Monday, February 27, 2012

February Round Up

It's been a fun first month for us and we're looking forward to March and some new (secret, shhh!) segments. There hasn't been enough time to post about all the things we've been thinking about. So! Follows a compendium of interesting tidbits. How's that for fancy talking?

The ridiculous is serious and sublime in Russia, where people who are afraid to protest - afraid of being bullied or worse by the police for speaking out against Putin - find beanie babies and plush bunnies a good substitute. Genius.

Everyone's talking about Pinterest (after all, Nathan Bransford does it) but I'm still not sure.
When I was in art school I kept an image journal, old school ripping out pictures (using scissors is so bougious!) and glue-sticking them into a cheap journal. These images weren't like scrapbooks - they weren't supposed to be neat or art in and of themselves - these images were supposed to contain, like Pinterest, things that would spark my imagination. But the web being what it is- can you really grab an image from somewhere else - a copyrighted image, an image someone else created, other people's art?- without asking? What about credit? It's a sticky wicket, no doubt. Are you using Pinterest, or following writers who are? What do you think of it?

PC World has an article about using Pinterest while being mindful of copyright.

Glimmer Train Literary Journal
-       Fiction Open; 2,000-20,000 words
-       First Place Prize: $2,000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
-       Deadline: March 31, 2012
-       Details here.

Writer’s Digest Magazine
-       81st Annual Writing Competition
o   10 Categories
o   First Place Prize: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
o   Deadline: May 31, 2012
o   Details here.

Narrative Magazine
-       Winter 2012 Story Contest
o   Fiction & Literary Nonfiction: 15,000 words or less
o   First Place Prize: $2,500 and considered for publication
o   Deadline: March 31, 2012
o   Details here.

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