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.
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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?