Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Winning Ultra Flash Fiction

Congratulations to Jane Shlensky for her winning the one-syllable flash fiction "Just Once" and to William Polf for his winning multi-syllable story "Empty Rooms."  

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Just Once

by Jane Shlensky


Since the stroke, his words won’t come—hide and seek, smudge and slur, thoughts and tongue as thick as mud yet clear to him.

“Speak?” He is urged by his nurse, his wife, his son, as if he will bark and wag for a treat, sit, heel, stay.

“Drink? Eat? Sleep? Pee? Pooh?” they ask and he is turned babe, wee child, slow, dull, and mute while his thoughts race, roads leap up, trees blur in the zoom, in the go go go of stay.

“Dad?” his son, no doubt, with those cards he loves to flash. “Let’s try this!” A game he sees, big smile on son’s face.

“Corn,” he tells his son whose face falls, eyes squint. 

“Not corn, but...” he mimes red bite, makes sound crunch.

“Rose!” Not rose, he can tell. “Cat! Tree! Cup!” See, I know words, he wants to say to the card’s face, but Son flips through cards. His brain treads paths in dense woods.

He sees gold and green, but will not say corn more than once. His son wants too much, wants big long sounds, tongue traps, the kind that fill your mouth and roll like peas.

“Bird!” he says with joy. “Shoe! Pot!”

“No! No!” (bad dog voice). “Try, will you?” Son is stiff now, mad. Their eyes lock. Long look, big tear, such great big hurt. No fun, no good. Big damn, big bad word, big scared. He nods, long sigh. 

“Just once,” Son says. “Come on, Dad. Tell me what this is.”  Crumbs on trail. Son holds chance, lives hope, loves Dad. He needs truth from Dad. He lifts the corn card high once more. “Just once, tell me what this is,” he pleads.  

Dad’s eyes shine with love and fun. “Card! Son, That Card!”

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Empty Rooms

by William Polf

He drove straight through, despite his full bladder and his aching left knee. He wanted to get to the summer house before sunset, and he still had twenty miles to go. He had considered stopping at the general store, but that would mean another round of condolences from whoever happened to be there, and he did not want that. He had hardened himself against the constant expressions of sympathy. Something inside him needed to be kept safe from intrusion until he could decipher it.

            At the house, leaves had carpeted the long driveway, masking the crunch of the car tires on the gravel so that no sound disrupted the silence of the tall dark pine trees, brooding nearby. He approached slowly, driving with caution, feeling as though he needed to be prepared for something, although he could not think what it might be. The house stood as it had been left, windows shuttered and blinds drawn, ready for someone to appear and open it. Usually that would have happened months ago.

As he sat looking at the house, he could almost hear the soft chorus of the wind chimes she always hung on the porch when they arrived, but he knew that could not be. He had taken them down when the house was closed-up last year. He felt the weight of the door key in his shirt pocket. Why had he come here, where her presence had been everything? He searched his mind, trying to understand. No answer came, so he stopped wondering. Right now, the rooms were empty and silent, waiting to be filled with life as they always had been before. Still, he sat, not moving, and not leaving the car, fearful that his life alone would not be enough to fill them.



  

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Writers' Morning Out--August 15

 "Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to

start somewhere." - Anne Lamott. 

"I write really shitty first drafts. Don't make me prove it to you." - Rick
Bylina

BULLETIN: The Fall 2020 NCWN Conference has been canceled. Instead, the
Writingest State Online Conference, a virtual alternative will be offered
11/10-14. Registration starts in early September. See www.ncwriters.org for
more details.

The 2020 WMO theme is "Inspiration." Together we'll inspire each other to
writing greatness (or, at least, mediocrity). The current pandemic could
inspire great literature as we react to the events surrounding it and the
unexpected consequences good, bad, and ugly. Life goes on; writing goes on. 

WMO MEETINGS will ZOOM on the third Saturdays at 1:00 pm, through the end of
the year, at which time we will re-evaluate. Zoom invitations will be sent
the morning of each meeting. The NCWN sponsors WMO. Carol Phillips
heads WMO. .

Note: We plan to continue to open our meetings with short check-ins about
what you are working on or what solutions you have found to difficulties you
were having.  To have time for planned presentations, keep your responses to
25 words.  Think of it as practice for creating your elevator speeches.

