Call for Submissions: Gut Punch Fiction!

If you write stories that are emotional, philosophical, and transgressive that leave the reader feeling punched in the gut, Blue Skirt wants to hear from you! We are looking for both short stories (100-3,000 words) to publish on our website, as well as novels and novellas to publish through our press. Send short stories in…

Blue Skirt Announces Novella Contest!

There simply isn’t enough love given to the novella, and we at Blue Skirt Productions believe this form deserves more recognition. As such, we’re offering $500 for the best novella published in 2014 or 2015. Submissions must be between 15,000 and 40,000 words in length. Self-published and e-books are more than welcome, but the work…

The Indelicate Editor – Write Characters that Aren’t Like You, but Are Still, Shockingly, Human and Relatable

by Gayle Towell If you are writing a character of another race, culture, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class than your own, or perhaps they have a mental illness, disease, or disability—the biggest mistake you can make is writing the character based solely on a list of traits associated with that particular person-type. Suppose you are…

Indelicate Editor – Failure to Edit

by Gayle Towell One of the biggest mistakes you can make when editing is failing to actually do a meaningful edit. This is related, but a fundamentally different issue from what I discussed in my previous post a few weeks ago, wherein I detail how ego or inexperience can get in the way of accepting…