Monday, May 16, 2016

Blacklist of Journals Who CHARGE for Submissions

"The job of publishers is to publish, and that involves not only creating a physical product but also marketing it. The job of writers is to write and submit the results to publishers. If writers pay submission fees to the publishers, publishers have less incentive to find an audience for what they publish." -Louie Crew Clay, Rutgers

Here is a blacklist of journals who charge for unsolicited submissions in order to fund themselves. This article blasts them as "vanity" publishing. I am shocked by some of the big names on this list! And most likely the unpublished are the ones paying for costs of publishing more well-known poets.
Add Minerva Rising who charges $15 on submittable, although they pay $35.

The post also states that Submittable, who can charge up to $29, is in part responsible for journals passing on their fees to starving poets and writers!
"Journals that have free, open submission periods during the year have been excluded from the list. Contests have also been excluded, except where the only way to submit to a journal is through a contest entry." posted by English Kills Review (on Tumbler)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Calls for Poetry Submissions 2016


Koru Mag 
Theme: Beginnings
Deadline: July 31, 2016


Deadline: July 31, 2016

Theme “Forgiveness”
Deadlin: July 31, 2016

Into The Void Magazine 
We accept poems of all forms and styles, from sonnets to free verse to haikus. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. Poems can be about anything at all, and of all shapes. We accept:Poems of up to 120 lines. There is no minimum line count. We love one-sentence poems–send ’em!We will take a select few pieces that didn’t make it into the magazine and publish them on the website
.Deadline:  June 25th, 2016.
The New Romaniticism: challenges much of contemporary literature with a return to passion, nature, feeling, the mother, duende, the grotesque, vespers, prophetic visionary verse, quietude, a quietus, the inchoate, suchlike. Send unpublished poems and stories or 313 Noriega St., San Francisco, CA 94122. Responds in 2 weeks. Decisions made late spring.

Up the Staircase
Our annual themed issue for 2016 is 90s Pop Culture. We will be accepting poetry and artwork involving and inspired by 90s music, TV shows, movies, fashion, games, technology, food & drink, and trends.Submit one to six themed poems to poetry [at] upthestaircase [dot] org. More info on site.
Deadline July 1st, 2016.
It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. 
Deadline: July 15, 2016.
Room Magazine
Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Also Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry Contest. Prize: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people.
Deadline for both: July 31, 2016.
MAIN STREET RAG Publishing Company will consider poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and photography for 2 upcoming themed anthologies. Theme 1: Fast food. Theme 2: Bar life. Submission period: May 1 through July 31. No reading fee. Submissions are e-mail only. Detailed guidelines: or e-mail:
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
3Elements Review
Accepting submissions for Issue 12 (released Oct. 1). The following three words must be incorporated into your poetry submissions: Relic, Passageway, and Kiss.
Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Chrysalis (Canada)
Theme: Future. Send submissions to
Deadline: August 23, 2016.
Flytrap Uprising
a new quarterly is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for Noir themed writing. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.”
Deadline:August 31, 2016.
Vine Leaves Literary Journal is now open for November Issue #18 vignette submissions. A vignette is a snapshot in words that focuses on one element, mood, character, setting, or object. We accept prose, poetry, script, and artwork/photography for the cover and/or interior of the issue. Pays $5 for one issue, regardless of how much work is accepted.
Deadlline August 31, 2016
The Chattahoochee Review: Off the Record
Disappearing remarks. Invisible people. Music that isn’t there. Intuition. Gut. Unclaimed, unofficial, uncategorized. A record respects the broadest possible audience. Off the record, your audience awaits. What you don’t want to write. We want to read. Note the call in a cover letter. Deadline September 15 or until the issue fills
Deadline: September 15, 2016

Mainstreet Rag

Send 1 or 2 poems for the next anthologies: one theme being BARS, the other using FAST FOOD as its starting point. Please note that each has a specific email address to which the submission must go and the live link to this is buried in the middle of the guidelines. These do not have to be ABOUT a bar or fast food restaurant, but as long as it plays a part in the dialog or scenery.
Deadline: September 15, 2016
New Rivers Press
Anthology--Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan
Poems, either published or previously unpublished, that are inspired by the life and work of Bob Dylan. There is no limit to the number of lines per poem. Please keep to five submissions per poet.
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Violet Rising
is accepting nature-inspired submissions.New online Tumblr-based zine publishes poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, art, and mixed media. 
Deadline: Rolling.
Poetry Breakfast 
seeks submissions on an ongoing basis. Seeking poems and poetry-related creative non-fiction (letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, etc.). Submit 3-10 poems. 
Deadline Rolling.
 The Indianola Review 
is open to submissions of poetry (3-5 pieces). Paying market.
Deadline: December 15, 2016 
Crack the Spine 
You can read the last issue to get a feel for their flavor.
Rolling submissions.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Do What You LOVE! Have faith!

