moonShine review announces Contest to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

moonShine review celebrates 10 years!The editors of moonShine review are thrilled to announce the addition of a Prize Contest to celebrate our 10 years as a publication.

We will award one $50 prize for best prose piece submitted, which will be featured in the upcoming issue.  A $50 prize will be awarded for best photograph submitted to this year’s anniversary issue, and a $25 prize will be awarded to the photographer whose photo is featured on the cover.  Finalists will be published and receive two free copies of the anniversary journal plus your choice of a previous issue (excluding out-of-print issues).

Guest judges will choose the winners (TBA).

[NOTE: Pieces in addition to the winners/finalists also will be included in the publiation.  And any submissions received without an entry fee will NOT be considered for this anniversary issue but will be saved and considered for the 2015 Spring Issue of moonShine review.]


CONTEST RULES
(Note the submission guidelines below ARE different from our normal guidelines)

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1.  All entries due (postmarked) by July 1, 2014.

2.  The entry fee is $5.00 (see specific guidelines below).

3.  Entries should be mailed to the following address:

MOONSHINE PROSE CONTEST
401 Stonewater Bay Lane
Mount Holly, NC 28120

4.  If emailing entry, please submit to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

NOTE: If entering via email, you must still send your payment to the above address before your submission will be considered.  Please include a cover letter with your payment which states all your contact information and the titles of your pieces.

5.  Please make checks payable to Anne M. Hicks.

PROSE SUBMISSIONS:

1.  For the entry fee of $5.00, you may enter up to two pieces of prose, each a maximum of 2,500 words.

2.  Include a cover letter with contact information and the titles of the pieces in your email and/or postal mail.

3.  Do NOT put your name anywhere on the piece itself.

4.  DO include the title of the story on every page and number the pages.

PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSIONS:

1.  For the entry fee of $5.00, you may enter up to eight photographs to be considered for the inside and cover.

2.  Photos for consideration inside must be a minimum of 300 dpi and 4″ x 6″ in size (vertical photos preferred).

2.  Photos submitted for cover consideration must be at least 300 dpi and 11″ x 8.5 ” in size (landscape ONLY).

3.  Submit high resolution JPEG only.

4.  If submitting via postal mail, send photos on a PC-formatted CD to:

MOONSHINE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
401 Stonewater Bay Lane
Mount Holly, NC 28120

5.  If submitting via email, send inquiry FIRST to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com as to best method for file transfer.

Thank you and Good Luck!

This Year Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of moonShine review

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of moonShine review, we’re mixing it up and doing a few things differently this year. 

We’re breaking many of our own submission rules!

First off, we are publishing only ONE issue this year, but that issue will be super-sized and filled with writers and photographers from our past ten years!  We invite all authors and photographers back to submit for this special issue and encourage new and aspiring writers and photographers to submit as well.  And, for this celebration, we will publish multiple photographers in a single issue.

Note that our submissions deadline this year will be July 1 (no March 1 or September 1 for this year only).

Please invite all your writer and photographer friends to submit—and spread the word!

Thank you,
Anne M. Hicks
Executive Editor & Publisher, moonShine review

New Book Release: moonShine review

MR 18 CoverMOONSHINE REVIEW
Volume 9, Issue 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

As the cold sets in and winter looms before us, I feel solitude creep into my soul. So, it is not surprising to find isolation the predominant theme for this issue of moonShine review.

The characters this time deal with this theme differently: some speak with comedic parody, some see through elected alienation, others taste paralyzing fear. A choice few touch the core and move toward freedom. All struggle with feelings of confinement, detachment, concealment, and reclusion—whether self-imposed or due to outside forces.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Claire Armstrong, Carolyn Light Bell, Teresa Tumminello Brader, Susannah S. Cecil, Barbara V. Evers, Lynne T. Pickett, Gary V. Powell, Spencer R. Rackley, Bob Strother, Richard Allen Taylor, Elizabeth B. Watson, and Featured Photographer, Leslie M. Rupracht

The cost is $8.00 plus shipping & handling.  Please click on the following link to order through Paypal:

OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Hicks
Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine Submissions Deadline Extended to September 16th

We are extending our next deadline for moonShine review submissions to September 16th.

Before submitting, please review our submissions guidelines on the website and our ”About moonShine review” page. I also encourage writers to read one of our issues, if you have not already done so.  Photographers, I encourage you to pick up a sample issue, too, and remember that we feature only ONE photographer per issue, so providing a wide variety of sample photographs when submitting is important.

Please feel free to email any questions you may have to mooneshinereview@carolina.rr.com, but always check the guidelines on the website FIRST, as many questions are readily answered.

Thanks so much.

Anne M. Hicks

Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine review: Spring/Summer 2013 Issue NOW AVAILABLE!

Latest Issue: MOONSHINE REVIEW
Volume 9, Issue 1

MR 17 Cover-FrontWe all fall down. Some of us get back up, some don’t. Some of us get better, some are not so fortunate. But one thing remains consistent—the choices we make along the way define us for life.

