Saturday, September 14, 2013

Top Ten Online MFA Programs

The Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program is proud to appear on Word Focus' Top Ten List of Online Creative Writing Programs. Read the full article here. Along with the benefits of our program described in the article, Lindenwood offers a 50% tuition discount to students over the age of 55, as well as an education grant of $60 off per credit hour for currently teaching high school, middle school, or elementary teachers. All LU MFA students may take classes online, in the classroom, or a combination of both. Fully online students do not have a residency requirement. Our program offers writing workshops as well as craft and literature coursework, and our students have the opportunity to serve as editorial assistants on the literary journal The Lindenwood Review. We hold two literary readings per year, and students and alumni receive quarterly program updates with lists of publication opportunities and literary events. More program information is available here (online option) and here (full MFA program info), and bios of our dedicated faculty members are available here. We are proud of our program and are happy to see it recognized by Word Focus.

Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program—Online or In-Class
Fully Online MFA Program—No Residency Requirement

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

LU MFA Update ~ September 2013

In this update:
  • Fall Quarter registration info: instructor course descriptions, textbook lists, first assignments, and start dates
  • Student & Alumni Publications
  • Calls for Submission
Fall registration is now underway. Email Beth to enroll in online classes or in-class clusters. Click on the links below for info on our fall coursework:


  • Lisa Haag Kang’s poetry chapbook manuscript, A Benign Sort of Cannibalism, was the winning manuscript in the Clockwise Chapbook Competition and will be published by Tebot Bach.
  • The press release for Janna Vought’s book Evolution of Cocoons is available here.
  • The press release for Dacia Wilkinson’s latest book is available here.  
  • Daron Kappauff became the Proposal/Technical Writer at MTM-Inc. Daron is also working on a graphic novel project called Horizon’s End.
  • Alan Zacher’s story, “Santa Claus is Stuck on the Roof,” will be published in the Christmas edition of Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul. 


The Southern Review: submissions page

Poor Yorick is now accepting submissions for its online launch scheduled for the fall of 2014.
Please see our website ( for more information and submission guidelines.

The Oklahoma Review will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to

Mason’s Road is accepting submissions through October 20th, 2013. Please look here for submission guidelines.

3Elements Review is a unique journal because each quarter we choose three "elements" that must be included in all stories and poems. This issue's elements are posted on our website. Pieces are due on October 10th. To learn more about our journal, please visit


Heron Tree Call for Poetry Submissions

Email submission deadline: December 1, 2013
Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, will accept submissions from September 1 through December 1. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. Visit to read what we've published, to visit a page of poems we're drawn to, and to find the complete guidelines, including the email address for submissions.

Inviting Tanka Poetry Submissions on House and Home

Online/Email submission deadline: October 1, 2013
Inner Art Journal is inviting authors to submit tanka, tanka prose and other short form poetry on the subject of houses and homes. Contributors are invited to interpret the theme liberally. We plan to publish a printed book with the best submissions via Createspace, as well as include the works online in Inner Art Journal. Please submit your work by October 1st. Take a look at Inner Art Journal online for examples of the work we like. If you would like to see our first print publication, it is called Tanka Practice. Details can be found at

Isthmus Literary Review call for submissions

Online submissions accepted year-round.

Isthmus is a biannual print publication based in Seattle. We seek fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Translations are considered in all genres. The Spring issue will debut at AWP 2014. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please visit our website for full guidelines and to submit online:

New Plains Review: Call for Submissions

Online submission deadline: Rolling

New Plains Review is accepting submissions for our Fall 2013 Issue. We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that is thoughtful and compelling, but otherwise we do not have any specific guidelines for style or subject matter. Please see our Editorial Guidelines section of our website for more details:

Scapegoat Review looking for Submissions

Scapegoat Review is a quarterly journal looking for work for its winter issue. Poetry, flash fiction and flash nonfiction are welcome. We strive for work that is rare and exceptional. Both established and unpublished poets welcome. Work we like—Paul Celan, Simone Meunch, Osip Mandelstam, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wilsawa Symborksa; work that captures our brain and heart. Check for guidelines.

Twisted Vine Literary Inaugural Issue

Submission deadline: October 31, 2013

Twisted Vine, the biannual literary journal of Western New Mexico University's Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, is now accepting submissions for the inaugural issue. Reading period: August-October. The editors at Twisted Vine strongly encourage submissions that are interdisciplinary in nature (poetry about math is one example,) progressive, unexpected and ever-evolving. There are no fast and hard rules in our selection criteria and much of our process is intuitive. We want to ignite your creativity, so show us what you got! Submit here:

Call for Submissions: The Cumberland River Review

Submission deadline: April 30, 2014

The Cumberland River Review is a quarterly online journal of new poetry, fiction, essays, and art, welcoming submissions from both national and international writers and artists at any point in their careers. Each issue of The Cumberland River Review features ten poems and one story or essay, all chosen on the basis of their excellence. While we read with no particular theme or issue-length arc in mind, we’re always happy when one develops. Our goal, always, is to feature work of moral consequence—work that transports us.

