Summer Break

Hello Dear Readers,

We hope you're enjoying your summer breaks. We too are going to be taking a brief hiatus from the blog!

We'll be back on September 1st, open to submissions, brimming with new content and refreshed with new ideas.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer (or winter depending on your hemisphere). We'll be available via twitter and email for any pressing questions or concerns.

Until then,


Love, Daphne Magazine

Weekend Links

What are your plans this weekend? We're going to a baby shower, and then hopefully the weather in the Bay Area will be warm enough for swimming. Here's some stuff from around the web we enjoyed reading this week.

A new exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt highlights the design of America's Jazz Age.

Some photos of neo-futurist architecture in Asmara, Eritrea's capital and newly designated UNESCO world heritage site. 

An "Essay on Craft" by Ocean Vuong.

Dystopia is the new realism (or maybe it's the other way around...).

A new collection of letters by Rachel Carson explore the connections between art and science.

This week's must read for everyone: The Uninhabitable Earth.


Resources for Writers

We wanted to round up some free to cheap resources for writers. All of these websites and tools have help us immeasurably with our writing practice. We'll continue to update this list as we further explore options for our writing. 


Google Docs:
First off you should have a @gmail address. Included with your google email address is google docs which allows you to create word documents, spreadsheets, folders, etc. that you can work on from anywhere. I like to use google sheets to track my writing submissions and I'll take notes in google docs that allow me to work both when I'm at my desk and when I'm at home. Docs also autosaves your work, which is honestly my favorite feature. 

Notes App:
I personally have an iPhone, which comes preloaded with the Notes app. I'm sure other smart phones have a similar option for you to take quick notes on your phone. This is helpful when you're recording a quick thought, copying down a quote you like or keeping track of books you'd like to read. I have a running list of books that I always check before I head into the bookstore. 

Celtx offers free screenwriting software that allows you to organize your notes, storyboard your script and collaborate with others. The software automatically formats your screenplay so you don't have to worry about going back and fixing your formatting. It does more than just screenplay templates though; there are multiple templates from novels to collaborative writing writing tools to help you organize your projects.


There are many websites out there with writing advice, publication information, submission deadlines and contest information. We suggest bookmarking a few of them and checking them regularly to keep track of opportunities for your work. Below we're listing just a few of our daily reads.

Ok this is the one thing on this list that cost money, but in my opinion it is totally worth the $5.00 a month. Duotrope is a website that lists literary magazines, contests, chapbook calls, and contests. You can also keep track of deadlines, submissions and they tell you your acceptance rate. This is a great tool for finding the right journals for your writing.

The Review Review:
Found a lit magazine you like but you aren't sure what they are looking for? The Review Review is a great source to find out more about the lit mags you are interested in. They feature reviews of current issues and editor interviews. While they don't have every single magazine out there it's a good place to peruse if you are looking for specific genres or subjects that you write about.

The Write Life:
The Write Life covers topics from how to get the most out of author conventions to revision tips. They often list publications, open calls and they even have lists of publications that will pay writers. We especially love their craft essays. 

Lit Hub:
We love Lit Hub's essays and book reviews. With a wealth of advice on craft, publication and the work of professional writing LitHub is super helpful to up and coming writers looking for advice and inspiration. 

Here are a few others we check regularly:
Who Pays Writers: This is a searchable database of website that pay writers. Search for publications you're interested in submitting to and see their average pay rates.
The Millions: Full of author interviews and book reviews The Millions is a great resource if your wondering what you should be reading right now.
Six Questions For: A great resource to learn more about what editors are looking for in submissions.

Social Media:

Sometimes the work of being a writer is being your own hype man. It's important to share with others when you are published, most publications are run by very small staffs, so any time you share your work with others it increases the readership of the issue. With that in mind we think it's important for writers to have at least one or two social media channels. Here are the two we find most effective:

We would highly recommend starting a twitter account! Twitter can help connect you with journals, editors and fellow writers. Through the Daphne twitter account we've even approached authors, asking them to submit, and shared other open submissions calls. It's also a really great way to interact with fellow writers and keep track of what your contemporaries are doing.

