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Issue #2 to Release January 13th

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We received a lot of amazing submissions for this round, and we are very excited to showcase the talented writers we have at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Issue 2, our Spring 2014 issue, will be released January 13th just in time for the start of the Spring semester. The beautiful cover image is by our resident photographer Chelsey Risney and sets the mood for spring perfectly.

You can get yours for FREE during the first week of classes, January 13th-17th, from Amazon. After January 17th, the magazine will be $4.99.

13th Floor Magazine is an ebook format magazine for the Amazon Kindle ereader, which is also available as a free application for your computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Learn more about the free Kindle reading application here.

Don’t wait, start getting your submissions for Fall 2014 ready now!

Submission Format

  • Files should be in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Do not put your name anywhere in the documentDo not put your name in the filename. Use the title of your work in the filename only. We read blind, so that our editors do not know the name of the submitter and our selection process is fair and unbiased.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file). How you write your bio is up to you, but you can look at our Meet The Staff page to get some ideas. If your submission is accepted for publication, your bio will be included in the magazine.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Ensure your submission has been thoroughly edited for spelling and grammar so that it represents your best work possible. Remember, you can use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • For more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

Email Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, email it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your bio in the body of your email!

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!

You can still get your copy of 13th Floor Magazine Issue 1 on Amazon.com for $9.99. The proceeds for all sales go directly toward making future issues more awesome!13th Floor Magazine is an ebook available exclusively on Amazon. If you don’t have a kindle ereader, you can get Amazon’s FREE Kindle app for your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or home PC. Visit Amazon to learn more.
Good Luck!

Issue 2 Submission Deadline: Oct 31st

Submit your work for Issue 2 now. Deadline is Oct 31st!

1838_517146578337229_1805674618_nWe are currently seeking submissions for Issue 2! We want to see your polished fiction, non-fiction, micro-fiction, poetry and other creative endeavors in our email inbox by October 31st, 2013.

Submission Format

  • Files should be in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Do not put your name anywhere in the documentDo not put your name in the filename. Use the title of your work in the filename only. We read blind, so that our editors do not know the name of the submitter and our selection process is fair and unbiased.
  • Include a brief bio in the body of your email (NOT in your submission document file). How you write your bio is up to you, but you can look at our Meet The Staff page to get some ideas. If your submission is accepted for publication, it will be included in the magazine.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Ensure your submission has been thoroughly edited for spelling and grammar so that it represents your best work possible. Remember, you can use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • For more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

Email Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, email it to 13thfloormagazine@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your bio in the body of your email!

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!

You can still get your copy of 13th Floor Magazine Issue 1 on Amazon.com for $9.99. The proceeds for all sales go directly toward making future issues more awesome!13th Floor Magazine is an ebook available exclusively on Amazon. If you don’t have a kindle ereader, you can get Amazon’s FREE Kindle app for your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or home PC. Visit Amazon to learn more.
 Good Luck!

Cover: Sneak Peek

NewCoverHere’s a sneak peak at the gorgeous cover image by Chelsey Risney we’ve selected for issue #1, due to be released on August 26th. Don’t forget that it will be free to download for the first week, so be sure to get your copy during that promotion!

Don’t have a Kindle reading device? That’s fine! You can get the free kindle reading app for any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC/MAC computer! To learn more, visit Amazon.

Day 9: 5 days left!

How was that?

Whew! Have you come out of your writing coma? I know I have! I needed a little fresh air! But now you can feel comfort because everything is out on the page and you have a really great rough draft! Just in time for some killer revision process before 13th Floor Magazine’s deadline on April 14th!

Today, after such a long weekend of writing your story, take a break! Go to the park, go shopping, go do other homework, watch television … anything to get your mind distanced from your piece. But be sure to do a little something before you go to bed:
Pull out your journal or notebook from your bedside table and muse on these three questions:

1. What is the goal of my piece?
2. What am I trying to tell my audience?
3. What aspect of the human condition am I trying to touch upon?

These are the questions we explored before you wrote the piece. Now, reexplore them after you’ve written your draft to reground yourself in the very core of the story.

Tomorrow we start revising!

Day 5: 9 Days Remaining!

ihaveastory_2Go write!

Okay, NOW the moment you’ve all been waiting for! You’ve been inspired, you’ve spent two days with your characters, you’ve drawn up a game plan, now you can finally go write!

Remember, “the world is full of great writers who missed their deadlines,” to quote UNO Writer’s Workshop Professor Miles Waggener. Set aside uninterrupted time to write. Lock the doors, turn off that always-hot iPhone, and really focus. You only have 9 days left, after all!

Have fun!

Day 4: 10 Days Remaining!

ihaveastory_1 Outlining and Diagraming.

