PushPen Press seeks submissions for its next anthology of flash nonfiction: ONE.

PushPen Press announces its next flash nonfiction anthology, entitled ONE. Tentative publication date is set for June, 2017.

Submission Deadline:  March 1, 2017.

Once again, we are challenging nonfiction writers to focus tightly on their work, searching for the power of truth, experience, and vision in their flash nonfiction writing. Here are the guidelines for ONE:
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ONE.
What made you one? What one thing scattered your bits to the four winds?
What made you whole? What one force tore you to pieces?
What made your direction clearer, your purpose dearer?
What illumined, however briefly, the flow you are in, the life you are living?
What singular moment created you? What one thing are you searching for?
What one irreparable loss defines you? What one thing do you understand better than others? What one activity encompasses more of you than any other? What one thing do you want back in your life? What one memory haunts you? What one object explains or represents you? And why?

ONE.
We are looking for flash nonfiction stories about the ONENESS that is you.
We are looking for powerful, focused flash nonfiction about the path, the people, the pleasure and the pain that have brought you to this point.
We are looking for the ONE awareness that became the lesson of your life.
…the ONE moment that incited or inspired, created or culminated, destroyed or rebuilt.
…the ONE who walks into every room when you do.
…the pieces that built you into the ONE you are, and the ONE who has always been in you.
…the vision you have of this ONE life.

ONE.
And we are looking for it in a flash nonfiction story of no more than one thousand words. You may write fewer words. You may submit any format that suits your nonfiction storytelling: poetry, a dialogue, prose poetry, a series of three black-and-white photos that you’ve taken, narrative (but flash) storytelling, or maybe a series of haiku. Use your imagination, creativity, and drive to tell the story. And, we much prefer very short, punchy flash nonfiction; verbose is so overrated.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  March 1, 2017

SUBMISSIONS: https://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit/34555/one
QUESTIONS: contact us at pushpenpress@gmail.com

Publication date for ONE is tentatively set for June 2017.

GENERAL GUIDELINES & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: PushPen Press has a guiding image for our concept of flash nonfiction: we don’t want boxing matches, we want Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch.We are looking for stories with Drive, Punch, and Insight. Consider “drive” as the motivation behind your story, why you have to tell it. “Punch” is the kick you give us in the intellectual head, or the big “Whoa!” moment, or perhaps the sudden “ah-ha” that connects us to your experience. ”Insight” is the uniqueness behind your story, the deeper lesson we can learn, or perhaps the awareness we receive well after reading your work. We accept virtually any topics. Please give considerable thought to your work, creativity to your craft, and polish to your words. Although we will edit your work if and when necessary, we are not your English 101 teachers. For a good look at what we publish, take a look at: TWO@SJSU and THREE, available at amazon.com.

Submissions: http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit
Questions: contact us at pushpenpress@gmail.com

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A Beautiful and Successful Book Launch Party for THREE !

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The crowd listens to writers reading their work. (all photos by Jaime de los Rios)
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Editor-in-Chief Steve “Spike” Wong and Managing Editor Jan McCutcheon welcome the writers, friends, and families of PushPen Press.

It was a beautiful Book Launch Party for THREE, our latest anthology of flash nonfiction! Held at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, California, THREE was an instant hit. With its variety of format and topic, and a diverse group of writers (including one from Croatia), the stories and photos brought a wide range of emotional and artistic connections for everyone. The first-ever PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry was awarded to Bri Bruce! Join us for our next flash nonfiction anthology adventure, ONE. Scroll down to read the submission guidelines!

Prose poet Brian Foss and his wife, Marcia. Read his piece "Pacific" for an insightful look at surfing in Santa Cruz.
Prose poet Brian Foss and his wife, Marcia.  Brian read his piece “Pacific” for an insightful look at surfing in Santa Cruz.
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Bri Bruce, awarded the PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry for her piece, “Rainsong”.
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The early crowd begins digging in to the free food and wine!
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PushPen editor Tara Phillips and her fiancé, Jim Taylor. Her piece “Autopsy” is gritty and punchy, just the sort of flash nonfiction we love to publish.

PushPen Press Announces: Book Launch Party for THREE!

PushPen Press proudly invites you, your family and friends to attend the Book Launch Party for our new flash nonfiction anthology,

  Three     

(edited by Steve “Spike” Wong, Jan McCutcheon and Kelly Harrison)

 Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014   /   7 – 10 p.m.

Lobby Reception room at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose

1700 Alum Rock Avenue
   San Jose, CA 95116

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Three features flash nonfiction works by over sixty emerging, vibrant writers: stories, haiku series, and black/white photography.

