Wednesday, January 14, 2015

This month's poem and a free short story contest

This month I selected a nature poem called "Falconar's Flautist" by Cathy Bryant.
 You can read it here.

 I also want to let you know that the annual free short story contest sponsored by Southern Pacific Review is now accepting submissions. The prize is one hundred dollars and publication in Southern Pacific Review. The deadline is on March 30 so you have time to work on it.
 To learn more details about this contest visit this link.


  1. Julia, thank you for sharing Cathy Bryant’s delightful poem! I really enjoyed it; the poem made me smile especially at the end. Well done. Love that photo of the frog at the top of your post too.

    Although I haven’t written a short story in many years, I am seriously considering entering the contest. One of my resolutions this year is to get back to writing beyond the occasional blog post and this would be a good start. I see from the information that word count is flexible but since I haven’t done this in a long time, may I please have a general ballpark idea of the word count for short stories these days? Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you, Madilyn. I love frogs!
      I think you would excel as a fiction writer because you have a certain kind of wisdom and sensitivity that will infuse your writing with something unique. Between 2,500 and 3,000 words would be something to consider, but the truth of the matter is that each story demands its own number of words. So this will depend on the story that you create.
      Good luck with it and have fun.
      Thank you for reading Cathy Bryant's poem!

    2. Thanks so much, Julia! I have some blog friends who write short stories and I’m going to pass along the link to the contest. Just a couple more questions: 1) Would I retain rights to my story or would Southern Pacific Review own the rights once it’s submitted and/or chosen? 2) Is the contest open to writers outside the U.S.? Thanks.

    3. Excellent idea, Madilyn.
      Yes, you do retain your rights, of course.
      Yes, it is open to writers outside the United States.Wrietrs from all over the world can participate!
      Thanks, Madilyn.

    4. Thank you, Julia! I’m passing along information on the contest to other writers. In fact, I’m going to post about it on my blog (with a link back to your post). Since I have several blog friends outside the U.S., I wanted to be clear on the details. I'm excited about writing a short story for the first time in a long while. :)

    5. Oh, this is so special, Madilyn. Thank you.
      I've been to a spiritual retreat this weekend and reading your comment now was lovely.


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