Blurred lines ...
As the last of summer blurs into a continuous stream of changing colour, we reflect on how quickly time has passed us. Two years ago from this date, Vine Leaves Literary Journal was conceived—and birthed only a few short months later.
Outside today, bundled youth play on carousels, spinning round and round, oblivious to the changing season, the passing year, the whirlwind blur of life that whips by at breakneck pace. Oh, to be children once more.
With the holidays upon us, we invite you to give in to some of that childlike abandonment. To indulge in pumpkins, lattes, fireplaces and fine wine. To free your creative selves and be inspired with the artistic beauty within our eighth issue of Vine Leaves
This season, we encourage you to bring into sharp focus the things that matter most—family, friends, and most of all, you.
Happy holidays from all of us at Vine Leaves. May your hearts brim with happiness, creativity and love.2013 anthology ready for pre-order:
A huge congratulations to all of our 2013 contributors whose work will be published in our annual "best of" anthology. We're so lucky to have amassed such an eclectic collection of inspired work—we know you're going to savour every page. Give the gift of literature this season andpre-order your copy of the 2013 Best of Vine Leaves Anthology
. Sampling the Wine: Uncorking a few good reads:Vine Leaves
has always been about supporting our fellow writers. Which is why we're thrilled to announce a new feature this month that advances our mandate even further: Sampling the Wine
, a new blog featuring reviews of books--great books written by our contributors
. In fact, we've hired three fantastic reviewers who are keen to get started--Dr. Jessica Driscoll
, Krystal Sital
, and Debbie Young
. The first book requests are in and we're excited! We hope you are, too.Additional support for writers:
But wait, there's more! We've added ANOTHER writer resource to our website. Starting in November (just in time for NaNoWriMo!), we'll publish blog posts focussing on the craft of writing. Sowing the Seeds
is all about helping you become better writers. In addition to a full slate of in-house written posts, we've lined up some great guest authors to inspire, inform and assist you on everything from brainstorming to publishing. You never know, we might tag YOU for some of your writing advice. Something about the craft you want Sowing the Seeds to cover? Email us
!STILL TIME: $500 and publication up for grabs
Writers! Don't forget to enter the Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award
for a chance to win $500 cash, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal and staff websites. PLUS, your manuscript will be reviewed by guest judge, poet & novelist, DAN HOLLOWAY
, who also writes for The Guardian. Check out this post
to see what he looks for in literature. For full details and submission guidelines, go to our website
. Love Vine Leaves? Please consider donating to keep us growing.
One last thing and we'll let you get on with your Friday. If you enjoy reading Vine Leaves Literary Journal, please show your support by slipping in a penny or two (okay, 5 bucks?) into our tip box
. Alternatively, if you want something in your hands to show for your money, why not pre-order a copy of our forthcoming anthology
So pleased to have Dan Holloway today over at my personal blog, The Alliterative Allomorph. Dan writes for The Guardian, and is the guest judge for the Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. Do drop by and leave your mark! He'll be in and out replying to your comments.
"Now I’m firmly of the opinion that everyone should write. In their own voice. And have that voice heard. But from a reader’s point of view, I also see that we really, really don’t need more good poetry, or good novels. Or even very good ones. And as a reader, I tend to concur. I will never finish my to-be-read list. So if I’m going to be dragged from it, then it has to be for the promise of something very very very special indeed. Something that will slap me in the face.
I want to spend the rest of my time here explaining what I mean ..."
... CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE POST
.~ Jessica Bell, co-publishing editor
: June 1, 2013 – February 1, 2014 Prize:
$500 + Publication in early 2015 by Vine Leaves Press
+ 20 copiesGuest Judge:
Dan HollowayDan Holloway is the author of several novels and poetry collections, the ringmaster of
New Libertines, a touring band of poets. He has set up a new publishing imprint 79 Rat Press to publish his conceptual work, including Evie and Guy a novel in numbers, and curate conceptual literature shows, such as NOTHING TO SAY. Dan also writes for The Guardian
The Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award
includes a cash prize of $500, publication by Vine Leaves Press (paperback and eBook), 20 copies of the paperback, worldwide distribution, and promotion through Vine Leaves Literary Journal
and staff websites. Author will receive a 50% royalty on all eBook and print sales.
Manuscripts are judged by Vine Leaves Literary Journal
staff, and guest judge, Dan Holloway. This competition is open to vignettes in English (poetry and/or prose), written by authors anywhere in the world. Individual pieces in a manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, print or web journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished (this includes previously self-published books.)
Employees of Vine Leaves Literary Journal
are not eligible to enter.Manuscript Requirements
Submit a 50 to 60 page manuscript, plus $25 fee via Submishmash (poetry
: 60 poems max; prose:
approx 800 words per piece, 20,000 words max in total; each vignette must begin on a new page. Collections may be a mixture of both poetry and prose.)
Manuscripts should be submitted with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Include two cover pages, one with your name, address, email address, and title of the manuscript, and a second with only the title of the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.
Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you withdraw your manuscript from Submishmash immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
Before you submit a manuscript, please consider exploring the work published in the Vine Leaves Literary Journal
to familiarize yourself with the kind of work we are looking for.
Kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your manuscript. The electronic submission manager offers automated confirmations. We receive thousands of submissions each year and can no longer offer individual acknowledgments beyond these. Thank you for your understanding.
Results will be announced on, or before, June 1, 2014.Online Submission
The online submission system will be accepting Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award manuscripts between June 1, 2013 – February 1, 2014.Click here to submit. *We are an independent, nonprofit literary journal. Submission fees help cover, though not fully, the prize money, publishing costs, and time reviewing manuscripts.
Please welcome Julie Haring and Susan Wenograd to Vine Leaves Literary Journal!
Our inbox has been overflowing with YOUR work. Poetry, prose, pictures and more - powerful vignettes that inspire us, excite us, and yeah, sometimes overwhelm us. Trust us, we're not complaining at all. We absolutely love this journal and put all our effort into making it the best it can be. But as the journal grows we've recognized that we can't do it all on our own, not while keeping our mandate of giving each submission the consideration it deserves, and providing feedback on at least 20% of submissions. So, we have added two wonderful readers to our team!
20-something American for whom food may lead to the heart, but literature wins the soul.
A writer and word-lover posing as a businesswoman by day. The correct answers are always chocolate and coffee.
Vine Leaves has switched to Submishmash.
Due to Vine Leaves' growth, we've decided to use Submishmash
for all text submissions beginning April 1st. Before submitting for Issue #07, please familiarize yourself with our updated Guidelines
Want to win free critiques from publishing experts and a one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com
? Well, to celebrate the beginning of summer, we’re offering you the opportunity to win them! All you have to do is email us your logline of your novel (any genre, and no longer than two sentences), and we’ll choose the three best. Winners will be announced in Vine Leaves Literary Journal Issue #03
, out on Friday, July 6. Here’s what you’ll receive: First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
How to enter: email: firstname.lastname@example.org subject line:
- A detailed vignette, short story, script, or poem critique (800 words max) by Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius, the editors of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, with follow-up guidance via email. (Plus inclusion in Issue #04 of the magazine if the changes suggested are implemented and well-done.)
logline contest June 2012 details needed:
Contest ends June 30.
- your name
- title of project
- genre of project
- your logline
Interested in a writing retreat in Greece?
If you’re considering a writing event this year, but are looking for just as much of an opportunity to sit down and write as you are to learn from presenters, then join Chuck Sambuchino, Jessica Bell, and Dawn Ius (our guest speaker for scriptwriting!) at the Homeric Writers’ Retreat and Workshop
from Aug. 2-8, 2012. It’s held on the beautiful Greek isle of Ithaca—a perfect place to soak in the sunshine and let the creative juices flow. And in addition to the amazing scenery to help you write, there are daily sessions as well as several personalized critiques (manuscript pages, query, synopsis, proposal) for all attendees, taught and given by publishing pros. Learn more on the website
There are ten
days left before we close submissions to Issue #02, so get your stuff in before it's too late.
The lovely Dawn Ius and I will have the pleasure this month to read through submissions face-to-face, while enjoying a nice bottle of red, as I'm heading to Canada for some much deserved "me time".
And congratulations to Tamim Sadikali
for winning the Amazon gift card!
Have a great week, folks, and see you in our submissions inbox, yes?~Jessica
Thank you! Your response to our first issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal
garnered more than 1,500 unique views and compliments from around the globe. Congratulations to all of our contributors—that's some mean exposure!
Of course, the magazine did not launch without a few hitches. Last-minute design hiccups pushed publication right to deadline, leaving us with less time to proof than we'd have liked. The consequence was an unfortunate error to Linda Cassidy Lewis' brilliant piece, Meditation
. We accidentally chopped the last line off!
But Linda proved how awesome our contributors are by noting the mistake on her personal blog and challenging her fans to guess the last line. Thank you, Linda for your understanding. We're pleased to re-publish her vignette in the April 2012 issue of Vine Leaves
—with the last line. Up for a contest? Check out her piece on page 34
, and tell us what you think the last line might be. The best (or right) answer will win a $40 gift card from an online book store of your choice. Email your answer through our contact form on the website
. We’ll announce the winner in a couple of weeks when we next post.
So, who’s ready to submit for Issue #02? We’re ready and waiting for your amazing work. In addition to all that beautiful prose, we’re looking for more photographs and artwork this time. In fact, we're crying for it.
Send us your art! PLEASE! If you know any photographers, illustrators, painters, graphic designers, anyone who lives to express themselves through art, please send them our way. We’d love to hear from them.
Of course, we want your written vignettes, too! We were absolutely wowed by the standard of work submitted to us for the inaugural issue, and we are excited to see what else hits our submissions inbox.