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Sue William Silverman and Submission Deadline!

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Author Sue William Silverman

Hope everyone is still having a great semester.  It’s crazy to think that it’s already about half way over.  Which means that our next submission deadline is approaching at the end of this month, on October 31st.  Make sure to send us your work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, sculpture, personal essay…whatever creative written or visual art you do!  If you’ve got it, we want it.  See the submission guidelines below.

The third installment of the Writer’s Workshop Reading Series takes place this evening, Wednesday, October 8th, in the Dodge Room of the Milo Bail Student Center at 7:00.  Tonight’s reader will be Sue William Silverman, author of Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember YouLove Sick (which has been made into a movie featuring actress Sally Pressman), and her latest memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as an White Anglo-Saxton Jew.  Sue is a victim of sexual abuse and sex addiction.  While the topic of some of her writing is quite serious, she is very talented at crafting her pieces to be full of wonderful language and strongly written prose.  This event will be a memorable one, so make sure you head to the University of Nebraska-Omaha this evening.  As always, these events are open to the public and are free for everyone, so bring a friend!  Hope to see you all there!

 

Submission Guidelines

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • For visual art, sent us pictures of your artwork.  If there is any special information about the art, like the medium, influences, etc., feel free to include that as well.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

Why Should You Write?

notepadHope those submissions are coming along nicely. Make sure to send them in by Friday, October 31st!

There are some of you who are polishing up paragraphs here and there for your submission, but for those of you who have not yet started or aren’t sure how to further develop your work, an interesting article on Mic.com gave a little insight into writing.  Although this article, entitled “Science Shows Something Interesting About People Who Love to Write” was more geared towards people who have suffered injury or loss and are encouraged to write as an act of healing, there was some great information that is applicable to all writers and artists of every kind.  Writing (and art) is a wonderful, necessary to express oneself, yes, but it also a healthy, creative, constructive way to heal any wounds that have been caused by a little thing called life.  Honing in on creative ability takes talent, time, and patience, but when it is harnessed, there are truly beautiful achievements to be gained.  You may want to pursue a career in writing, film, studio art, photography, etc., to make a living, which is great, but the most important part of focusing on the Arts is to find something within yourself that enables growth, understanding, comfort, and at times, closure.  The literary and art community is not only important for simple aesthetics, but for the soul.

So, if you’re still stuck on your submission, click here to read the full article, “Science Shows Something Interesting About People Who Love to Write” to get a little inspiration.

Submission Guidelines

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • For visual art, sent us pictures of your artwork.  If there is any special information about the art, like the medium, influences, etc., feel free to include that as well.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

El Museo Latino Letras y Voses This Saturday!

EMLWe know you’re all planning on attending the second installment of the UNO Writer’s Workshop Reading Series tonight at 7:30, which will feature poet and translator, Carl Phillips.  However, if you’re looking for even m0re literary entertainment, then you should consider attending El Museo Latino’s Letras y Voses/Letters and Voices this Saturday, September 20th, at 1:00 p.m.  El Museo Latino is located at 4701 S. 25th St. Omaha, NE.  This museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing Latino art and history, and it is also the first museum of its kind in the Midwest between Chicago and Denver.  Lisa Sandlin, who is a Creative Writing instructor and a sponsor of 13th Floor Magazine is involved with El Museo Latino, and always encourages her students to check out an integral part of Omaha’s literary and ethnic community.  The featured readers for this event will be Miguel M. Morales, Mario Duarte, and Gustavo Adolfo Aybar.

This is a great opportunity to attend a reading series that has and emphasis on how culture and literature can blend together.  The museum is a great place to view some exhibits of Latino art and history, and to hear some talented authors showcase their work.  If you’re interested, then don’t hesitate.  We look forward to seeing you tonight in the Weber Art Gallery and on Saturday at El Museo Latino!

Don’t forget to send in your submissions!  The deadline is October 31st!

Don’t Forget About the Reading Series!

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Poet and translator, Carl Phillips.

Now that almost a month of school has gone by (already?), we know you’re all busy with homework, tests, projects, and extracurriculars. Keep up your fantastic work, but be sure to make time for a little fun in between those study sessions.  The Writer’s Workshop Fall Reading Series kicked off nicely last Wednesday with novelist Karen Gettert Shoemaker discussing her novel, The Meaning of Names.  This Wednesday, September 17th, poet and translator Carl Phillips will be the second guest, speaking in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in UNO’s literary and art community, and best of all, it’s for free!  So grab your friends and head down to Weber for Carl’s reading.

And don’t forget, the submission deadline for the next Issue is approaching quickly.  Send us your professional, polished work of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, photography…whatever!  If you’re passionate about something creative and want to showcase it, send it our way.  If you haven’t yet submitted to us, see the submission guidelines below.

Hope to see you this Wednesday at the reading, and equally hope to see your submissions rolling in!

Submission Guidelines

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • For visual art, sent us pictures of your artwork.  If there is any special information about the art, like the medium, influences, etc., feel free to include that as well.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

The Submission Deadline and The Fall Reading Series

Fall2014WWRSHello from 13th Floor!  Two weeks of the semester have already concluded, and we hope that your year is kicking off with productivity and classes that peak your interest.  Our staff and contributors are still buzzing with excitement over the release of our latest Issue, which debuted just last week.  Haven’t checked it out yet?  You should do so immediately!  To have your own copy of the Fall Issue, go to Amazon.com and download it onto your Kindle, PC, or smartphone.  The previous Issues are also available, and are equally worth checking out.

