Thursday Thoughts: Writers’ Resource for Publication

27 Jan

8:20 am, Thursday, 27 January, 2011 – Atlanta

Good day! This should be short and sweet, as we have our first visitors to Atlanta and I have to inhabit my domestic goddess role for a while. I was fascinated and uneasy that there were no responses to last week’s Thursday post, as that means either everyone agreed, nodded their collective heads and moved on, or everyone disagreed, but were feeling polite. Whichever, that makes for a tiny wrapup and a suggestion for those looking for sources of publication.

First, two items I strongly suggest you read, both interviews. The first is with Elizabeth Crawford, who many of you follow already on one of her several blogs. She has a fascinating background and history to her writing. Poets United‘s Sherry Blue Sky interviews her. Whether you know her or not, the interview is well worth a read. If you have not come across Elizabeth here are the blogs I know of: 1sojournal, unraveling, and Soul’s Music.

The second, timely, appeared in my inbox this morning. The interview appears in The Indie Collective, is by Judy Clement Wall, and is with Derek Haines, who writes in several genres, including poetry, and speaks specifically to self-publishing. As we head more and more in that direction, what he has to say is of interest.

Some of you may know of the resource I have been alluding to. I have been getting it in my inbox for over twelve years.  Creative Writers Opportunities List-Serve (CRWROPPS) is a Yahoo group, moderated by the poet Allison Joseph. This group posts calls for submissions and contest information, and jobs, for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

I set up a separate email for this as, several postings arrive every day. My methods for dealing with the amount is to go through once a day and remove everything that isn’t poetry. Some of you write flash fiction, and fiction, so you may have more to deal with. Then I skim what is left, star the ones of interest to come back to, and delete anything not relevant.

The beauty of this is that not only do you know who wants what, by when, but you can go visit their online sites and read through their archives to see if your writing is a match.

Here’s how to join CRWROPPS-B:

Go to
and click on “Join This Group,” in the top right corner. Follow the on-screen prompts to join.

Send a blank e-mail to
(replace (at) with @)

You will be sent an e-mail message with further instructions on how to join the list.

I can’t recommend this resource too highly.

See you tomorrow with the Friday roundup.




Posted by on 27/01/2011 in poetry, writing


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2 responses to “Thursday Thoughts: Writers’ Resource for Publication

  1. James

    29/01/2011 at 8:07 am

    Interesting… I’ll have to look into that listserve.

    (Oh, and thanks for the link last week and sorry for not saying so then.)

  2. margo roby

    29/01/2011 at 9:52 am

    CRWROPPS has been invaluable. And, no problem. You’re busy. I don’t know how everyone keeps track of and finds time to answer all comments. It does help to have them in my inbox.


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