Appointment at Sarajevo – Collaboration

Creative Talents Unleashed

‘Next June, The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent, in his capacity as Inspector General of the Austrian Army will attend the summer maneuvers of the Sixth District Army to be held in Bosnia. A visit to Sarajevo will follow ending on the 28th of June…’ newspaper clipping.

The youth at the cafe table stares at the black letters,

His lips move as he rereads the words,

The white and black turn scarlet in his mind,

‘I shall shatter walls and windows

and the shards shall carve the future,

My ghost shall shriek down the halls of Vienna

and rock the very throne…’,

He coughs, and feels the sudden pain in his lungs,

Gavrilo says to his companions,

‘Next June we have a date with destiny….’

And the world will be changed for ever.

Europe erupts

Shock -troops swarm over Serbia

As Russian cross-hairs drift west


And Prussia, must…

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – Willawaw Journal, DEADLINE: Mar. 1, 2019

Trish Hopkinson

Willawaw Journal is a new online literary journal of poetry and art, published quarterly. The unique thing about Willawaw is that each issue has a poem prompt or mentor poem from a poet laureate! Each issue is also themed based, but may evolve in the future at the editors’ discretion. Check their guidelines for current themes.

For more info on how to submit to literary magazine and journals, read my Submission Tips here.

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked editor Rachel Barton a few questions to find out. See my interview with Barton and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Willawaw Journal. How/why was Willawaw Journal originally started?

BARTON: I was wrapping up my ninth term of teaching poetry in a poetry workshop model and found that it had become a bit cliquish over the…

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The Reach by Raja Williams

By Raja Williams… CEO of Creative Talents Unleashed…

Creative Talents Unleashed

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I extend my hand to you

Hoping for the right fit

As you fingers slide between mine

In the holding hand commitment

We hold each other’s hands

As we walk down the street

Smiles on our faces

Interlocked finger embraces

Loving this feeling

Of holding on to you

You make me feel so happy

In simply being you

Hoping to hold your hand

Each and every day

I wonder if you are the one

That will steal my heart away?

And so I let down these walls

And I offer you my hand

Giving you my heart…

While reaching for your hand.

© Raja Williams


Excerpt from the book “Imprints In The Sand”

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Simply Me About the Author

Ms. Raja Williams, also known as Raja’s Insight, fiercely arrived on the writer’s scene in 2012 after being awakened by…

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – Homology Lit (NEW!), DEADLINE: Feb 28, 2019

Trish Hopkinson

Homology Lit is a new Pacific Northwest-based quarterly online literary magazine for people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities, founded by Savannah Slone in July 2018. They are currently open for submissions of visual art, poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for their second issue coming out in April 1, 2019. You can read their first issue here to get a feel for what types of work they publish.

I wondered how and why this literary magazine came to be, so I asked founder and Editor-in-Chief Savannah Slone and she kindly replied. See my interview with Slone and a link to submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Homology Lit.

SLONE: Homology Lit is an online literary magazine for people of color, queer folks, and people with disabilities. We have an editorial staff of roughly twenty folks of diverse backgrounds, in terms of ethnicity, gender identity…

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Gone by A.M. Torres

By Ana Torres…

Creative Talents Unleashed

The lost best friend
From childhood I thought,
We shared many fears;
We loved and we fought.
She disappeared
Not sure where she’s gone
It didn’t last

So hard to believe.

Friendships that end;

I don’t understand,
For she stayed away;
It’s out of my hands.
The lost friendship

She made that choice,

I tried;
She left me no voice.

© A.M. Torres


Excerpt from the book “Turmoil”

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14915347_10210758577789019_4066485259844464385_n   About the Author

Ana M. Torres also known as A.M. Torres is the author of the book Turmoil, and a few other publications. She was born in New York City, and is the third youngest of seven children. She grew up in Brooklyn, but currently lives in Staten Island with Walter Lewis, and is also the mother of two boys, Jason and Kristofer. She has participated in a few poetry…

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Euphoria by Debra McLain

Creative Talents Unleashed

So many times, she swam in dark places,

afraid to dive in an inconsistent world.

Pained by love, she removed all traces,

atonement was given to a frightened girl.

She floated above a surface of calories,

undercurrents of self-destructive lies.

Punishment from within, she believed,

hurt less, than love that was disguised.

To fade away in a euphoria of restriction,

an all-consuming, blissful kind of high.

Or, drown in a tidal wave of rejection,

either way, her broken heard finally died.

Too much force from every direction,

pulling her under, holding her down.

Gasping for air, amongst the deception,

she asked “is it best to swim or drown?”

© Debra McLain

Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”

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Foreword . . .

How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to…

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