Archive for October 24th, 2012

Call for submissions: [ brainfilter ] seeks smart and provocative non-fiction

24 October 2012
We are seeking writing that is provocative and politically incorrect. Your submission can be personal, political, philosophical, whatever…so long as it’s compelling. We aren’t afraid of sex or four-letter words. We want the kind of writing others would deem unpublishable (but we’re open to milder content as well).Ideally, we are looking for non-fiction (essays, memoirs, interviews, book excerpts, etc.) that is between 1000 – 5000 words, but this is not a strict guideline.

We accept submissions throughout the year, so there is no deadline.

Selected articles will be published on our web site (

By submitting your writing to [ brainfilter ] you grant us the right to republish your work, but you retain full rights.

There are so few places where adults can have adult conversations; let’s do something to change that.

Submit your writing using the link below:


Ventura County Writers’ Weekend, November 3 & 4

24 October 2012



Two-day event in Camarillo will cover the craft and business of writing

(Ventura, CA September 6, 2012) A literary event for writers wishing to learn more about the craft and business of writing, will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 3&4 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo. The Ventura County Book & Author Fair will morph into the VC Writers Weekend featuring speakers and educational seminars. The event is produced by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) and co-sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC), Ojai Writers Conference, Global Writing Adventures, and the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN).

“We are very excited to produce this educational event in Camarillo,” said Kate Sexton, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing. “Last year the Book & Author Fair was well received. Afterwards, we discovered that people were very big on our educational offerings, wanting more of them, and not so much for the Book Expo. This year we’re mining PIPW’s core principles and offering professional advise for writers. We have already secured two top west coast literary agents, a leading book editor, and memoirist to lead seminars.”

Saturday’s theme will be “The Business of Writing,” covering book marketing, social networking for authors, self-publishing, small independent presses and an agents panel discussing the current desires of publishers.      

Sunday’s theme is “The Craft of Writing,” with sessions on memoir, writing for stage and television, writing for women and the necessary elements a book needs to get published. Some sessions will be two-hours long and others 90-minutes. There will be a fee for all sessions. People can purchase per session, per day or two-day pass.
The website, will launch September 15th with full sessions and speakers. Other regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event and should contact Ms. Sexton at 805-633-1506 or for more details.
To learn more about PIPW visit

Press Contact:
Kathleen Kaiser

The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

24 October 2012

9th Year!

No Fee To Enter!

The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee
RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo

2012 RRofihe Trophy

For an unpublished short story
(Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Announcement & Publication on

Judged by Rick Rofihe

2012 Contest Assistant: Carolyn Wilsey
Carolyn Wilsey has read fiction for Esquire and Swink,
and is the Managing Editor of Anderbo. She teaches
writing privately and at colleges in New York City.

2012 Contest Reader: Jean Hartig
Jean Hartig is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is
former associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and
has served on the editorial staff of A Public Space and Lumina,
published by Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA.

–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, with the author’s name, the story’s title, and contact information on the first page
–Submissions must be received by December 31st, 2012
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in Open City Magazine or on Anderbo
–E-mail submissions to with RROFIHE TROPHY in the subject line
–THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will remain with the author

Contest Judge Rick Rofihe is the author of FATHER MUST, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, Swink, Unsaid, and on epiphanyzine, slushpilemag, and fictionaut. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, SPY, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught MFA writing at Columbia University. He currently teaches privately in New York City, and was an advisor to the Vilcek Foundation for their 2011 prizes in the field of literature. Rick is the Editor of Anderbo.