One of my goals for 2012 is a challenge I've set for myself - Write It. Submit It. Once a week. Don't go looking to sign up as there's no link - there's a membership of 1, Yours Truly. If you want to join me, fabulous. Let me know in comments! We could get a little group thingy happening!
The first week of January is rushing towards me like a runaway train and I've yet to submit anything this week. But all is not lost. Thanks to the new Vine Leaves Literary Journal I have 2 days to write a submission for their Issue #2. Of course I have lots of other projects on the boil but they demand many, many more words!
Thanks to the amazing efforts of Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius, the Vine Leaves Literary Journal Inaugural Issue is out today! And my little vignette is in it!
What's different about Vine Leaves? Well, it pubishes the 'vignette.' Let Jessica and Dawn speak for themselves:
It’s rare for a literary magazine to accept the "vignette" as a publishable piece of literature. Why? Because it is not a “proper story.” We beg to differ.
So, what is a vignette?
"Vignette" is a word that originally meant "something that may be written on a vine-leaf." It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It's descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.
Vine Leaves, will entwine you in atmosphere; wrap you in a world where literature ferments and then matures …
I've just got to share my favourite definition:
A vignette stands on its own like an individual piece of chocolate in a box of chocolates, each looking pretty and irresistible in its own tiny compartment.
Here is my story for the journal:
There is a list of contributors for Issue #1 here.
Vine Leaves Blog is here. Check out Guidelines/Submissions.
If you'd like to submit to Vine Leaves, here are the submission periods:
Submission Periods ...
January Issue: October 1st – December 1st
April Issue: January 1st – March 1st
July Issue: April 1st – June 1st
October Issue: July 1st – September 1st
Any submissions received outside of these dates will be deleted, unread.
Issues go live on the first Friday of every publishing month.
Now if you've never written a vignette before (you probably have, but didn't know it), here are a couple of great links I found:
- http://www.ehow.com/how_2060077_write-vignette.html HOW TO WRITE A VIGNETTE with examples of varying forms.
Let's go meet our writing goals.