Choice, or lack thereof, is the binding theme for this issue of moonShine.
Some of these stories tell how our choices make us who we are, who we
will be. Others convey a sense of the times, confirming that society has
much to do with our ability to choose. And some stories unfold to reveal
the hardest truth—that choice holds profound and sometimes tragic consequences, but not choosing can be just as destructive.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Dan Lythcott-Haims, featured photographer

Authors: Sara Claytor, Barbara V. Evers, Terresa Haskew, Annie Maier,
Ray McManus, Laura S. Moore, Ruth Moose, Stacy Post, Carol Reid,
Lisa Rubenson, Bob Strother, Elizabeth B. Watson

The cost is $8.00 plus shipping & handling.  Please click on the following link to order through Paypal:

OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Hicks, Executive Editor and Publisher
Beth A. Cagle, Senior Editor
Leslie M. Rupracht, Photography and Copy Editor

We love you and want to publish you!

Hi folks,

We definitely appreciate the many submissions we receive for each issue of moonShine review.  We love your writings, and I am here as an independent publisher to give voice to independent writers who are trying to have their first (or third, or tenth) unpublished work out there for the world to read.  (Photographers, please note this post is about the writers submitting.)

But, sometimes, you make my job harder.

Perhaps it is my fault.  Perhaps I made the guidelines too lengthy, too descriptive.  I did that because, a few years ago, we found that about 50% of the writers who submitted did not follow our submission guidelines.  I thought that was a result of us not being clear enough, so I rewrote the guidelines to be more exact, more precise, more detailed.  It doesn’t seem to have helped.  We still receive about 50% that do not meet guidelines.

As I said, we receive a lot of submissions.  We really don’t have the time to wade through those that do not meet our guidelines, nor go back and forth with authors who do not provide what we need, in the way we require it.   But we do anyway.

That results in me spending 50% MORE time to ready your submission for the judges. So, a submission that comes in meeting all our guidelines takes me about 5 minutes to process, and a submission that does not meet all the guidelines takes at least 15 to 30 minutes to process (depending on how many guidelines it does not meet and how many communications go back to the author).

Multiply that by the number of submissions, and you know why we don’t meet the dates we commit to for response or publication.  (NOTE: The least number of submissions we ever received, during the first two years we were in publication, was 50.  That still took up many hours.)

Those that follow the guidelines—THANK YOU!  Those that don’t, please understand I really hate stressing this, but you cost me time and money.  It’s cliché to say, yet there really are only 24 hours in the day.  If I spend extra time on one thing, something else has to suffer.  (I have a full-time job beyond this publishing endeavor, just to note.)

So, ask yourself this: Would you like me to spend my time on the process of logging in your submission or would you like me to spend my time considering the writing itself, reading IT carefully and giving you my full attention and you full credit for your writing?

Depending on your answer, you may or may not want to revisit our submissions guidelines page:

http://moonshinereview.wordpress.com/main/.

If you really cannot click the mouse and read the guidelines, then please, at least, meet my top 3 requirements (and I’ll even tell you why):

(1) Do NOT put your name anywhere on the piece itself—we judge anonymously.  WHY is this important? Because you want to be judged on your writing’s merit, but from my perspective… it’s easy enough for me to revise a doc submitted via email in soft copy, but it still takes time.  If you submit in hard copy, imagine yourself cutting and pasting little white strips of paper across names and personal info on every page of a story (white out doesn’t work, folks) and then scanning that into a computer —and scanning into the computer is not a matter of placing all the sheets into the feeder, but placing each page individually on the scanner face, scanning, saving, printing, then the next… and the next… and the next…

(2) Include ALL your contact info and your bio (mailing address, email, phone) in the body of the email or on a cover sheet when you submit.  WHY is this important?  I log every entry the moment it comes in, give it a number, and have a spreadsheet with all your info so that we know, when your piece is chosen, who to contact and where to mail your complimentary copy!  In this, the hard copy submitters get it right 99% of the time, but email submitters don’t.  It takes time to email back and forth to ask you for information you should assume I need in the first place.

(NOTE: I wanted to make #3 about how to format your story/piece, but I’ve almost given up on that happening.)

(3) Your bio needs to be 50 words or less and written in the THIRD PERSON.  WHY is this important?  We have limited space.  I love your life stories, but I’m still going to edit them to 50 words (even when you do meet 50 words, if it’s in first person, I rewrite it in third person and have to adjust your sentences).  I have rewritten so many bios over the years, I am very likely to screw something up!  You don’t want me to be responsible for your bio not saying what you want it to say, but I have limited space and a printing budget.  The stories take precedence.  The bios are limited to 3-4 pages.  If yours is too long, I will revise it, but I hate to.  (And, almost as important, I suggest you make your bio creative, but I think I’ll change that to require.  Our journal is all about creativity.  You can list places you’ve been published, but give us something personal to share with the readers.  Read my bio, or Leslie’s, or Beth’s, or the featured photographer’s every time, or any past issue to gain a perspective.)

