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New literary journal launching for creative nonfiction

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Person, Place, Thing is now accepting personal essays and memoir (500-1000 words), narrative nonfiction (500-1000 words) and poetry (maximum of 3 per submission) for its first edition, slated for publication January 1, 2015.

The vision of the journal is an annual print magazine featuring talented emerging, new, and established writers of short nonfiction that illuminates, remembers, or offers insights. There will be a $50 prize for best in show for each of the three categories, to be selected by a panel.

The submission period is April 1-August 1, 2014, and selections will be made by August 15. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please advise right away if you are publishing the material elsewhere.

There is no reading fee, but there is an administrative fee of $5 (checks are best for your record-keeping) per submission. If, by some chance, enough submissions do not coalesce to produce this first edition, any administrative fees paid will be returned to the writers by the end of the submission period.

Submissions are by hard copy to Linda Chalmer Zemel, 1370 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221, with SASE if you would like your submission returned. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like notification that your manuscript arrived. The publisher is Déjà vu Productions, which is my business name.

As many of you know, I retired as adjunct assistant professor of English at SUNY Monroe Community College and I currently teach in the Communication Department at SUNY Buffalo State College. In the Western New York area, I created a weekly interview program, “What’s New,” on WHLD 1270 AM radio, and have been a News Book Reviewer for The Buffalo News on contemporary novels.

I have free-lanced for over twenty years, and currently I write the Buffalo Books and Buffalo Alternative Medicine columns for

My personal favorite past activities: I received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Rochester Institute of Technology College of Continuing Education for my work with adults returning to school after a hiatus, as well as the Exceptional Performance Award from the National Guild of Hypnotists for my work on their faculty. I have presented workshops on dreamwork for The Learning Annex in Toronto and New York City, and communication workshops for professional and civic groups.

Most favorite right now: writing books and articles, and now preparing to edit and publish this new literary journal.

Contact Linda at with any questions.


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