On January 15th 2017, we’ll have the first anniversary of the magazine.
To celebrate it, we decided the following:
1. Every day between Jan 1 and Jan 14, inclusively, we will publish one submission only – either poem or short-story or nonfiction – as editor’s choice. So, if you want to have the chance to be published in one of these days, please, submit specifically for that. The subject title of the email should read: anniversary submission.
2. The normal issue of the magazine in January will be on 16th this time. On 15th, we will have a special edition featuring pieces celebrating cultural leaders – authors, singers, actors etc., who passed away in 2014, 2015 and 2016. One piece will be dedicated to Mihai Eminescu, as the poet is our honorary patron. The pieces may be about such a celebrity or may be fiction – for instance, a story or a poem about a meet and greet (or any other kind of meeting) with the respective celebrity, either as people or ghosts or whatever might cross your mind. If you want to have your submission featured in the Jan 15 special issue, the subject line of your submission email should read: Jan 15 submission.
We’ll be waiting for your submissions!
As always, at 4 am Eastern Time, on the 15th of the month, a new issue will come to life.
The poets and writers that contributed to this issue are extremely talented and they will delight your minds and souls with their words.
Take your time, read everything - it is worth it.
Don't forget, you can choose from the drop-down menu the page with poems or stories or nonfiction.
Once on the page, on the right hand, there are categories and under this header, you will find the names of the contributing authors. You can click on the name of the author and that we'll lead you directly to the page where the respective's work is featured.
However.... try to read all of them. It's worth the time.
2016 BOOK RELEASES
AUTHORS PUBLISHED IN SCARLET LEAF REVIEW
A BIG CONGRATULATION IS IN ORDER
The Cellaring: Poems from a Darkling Side of the Shadowed Mind
Are you fascinated by fright? Do you take delight in the unexplainable? Does the forbidden entice you? Does evil invite you? Is it fear or infatuation that draws you, like a moth to a flame, towards wicked ways? Make your way down, down, down – deep into the cathartic cellaring. Step into the creeping shadows of the dark side and lose yourself to the unknown. With a lump in your throat and a slow prickling at the nape of your neck, witness the blood-filled horizon of a vermilion moon rising, and with it the stench of bad omen. Be enchanted by rogue fairies and play fool to their devious ways and trickery, as you are dragged deep into the woods of days gone by and whisperings of near-forgotten fable. Take flight upon black as night wings of the raven, an ominous journey towards devilry and destruction. Discover haunted houses, abandoned asylums, the magic of witchcraft and scream out loud at the things that go bump in the night. And if you should come face to face with a clowns killer smile, don’t forget to give yourself a long, hard pinch – the nightmare that awaits you in The Cellaring is all too real. - L.J. Diaz, Author
Apple Fruits of an Old Oak: A Collection of Contemporary Short Poems, Micro-Poetry, Haiku & Photography
Here are the short poems, micro-poetry and haiku by 31 new and accomplished poets from Canada, USA, Australia, England, Egypt, Bangladesh, and many other countries. In addition, a number of amazing photos have been presented by four amateur and professional photographers from Canada and Iran.
KOREATOWN BY ROBIN WYATT DUNN
A Gypsy Daughter poetry chapbook written by Robin Wyatt Dunn.
Of Sound Mind and Someone Else's Body
Alan Maitland is a successful businessman on his way up the corporate ladder. Life is good, but life is also full of the unexpected. A scientific experiment goes awry and Alan’s mind is transferred to the body of Hana Toussaint, a high-class escort. Suddenly, he must not only contend with a new identity, but with the eye-opening experience of living as a female: how to walk in high heels without falling; how to put on a bra without dislocating a shoulder; how to deal with makeup without poking out an eye; and how to get along in a society which in many ways is still male-dominated. When Alan discovers that Hana has taken over his body, the two of them must work together to find the scientist who can reverse the experiment and give them back their respective lives. Along the way, they must cope with living as each other and learn what it's like to be a member of the opposite sex. And as their adventure goes on, Alan the woman must figure out his growing feelings for Hana the man. Alan faces the biggest challenge of his life which Hana sums up with one decisive question: “Are you man enough to be a woman?”
Black Dove Kindle Edition
by Robin Wyatt Dunn (Author), Barbara Sobczyńska (Illustrator)
Love and war in the Middle East:
Robert is a disillusioned reporter; Rachel an agent for Mossad. Modeled on the Song of Solomon, Black Dove explores the intricate interconnectedness between love and war, violence and friendship, and the complicated relationship between the United States and Israel.
When Robert moves to Jerusalem to chase his beloved, he finds that changing addressees changes something within him, and he abandons the role of disinterested observer to aid in the transformation of the Middle East, and the United States. But what he discovers is that Mossad is actually working against a Jewish-only state, and that to aid the Palestinian people they must subvert parts of their own government.
Black Dove reveals how the Middle East is a crucible for change around the world, and in the human heart.
"A terse , taut read sometimes miserably bleak splintered with moments of dark humour and heightened poetics."
