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Fascinate us, make us believe in the unimaginable; move us to tears, or laughter, or an ice cream binge. Move us to creative ecstasy or to the beautiful, simple, small significance of life’s seemingly insignificant little treasures…
Remind us of our human frailty – tell your story, tell the world. Release Your Voice & Submit Your Work to Twig’s Spring Anthology – Submissions are Open > Go to SUBMISSION GUIDELINES NOW!
Ali Znaidi (b. 1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he teaches English. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals worldwide. He authored four poetry chapbooks including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014). He also authored a fiction book titled “Green Cemetery” (Moment Publications, 2014) which is in fact the first Tunisian flash fiction collection originally written & published in the English language.
You can find more of Ali Znaidi’s work by visiting his blog or connect with him on Twitter @AliZnaidi.
An Australian born poet, John Grey, has been recently published in Oyez Review, Rockhurst Review and Spindrift with work upcoming in New Plains Review, Big Muddy Review, Willow Review and Louisiana Literature.
I think the hardest part about being a writer is learning that your real voice comes much later; after all the worst drafts, after all the panic when you’ve battled a few periods of nothing creative coming out, accepted that even when your hands are too old to write anymore – you will still struggle with that sometimes. It’s after you’ve pained for a good while – obsessing over the writer you want to be. Obsessing over how to become yourself and all the time never knowing it. After all the admiring of greats, and masterful lines. After a million beautiful mistakes – when you finally find them beautiful, and you realize just how much you’ve learned and how very little of it means all that much if you can’t stop comparing yourself to that dream, or a thousand other writers who you believe are better than you. It’s there the day you stop trying so hard, to say something you think has to be heard a certain way, when you stop attempting to measure something that can’t be weighed. It’s that moment you let go, and stop trying to be a writer. It’s that moment you just are a writer. That’s where I think you find it. When you know at last that it has been there all along, it’s lost for a long time but it waits for you to find it. Always patiently waiting for you to grab it by the hand.
This is an important contest held by Rattle(another rock star literary magazine, which you should also be reading). The prize is $5,000 for a single poem, one of the highest awards given for a poetry contest. More importantly, Rattle is a beautiful lit magazine that has been around for some time (19 years in circulation) with over 40 issues published. There is much to gain from reading and supporting this publication. It would be an honor to be published in this magazine but imagine winning this poetry award!
There is a fee for submitting to the contest, but it is just the fee for an annual subscription to the magazine (totally worth it) so if you can manage the contribution and think you are ready for it – give it a shot. If you still don’t believe why it’s worth it just yet – read it. A great lit mag, with amazing poetry inside – whether or not you participate in the contest, it is truly worth the read.