Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Doorknob Stories Selected for Flash Fiction Sunday Edition

On a bright note, Flash Fiction Sunday Edition has selected two of Doorknob & BodyPaint stories for stories of the week.  They are Master Builder by Bev Vines-Haines (5/2010 Dorsal) and The Nice Guy by Dan Jackson (8/2013 Doorknobs).  Congratulations to the writers and to the editors Bara Swain and Kieron Devlin.  They also included a nice review of D&B.  Check it out at

Friday, April 24, 2015


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archives
Guides & Prompts
from Issue 74 Earth Day

DORSAL CONTEST:  Bara Swain, editor
Barbara Kingsolver vowed that she and her family would only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.  For one year, the rural life that they led is revealed in her part memoir, part journalistic investigation, ABOUT ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE.  Barbara Kingsolver and her coauthors unearth the secret lives of vegetables and the unexpected satisfactions of knowing their food producers — and sometimes their dinner — on a first-name basis.

Yard art is an earnest form of self-expression here. Autumn, with its blended undertones of “joyful harvest” and “Trick-or-Treat kitsch,” brings out the best and worst on the front lawns: colorful displays of chrysanthemums and gourds. A large round hay bale with someone’s legs hanging out of its middle. (A pair of jeans and boots stuffed with newspaper, I can only hope; we’ll call it a farm safety reminder.) One common theme runs through all these dioramas, and that is the venerable pumpkin. They were lined up in rows, burnished and proud and conspicuous, the big brass buttons on the uniform of our village. On the drive home from our morning’s errands we even passed a pumpkin field where an old man and a younger one worked together to harvest their crop, passing up the orange globes and stacking them on the truck bed to haul to market. We’d driven right into a Norman Rockwell painting.

In 450 words or less, write a story that reveals your attitude toward food, cooking or food culture.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Submissions open:  March 15, 2015

Submission deadline: May 15, 2015

Publication Date: June 2015

Theme:  Thought & Experience

For this issue, we are especially interested in receiving poems using, but not limited to, horses, bees, music, and dreams as image or metaphor.
We accept Poetry, Short Story, Essay, Flash Fiction, Haiku, Haibun, and Review. 
We always need more fiction. 

General Overview of riverbabble

riverbabble was founded as an on-line literary journal in the Winter of 2002 to publish fiction, poetry and essay. It is published by Pandemonium Press, which is dedicated to publishing and editing literary works. riverbabble is published twice a year—once in June, the Bloomsday Issue and once in January, the Winter Solstice Issue. We particularly look forward to reading work, which can be described as modernist: a story or poem, which focuses on the inner self and has a specificity as to geography and landscape of the city. We look forward to reading work, which elevates the individual. While special attention is given to literature that reflects a modernist sensibility, riverbabble is broad in scope and embraces a variety of work.

For a complete list of guidelines, go to:

We are sorry, but we are unable to pay for your work.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015



Featured readers:  Jannie Dresser, George Korolog, Colleen McKee, and Paul Corman-Roberts. An open mic precedes and follows the featured readers. Drawing for books and broadside.  The reading series is on the first Wednesday of each month in The Loft at Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster Street, Oakland, free, 6:45-9:00 (

Friday, April 10, 2015


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archieves

Guides & Prompts

From Issue 73 Theme Detour

 “Headed down life's crooked road,” remember Willie or Waylon singing away about their lives run amuck.  We’ve all had those moments.  We run around in a frenzy wishing that we had seen the warning signs.  Occasionally, we do heed the signs and veer off course.  But, either way, we always seemed to end up lost on some dark and abandoned road covered with mud.

HAYWARD FAULT LINE: (shake us up) 
1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is:  closed.
3. The setting is:  Detroit, Illinois.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: broken away.

write a story and post it in comments or send it to 
Cairo Room

Friday, April 3, 2015


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archieves

Guides & Prompts

from issue 72

. . .it’s time to praise all Saints: the good, the bad, the famous, and the removed. Yes, even the obliterated.  Saints come and go. Each year the list is fine-tuned by religious leaders. Year after year, some Saints, like Patrick and Nicholas, are brought to the forefront and praised.  Others, like Olyga and Drago, are removed.  Obliterated.  Regardless, our personal Saints remain enshrined in our hearts and, each year, we whisper requests and yearnings to them.

TAPAS:   (tiny morsels)
1.  Maximum length:  250 words.
2.  The sub-theme is:  blasphemy. 
3. Within the story, you must use this bit of text:  lily-white.
4. Like seasoning, it is language that makes your story unique. Surprise us.  

Write a story and post it in comments or send it to the Cairo Room at