Celebration Blitzes

by Ramona Pilar

Submit!

Who: Women Who Submit
Where: ONLINE In the comfort of wherever you, your computer and wifi wanna be.
L.A. METRO AREA:  The Little Easy – 216 W. 5th Street, DTLA, CA 90013
What: Women Who Submit’s 2nd Annual SUBMISSION BLITZ (and L.A. Meetup)
When: Saturday September 12, 2015
ONLINE: Beginning at 12:01am – 11:59pm
L.A. METRO AREA: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Why?

The channeling of writing is done in solitude. Whether alone in the quiet before dawn – a soundtrack of scattering the only rush hour you hear – or squished into a seat on a light rail train or subway at rush hour, a veritable contortionist, angling your writing arm, wrist and fingers however you can in order to transmute those stories, verses, and images into a collection of words.

Purple Lady Metro

La Viejita Morada – 2013

But that channeling – that creativity – isn’t necessarily the whole of what it means to be a writer. As a storyteller, one is urged, pushed, cajoled or challenged by something inside of you to pluck those passing thoughts from the din of the thousands that flow through your mind on a daily basis and  give them form, genre, emotion – voice. As a writer, you are further compelled to share these stories and contribute to the larger story of your community – however many you claim – tells about itself to itself.

Women Who Submit is just one of several groups of writers who have organized around supporting and amplifying the stories of people who have been bit players at best in the story contemporary literature and publishing tells about itself to itself.

WWS’s First Submission Blitz took place in a bar/restaurant at the deadest part of the day: early afternoon. As patrons trickled in and saw a group of women sitting around a table with laptops, they were curious. The more they drank, the bolder they got until they asked what we were doing. Each time we explained, the response was, “Oh, wow! That’s such a good idea!” And as each writer submitted her work, we cheered, and they cheered along with us.

1st Annual Submission Blitz - 2014 Somewhere in Northeast L.A.

1st Annual Submission Blitz – 2014

This year’s Submission Blitz will take place at The Little Easy in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s reminiscent of a speakeasy, Parisian parlor and Disney’s Blue Bayou restaurant (without the old water smell from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride). There’s a wooden fenced mezzanine with ivy-strewn awnings and a gazebo-ed fountain in the main part of the restaurant. It’s the best kind of whimsical a restaurant/bar could be.

Writing can be serious work. Sharing that writing doesn’t have to be. At a submission party, your submission receives the amount of fanfare and hoopla your hard work deserves. At our annual Submission Blitz, we target the top five Top Tiered journals currently publishing work. Hell yeah it deserves a venue that features a 3 foot painting of the general manager dressed as Napoleon. Sharing your stories and celebrating your community(ies) sharing theirs is just as much a part of being a writer as the words on the page.

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TO SUBMIT

Let’s inundate these top journals with our best work and shake up their slush piles.

Here are five tier 1 journals with current open readings. Be sure to check out their guidelines.

Agni
http://www.bu.edu/agni/submit.html

Georgia Review
http://garev.uga.edu/submissions.html

Gulf Coast
http://gulfcoastmag.org/submit/

Iowa Review
http://iowareview.org/content/writers-guidelines

Zyzzyva
http://www.zyzzyva.org/about/submissions/

TRANSPORT

TAKE METRO: to Pershing Square Station, exit 5th and Hill street side, walk one block east. Destination will be on the South side.

PARKING: There are some $5-$7 lots on Spring between 4th and 6th streets.

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3 thoughts on “Celebration Blitzes

  1. John "The Duke" Hobster says:

    I glanced through an essay in lunch ticket and wanted to correct a factual error: women do not receive less pay than men for equal work. This is simply oft repeated pure propaganda used to drum up support among leftist voters for the Democratic party. When apples are compared with apples (women and men doing the same job, with the same amount of experience on the job), women on average make more than men. The kind of analysis used to prove this point is called “retrogression” – it is an essential mainstay of basic economics research that is used to weed out complicating variables and test singular ones for causation.

    I doubt very much also that you have any serious statistically sound data to back up your contention that women are also “underrepresented” in literary journal publications. You simply assert that is the case and provide absolutely no support for the assertion. That is sophomoric.

    Last, a lot of the journals you listed charge reading fees and wipe their electronic asses with submissions, which is to say, they are not seriously read. Therefore, you are encouraging in gullible and self righteous women both a false grievance based on things that are not true and then telling them the thing to do about this non existent injustice is to fork over submission fees to the likes of the Iowa Review. That is about the same level of scamming that was used selling indulgences in desperately pathetic parishes throughout Medieval Spain.

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    • womenwhosubmitlit says:

      Mr. The Duke, as author of this blog post, not the article (Submission as Social Action) with which you take issue in your comment , I appreciate you making your way over here from Lunch Ticket to share your thoughts as Lunch Ticket does not allow comments. I honor your desire for your opinions to be heard and acknowledged. I also respect your thoughtful, engaging, and in no way reactionary response to what you read in Lunch Ticket. I did a cursory internet search of the name you provided here so that I could read a bit of your work and potentially provide reciprocal feedback on your writing, but unfortunately my efforts were in vain as I found nothing. At any rate, I, again, acknowledge your passionate response to the essay in Lunch Ticket. Your words were read, sir.

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  2. xochitljulisa says:

    Dear John,

    You stated in your response that you glanced through my essay, “Submission as Social Action” published at The Lunch Ticket. I’m assuming that it was because you glanced you missed the reference to the VIDA count. VIDA has been collecting statistical data on the numbers of men and women published in top tier journals since 2010. I’ve included the link below to their first study which clearly shows women are underrepresented in many tier one journals.

    2010 VIDA count: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-count-2010/

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