-- Saira Viola, author of Jukebox
These Streets Don't Cry For Us Kindle Edition
by Adam Brown (Author)
Take a journey through the streets within the heart of a compassionate mind. Psychological and raw. You will find darkness as well as light within these pages. Where does the road end? Where does it begin? This book tries to answer these questions, as well as describe what it's like to live between the two junctions.
Reel Him In (White, Dark and In Between Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Lillian Lee
Enjoy the first book of the three-volume hot and steamy series "White, Dark And In Between" which follows the path of Lora Lee and Jake. from first encounter through the evolution of their relationship - from a booty call to something much deeper.
Lora Lee's career is doing just fine, although she has to deal with artistic temperaments on a daily basis. Her personal life, however, trends from bland to difficult as she suffers a string of mishap. She's already reached the big forty and doesn't have much to show for it.
She begins to believe the universe truly hates her when she repeatedly runs into a rude man who quickly becomes the focus of her dreams and the object of her fantasies during the day.
Third time's the charm they say,and indeed, the third time Lora Lee runs into Jake he decides to take matters in his hands and show her that her life can change.
Perceptions Paperback – June 13, 2016
by Gary Beck
Disasters of our time come into immediate focus as they occur. We are shown again and again the catastrophic events of the day. It is the lingering effects that are seen from different viewpoints, and produce a sometimes volatile perception of our world. Gary Beck's ability to capture events seen from unusual angles is on shining display in this brilliant new collection from the author of Dawn in Cities and Songs of a Clerk.
F.D.A. Approved Poetry Paperback – September 26, 2016
by Michael A Marrotti
It's a struggle to exist in a pseudo-liberal town, where the proliferation of pessimism entices blood to spilled by the masses. Not enough people are medicated. Fighting oppression through a chemically induced bliss will only take you so far, until the bottle is barren, and desperation kicks in. These poems are about cheating life, eccentricities, and the will to persist when all other options are futile.
City, Psychonaut Paperback – November 5, 2016
by Robin Wyatt Dunn
A dark comic fable of early 21st Century life, CITY, PSYCHONAUT redefines narrative in an intensely personal dive into the future, and its dreams . . .
Voice of Monarch Butterflies: Middle Eastern Anthology by Ten Poets from Ganges to Nile Kindle Edition
by Soodabeh Saeidnia (Editor), Ken Allan Dronsfield (Foreword), Michael Lee Johnson (Preface)
To kindle a flame on Middle Eastern contemporary poetry in English that is relatively unknown to the Western readers, Voice of Monarch Butterflies brings together the poems by ten emerging to well-accomplished poets including Soodabeh Saeidnia, Mohammad Forouzani, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Aimal Zaman, Abu Sufian, Ash Bahget, Anooshka Khazaeie, Ahmad Al-Khatat, Mohamed Samy and Latif Shareef Dhmayd who are originally from different countries like Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, and even farther like Bangladesh and India. The shimmering elements of Middle Eastern poetry and art either flow visibly in their English words or hide behind the modern and fancy lines but finally show off themselves to the reader through the pieces and short poems, which have been selected among the captivating lines of joy, nature, life and love to despair, distress, grief and death. This collection is like a terrace on the hanging gardens of poetry inviting readers to hear the voice of migratory butterflies.
Street of the Ginkgo Trees: A contemporary Poetry Collection Kindle Edition
by Soodabeh Saeidnia
In this imaginative collection of poems, Soodabeh Saeidnia creates a path, a road, and a street paved by colorful leaves of delicacy and wonder falling from a Ginkgo tree. A journey through the bending of time and sliding on the space, an expedition to the odd land where she did not know their language. This is a variety pack of her poems winking on the bookcase, sweetening the mouth, and feeding the mind of readers, and establishes her as one of the creative poets of her generation.
Why Fi Vol. 1 Kindle Edition
by William Quincy Belle
Why (sci-) fi? Because it's fun to think about what doesn't (yet) exist.
Science fiction or speculative fiction? Short stories speculating about the future when science has figured it all out: outer space, inner space, space ships, teleportation, alternate worlds and alternate realities. The future looks interesting, even exciting, but it’s not without its dangers.
Parts per Trillion Paperback – March 7, 2016
by Claudine Nash
hese poems, alert and wry, infused with perception and a generous heart, let us know we are in Claudine Nash territory. Navigating the uncertain terrain of loss and healing, Nash explores the interiors of heart and mind with the curiosity of a scientist and a poet’s insistence of honoring the unknown. Parts Per Trillion brims with ghosts and gravity, sea glass and molecules, inviting us to take on a new name and a stranger’s daring, to become “old-school gangsters” tossing careworn concerns off a pier. These poems take signs and portents seriously, deciding that wonder is a necessity as they ask us to break free of certainties and redefine what is plausible and possible. Giving us permission to forget what we know in the name of resilience and hope, this is language that claims the worth of each moment even when the evidence might suggest otherwise.
