Submission

Don’t be Spooked – Submission Deadline in One Week!

submissionsHey UNO writers and artists, Halloween is only a week away!  While this means that there’s an upcoming night filled with candy, costumes, and everything pumpkin, more importantly, Halloween is the submission deadline for 13th Floor Magazine’s next issue.  That’s Friday, October 31st.   If you haven’t sent us your work yet, don’t be scared; a week is plenty of time to refine something you’d like us to showcase.  Send us your best, creative, original work of fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry, sculpture, comics, paintings, personal essay, etc.  For those of you who haven’t submitted anything to us in the past and are apprehensive about a selection process, think of it like going into a haunted house.  You know it’s going to be frightening, and sure, there’s always a clown lurking somewhere with a chainsaw, but that’s half the fun, right?  Submitting your work for others to judge can often feel the same way; it’s nerve-wracking, but you have to get through the house and prove to yourself you can get past the clown, no matter how freaked out you might be.  We encourage all of our resident writers and artists to polish up their favorite works and get them to us soon.  Every submission we get is another treat added to our metaphorical Jack-O-Lantern basket, so keep ’em coming!

On a note of holiday spirit, here’s a link to the origin story of how Halloween came to be.  Did you know that this ancient holiday is of Celtic origin?  This short read could also get your creative juices flowing if you’re still trying to create something to submit.  To read about the interesting origin of Halloween, 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!

Feedback: A New Reading Series at the Kaneko Library

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Sarah Mason: Host of Feedback Reading Series

Mark you calendars, everyone.  There are a lot of important dates coming up that you do not want to miss.  First and foremost, the next submission deadline is Friday, October 31st!  This is a busy point in the semester, so if you can send us your work sooner rather than later, that’s one less thing you need worry about. We know and appreciate that it takes extra time to prepare submissions for 13th Floor Magazine on top of your other school work, but we don’t want you to miss out on having your work published.  If you are unfamiliar with the Submission Guidelines, see below.

Secondly, and just as important,  Poet and Adjunct Professor, Sarah Mason, will be hosting a new reading series at the downtown Kaneko Library called feedback.  This reading series coupled with a follow-up workshop will be a new and exciting opportunity for experienced and up-and-coming writers in the Omaha area.  The reading event will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 7-9 p.m.  How it works: The readings will feature two writers who are seeking feedback on writing they have previously completed.  They will present their chosen works to the audience, who will, in turn, give their feedback to the reader.  Then, on Saturday, October 18th at 2 p.m., the same readers from Thursday will continue their dialogue with the audience members as they lead a workshop session to conclude the feedback process.  The featured readers/workshop leaders this month will be Jen Lambert and Stacey Waite.  Both authors are fantastic for agreeing to be part of the first feedback session, and it should be a blast getting to work with them.  If you’d like to know more about Jen, click here, and for Stacey, click here.

The goal of feedback is to spark a conversation between writers – whether they are seasoned authors or students in their first semester of the Writer’s Workshop program, it doesn’t matter.  It’s important that there is good attendance at this event in order to have substantial dialogues between the readers and the audience.  Best of all, feedback is free and open to the public! As these readings will be every three months, once per quarter, you will want to attend as many as possible to really immerse yourself in the feedback process.  Get excited, this is going to be great for the literary and art community in Omaha.  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!

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!

Hey Writers, It’s National Poetry Month!

platoAs many of you likely already know, April is National Poetry Month.  This is particularly an exciting time for student writers, as many different events pop up this month to honor the written word for those who have a knack for rhyme, meter, or rhythm. Although this is also a hectic time of year, what with the spring semester coming to a close, there are still a couple of events left that showcase poetic talent right here in Omaha.  On Wednesday, April 23rd, the on-campus group Maverick Productions is hosting the MavProse Poetry Series on Pacific Campus at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) room 158 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  This event will comprise of multiple students sharing original poetry, short stories, acoustic music, etc.  The best part is, anyone can participate!  Free coffee drinks will be provided for each person attending by the Sleepless from Seattle Coffee Cart and there will be raffles for prizes, like gift cards to the Bookworm.  As writers, we simply must participate especially if a bookstore gift card is up for grabs!  If you are interested in participating or have questions, e-mail Maverick Productions member Libby Kane at lkane@unomaha.edu.

The following evening on Thursday, April 24th, from 7:00-8:30 pm, many students from UNO’s Writer’s Workshop will be reading their various original work at the Kaneko Library downtown.  The Kaneko is located at 1111 Jones St., which can make for a fun spring evening downtown in the Old Market after the reading concludes.  There are some great opportunities to support you classmates and friends during National Poetry Month, and even the chance to participate in one if you’re not already signed up to do so.   We hope you can make it to one or both events and look froward to seeing you there.  Happy National Poetry Month!

Remember, the extended deadline for Issue 3 submissions ends TODAY!  If you haven’t already sent us your original, creative work of fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay, micro fiction, poetry, art, etc.  do so by the end of the day.  We want what you’ve got!

Surprise! We’ve Extended the Deadline!

typewriterHey writers and artists, we have a surprise for you!  Mark those calendars again, because 13th Floor Magazine has decided to extend our submission deadline for upcoming Issue 3 to Monday, April 14th.  This has been a wildly busy semester, jam packed with tests, projects, work, and trying to make time to write for ourselves in addition to everything else on our plate.  We thought everyone could use a bit more time fine-tuning their works intended for submission, which inevitably ended up on the back burner because of other necessary responsibilities.  So, if you didn’t get a chance to submit your creative, original works of fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay, micro fiction, poetry, or art, now is the time to do it.  We have a number of submitted work already, but always want more.  There is an impressive amount of creativity at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and we want everyone to have an opportunity to show themselves through their passion.  Please see below for exactly how to submit your final work to us.  Best of luck, and happy writing!

 

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!