Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Southern Arts Journal: Writing Submissions Requested

We seek experienced Writers, Journalists, Interviewers. Our scope is southern regional as well as destination specific. We are interested in content of the South, about the South and those in it, from it, and talking about it. We present a range of topics, including history, art, artists, road trips, antiques, collectibles, interesting destinations, people and much more.

In our first quarterly issue, appearing at independent bookstores across the South by September end, we have a number of known, and presently less known, contributors. Ultimately the quality and clarity of the work is what is of importance to us. Here are some first issue content listings that reflect the kind of content we're seeking:

*Wedgwood's Historic College & University Plates of the South: 1930s-1960s. Highly prized today, thousands of sets of plates with campus scenes were sold throughout the South at colleges and universities. With identification guide.
*Musicians: Sacred Steel: The Lee Boys Gospel Band.
*Precious Memories. One of the a cappella group Flatt Sisters reflects on growing up in the Flatt family.
*Southern Writer Interview with Michael Swindle, author of Slouching towards Birmingham.
*Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum
*Pies like Mother Made…the secrets to Icebox Lemon and Key Lime pies.
*Fiction: Year of the Cicada A story of loss, times past, and the family farm. “...the soil is not magic, it is money, a new harvest…"
*Atlanta’s Varsity Restaurant Since 1928 this downtown drive-in has hosted Elvis, four presidents, and tens of thousands of hungry visitors.
*Collecting Civil War Postcards: Postcards didn’t even exist during the Civil War so how are they so widely collected?
*Review of A Book of Minutes: Poet Cathy Smith Bowers proves herself a Southern girl again in this poetry collection.
*Musicians: Sacred Steel: The Lee Boys Gospel Band.
*Precious Memories. One of the a cappella group Flatt Sisters reflects on growing up in the Flatt family.
*Southern Writer Interview with Michael Swindle, author of Slouching towards Birmingham.
*Tampa's Henry B. Plant Museum

We're seeking feature length material, short pieces, essays, book and music reviews, overviews and surveys, short fiction, poetry and interviews. Topics are broad, ranging from history, gardening, southern cooking, art and furniture conservation to antiques, collectibles, gospel supper clubs, museums, music; 300 - 3000 words. Our founding editor and publisher has decades of experience in niche publishing, ranging from computing and emerging technology to regional topics, histories, antiques and collectibles, folklore, narratives, and more.

Our modest pay typically ranges from $25 to $250 per contribution, with only our longest features on the higher end of the scale and most else on the lower end. If we respond favorably to a submission query, we'll include information on acceptance terms, rights and price, so that you may then decide before proceeding with our contract. We pay on acceptance.

Infrequently we'll publish previously published material if it fits our mix and needs, so feel free to query us. We're less likely to pay for reprinted material but are happy to consider republishing it.

Although the content portions of our site aren't fully working yet, our Writer's Guidelines and Submission form can be viewed and used at

From this page, link to
to better understand the kinds of content we're seeking.

Thank you for your interest.

* this is in or around Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, the South
* no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: Pay typically ranges from $25 to $250 per contribution. (See text.)

ain't no Valley discussion #2: The Invitation

I've tried to read this book two times this summer. Upon my third time(this time) I decided to share my view of the book as I read it and couple it with remarks my writing group has said about the book along with maybe some explanations to their comments and concerns. Hopefully, this weeklong discussion will be a new addition to the blog as sort of a online bookclub forum. What do you think, Marina, Mary and Lashaunda?

ain't no valley
is broken down into three parts: invitation, the preparation, the wedding. During the Invitation section Mary and Moor, the wedding couple, invite their wedding party and friends to their San Francisco wedding destination. In the first few chapters we are introduced to Naomi, who has shirked her dentistry profession and ditched the other bridesmaids to appear on The Wheel of Fortune. Garvin, Mary's cousin and the wedding planner try to pull a last-minute weddding together. While Mary and Latrice search for something borrowed, something blue, etc. In the final chapter of this section Moor's reluctant best man, Anthony walks on stage. He's just been fired from his great job and cannot understand why his Lesothian transport coworker wants to make him his best man. There is so many things and so many people moving around no wonder my writing buddies felt lost, and , thus, abandoned the novel. I try to look at it as reminiscent to the first ten minutes of the movie, "The Best Man" and McMillan's movie adaptation of "Waiting to Exhale." Everything moves fast, since these busy people have to make time for what seems to be a busy and mysterious nuptial.

However, I am a little concerned that various point of views and many characters keep a Ewell novice from enjoying the book. For instance in Chapter three I had to read it twice to understand that MeeMaw wasn't the chapter's voice, but Garvin. And then when Garvin was talking to Esther over the phone I became lost again, because about two pages were devoted to Esther talking to people in her beauty shop instead of Garvin, so the pace was slowed down by that and a little confusing. When I back tracked I found my place. But I rarely backtrack when I read a book. In fact, if I have to backtrack I drop the book in my 3 and under rating pile. I assume it will be a difficult book to review and won't go any further until I have reviewed all the other books i have under deadline. But I wanted to give this book a chance. Afterall, Ewell won a Christy, so I want to see how she earned it.

Am I alone(I know I'm not: Rhonda, Lamonica :) ) But are there others who found the first part of the book hard to get through? And if not, can you help me get through Part Two faster?


Bookwatch: Tersias: A Harry Potter Alternative?

Andy Morgan reviews GP Taylor's Tersias over at Ancient Modern PostModern Blog.

Book Premise: London is living through one of its darkest times - a comet has just missed the Earth, leaving the city in chaos and the people fearing an apocalypse. Tersias, a blind boy oracle, has predicted the comet and sees visions of the future through the darkness. As Tersias's powers strengthen, people who seek to use them are drawn from the shadows; Malachi, a charlatan magician, Jonah, a desperate highwayman and Lord Malpas, a keeper of mysterious powers. But none of them are aware of a much darker force that torments Tersias's soul...A gripping tale of intrigue and sorcery set in a richly atmospheric London.

Morgan's review snippet...
after Shadowmancer and Wormwood, where the writing was a bit sloppy and the plot line not so well developed and easy to guess, here all the ingredients have come together. the story idea is excellent (as was the two other books) but this time taylor really delivers with the writing and the plot development and that makes it an extremely good book.


Abundant Rain Playbill

A gospel drama adapted from the bestselling novel by award winning author Vanessa Miller. This heart wrenching, laugh out loud production tells the story of Elizabeth Underwood. A successful songstress, she had it all; fame, fortune and faith. But when the storms of life rock Elizabeth's world, she yearns for the peace that only God can give.

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