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One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft   

To-day I am full of thoughts and can write what I please. I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow. What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world; but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages. Alas for this infirm faith, this will not be strenuous, this vast ebb of a vast flow! I am God in nature; I am a weed by the wall.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In This Issue

1. TFA (Thoughts from Amy)
2. Writers and Publishers Announce
3. What’s Online?
4. Feature Article: Goals are Worthless if.. By Brian Jud

5. Markets





Christmas at The New Yorker

Holidays on Ice

By David Sedaris



A Writer's Guide to Getting Published in Magazines  








The Complete Writer's Kit

 The Writer's Idea Book If you feel as though your writing is stuck you must get your hands on this book. And if you're not stuck, you'll be relieved to know that you never have to be.






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1. TFA 
Search inside this book to read the entire poem Wild Geese  



You don’t have to write.  Enjoy your free time. Relax. 

 Mary Oliver writes in the poem

 Wild Geese:

“You only have to let the soft animal of your body 
love what it loves.” 

 If you are feeling the weight of guilt about not meeting your writing goals and your income does not depend on your written word –give it up.  After all, wasn’t Annie Dillard right when she questioned if anyone need write another “manuscript to gag the world.”  

Clean up your writing space—put everything away.  Clear off the surfaces. Dust. Toss. File.  

Plan your New Year’s goals: perhaps you are ready to pull out that fading needle point project or join that base-jumping club profiled on the news.

No one has to write.  It’s not a path to riches.  Publishers shun most manuscripts. Some of your family members don’t even get what you write. A few relatives don't make the effort to read and understand your words.

 If you retire your pen, your life will change.  Some will take up swing-dancing. Others will rediscover their love of the tuba they played in high-school band. Hundreds will watch reruns of Two and a Half Men so often they will memorize the dialogue. Millions will buy a Wii video game for virtual play. Some will have a void so strong that they are sucked back to their art with a defiant energy that breaks through old blocks and reclaims the writer.  

Best Wishes,


P.S. Happy Holidays and Join me on Facebook




2. Writers and Publishers Announce 

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Amy L Jenkins's article Wild Rice Mania appears in the current issue of Grit.

Anne Bingham, who usually edits other people's work (, had two short stories of her own published last month: "Dependence Day" in The Healing Muse and "The Progression of Seasons" in Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Roberta Beach Jacobson (a.k.a. the Cat Lady) has two more pet anthologies under her belt. The Ultimate Cat Lover (HCI) was released in September 2008. Her contribution was "You're Invited to a Kitten Shower." Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them (Word Forge Books, Enspirio House imprint) came out in October, 2008. Her story was " Pink Ears, Red Tape."

June Cotner has happy news to share!

My newest book, Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs just made #10 on the Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestsellers List for the entire Pacific Northwest! It’s my 25th book and was published in October by New World Library.


Narrative contest extension: The Fall Fiction Contest, with a First Prize of $3,000, a Second Prize of $1,500, a Third Prize of $750, and ten finalists receiving $100 each, is open to all writers. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 4. Enter Now.


3. What's Online 

Find hundreds of articles at including some our most recent articles :

Holiday Anthologies

Best Writing Books of the Year

How To Outgrow Write What You Know
By  Jenna Glatzer

Featured Anthology Fresh Water:  Women Writing on the Great Lakes

A new Anthology by Featured Writer

Robin Bayne


An Updated Writers Magazine Page

4. Feature Article

Goals are Worthless If...

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by Brian Jud

Goals are the foundation of a solid writing and marketing plan. They provide a target at which to aim, the standard against which you can gauge your progress. They divide your vision statement into manageable steps and provide a path to its realization. And written goals provide a means for looking back to see how far you have come.

If all these benefits of setting goals are true, how can goals be of no value? Goal-setting is a tool, and like any other tool it is useless if used incorrectly. Goals are worthless...

... if they are not clear, specific, measurable, time-sensitive and written. This admonition is almost a cliche, but it bears repeating. Objectives must be clear so there is no misinterpreting their intent; specific so there is no doubt about whether or not you reached them; measurable in their objectivity, eliminating indeterminate goals such as "be the best in the business;" attainable in a limited time period (which could be a month, a year or ten years or more); written to make them indelible and not subject to later interpretation.

... if they are not realistic. Set goals within the realm of what is possible for you to accomplish. This does not mean you shouldn't stretch to meet a worthy objective, but only that your optimism should not exceed your ability to fulfill.