Copies of the book will be on sale! Special discounts and prizes!

The first PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry will be awarded!

Come and join the excitement! Free Food and Wine!

PushPen Press signs contract with Worldreader!

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PushPen Press is extraordinarily proud to announce our association with Worldreader, a nonprofit formed by David Risher and Colin McElwee to distribute books in Africa via e-readers. Their mission is to increase literacy in Africa, and PushPen Press is donating downloads of our books for this incredibly exciting, longterm endeavor.  As Worldreader believes, “literacy is transformative.” We couldn’t agree more! For more information on Worldreader and their work, go to http://www.worldreader.org For comments and questions for PushPen Press, contact us at pushpenpress@gmail.com.  While you’re here, check out our submission guidelines for our next flash nonfiction anthology, scheduled for mid-2015.

PushPen Press announces its new flash nonfiction anthology project for 2015!

PushPen Press announces its next flash nonfiction anthology, entitled ONE.

Once again, we are challenging nonfiction writers to focus tightly on their work, searching for the power of truth, experience, and vision in their flash nonfiction writing. Here are the guidelines for ONE:

———————————————————————–

ONE.

What made you one? What one thing scattered your bits to the four winds?
What made you whole? What one force tore you to pieces?
What made your direction clearer, your purpose dearer?
What illumined, however briefly, the flow you are in, the life you are living?
What singular moment created you? What one thing are you searching for?
What one irreparable loss defines you? What one thing do you understand better than others? What one activity encompasses more of you than any other? What one thing do you want back in your life? What one memory haunts you? What one object explains or represents you?

And why?

ONE.
We are looking for flash nonfiction stories about the ONENESS that is you.
We are looking for powerful, focused flash nonfiction about the path, the people, the pleasure and the pain that have brought you to this point.
We are looking for the ONE awareness that became the lesson of your life.
…the ONE moment that incited or inspired, created or culminated, destroyed or rebuilt.
…the ONE who walks into every room when you do.
…the pieces that built you into the ONE you are, and the ONE who has always been in you.
…the vision you have of this ONE life.

ONE.

And we are looking for it in a flash nonfiction story of no more than one thousand words. You may write fewer words.  You may submit any format that suits your nonfiction storytelling:  poetry, a dialogue, prose poetry, a series of three black-and-white photos that you’ve taken, narrative (but flash) storytelling, or maybe a series of haiku. Use your imagination, creativity, and drive to tell the story. And, we much prefer very short, punchy flash nonfiction; verbose is so overrated.

Submissions:   http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit

Publication date for ONE is tentatively set in late summer 2015.

GENERAL GUIDELINES & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: PushPen Press has a guiding image for our concept of flash nonfiction: we don’t want boxing matches, we want Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch.We are looking for stories with Drive, Punch, and Insight. Consider “drive” as the motivation behind your story, why you have to tell it. “Punch” is the kick you give us in the intellectual head, or the big “Whoa!” moment, or perhaps the sudden “ah-ha” that connects us to your experience. ”Insight” is the uniqueness behind your story, the deeper lesson we can learn, or perhaps the awareness we receive well after reading your work. We accept virtually any topics. Please give considerable thought to your work, creativity to your craft, and polish to your words. Although we will edit your work if and when necessary, we are not your English 101 teachers.

Submissions:   http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit

Announcing: ” VIBRANT WORDS: ideas and inspirations for poets” Book Launch Party!

VIBRANT WORDS:  ideas and inspirations for poets – by ERICA GOSS –  Book Launch Party!  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 from 6 – 10 pm at CB HANNEGAN’S, 208 Bachman Ave. in Los Gatos, CA.  Friends and fans of PushPen Press: we want to see you at the “Vibrant Words” Book Launch Party because: it’s going to be a lot of fun, (free food and wine!) it’s celebrating a wonderful poet, it’s going to create more connections and energy for you, you’ll get to be inspired by Erica – the Poet Laureate of Los Gatos – and her insights into poetry, you’ll get to be with a bunch of creative spirits!  Image

Submission Deadline for “THREE” Extended to March 3, 2014!

