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

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“TWO@SJSU” Book Launch Party is an over-the-top success!

                               Photos by Fiona De los Rios.

Books, ready-to-sell!

Books, ready to sell !

Managing Editor Jan McCutcheon and Professor Cathy Miller of San José State University (who was the inspiration for "TWO"!)
Managing Editor Jan McCutcheon and Professor Cathy Miller of San José State University (who was the inspiration for “TWO”!)

Steve "Spike" Wong, Editor-in-Chief, stoked to the max!
Steve “Spike” Wong, Editor-in-Chief, stoked to the max!

The first reader of the evening, Maria D'Avolio reads her work, "Snap".

The first reader of the evening, Maria D’Avolio reads her work, “Snap”.

Writer Chris Krohn, from Santa Cruz, reads his memoir piece about growing up in NYC.

Writer Chris Krohn, from Santa Cruz, reads his memoir piece about growing up in NYC.

Part of the adoring crowd!  Great stories, great writers, free wine...awesome!

Part of the adoring crowd! Great stories, great writers, free wine…awesome!

Writer Jon Linsao is going to be signing autographs really soon!

Writer Jon Linsao is going to be signing autographs really soon!

Yeah, it was crowded!  The main room spilled out into the hallway which spilled down the staircase which ended in the lobby!

Yeah, it was crowded! The main room spilled out into the hallway which spilled down the staircase which ended in the lobby!

Sarah Lyn Rogers, author of "Cardio Tai Chi" and "An Evening with Kim Addonizio"
Sarah Lyn Rogers, author of “Cardio Tai Chi” and “An Evening with Kim Addonizio”.   Photo:  Lisa Marie Rogers

Candice Wynne regales the audience with her story, "A Whistle and a Bucket of Sand."  Photo:  Alicia Kat Vancil

Candice Wynne regales the audience with her story, “A Whistle and a Bucket of Sand.” Photo: Alicia Kat Vancil

PushPen Press Proudly Promotes: “Two@SJSU”

  “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

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Book Launch Party:  Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 7 – 9 pm at the Associated Students building on the campus of San José State University.  We welcome you to help us celebrate our first publication and the many authors who have contributed to the artistry of the book!

“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