R/W: Concepts and Concept Art

Banner: Scrabbers concept art

A contest? For me? Yes, you!

Glimmer Train is a pretty cool short story journal that pays out $50,000 every year to writers. It is a rare survivor, but continues to be successful in its attempts to showcase new work, and often new writers. Their New Writer Contest deadline is coming up. Details from their email:

Deadline: November 30, 2014

Prizes: 1st place wins $1,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories. 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700. 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700.”

Check their website for guidelines and other considerations.

— Al RosenbergLinks, Links, Links

The Oatmeal: Semi-Colon

Did you know The Oatmeal has grammar comics?! Maybe this isn’t news to you, but to this grammar/comic geek, it sure is! The semicolon, a much abused punctuation mark, comic is my favorite!

— Ginnis

Nanowrimo is coming to a close in a week and a half, meaning it’s scrambling time for those of us who have had a busy month. The strategy to write as fast as possible can be disenchanting since so much of what is written is terrible on a second read, but it’s also a way to tap into a different way of depicting plot than would develop using slower methods. One of the first pioneers of stream-of-consciousness writing was Dorothy Richardson, so if you’re looking for motivation to keep going with your frantic, last-minute novel writing, check out some articles about her work. Like this or this.

— Romona

Buckbeak: Harry Potter Concept art, WB/Harper Collins

Harper Collins and Warner Bros. are releasing a book of the concept art for the Harry Potter films. Buzzfeed has some images along with excerpts from the book. I find it fascinating to consider the book descriptions and how those were translated into film. I would hang the Buckbeak art on my wall because wow and Buckbeak is my favorite magical creature. Oh, and the Nagini…terrifying and well-done.


There’s always a debate on the use of the N word but it’s been in the media recently thanks to Piers Morgan’s piece in the Daily Mail. It was in highschool that I became aware of the other side of this debate when I told my non-Black friend that I could say the word but she couldn’t. Our janitor stopped what he was doing and told me that I was wrong. That it was a word with a violent and burdensome history behind it and by saying the word it would give the oppressors of the past (and present) power over us. I offer a counter piece to Piers’ by rapper, Talib Kweli Greene, who discusses the history of the word and the overall debate on its use. What this piece essentially believes (and what I completely agree with) is that the use or lack of use of the word is a discussion between blacks and blacks alone. No one else gets to say or decide what we should be able to do with the word.

— Ardo

Al Rosenberg

Al Rosenberg

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