January 1, 2016

New Year Wishes and Submissions Updates

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Happy New Year!

Thank you for helping CW magazine grow and sending in your stories and essays in 2015.  We have enjoyed another year of working on the magazine and the website, bringing you stories from all over the world by intercultural writers—both beginners and veterans.

We have open submissions for the foreseeable future in Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Novelettes, Novel excerpts, Personal Essays & Memoirs.

We also have two new categories open: Plays (drama) and Poetry!

For poetry, submissions close on the 31st of March, so hurry and send in your poems.  We hope to publish the first poems on CW Magazine’s pages in the beginning of summer.

Please read the  guidelines carefully before submitting and make sure your submission qualifies for our publication (Note: poetry guidelines are on a separate page).  We hope to read your work soon.

All the best for 2016 and keep writing,

CW Team

December 21, 2015

8th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: An Eclectic Mix

Our eighth edition contains an eclectic mix of literature in this edition, including an interview with award-winning editor and writer Tara L. Masih. Two personal essays by Christine Stoddard and Paul Sohar—as distinct as can be in terms of voice and content. We also bring you fiction by Turkish-American Adnan Adam Onart and British-Irish Clive Collins.

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December 2, 2015

CWM Is Open for Poetry from 1st January till 31st March

We are happy to announce that Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine is accepting Poetry Submissions from the 1st of January until the 31st of March 2016. We intend to begin publishing poetry in our magazine in the summer of 2016. Therefore, the poems that are accepted will remain with us for a longer duration than usual, before they are online.

If you are interested in submitting poetry, see the submission guidelines for poetry for more details.

 

CW team.

November 21, 2015

Dear Readers,

Cecile’s Writers Magazine continues to grow and demands more of our time and attention. We are happy with the progress there and are working hard to ensure writers get the maximum attention we can afford to offer them so that their stories are published with us. Stay tuned for new developments and features in the near future.

We will continue to update this blog, but it will not be as frequently as we would like it to be. Thank you for your continued support and interest in both our Magazine and blog.

CW team.

October 23, 2015

Literary Tidbits

Lets get right down to it, I love literature and I love the different genres literature offers: prose, poetry, drama, and criticism.  If I really have to choose a favourite, mine is prose.  I certainly wouldn’t hold it against anyone though if they loved another genre, even if it wasn’t literary but more mainstream or commercial.  To each his own.  So when one friend killed another in a drunken argument in Russia, because the former insisted that poetry was superior to prose, I say it’s taking a love for literature one step too far.

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Rushdie (Courtesy of artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)

Rushdie (Courtesy of artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)

It’s an age-old argument that we have to keep fighting for: censorship is a no! So kudos to the organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair for sticking with Salman Rushdie as the person to open the fair, with the Iranians threatening to boycott the event if they went ahead with their plans.  And kudos to Mr Rushdie’s outspokenness against censorship.

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October 16, 2015

Book Obsession

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My husband and I needed to clear a room, which meant I had to get rid of some books.  I was heartbroken when I took three boxes filled to the brim to our local library.  I couldn’t possibly bring myself to trash them, and although I can’t enjoy them anymore, I’m glad that most of them at least will get a new home and lots of new readers.

Thank goodness we still have one bookcase in the living the room that is filled with books – two rows on each shelf.  I wouldn’t be surprised if late one night we are woken up by the whole thing crashing down.  I wonder how many of them I will ever read again?  Probably just a handful, but their presence comforts me, and I like the idea that I could lend them to friends and family who haven’t had the joy of reading them yet.

Yes, I suppose I’m obsessed, but this quote shows me that I’m not alone:

Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.

-Jeanette Winterson

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October 13, 2015

The Booker Prize and Puffs

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In an informative article ‘Do rave reviews on book covers count as literary criticism?‘ published in the NewStatesmen, Dr Wilson discusses the literary puff, i.e. the promotional blurbs that appear on book jackets and press releases.  I like that he discusses the puff with relation to the Booker Prize because that is one of the main problems I have with the prize, the ridiculously inflated praise attributed to the titles that make the long and short list each year.  In fact, ever since I can remember, I have developed an allergy to book covers with puffs on them.

If a book has literary merit to it, and is fortunate to also sell well like a ‘best-seller’, then future editions of the book will have puffs added by publishers.  There is something disturbing about this, it is almost like saying that even though the general public was able to come around and see the qualities of the text for what it is, subsequent publishers do not feel reassured unless they have reviewers dump positive adjectives on the cover for potential new buyers.  Are readers supposed to be so ignorant and clueless?  And if these puffs do work at some psychological level, like many marketing gimmicks do, should readers give up all sense of judgement?  Do we abandon our critical skills?  Shall we be spoon fed books deemed: ‘Amazing!’ ‘Five Stars’ ‘Absolutely Riveting’?

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October 9, 2015

Alexievich, the Nobel and Chernobyl

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Svetlana Alexievich (Image courtesy of nbcnews.com)

The Nobel committee did it again, caught me completely off guard.  The award for literature this year went to Svetlana Alexievich, and I was like… who?  Now I hold the Nobel prize for literature in high esteem, not only because it is awarded based on a writer’s oeuvre, but also because I often do like the works of the winning writers.  And the ones I do not know, I eagerly anticipate discovering their work.

So, naturally, I googled Svetlana Alexievich and found a lot of information.  I am not surprised I did not know anything about her since she is a journalist, and writes mainly non-fiction… wait, what?  I know of creative nonfiction and I know of nonfiction endowed with literary style that reads as smoothly as fiction, but a Nobel prize awarded for nonfiction?  This article of The New York Times sheds light on the matter, she’s not the first to win the Nobel for primarily writing nonfiction, but it is indeed rare.   However, her reportage is highly praised:

Ms. Alexievich’s work fits into a longstanding literary tradition of deeply reported narrative nonfiction written with the sweep and the style of a novel.

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