My #1 would have been, just read the “about page” on our website, but if you want to, you already have.  If you don’t, you never will.  Still, I get at least 20 writers a season ask me this: “What theme do you have this time?” or “What is your journal about?”  Among publishers, those are “Kill Questions.”  It’s on the website.

Which brings me to… I’m not asking anything special of you that any other publisher wouldn’t ask.  Read our guidelines.  I trust you are serious writers: be serious “submitters” too.  Respect me the way I respect you.

Thank you all for your continued support, and I really do value your input.  If the guidelines are, in any way, unclear, please email me directly and let me know: moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.  I am ALWAYS open to feedback and improvement of our journal and our website.

Thanks,

Anne M. Hicks
Executive Editor and Publisher

March 1 is Submission Deadline for Spring Issue of moonShine review

Our next deadline for moonShine review  is fast approaching!  Please submit your creative prose and photography by March 1.

Before submitting, please review our submissions guidelines on the website and our ”About moonShine review” page. I also encourage writers to read one of our issues, if you have not already done so.  Photographers, I encourage you to pick up a sample issue, too, and remember that we feature only ONE photographer per issue, so providing a wide variety of sample photographs when submitting is important.

Please feel free to email any questions you may have to mooneshinereview@carolina.rr.com, but always check the guidelines on the website FIRST, as many questions are readily answered.

Thanks so much.

Anne M. Hicks

Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine Latest Issue NOW AVAILABLE!

MOONSHINE REVIEW Volume 8, Issue 2 NOW AVAILABLE!

#16 coverAs the sun sets on this issue of moonShine review, I see a glorious richness of colors blending on the horizon—a typical and fitting November skyline, especially considering the content herein.

Initially, these stories appear to be painted in vivid diversity. Broad strokes mark the transitions from one piece to the next as we move from avant silhouettes of loneliness to abstract portraits of familial love. We are tinted by faith and shaded through desire, etched in fire and brushed with tragedy.

But, together, the authors have drawn one canvas of thought: how we are connected in life to one another and the importance of choice—whether we choose or someone else chooses for us. We all live in fear and hope, amidst adversity and love, and the characters portrayed here know this intimately.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Dede Norungolo, featured photographer

Authors: Terry Barr, Vicki Collins, Steve Cushman, Steve Fayer, Karen Luke Jackson, Sandra Redding, Carol Roan, Peg Steiner, Bob Strother, Richard Allen Taylor, Margo Williams, Tamra Wilson, Douglas Wyant

The cost is $8.00 plus shipping & handling.  Please click on the following link to order through Paypal:

OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Hicks, Executive Editor and Publisher

Beth A. Cagle, Senior Editor

Leslie M. Rupracht, Associate Editor

Next Submissions Deadline: September 1

Our next deadline for moonShine review  is fast approaching!  Please submit your creative prose and photography by September 1st!

Before submitting, please review our submissions guidelines on the website and our “About moonShine review” page. I also encourage writers to read one of our issues, if you have not already done so.  Photographers, I encourage you to pick up a sample issue, too, and remember that we feature only ONE photographer per issue, so providing a wide variety of sample photographs when submitting is important.

Please feel free to email any questions you may have to mooneshinereview@carolina.rr.com, but always check the guidelines on the website FIRST, as many questions are readily answered.

Thanks so much.

Anne M. Hicks

Executive Editor and Publisher

Latest Issue of moonShine review Released!

MOONSHINE REVIEW Volume 8, Issue 1 NOW AVAILABLE!

We have traveled near and far to bring together this issue of moonShine review. These stories present journeys, literally and metaphorically, as characters wander—through bleak, bland, or beautiful landscapes; via memory or imagination—toward new perspectives. They don’t necessarily reach better places, but they, and we, do achieve greater awareness and understanding.

Vagabonds and well-to-do’s merge to form the most coalesced issue we’ve ever published. More than ever, I encourage you to read this journal in order from first page to last. As always, our writers show us a common thread that becomes the theme, but rarely do the stories knit together as if they were just waiting to meet each other.

Special Thanks to the following contributors:

Eleanor Leonne Bennett, featured photographer

Authors: Terry Barr (Greenville, SC), Steve Fayer (Boston, MA), Maureen Ryan Griffin (Charlotte, NC), Jennifer Happensack (Charlotte, NC), Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak (Lancaster, SC), Charles Israel, Jr. (Charlotte, NC), Kitty Liang (Davis, CA), Virginia M. Mohlere (Spring, TX), Gary V. Powell (Cornelius, NC), Katie M. Rupracht (Central Square, NY), Bob Strother (Greenville, SC), and Nancy Young (Fuquay-Varina, NC)

The cost is $8.00 plus shipping & handling.  Please click on the following link to order through Paypal:

OR, for single or multiple copies or to pay by check, please inquire directly to moonshinereview@carolina.rr.com.

Please visit our submission guidelines on this site before submitting for future issues.

Thank you all for making this publication a reality!

Anne Hicks, Executive Editor and Publisher

Beth A. Cagle, Senior Editor

Leslie M. Rupracht, Photography & Copy Editor