... if they are not arranged hierarchically. Arrange your goals from the most to the least important, from broad to specific targets so you do the most important tasks first.

... if they are not part of a plan. Planning is a verb, a series of sequential actions represented by the acronym PIE -- Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Preparing objectives is the start of the planning process, the foundation upon which your implementation and evaluation occur.

... if you don't follow up and make them work. Once your plan is complete, move to the second part of the PIE acronym and implement your plan, taking action to reach your objectives. As the saying goes, plan your work and work your plan.

... if you don't evaluate your relative progress and make necessary corrections. Are your actions taking you closer to, or further from your goals? How do you know? The evaluation portion of the PIE acronym tests your relative progress to make sure it is forward and goal directed. If it is not, make the corrections necessary to get you back on course.

... if they are focused on the problem and not the solution. Murphy's Law is alive and well in most parts of the publishing process. But if you dwell on the things that go wrong, that is where your attention will be focused. Don't fight problems, right problems. Set goals to reach profitability, not to avoid a loss.

... if they are set when you are in a negative frame of mind. Negativity can overpower your thoughts when revenue and profits are down. That is not the time to be setting goals. Wait until you have regained control of your attitude.

... if they are not derived from a sense of purpose. Purpose breeds passion, the unfailing belief in yourself and your ability to make your goals become reality. Your targets will rarely motivate you to sustained action if they are not set from an unfailing sense of destiny.

... if they are inflexible. You may have heard that goals must be set in stone, inveterate mandates that keep you firm of mind and path. However, this set of mental blinders could obstruct your view and keep you from seizing unexpected opportunities. Your mission statement should be entrenched in granite, but there must be some flexibility in the way you implement your plan to fulfill your vision.

Use goal-setting as the tool it was meant to be, part of the process that transforms your vision statement into reality. Do this and your march to success will be more focused and successful.

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, seminar leader and television host. He is a prolific writer of articles about book publishing and marketing, a syndicated columnist, and a frequent contributor to the Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter. He also hosts the television series The Book Authority, and has appeared on over 500 television and radio shows. Brian is the founder and president of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, and founder and president of Publishing Directions, a book-marketing consulting firm. Contact Brian at


5. Markets

Our most recent postings at find scads of calls for writers.

Just in for the Holidays--a two-page edition of WRITERS WANTED



Save The Whales encourages children up to and including age 13 to submit poems they have written for inclusion in a poetry book the organization is putting together for publication. The idea for a book came about because Save The Whales has received inspiring poems by children. Some of the children’s work may be viewed under ABOUT US/Inspiration/Poems.

If you are a child age 13 or younger and have written an original poem, or love whales and would like to write a poem, please submit it to Save The Whales by emailing Maris Sidenstecker at or mail to Save The Whales - Poem Entry, 1192 Waring Street, Seaside, CA 93955. Be sure to put your name and age, address, phone number and email address on the entry. Please give your poem a title.

If your poem is selected, a parent will have to sign a release giving Save The Whales permission to use the child’s original work. For a poem to appear on their website, only an email confirmation from a parent is required.

If you want to write a whale poem or any kind of poem, here are some things you'll want to know. A poem is like a tiny story. Something's always left out of a poem, not just because it's a small bit of writing but because you want to leave a spot where your reader can climb in! Not all poems rhyme but all poems have rhythm. It can=2
0be the sound of your heart beat, that quiet or the sound of a hundred people clapping together, making a pattern of sound.


1. Your poem doesn't have to make logical sense.

2. Don't plan what you're going to write. Let yourself be surprised. Write your poem word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence.

3. Your imagination is ENORMOUS! Trust it to help you out.

4. Be foolish. (That's often when we write our best.)

5. Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar or neatness. (Of course, they're important but not in a first draft.)

6. There is no wrong way to write a poem.

After you've written your poem, read it over to yourself, be sure it feels right, sounds right. Then put it away for a day or two. When you read it again you may want to make changes. You may notice you left something out that you'd thought was there. Now rewrite it and make sure to spell the words correctly. Check your grammar and punctuation. 

Be sure to include on your entry:
• name and age,
• mailing address,
• phone number,
• email address, and
• give your poem a title.