Happy August, everyone.  I hope you are all holding up well and keeping safe
under the continuing restrictions.  

Tracy Crow, the Randolph County Regional Rep, is interested in exploring
ways we can combine our efforts to serve writers.  Our schedules have not
yet allowed us to talk about the possibilities, but we hope to next week.
I'll keep you informed.  

Last month I said I would discuss details of a second meeting for open
discussions--Writers Discuss Away--but I don't have any. Yet. I'm having
major work done on my house and currently living in temporary quarters. I'm
just now determining how Zoom will work here.  

As some of you know, I've written a memoir about the brain injury I incurred
in the 1990s. Having done so, I am pretty bored with writing about myself
and prefer writing fiction. However, I find that much of what I learned
while writing the memoir--both in terms of process and craft-- translates
nicely into writing fiction.  Even prompts designed to elicit memories I
find useful to delve into a character's memory. 

I tell you this because Writers' Morning Out's program this month is
ostensibly about memoir. However, those who write fiction may also learn
something about using a different POV, or using senses or setting to a
create story. I hope you will join us.  

Take care ~ carol 

August 15: "Writing Appetizers" with Jody Savage. Zoom instructions will be
sent on Saturday morning, 08/15 for this memoir writing workshop., Jody will
offer two short exercises, or "appetizers," to be completed during the
meeting.  Please have your laptop or pen and paper ready to write.  The
exercises come from books on memoirs Jody particularly likes, and additional
exercises will be included in a handout to be sent after the meeting, to
help us decide which book will be most useful to our writing style.

September 19: "Negotiating with a Midsize Press without an Agent" with Jody
Savage. Zoom instructions will be sent on Saturday morning, 09/19.  Think
you need an agent to publish your book?  Maybe not. Join twice-published
author Jody Savage for hints on finding a publisher, negotiating a contract
(including an advance), and the subsequent process from book design through
marketing.  Is an agent worth the money?  Only you can decide.

October 17: "Slush Pile!" Zoom instructions will be sent on Saturday
morning, 09/19. Not even a pandemic will stop the Fourth Annual WMO Slush
Pile! For the uninitiated: A Slush-Pile is that pile of 50 or more
unsolicited manuscripts publishers and agents receive each week. They read
them hoping for that gem, but looking for reasons to reject to reduce the
pile. We're going to imitate that procedure.   Anonymous one-page
submissions will be read to our panel of judges. They will explain why they
would reject that submission, or why they think that submission has real
promise. We'll provide details for submitting in our October email. In the
meantime, polish up that first page or poem. 

Applause! Applause! Have a writing success story? Share it! Let Rick Bylina
know.

*Rick wrote 19 pieces of flash fiction in July based on prompts from Writers
Write.

Writing-Related Timely Events. Have one? Let Rick Bylina

know. 

*08/08. 1:30 p.m. Zoom
gu> . Turning an Idea into a Novel by Sisters-in-Crime National President
Lori Rader-Day.

*08/25. 7 p.m. Open Source NCWN-BYO Query. Space is limited. Currently full,
but check back.

Classes, Prompts, Critique Groups, and Workshops. 

*Free online, self-paced course <https://page.stellafosse.com/journey>  from
Jody Savage (Stella Fosse) for midlife women interested in writing memoir
through the lens of the erotic life.

*Writing Prompts available. Rick likes: writers write
<https://www.writerswrite.co.za/>  and Reedsy prompts
<https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/?utm_source=mailparrot&utm
_campaign=writing_prompts_welcome_e_mail&utm_medium=writing_prompts_welcome_
e_mail_1> .

*Follow the NCWN Facebook page
<https://www.facebook.com/NCWriters/?ref=page_internal> , including their
100-140 word writing prompts on Saturdays.

Submission Opportunties.

*Poets and Writers <https://www.pw.org/>  has on-going calls from journals,
agents, and editors. Click "Publish Your Writing." 

*Submittable <https://manager.submittable.com/opportunities/discover>  lists
submission opportunities.

*Duotrope <https://duotrope.com/account/signup.aspx>  has a free monthly
newsletter listing various opportunities.  

*08/15. Deadline. County Lines: A Literary Journal. See WMO Blog
<http://pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com/>  for guidelines.