Please take time to watch it; you won't be sorry! Who knew he is so deep? After all his fame and glory he had to find his purpose.  "Try faith. Not religion. Not hope. Hope walks through fire. Faith flies over it." I have come to dislike the word hope. In my view, hope is weak. It implies sitting back and waiting for some future event that may never happen while NOW is passing by. I prefer faith. It is strong. It makes you get up and move forward without fear.

I don't think he is speaking against belief in God when he says "not religion," but the institution part of it. He said the body is on loan, and compared it to a car. He implied that we have to learn how to drive it, and figure out where we are going. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

My Mary Poppins Carpet Bag of Imagination

Last night Mary Poppins was on network TV for the first time in 13 years. The original movie came out when I was 6 years. old. I remembered having her carpet bag when I was a little girl. I remember putting all kinds of things in it. In my memory, the bag was a beautiful brocade material and very large...possibly purple. It must have been magic, too!

I tried to find a pic of the bag on the internet but nothing matched my memory. This morning I found an old family picture with the bag in it! Isn't it funny how an object can change in your mind. It was a wonderful bag to me, much more than the plastic one it really was! Here is a pic of the actual bag. I found it on Etsy in color (sold out).

Below: My Mary Poppins carpet bag is beside my daddy's boots (he is out of the pic in the chair). It was my job to pull his boots off when he came in from work. The ceramic poodle in the pic was a popular item back then, we also had a black one. That's my baby picture on the table. Moma made the paisley shirt I had on, complete with fringe with little balls. She was a great seamstress. 

I was combing the hair of my "Kissy" doll. If you pulled her hands toward each other her lips pursed to "kiss" you. My sister Donna and I each got one for Christmas that year. Hers had brown hair; mine had blonde hair. Mom and Dad got our toys out while we waited behind closed door on Christmas Eve. When ready we would find our gifts waiting for us. We 3 girls weren't taught to believe in Santa. I always knew he was just an imaginary figure like Mary Poppins! We believed in the real love of God and the generosity of our parents, not Santa Claus.
©Wynne Huddleston

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wynne Huddleston Supertalk Radio, Behind the Scenes Interview

Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam on Nov. 25, 2015

Interview and readings of the poems "From the Depths of Red Bluff," "Where Muscadines Grow," and "For Sale: Memory for a Song." I start reading at 6:50

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Black Widow Costume

Using videos and blogposts I made my SHIELD Black Widow costume.
Widow's Darts bracelets
For Super Hero day during Red Ribbon week I decided to be the Black Widow from Iron Man since I have red hair and I like her character. I got some empty bullet shells from my brother-in-law who was in the military. I had a black elastic ribbon that came on a package that was the perfect size, but you can use regular black elastic and cut to fit your wrist. Cut a length of peel and stick velcro to fasten the ends. Be careful you use a male and a female fastener on each wrist bracelet. I cut a piece of felt large enough to go around and in between the bullet shells. I just had 6 so I used 3 on each bracelet.  I made pockets for the bullet shells by using hot glued in between the shells or you can just glue the shells down. I would rather have had this toy bullet belt but could not order them in time!

Belt buckle
I cut a piece of Fun Foam, a smaller red piece and a slightly smaller black piece. Rather than spray paint the big piece silver I decided to just cover it with aluminum fall. I stapled the red one on top of it, then hot blued the black on on top of the red one. I used a few coats of Mod Podge to make it shiny. I put a felmale stick on velcro strip on the back WITH the male fastener on top of it, then placed it on the belt. That way I could line it up straight.

SHIELD arm patch

I found a pic of the shield, copied it into word and printed it, cut it out and colored on gray felt with a black Sharpie. Be sure to turn the pattern over to make the other eagle face the opposite way. Duct tape, sew or velcro the patches on the shoulders of a black leather jacket that zips up the front or on your black jumpsuit. I bought black leather-look Jeggins from Walmart for $12 and used a jacket I already had, and wore black boots. I put black straps on my thighs for a gun holder. You can make some out of elastic. There are websites and videos that show how to paint little cardboard boxes black to put on a weapon belt around your hips, but I opted out since my black jacket had a kind of sheer skirt.

I made a cool SHIELD badge with my name and "Black Widow" on it. I printed it on regular paper since I had an old name tag to put it in, but you could print it on cardstock and laminate it.

Depending on where you wear this you can add a toy gun. Please use caution. I heard one person was arrested for wearing a toy gun belt on a public bus! I was at a school so I did not take the toy gun. The pic is fun and example only!

Black Widow Costume
pic is copyrighted by Wynne Huddleston and is not for public use

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren.