Not to beat you over the head with our mandate, but Vine Leaves has always been about supporting our fellow writers—giving voice to a writing style that is often ignored in traditional publishing circles. This year, we're taking that support one step further.
We receive thousands of submissions annually—good, great, AMAZING work from talented writers across the globe. While each submission is carefully considered by our editorial team, some are a little harder to reject than others. These submissions straddle the line between "not quite right" and "almost,"they contain a certain spark, or the writer has demonstrated an impressive work ethic. Those submissions give us an extra little ache when we hit the "decline" button.
But this year, we've decided to select one of those vignettes per submission period and mentor the writer, work with him or her until the piece goes from "not quite right" to "this is perfect for us." We're excited to continue our support of YOU—and continue to thank you for your support of us.
Submissions are currently open.
The next issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal goes to press April 18, 2014 - lots of time for you to get your vignettes in. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.
First time? Here's our submission guidelines.
ONE MONTH LEFT: $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 the contest page on our website.