*08/15. Deadline. The Crossroads Project
<https://forms.illinoisstate.edu/forms/diversevoices>  (playwriting, no
musicals).

*08/15. Deadline. $. Poetry. Red Wheelbarrow
<http://www.deanza.edu/english/creative-writing/red-wheelbarrow.html> .

*08/21. Deadline. Short Edition
<https://short-edition.com/en/contest/color-it-in-summer-2020> . Various
formats.

*08/31. Deadline. $. U of New Orleans Press
<https://unopress.submittable.com/submit>  is looking for fiction
manuscripts. $10K advance/pub contract.

*08/31. Deadline. $$. Barthelme Prize for Short Prose.
<http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthelme-prize/>  Sponsored by Gulf
Coast.

*09/01. Deadline. $$. Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Prose
<https://steeltoebooks.submittable.com/submit.> .

*09/01. Deadline. $$. Black Warrior Review Writing Contest
<https://bwr.ua.edu/> . For poem, short story, essay.

*09/02. Deadline. The Insecure Writer
<https://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/the-2019-annual-iwsg-antholog
y-contest.html> 's Support Group Anthology. Dark material. Sci-fi. 4,500-6K
words.

*Open-ended. Cold Mountain Review
<https://coldmountainreview.submittable.com/submit>  seeks works engaging
eco- and social-justice issues and experiences.

*Open-ended. $. Blue Mountain Review
<https://bluemountainreview.submittable.com/submit> . Poetry and fiction.

*Open-ended. Trampset, an online literary journal
<https://trampset.org/submissions-6e83932b0985>  of fiction, poetry, and
nonfiction seeks your stuff. 

*Deadline. 21st of each month. 53-word story contest
<https://www.press53.com/53word-story-contest> . Sponsored by Press 53.
'Natch. 

*Dates vary. Redbud Writing Project <http://www.redbudwriting.org/> .
Writing courses for an adult education writing school in Chapel Hill.

*NCWN maintains a comprehensive list of opportunities for its members. See
Members Only on the NCWN website <https://www.ncwriters.org/>  

Writing-Related Ongoing Events. (monthly unless otherwise). Have one? Let
Rick Bylina
<mailto:anilyb@earthlink.net?subject=Writing-related%20Ongoing%20Events>
know. If you go, how was it?

EXTRA! EXTRA!  

Remember:  Don't forget. The NCWN <https://www.ncwriters.org/>  offers
critiquing and editing services, even online.

Legit or Forget it: Want to know if publisher or contest is legit?  Writers'
Beware <https://accrispin.blogspot.com/>  may be able to help.

Links: Don't rely solely on WMO for your reading events. Link to local
bookstores Event's Calendar.

August #1 Indie Pick: Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.

Book Sales: If you're selling in a store, increase sales by putting your
books near the toilet paper.

How to Write Flash Fiction Course (free): Flash Fiction Magazine
<https://learn.flashfictionmagazine.com/p/free-course?fbclid=IwAR3fw1K1ThwKc
EHZxcflVz3anPkOQTkiGcR1NFzkzaZh8xyiRgS8FuFYFS0> .

Ten Ways to Support Your Favorite Author: (1) Buy their books, (2) Write
reviews, (3) Give their books as gifts, (4) Tell ten people about the author
or book, (5) Read for a book club, (6) Recommend on Goodreads, (7) Request
at your library, (8) Promote on social media, (9) Post pictures holding
their book, (10) Send the author a fan letter.

Yes, this is THE END. The rest is up to you. Work on that WIP and you too
can type: THE END.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Writers' Morning Out - July 18, 2020

Imitate other writers while you’re learning, deconstruct their books and learn from them. Then break out and be you.” – Christopher Isherwood.

BULLETIN: The Fall 2020 NCWN Conference has been canceled. Instead, the Writingest State Online Conference, a virtual alternative will be offered 11/10-14. Registration starts in early September. See www.ncwriters.org for more details.

WMO Survey Results:  Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey. It is gratifying that y'all seem to like what we are doing and most like the day and time.  A number of people expressed interest in having more open discussions about writing and we will be announcing details of Writers Discuss Away next month.  We appreciate your comments and suggestions, and invite you to contact me (Carol Phillips) if you would like to talk more about our future plans. 

