literature Award (£50) for the best haiku from the previous issue. Each issue has a section on the season just ended.

Deadline: 1 July 2017
Word count: Unspecified
Pay: One £50 award per issue
Details here.

Ashville Poetry Review

This is an annual literary journal that publishes 180-220 pages of poems, interviews, translations, essays, historical perspectives and book reviews. Hard copy submissions only.

Deadline: 15 July 2017
Word count: 3-6 poems; unspecified for others
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Heron Tree Special Issue

They want found poems crafted from either The Climates of the Continents by W. G. Kendrew or The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. They are open to any and all approaches to found poetry construction and erased, altered, or remixed text; poets must use Kendrew’s Climates of the Continents or Lang’s Blue Fairy Book as source material (links to both work on their website). Accepted poems will be published online and collected in e-pamphlets available for free downloading.

Deadline: 15 July 2017
Word count: 1-3 poems
Pay: No payment
Details here.

Impossible Arcetype

They want work by LGBTQ poets of all genders. All forms are welcome. For their second issue, they want work that is striking, beautiful and musical.

Deadline: 16 July 2017
Word count: 1-4 poems; prefer submissions of up to 10 pages
Pay: No payment
Details here.

Jazz Cigarette #5: Forms

They are looking for works in various types of form poetry. They want the poets to bend rules and re-think possibilities. Blends of art and text are welcome. They want Villanelle, Pantoum, Ghazal (seven stanzas to two pages), Rondeau, Visual Poetry (sculpture poetry, erasures, etc.), Abecedarian, Triolet, Haibun, Concrete Poetry, Code Poetry, GIF Poetry, Cento, weird Sestina, any type of Hybrid form, Asemic Writing, Tanka Sequence (no singles), Renga, and englyn.

Deadline: 1 August 2017
Word count: 3-5 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Aftermath: Explorations of Loss & Grief

Works for this anthology should examine what it means to face the consequences after tragedy strikes. They encourage under-represented voices to submit.

Deadline: 15 August 2017
Word count: 500-3,000 words for prose; unspecified for poetry
Pay: $35/work for poetry, $0.06/word for fiction and non-fiction
Details here.

The Adroit Journal

This is a quarterly online journal. They accept poetry and prose from the same writer simultaneously during their reading period. They also publish reviews and interviews. Their poets are regularly nominated for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and various other prizes. They also run an annual poetry prize for students, for which entry fee waiver is available.

Deadline: 15 August 2017
Word count: Up to 8 poems, no line limits; up to 3 prose pieces of 3,000 words
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Shame: An Anthology

The writing should challenge shaming, which is both a cultural practice and a form of abuse, and the effects of which are often long-term and far-reaching. The editor wants pieces which confront this issue critically and break the silence around it. While personal narratives are welcome, the work should consider an audience beyond the writer.

Deadline: 31 August 2017
Word count: Up to 5 poems, up to 10 pages; 1-2 essays, up to 20 pages
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Topic: Two free contests
Posted: 06 Jun 2017 11:46

Submitted for your consideration: two free writing contests, one for short subjects the other novels.

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Stuck with writer’s block and looking for a way to jumpstart your escape? Prose offers weekly challenges meant to spark your creativity; many are just for fun, but look for the weekly numbered challenges posted by Prose (rather than community members or sponsors) for a chance to win money.

Prizes are typically between $100 – $200 and word counts are low — some as low as under 150, some as high as 500, but all say “quality beats quantity.” So even if all you get from the prompt is a chance to flex your brain, it’s not a bad deal.


Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 to the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.

Deadline: Annually on December 1.


taken from: The Write Life

Topic: INSPIRATION NEED/WANTED Help me please!
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:46

Sweat it not, Hayley. As you pointed out, your post might help others. With traffic being a tad slow, subject matter is way more important than any posting date.

Your post reminded me of "Writing Down the Bones" by, Natalie Goldberg, the world's only Jewish, Zen Master, writing coach...probably. In it, she gives some original suggestions for unblocking and freeing the 'inner' writer.


Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:31

Gil wrote: Rereading one of my favorite books.

Uh, huh. And that book would be? ;)

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Topic: Hello, it is I, Flavius Nonus Aeolus!
Posted: 28 May 2017 20:22

Hayley, it would seem the Flav-unit has come and already gone. (sigh) And I didn't even get a chance to ask about his views on dangling participles. ;)

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