Friday: Showcase—Shadows Express



Today’s the day! Submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are OPEN at the Shadows Express E-Zine. Yesterday, the Spring Issue released to some 1600 readers!

Shadows Express is run by volunteers and unfortunately cannot offer payment. What they can offer is a quality magazine for both readers and writers. Each submission is given consideration. Why shouldn’t your piece grace the tables of Shadows Express?


Thursday: Results

Call To Edit

We talked about redundancies within the same sentence yesterday, but I’d like to touch upon a hidden danger: redundant sentences.

Take a look at these lines:

Tech was a big man for his age and quite the gangbanger stereotype, except for his Computer Science degree. He was a gamer and computer wiz, hence the moniker.

How many of these do you have in your writing? Is there anything you find in editing that you think should be used for A Call to Edit? Post below!

Countdown to Submission Period: 1 day (!)

Wednesday: A Call to Edit—Redundancies

Call To Edit

The lifeless corpse stood up and wandered aimlessly through the dark night.

 I wrote about the wonders of redundancy before, but I’ve never used it for A Call to Edit. That’s probably because this is Cicero Grade’s first Call to Edit…cue the trumpets!

So in “A Call to Edit,” I encourage writers to take to their manuscripts and weed out all instances of the current subject. This time, we’ll be looking for redundancies like “sitting down,” “nodding yes,” and “screaming loudly.”

I’ve noticed that redundancies happen a lot with characters who are supposed to be intellectual. Note their dialogue, because it’s rampant:

“Tell me what it is that you need me to do.”

Sure, dialogue is the end-zone for grammarians. Okay, if you say so. Just look at this:

“Tell me what you need.”

Bravo! See how much more effective that is? Imagine this is as a whisper, a shout, or a threat. You don’t get that kind of versatility with all those extra words!

Take to your pages and post any redundancies you catch for a chance to win a Cicero Grade edit of 2,000 words!

Countdown to Submission Period: 2 days

Tuesday: Published Writers’ Rules

Published Writers' Rules“To escape criticism—do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

Elbert Hubbard

Let’s be honest. Why haven’t you showed anyone your work? It’s scary at first. Of course it is! And you will regret it in six months when the draft you showed is  your “old style.” That’s the thing, thoughif you never show anyone, you’ll never have any way to judge your improvement. (Okay, you could look into your folders of yore, but how often do you actually do that?)

Polish a story. Send it somewhere. Get rejected, edit, then send it elsewhere. Find someone to tell you exactly what is good and bad about your work. The team at Shadows Express never sends a form rejection. That’s why it’s a great place to submit to. What can it hurt?

Countdown to Submission Period: 3 days

Who are your favorite writers, and what is their advice? Post below!

The Spring Issue

The Spring Issue

It’s only a matter of days, folks! The Spring Issue of Shadows Express is on its way. Become a subscriber before publication day (March 21st) to get it in your inbox every quarter!

This is not a submit-n-publish place. Shadows accepts only the best, and when you read pieces like “God’s Telephone” and “Blavatsky’s Bus,” you’ll know: This is where you want your work.

We accept fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Submissions open March 22nd. Don’t you want to add a magazine with merit to your resume`?