The 2020 WMO theme is “Inspiration.” Together we’ll inspire each other to writing greatness (or, at least, mediocrity). The current pandemic could inspire great literature as we react to the events surrounding it and the unexpected consequences good, bad, and ugly. Life goes on; writing goes on.

WMO MEETINGS will ZOOM on the third Saturdays at 1:00 pm, through the end of the year, at which time we will re-evaluate. Zoom invitations will be sent the morning of each meeting. The NCWN sponsors WMO. Carol Phillips heads WMO. WMO’s blog.
Note: We plan to continue to open our meetings with short check-ins about what you are working on or what solutions you have found to difficulties you were having.  In order to keep have time for planned presentations, we ask you keep your responses to 25 words.  Think of it as practice for creating your elevator speeches. 

July 18th is “Flash Fiction.” Zoom instructions will be sent on Saturday morning, 07/18. Come join award-winning author Ashley Memory as she emphasizes the ins and outs of flash fiction writing. This topic coincides with this year’s Ultimate Flash Fiction (UFF) contest. See below for details.

August 15th is “Writing Appetizers” with Jody Savage. Zoom instructions will be sent on Saturday morning, 08/15 for this memoir writing workshop., Jody will offer two short exercises, or “appetizers,” to be completed during the meeting.  Please have your laptop or pen and paper ready to write.  The exercises come from books on memoirs Jody particularly likes, and additional exercises will be included in a handout to be sent after the meeting, to help us decide which book will be most useful to our writing style.

September 19th is “Negotiating”. Negotiating with a Midsize Press without an Agent with Jody Savage. More details coming later, but it sounds interesting.

WRITING-RELATED TIMELY EVENTS. Have one? Let Rick Bylina know.
*The Eleventh Annual Ultra Flash Fiction Contest will consist of two contests.  Guidelines are below and on the WMO blog
Classes, Critique Groups, and Workshops 
*07/09. 7-8:30 p.m. Pre-register at Poetry & Prose: A Virtual Gathering on Zoom. Orange Cty Pub Lib.
*07/13-16. Limited to 10 writers. Summer 2020 Creative Writing Online Workshop with Miranda Lutyens.
*Free online, self-paced course from Jody Savage (Stella Fosse) for midlife women interested in writing memoir through the lens of the erotic life.
*Writing Prompts available. Rick likes: writers write and Reedsy prompts.

Submission Opportunties
For new and on-going calls for submission from journals, contests, agents, and editors check out Poets and Writers and click "Publish Your Writing."
Submittable lists submission opportunities and you can sign-up for Duotrope's free monthly newsletter listing various opportunities. 
*07/15. Deadline extended for submissions for Red Clay Review. See article on WMO Blog for details.
*07/15. Deadline. Light and Dark Magazine. Fiction under 3K words.
*07/15. Deadline. storysouth. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.
*07/15. Deadline. $$. PRISM’s Nonfiction Contest.
*07/21. Deadline. $$. The Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. Nine categories for unpub/self-pub works.
*07/30. 7 p.m. Register in advance. NCWN community conversation “Black Voices, Vibrant Southern Cities.”
*07/31. Deadline. $. Press 53 Award for Poetry. Award to unpublished collection of poems.
*07/31. Deadline. $. Crazy horse Short-short Writing Contest.
*07/31 WMO’s Ultra Flash Fiction Contest. See rules below or on WMO Blog.
*08/01. Deadline. Main Street Rag. Anthology of Mental Health Recovery. Uplifting stories.
*08/01. Deadline. $. South 85 Journal—poetry and flash fiction.
*08/15. Deadline. County Lines: A Literary Journal. See WMO Blog for guidelines.
*08/15. Deadline. The Crossroads Project (playwriting, no musicals).
*08/31. Deadline. $. U of New Orleans Press is looking for fiction manuscripts. $10K advance/pub contract.
*09/01. Deadline. $$. Steel Toe Books 2020 Prize in Prose.
*09/02. Deadline. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology. Dark material. Sci-fi. 4,500-6K words.
*Open-ended. Cold Mountain Review seeks works engaging eco- and social-justice issues and experiences.
*Open-ended. $. Blue Mountain Review. Poetry and fiction.
*Open-ended. Trampset, an online literary journal of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction seeks your stuff.
*Deadline. 21st of each month. 53-word story contest. Sponsored by Press 53. ‘Natch.
*Dates vary. Redbud Writing Project. Writing courses for an adult education writing school in Chapel Hill.
*NCWN maintains a comprehensive list of opportunities for its members. See Members Only on the NCWN website

WRITING-RELATED ONGOING EVENTS (monthly unless otherwise). Have one? Let Rick Bylina know. If you go, how was it?
Most seem to be canceled. We’ll keep checking.

