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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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 26 Jul 2021 08:22

Is it still Moanday? it is? In the immortal words of Winnie-the-Pooh, "Oh bother."

Larry thanks for the set-up and for giving WG proper recognition and greetings.

I was a bit 'off my feed' this weekend. Just felt punky and out of sourts. On the other hand, it let me stay piled up in bed knocking off a couple historical mystery novels.

Next up could be an in-depth analysis of the news that the universities of Oklahoma and Texas will probably be moving from the Big-12 conference to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) wherr teams such as Alabama, Georgia and my beloved LSU Tigers roam. Yep that could be next up except most Inspirators don't care and I'm not sure how I feel about the whole thing.

With a second mug of coffee in one hand while the other is filled to overflowing with Sarah's cookies, I'll go over to the corner table, sit in a dry confy chair, and speculate on just what in the heck-e-darn is speculative fiction.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 23 Jul 2021 17:45

It appears the contest is now closed to new entries with 17 having made it in before the deadline.

Hope y'all have a great weekend and can finish reading all the entries. ;)

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 23 Jul 2021 10:06

Mid-day TGIF along with Happy Birthday Verity salutations are hereby extended to all
Just checked, and the contest remains open with 17 entries. Here are the last three:

Winter Convalescence blackdog
On The Edge TheSensualLady
Pine Ping.

Several of us had time to give Ping's entry the old RVC (read, vote, comment) business yesterday but not the two most recent.

I've read the entry of Sensual Lady and recommend it to all. The most recent entry, the one by, Black Dog, will have to wait until after lunch before having my RVC inflicted upon the poor thing. ;)

The temp is 75f (no kidding) and there's thunder, rain and flash flood warning here in the Valley of the Sun. think I'll take my Mendalla prepared coffee and Sarah cooked cookies with me over to the corner table and hunker down until all this goes away.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 22 Jul 2021 08:06

More entries! Yep, Da Bear done got it right, honest. Sarah and Verity both now have entries which pushes to total entry count to thirteen.. Me, I've read, voted and commented on them and can report that they are not only vastly different from each other and the 'typical' Stories Space submission but are equally well done. You can find them near the top of the main page so hurry up and do your two good deeds for the day.

If you get a chance, there are also some longish non-entries by The Shy Thespian, Annie, and Billy New.

Now having toiled in the vineyards this morning, I'll grab some of Sarah's cookies, fill my mug with Larry's Kansas coffee and flop into a corner comfy chair to rest my weary bones.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 21 Jul 2021 12:54

Hump Day 'How do y'all do?' type salutations are hereby extended from your old somewhat immoderate moderator To all who enter. These greeting come with high fives and handshakes for those who behold with expressions of sympathy the polar bear sitting on a block of ice under the leaky old window A/C unit while overworking an unofficial Inspirations hand fan and moaning pitifully about the heat.

It was about Gary Cooper time (High Noon) when I last checked on the contest. For what it's worth and your information, the contest is still open and the number of entries remains at eleven. Me, I'm guessing the powers that be trying to ride herd on this contest will not shut it down until tomorrow morning -- but who knows?

It's over 100f out here in the valley of the sun so I'm gonna whip up some iced coffee. Wanna try some, Brother Bear?

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 20 Jul 2021 09:20

How y'all are? Our beloved leader is, as is sometimes the case, correct. This time it concerns news of a large, bear-figure shaped wearing an off-white fur coat and doing business over here as, James T. Bear . Apparently he was spotted leaving a entry in the Survivor contest which is, imo both inspirational and impressive.


Be sure to check it out along with any other entries you may have missed. All are well worth a read or two.

Now I'll fill my mug with some of our leader's CCC (Canadian Club Coffee) grab a handful of Sarah's cookies and find a comfy chair at the corner table to meditate on the obfuscation of obvious truths.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: A Survivor's Story Competition!
Posted: 18 Jul 2021 15:27

Tams, you can do it and it'll be well done. Just one bit of unasked for advice, don't read the other entries before submitting your own. Even for a writer such as you, it could be very discouraging, honest. ;)


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 18 Jul 2021 13:08

How y'all are, he asks, basking in 'y'all' being recognized as a 'real' English word. ;)

My plans are always subject to change without notice. It now looks like my family visits will be in late August. That motivated me to go ahead and post the entire 'Authors Publish' newsletter instead of the edited versions I've been using as the source for 'Calls for subs & Contests' post.

They're free and will show up in your inbox - but only if you subscribe.

