Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine 29

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About

The Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine (SBLAAM), begun by members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (OLLI Asheville), has its roots in revitalization and the “reinvention of retirement” that can come in “life’s second half” (to quote OLLI Asheville). First, we want to make the SBLAAM public and accessible, hence an online format. Second, where the original magazine was seen as a showcase for OLLI Asheville members’ work, the SBLAAM continues to offer that opportunity while also reaching out to seniors and other members in the greater area, as well as being open to submissions from anyone, anywhere. In subject matter as well, the SBLAAM explores the wide spectrum of the senior citizen’s life, but we do not isolate that experience. We see it as inclusive of all aspects of living, and as a result welcome submissions on any topic and in any voice or style. Our main criteria is that the work be good: it should engage the reader/viewer. Art should not merely strike a familiar chord; it should enrich our experience. It must (in the words of Ezra Pound) “make it new.”

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2013

Audience

Open to a broad Audience, including: Seniors/Pensioners, Americans, People in a specific region.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Open

Dates:
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Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK OK No OKText format submissions
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Nonfiction Open

Dates:
Rolling Submission Periods: Check cut-off dates.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Review ReviewUp to 5,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Essay EssayUp to 5,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
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Poetry Open

Dates:
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Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 4 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
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OK OK No OKText format submissions
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Visual Art Open

Dates:
Rolling Submission Periods: Check cut-off dates.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUp to 12 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKImage format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2019
Last Checked: 31 Jul 2019 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 19 Aug 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 02 Sep 2014

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