Edition №9: Storymaker update and continued inspiration
This week; recent submissions, more on The Anthology, our prompt & the writing life!
Hello story makers & creatives!
A little while ago, Larry G. Maguire had considered closing the publication. However as luck should have it, Anna Rozwadowska joined as co-editor, mainly focusing on poetry. Additionally, Michael Stang took the bait and we are so happy to announce that he joined our team as prose editor. Here is his bio:
“Hello, my name is Michael Stang , and I am the new prose editor at Storymaker. It is my goal to give your submissions the best read possible. Every writer deserves a fair shake of getting their stuff out there and appreciated. I look forward to doing just that.
I stem from journalistic beginnings, fed by the newspaper trades. At the end of a deadline I found a passion for the power of words. There is no turning away from the thrill of writing.
Online publications include AWWyP.com, Molotov Cocktail, and Medium.com.
Children’s book “Monster Weeds”
Screenwriting: Harmony Beach, a Children’s T.V. Adventure.”
We are growing at a steady pace, and are lucky that new and emerging artists are able to call Storymaker their home. It is a place to go for great poetry & prose and a community for writers, poets and artists that we had first imagined it to be. Additionally, we give our writers the attention they need, and have managed to attract wonderful and highly skilled writers. To add the roster, we are very open to receiving work from start up writers, and will work with them and watch how they flourish over time.
So Going Forward…
Anna Rozwadowska, Larry G. Maguire and Michael Stang will be managing the publication together and sharing responsibilities. Anna & Michael will be the one responsible for editing, providing feedback and scheduling your submissions. Anna is a full-time writer and freelance editor with a specific focus on literary standards. Larry will publish the weekly Storymaker Letters, which will feature some of the best submission material from the previous seven days. Michael Stang will take care of our prose pieces and shared responsibilities.
Social Media Sharing
We automatically share stories on Facebook and Twitter, as often as we can. Additionally, we like to put in a good word for writers who impress us, and shares those pieces at ManyStories, We’re sharing your stuff around the clock 365 days per year. We’re on Twitter, follow us there!
Find out about the Anthology below 👇
We are continually working on gathering materials for our Anthology 2020.
The best pieces will find their way to edition one, so send us your golden nuggets of inspiration. Remember to use the tag Anthology2020. The only stipulation right now is that it is new and original content. Please don’t take old content you have published on another Medium publication and submit it to Storymaker for this competition. Besides, we’d like you to create something new. New Year, new deal.
The book will be available on Amazon in ebook and print form. Full disclosure on costs and income will be published here in Storymaker Letters. The finer details we will need to work out and will let you know those as we progress, but this is likely to be a 4 to 6 month project.
Adding New Writers
To be added as a writer, leave us a message anywhere and read the submission guidelines. It’s simple, just a lot of words:
What We Are About
Storymaker celebrates art and creativity in written form. Poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, and essays are welcome. Write about life, death, love, hate and everything in between. Express what you feel in a few short lines or a few thousand words. We wish to showcase your interpretation of the world and the people in it. What is your story, and what are the challenges you face with your daily work? We want that too. In other words; offer your experience and advice to the community through your stories.
If you are a designer, portrait artist, sculptor, writer or author, poet, singer-songwriter, musician, illustrator, crafts person, photographer, furniture maker, or whatever, we want to hear from you and publish your work.
Write and share photos, audio and video of your work. Explain your creative process, share your struggles and challenges. Tell us how you started and where you’re going.
What We’re Looking For
We are seeking content that speaks of the creative spirit, interpretation of the world in which you live, and reflects your passion for your work. We are not hard on spelling and grammar because we expect that sometimes your work contains specific nuances that do not take into account what we would typically call “good English”. Format is also flexible, especially for poetry, as writers like to experiment we like to have the room to accommodate them.
That said, we do notice when a piece is poorly written or not enough attention has been afforded to the basics. So please give your piece your best effort. An idea is to use Grammarly before submitting.
The following types of content are welcome;
- Short Stories
- Articles describing your creative process and experience as an artist/writer
- Culturally relevant articles on Art & Creativity
What We’re NOT looking for;
- Life hacking
- Political discourse
- Pornographic writing
Salt and Pepper Prompt
Our current prompt “Salt and Pepper” is underway, so send us your creative pieces. We are accepting all formats. Here is two examples from Michael Stang and Anna Rozwadowska:
We are looking for creativity, not only in writing but are encouraging mixed media formats, including paintings, drawings and more.
Lastly, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Anthology and any other aspect of our revitalized intentions for Storymaker. Shoot us a comment below.
A Few Pieces
World I See
Compassion for this world I see, Not only right here but faraway Suffering people, desperate needs, Homeless hovels…
Thoughts emerging, mindful ethers, Spirits peaceful, loving hearts, Connections felt, other spirits, Mind and spirit…