Take your writing skills on the road

Hey writers,
So many of your interests overlap with the possibility to travel or write, or stay put and write, and get paid to do so.

If you’re looking for places to publish your work, check out these opportunities.

Stay in touch and let me know if / when you get published.

Yoga Journal is hitting the road. From the website: “Beginning in April of 2017, we’ll send two dedicated practitioners around the country to capture imagery (photo and video) and write about the culture of yoga in 22 cities. You’ll interview the best teachers, practice in the best studios, and share this inspiring journey through social media.”

For more information, or to apply, check out the link: Live Be Yoga Tour

Matador Network is always looking for a few good stories. Scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on the “Contribute” link under RESOURCES for story guidelines.


FUSE National, is a forum for undergraduate student literary journals. Check out the “Comprehensive Directory of Journals” link for a long list, with hyperlinks, of journals dedicated to publishing the finest undergraduate work.

Be well, writers.
Be true.

Nitpickers of the World, <del>Unite</del> Edit!

Nitpickers of the World, Unite Edit!

Hey Writers,
There are excellent tips here. Read. Discuss. Edit.

The Daily Post

Like most activities we subject to intense procrastination, editing our drafts is something we dread starting, but never regret once we’re done. To give you a push next time you’re staring at the screen, we’ve assembled a few time-tested editing tips straight from The Daily Post crew. Do try these at home!

Ben Huberman

My not-so-secret self-editing tip (I give it all the time) is to read your text out loud.

Your eyes will often gloss over awkward phrasing, missing punctuation, and poor word choices (to say nothing of basic typos). Your ears won’t; they’ll force you to stop.

I find this technique especially effective when you’re giving a completed draft its first read-through. You might be dying to hit the “Publish” button and call it a day, but your voice will force you to slow down a bit and zone in on any remaining problem spots. These might not be huge on their own, but cumulatively they can…

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What are we growing?


Green Gulch Farm                                           Photo Credit: Catherine Keefe

These snippets are taken from the prologue of The Best American Essays, Seventh College Edition, edited by Robert Atwan. They’re gathered under the title “Essayists on the Essay.”

“What is an essay…All you can safely say is that it’s not poetry and it’s not fiction.” -Justine Kaplan

“…essays take their tone and momentum from the explicit presence of the writer in them and the distinctiveness of each writer’s perspective.” – Susan Orlean

“I am predisposed to the essay with knowledge to impart…” – Joyce Carol Oates

“An essay is not a scientific document…More than being instructive, as a magazine article is, an essay has a slant, a seasoned personality behind it that ought to weather well.” -Edward Hoagland

“Essays, in the end, are not monologues.” – Edwidge Danticat

“A genuine essay feels less like a monologue than a dialogue between writer and reader.” – Kathleen Norris

“There’s nothing you cannot do with it; no subject matter is forbidden, no structure is proscribed.” – Annie Dillard

“We speak a good deal these days of the loss of community, and many of us feel that we have lost therefore something very precious. Essays can move us back into this not-quite-lost realm.” – Mary Oliver

“The material is the world itself…” Annie Dillard

Give it your best shot…

I respectfully forward you a note from the illustrious editor of Calliope, Chapman’s own art and literary magazine specializing in the work of undergraduates.
Note the deadline to submit is Friday, March 15. Seven days from now. Hurry! Go see what you can dig up.
Photo Credit: Catherine Keefe
Dear Students,
You are invited to submit your best creative work to Chapman’s art and literary magazine, Calliope. Each student is allowed 2 submissions (art/writing, or both) and all majors and class standings will be accepted.
Please include titles, writing genre or art form, a contributor’s note (1-3 sentences about yourself/your work) and your work in a word, text, or picture file (no pdfs).
FOR ART: Original dimensions and high-resolution quality also required.
FOR WRITING: 2,000 words max.
Please send all questions and submissions to meetyourmuse.calliope@gmail.com no later than Friday, March 15th, 11:59pm.
Victoria Fragoso
Managing Editor

You know you want to.

You know you’d like to see your fine words in print.

How about submitting to a literary magazine published just for you?  Outrageous Fortune is, according to its website, “the first online literary magazine created for undergraduates by undergraduates.”


If you’re interested, check out the Submission Guidelines here.

If you’re still interested, get busy editing and burnishing your work to a high gloss.

Spread the word. Oh yes, and show a little gratitude.  If you like the concept, send a thank-you to the editors for taking time to create a space for writers just like you.