By C. Denise Johnson
As we transition from the afterglow of Black History Month, those of us in Pittsburgh have a extra reason for pride. The Ground on Which I Stand documentary shown on PBS’s American Masters was such a boost to region as well as spark renewed interest in August Wilson and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture 2.0.
The afterglow continues in an extended “after-party” of sorts with the Pittsburgh’s Public Theater’s latest production, How I Learned What I Learned, opening on Thursday.
Penned in 2003, How I Learned is a biographical/memoir written and performance by August Wilson, reminiscing about the influences on his work, including his days in Pittsburgh growing up, as a Centre Avenue poet and how the Hill District community help influence and inspire his epic Pittsburgh (Century) Cycle.
I had an opportunity to chat with Eugene Lee, the actor charged with conjuring a favored son of the Hill. Some of you may recall that Pittsburgh’s Montae Russell was in a similar scenario with Thurgood when he portrayed the late Supreme Court Justice. Russell’s one-man turn required him to assume 25 different characters whereas Lee only has August. The difference is that Lee is portraying someone who only left us ten years ago in his hometown.
“We’re not trying to copy him, look like or sound or walk like August,” says Lee, a veteran of four Wilson plays. “I try to channel his spirit through his words, his characters, his language. (How I Learned) will offer some insight into the man behind the characters.”
As for Pittsburgher and Wilson’s long-time dramaturge Todd Kreidler, he feels the weight of the production squarely on his shoulders; he’s the director. I ran into him on the way to interview Lee (they both recently did a run of How I Learned in Atlanta), so I asked him. He emphatically said “YES!” as he continued his way ladened with binders and notebooks. Suffice it to say that all are aware of the significance and implications of presenting this production on “ground zero,” here in Pittsburgh.
How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson, co-conceived and directed by Todd Kreidler is playing now at the Pittsburgh Public Theater through April 5 (no performances on Monday).
Tickets are available calling the box office at Theater Square, 412-316-1600 or purchase online at Pittsburgh Public Theater . Groups of 10 or more qualify for a group discount. Call Katie at 412-316-8200 x 704 or email@example.com for more information.
So your manuscript is ready to be published. Or you have a bunch of polished poems ready for submission. Take a look at the following publication opportunities for writers and see which ones fit your writing style/themes. Check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions.
Publication Opportunities for Writers: April and May 2015
from Aerogramme Writers’ Studio (Books and Writing | News and Resources
Granta, is one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines. It publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Closes 1 April.
Irish Literary Review, is an online publication for new poetry and short fiction from Ireland and around the world. Flash fiction should be under 500 words, fiction should be no shorter than 1500 words and no longer than 3000 words and poems should not exceed 40 lines. The current reading period closes 1 April.
Masters Review, will reopen submissions for its ‘New Voices’ series on 1 April. New Voices are published online and a number of stories from new authors are featured each month. Submissions are open to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length and writers are paid 10 cents per word up to $200.
Glass Press of the Future, is seeking submissions to publish on flash drives. The editors will consider anything that can go on a flash drive, but the project specialises in poetry, screen shots, gifs, video, and found text.
Blackbird is an online journal of literature and the arts and is a joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review. Submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays will be accepted until 15 April.
Neon Literary Magazine, is seeking stories for Battery Pack II, a tiny (smaller than palm-sized and with only eight pages) anthology of short stories, made from a single folded sheet of paper. Submissions should be under 75 words. Closes 15 April.
Pilcrow & Dagger, is accepting submissions for its May/June issue featuring the theme of Summer Vacations or Travel Stories. Pieces may be up to 5000 words. Closes 15 April.
Harpur Palate, is literary journal published bi-annually by the Department of English at Binghamton University. It publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from all over the world, including work by well-known authors including Sherman Alexie, Gary Fincke, Peter Sears, Alex Lemon, Maura Stanton, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Submissions for the summer issue close on 15 April.
Litro Magazine, is seeking submissions for its June 2015 print issue with the theme ‘Detroit’. It accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction and non-fiction. Submissions close 25 April.
Late Night Library, is accepting submissions for the 2015 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction, poetry and young adult fiction. Winners will receive US $1000 and a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation. Debut books first published in North America between 1 January and 31 December 2014 are eligible to enter. Entries must be postmarked by 30 April.
Red Line, welcomes submissions of up to 4500 words from contributors ‘who have something interesting to say and a talent for communicating’. Shortlisted stories will be considered for publication in an end of year anthology. Nature is the theme for the upcoming issue and submissions close 30 April.
