Posts Tagged ‘essays’

Writers! Win $1000 for your short story, essay and poem!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015


Hourglass Literary Magazine invites all authors and  writers who write in English, to submit their unpublished work to their writer contest.

Categories:  Short story, essay, and poetry.

Award: $1000 for each category.

No theme or genre limitations.  

For more information visit or write: [email protected]

Deadline:  January 1, 2016

The literary contest is for authors who write in English and Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin languages.

Literary Zine for Girls Ages 7 – 12 and 13 – 17

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
chixLIT is written by girls ages 13-17. chixLITtle is by girls 7-12.
Girls submit from all over the world–Trinidad, Japan, Russia, Germany, Canada… 
The ‘zines are ad-free, small, bimonthly, color.   Submissions are made via email. Accepted writers get a free copy of their issue.   Subscriptions are available for a very small fee.   Editors accept poems, short stories, essays, rants, raves, song lyrics, and reviews as long as they are original and authentic.  
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Using Your Past to Inspire Your Writing

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I’d like to delve into my own past and use items from them to become stories, poems and maybe a memoir. What can I use to jog my memory?

Open up scrapbooks and photo albums. Use these items and photos to recall your past.

Legacy, by Linda Spence, has many questions which will help you recall events.

Besides chronological remembrances, which might get you to think too much like an autobiography rather than a memoir, remember those instances that inspired emotion.

1. When were some times you cried? Experienced loss and death?

2. What were some of the happiest periods of your life? What motivated those feelings?

3. Did you have any “ah-ha” moments of epiphany? How did they change direction in thoughts, words or action?

4. What were some of the most influential people in your life? Don’t talk general terms. Remember the most specific, tiny details you can. Only through the small, specific, sensual particulars can we approach the universal.