Now that we’ve released our Fall Issue, we are eagerly gearing up to prepare our Spring 2015 Issue.  In order to do that, however, we need submissions from all of you and your talented friends.  The deadline to submit for the Spring Issue is Friday, October 31st.  Although many of us have a passion for written craft, like fiction, poetry, non-fiction, essays, etc., we are also craving to feature more visual art.  So, if you’ve got a flare for photography, sculpture, watercolor, comic book illustration, whatever your forte – we want it.  We want the UNO community to have an outlet for their creativity, no matter what that might be.  If you haven’t submitted to us before, see the submission guidelines below.  We’re looking forward to your literary and artistic works, so get them in as soon as you can!

As your focus on your coursework and your submissions, it’s standard practice to take a little breather away from your work every now and again.  We’ve got the perfect solutions for you this semester.  Beginning Wednesday, September 10th, UNO’s college of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media is once again hosting the Writer’s Workshop Fall Reading Series.   It was a blast last year, and looks as though it will be again, especially since it will feature two of UNO’s talented staff members, Margaret Lukas and Cat Dixon.  Throughout this semester, there will be six guest authors presenting their work by doing readings, answering questions from the audience, and after, they’ll be doing book signings.  Next week, you can look forward to novelist Karen Gettert Shoemaker who will be presenting in the Weber Fine Arts Building Art Gallery at 7:30 pm.  An added bonus: these events are free and open to the public!  You can’t beat that, so we’d better see you there.  Make sure to check here for updates on the upcoming presentation throughout the semester.  To find out more about the Reading Series and the authors attending, click here.

Submission Guidelines

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • For visual art, sent us pictures of your artwork.  If there is any special information about the art, like the medium, influences, etc., feel free to include that as well.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

The Fall 2014 Issue Is Finally Here!

HappFall 2014y First Day of Classes from all of us here at 13th Floor Magazine!  The summer break flew by, but we hope it was filled with relaxation, great memories, and some much-needed free time to get some reading and writing in.  The staff of 13th Floor has been quite busy over the summer; we’ve been editing the last round of submissions, planning our deadlines for this upcoming school year, and assimilating our new, top-notch staff members to the team.  A couple of our members graduated this past May, requiring us to find new editors to fill their shoes.  We’d like to welcome James Johnson and Jordan Dinwiddie, who will be acting as our Lead Editor and our Lead Promotions Editor, respectively.  If you’d like to learn more about them, please visit our Meet the Staff page.

In addition to our new editors, we are excited to announce the release of our new Issue for Fall 2014!  As always, we are running our free promotional download for the first week of the semester.  If you visit Amazon.com from Tuesday, August 26th until Friday, August 29th, you can download our online Issue absolutely free.  After the 29th, it will be $4.99, so get it while you can.  This Issue’s cover art was, once again, the work of our talented resident photographer.  Some of you may know her as Chelsey Risney, but she is now Chelsey Richardson after getting married earlier this month.  Congratulations to Chelsey and her new husband, Nick!

All of our Issues feature creative, original works from students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  We accept all kinds of writing, like fiction, poetry, non-fiction, personal essay, etc., and we are also always looking to feature works of art and photography.  So if you’re not the best with words but can express creativity in other ways, please don’t hesitate to send your work our way.  We are taking rolling submissions, so you can submit to us whenever your work is ready.  If we love what you’ve sent, we’ll feature it in the next issue.   If you have never submitted to 13th Floor Magazine before, you’ll find the submission guidelines below.

Since this is the first week of school, UNO will be having its Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday, August 27th, from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the Pep Bowl, located near the Arts and Sciences Hall on Dodge Campus.  We will have representatives from 13th Floor Magazine to explain what we’re all about and answer any questions you might have about submissions or joining our team.  Make sure to come see us.  We are beyond excited to see what this year has in store for us and wish everyone the best of luck with the start of their Fall semester.

Submission Format

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

Staff Summer Reading List!

harrypotterpoaHope everyone is having a fantastic, fun filled summer so far!  With the semester being over, we hope there is more free time in everyone’s schedules.  For those of us on staff at 13th Floor Magazine, we can’t wait to use our newly found free time to do a little summer reading for pleasure than for homework.  So, to inspire you, we’ve compiled a list of books we’re looking forward to getting to read (or reread) over the next couple months.

To make it interesting, we’ve mixed our lists together to inspire each other with our very different tastes in literature.  Although we share a common passion for creating an outlet for our peers to showcase their original work, we all have very different picks for an exciting new read.  We encourage you to make your own list, or choose some from ours.  Curl up under the shade of your favorite tree or on a chair by the pool while soaking up the UV rays, and get lost in a new story for a while.

Here’s the list:

  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Insurgent by Victoria Roth
  • Farthest House by Margaret Lukas
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
  • The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • A Is For Alibi by Sue Grafton
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  • Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Math Girls by Hiroshi Yuki
  • The Tain: From the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge
  • On Certainty by Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • The Fire in the Fiction by Donald Maass
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel by Lionel Shriver
  • Anthropology of an American Girl by Hillary Thayer Hamann
  • The Dream of a Common Language by Adrinne Rich
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Enjoy your readings!  If you decide to read some from our list, let us know what you thought about the book or the author.  We look forward to getting lost between the covers of a book for a while and are excited to discussing them later.  Happy reading, and don’t forget your sunscreen!