Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pushcart Prize Nominations Announced

Although the deadline for Pushcart Prize nominations snuck up on me this year, I am getting our nominations mailed out this week; a huge thank you to Carrie Wicks for assisting in the selection process.

I am very happy to announce the pieces we have chosen.

Stillborn in Hokkaido” by Kate Garnett
Under the Lights” by Holly Day
The Last Visit” by Linda Hofke
Butterfly Effect” by Clinton Van Inman
Without a Moonguide” by Lori DeSanti

Short Story
Ode to Joyby M. E. Kopp

Congratulations and good luck to all of our nominees! And thank you so much to all of the writers, artists, and photographers who shared your work with us this year!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Four Years of Mouse Tales Press

Shortly after I started Mouse Tales Press, I asked my friend Elizabeth Johnson if she would be interested in copyediting for the site. 

At that time, we published monthly issues and were strictly an online magazine. We became so busy that we switched to a quarterly schedule in hopes of easing the load. We also began a print version at MagCloud in order to try to earn funds to cover the hosting fees I had been paying out of pocket up until then. (While sales have been slow, they have been covering those fees, thankfully.)

But the quarterly plan did not ease our schedules. Submissions kept rolling in and the print version provided a new series of tasks in our busy lives. 

With all of this growth comes change. Elizabeth, a very busy and in-demand copyeditor, has decided to step down from her volunteer position here with us.

I have no doubts that much of the magazine’s success has come from her “partnership” with me. She has been an amazing co-worker, friend, and a highly reputable copyeditor. I wish her much success in her future endeavors.
And now Mouse Tales Press is about to celebrate four years.

What about Our Future?

I have to admit that I had a moment of doubt about the future of Mouse Tales Press when she resigned. How would I ever go on without her?

Soon my love for the job overcame my fear. The magazine has meant too much to me for me to quit. Not only have I had this wonderful opportunity to work closely with her, but also to get to know so many writers I may not have had the chance to interact with otherwise.  

For now, there will be an October issue. I will announce in another post who will be taking on the role of copyeditor. 

After October, I may be taking a hiatus to rework the site. I'm also considering looking for at least one other helper. Someone to handle the blogging, the marketing, or initial weeding of the submissions before they come to me. I will keep you posted. (If this sounds interesting to you, please send me a message at submissions(at)MouseTalesPress(dot)com.)

In the meantime, thank you all so much for your support. And thank you again to Elizabeth for putting her heart and time into Mouse Tales Press.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Celebrating the Print Version of the July Issue

Today marks the release of the print version of the July issue, fifty pages of poetry, artwork, and photography. The gorgeous cover photo is by Renee Choi; you can see more of her photography at Crazy Camera Gal.

Please visit MagCloud at the below link to buy your very own copy.

Mouse Tales Press, Print Issue No. 5, July 2014
50 pages, published 7/25/2014
July 2014 - The fifth print edition offered by Mouse Tales Press. Featuring poetry by Jeff Burt, Lori DeSanti, Chad Forbregd, John Grey, Art Heifetz, Linda Hofke, Dr. Nurit Israeli, Laura McKee, Stanley Noah, Simon Perchik, Clinton Van Inman, and David Walker; photography by Rebecca Barray, Renee Choi, Michelle Hed, and Linda Hofke; and artwork by Elena Botts and Clinton Van Inman.
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As mentioned in an earlier blog post, please stay tuned for an announcement about the future of Mouse Tales Press. Thank you!

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Composing Stories from Stone in the April Issue

Our former issues are still available for purchase. The gorgeous cover photo from April was taken by Rebecca Barray; please visit her blog to see more of her work.

You may view a sample of the April issue or buy your own copy through the link below.

Mouse Tales Press, Print Issue No. 4, April 2014
54 pages, published 4/15/2014
April 2014 - The fourth print edition offered by Mouse Tales Press. Featuring stories by Max Detrano and Robert Wexelblatt; poetry by Gene G. Bradbury, Adam Cameron, Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, Lori DeSanti, A.J. Huffman, Mark J. Mitchell, and David Walker; artwork by Mel Bohrer; and photography by Rebecca Barray, Jennifer J. Chow, and Linda Hofke.

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Please check back soon for an announcement about the future of Mouse Tales Press. Thank you!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Prepare for Flight in 2014 with Mouse Tales Press

Welcome to 2014 and the third print version of Mouse Tales Press, the January 2014 issue, which brings with it the addition of photographers to our publication. 

Contributors include:
Stories by Gene G. Bradbury, Kelsey Dembowski, and M. E. Kopp; poetry by Adam Cameron, Holly Day, Andrew Harmon, Sarah Page, Victoria Peterson-Hilleque, Jazmin Sharif; and photography by Rebecca Barray, Bolton Carley, and Michelle Hed.

If you are interested in submitting works of art or photography (or both) to be considered for inclusion in future issues of the magazine, please watch for a “call for submissions” on our Facebook page.

We will hope you will remember to also visit the online version of Mouse Tales Press!

Thank you for stopping by!