Susan Moorhead, Author of The Night Ghost
There are a trillion reasons, spoken and unspoken, to read Claudine Nash’s new collection, Parts per Trillion. There is not one inert moment throughout this entire collection. Nash levitates, drifts and sinks, spins and swirls, stashes and slides. And we are with her all the way, whether we surrender to the absence of necessary words or sleep, or the presence of our individual ghosts; the quarantine of noise, silence, memory and emotion; or the discovery of heartbeats, vapors of sadness and our ability to slip between gaps and crevices into the small but well-ventilated spaces we crave and need. Nash’s collection is sewn from words never spoken, and yet, she is able to gather a trillion transformed words. Climb aboard and glimpse the floating particles, neurons, atoms and an energy that can squeeze a ghost.
Sherri Felt Dratfield, Author of Water Vigils and The City
Claudine Nash’s poems are moving microcosms in which a keen power of observation and playful imagination fuse with the minutiae of daily life to create deftly wrought lyrics. At its core, Parts per Trillion, asks metaphysical questions. From Permission Slip: “I wish to remain airborne/as long as possible. I grant myself permission to stuff my ears with wind and answer/only to my truest name.” Parts per Trillion is fused with the magic of sound and the grounding temperament of science. This is a collection by an accomplished and sure poet. As Nash instructs, Please listen now, there’s something I’m ready to say.
Mary Lou Buschi, Author of The Spell of Coming (or Going) and Awful Baby
AND THE WINNERS FOR THE 2016 POEM COMPETITION ARE:
THE POEM: BATTENBURGS AND LEMON DRIZZLERS BY ANGELA MCCABE
THE POEM: POETRY LIES BY TEODORA DUMITRIU
THE POEM: SHAKEN NOT STIRRED BY KEN ALLAN DRONSFIELD
THE POEM: HOLD THAT THOUGHT BY CLAUDINE NASH
Congratulations to everyone!
You can read the poems on the Awards page of the review and please, leave your thoughts in comments for the poets.
Scarlet Leaf Review Staff
I will not annoy you too much.
Just enjoy the fine literary pieces of this issue.
If you hover with your mouse over OCT 2016, you see the drop-down menu: poems, short-stories and non-fiction, so you can choose.
Let's say you chose (although, you should try to read everything - take my word: fine pieces, excellent authors, it is worth the time).
Now, on the right hand on the page, you see categories and you can choose the name. When you click on that name, you are directed on the page with the author's piece or pieces (why not? - surprises are always good).
Have fun! Leave comments (for an author, they're like applauses in a theatre hall).
Scarlet Leaf Review Staff
According to votes:
Irsa Ruçi 105 votes
Indunil Madhusankha 81
Alex Csedrik 85
Rylee Langton 20
Kim Bailey Deal 37
Bruce Kamei 13
Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to all of you! In our mind, you are all winners.
Scarlet Leaf Review Staff
Hello Dear Readers,
So….. Exciting news...
On October 8th 2016 the world is celebrating indie authors and you know what? It was just about the time!
So, there's a totally crazy group of romance writers who have clubbed together.
They come in all shapes and varieties.
On October 8th they're offering their books free or at least discounted.
Here's the event page:
Come follow this awesome event, save the date in your diaries, grab a bargain and get some great romance reads.
Psst… You can click on the links above and meet the authors. They’re worth knowing.
Scarlet Leaf Review Staff
SHORT LIST FOR PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINATION
VOTE UNTIL OCT 10, 2016
Note: Names on the list are in alphabetical order
* on Scarlet Leaf Review by leaving a comment or
* on Facebook on the Scarlet Leaf Review page or on Roxana Nastase’s page
* or by sending your vote by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE HAVE TO CHOOSE 2 FOR EACH CATEGORY!!! (TOUGH ONE!)
Courtesy to Robin Wyatt Dunn:
Don Beukes: Esofo Ygolirt (Trilogy of Rose) – September
Ken Allan Dronsfield – Balladeer’s Serenade – June
Teodora Dumitriu – The Tree – June
Robin Wyatt Dunn – Crash out with me – June
Michael Lee Johnson – Harvest Time (V8) – June
Indunil Madhusanka – An Anthem for a Warlord – March
Donal Mahoney – A Chance to Say Good-Bye – March
Scott Thomas Outlar – Naked Dreams – June
Irsa Ruçi – Self to Oneself – May
Soodabeth Saeidnia – Apple Fruits of an Old Oak – September
Neil Slevin – Walking on Your Memory - March
Louis Abbey – Between Friends – April
William Quincy Belle – The Game – September
Alex Csedrik – P.C.C. – February
Milo James Fowler – Where There’s Smoke – March
N.T. Franklin – The Hitman – April
B. Craig Grafton – The Worst of Times – May
T.R. Healy – Overseas – May
Norbert Kovacs – The Island Interior – September
Rylee Langton – Angel Mary – September
Michael Marrotti – A Vodka Induced Night of Terror – June
Kim Bailey Deal – I Took It Back – September
Rick Hartwell – Intuitive Education – May
Bruce Kamei – The Educational Bow – September
Joan Kerr – Libby’s Story – February
Frank Light – October Surprise – January, February, March
http://www.scarletleafreview.com/prose1/frank-light-october-surprise (part 1)
S.D. Vincent – In the Historical Closet: The Right Wing Style of Denial - June
Juan Zapata – Letter from An Omniscient Racist - June
To bring joy to readers everywhere.