Edition №8: Tell Us About The Writing Life (Storymaker)

This week; recent submissions, more on The Anthology, the writing life, & why we want your short stories!

Howdy Storymakers!

Since the relaunch, your submissions have been coming in thick and fast — brilliant! Keep ’em coming. Submissions have mainly been poetry, and that’s great, but we want your short stories too. The Anthology of your best work that Anna and I have planned for next year intends to be a balance of both poetry and prose so if you have a couple of stories on the back boiler, consider dusting them off and getting them into us. (more on The Anthology in a bit).

The Writing Life

How do you feel about your work? What are the challenges you have faced, and how did you overcome? What’s it like to sit alone in a small room and wrestle with your demons? What does your creative process look like? How do you deal with acceptance and rejection?

These things we want to know and publish. Now, hold fire, we’re not looking for content of a self-indulgent pseudo-vulnerable nature — we want honesty. You’re the poet and writer so we have no doubt you can get to the heart of the matter and get it down on the page.

Use the tag Writing Life, and it will go to this new page on Storymaker.

New Writers & Editor’s Choice

We’ve had a flood of new writers join our little publication in the last couple of weeks, significant thanks for which should go to our new editor Anna Rozwadowska whose work many of you are very familiar. Submissions have increased quite a bit too.

So a belated welcome is in order. Anna L. Shtorm, Melissa Miles McCarter, Jesu Castin, Mary Gallagher, Rev. Sheri Heller, LCSW, Agathe Guibé, Mark Vanderpool, Jill Crainshaw, Mat Wilson, Zach J. Payne, Shelby Leigh, Joe Kernan, Blue Carrisole, Ilya Lobanov, DRM, Alexandra Ciausescu, Randy Shingler, Michelle Monet, Tasha Lane, Alex Severin, Cait Nicols, Holly Lyn Walrath, Sarah Alaska, Maii, Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻, Giulia Rognoni, Amit Kumar Das, Erika Burkhalter, Jasmin Oliver, Adam, Diabetic Cyborg, Sam Kimberle, K. A. Bennett, Christina Ward 💗, LB, Lynette Clements, Ashwini Dodani, Nupoor Raj, J.D. Harms, Golda Fukesman, Michael Stang, Tasneem Kagalwalla, Meg, Guérin Asante, Fierce Force 💃🏼, Zev, S Lynn, Stephen M. Tomic, Jun Wu, Hawkeye Pete Egan B., Heath ዟ, Wild Flower, Kyrie Gray, Lucy King, Elizabeth Helmich, Sylph Hemery, John Tuttle, Natalie Frank, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), Chloe Cuthbert, and Sventome, welcome to Storymaker!

Editor’s Choice

Hand-picked by the editors, here’s some of the best from the last two weeks on Storymaker. If you didn’t make the list today that doesn’t mean your story or poem didn’t make an impression. And it may still make the cut for The Anthology.

So keep submitting!

Breath at Rush Hour by Sylph Hemery

Roundabout by Guérin Asante

At The End of The Decade by Zach J. Payne

Shifting by J.D. Harms

Not Giving Up Yet by Ashwini Dodani

The Eradication of Ghosts by Christina Ward 💗

Everdepth by LB

Mouth of an Ocean by Tasneem Kagalwalla

The Anthology

As we announced in the last Letter to you, in 2020, we’ll be publishing the best of Storymaker in digital and print versions. There will be no cost to you for publication, and you will get to share in the profits. Full disclosure of income and expenses will be made here in weekly Letters. How profits will be distributed will be announced later (when we figure it all out!).

The Theme

The Anthology will comprise short stories and poetry, and the theme is “city life”. The Anthology will be titled; Stories From People From The City. Read more about the theme here.

For submissions, use the tag Anthology2020. It will be easier for us to find and will also allow us to compile all Anthology submissions on a single page for everyone to view.

So that’s all I’ve got this week. Don’t forget; we want your short stories, so get the long pen out!

See yiz next week

Larry G. Maguire& Anna Rozwadowska

Top Writer in Poetry. I am a writer, photographer, psychic, medium, and spiritual guide.I have an M.A. in Environmental Sociology.

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