We’ve extended the submission deadline for our next book, THREE, to March 3, 2014.   See our previous announcement below for more information.  Submit your work to:  http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit

GENERAL GUIDELINES & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:  We are looking for stories with Drive, Punch, and Insight.  Consider “drive” as the motivation behind your story, why you have to tell it.   “Punch” is the kick you give us in the intellectual head, or the big “Whoa!” moment, or perhaps the sudden “ah-ha” that connects us to your experience.  ”Insight” is the uniqueness behind your story, the deeper lesson we can learn, or perhaps the awareness we receive well after reading your work.  We accept virtually any topics.  Please give considerable thought to your work, creativity to your craft, and polish to your words.  Although we will edit your work if and when necessary, we are not your English 101 teachers.

Is there a story here?  Oh yeah!  Now go and find and write your own story!

Is there a story here?  Oh yeah!  Now go and find and write your own story!

Use the contact form below to ask questions, to clarify instructions, or to comment on our work in general!

“TWO@SJSU” featured at Well-RED reading series at Works/San José, 365 S. Market St. / Nov. 13, 2013

On November 13, 2013, writers whose work appeared in “TWO@SJSU” read their stories in the cool art/literary space known as Works/San José. Located in the San José Convention Center, Works/San José hosts rotating art gallery presentations and literary events. Other presenting writers, besides those pictured here, included Sage Curtis, Kelly Harrison, Jessica Keaton, Tara Phillips, Jan McCutheon (our Managing Editor), and Sara Lyn Rogers.

Maria D'Avolio reads her work and shares her inimitable humor!

Maria D’Avolio reads her work and shares her inimitable humor!

Chris Krohn, our NewYork-in-Cali writer, and former mayor of Santa Cruz, reads one of his stories.

Chris Krohn, our NewYork-in-Cali writer, and former mayor of Santa Cruz, reads one of his stories.

Our Next Challenge to Nonfiction Writers: “THREE”.

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On the heels of our first book, “TWO@SJSU” comes our next nonfiction writers’ challenge, “THREE”.  Writers have their choice of three different nonfiction assignments:  a three paragraph nonfiction story, a three “stanza” nonfiction haiku story with an accompanying photo taken by the author, or a three photograph nonfiction “story.”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  MARCH 3, 2014    

SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO:
http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit

QUESTIONS?  Email:   Steve “Spike” Wong, Editor-in-Chief, at stevespikewong@gmail.com

The requirements for the three paragraphs story:

• Must be three paragraphs exactly.

• Paragraphs must have some logical flow, organized structure, or creative intent to tie the sentences together. Paragraphs may not be giant collections of sentences tied together with an indent and a final period.
• Three pages maximum. The original work must be formatted in standard format, double-spaced lines, 12 point font, standard font like Cambria or Times New Roman, with standard margins.
• The story must have a punch; no fade-outs. Blah sucks.

The requirements for the three haiku:

• Must follow accepted haiku (in English) format. Each haiku will have three lines and 17 syllables; generally, the syllables are presented in 5-7-5 format. This 5-7-5 format is not a strict requirement.
• In your haiku, economy of words and multi-layered images rule.
• If you have 18 or 19 sylllables, this will not be held against you.
• The photo must be black-and-white, and the author’s original shot.  It must convey some aspect of the story.
• The Pushpen Press Pendant Prize ($50) will be awarded to the most significant haiku submission. To enter this prize competition, you must email a separate copy of your haiku story and photo, without using any name or identifying comments, to PushpenPrize@gmail.com. The decision of the decider-in-chief is final, and represents only what tickled his fancy the most, enabled a significant emotional experience, engendered philosophical awareness, or just plain made him speechless.

The requirements for the three photographs story: go for it.  The work must be your own original photography.  There must be a relatively coherent story line as this is not an abstract or “guess-my-stream-of-consciousness” assignment.  Black-and-white is preferred, as this medium needs more attention in the era of quick and easy digital cameras.  Besides, we probably won’t be printing in color anyway, it’s too damn expensive.

GENERAL GUIDELINES & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:  We are looking for stories with Drive, Punch, and Insight.  Consider “drive” as the motivation behind your story, why you have to tell it.   “Punch” is the kick you give us in the intellectual head, or the big “Whoa!” moment, or perhaps the sudden “ah-ha” that connects us to your experience.  “Insight” is the uniqueness behind your story, the deeper lesson we can learn, or perhaps the awareness we receive well after reading your work.  We accept virtually any topics.  Please give considerable thought to your work, creativity to your craft, and polish to your words.  Although we will edit your work if and when necessary, we are not your English 101 teachers.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK:   http://pushpenpress.submittable.com/submit

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  MARCH 3, 2014

“TWO@SJSU” can be purchased at:  http://www.amazon.com/Two-SJSU-anthology-nonfiction-University/dp/098966760X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382139360&sr=1-1&keywords=two%40sjsu