I'd hang around to talk about the Suns three straight losses to the Bucs in the NBA finals except Jeff's contest entry is calling. Since writing fiction seems beyond me for the time being, it least I can read a bit.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

Topic: Calls for subs - full version
Posted: 18 Jul 2021 12:43

It maybe several weeks before I can post another one of these newsletters from Authors Publish. Thought I'd post the whole thing so you could get an idea what you'd be getting in your email if you subscribed. It's free and highly recommended. glasses8

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29 Literary Fiction Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions – No Agent Required
Written by Emily Harstone

Literary fiction is one of the harder genres to get published in without an agent. There are smaller presses that specialize in it, but unfortunately more and more of those presses are now charging reading fees. However, there are still good options for authors who are unagented and averse to paying reading fees.

The manuscript publishers in this list cover a wide range. Some are small presses that only publish a few works of literary fiction a year, others are large established presses that just focus on literary fiction along with one or two other genres, others publish literary fiction as part of a wide variety of genres.

Not all of these publishers are currently open to submissions. This list is in no particular order.

Able Muse

Able Muse is a small literary press that has one free reading period every year, from 1st May through 15th July. They also publish a literary journal, and they host a number of contests every year. They publish poetry and fiction primarily, and they will consider nonfiction as long as you query first. Most of the fiction they publish is short story collections and unlike other small presses, some of what they publish is genre work.

Coffee House Press

Coffee House Press (CHP) is a respected literary press with a great reputation. They are only open for short submission periods every year. These periods are capped at 300 submissions, so submit early. They open on the first of the month. During the last open period they had reached 300 submissions within a few hours. Coffee House Press publishes emerging and midcareer authors. They do not focus on bestsellers, but their books are often taught in academic settings and available in libraries and independent bookstores.


BlazeVOX is a publisher based out of Buffalo, New York. They are a small independent publisher that focuses on publishing innovative literary fiction and poetry manuscripts.

Acre Books

Acre Books is an imprint of The Cincinnati Review. They focus on publishing literary fiction and poetry. They are interested in novels and short story collections. They are not accepting submissions of full manuscripts. They ask that authors query first. While Acre Books is still new, they are an offshoot of the well-respected and long- established literary journal The Cincinnati Review. Their website focuses on selling books, not on recruiting authors. The books they have published so far are great and have wonderful covers.

Plough Publishing

They publish a quarterly magazine as well as books. The books they publish include books on Christian living, social issues, devotionals, church history, spiritual classics, parenting and education, poetry and literary fiction, as well as children’s books.

Schaffner Press

Schaffner is an established press with distribution through IPG. They publish literary fiction, short fiction collections, and crime fiction. They also publish a wide variety of nonfiction including memoir, autobiography, biography, journalistic expose or narrative, true crime, art, culture, pop culture, world history, current events, science, and music.

404 Ink

This is an Edinburgh based publisher, open to direct submissions of full length manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry. They are a small press that has different reading periods every year, and currently, they are open to nonfiction pitches for their pocket book series.

The Feminist Press

The Feminist Press was established as an independent nonprofit literary publisher in 1970. The Feminist Press is the oldest women’s publishing house in the world. They are open to submission from female/female identifying, and non-binary authors. They publish literary fiction and works of nonfiction.

Platypus Press

Platypus Press is a publisher of prose and poetry, all literary. They are a publisher based out of the UK that have been publishing books for six years. They have established a track record and publish books with beautiful covers.

Persea Books

Persea Books is an independent book publisher based out of New York that was established in the 1970s. Since then they have gained a reputation for publishing thoughtful books in a variety of literary genres, including literary fiction.


McSweeney’s is one of my personal favorite publishers. They publish literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I own a large number of the books they have published in the last decade. They have been closed for submissions for longer than expected, but still plan to re-open.


Waywiser is a small independent press based in the UK. They host a yearly contest called The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, but they charge a fee for that. They seem to focus on literary prose and poetry. They publish fiction and nonfiction, including essay collections. Unfortunately the only way to submit poetry manuscripts to them is through the contest.

8th House Publishing

8th House Publishing is a newer publisher based out of Montreal and New York. They publish poetry, novels with a literary bent, and nonfiction.seem to put a fair amount of effort into promoting their author’s work through launches, readings, and links to additional publications. They also seem to be very good at getting prestigious authors to provide blurbs for their books. Their covers tend to be well designed and aesthetically pleasing.

Fairlight Books

Fairlight Books is a publisher of literary fiction based in Oxford. They were founded in 2017 and started publishing in 2018. The company is run by an ex-energy chief, Louise Boland. Their goal is to promote literary fiction, particularly by new authors, in the UK. You can learn a little bit more about that here.

aunt lute

aunt lute is a multicultural women’s press. Their priority is to publish work by women, both transgender and cisgender, particularly women of color. They publish both fiction and nonfiction. They also publish poetry but only as part of an anthology or a larger prose work. They were founded in 1982.

