What is LitPickings?
There's so much happening in the dA Lit community. And we here at LitPickings want to ensure that you don't miss out on any deviously delightful going-ons. That's why (in the spirit of HugQueen's Love dA Lit) we will be curating and sharing news in weekly journals. Everything from prompts to forum threads and polls to contests will be featured.
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2. Seeking Help
8. Publishing Opportunities
11. Daily Deviations
12. Foreign Language News
LitVid Series 5: Write What You KnowWhat is this?
I love YouTube. I probably spend about as much time on there as I do on DA, and I've come across some really great channels in my time. This will be a bi-weekly journal series in which I share a video from YT that discusses a topic about storytelling, literature, poetry, or otherwise writing-related themes. If you have suggestions for videos I should feature, shoot me a note!
Last time we discussed Character Backstory. This week we are shaking things up a little bit. Instead of a video focused primarily on the mechanics of writing, we're watching one that may help inspire you to try new things in your own writing. I hope you'll enjoy the video as much as I did!
Feel free to participate in the discussion questions at the end of this journal, or just to leave your thoughts about the video!
Volume 5: Write W
Winners of the Valentine's Day Contest
Thank you to all the sweet souls that participated in our love story flash fiction contest.
We had so many good entries, it was really a challenge to choose three pieces to place. If you haven't read these excellent deviations, be sure to click the links below and give them some love!
Our Runners up:
Runners-up will receive 250 points.
Third place will also receive 550 points.
Second place will also receive 800 points.
Without further ado, 1st place is:
First place will also receive 1500 points.
Congratulations to our winners! We'll be contacting you shortly about your prizes.
Our top 3 entries will each receive:
Mid March News: Guiding Lights of LovePersonal News
As another birthday anniversary swiftly approaches for Momma Sue (March 17,) I hold onto the memories, and share the happy moments as often as possible, so I dare not forget. I do what I can to share her precious stories, so others can have a generous picture of what she was sincerely like. It took me a long time to feel comfortable sharing her artwork on my alternate account over at SingletreeART, because I admit I was selfishly trying to hold onto it, not wanting to allow others to have that special part of her heart that belonged only to me. I am glad I decided otherwise, because the comments and other sources of feedback have been immensely positive in the last few years I have been more open about her artistic life. She was truly a gifted soul, and I am blessed to feel in a place of private semi-recovery where I can share these beautiful pieces of art without fear. I do continue
- LadyLincoln is looking for more Ladies of Lit suggestions.
- LadyLincoln will be publishing her 100th Ladies of Lit article soon. She wants to know how she should officially celebrate.
- LiliWrites is looking for suggestions for videos she should feature in her LitVid Series (Note her with your suggestions.)
NaPo 2019 Donation Request + Admin TeamHey everyone! It's almost our favorite time of year. NaPoWriMo 2019 is upon us! We're just a few weeks away, so it's that time again! Donations. LOL Every year we are able to provide awesome prizes to those who brave the storm, and complete all 30 days/poems. However, we can't do that without the generous prize donations from the lit community members (and anyone else honestly) such as yourselves. So, if you are able to donate a prize, we would be incredibly grateful. Below are some prizes we have had donated to us in the past:
Critiques or comments
Homemade/Unique crafted items
If you want to donate something that isn't listed, you are more than welcome to do so. For those who may be new to NaPoWriMo, this is how prize allocation works:
At the end of April, we will check and see who has done ALL 30 days/poems. The points donated will be divided up and given to those individuals as evenly as we can manage. As for the other prizes, the donators
Beggars Only Ride Salvation With Coin":iconUnderstood-Accepted: Understood-Accepted Super Group to Remember & Continue the Works of Joanne Bolton (MagicalJoey)"
--- Energy & Compassion Wanted. Please give what you can.
While tempted to keep anonymous, I'd rather solicit support. I paid to renew SuperGroup status on one of Joanne Boltons's (MagicalJoey) advocacy groups. She invited me to become a moderator & contributor, and I tried to keep up. However, due to life commitments time & energy to devote was very patchy & sparse.
