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Welcome to the 19th issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. Hello, new subscribers! I'm so glad to meet you! Thanks for being here. 
Langley | November 8, 2020

Introducing The Sunshine Review-A Brand New Literary Magazine


This past year has been interesting, to put it mildly, but it has also allowed me to go after what I want. I've put more effort into my blog, I finished writing my first short story collection, and now it's providing the opportunity for me to edit fiction and poetry. 

In university, I had the privilege of volunteering for my school's literary magazine, which unfortunately is no longer in publication. It was one of my university career highlights, getting to work with an amazing group of students to bring numerous authors' dreams alive. 

And I want to bring that type of experience back into my life. I want to give back to the writing community in as many ways as I can. It's why I publish how-to articles and publishing opportunities. It's why I am starting a literary magazine. 

A bit about the magazine:

  • It will publish poetry and short fiction. 
  • The first issue will be on the topic of love. 
  • The deadline to submit is December 30, 2020. 
  • I want to release the first issue on February 14, 2021. 
I'm also allowing you to submit your work before opening it up to the rest of the world. It's my way of saying thanks to you. I really appreciate every one of you for spending a part of your week reading this newsletter and my blog articles. 

If you'd like to know more about The Sunshine Review and what I am looking for, click here. The password is TSR-Issue#1. 

Please don't share this with anyone until I announce officially announce The Sunshine Review. This opportunity is for your eyes and your eyes only. 

Happy writing! I can't wait to see your work. 

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities


I want you to have more time to prepare your submissions, so here's a look at some upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • Salamander is an established and respected print journal of poetry, fiction, memoir, and translation work.
  • Gill Books is accepting proposals for adult nonfiction and children’s books.
  • Writer's Digest is looking for short story and poetry submissions for their annual contest. The deadline to submit is November 16. (They extended the poetry deadline.)
  • The Sunshine Review publishes poetry and short stories. The deadline to submit is December 30, 2020.
Five paying markets are looking for writers this month:
  • LampLight publishes dark short stories and flash fiction. 
  • Deep Magic wants clean fantasy and science fiction stories, and they won’t publish anything with graphic violence, mature sexual themes, or profanity.
  • The Fiddlehead accepts short fiction, novel excerpts, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
  • Hiraeth publishes fiction, nonfiction (including reviews), poetry, and artwork.
  • The Journal of Compressed Creative Art is looking for compressed fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, and visual arts.
Good luck to everyone who chooses to submit! Please don't forget to check out the publisher to ensure that your work is a good fit, and follow submission guidelines to the letter. 

This week on Danielle Adams... 

Beacon Press is an established publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. However, they only accept direct submissions of nonfiction proposals.
On Tuesday, we talked about the art of writing with intention. According to Anton Chekhov, we need to add things that contribute to the overall narrative somehow. If it doesn't, cut it. 
This list contains 21 themed submission calls for November 2020 for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Writer's Digest announced the winners of this year's contest. Be sure to check their stories, poems, and essays out, and support your fellow writers. 
On Thursday, we talked about how to pick the best weapon for our characters. This post is full of resources and practical tips. 
Aromatica Poetica publishes writing that celebrates smell and taste. They welcome fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and post about half of the submissions they receive.
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What I'm Working On


I think it's safe to say that most writers are preoccupied with NaNoWriMo in some way. I'm no different. I am editing my short story collection this month instead of writing a 50,000-word novel. 

This year started no differently than usual; I started late. So I'm already off to a better start than in previous years where I missed the event altogether. (Oops.) 

So after missing November 1st, I spent the next two days catching up. I have 30 stories to edit fix up this month. As long as I get one or two done a day, I'll be fine. I've also been on a bit of a poem and flash fiction writing bender.

Between the bog, the literary magazine, the editing, and the random writing sprints, I've been keeping myself out of trouble. My husband won't see much of me, but I'm sure it's fine. 😛

Bloom - A Short Review


Beautifully designed with several pieces to a page, Bloom offers a unique twist on age-old topics: love, grief, and learning from them.
My rating: 3/5

Bloom, by Beau Taplin, was a reread. I read this book of poetry about two years ago, and it didn't take. As I unpacked my books and put them back on the shelves, I noticed it and decided to give it another go. 

My opinion of the book changed slightly upon re-reading. More of the poems resonated with me. However, it lacked something. I don't know what it is, but I know it's not there. 

Many other people love this collection of poetry, and many of the themes about love, loss, and living with that loss, speak to many readers. But it just wasn't for me, and there are better poets out there that can express their thoughts more eloquently. 

Poetry is a personal experience, and I don't think one person's views should stop you from reading this book. It might resonate with you more than with me. 

What I'm Reading


I haven't been feeling like reading lately, and I really need to sit down and get through some new books. I want new books instead of re-reading the ones that I already have. 

So I am making it a point to get through Delia Owens' Where the Crawdad's Sing over the next week. Stay tuned for that review. 

Thanks for reading this far. 


Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

I'll be back on July 5.


 
Danielle Adams

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