Soho Press

Soho Press is an established and respected literary independent publisher based out of New York. Soho Press is generally open to unsolicited submissions of literary fiction. They focus on publishing bold voices and original perspectives. To learn more about what they have published in the past, their catalog is a good place to start.

Tramp Press

Tramp is a literary press based out of Ireland that has great distribution. Within Ireland they are distributed by Gill & Macmillan. Throughout the rest of the world they are distributed by Macmillan.

Skylight Press

Skylight Press is a small, UK-based publisher. They publish 12 books every year. They publish serious esoteric and occult books (focusing on things like paganism, and Arthurian/Grail traditions), as well as literary fiction, and nonfiction with a history or horticultural focus. They also consider literary analysis, although they do not publish much of it. They publish poetry as well but are currently not open to fiction or poetry submissions.

Flashpoint Publications

Regal Crest Enterprises historically specialized in publishing books of interest to lesbian readers but now their focus has expanded to include LGBTQ+ and they’ve rebranded as Flashpoint Publications. They mostly publish genre fiction now as well as some nonfiction. Learn more here.

Bellevue Literary Press

Bellevue Literary Press publishes works of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction geared towards a general readership. They accept unsolicited submissions of both kinds of work. The work they publish explores the intersection between arts and science. Many of the characters in the fictional work that they publish are doctors and scientists, but many of their books also focus on the natural world. They seem to publish about four novels for every work of nonfiction they publish.

Douglas & McIntyre

Douglas & McIntyre is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent publishers, with books that have won many national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. They filed for bankruptcy a number of years ago. Harbour Publishing purchased Douglas & McIntyre at that point. They predominantly publish Canadian authors. To learn more about their submission policy, go here.

Three Rooms Press

Three Rooms Press is an independent press that is inspired by “Dada, Punk, and Passion”. They were founded in 1994. They have good distribution.

Jaded Ibis

Jaded Ibis Press allows international submissions from women, writers of color, writers with disabilities, queer writers, as well as other marginalized and disenfranchised writers. They currently publish prose, both in terms of fiction and nonfiction. They want work to be well written and also contain ideas that contribute to the progress of social justice. This is very much a niche focus.

Deep Vellum

Deep Vellum is a press based in Dallas. They describe themselves as the “heart and soul of the Dallas literary community”. They were founded in 2013 and initially just published works in translation. Now they publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English, as well as works in translation that fall into any of the previous categories. As of 2020 about half of that work was translated authors and half was work originally published in English.

époque press

époque press is an independent publisher based between Brighton, Dublin and New York. They publish literary fiction, and only literary fiction, but it can be novel length or in short story format. They published their first volume in 2018.

Unnamed Press

Unnamed Press is an independent publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction, based in Los Angeles and founded in 2014. They have excellent distribution, their books have been reviewed in most major publications, and they know how to promote the books they publish.

Brother Mockingbird Publishing

Brother Mockingbird Publishing is a small independent press committed to discovering writers from the American South, but they are also open to good fiction, regardless of where the author is based. They recently celebrated their three-year anniversary, so they are a new press.

Clash Books

Clash Books started in 2015, they also publish Clash Magazine and the literary journal Black Telephone Magazine. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Clash Books is a small press but they attend major conferences like AWP and they host readings. They also offer wholesale discounts and they have provisional distribution via Ingram Spark.

Ig Publishing

Ig Publishing is a New York-based small press that focuses on publishing literary fiction and progressive political nonfiction. The books they’ve published have won or been honorable mentions for many major awards, and are frequently mentioned on “best of” year- end lists.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, Submit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Jul 2021 11:12

Morning, Inspirators and thanks to Larry for the setup -- even if it was no trouble. ;)

There's big, exciting, even thrilling news for those involved with the use and abuse of the English language.

Y'ALL has been proclaimed a 'real' word! Read on for more info.

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New definitions have also been introduced, including one for "y'all," which has been added to the dictionary as its own entry, separate from "you-all." The word, commonly associated with Southern American English and Black English, has been recognized by Dictionary.com as one that now communicates an informal tone more than it does regional identity, and one that has become popular among younger demographics for its inclusivity.

"Y'all has new popularity among former you guys users, who now appreciate the lack of gender associations with y'all," according to the Dictionary.com post. :)

Coffee's on me -- but it didn't burn much and I'll wipe it up, honest. With my now refilled mug and some of Sarah's cookies, I'm heading to the corner table to sit a spell and grin like the proverbial mule eating sawbriars.

Later, Inspirators. glasses8

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Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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A very happy birthday to one of my favorite SS writers!
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