Lunch Ticket, is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles. Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people and visual art for its summer/fall 2015 issue close on 30 April.
Tahoma Literary Review, is a literary journal published in both print and e-reader formats. Payment for fiction and non-fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and flash is $25 to $50. Submissions for issue 4 close on 30 April.
Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, considers submissions of poems, short stories, one-act plays, interviews, book reviews, parts of memoirs, personal essays, critical essays, cultural news, announcements, and other new and emerging genres. Submissions close 30 April.
New South, seeks to publish high quality work, regardless of genre, form, or regional ties. Submissions for issue 9.1, due for publication in January 2016, close on 30 April.
Ilanot Review, is a biannual journal of creative writing. Submissions of poems, stories, creative non-fiction and translations are currently being accepted for the Summer 2015 edition; the theme is ‘The Men Issue’. Closes 30 April.
Cleaver Magazine, publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. They publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art on a quarterly basis. They also publish new book reviews. The current reading period closes on 30 April.
Southampton Review, is dedicated discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites. Some of the established writers it has published include Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt and David Rakoff. The current reading period closes on 1 May.
Fields Magazine, is a print publication designed to spotlight writers, musicians, poets, painters, illustrators, and creative types of all stripes, with an emphasis on the up and coming and the unsung. It is currently accepting fiction, poetry, and visual arts submissions for issue 4. There are no style, length, or genre restrictions, and you may submit more than one piece for consideration. The deadline is 1 May.
Prairie Schooner, was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Submissions close 1 May.
Diverse Voices Quarterly aims to be an outlet for and by everyone: every age, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious background. Submissions received by 1 May will be considered for the August/September issue.
Tor.com, welcomes original speculative fiction short stories and poetry. It defines ‘speculative fiction’ broadly, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history and related genres. Submissions reopen 1 May.
Creative Nonfiction, is seeking new essays about the weather. According to the editors “we’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, talking about the weather may be more important than ever.” Submissions close 11 May.
Green Mountains Review, based at Johnson State College in Vermont, is a biannual, award-winning literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by both well-known writers and promising newcomers. The current reading period closes on 15 May.
Alaska Quarterly Review, is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award-winning and established writers as well. Unsolicited submissions will be accepted until 15 May.
subTerrain Magazine, is based in Vancouver and is published three times a year. Submissions for its summer/fall issue, which carries a general theme, close on 15 May.
One Story, is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices.Submissions are open between 1 September and 31 May. Stories must be between 3,000 and 8,000 words and can be in any style on any subject.
Tin House, is accepting submissions for its non-themed Winter issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews. Submissions close 31 May.
AGNI, is proud to be known as a magazine that publishes important new writers early in their careers. AGNI considers poetry, short fiction, and essays and most of the work it publishes is unsolicited. Submissions may be accepted for publication in AGNI or (with the writer’s permission) AGNI Online. Closes 31 May.
Tiny Owl Workshop, is seeking submissions of Noveltinis; small books of 10,000 to 25,000 words (smaller than your average novella). Noveltinis may be self-contained or serialised. Submissions close 31 May.
Harvard Review, publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply, however, it only publishes a very small fraction of the material received. Submissions close 31 May.
Gettysburg Review, is published quarterly and considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction and essays until 31 May. The editors strongly encourage all potential contributors to read several issues before submitting.
New England Review, was founded by poets Sydney Lea and Jay Parini in New Hampshire in 1978. It welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation and creative writing for the NER website. New submissions will be accepted until 31 May.
Harlequin’s Blaze, imprint is accepting submissions. Blaze is the publisher’s sexiest romance series, with titles featuring contemporary romances and true-to-life characters put in realistic situations. Manuscripts should be 55,000 words.
Zora Magazine, is a digital salon showcasing the work of women in the African diaspora. It is currently accepting submissions for creative non-fiction essays and opinion pieces.
Harper’s Magazine, is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. While it is extremely competitive, Harper’s does accept unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. Queries should only be submitted via mail.
Bodega Magazine, releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. Submissions of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction are read year round and simultaneous submissions are accepted.
Chicago Review, publishes a range of contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism. Each year typically includes two single issues and a double issue with a special feature section. The editors welcome submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, and book reviews (please query before sending nonfiction).
For writing competitions in March and April 2015, some of which also offer publication, please click here. For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.
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