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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anything but rap and atonal


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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 20 Oct 2019 10:46

Hope your trip is or will be a safe one, Larry. Kind of a shame the old, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad is out of business. ;)

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 19 Oct 2019 07:43

Mercy to my goodness, it's Saturday! Word has it that happens about once a week but making it here after the last week is a major goodness, imo.

Hope your rehersals go well, Larry and that they don't interfere with a 'Vic for Mascot' campaign. ;)

(slurp) Good coffee.

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Topic: Literary sites that actually PAY!
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 12:33

Thanks for the info, Scott. The only one of those I'm familiar with is 'Workers Write. It's a legit Texas-based outfit. Might be worth checking out if you have a work related/occupational story.

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Topic: 22 Lit sites that PAY!
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 12:23

There are Literary sites that actually pay writers - honest.

Over on the Competitions and Calls for Submissions forum there is a list of 22 outfits that pay for both prose and poetry. Check it out.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 09:35

Gypsy, both you and your friend are bundles of goodness. (munches on one teeny tiny bit of chocolate while reaching for another) ;)

As I'm sure, just positive, all the regulars here have been thinking, so to speak, that what Inspirations needs is a mascot. Therefore and without bothering to consult with Larry, let me suggest that Victor would, imo, be a great choice.

And in conclusion, over on the Competitions and Calls for Submissions forum, some noble but modest mod has posted 22 Literary sites that, believe it or not, pay writers. Just between us, there will be another list posted in about a week if that sorry-ass mod gets motivated.

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Topic: Literary sites that actually PAY!
Posted: 18 Oct 2019 09:16

22 Literary Journals That Pay

-taken from the free online newsletter of, Authors Publish magazine.

For your reading pleasure are 22 literary journals that do pay. They may not be the most prestigious journals (although some of them are), and not all are open to submissions right now, but most are. All of them do pay their authors. Some pay well and others pay a token amount.

If the links don't work, a distinct possibility, just google the site's title for more submission info.

1. The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review is one of the most respected print journals out there and they also pay their writers $200 per poem or $400 per short story. You can visit their website here.

They are primarily interested in short stories, articles, memoir, and poems. Note that they open for submissions on January 1st.

2-5. Escape Artists (Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Cast of Wonders, PodCastle)

Escape Artists is the publishing group that publishes all of its stories in audio and text formats. They are known for their genre podcasts and have a large following. Each publication has a separate focus. For example Cast of Wonders focuses on a young adult audience whereas Escape Pod only publishes sci-fi. The various publications pay $100 for full-length reprints and more for original works.

6. Banshee

Banshee, a print literary journal from Ireland, is accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. All authors published in the journal will receive payment, as well as a copy of the magazine. Read our full review here. Their next deadline is October 31st.

7. Frontier

Frontier Poetry accepts submissions year-round. They accept work from both new and emerging poets who have not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. Authors of any number of chapbooks and story collections may submit. Frontier pays poets $50 for each published poem, up to $150. To learn more, read our full review here.

They are also accepting work for their Frontier New Voices Fellowship worth $500 until 31 October, from undocumented poets residing in America.

8. Clarkesworld

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. They pay very well. Read our full review here.

9. The Rush

The Rush is a new online literary magazine produced by the students of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. They pay writers, and are seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and photography in all forms and styles. They hope to publish high-velocity work that captures the rush of human experience. Any topic is fair game, but they don’t accept work about graphic or gratuitous violence or sex. Read our full review here.

10. The Malahat Review

The Malahat Review is an established and respected print magazine based out of Canada. They purchase first world serial rights and, upon acceptance, pay CAD65 per published page, plus a one-year subscription. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. To learn more, visit their website here.

11. Terra Preta

Terra Preta Review publishes poetry, translations, creative nonfiction, craft essays, literary reviews, art, collages, and photography. They pay all contributors. Learn more here.

12. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

This paying and competitive magazine publishes short stories and novellas in the mystery genre. To learn more, read their submission guidelines here.

13. Breath & Shadow

They publish only authors who have disabilities, although they define that term broadly. The pay scale is $20 for poetry, and $30 for fiction and nonfiction. To learn more, visit their website here.

14. Contrary Magazine

Contrary Magazine publishes short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. They pay $20 per author per issue — the length of the piece does not factor into the payment. To learn more, visit their website here.

15. Workers Write!

They focus on publishing working class literature. They want to collect the stories and poems about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities. They pay between $5 and $50, depending on length and rights. To learn more or to submit, visit their website here.

16. Eye to the Telescope

Eye to the Telescope is an established online journal that focuses on publishing speculative poetry. They pay authors 3¢ per word, rounded up to the nearest dollar. They pay a minimum of $3 per poem, and a maximum of $25. Learn more here.

17. Upstreet

A respected literary journal. They offer between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays, and do not list poetry rates. If your work is accepted, you will also receive a contributor copy. Learn more here.

18. The Sun

A wonderful, advertisement-free magazine. They pay from $300 to $2,000 for fiction, essays, and interviews, and $100 to $250 for poetry. They also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. Learn more here.


A literary journal that pays $25 for short stories and $10 for flash fiction and poetry. To learn more, visit their website here.

20. The Virginia Quarterly Review

This established literary journal publishes poetry and prose and they pay very well. Learn more here.

21. Poetry

Poetry Magazine was founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912. The magazine established a reputation early on by publishing many important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and many others. They pay a minimum of $300 per poem. You can visit their website here.

22. Spark

Spark: A Creative Anthology offers contributors 2¢ per word or $20 per work for unpublished writing. They publish poetry and short stories. Visit their website here.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 16 Oct 2019 12:13

Goodies and coffee -- life can have compensations.

It's Oscar Wilde's birthday, according to Garrison Keillor on his Writer's Almanac. He included a Wilde quote that was new to me.

A man's face is his autobiography.
A woman's face is her work of fiction.

Illegitimi non carborundum , y'all.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 14 Oct 2019 09:35

It's Monday morning north of the equator and east of the dateline -- sorry about that, honest.

Larry, with all the recent temp changes here in the states, a wave of flu and colds is bound to be on the way.

Hmm, noticed that all the cookies were gone. Just more proof that life can be cruel to the young and beautiful while being a total bitch for the rest of us. (slurp) Coffee ain't bad, however.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 09 Oct 2019 05:05

Morning. The boss man hasn't shown, yet, so I've gotten both tea kettle and the coffee pot into action, sorta.

If you can find a clean, or at least semi-undirty, mug, then grab onto it and fill it with your fluid of choice.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 08 Oct 2019 07:03

Morning, y'all. Scott, I hate to learn about your troubles over on that other site you often infest. IMO and 25 words or less: That sucks!

reading one of your earlier posts got me to wondering if a spooky challenge might attract a few entries. Me, I don't know, as usual. Any thoughts.

(slurp) Good coffee. Keep up the good work.

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Added 15 Aug 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 287 | 8 Comments

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Added 13 May 2019 | Category Young Adult | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 384 | 3 Comments

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt -- RdW

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Added 05 Feb 2019 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 9 | Avg Score 5 | Views 767 | 8 Comments

How To Be A Happy Hooker: musings on openings in literature

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Added 18 Dec 2018 | Category Musings | Votes 11 | Avg Score 5 | Views 341 | 7 Comments

Now and Forever

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Added 14 Aug 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 301 | 5 Comments

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Added 04 Aug 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 407 | 12 Comments

The New Patient

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Added 28 Feb 2018 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 12 | Avg Score 5 | Views 585 | 10 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch. 12, Love on The Levee

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Added 01 Nov 2017 | Category General | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 788 | 2 Comments

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 11, Journey South

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Added 18 Oct 2017 | Category General | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 544 | 4 Comments

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