TELL-TALE INKLINGS is a literary journal obsessed with narrative poetry and flash fiction. The emphasis is on character-study narratives .
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YES! Tell-Tale Inklings #3 (Autumn, 2017) will still be released before the first snowstorm in New England! #3 was so popular that the editor ran out of room and decided to experiment with adding a Winter issue.
The deadline for #4 (Winter, 2018) is no longer Halloween, so please calm down with the e-mails. SUBMIT October 31st to DECEMBER 31st, end date tentative. Whosoever submits at 12:05a.m. on January 1st will be paraded through town square and slapped into the pillory. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR DETAILED GUIDELINES!
Tasteful black and white ARTWORK is welcome too, especially abandoned sketches, curiosity-piquing photos, and character-revealing self-portraits.
NO FEE and NO PAYMENT, including copies. If not for p.o.d technology, we couldn't afford string to sew the books together!
Ed Ahern Paula Anderson Robert Beveridge Marguerite G. Bouvard*
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois* John Grey* Elizabeth Hanson Lynda Kirby*
Chad Parenteau* Janet Reed* Carla Schwartz Lynn White
*Congratulations to the 6 writers [Bouvard, Grabois, Grey, Kirby, Parenteau, and Reed] whose work was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize anthology. Thank you to all of the writers who made it so tough to choose only 6.
Tell-Tale Inklings #1
Cover Image: "Une Morte Balkanique" Mark Hanser copyright 2015 (photo of a shadowbox)
Stephan Antsey * Mia Avramut * Zachary Bos * CL BLedsoe * CD Collins * Susan Deer Cloud * Lori Desrosiers * Naomi Elster * Timothy Gager *
Patricia Gomes * Elizabeth Hanson * Lucy Holstedt * Marian Kent * Lawrence Kessenich * Mignon Ariel King * Valerie Lawson * Lynda McClellan *
David P. Miller * Gloria Mindock * Shannon O'Connor * Chad Parenteau * Ralph Pennel * Tim Reed * Dana R. Rowe * Sarah Russell *
Rene Schwiesow * Jan Steckel * Martin Willitts Jr.
Narrative poems (50-line maximum) and flash fiction (1,000-word maximum) only.
The poem or tale must have a beginning, middle, and end and reveal something about the character(s). It needn’t be an Earth-shattering secret or personality flaw, but readers should think or feel something about the character(s) by the end. This journal's "namesake" Edgar Allan Poe avowed that a story ought to be readable in its entirety in one sitting. Who are we to argue with Poe? Feel free to challenge our minds with another time period, foreign planet, etc. Kindly don’t challenge our taste buds, though. Gratuitous sex, graphic violence or anything defamatory/hateful, rantingly political, et cetera will not be published.
Carved-in-Puddingstone Format Guidelines:
*Submit a maximum of 5 poems and/or two stories in the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Narrative poems and flash fiction only.
*Left-margin aligned, 12-pt. font. No creative spacing, thank you. It's a pain to cut and paste.
*No work previously published in print will be considered. Work that appeared online before January 2015 may be submitted, but write a note with a link to the journal in which the work was published.
*SUBMIT Artwork as JPEGS ONLY.
**** No simultaneous submissions! ****
*Subject Line: Tell-Tale Inklings Submission."TTI Submit" is also fine; just try not to irritate the hyperactive junk filter.
*Current payment is nothing but glory, and the writer relinquishes future monetary claims to any version of the publication (for example, a Kindle version). Tell-Tale Chapbooks (TTC) is a small, one-woman press; the publisher will be lucky to break even.
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