EXTRA! EXTRA! 
Remember:  Don’t forget. The NCWN offers critiquing and editing services. See their website.
Legit or Forget it: Want to know if publisher or contest is legit?  Writers' Beware may be able to help.
New Local Group: Raleigh Book Self-Publishing.
Links: Don’t rely solely on WMO for your reading events. Link to local bookstores Event’s Calendar.
July #1 Indie Pick: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
How to Write Flash Fiction Course (free): Flash Fiction Magazine.
Ten Ways to Support Your Favorite Author: (1) Buy their books, (2) Write reviews, (3) Give their books as gifts, (4) Tell ten people about the author or book, (5) Read for a book club, (6) Recommend on Goodreads, (7) Request at your library, (8) Promote on social media, (9) Post pictures holding their book, (10) Send the author a fan letter.

Ultra Flash Fiction Guidelines
1. Ultra Flash Fiction Monosyllabic submission guidelines:
1.      Submission Period:  July 1 through July 31, 2020
2.      Any fiction genre
3.      Open to NCWN members
4.      Manuscripts must be no longer than 300 words, including the title, as calculated by Microsoft Word.
5.      Words can be only one syllable long, as defined by the How Many Syllables website:
6.      Manuscripts must be double space in 12pt Times New Roman
7.      Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover page listing name, ms title, word count, and email address.
8.      Manuscripts must not have name or contact info.
9.      Manuscripts and cover sheet must be emailed to Carol Phillips as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments
10.   Include in subject line of email: UFF  1-Syllable: [Title of work]

2. Ultra Flash Fiction (UFF) Submission guidelines:
1.      Submission Period:  July 1 through July 31, 2020
2.      Any fiction genre
3.      Open to WMO members.
4.      Manuscripts must be no longer than 300 words, including the title, as calculated by Microsoft Word.
5.      Manuscripts must be double space in 12pt Times New Roman
6.      Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover page listing name, ms title, word count, and email address.
7.      Manuscripts must not have name or contact info.
8.      Manuscripts and cover sheet must be emailed to Carol Phillips as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments
9.      Include in subject line of email: UFF: [Title of work]

By submitting an entry, you are assumed to be granting us one-time reprint rights. If you do not wish a winning entry to be so posted, let us know.
[END] Shouldn’t you be writing?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Call for Submission: Ultra Flash Fiction Guidelines--July 31, 2020



1. Ultra Flash Fiction Monosyllabic submission guidelines:
1.      Submission Period:  July 1 through July 31, 2020.
2.      Any fiction genre.
3.      Open to NCWN members.
4.      Manuscripts must be no longer than 300 words, including the title, as calculated by Microsoft Word.
5.      Words can be only one syllable long, as defined by the How Many Syllables website.
6.      Manuscripts must be double space using 12pt Times New Roman font.
7.      Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover page listing name, ms title, word count, and email address.
8.      Manuscripts must not have name or contact info.
9.      Manuscripts and cover sheet must be emailed to Carol Phillips as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments.
10.   Include in subject line of email: UFF  1-Syllable: [Title of work].


2. Ultra Flash Fiction (UFF) Submission guidelines:
1.      Submission Period:  July 1 through July 31, 2020.
2.      Any fiction genre.
3.      Open to WMO members.
4.      Manuscripts must be no longer than 300 words, including the title, as calculated by Microsoft Word.
5.      Manuscripts must be double space using 12pt Times New Roman.
6.      Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover page listing name, ms title, word count, and email address.
7.      Manuscripts must not have name or contact info.
8.      Manuscripts and cover sheet must be emailed to Carol Phillips as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments,
9.      Include in subject line of email: UFF: [Title of work],

By submitting an entry, you are assumed to be granting us one-time reprint rights. If you do not wish a winning entry to be so posted, let us know. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Call for Submission: County Lines: A Literary Journal -- August 15, 2020

Call to Writers and Artists for 8th Edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal.