We have a personal Facebook page that we use to share our upcoming publications. We are also members of several Facebook groups, alumni associations, and writers groups that we use to reach a wider audience. It's helpful to be able to share your work with people outside of your immediate social circle. 

We're sure we'll be adding to this list over time. We'd love to know what websites and programs you use to help your writing practice!


Summer Reading: Japan

This week we're traveling to Japan. Land of the rising sun, home of sumo and sushi, a country both inaccessible to Westerners and full of cliche's. Ever since my father took a business trip to Japan, when I was about six, I've wanted to travel there myself. In college I took a class on Japanese literature and the history of Tokyo, since then I've tried to read as much Japanese literature as possible. From stories of long-lost love to a hard-boiled detective looking for clues Japanese literature has something for everyone. Below are just a few of our favorites!

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
We considered recommending Murakami's IQ84, but that book gave us genuine nightmares, and it's super long. For something more amenable to the vacation time frame we love Sputnik Sweetheart. Murakami is a true master of his form, we'd encourage you to read any of his books, but Sputnik Sweetheart is so firmly based in Tokyo you  begin to feel as if you know the city as well as the narrator. 

Real World by Natsuo Kirino
We love Natsuo Kirino's books, her novels explore the underbelly of Tokyo, taking place far away from the glamorous lights downtown Tokyo. This novel explores the relationships between a group of girlfriends when one of them runs away, or is kidnapped, by a boy from their neighborhood.

Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
Banana Yoshimoto is a prolific and popular Japanese writer. Goodbye Tsugumi takes place in both  Tokyo and a small town on the sea. Seeing both an urban and a rural setting will give you a good picture of what you might encounter as you venture outside of Japan's urban centers.

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
This is a required text for anyone interested in Japanese literature. Kenzaburo Oe won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this tale of a father grappling with the birth, and birth defects, of his son. Not so much a novel grounded in place, A Personal Matter, gives you insight into the mind of a man struggling with monumental life changes as well as cultural changes beyond his grasp.

The Edogawa Rampo Reader trans. Seth Jacobowitz
Rampo is a master of the detective genre. Compared to Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allen Poe, and Raymond Chandler Rampo takes the reader deep into the criminal underworld of Japan. A strong example of the concept of "Erotic-grotesque-nonsense" Rampo's tales of murder and intrigue are a great primer for those interested in Japanese literature.



Weekly Writing Prompt

As we hit the dog days of summer; that part of July that is officially summer time but also means summer is half way over, a feeling of melancholy might come over you. Maybe you're looking longingly out your window at the blue sky, maybe you're counting down the days until your summer vacation, maybe you are planning barbecues or sleepovers for your children and their friends and you feel that time is moving faster than you'd like. It's always hard for me this time of year to sit down and write, when the sun is shining I feel guilty for staying indoors, and when I'm outside I find I'd rather enjoy it fully than sit and write. So for this week I've set a goal for myself to write for ten minutes a day. 

How do you set writing goals? A friend and I were recently talking about our struggle with setting aside meaningful writing time. We both felt that we had to have other things happen before it would be "ok" for us to write. We had to go to yoga, do the grocery shopping, or clean up our apartments before we could give ourselves permission to write. However, those tasks were really more like excuses. Last night I sat in front of my computer for ten minute or so, a blank word document in front of me, I only typed a few words. Nothing I wrote last night was that great, it was a summary of stray thoughts I'd had over the weekend, but it helped me outline some ideas I want to explore further. 

So for our weekly writing prompt we'd like you to set a goal for yourself. It should be a small one, like committing to writing for 10 minutes, or revising the poem/short story you've had sitting around for a few months, or submitting to one journal. Sometimes setting and meeting a small goal can help motivate you to meet your larger goals head on. 

Later this week we'll be exploring some free tools you can use as a writer to make notes, work remotely and keep track of your submissions.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and finding time to write in-between work, kids, socializing and just relaxing!