Submit at

Blueline Seeks Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction about the Adirondacks

Email/Postmark submission deadline: November 30, 2013

Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature's shaping influence. We also welcome creative nonfiction that interprets the literature or culture of the region. Submission period July through November. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Send no previously published works and no simultaneous submissions. Send manuscripts to Blueline, 120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word docx attachments to blueline [at] Please indicate the genre in the subject line. welcomes visits to our new website:

Call for submissions graduate & undergraduate writers

Online submission deadline: November 1, 2013
Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published at in Winter 2013-14. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to send work. Submissions will be open until November 1. Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a complimentary 2-year subscription to Ninth Letter. Submit your poetry and short stories for this special feature at Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our general submissions at will not be considered for the feature.

Dead Flowers Seeks Guest Editors and Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.
Bohemian Pupil Press seeks Poetry and Micro-Essay submissions for Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag, a hopefully not too heady "experiment" exploring the notion that there are no careerists in the underground. As well, Dead Flowers is seeking intelligent readers who are indifferent to poetry—who are outside the poetry world—to accept the rewarding challenge of Guest Editing. There is no pay involved; rather, by introducing a discerning voice from outside the poetry world, guest editors will be partaking in the enormous task of influencing a new perception of poetry. Visit (go to Dead Flowers tab) for full details.

Kudzu Review is now reading for Summer Solstice Issue 4.1

Online submission deadline: March 1, 2014
Kudzu Review is looking for submissions for its Summer Solstice Issue. We look for savvy, sharp, well-polished literature that captures life in a post-natural world. We publish work that is outstanding, and motivated by concerns with man’s place in the world. Show us the "new-nature" with your place, post-colonial, post-gender, and activist writing. Show us new takes on what is "natural." Turn your ecocritical eye on any aspect of modern life, see what comes out. Avoid overt or preachy messages. Show us what it means to exist in an ecosystem, a biosphere. Most of all, inspire us. Give us hope.

Looking for Brief But Ever So Clever Submissions

Online submission deadline: April 24, 2014
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is open for art, photography, video, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry submissions. Please use our online submission manager: We prefer short and quirky over long and dreary.

North Carolina Writers and War: Creative Nonfiction

Submission deadline: December 1, 2013
The North Carolina Literary Review will accept creative nonfiction submissions for the 2014 issue special feature section on North Carolina literature and war to December 1 (the deadlines for other genres have passed). For more information, writers’ guidelines, and submissions instructions, go to:

Prairie Schooner is now open for submissions!

Postmark/Online submission deadline: May 1, 2013
Looking for a home for a terrific short story, poem, essay, or book review? Send your work to Prairie Schooner, an international literary quarterly based out of the University of Nebraska. Prairie Schooner, now in its 87th year of continuous publication, delivers the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers. Accepting submissions during the months of September through April only. To learn how to submit electronically or by hard mail, visit

Storm Cellar open for submissions

Online submissions accepted year-round
We welcome literary writing of all kinds, as well as visual art and hybrids. Funny and serious, avant and traditional, sour and sweet. We're open to pretty much anything, as long as it blows our minds. Women and Midwestern writers especially encouraged. For more detail visit or to view length limits and submit, see

The Fourth River Accepting Submissions

Online submission deadline: March 15, 2014
The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Programs, published annually in print and monthly online. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways:

Issue #10 of Workers Write!

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2013
Issue 10 of Workers Write! will be More Tales from the Cubicle and will contain stories and poems from the office worker's point of view. Drop us a line if you have a question. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2013 (or the issue is full). Submit your stories via e-mail to: cubicle [at], or send a hard copy to: Blue Cubicle Press, P.O. Box 250382, Plano, TX 75025-0382. Word count: 50 to 5,000 words. Payment: Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.

The Milo Review

Online submissions accepted year-round.
The Milo Review, a literary print and online journal, welcomes your submissions. Please visit us at for submission guidelines, or forward short stories, novel excerpts, essays, and narrative nonfiction (9500 words or less) to associate editor, Susan Matthews at info [at]

Submit to Lalitamba

Submissions accepted year-round
Lalitamba is a journal of contemporary spiritual literature. Contributors have been included in the Best American series, written award-winning novels, and received NEA grants. We have also been known to discover new authors, and to publish the writings of people who are homeless or in prison. The journal accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, translation, and artwork. Lalitamba was inspired by a song sung in the evenings on a pilgrimage through India—“Lalitamba, Lalitamba.” The name “Lalitamba” means Divine Mother.


Online submission deadline: October 25, 2013
Brickplight is an online journal that promotes the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry. We will be accepting submissions for our inaugural issue from September 1st, 2013 through October 25th, 2013. Please visit our site for submission guidelines:

Call for Submissions—Fiction International

Submission period: September 1 – December 15, 2013
For an issue on Phobia / Philia Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction & indeterminate prose between 9/1 and 12/15, 2013. To submit online or hard copy texts or visuals, go to Queries:

Call for submissions: Stand Magazine

Stand Magazine, a quarterly print publication now in its 60th year, seeks submissions of poetry, translations, and short fiction (preferably under 3,000 words). Submissions are by post only (with an SASE), either to the North American office (Dept. of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2005) or to the home office in the UK (School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT). Simultaneous submissions are frowned upon. For more information visit—or the Facebook page.

Call for Submissions: "This Carnival Life"

Postmark submission deadline: September 15, 2013
“We have a nice time here. But remember, carnivals come cheap. What matters is the day after, when we will have to return to normal lives. Will there be any changes then?” —Slavoj Zizek (to the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park) Carnival, in the sense of political carnival will be explored. As with the recent Occupy Wall Street “movement,” one must ask, Can movements without clearly defined demands be successful in enacting real change? Or are such movements just part of the “cult of participation”?

The Citron Review Call for Submissions - Fall Issue

Submission deadline: Rolling
The Citron Review is an online literary journal created and edited  by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles M.F.A.  Program. We seek submissions of resonant beauty in the form of micro-fiction, flash fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. We are reading for our Fall 2013 Issue, but we accept submissions on a rolling basis. Electronic submissions only via our submissions manager. Links and full guidelines can be found at

Dark Matter Journal Seeks Submissions

Dark Matter: a journal of speculative literature accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and musings year round. Selected pieces appear on the blog. Online issues are published in summer and winter. Submit now for the 2013 winter issue. Go to for guidelines and to submit your work.

The Healing Muse Submission Period Starts September 1, 2013.

Email/Postmark deadline: May 1, 2014
The annual journal of literary and visual art that is published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities is looking for artists and writers for our 2014 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2013 through May 1, 2014. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found at:

The MacGuffin is what you're looking for

Submission deadline: Year-round
The MacGuffin wants your short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re currently working on our Winter 2014 issue which will include the winners of our 18th National Poet Hunt Contest and a short commentary by Philip Levine. This one’s always a big seller at AWP. For inquiries, visit or macguffin [at]

Raven Chronicles: Submissions Wanted for Winter 2013 Issue

Postmark submission deadline: October 1, 2013
Theme: Race: Under Our Skin. Many agree that race is a social construct, born out of ideas of superiority and inferiority, a social construct that has shaped our history, both collectively and individually. Race plays a part in how others define us, as well as in our individual sense of who we are, and what group, or groups, we belong to. Seeking stories, memories, desires, family legends, half-buried truths, images, poems, your rants and raves, your good experiences and bad, the worst and the best and, above all, send us your dreams. No one is neutral on this topic.

Vol 11.1 Radicalism Issue Open for Submissions

Online submission deadline: October 20, 2013
BathHouse Journal ( is currently accepting submissions for our next issue, Vol. 11.1, featuring works of a radical nature. Please send creative experiments, hybrids, and critiques that play in provocative intersections and extremes—radicalism in politics, environment, race, and gender. We are looking for work that redefines and recontextualizes form, genre, and every ism imaginable. Please send work to eic [at] as an email attachment. For larger sized files, a dropbox/youtube/vimeo link or an external host is preferred. Please include a brief bio and artist statement along with your work. The deadline for your radicalized works is October 20, 2013.

Beth Mead
Professor of Humanities
Director, MFA in Writing Program
Lindenwood University
bmead [at]
Lindenwood University MFA in Writing Program—Online or In-Class
Fully Online MFA Program—No Residency Requirement

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Fall 13 Textbook List

Course descriptions are available here. First assignments/start dates are available here.  


Fiction with David Hollingsworth:
By Cunning and Craft
Peter Selgin
Writer's Digest Books
ISBN 978-1582974910

Best New American Voices 2010
John Kulka
ISBN 978-0156034255

Poetry with Michael Castro:
Gioia, Mason, and Schoerke, eds.
ISBN 0-07-241172-3

Gioia, Mason, and Schoerke, eds.
ISBN 0-07-240019-6

J.D. McClatchy ed. Vintage
ISBN 0-679-74115-1
Scriptwriting with Peter Carlos:
Writing Screenplays That Sell
Mike Hauge
Harper Perennial, 20th Anniversary, 2011
ISBN 978-0-06-179143-7  

Using Myth to Power Your Story (3 CDs)
Christopher Vogler
Timberwolf Press
ISBN 0-691-01784-0


Focused Poetry Workshop with Eve Jones:
Portable Poetry Workshop
Jack Myers
ISBN 978-0155060029

Advanced Fiction Genres with Tony D'Souza:
no textbook required

Flash Fiction with Mary Anderson:
Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Tara Masih
Rose Metal Press

Personal Essay & Memoir with Catherine Rankovic:
Creating Nonfiction: A Guide and Anthology
Becky Bradway and Douglas Hesse

The Lyric Essay with Anthony Connolly:
Reality Hunger
David Shields
ISBN 978-0307387974

The Literary Journal with Beth Mead--all sections:
Issues 2 and 3 of The Lindenwood Review (Beth will email with ordering info)

One literary journal [student's choice, with approval] will need to be purchased during the quarter.

Fall 13 First Assignments & Start Dates

Textbook info is available here.


Advanced Fiction with David Hollingsworth:
First class begins TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 6-10pm, Cultural Center, Conference Room
(NO class meeting on Saturday, October 5th)
(2nd class meeting 10/8)

First Assignment:

Where are you going? Where have you been?

Please write 2 pages or so detailing (somewhat) who you are as a writer. I’d like to know what made you write in the first place, how your writing has changed/matured/etc. over the years, and where you see yourself going in the future. If you have specific goals for this cluster, please feel free to share them. We’ll be reading these out loud during the first session as a way of getting to know one another before the workshop begins.

Advanced Poetry with Michael Castro:
First class begins Saturday, October 5th, 10am-2pm, Cultural Center, Rm 306 (upstairs)
Then class will meet in the Cultural Center Conference Room on Wednesdays
(2nd class meeting 10/9)

First Assignment:


1. Imagine you are a free lance Muse, looking for work. In recent years you’ve had to supplement your life with various odd jobs—inspiring an ad executives, politicians, and grant writers. You’re tired and sad and want to work with a real poet. Write a job description in a free verse poem for the poet you want to hire.

2. Start reading around in Twentieth Century American Poetry’s final section, Contemporary Voices, pp. 896-1042. Select a poem you would like to present and discuss with the class.

Scriptwriting with Peter Carlos:
First class begins Saturday, October 5, 10am-2pm, Fine & Performing Arts Bldg, Rm 2280 (J. Scheidegger Building)
Then class will meet on Mondays, 6-10pm, Fine & Performing Arts Bldg, Room 2280
(2nd meeting 10/7)

First Assignment:

Write a two to three page paper on "The Three-Act Structure used in Modern Screenwriting"

Read the following short article on Plot and Theme:

Write a brief 100-200 word definition of each (about half-page on each).

ONLINE CLASSES--Start Date is Monday, October 7:  

*Do NOT log into Blackboard until Monday, October 7—and you MUST post on Blackboard on 10/7*

On Monday, October 7, log into Blackboard (see instructions below), click on your course name, and then click on the FIRST ASSIGNMENT menu tab at the left of the screen. You will click on the discussion board link and post a statement in the discussion indicating that you were able to log in to Blackboard successfully. This MUST be done on Monday, October 7. This is a university requirement.

Then you will click on the GETTING STARTED menu tab at the left of the screen and read the course content indicated (Class Requirements, etc.). Read and follow the guidelines for online etiquette, and remember to always be respectful in your online posts and discussions.

Then you will click on the WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS menu tab at the left of the screen, and then click on Week 1. There you will see all of your assignments for the first week of class and their due dates. Online students are required to post/participate on Blackboard three times per week.

Each week during the quarter, you will click on WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS and then on the appropriate week’s folder to view the assignments and due dates for the week.

If you have any questions or problems, you can contact the instructor (email Beth if you need your instructor's email address), or you can click on Help in Blackboard to contact the Lindenwood Online Support Center.

Instructions for Logging in to Blackboard for Online Classes:
• Go to
• Hover your mouse over Blackboard in the white bar at the top of the screen
• Click on Access Blackboard
• Log in with the same user ID and password you use for your Lionmail account (if you have not activated your Lionmail account, go to, hover over Email at the top of the screen, and click on Find Your Username; follow the instructions to get your user ID and password)
• Once you are logged in, click on your course name to enter the class site
• If you have any problems, click on Help at the top of the Log In page or contact your instructor