Call for Submissions: Green Briar Review 2016 Contests

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Green Briar Review is accepting submissions for the 2016 Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Submit one story, one nonfiction piece, or up to three poems per entry online: https://greenbriarreview.submittable.com/submit. There is a $10 submission fee on this one BTs and the deadline is May 31, 2016. Prizes include $250 and publication.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: The Baltimore Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Baltimore Review is now reading for their spring and summer issues. Submit one to three poems, one short story of up to 5,000 words, or one piece of nonfiction of up to 5,000 words online: https://baltimorereview.submittable.com/submit. There is no entry fee and the deadline is May 31, 2016. For further guidelines check out this link.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Contractually Obligated

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve just started Jim Butcher’s Summer Knight. It’s the fourth in his Dresden Files series. Since book one Harry Dresden has been talking about a bargain he made with a fairy. In the third book we started to see the consequences of this deal but in this book we finally see the power it has over him. Write a scene where your character has entered into a contract with someone. What is the contract for? What does each side get out of it? What kind of power does this deal give each character over the other?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Who Has The Time?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about time management. What do you do with your time? What would you like to do if you had more time? How do you go about making or saving time? What people in your life are worth giving extra time?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Not Over It Yet

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My sisters and I just started season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. As much as the main character wants to move on from the experience of being kidnapped and held underground in a bunker she hasn’t made it there yet. It’s clear from the way that she relates everything back to the bunker still and the new subconscious tick she’s developed that she hasn’t moved on and that will come into play in the larger scheme of things eventually. Write a scene about something that your character can’t get over despite wanting to or claiming to be over already.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Destination Unknown

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the idea of traveling without knowing exactly where you’re going? Have you ever done it before? Did you have a specific goal if not a destination? How do you know you’re done traveling in a situation like that? What could you encounter on the way?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Working Around Language Barriers

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

These shirts were designed with the idea that a person could communicate with other people despite language barriers. The concept being that the icons on the shirt represent basic necessities that will be universally understood. All one must do is point to the icons they need in the hope that the other person knows where it can be found. Some icons are look more useful than others but I’m sure that each one was selected carefully. Write a scene that makes use of this shirt or some other way for your character to get around a language barrier.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Houseplant Treehouses

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz built miniature treehouses wrapped around houseplants in his new sculptural series titled Somewhere Small. The detail that he put into them is pretty awesome. He’s even made mini houseplants to put in the mini treehouses on the actual houseplants. I’m sure you all know me well enough by now that as soon as I saw these I started thinking up stories about these treehouses being home to mini creatures like fairies or those tiny people from The Borrowers. Write a story that includes a treehouse, miniature or otherwise. How much use does the treehouse get? What memories does it hold?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Things That We Aren’t

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It’s a very common desire to be something we aren’t or have something we don’t. Write a poem about something you wish for. Do you wish to be taller, shorter, thinner, bigger, smarter, calmer, or any number of other things? Where does that desire come from? Why do we desire to be the things that we aren’t?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Playing With Gender Roles

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My friend and I were driving and the song “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent came on. I said how much I loved the song and my friend informed me that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka did a rendition of it for Backwards Broadway. I hadn’t heard it before. So I tried looking it up. Sadly I couldn’t find any good quality recordings of that version. But I did find a whole slew of Backward Broadway and Twisted Broadway videos that I enjoyed. The concept is that the performer does a song that is traditionally sung by the opposite gender. Take inspiration from this and write a piece where your character defies “traditional” gender roles in some way or another.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades