We're proud of the work--your work
—we publish in Vine Leaves Literary Journal
. We honestly can't say that enough.
Over the past two years, we've reviewed thousands of vignettes, poems, and art submissions from some of the most talented and creative people in the world. It's mind-boggling, actually. And each issue, we strive to select the right balance of poetry, prose, and artwork. This balance has allowed us to showcase some brilliant work that spans, and even extends, traditional creative bounds.
But the balance appears to be shifting. Over the past few publishing periods, we've noticed a decline in visual submissions. Where have all the artists gone?
The January issue of Vine Leaves
is a big one - a celebration of our two-year anniversary, and a strong show of commitment that we want to keep supporting YOUR work. The deadline is fast approaching, and our inbox is brimming with the written word. Of course, we encourage you to continue sending your poetry and prose, but if you are a secret photographer, illustrator or visual artist, we WANT to hear from you. Before November 30
And, if your artistic talent dries up at "stickman", maybe you have a friend who could use a little nudge? We don't pay much ($5) but we offer an opportunity to get your work seen by an ever-growing readership. Plus, every submission is considered for our annual print anthology.
We're looking for a few great visuals. Can you help? Here's how to submit
.Dawn & Jessica
PS - Our apologies to any stickman artists out there. If you've got a stickman you think will wow us, by all means, send him in!
We're proud of the work published in Vine Leaves
and remain committed to giving the vignette its time in the spotlight, so naturally, we dug through our first year of submissions to find a half dozen of our favourite pieces to nominate for the prestigious Pushcart Prize
. Whew! And we thought selecting work for the anthology was tough!
While we could have submitted hundreds of your vignettes, the maximum is six, so please join us in wishing the best of luck to these wonderful Vine Leaves contributors:Prose:
, by Sue Ann ConnaughtonFamily Portrait
, by Kurt NewtonRelentless
, C. J. BoothPoetry:
, by Chris CrittendenVietnam
, by Yvonne AmeyDonors at an American Tea Party
, by Pamela Emigh Murphy
For more information about the prize, including the nomination and selection process, please visit the website
.Good luck to our talented nominees!
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 ... we have a new website tab in progress which will list all the books that have been published by our contributors
. The latest it will go live will be in the new year, but hopefully we can get it up earlier than that. This is our way of paying it forward, as we are unable to offer contributors very much in the form of payment.
This means that we would also like to "hire" a book reviewer
to be a part of the Vine Leaves Literary Journal team. This is a volunteer position, but you WILL receive the books for free. We ask that you review at LEAST ONE PER MONTH. If you want to review more than that, that's brilliant. The best bit? YOU get to choose the books you want to review from our Contributors' Books tab. We do ask that you be flexible with format, however, as not all books are available in every format under the sun. And if everything goes well, there is also a possibility of this turning into a paid position in the future.
Your reviews will be posted on our blog, though our Goodreads
and Amazon accounts, and linked to via Twitter
(through the Vine Leaves accounts, and the Co-Publishers' accounts, which totals approx 15,000+ subscribers and followers). We will also feature it in a newsletter campaign, which currently has 600+ subscribers. So not only will we be promoting our contributors, but we will be promoting YOU, the REVIEWER, as a professional writer. A pretty great thing to have on your résumé, yes?
If you love to read a variety of forms, including poetry, vignettes, and short stories in varying genres, then we want to hear from you! Please express your interest by sending us an email
. Applications will close at the end of September.
We're not going to tell you what to write in your application letter. You can tell us as little or as much as you wish, but please send us links to other reviews you've written so we can get a sense of your style and if you'd be a good fit for us.
We're very much looking forward to hearing from you!
Have a great weekend.~ Jessica & Dawn
Air, water, earth and fire—the four elements considered to be the building blocks of the Universe. For more than 2,000 years, these elements have remained the cornerstone of philosophy, science and medicine.
They are also the cornerstones of the July 2013 issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal. From the earthy cover to the fiery text within, our seventh issue breathes with life, and provides nourishment not only to quench your thirst for quality literature, but also our desire to support and nurture talent.
As with each issue, we've selected a heady blend of poetry, prose and artwork that will both ground you—and leave you breathless. Go ahead--we invite you to dive in
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.
First Prize goes to: C. J Booth for RelentlessSecond Prize goes to: Rose Engelfried for BrakesThird Prize goes to: Tausha Johnson for Small Town Girl
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 the pros, then join literary agent, Katharine Sands, and our very own Jessica Bell at the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop
from Aug. 1-7, 2013. It’s held on the beautiful Greek isle of Ithaca which remains unspoiled by the modern world. Even in the height of summer you can find a secluded beach or a rustic corner to contemplate your thoughts. On Ithaca you'll discover the island’s rich culture and the reason why it holds such a special place in the hearts of those who have visited its shores. Learn more on the website
Retreat Attendees receive:
- Expert instruction on all topics of publishing
- A comprehensive critique and market recommendations for your work.
- Accommodation at Nostos Hotel with buffet breakfast, two dinners and excursions
- Gift hampers on arrival, filled with traditional Greek goods
Instructors this year are, Katharine Sands, a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, and Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, a popular performer in the Chicago area who often lectures on women's issues, art, and literature. In 2000, Badikian was selected as one of the One-Hundred Women Who Make a Difference in Chicago by Today's Woman magazine.
Enjoy special Excursions, including a guided walk to Homer's School, dinners, cocktails by the sea, village sightseeing, traditional dance and festivals. All-inclusive! The clear blue seas and lush green valleys and mountains are home to one of the friendliest communities in Greece and the new Homeric Writing Retreat!
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
is a woman of many incarnations. Novelist, teacher, classical musician, dancer, publisher, and editor are only a few of the personae her artistic existence encompasses. A resident of the Outer Sunset (both literally and figuratively), she is and for many years has been an essential voice of San Francisco’s vibrant literary scene. Not only is she one of the City’s most talented writers, she has given voice and exposure to many poets, musicians and artists while elegantly crafting five books of poetry, two novels, and a forthcoming anthology. In a word, she is oracular. Swan Light
is her latest foray into the music of the spheres—a book of collected personal mythologies, autobiographical narratives, lyrical celebrations of the paradox, and elegies to perhaps our greatest sadness: the loss of parents. Eschewing the temptation of Romantic swoon, her collection is no swan song. She bathes the experience of such inevitable departure in luminosity, kaddish, and jubilee.
The book is a wayfaring to the sacred realms of being that are divided into two: the natural world and the quest for it and the deep sentiment it spawns within the confines of urbanity. Many of the poems’ settings are enlivened with the sumptuous details of California flora and fauna. Etched in Snyderian appreciation for redwood forests and the lost coasts so close and yet so distant to the ticky-tacky sprawl, her axis mundi is the mountain enshrouded temple of the Bay Area. And her excursions into and about Arcadia always return us to the sensuality that these places inspire:
swim through the water
the alphabet of your skin.
The poet merges with her subjects. Transmogrification is her and her audience’s destiny. Frank’s appreciation for the exotica of the natural world is effortlessly translated to her fascination with how we process the unbearable lightnesses and shadow lands of being. The mind-altering diversity, both environmental and societal, of a place like San Francisco is the palette for her ruminations that seek to connect the complexity of creation with its elusive capital C with the way it is filtered through the labyrinthine hanging gardens of human mind.
The daily inspiration of living in a place that offers so many possibilities of interpreting our collective being is this poet’s bliss. In “Meditation on the MUNI”, she creates a brilliant poetic characterization, born of her insight as a musician, of what the beautiful mélange of languages become, transforming cacophony into symphony:
Swedish – a wobbling luge.
German and Hebrew – an argument
into the wounds of the previous century.
Nepali – rocks in a river
singing under white water.
Hindi – an amber flow of chanting honey.
French – a casual flirtation
at the painted tables of a café
by the left bank.
The list gloriously continues as her understanding of cadence and melody marks one of the best characterizations of the musicality of language to this date in contemporary American verse. She is no Wordsworth finding Babylon in London; she is a Calliope finding transformation in the word spoken.
What Swan Light
achieves is a type of tonality characteristic of the backlighting of cathedral glass, of the glow of moon on hallowed ground, a sensibility that is aurific. The poems are pilgrimages to her various homes– East Coast origins, fallow Iowan fields, Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, and that one destination known as loss and the detours taken to avoid the abyss of sentimentality and nostalgia.
The power of this new collection recreates a feeling of first flight or vertigo that is inevitable when we risk the deep feeling of grasping the eternally transitory nature of being. Diane Frank takes the reader to places and experiences bathed in sensuality and the knowledge that these moments of ecstasy will one day temporally cease but the journey within them and the mystical unification offered is as dramatically rewarding.. She shows us as a reality greater than the real:
a deeper vision is whispering,
letting you throw
whatever stops you from dancing
into the fire.
She is a visionary whose talent reminds us of the Borges assertion that poetry “remembers that it was first song”. Swan Light
is a book that resounds in philosophical resonance and with it we are graced with desire’s joys and torments, rhapsodically preened.
About the reviewer:
Recent work of Philip Kobylarz's appears or will appear in Connecticut Review, Basalt, Santa Fe Literary Review, New American Writing, Poetry Salzburg Review
and has appeared in Best American Poetry
. His book, Rues
, was recently published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco.