Daily Archives: April 4, 2017

NO FEE Submission call & editor interview – Lunch Ticket, DEADLINE: April 30, 2017

NO FEE Submission call & editor interview – Lunch Ticket, DEADLINE: April 30, 2017

For those looking to build their portfolio…

Trish Hopkinson

I really can’t say enough great things about the staff at Lunch Ticket. They are kind, responsive, and organized. I wanted to know a little bit more about what they have going on and they are up to a lot of amazing things! Check out the details below and my interview with lovely person and past Editor-in-Chief Arielle Silver. Make sure to check out the new masthead for this Summer/Fall 2017, including Editor-in-Chief Katelyn Keating.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Lunch Ticket.

SILVER: Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the students of Antioch University Los Angeles’s low residency MFA program. We publish full issues twice yearly, along with weekly content in our Amuse-Bouche and Blog sections. Our Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight series features a single literary or visual artist every other week. For both the main issues and the Spotlight series, we publish new, emerging…

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 4th April 2017

*** If you enjoy these prompts, or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript, do take a look at my seven online courses… five currently half price and and two FREE! (coupon codes on the online courses page) and / or my Writer’s Block Workbooks… my best-selling eBooks – now available in eBook and paperback format!

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 1099: Tuesday 4th April

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: come, rise, ride, waltz, nervous
  2. Random: good at match
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Taking an Issue

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

Story Writing Exercises 1103: Tuesday 4 April

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

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Today Tuesday Talk is chatting to Natalie Fergie whose debut novel The Sewing Machine is due out on 17th April.

It’s always great to see how writers started…


17Good morning Natalie and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hello, and thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog.
I’m Natalie, and I live near Edinburgh in a very ordinary house with extraordinary views across the Forth Valley; on a clear day we can see for about 40 miles. I have deliberately put my desk against a wall to stop myself spending all day looking out of the window and soaking up the landscape.
I have cycled from Edinburgh to London, ice climbed on Ben Nevis, built drystone walls, worked in a pub and a supermarket (and very briefly, in a call centre – I was terrible at it). I was a nurse for 26 years, and then set up a textiles business making hand-dyed yarn.
My favourite food is cheese – any sort of cheese. If the world had…

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