How did yesterday go? Are your poor characters worn out from being trapped in an Arabian city, or whatever stressful situation you chose to put them in? Good!

Today is a day for you to reflect not on the character you will be working with, but the story you will be telling. Some writers find it is easiest to jump into a piece and let the creative juices flow.
Some, however, find it better to step back and look at the entire picture, then dive into little pools of the whole story. Either way, today’s exercise will help you organize your thoughts, encouraging you to create the best piece possible.

Today, take thirty minutes and first, write a list of things you want to accomplish in your piece. What common human aspect are you trying to touch upon? What is your goal with this piece? What events are happening? What do those events mean to your character?

Next, draw it out. List form, picture form, railroad form, hamburger-syle, hotdog-style, whatever! This is your own personal web of action. This will help you figure out what themes you want to chase, and how the goals of your story fit in with the movement of the work.

Remember, there is no correct way to do this. Just let the mind vomit transform itself on the page however you feel most comfortable.

Day 3: 11 Days left before our deadline, Writers!

ihaveastory_4Date Night Continued. 

So, do you remember that awful movie, “Date Night”? The one with Tina Fey and Steve Carell? (I must be in a Tina Fey mood, since I’ve mentioned her twice in two days – her book “Bossy Pants” is great; a recommended read!) The concept of “Date Night” is pretty simple: two predictable characters get into some unpredictable situation, and as an audience, we get to watch them stretch and contort to try to handle the situation within the means of their character. It doesn’t mean they come out of the situation the same as they were before. At the end of the movie, the characters were free and had returned to the core of their personalities.

So, yesterday you thought through your character. You had your date night. At this point you know their back story, you know their favorite color, their hopes and dreams, their current reality, their fears, their likes and dislikes. Today, you’re going to test what you know.

Put your character through an unpredictable situation. Maybe they’re stuck in an airport? Perhaps they got on a bus, fell asleep, and ended up at an unknown destination? Don’t feel any pressure to put this situation into your final piece. Just throw them through hoops and see how they perform. Hopefully, at the end, they will come out free and fresh, centered at the core of who they really are.

Have fun!

April 2nd: Day 2!

Have a Date with your Character

Did you have fun digging through family secrets yesterday? And how did your free write go? Did you pinpoint a character you want to work with? I sure did! And as much as I want to hop into a full blown relationship with that character and write his life story, I have to take it slow. A first date, perhaps?

Take today and muse, Homer-style. Come up with questions to ask that character, and really dive into their personality to see how they would answer them. The point of this exercise is to get to know the character through and through. You may not know where your piece will take your new character, and so you must be prepared to count on them to act within their true selves.

Tina Fey, on the set of “Mean Girls,” once said that she knew everything about each of the characters down to what their family used to call them when they were babies. Silly, right, since they’re not real people? Wrong. You are creating real people on the page for the audience. The outcome for Tina Fey was a stellar comedy with deep, incredibly consistent characters.

I have come up with a few questions to help you and your character get to talkin’!

1. What is your favorite color? And why? What relationship have you had with that color?
2. You’re with a group of friends – some you like, some you dislike greatly – and they jump off a cliff. Do you do the same?
3. What was your mom like?
4. Tell me about your childhood bedroom?
5. What was your favorite class in school? Tell me about the experience of going there every day.

Countdown to the Deadline

April 1st: Day 1

Writers, April is going to be great! We are shedding winter, welcoming spring, and blooming as writers!

In the month of April we will be counting down the 13th Floor Literary Magazine’s deadline! Each day, check in with us on Facebook and on our website (www.13thfloormagazine.com) to walk through 14 days of the writing and submission process. For day one, we need some inspiration!

This exercise is fun! It can sometimes seem burdensome to pick out the perfect story to tell. Sometimes there are so many, and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be a single idea. Go through your family photos and look at each one of them. Perhaps you live in a house where many family portraits are hung on the walls. Or perhaps you have to dig out a photo box. Either way, examine each person in the photos. Examine the ones of yourself as well. Look back and laugh at your eighth grade school photo – were you wearing one of those obnoxious plastic choker necklaces? Was your hair spiked blonde like JT’s?

How did the people who grew up to be your family and friends influence you throughout your life? If you are writing fiction, take inspiration from your uncle, who you have photos of drunk at your parents’ wedding, and extract a character from him. How did that character end up years later?

Then, when you’ve examined the photos, take a step outside the room, or away from the photo box, and free write for 10 minutes. It doesn’t matter what you write about, just let the inspiration from looking at the photos influence your pen. Once you are done, take a break from this and go work on another piece for the rest of the day. Sometimes as writers we have to take things in strides. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.