County Lines Literary Journal is an annual literary anthology compiled by the Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild. They are calling for entries of prose, poetry, and art for their eighth edition to be published for 2021. There are no restrictions on age or residence of persons submitting. In the past, there have been writers and artists from all over North Carolina and the Southeastern states.

County Lines Literary Journal is accepting poetry, short or flash fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction. They will not accept work containing erotica, violence, hate, political editorial, or excessive profanity.

Type your name, address, phone number, word count (line count for poems), and email address in the upper left-hand corner of the cover page of your manuscripts, and your name and title of submission in the header of each manuscript page.

Poetry – no more than 30 lines per poem, single-spaced. You may submit up to five poems.
Prose – no more than1500 words or five double-spaced pages per entry. Limited to three entries per author.

Art – Send copies of art as a jpeg attachment in high resolution. Paintings, drawings, and photographs are acceptable. The person whose art is chosen for the cover will be awarded $25.
There is a 5 entry limit per artist. Cover art should reflect the title, County Lines. All journal submissions should be sent to CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com.

In addition, The FCAC Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its 8th annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize for Writing. The contest is open to writers of any age and location for previously unpublished (this includes online publication) poetry, short stories, essays, or creative non-fiction. This year two prizes will be awarded, one for prose and the other for poetry. Each prize will be $100.00 plus two copies of the journal and publication in the 2021 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. Up to five honorable mentions may also be named. Honorable mentions will receive publication in County Lines and one free copy.

Contest entries must have a cover page with title, author’s name, and contact information. Name and contact info must not be on the body of the work. Be sure your title is on the first page of your manuscript. All submissions must be in Word Documents, prose double spaced, poetry single-spaced, and be emailed as attachments to fcaccarolinawritingprize@gmail.com.
Include a short writer’s bio on the cover page. Only email submissions will be accepted.

Contributors chosen for publication will receive one comp copy of the journal.
Write checks to the Franklin County Arts Council with “Contest entry” in the memo. Entry fees are $10. There will be no refunds. Mail checks to PO Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549. You may also pay using the Paypal button at FCACARTS.ORG.

If you want your piece also considered for publication in County Lines: A Literary Journal, you must submit it separately to CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com. There is no additional fee to submit to County Lines.

Please adhere to these guidelines for your submission. Entries not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered. The deadline for submissions to County Lines and for the contest is August 15, 2020.

Call for Submission: Red Clay Review--July 15, 2020

Red Clay Review, a literary magazine for the CCCC community and its members, past, present, and future, is accepting submissions for its next issue, for which the theme is ACCESS. Contributors can submit prose up to 1500 words, up to three poems of up to 80 lines each, and/or up to three original images. 

  • Poetry and prose submissions must be sent electronically as .doc, .docx, or .rtf file attachments. 
  • Each document must be submitted in its own file. 
  • Images must be submitted as high-resolution files. 
  • Submissions should be sent to rcr@cccc.edu. Submission emails should include the writer's name, mailing address, and phone number. 
  • Please submit entries by July 15, 2020. 
  • Questions may be sent to the same address.


If you have questions, please let me know. We look forward to seeing your work and appreciate your continued support and interest.

Take care, 


Summerlin Page Webb
Lead Instructor, Humanities

Friday, May 1, 2020

Inspiration: The Poem You Asked For



If you are had a difficult time composing a poem for April's Poetry Month--or if you are having difficulty writing anything these days, Tom Dow offers this: 

The Poem You Asked For

My poem would eat nothing.
I tried giving it water
but it said no,

worrying me.
Day after day,
I held it up to the llight,

turning it over,
but it only pressed its lips
more tightly together.

It grew sullen, like a toad
through with being teased.
I offered it money,

my clothes, my car with a full tank.
But the poem stared at the floor.
Finally I cupped it in

my hands, and carried it gently
out into the soft air, into the
evening traffic, wondering how

to end things between us.
For now it had begun breathing,
putting on more and

more hard rings of flesh.
And the poem demanded the food,
it drank up all the water,

beat me and took my money,
tore the faded clothes
off my back,

said Shit,
and walked slowly away,
slicking its hair down.

Said it was going
over to your place.

                           by Larry Levis