Call For Submissions: Rainbow Rumpus

Rainbow Rumpus, the only online literary magazine for children with LGBT parents, publishes interviews, comics, and fiction about and for kids and teens who otherwise may never read a story about a family like theirs in school.

The online literary magazine is seeking new children’s fiction (for ages 5-12) and YA fiction (for ages 13-18). This is an excellent opportunity for beginning fiction writers. The editor-in-chief, who has twenty years of experience editing children’s fiction, works one-on-one with writers when stories show promise.

This is a pro publishing opportunity. Rainbow Rumpus pays $300 upon publication, for first North American online rights. The story is accompanied by a photo and bio which can link to a writer’s website or blog, and is archived permanently on the site.

The submission guidelines:

  • The story’s protagonist should be a child or teen with LGBT parents or other close family members.
  • The primary plot point of the story should not be family structure or children being teased about their families.
  • Stories for 4-to 12-year-old children should be approximately 800 to 2,500 words in length. Stories for 13- to 18-year-olds may be as long as 5,000 words.

Rainbow Rumpus publishes a variety of genres and will consider serialized work. Stories featuring families of color, bisexual parents, transgender parents, family members with disabilities, and mixed-race families are particularly welcome.

Please submit stories as an attached Word file to, and include your complete contact information.

Contact editor-in-chief, Beth Wallace, at with any questions.


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Mentor/Thesis Advisor Requests

Folks, I have not heard from some of you regarding mentor requests. If I have not heard from you by Friday, I will be forced to assign your mentors. If Fall is your thesis semester, I need you to query your desired advisors and report to me immediately who your advisors will be.

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Poor Yorick Meeting Monday April 28


Just a quick note to let you all know there will be a Poor Yorick staff meeting on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. in room 315 of Warner Hall on WCSU’s midtown campus. This is an open meeting so all our welcome to attend. It would be great to see some students who are interested in working on the journal over the summer or next semester. If you have any questions leave a comment here or email me at


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Mentor Requests

Folks, please zap me your mentor requests by email as soon as possible. (First semester students will have assigned mentors.) Please be sure to include the name of the course for which you are requesting each mentor. If you are planning to enroll part-time, even if you don’t have mentor requests, please let me know how many and which courses you plan to take.

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Don’t Forget…

…to tweet a little poem between noon and 4:00 today to #wcsupoem

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Interested in Living in Chapel Hill?

The Sun is hiring.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with WCSU

Folks, my undergrad poetry workshop this semester cordially invites you to tweet your 140-or-fewer-character poems on Thursday (April 10) to #wcsupoem between noon and 4 pm. Digital screens across the two campuses will scroll all of the poems that come in during those four hours. Please send in a few! Here is the first one I’m going to send at noon sharp:

On the second Thursday of April, I think only of June, July, your pink skin, your garden.

It’s not good, but it’s something. Send something!

Also, if you happen to be on campus, there will be a collaborative poem under composition between noon and 4 pm in the Warner Hall Lobby. The poem will be published in The Echo, the student newspaper.

Finally, there will be an open mic/slam between 2 and 4 pm in the Warner Lobby. All students and faculty are invited to attend and/or read.

Hope to see you and/or your poemtweets!

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