Friday, January 25, 2019

Announcing the Flash Cat Award for flash fiction!

The Flash Cat Award
Named after Apollo the lux tux cat, this is a new award for flash fiction, to be awarded in June 2019. How does one go about winning a Flash Cat? Well, the first step is to submit your flash fiction to SBLJ by March 1, 2019. If your piece is published in Volume 3, it will be in the running for a Flash Cat. Rumors abound of a $100 prize, and the rumors are not without reason. Flash should be under 1,000 words. For submission guidelines click here.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Welcome Guest Editor of Flash for Vol. 3, Word Wrangler Extraordinaire, Rachael Q.



We at the SBLJ are pleased as punch to introduce Rachael Q., who will be selecting Volume 3's Flash Fiction. Flash would be fiction that is under 1,000 words that offer character and plot development. Rachael looks for well-crafted works of whimsy and measure. Bonus points if you or your work is connected, in some way, to the theme of Bellatrix, Greek mythology’s “female warrior,” otherwise known as the Amazons. Rachael would like you to "Send us your twitterature, minisaga, nanotale, and micro-stories: surprise us!"

Rachael certainly knows her way around the metaphorical pen. She has published articles in the Santa Barbara Independent and Impact Magazine. She’s an active member of the SCBWI and participant in #MGLitChat, #OwnVoices and #MGBookChat. In addition to being a freelance writer, she’s a novelist. Look out for her forthcoming middle-grade science fantasy novel, Phuel! Curious about our Word Wrangler? You can visit her site here.

Originally from Northern Virginia, she lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Santa Barbara, CA, and launching her hospitality business. What does owning a hospitality business have to do with writing? Very little except in the way it affords her time to do the things she loves most in the world: read, write, and run. The former two she does quite rigorously as part of the Creative Writing & Literature graduate degree program she’s enrolled in through Harvard University Extension School.

To submit your flash for SBLJ's consideration, please follow our standard guideline submissions, available here. The submission window opens now and is open until March 1.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Mistress of Song Bids You Sing of California...

Our Mistress of Song, onstage, Alcazar Theater, October 2018

The Lyrics Section of the Literary Journal is curated by Laura Hemenway, our Mistress of Song. The theme of the Lyrics Section for Volume 3 is “California.” Laura has made most of the selections for Volume 3, but is accepting a few additional songs in recognition of the fact that she may not have heard every song ever written about California.One song will be considered per singer.

Your submission should include:

1. A short (3-4 sentence) biographical paragraph explaining who you are as a songwriter. Include any websites/social media.

2. Include a recording of your song (theme: “California”) in the body of your email. This can be a “scratch” recording, but it should be clear enough that the melody and accompaniment are distinguishable.

3. Include a lyric sheet; (how you want your lyrics to look on the page) in the body of your email.

There is a relationship between the title of Volume 3 (“Bellatrix", a star in Orion's Belt whose name means "Female Warrior.”) and “California” (the title of the Lyrics Section)...can you guess what that might be?


Submissions for Volume 3 are now open and will end on March 1, 2019.  


Send submissions to:
sblitjo AT gmail DOT com