Writer Resource Highlight: Writer’s Carnival

What is it?
Writer’s Carnival, http://writerscarnival.ca, a social site for writers–with member space~!

What I do there?

  • share your writing in order to obtain feedback from other writers,
  • enter contests (requires upgraded access),
  • browse for writing prompt ideas,
  • access resources, …and more~!


Do they publish? Will I become a better writer?

  • They do have an e-zine called “Reader’s Carnival” (requires upgraded access) , and
  • They have a classes web, with modestly priced Writer’s Carnival Classes.
  • Don’t forget the free resources!

Stats?

  • 15 months old
  • just over 2,000 members
  • more than 56,000 comments.

But I’m not Canadian?!
That’s ok, we all have our flaws. They engage their users every day with new content and are growing. They’re constantly looking for great resources for their members. Friendly folks, for sure.

Sample?

  • “Alice Claire” says “So, you’ve come up with an awesome story idea, started writing it and posting it here for feedback.   Now you’re wondering where your audience is, right?  Well, that’s a large part of being a writer, especially if you’re going down the self-publishing road.  You need to find your target audience.  How will you do that?Read more…

Worth a visit~!

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May Stories Released~! Online [The Avatar Self and Other Stories]

Black Denim Lit #4 [May, 2014]May Stories Released~!

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Susan E. Sage
We have a room devoted to the avatars in the monastery. People venture here from all over to see the sacred objects — the dolls — that once carried spirits from one body to another. I suppose my avatar is among them, but since they all look pretty much the same, I’ve never tried to figure out the exact vessel. Read More…
Boomtown Guide For The Perplexed
Michael Reilly
As he and Rose left for Morton’s, he pressed his unruly hair into place with his fingers. The elevator opened, they got on, and they did not talk as they descended. In the dark basement they groped without confidence toward the freight elevator. Charley heard a loud crash and felt Rose’s fingers grab his arm for a second, then she apparently fell. “Oh no!” By her voice, she had started crying. Read More…
Bingo
Lela Marie De La Garza
Earth had introduced bingo to Orulian, and now the craze was planet wide. Huge bingo complexes were everywhere. Orulian was a large, rich planet, and the prizes were treasures beyond dreams. But there were rules. And getting into a game in the first place was costly. Read More…

Alan Bray
The clocks held weights in the shape of pine cones and eggs hung from chains. A feeling of expectation came from behind the little shuttered doors, as if … But the clocks had all been stopped, all at different times.  “Do you restore these?” Sam asked, wondering if clocks that beat and twitched filled another room. The silence was uncomfortable. Read More…

Crucible Invictus

Konstantine Paradias
We flew across the English Channel in fifteen seconds flat, breaking the sound barrier twice over. I could see the air molecules heating up as they ground against my skin. Behind me, I could imagine teeth gritting together. Thirty seconds more, we were crossing over Rouen, the TGV a trail of mercury on the countryside. Read More…

Run

Dave Morehouse
A couple years ago Edna showed me how she could read lips. I promised I wouldn’t tell. “They’ll say more if they don’t know,” she had whispered. “It’s how I hear the voices.” She told me their secrets. They will keep us here forever. Poor Edna … nowadays she doesn’t hear anything. Read More…

Snake Oil Rights

Ken Poyner
I need to get to wherever this place is. I am the new novelty, straight from the complicated cities and now out in the hinterlands. Even people who come in from thirty miles out are seeing progress these days. No matter how badly they want to do it, yokels cannot stay yokels. If they try, their own children abandon them. Read More…

Woot~!

 

If BlackDenimLit had a VIDA count…

Since we are so small, we’re not part of the VIDA count, but we intend to pay attention to this important metric. If you are a woman in the literary arts, please know that we are listening. Here is where we are at as of the “acceptances sent” from 2/21/14 through 5/5/14:

stats

Progress?

  • May 5, 2014: 19.23% cumulative for 2014 Yes~!
  • Apr 9, 2014: 15.79% cumulative for 2014

Call to Action~!

As always, we are calling women for and and at

Announcing Black Denim Press~!

There is a new link below for the book press:

The Press The Magazine
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You can see above that we have added a new Facebook page to describe the book press efforts. The press is the larger entity under which we’ll make the magazine and stand-alone books and other publications. We’ll divide the publishing like this:

Overview

So, Black Denim Press serves as Publisher, Distributor and Editor of Books and Magazines, print and eBooks.

The governing submissions guidelines for stories are found here. Remember:

  • General Lit and Sci-fi/Fantasy preferred.
  • Action/adventure or Western.
  • Mystery, Crime, Suspense or Thriller.
  • …but not erotica nor horror.
  • Prose, not poetry.
  • Fiction, not letters, essays, journals or other non-fiction.
  • Material of all length considered

Over 17,500 words will be stand-alone volumes under Black Denim Press. Under, will be handled in the magazine, Black Denim Lit.

Without entering into a debate as to what qualifies as “literary” we are looking for stories that have unique and lasting artistic merit.

Find all of it on bdlit.com or Twitter, Facebook, and most social media using “BlackDenimLit” keyword.

Comment below or write us and tell us what you think~!

Thanks~!

“Salticid” New Serial Fiction from Black Denim Lit on Wattpad

"Salticid" on Wattpad

“Salticid” on Wattpad

Read complete serial fiction “Salticid” Parts 1 through 3 on @wattpad

Dr. Carson Deming has an embedded AI creature in his head to keep him company while marooned on Jesson VII with his daughter and surviving crew from a wrecked space freighter. Taking refuge underground from violent storms, they face a hazards in an unfamiliar, dangerous darkness.

#scifi #shortstory #empath #doctor #marooned

http://www.wattpad.com/story/15473276

 

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Tell @t_morrissey to keep going. “Scent of Darkness” hits 500 reads

I just wanted to mention regarding Scent of Darkness. Ted Morrissey has been writing a series of interconnected stories, which he thinks of as “the village stories,” that he plans to tie together in some sort of experimental novel. So far stories that have been published are:

I guess we’re prejudiced, since that last one has been read more than 500 times in the first month of its availability, so we think Ted should keep going.

Author Payments go “Semi-Pro”~! (no more $5 checks)

We’re upgrading author payments from a flat $5.00 to semi-pro rate. Black Denim Lit now offers a semi-pro payment for each piece published online at www.bdlit.com:

  • $0.01 per word
  • U.S. Dollars
  • Payment is through PayPal (you are responsible for currency conversion cost)

If a piece is selected for the twice-annual anthology, the contributor will also receive a free print copy of the edition containing their work. Next print release: Fall, 2014.

Authors have been notified that this is retroactive for acceptances back to March 14, 2014~!

For full submission guidelines please see, http://www.bdlit.com/submissions.html

Don’t forget, as always, we are woefully short on women author submissions.

Keep writing.