Word Poppin

It has been months since I made an update

partially because I have had some recent deaths of friends and family. It has made it harder to put the words on any page and hoping that they would jump up. However, I think now is the time to get some things gathered and going again.

For writers looking for outlets:


Deadline: September 15, 2016

Unlike typical commercial presses, WTAW Press is an independent and non-profit enterprise. We plan to publish two full-length books in 2017, our inaugural year, selecting the best fiction, essays, memoir, etc., that we can find. We are looking for voices that need to be heard, building on the successful tradition of our award-winning reading series in Sausalito, CA, and welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of, and we will do all we can to bring our books to the attention of the readers they deserve.

This is also an opportunity for us to begin cultivating relationships, partnerships even, with others in the community such as yourselves who share our passion for the written word, and share our admiration for and advocacy of those who struggle to put words on paper. Guidelines are available at http://www.wtawpress.org/submissions. Would you please make sure your [members/readership/etc] are aware of our open reading period? Please feel free to contact us with any questions!


The Society of Southwestern Authors

See ssa.az.org for forms and information

Categories:Short Story – 2,500 words max

Personal Essay/Memoir – 2,500 words max

Poetry – 40 lines max

Prizes Awarded In Each Category:

1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
Honorable mentions: $251st place through Honorable Mention winning
stories printed in The Story Teller
Commendation – (non-monetary)only author’s name and
submission title will be printed in The Story Teller
All entries will receive judge’s comments!

Mail entry form + 3 copies of each entry to: SSA 2015 Writing Contest, P.O. Box 1928, Green Valley, AZ 85622
This contest does NOT accept e-mail submissions.
Late entries will be returned unopened. Be sure your entry is post marked no later than September 30, 2016.
For confirmation of receipt of entry, make sure we can read your e-mail address.
You need not attend the Awards Luncheon to receive your award.


Toledo Bend Review Literary Journal

For the next 90 days, is offering

NEW SUBSCRIBERS a FREE manuscript critique of any manuscript (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) up to 10 pages.

Open to all Poets, Writers, & all members of Writer’s Groups 

 New subscribers get a FREE critique of any manuscript (fiction, nonfiction or poetry) up to 10 pages.

(One free critique per subscriber)  Your FREE critique is good through December 31, 2016. 

Use this hand PAYPAL EMAIL address when subscribing.


For more information, EMAIL:toledobendreview@gmail.com

We are sending out an urgent call for submissions for our debut edition. If you are interested in subscribing at this time, your manuscript that is critiqued may be used as a submission – let us know ahead of time.