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WHAT? ME? SUBMIT TO THE JOURNAL? YES!

None of Us is in this Thing Alone

by Sue Wurster

A great many of our BOLLI members have been exploring new avenues of expression since arriving at 60 Turner Street.  Writing and photography classes have been fully subscribed, and our Special Interest Groups in these areas have offered additional venues for creative endeavor as well.  Wonderful work has come from these sources which has, in some cases, actually been something of a surprise to the artists and writers themselves!

I know that’s true–because that’s what  happened to me.

When I first joined BOLLI, I signed up to take Betsy Campbell’s “Five Short Stories in Five Weeks” writing course and got really nervous.  While I had always toyed with writing and had always dreamed of being published one day, I had never actually finished anything.  So, I figured this was going to be one last shot–if I couldn’t finish one story, much less five, I was going to just bag the whole thing.

To my delight, when the course ended, I found that I had actually finished not one but five short pieces.  I was thrilled!  But what had made the difference, I wondered.  Why had I finally been able to actually finish something after decades of not having been able to do so.  The answer was actually an easy one:  the class.  And I don’t mean the class content (although that was fun).  I mean the class members and instructor.

You see, in that class, we read our work out loud.  Every week.  And the class and instructor made comments.   The group made excellent observations and suggestions.  The strengths that we noted in each other’s pieces helped each of us to strengthen our own.  None of us, I realized, was in this thing alone.

But when it comes to the Journal,  we don’t have that kind of support, do we?  Well, actually, yes, we do.

This year, we have decided to operate in a somewhat different way.  Our editors will be reading and viewing work all along the way.  They will offer suggestions that they feel will strengthen the work and provide you with an opportunity to revise and resubmit it if you choose to do so.  Clearly, this applies more to literary work than visual art–but when it comes to images of your paintings, mosaics, furniture, sculpture, and the like, they may be able to help you show off those pieces in an even more positive light.

We hope that, by working with our writers and artists in this way, more of our BOLLI members will experience the satisfaction of seeing their items in print.

After all, none of us is in this thing alone!

“BOLLI Matters” webmaster Sue Wurster

It’s hard to believe that this is already my fourth year at BOLLI–it’s been quite a ride! 

 

THE BOLLI JOURNAL 2020: Now Accepting Submissions!

THE 2020 BOLLI JOURNAL IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

Yes, the next volume featuring the creative work of our BOLLI membership is underway, and we’re looking forward to seeing your work!

Submission Process

 BOLLI members may submit up to four pieces of writing and/or visual art/craft work (total) for consideration.  (Nor more than three per member will be published.) 

Writing: Any BOLLI member may submit original unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoir, topical essay, nature, travel, sports, food writing, etc.) poetry, or playwriting.  Please double space and number each page of your work, but do not write your name on your manuscript/s. Include a word count below the title of each piece being submitted.  (Items not to exceed 1000 words.)

Visual Art/Craft:  Any BOLLI member may submit original, unpublished high resolution photographs. High resolution images of original drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, etc. may also be submitted.  Photos must not be compressed, sent in “original” or “actual size,” (at least 300 ppi or pixels per inch), and in the sRGB color space.

Sending Materials:  Work should be submitted via email although hard copy may be left with Lily Gardner for scanning and sending via email.  (No particular computer program is preferred for submission, but all photography should be sent in high resolution.)  Indicate “Journal Submission” in the subject line of your email.  Material should be provided as attachments. Send to the editor at: susanlwurster@gmail.com.

Your submission will be acknowledged within a week of its receipt. If you do not receive such acknowledgment, contact editor Sue Wurster at: susanlwurster@gmail.com

Editorial Review:  All material will be reviewed (as “blind” submissions on a “rolling” basis) by The Journal committee:  Managing/Production Editor Sue Wurster and Art Editor Joanne Fortunato; Helen Abrams, Margie Arons-Barron, Lydia Bogar, Betsy Campbell,  Miriam Goldman, Dennis Greene, Donna Johns, Marjorie Roemer, Caroline Schwirian, and Larry Schwirian,  Genre editors will review, make suggestions for improvement, and present items to the full committee for consideration.

The editor will respond to members with suggestions from the committee for improving submitted work.  While we will be reviewing work on a rolling basis, final decisions regarding items to be included in this volume will be made after the September 30 submission deadline when all items will be considered for the volume as a whole.

Deadline for Submission: SEPTEMBER 30, 2019