Entries must be submitted by December 31, 2008

Gulf Coast's inaugural prose poem / flash fiction contest:


The Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
This year's judge: Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Guidelines: Submit up to 3 previously unpublished prose poems or short stories, each no more than 500 words in length. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. All entries will be eligible for publication, though only one will receive our $500 prize. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include an SASE for results. 

Your $15 reading fee, payable to Gulf Coast, will include a one-year subscription. 

Send Entries to:
Barthelme Prize, Gulf Coast
English Dept, Univ. of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

Deadline: December 20, 2008

Essay Contest

Tiny Lights invites entries that feature a distinctive voice, discernable conflict and an eventual shift in the narrator's perspective. We are looking for writers who weave the struggle to understand into the fabric of their essays.

This year, we are 3 "Flashpoint" prizes for essays of no more than 1,000 words.

We can only consider unpublished work, or previously published material for which the author holds rights. Rights revert to author after publication in Tiny Lights.

Each essay must be accompanied by an entry fee: $15 for first essay, $10 each additional essay. Make checks payable to: 

Tiny Lights Publications. Mail to: P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953.

SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) recommended for feedback/contest notification. One envelope for multiple submissions OK.

Essays may be submitted in one of two categories:

STANDARD (no longer than 2,000 words) or

FLASHPOINT (no more than 1,000 words)

Please indicate preferred category on ms.

Entries should be typed and double-spaced.

Cover letters are optional, but ideally the title page of the manuscript should include author's name, complete address, e-mail, phone number, and essay word count. Essay title and page number in header or footer OK. Author name should not appear there.

Personal essay requires writers to communicate the truth of their experiences to the best of their abilities. While no theme restrictions apply to this contest, we will
not consider essays that celebrate brutalitiy or gratuitous violence. Tiny Lights does not accept poetry, short stories, or material written for children. Entry fees for inappropriate submissions may not be returned.

Entries must be postmarked by Feburary 14, 2009.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: $350

Second Place: $250

Third Place: $150

Two Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 each.

Three FLASHPOINT prizes of $100 are also offered. Awards will be determined by a panel of judges. Final authority rests with the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Bono.

Winners will be posted at by April 11th, 2009

Winning essays may be edited before publication. Final copy must be approved by writer. No essays published without author's permission.

All contestants will receive a hard copy of Tiny Lights' contest publication featuring the winning entries.

A few words about hard copy submissions: I know it’s old-fashioned, cumbersome and expensive for you to send us your entries via snail mail. Someday, I’ll have to invest in the software that allows us to manage electronic submissions. But until we learn to enjoy scrolling through hundreds of essays on computer screens, you’ll just have to put up with us sprawling on couches and beds, sitting at the kitchen table or in a sunny window or a rocking chair or a dentist’s waiting room reading every single word you send us. We’re old-fashioned enough to believe it’s important. Inquiries may be addressed to

Call for Submissions: Western Anthology

We are looking for short stories from 500 to 3500 words in length, as well as poems, jokes, puns, limericks, artwork, and general silliness. All submissions must express one of the following themes:
+ American Wild West
+ Steampunk
+ Prairie Romance
or some mixture of the above.

Submissions open November 1, 2008 an' close on February 28, 2009. Acceptances and declines will be ongoing through the submission period. No late submissions will be accepted. Put "SUBMISSION: [TITLE]" in the subject line, and address all correspondence to The Editors (there's two of us) and email them to: - ¿Comprende? Now saddle up and write.


Co-edited by Erzebet YellowBoy & Sean Wallace

Published by Prime Books.

We are seeking short stories and poems for the fourth issue of Jabberwocky, scheduled for publication in July 2009.

The elements and bedrock of Jabberwocky can be largely described as the -ical approach: lyrical, whimsical, mythical, in all its forms, particularly short fiction, poetry, and illustrative. There are no boundaries, no restrictions, no genres. If you love the art of the written word, its structure, its flow, its language, I suspect you'll love Jabberwocky.

Original fiction only. No reprints. Multiple submissions accepted.

$.01 per word for fiction
$5.00 per poem
Payable on acceptance.

WORD LIMIT: 4000 words.

RIGHTS: First world English rights, non-exclusive world anthology rights, and non-exclusive audio anthology rights. Download the author-anthologist contract here.

READING PERIOD: 1 October, 2008 - 1 February, 2009
Our response time is 2 weeks.

Email your story in rich-text format (RTF) to us at Include the title of the story in the subject of the email and a brief bio in the body of the email.

Please send queries to the same address. Thank you!



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