Time for some great stories.
CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.
STORIES by Michael McGriff, Clare Beams, Melissa Yancy, Megan Cummins, Bret Anthony Johnston, and more. Our entire library can be found on our fiction page.
We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish. [more]
IN THIS HOUSE
Prone on the sagging divan
I see the breeze flirt with the curtains
Through the open window
Bolts of sun shoot into the room
Archways caress them
Into shadows of themselves
Landscapes warm wheat-hued walls
Taormina, Taranto, Rockport Harbor
Just when sleep soothes my aching back
Wind gusts the French doors wide
Waking my wandering mind
I could die in this house
“Orlando” has been published in the 2018 Winter issue of Pen Woman magazine, a national publication of the oldest literary organization for women in the US.
I have driven through you,
I have stayed in your city—
Visited Disney with my daughter.
Still… Orlando, I had to be
almost three thousand miles away
to be touched by you,
to be at the edge of tears.
The Rose Bowl Parade, bands marching,
flower-filled floats, the pageantry, then
you arrive in a rainbow of bloom,
white stars on a blood-red sea,
a dove rising. The message—
Honor and Remember Orlando.
A cold and shrouded January sky,
a slow procession as the crowd
claps chilled hands. Hearts fill
and spill for you, Orlando.
I was horrified after the shooting,
glued to the screen as the tragedy
unfolded, yet no tears fell,
Orlando—until this flower-filled
morning of hope and healing,
at the beginning of this New Year.
Lorraine Walker Williams
Jamilla’s poem “Court Me” was read on David Hauenstein’s program Listening To The Words on MLK Day! #292
Hear it it: http://shellpoint.net/listening
Beautiful You Are! is a book of Inspired Poems. Each poem is a part of my uniqueness. My greatest hope is that one of these poems inspires you to share your beauty and uniqueness with the world because the world needs your greatness! These poems will take you on a journey. So are you ready to embark on your journey? The beauty of this book of poetry, is that it will shine a light on some issues and it encourages you to speak your truth!
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I am happy to announce that I am an Adjunct Professor in the Marketing Department at FGCU teaching a class this semester!
At our November meeting Jamilla Brooks talked about being a guest columnist for Southwest Florida Business Today! Many were interested so here are the guidelines for submission: http://swfloridabusinesstoday.com/guest-column-guidelines/