TELL-TALE INKLINGS a literary journal obsessed with narrative poetry and flash fiction. The emphasis is on character-study narratives. Tasteful black and white artwork is welcome too, especially abandoned sketches, curiosity-piquing photos, and character-revealing portraits.
SUBMISSIONS RE-OPENED for Tell-Tale Inklings #5 (Autumn 2020)
DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 ...subject to change (especially if we run out of space, so send your work sooner rather than later).
NOTE: NO FEE and NO PAYMENT, including copies. If not for p.o.d tech. we couldn't afford string to sew the books together!
GUIDELINES **** No simultaneous submissions! ****
Narrative poems (50-line maximum)
Flash fiction (1,000-word maximum) 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 Gratuitous sex, graphic violence or anything defamatory/hateful, rantingly political, et cetera will not be published.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.
*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, an e-book ). Tell-Tale Chapbooks (TTC) is a small, one-woman press; the publisher will be lucky to break even.
Thank you for your interest in the press! Mignon Ariel King Publisher & Editor
Tell-Tale Inklings #4
Writers in the Summer 2018 issue include
Marguerite G. Bouvard Antonia Clark Louisa Clerici Holly Day Margaret Hemme Robin Levine Ed Meek Renuka Raghavan Katelyn Thomas Lynn White Virginia Young
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.
Stephan Anstey Valerie Lawson Mia Avramut Lynda McClellan Zachary Bos David P. Miller CL BLedsoe Gloria Mindock CD Collins Shannon O'Connor Susan Deer Cloud Chad Parenteau Lori Desrosiers Ralph Pennel Naomi Elster Tim Reed Timothy Gager Dana R. Rowe Patricia Gomes Sarah Russell Elizabeth Hanson Rene Schwiesow Lucy Holstedt Jan Steckel Marian Kent Martin Willitts, Jr. Lawrence Kessenich Mignon Ariel King
Cover Image: "Une Morte Balkanique" Mark Hanser c. 2015 (shadowbox) photo by Mignon Ariel King
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