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The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Haiku Submission Call

Cover of the original, from Wikipedia
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Joseph Campbell's summary of the monomyth.

A haiku may not seem like a hero's journey, three lines or less, 17 syllables or less (or more) there are so many variations, some even include other forms similar like senryu.

But anyone who has written a truly remarkable haiku knows the struggle over syllabic count or the new English translation of what the Japanese called 'on' or 'morae' or even content that is relevant to a potential audience.

Submissions Accepted: 
          August 1, 2018-October 31, 2018

Writing Knights is Seeking Reviews

Image from: https://hobbylark.com/
Writing Knights is looking to get our books reviewed. ALL of our books, including books long ago published and forgotten to most.

Below are the guidelines we are trying to follow, yes they seem stringent, but this is an experiment to see what this format can do for our sales. 

Compensation: $10/review AND 20% on net sales after the review is posted. Plus you get to read free poetry/fiction books. 

Written: About 500 Words (about 100 words for Fourplays)
Video: about 5 minutes (about 1 minute for Fourplays)

These video reviews are meant to make people want to purchase the books so they will need to be positive. If you do not feel positive about the book read, pass on it. No harm done.
Reviews should be about 80% content driven and 20% sales driven.  The following will help you parse out how to put the video together.

Build rapport
- compliment the audience or tell a joke or relatable anecdote

After building rapport, you can now give recommendations
- Talk about the result of the product (how the book will make the audience feel)

Demonstrate the result and the product
- read/recite an excerpt which exemplifies the feeling

You're really selling yourself and the product is just a part of it
- convey the emotional state the book puts you into, assert certainty. no uncertain language.

Be congruent with what you're saying
- be genuine in that certainty. enthusiasm even in somber emotions. if you feel the product is amazing let that feeling come through.

Interested reviewers email: writingknightspress@gmail.com Subject Line: "Writing Knights Book Review"

If you want to review our books, but do not want to follow the format below, you can contact us here: writingknightspress@gmail.com subject line: "Independent Book Review" and review them how you want. 
Send us a list of up to 5 books from the list and we will send a PDF of the book(s) you want to review.
click Read More to see our list of books for which we need reviews. 

Writing Knights wants to feature YOU!

Writing Knights is diving into a new era for our Take the Knight Off - Inspiration Showcase.  We are embracing the idea of themes and will eventually be looking for additional places to hold open mics and features throughout the Stark County/North East Ohio area.

Some of our upcoming themes include:
September - Falling into Autumn 
October: Spooky Verses 
November: Hunger 
December: Will It Snow? 

For our July show in addition to our first ever sWord Fight, we also have two amazing features: John Burroughs and Paul Mangus.

But after that we don't have anyone scheduled. Part of that is a lot of our creative energy is booking for the Grand Showcase, but a bigger part is, we want people to come to us to be featured. If people come to us, then we will know they want to feature and promote themselves.

Consider this an open invitation.  If you want to feature for Writing Knights at a 2nd Friday show, email us at writingknights@live.com Subject line: "Featuring for Writing Knights." Typical features are paid $20 for 20 minutes plus negotiable travel.

A couple notes:
We typically will not feature someone for pay more than once every 6 months (this does not include sWord Fights. We are super open about those, if you want to do one a month, we'll make it work).

Features do not necessarily follow the theme, but it's a good idea to have a few pieces in conjunction.
Asking to feature sooner than later is preferred, we will only book 3 features at most.

More will be added as situations arise.

Let's get you on stage!


"Hungry 4 Words" Food Drive November 9, 2018 & Submission Guidelines

Writing Knights in association will be coordinating poetic releases to raise money, awareness and nonperishable food for the Canton Sunday Picnic!

VENUE: Makeshift Makerspace
DATE: November 9, 2018
TIME: 7pm - 9pm
Offering: Food Drive 4 Play for 2 items of food (list pending) or $5
Offering: Limited run of Food Drive 4 play I, II each for $5 and III for $7 or ($15 for all three) each or 1 can of food each

FEATURES: Gabriel Ricard
          Want to feature? Email writingknights@live.com 
          Subj: "I want to feature at Hungry 4 Words"
sWord Fight: Gabriel Ricard vs ??? (what is a sWord Fight?

Facebook Event Here


          October 15, 2018

Email Address:

Email Subject:
          "Hungry 4 Words - Pen Name"

Email Body:
          Pen Name - Legal name; Email address; Titles of Pieces.

Email attachment:
          Up to 4 pieces. A piece consists of: 30 lines or less of poetry; or 200 words or less of prose (fiction or nonfiction); or 1 black and white word related image (an image that depicts words). You can submit a combination of any of these.
          1 black and white author image.
          25-50 words answering the question: Why Do I Write?
          *NOTE* DOC or DOCX files accepted (do NOT link to your GoogleDrive, we will ignore the submission).
          *NOTE* Images should be JPG or PNG and should be 300 dpi. Lower quality images will not show up well.
          If there are any issues with the file format, contact Writing Knights before submitting.

          We will accept either 4 pieces or 8 pieces total depending on the quality of the work (probably not more than one per person). Not every piece will be accepted.

Simultaneous Submissions:
          Accepted, but please let us know if it has been submitted elsewhere.  We prefer new pieces.

Length of Publication:
          We will print maximum of 2 runs of 50, if the first run of 50 sells out, we will produce the second.

          1 free author copy. Additional copies at $2.50 plus shipping (we're trying to raise money for a cause).


Post Showcase Plans - This Joust In Vol 1 Issue 6

For all of you who came to the Grand Showcase 2018, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The videos should all be up on the Youtube Page and eventually we will get videos posted here so casual fans can check things out. If you're a video editor who wants to do some freelance work, hit me up, I've got a lot on my plate as far as that goes.

The Grand Showcase went off with a few hitches, but in general was a good time to be had by all.

We conducted a sWord Fight between Daria Quinn and Franchessca Fallucco which was awesome (video to come) and served as a precursor for Daria to face Finn this Friday (August 10) at Take the Knight Off.

In the future we have some plans in the brainstorming phase to offer a little bit more than just vendors and performances.

(subject to change)

We want to have classes going on during the days, the classes would be writing based and performance based.

We have a couple different locations (same as this past event) so hopefully we'll be able to get them again, or close approximates.

We want to get a hold of more vendors next year. We didn't get as many as we were hoping for. We will try harder and longer. :)

We are thinking about a fee for the weekend or people can pay piecemeal for the different aspects they want to participate in. We don't want to charge, but we also don't want to go into debt to do this.

In the evenings, we want to have some stellar performances so we'll be looking and observing how people perform at our upcoming features.

We will ALSO be bringing back the Grand Tournament next year in our original format (since our changing it up didn't work out this year).

More to come on this front.

Additionally, we have multiple copies left of the Grand Showcase 2018 litmag.


We have multiple banners left over from the event if anyone who attended wants a piece of history. Email or message one of us on Facebook.

Thank you for reading!

Azriel Johnson
Director of Writing Knights

PS - If you want to receive our newsletter in your email inbox, send "Add me to This Joust In" to writingknightspress@gmail.com