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(Bird) Call for Submissions: Ornithoblogical

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Forget your ill will against city pigeons and squawky parrots for a second and check out the incredible, endearing, and often amusing birds at Ornithoblogical. Every day in 2010, Anna Raff, award-winning illustrator and Six-Word Memoirist, has been featuring a new bird-themed watercolor illustration along with a witty title (such as “Ornitholopis,” above, and “Nightingale,” [...]

Sites We Love: Sentimental Value

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

If you’re a collector of vintage clothing, you know that more often than not, an old item can give you a glimpse into the life of the previous owner. A lingering smell of perfume, a sewn on patch or a cigarette burn, these relics have the power to change a common place garment into [...]

Call for Submissions: The Great Postcard Skyline Project

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

We love an odd, passionate personal media project around here. This week, we’ve found a site that reaches across the web into the real world, specifically the world of postcards—a project that just might change the way college dorm rooms are decorated (sayonara Pulp Fiction poster).
Inspired by her love of postcards, Harvard sophomore Clara Y. [...]

Call for Submissions: How I Met Your Motherboard

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

If you were born around or before the early 1980s, chances are you remember not owning a computer. And, as shocking as this might sound to the current generation of technologically spoiled teenagers, this also means that you have very clear and fond memories of finally getting your first oversized, loud, beige colored testament to [...]

Call for Six: Insprired by The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide by Becky Levine

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Forming a writing/critique group with other writers is something that all aspiring wordsmiths should do without hesitation. Whether it’s to get some honest feedback, give yourself a deadline, or just to hang around other creative types to get inspired -it just works. But how do you even get started putting something like that together you [...]

Call for Submissions: Six Minute Story: A Microfiction Experiment

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

While we at SMITH are firm believers in using a restricted amount of words to get to the heart of a story, there’s something to be said for the idea of restricting the amount time used to compose a story (An idea that seems strangely familiar after a year of working at SMITH and correcting [...]

Call for Submissions: All Things Considered’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Because the first few rounds resulted in such amazing stories, NPR’s All Things Considered is returning with another round of their Three-Minute Fiction contest.
The premise remains the same: Compose an original story of 600 words or fewer that tells the story of the selected photograph on NPR’s website. Your entries must be received by February [...]

Most Specific Call for Submissions Ever: The David Gallagher Project

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

If your name isn’t David Gallagher, then unfortunately this one isn’t for you. If you are still reading this however, and your name is David Gallagher, then you have the opportunity to be involved in giving one woman a very unique, very awesome birthday surprise.
David Gallagher’s wife, Fiona, has a birthday coming up in early [...]

Call for Submissions: Tin House Magazine: Class in America

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Tin House Magazine, the magazine and book publishers that aim to publish the “compelling and authentic narratives of our time,” are currently accepting submissions on the subject of class in America for their upcoming Fall issue.
Specifically, they’re looking for submissions in the form of fiction, essays, and poetry on the subject that come from a [...]

Call for Submissions: Short Story Challenge 2010

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Are you a fiction writer looking for a productive way to kick off the new year? Well you should head over to NYC Midnight, the website that looks to give aspiring writers and filmmakers an outlet for their creativity through challenges and contests, where they are currently looking for competitors for their 4th annual Short [...]

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