Weekend Reading

We had a short week this week. By the time this posts we'll be on the road to San Francisco from Seattle. Hope everyone has a fun, summery weekend! Below are a few things from around the web we enjoyed reading this week. 

Pride month may be over but it's always a good time to brush up on your LGBTQ history. 

Summer assignments for teachers but helpful if you replace "teacher" with "writer."

Finding poetry behind a bar. 

Paris's forgotten estates.

Dear White Writers; have you ever thought of changing out "nude" for "wheat?"

'Still trying to get it right...'

Poet Fatimah Asghar's beauty tips. 


Weekly Writing Prompt

Happy Monday! We hope your reading this whilst enjoying a lovely long weekend. Tomorrow is Fourth of July in the U.S. and I can imagine many people are celebrating with heavy hearts. How can we as citizen's celebrate our independence when many feel our country has been taken over by autocratic leaders intent on destroying everything our democracy represents? This is heavy subject matter to consider but it's the basis for this week's writing prompt. 

I know the American experience is not perfect, or uniform, many feel left behind or left out of the American dream. Even the phrase "American Dream" will have millions of different meanings depending on who you end up asking. However, many people the country over are working to make America safe and inclusive for all. All the protestors that gathered at airports across the country to welcome immigrants, anyone that's donated food, clothing, shelter, or blood to their fellow citizen's in a crisis, churches that offered shelter to undocumented immigrants, rancher's who leave water along the Southern border to help those seeking a better life than what they left behind, all of these people make up the multitudes of the American experience. 

I remember watching an interview with Masha Gessen where she says that to successfully resist Trump's administration we must; "Continue panicking, be the hysteric in the room, and say this is not normal. Remember why you are panicking and write a note to yourself about what you would never do and when you come to the line don't cross it."

For this week's writing prompt we want you to write that note. Write down what being American means to you, write down the names of people you want to fight for, write down the things you refuse to surrender. Ask yourself where your line is and write towards it to preserve your hope. 

As always we'd love to see your responses to these prompts. Please feel free to drop us a line via email or on twitter and Facebook.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday tomorrow.

Photo by Kristopher Roller on Unsplash

Weekend Links

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone. I hope you all have a lovely long weekend! We'll be here Monday with a brand new writing prompt for you. 

Interesting new science on what happens when people start hearing voices. 

This train looks like a Wes Anderson movie set, and an excellent story setting.

The Harry Potter books turned 20 years old this week.

Valeria Luiselli's new book of essays explores the act of translation. 

"It reminded me of a dream I’d had where a shark circled my chest hungrily and I felt relieved." 

Poetry Magazine's reading recommendations for June. 

The twisty tale of Salvador Dali's possible love child. 


Summer Reading: France

Banjo by Claude McKay
Claude McKay's Banjo is out of print but it's still possible to find inexpensive used copies on Amazon. McKay's work explores the post World War II diaspora of African-American soldiers. His character Banjo explores the nightlife of Marseilles, living on the margins with fellow merchant sailors, as he pursues love and music gigs. 

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
For every girl who has wanted to run off to Paris this is the book for you. Set in 1950's Paris the book follows Sally Jay Gorce as she spends her first post-collegiate year alternating between ennui and social hijinks. It'll make you consider dyeing your hair poodle pink and wandering along the Seine the second school's out for summer.

Image via Amazon

Image via Amazon

Bounjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Sex, amoral father's, dramatic deaths all under the hot Mediterranean sun; Bonjour Tristesse is quintessentially French. Follow the story of Cecile and her father Raymond as they loaf their way up and down the French coast breaking hearts in between getting an even tan.

Image via Diana Gabaldon

Image via Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
The second book in Gabaldon's Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber takes place in the Paris of Louis XIV. With historical intrigue, occult ceremonies and sumptuous descriptions of ladies dresses Dragonfly in Amber has something for everyone. The time traveling mystery at the heart of the novel will keep you coming back for more. 

Honorable Mentions: 
Anything by Collette
Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway