The Raleigh Review has been publishing as an independent nonprofit for 10 years. They are currently open to submissions of fiction and poetry for their Fall 2020 issue. Submission deadline is March 31. They do charge a small fee. Learn more…
I’ve been a fan of Ellen Meeropol’s novels for ten years. Her three previous books merged personal drama with social justice. But not until Her Sister’s Tattoo has Meeropol so masterfully grasped the political strife in our country since the 1960’s. And as a true novelist can do, she allows us to experience the turmoil through the intimate lives of two characters whom we come to know and understand.
Rosa and Esther Levin are caught up in the passion and violence of the anti-war protests of 1968 in Detroit. When protest marchers are bloodied by the mounted police, the sisters spontaneously take an action to distract the police that would seem innocuous, even childlike. They hurl apples at the police. But a horse is spooked and a police officer is horribly injured. In that one moment, their lives change in unimaginable ways, driving a brutal wedge between the two sisters that will endure for decades. The dynamics of loyalty to family and one’s conscience become the battleground for a truly American novel.
Late in the book, (I’m not giving anything away here) a character says, “The Levin sisters taught me it’s not your family that determines who you become. It’s not even your abilities. Your choices define you.”
We all make choices every day that define us, but some of us make choices with more lethal consequences. Will our loyalties reside first with our loved ones, or should we sacrifice even our freedom to a larger belief in what is right? Meeropol pulls back the curtain on the lives of two sisters in the midst of this and by doing so, pulls back the curtain on a history of political activism that reverberates through time. For those with an eye for politics and fiction, Ellen Meeropol’s novel will not disappoint.
Her Sister’s Tattoo by Ellen Meeropol. Red Hen Press, April 2020.
About the reviewer: Jacqueline Sheehan, is a New York Times Bestselling author and a psychologist. Her novels include, The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She also writes essays including the New York Times column, Modern Love. She is one of the founders and former president of The Straw Dog Writers Guild in Western Massachusetts. She teaches workshops at Writers in Progress in Northampton.
Online literary magazine Brilliant Flash Fiction is accepting entries to its Lost in the Library writing contest. Deadline to submit fiction on this theme is May 30. There is no fee to submit. Learn more…
Literary magazine Bellingham Review is open to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its annual awards. Deadline to enter work is March 15. $20-$30 fee; $1,000 first prize per genre. Learn more…
Independent publisher Tolsun Books is open to unsolicited manuscripts made from parts through May 31. These can be either full-length or chapbook-length. Poetry, short stories, essays, hybrids, translations, and more. $15 fee. Free submissions accepted on the 15th of every month. Learn more…
At this week’s Magazine Stand, find out more about the new online version of New Orleans Review. Contributors: Danley Romero, Kaylie Saidin, Britton Hanson, Maria Kuznetsova, Apryl Lee, Diana Valenzuela, Anna Claire Hodge, Ryan Burgess, Rage Hezekiah, Julia Cohen and Lisa Nikolidakis. Cover by Ashley Longshore.
Fiction Southeast, featured at NewPages, publishes work on a rolling basis. Contributors this year include: work by Robin Littell, Ziaul Moid Khan, Jason Graff, Marianne Rogoff, Dakota Canon, Vandana Khanna, Andrea Jarrell, Jessica Love, Richard Sogliuzzo, Annie Mountcastle, Kay Sloan, Staci Mercado, and Mike Wilson.
Literary magazine The Blue Mountain Review launched in 2015 with the mantra “we’re all south of somewhere.” They are open to submissions with “homespun and international appeal” year-round and seek to preserve and promote “lives told well.” They do charge a $5 submission fee. Learn more…
The latest issue of Crossways can be found at the NewPages Magazine Stand. This issue includes poetry by Sinead McClure, Mary Kathryn Jablonski, Timothy Gordan, Beth McDonough, Milton Ehrlich, Breda Joyce, Susie Gharib, Alun Robert, and more; fiction by Patrick Doherty, J. Scott Hardin, Chuck Teixeira, Max Dunbar, and Fiona Billie Lawlor; and a book review by Nicola Spendlove.
International literary magazine Palooka has been publishing featured, up-and-coming, established, and new writers, artists, and photographers for a decade. They are open to submissions for its journal and chapbook press year-round. They do charge a fee. Learn more…
Even though February is a short month, it just doesn’t seem like it should be over with next week already. Time to build up your submission calendars! These are opportunities with deadlines in March through October of this year.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
Don’t forget Wordrunner eChapbooks is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue until the end of the month. They charge a $3 fee. They want your best works of fiction, personal narratives, novel excerpts, memoirs, and poetry. They are a paying market. Deadline: February 29.
March Submission Deadlines
Hole In The Head Review. May 2020 Issue. Poetry, Art, Photography. $4 fee. Deadline: March 15.
Green Linden Press is currently open to poetry chapbook manuscripts for publication in Fall 2020. The $12 reading fee helps support their green mission of reforestation efforts. Deadline to submit is March 20. They recommend checking out the most recent issues of online literary magazine Under A Warm Green Linden for a taste of what they like.
Liminal Publishing is a new press who is seeking submissions for its first publication: I Don’t Cry Anymore. This will be a poetry anthology featuring work from poets who are past sexual-trauma survivors. There is no fee to submit. Deadline is March 31.
Massachusetts Review wants native-authored work in response to the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Landing. Fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork welcome. Deadline to submit is March 31. There is no submission fee.
Rockvale Review. Issue 6. Poetry. No fee. Deadline: March 31.
Independent, international, free-access literary magazine Sky Island Journal is accepting submissions of poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for its Spring 2020 issue. Deadline to submit is Midnight (CST) on March 31. They do charge a $3.99 fee.
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