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Breakthrough: Formatted first-person articles about a writer’s experience in “breaking through” to publication (with an article, screenplay, book, etc.). Breakthrough queries must describe the “breakthrough,” advice to readers and lessons learned. 700 words.

Freelance Success: Tips on the business of freelancing. 1,000 words.

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How I Write: Formatted interviews with authors including a bio blurb. 600 words.

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Poet to Poet: Specific aspects of writing poetry, such as imagery, revision or poetic forms. 500-750 words.

Take Note: Brief, topical items of literary interest. 200-500 words.

Writer at Work: A writer describes a specific writing problem and how it was successfully overcome on the way to publication. Most of the columns deal with fiction. Experienced writers only. 750-1,500 words.

Write Stuff: Reviews of books on the craft and business of writing as well as other products of interest to writers. Experienced book reviewers write for this column. Reviews are 500 to 750 words. Excerpts accompany.

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  • Kat Smith

    My
    name Is Kat Smith, I was hoping you would consider publishing this
    poem of mine.

    My
    pen name is Katrina Lebeau.

    My
    city.(in my dreams.)

    Staying
    there, sitting around the graves,
    and at night walking the streets
    for
    hours,
    the moonlight always seemed fake
    to me, maybe it
    was, maybe it wasn’t,
    and in the quarter i watched
    the horses
    and carriages going by,
    people sitting high in the open
    carriages,
    the driver was always black, and in
    back the man and the
    woman,
    usually young and always white,
    And i was always
    alone,
    And never changed by the
    world,
    New Orleans was my
    place to
    hide,
    I could stay there and hide away from
    life,
    undisturbed,
    Except for the rats,
    The rats in my small
    dark room
    very much resented sharing it
    with me,
    They were
    large and fearless
    and stared at me with beady eyes
    that
    spoke
    an unblinking
    death,
    people were quite beyond me,
    They
    saw something
    wild untamed in me
    There was one waiter
    a
    little older than
    me he always had a lingering

    smilewhen
    he
    brought me my
    coffee,
    That was plenty for
    me, for me
    that was
    more than enough,
    There was something about
    that
    city, though
    it didn’t let me feel ashamed
    that i had no
    feeling for the
    things so many others
    needed,
    It let me
    alone,
    sitting up in my bed
    the lights out,
    hearing the
    sounds
    outside,
    lifting my cheap little
    cup of
    coffee,
    letting the warmth of
    the liquid
    warm me,
    as i
    heard the rats
    moving about the
    room,
    i preferred
    them
    to
    humans,
    Being lost,
    being crazy maybe
    is not
    so bad
    if you can be
    that way
    undisturbed,
    New Orleans
    gave me
    that,
    Nobody ever called
    my name,
    No
    telephone,
    no car,
    no friends,
    no
    anything,
    Just me
    and the
    rats
    and my youth,
    one time,
    that time
    i
    knew
    even through the
    nothingness,
    it was a
    celebration
    of
    something not to
    do
    but only
    know.

    Thank
    you for taking the time to read this.

    Kat
    Smith.

    {Katrina
    Lebeau.}

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    civilians and Law Enforcement officials each year in the United States.

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    – -in-america