As a medicated Bipolar, this sort of outlet, advocacy, & non-professional tips & tricks is greatly needed. And I believe there is great demand for it on DevArt & elsewhere. We need to foster communities for healing. Many do, but I feel more outlets for creativity & energy devoted to healing, both self & others, show be given as many opportunities to grow
Monthly Round-up!This Round-up's Features
The Listener by J-ko
'Everyone's fears and tears / She takes in with her ears'
A short read exploring the relevant topic of listening to those who listen to others. It's not often that those who help with the problems of others are looked upon as having to deal with that burden alone and thus this poem has a weighty message.
raining at dusk. the electric artist. by passenger-27
Beauty after the rain
Beautifully written and evocative in its imagery, passenger-27 presents a pleasingly masterful read. Also worth mentioning is messy mascara, another wonderful piece of writing by this talented writer worthy of a double feature.
Our Valentines by Haegun
The story of one family's relationsh
Over the Moon: Poetry + Prose (Volume #35)Welcome to another volume of Over the Moon, a growing collection of literature and talented deviants! I encourage you to and these pieces and authors and take a look through their galleries!
Over the Moon: Poetry + Prose (Volume #35)
Serene by sevvysgirl Why I Don't Write Haiku by lunaiy
Check out the February 2019 Lit DD Roundup!
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The Ladies of Lit: Volume XCIXWelcome to volume ninety-nine my Literature series, The Ladies of Lit!
The premise here is simple. Below you will find an assortment of Literature features from a selection of female deviants here on DeviantART, all of them suggested by you. In this article, you will also find a variety of other things of interest, including:
This article’s deviant spotlight: featuring the wonderful denlm. She has offered to answer a few questions as well, to tell us a bit about what inspires her writing and which piece in particular she favors.
Additional information about our upcoming events, and we also have a selection of other interesting Literature news links to share with you.
Our “meet our contributors” section. Be sure to note me if you would like t
All Mediums Contest: Generate your own prompt!Dear members,
I'm excited to announce a new contest here at projecteducate which I think you will be really keen to partake in. This contest gives participants much more control and creative freedom than our typical contests. Please carefully read the information below to learn more!
Generate your own prompt:
For this contest, a random generator will be assigning a contest prompt to all participants. Indeed, I submitted a large number of contest/challenge prompts I came up with, into a generator, which upon you typing in your DeviantArt username will assign you one. You will not be able to cheat and keep generating prompts until you stumble on one you like, as your username will always bring up the same prompt. This also means I will be able to check which prompt the random generator assigned to you by entering your username myself to double-check.
I had this crazy idea, and wasn't sure it would ever be able to come true. But thankfully, BloodyWing took
Prompts / Challenges
- Prose-ject wants you to Meet Your Maker 2019 and dive deep into the mindset and motivations of the characters of a story.
ProjectDFC: Middle Eastern March 2019.
Hello everyone! OneWithTheStars here and welcome to ProjectDFC's 2019 installment of Middle Eastern March!
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ProjectDFC was defined on its love for poetic forms. And not just the forms that many of us are accustomed to seeing, but trying to grasp various forms from around the world for the exposure to the many different ones various regions have to offer as we
Prose-ject: Meet Your Maker 2019
Hello everyone! OneWithTheStars here and welcome to Prose-ject's 2019 installment of Meet Your Maker!
Meet Your Maker (MYM)
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I hope everyone that participated in FLF 2019 enjoyed it; I did! Where FLF was all about producing quick prose, the essence of MYM is the opposite--we want to dive deep into the mindset and motivations of the characters of a story, particularl
Polls / Discussions
- BlackBowfin: Are you going to be participating in NaPoWriMo this year? Is there anyone in particular that you're going to be watching more intently in April?
- Nichrysalis: Where do you personally draw the line for self-censorship when writing a story or poem that happens to have sexual content? What has influenced your decision?
Literature Forum Rules
Literature Critique Thread: March 2019
Official Writers Block thread
- A former deviant is accepting submissions for Gabriel Report, a publication which seeks to provide its readers with life-enhancing, inspiring content. Deadline: 31st March
- successwithhonor, KaitForest and your-methamphetamine have started mutiny! — a literary magazine for short poems and prose. They’re looking for some experimental works. Deadline: 31st March
Calls for StoriesJust a reminder to all you writers out there, JayHenge is still accepting stories to three upcoming anthologies. Spread the word.
writing opportunityHello! A former deviant, tangled-up-in-blue, has started a project that is sort of a cooperative grassroots publication that strives to provide inspiring, nourishing, fun, forward-thinking content to its readers. The first issue will be in May 2019. This will be a printed publication. She is looking for people who have an interest in submitting for future issues, but if you've got something ready to go now, you could still submit for this issue. The deadline is March 31st. They are accepting content submissions on a continual basis from all ages, life paths, and abilities for stories, ideas, essays, articles, DIYs, puzzles, and games. Monthly column proposals welcome.
You can check out the website, with all the pertinent info here: http://gabrielreport.simplesite.com/
You can also email them for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
mutiny! magazinehey y'all! a rare update:
myself, KaitForest , and your-methamphetamine have done a rash thing and started a literary magazine!
we're currently open for submissions of short poetry and prose until the end of March. we lean more towards experimental stuff and hope to be doing things a little differently.
please give us a looksee at mutinymag.weebly.com and mutinymag.submittable.com for our official(?) guidelines, as well as our do's/don't's
Summer 2019 Issue Submission GuidelinesSubmissions are OPEN.
For General Submissions
We strongly believe that everyone has something important to say. From the marginalized, to the disillusioned, to the unpublished, we want to hear your voice. We accept a broad range of themes, but we are particularly interested in works grounded by personal experience. We wish to go somewhere unexpected, somewhere wanting, somewhere unheard.
For this upcoming issue, we are accepting pieces that encompass self-discovery in some way. Below contains a hint of what we're looking for.
You may submit to more than one category!
What we are looking for in your cover letter: A simple greeting, a short third-person biography, and maybe some cool facts about yourself. You may include previous publications, awards, your favorite ice-cream flavor, or any other information you deem imperative for us to know.
For Line Art Submissions
1. You may submit up to three black-and-white line art pi
The Hellbound Writer“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” Or so says Stephen King who, as a former English teacher and master of horror fiction, ought to know. If so, then I am on the fast track to the fiery furnace because adverbs are my literary vice. I have a list of them on my phone to watch for when I’m writing. I can’t seem to go cold turkey during the first draft, but I can sure as hell stomp the little devils out of existence during the rewrite.
For those of you who’ve forgotten your high school grammar lessons: “How, where, or when a thing is done is called an adverb.” They are words that typically end in “ly” but not always. Slowly. Silently. Angrily. Boringly.
My college writing professors slammed me time and again for peppering my compositions with adverbs. Why? I often wondered. If they’re so terrible, why were they invented in the first place? What is wrong with adverbs?
Well, first of all, they are the shortest dis
Receiving Feedback and Dealing with CriticismFeedback Weekend
Hello! Yuukon here, and welcome to Feedback Weekend!
During previous Feedback Weekend I was assisted by B0nkers in an article that discussed how one can give feedback, today, we're on the opposite end of the spectrum: receiving it!
Before we kick off on this article, I want to do a small recap of some of the terms we used last time that will be coming back in this article.
Critique is a critical review, discussion or commentary of a specified topic.
Criticism is to judge, to find faults without providing ways to overcome those setbacks of a specified topic.
Critique is positive, looks at structure, finds what's working, highlights honestly and objectively, is positive even about what isn't working in the artwork, is concrete and specific, addresses only what is provided not what isn’t.
Criticism is n
Publishing Week: Wrap-UpPublishing Week
Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!
In praise of those deviants who gave us some of their time so we don't lose too much of ours figuring out how to publish, let's hear it for all these fine people providing material for and shouldering this week's Educate! You are treasures, one and all.
We hope this has been an informative, inspiring and encouraging week for everyone reading these articles and we shall leave you to it with a flourish and a hearty 'goodbye, and until next time'!
16th Monday - INTRO
AM: Intro by akrasiel
PM: The Do's and Don'ts of Submissions by TheBrassGlass
17th Tuesday - POTATO FESTIVAL
- The CVs share their February 2019 Lit DD Roundup.
February 2019 Lit DD Roundup
Congratulations to everyone featured in February! May your pens keep scribbling more awesome things for us to read. And a big thank you to everyone who suggested as well! Your help scouting out great reads is invaluable!
The DD Discussion Chat is going to be better than ever in March because we're hosting two! On Saturday, March 9th, JessaMar will host one at 10AM PST, and on Sunday, March 10th LiliWrites will host one at 3PM PST! Hopefully spreading out the times this way will allow for more people to join in the fun. We'll see you in the CRLiterature chatroom for those events.
Now, onto the Roundup!
Featured by BlackBowfin
DD Suggestion Guidelin
In the Weekly SpotlightThis Wednesday, LitRecognition will be featuring the last week's Daily Deviations. They are wonderful pieces, and deserve that little extra boost of attention so READ THEM ALL!! Take a look-see, and give these wonderful people the Literature Community Love, if you haven't already!
Foreign Language News
B - I - N und GO! Neuer Wettbewerb! [Anmeldung]"Häwaahs, Bingo, ist das nicht was fürs Altersheim?"
Nun, ich hab ja erst an Lotto gedacht, weil es eine Familientradition ist, aber ich glaube, Bingo ist das ertragreichere Format.
Und damit seid gegrüsst, geschätzte Schreiberlinge!
Nachdem wir uns die letzten Monate mit haufenweise Prompts um die Ohren geschlagen haben, ist jetzt Zeit für - mehr Prompts!
Aber diesmal mit Preisen
Ab April startet unser nächster grosser Wettbewerb: Das Schreiberlinge Bingo!
Wie geht das?
Sobald ihr euch anmeldet, bekommt ihr von uns eine Bingokarte, auf der ganz normal die Bingozahlen von 1-75 draufstehen.
Ab dem 1. April (kein Scherz!) werden dann täglich zwei Zahlen gezogen - und die dazugehörige Schreibaufgabe aufgedeckt!
Wenn ihr die Zahl auf eurer Bingokarte habt, schreibt ihr einen Text zu der Aufgabe und deckt damit die Zahl ab.
Wie gewinne ich?
Es gibt zwei Möglichkeiten, beim Schreiberlinge Bingo
[Newsletter] Unter dem NarrenmondHallo liebe Schreiberlinge,
der Frühling ist los, der Februar vergangen, aber die Faschingsstimmung ist noch ungebrochen hoch. Und genau wegen den Feierlichkeiten und Traditionen zu Fasching, wurde der Februar früher auch als "Narrenmond" bezeichnet. In diesem Journal wollen wir auf die Vorgänge in der Gruppe während dieses Narrenmonds zurückblicken - es war nämlich einiges los!
Es ist Poesie in der Welt
Die Promptreihe des Monats befasste sich mit Poesie und Inspiration und wo sie zu finden sind.
Einige von uns haben sich demnach auf die Lauer begeben und sind mit frischen Ideen zurückgekehrt:
Auch ein paar schöne Gedichte sind dabei entstanden:
EINsamer-wANDERER hat die Prompts zum Anlass genommen, eine ganze Anthologie an Kur
News 18.02.19Wie immer gibt es in der eher ruhigeren Zeit der Gruppe ein kleines Info-Journal.
Zum einen würde ich gerne mindestens einen weiteren Co-Founder für die Gruppe bestimmen, welcher Texte in meiner Abwesenheit annimmt.
Außerdem suche ich seit einiger Zeit einen Nachfolger der die Führung der Gruppe :iconneuedeutschelyrik: übernimmt. Ich habe diese Rolle nämlich eher gezwungenermaßen für eine Übergangszeit angenommen.
Zu guter Letzt möchte ich noch auf den diesjährigen Indiebookday aufmerksam machen, der am 30. März stattfinden soll.
Hier noch einmal die Aktion vom letzten Jahr:
Edit: Es findet derzeit ein Wettbewerb bei der Gruppe House-of-Playwrights statt. Sie hat mich gebeten darauf aufmerksam zu machen. Wer will kann da mitmachen. Nähere Infos findet ihr hier:
Das war es auch schon und ich wünsche
Auf der Suche nach einem neuen FounderHallo,
ich bin der neue Admin dieser Gruppe. Ich habe die Leitung eher notgedrungen auf mich genommen, da meine Vorgängerin auf dieser Seite sehr inaktiv geworden ist. Aber diese Position ist für mich nur zeitweise, da ich bereits zwei Gruppen leite und mit diesen völlig ausgelastet bin, womit wir auch schon beim Thema wären. Möchte einer von euch diese Gruppe leiten?
Sending Love to...
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