Monthly Archives: November 2013

Submission Guidelines: Harper’s Magazine

Harper’s Magazine

Harper’s is a monthly magazine in publication since 1850.

It accepts unsolicited submissions through snail mail.

There is no mention of pay, response time, or simultaneous and multiple submissions.

Writer’s Resource: The Story Spine

The Story Spine

Aerogramme Writer’s Studio is a website dedicated to sharing news and resources about writing and books.

In one of their posts,they shared Pixar story artist Emma Coats’ 22 Rules of Storytelling.  The fourth rule listed, known as the Story Spine started a controversy and led to the post specifically about how it works and its unknown origins.  Which then led to some research and a post about its creation, by Kenn Adams, for use in improv.

What is Story Spine?  In its simplest form it goes:

Once upon a time…

And every day…

Until one day…

And because of this…

And because of this…

Until finally…

And ever since that day…

Follow the links to see the other rules, how to use the story spine prompts, and some great examples.

May the Muse be with you,


Submission Guidelines: Dappled Things

Dappled Things

Dappled Things is a Catholic literary magazine that seeks manuscripts that find new ways to explore what it means to be Catholic.

Submissions are only accepted through the online submission page.

Submissions are limited to 8000 words.

There is no listed response time or rate of pay.

Dappled Things accepts simultaneous submissions, but not multiple submissions.

Submission Guidelines: AGNI


AGNI is a print (spring and fall) and online (biweekly) publication.  Since 1987 it has been published at Boston University.

AGNI only accepts unsolicited submissions from September 1st and May 31st.  Submissions from subscribers are not considered unsolicited.

Pay is ten dollars per printed page, $150 maximum though they have no word limits.

AGNI encourages simultaneous submissions.

Submissions should be sent by snail mail or online, no email.

Response time is two to four months.

Writer’s Resource: Literary Terms

Learning to write includes learning new terminology.  Such as denouement – the part of the story after the climax where all the little loose bits of plot are resolved.  It’s a fancy word that means resolution.

No really, check out’s definition.  Or, more fun, check out Buzzfeed’s post, 16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained by Disney.  If nothing else, you get a trip down memory lane.

May the muse be with you,