Deadline: April 30, 2014 Call for Submission

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BEST GAY EROTICA 2015 (Cleis Press)
Editor: Rob Rosen
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Submission Guidelines: short stories, memoirs, and erotic essays are now being accepted for Best Gay Erotica 2015 (the 21st edition). Length: 3,000-6,000 words. Original stories strongly preferred, though a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author and must not have appeared in print during the past three years. BGE is not a “themed” anthology. All genres, kinks, and fantasies are fair game, just so long as the work is intensely erotic and exceedingly literary. M/M or multiple M/M only. Please send your best and hottest work for this prestigious collection. Absolutely no scenes of rape, bestiality, incest, or underage (below 18) sex.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, not .docx) or RTF to BestGayErotica2015@yahoo.com. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). U.S. grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. Please do not submit more than two stories. Include real name/pen name/address/ 50-word bio. Payment is $60 plus two contributor copies.

For more information contact: http://www.cleispress.com

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SEEKING NEW WRITERS TO PUBLISH

SEEKING NEW WRITERS TO PUBLISH

Triplicity Publishing is accepting LGBT Fiction manuscript submissions. They are actively seeking novellas (30,000-40,000 words) and full length manuscripts (over 40,000 words) with strong LGBT main characters and storylines. The genres they are interested in are: romance, drama, intrigue, action/adventure, crime, mystery, paranormal, and sci-fi. Go to http://www.tri-pub.com for information on submission guidelines.

Call for Submission

Writing Contest

SUBMISSIONS CALL: PLEASE PASS THIS ON!

If you have experienced the death or transition of your brother (s) or sister (s) and would like to contribute your story or any form of your personal expression to this anthology, please email me.

You do not have to be a writer. This anthology is a community project, a place to share your stories to move yourself through your own grief while helping others to do the same.

The Anthology:
My Brother, My Sister, Myself: Making Meaning of Sibling Loss is a collection of poetry, stories, letters, reflections, art and photography, and the celebration of life and healing.

We believe losing our brothers and sisters is the most profound loss because it impacts all aspects of our lives and our identities. Yet, our journey is often a lonely and confusing one; we travel it in silence with the hopes of being understood and embraced.

We believe our culture, ethnicity, and where we come from informs our experiences with sibling relationships and how we cope with grief and loss, and the journey to heal. Therefore, this anthology is by and about people of color.

EMAIL: nsomekag@gmail.com for Submission Guidelines and a Questionnaire.

The David Charles Horn Prize Awards $10,000 +publishing and production for Playwrights

Writing ContestCompetition Rules

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2014 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS:
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2014 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2013 and no later than August 15, 2013.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

HARDCOPY SUBMISSIONS:
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2014 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2013 and no later than August 15, 2013.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

CONTACT US
For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Today I’m Meditating on Erykah Badu

A lot of the artists no longer living I’ve learned weren’t understood or appreciated in their lifetime. I am committed to meditating on artists who are alive. Today I am appreciating and celebrating Erykah Badu, because I appreciate that she freely expresses herself, even when she is afraid of the public’s response.

Here is her video “Window Seat,” which she caught a lot of flack for when when it was released in 2010.

Below the video, is an article on the “Window Seat Controversy,” from Entertainment Weekly.

What’s the most controversial part of Erykah Badu’s new “Window Seat” video? If you asked me yesterday, I would have said the public nudity for sure. According to a story in today’s Dallas Morning News, though, some city residents are more offended by the video’s allusions to the death of President John F. Kennedy. Badu filmed her one-take striptease in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, the place where JFK was assassinated in November 1963. The video’s fuzzy, slowed-down cinematography directly references the Zapruder film of that event. At the song’s end — SPOILER ALERT – Badu’s bare stroll is cut short by a sudden gunshot that appears to kill her instantly.

In interviews and on Twitter, Badu has suggested that she was trying to make a point about how social conformity punishes those who transgress its rules — for instance, by removing all their clothing on a crowded street. Or by re-enacting one of the most infamous moments in U.S. history for a music video. The Dallas Morning News quotes one local activist as saying, “I don’t understand how someone who lives here, who is a resident of this city, could do such a thing.” (Badu lives in Dallas.) “It’s in poor taste and poor judgment, in my opinion,” adds another city leader quoted in the story. Then again, the Dallas City Council’s Angela Hunt told the Morning News that the debate over Badu’s video is “a trivial issue that comes at a time when the city is facing so many more important issues.” Badu hasn’t explicitly addressed the JFK issue on Twitter, but on Sunday, she had this to say: “one cant oppose #groupthink, its a part of human nature , but only recognize his/her position in the thing and redefine his/herself.” Late last night, she added, “The butt naked truth is powerful America !!!!”

Source of article: http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/03/30/erykah-badu-window-seat-jfk/

God IS Love

God IS Love

Today at work two women, who were friends saw each other across the room and you could feel how excited they were to be in each other’s energy. I wished more people operated in the spiritual realm. It was as if God had walked in.

Now I think I understand the scripture that says, “wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there.”

There was so much love, light and peace. My spirit smiled to witness their friendship. They proceeded to talk of family and compliment each other. I love when people genuinely love and support others.

In my friendships and family I’ve found women competing with each other. So it was beautiful to witness two people genuinely celebrating each other’s great life.

It ignited my spirit. I was smiling and working… Then one of the women said she remembered I was a writer and wanted to know how my writing was coming. In fact she said I’d encouraged her daughter to write. Then she introduced me and my book to her friend.

She said I’d said to ask her daughter if she was writing, to encourage and motivate her to sit with her thoughts… So she thought she would ask me so I’d be encouraged and motivated to sit with my own thoughts…

I was so moved, I had to tell her how grateful I was for her light. I have been struggling with my second book. All of the writing techniques I used for the first book aren’t working as smoothly this go round. I needed to be encouraged.

As I’m writing this, I’m almost teary eyed and my spirit is still moved by her encouragement. I am going to be mindful of how I talk about my own art. I am not struggling to write, I travel the unpaved road gladly and make a way for any who might want to follow. I am grateful because her light stirred the fire in me that had been simmering.

In any case, I wanted to finish this story…

After I told her how much I appreciated her, I asked if they were mediums because their energies were so strong. She started smiling and said good energy feels and feeds good energy. For a moment we all sat around laughing, talking and enjoying each others’ light. Then they both hugged me and I was grateful.

Today I’m bowing to Anita Baker

For this Black history month I’m committed to honoring and meditating on artists who are alive. Today I’ve chosen the beautiful Anita Baker.

I’ve loved Anita Baker’s voice since I was a child. Now that I am a woman, her story has been one of my main inspirations, especially when people close to me do not support my writing. People told Anita Baker she could not sing and she struggled to finally find a record label. Now Anita Baker is among the who’s who of recording artists, with a voice that cannot be duplicated.

Today I’d like to honor Anita Baker because I am grateful she believed in her gift enough not to give up on her dream. I’m celebrating her determination and perseverance by sharing this dedication to her, where other well known artists praise her by singing some of her most memorable songs.