Editors Write: Craving

Forum Magazine is proud to present to you some pieces from our very own staff here on the blog!

Over the next few days, we’re going to post some pieces inspired by our very own Writing Prompt Wednesday.  This week’s pieces were inspired by the prompt “craving.”  Please take a look, and always feel free to post your own work in the comments section below, or send it to submissions@forumccsf.org, subject heading “Writing Prompt Wednesday.”  Thanks, and enjoy!

-

“You know why people are poor?  Because they’re not hungry enough!  You have to be hungry if you want to succeed.  That’s it!”

I dated this man, and he wasn’t talking about needing a cheeseburger.  He meant “hungry” in a more metaphorical sense.  People didn’t crave power enough, he said.  That’s why they amounted to nothing in the end, he said.

He told me how, when he was a kid in middle of one of his 18-hour marathon video game runs, it occurred to him that life is, in fact, a video game, only there’s no restart button.

“You only get one life.  You only get one chance to win.”

I rolled my eyes.  He stared at me.  Hurt.  Confused that I didn’t subscribe to his creed.  I mean, I played my fair share of “The Sims Unleashed” back in the day, but this was a whole new level of boyhood fantasy I wasn’t accustomed to.

His statement seemed absurd to me, but he couldn’t have been more serious.  Which forced me to picture him as one of the Mario Brothers–the green one, since he always looked so good in green–walking to work down Market Street dodging cars, power-stripping up escalators, and collecting an obscene amount of coins from clients in New York as the best damn securities litigation attorney Nintendo had ever seen.

We broke up shortly after his revelation.  I could sense his judgment.  I didn’t crave power enough.  I was Player 2.  He was Player 1.  And only one player gets to win in the end.

Last I heard, he was on the level where you work 18-hour days in the office.  We spoke over dinner.  He sounded lonely.  Distant.  Like he was about to jump and miss his landing.  He was losing.  Staring at me.  Hurt.  Confused.  Fingers creeping across the table toward me, like I might be the restart button.

Reading Recommendation: Sun Magazine

Forum Magazine isn’t the only amazing literary and arts magazine out there!  There are so many great literary magazines, and we’d like to introduce you to one killer one that’s been out there since the ’70s.  Check out this great presentation of Sun Magazine, put together by our very own Sara McKinney, Brian Makishi and David Chang.  Just click the link below to see their presentation!

The Sun Presentation

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Each week, a winner from our Writing Prompt Wednesday submissions will be chosen by Forum staff and featured on the blog.  All winners will receive a free Forum Spring 2014 edition upon its release, and will automatically be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 edition of Forum Magazine!

Whenever you write a poem, story, take a picture, or create a piece of artwork based on these prompts, you can submit it to submissions@forumccsf.org.  In the subject, make sure to write “Writing Prompt Wednesday,” and in the body of the email, please include the writing prompt you used for your piece.

This week’s prompt is:

Untitled

Announcing an Open Call for Submissions for Ladybones Chapbook

Forum is thrilled to share this exciting opportunity to submit your work to the Ladybones Chapbook.  Please see below for all the info!

-

The Ladybones Print Collective is super stoked to announce its first annual chapbook contest.  The winning short work will be letterpress printed and handbound in an edition of 150 by members of the Ladybones Print Collective.  The design of the book will be informed by the content of the work.

Ladybook is put together by printers, artists, and writers who are really excited about making art happen, however they can.  Once the book is done, they’ll work hard with you to get it out into the hands of humans who want to read it.

Poetry, prose, and everything in between will be considered.  Please submit one cohesive work; if you are submitting a collection of poems or short pieces, they should form a whole.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

WHO CAN SUBMIT: Anybody local to the Bay Area

LENGTH:  No more than 10 pages, 8.5 x 11 (double spaced)

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU WIN?: Published!  Also, you get 50 copies to sell or give away.  Ladybook will take the rest of the edition and submit copies to libraries, place them in bookstores, and distribute them at events, zine fests, and craft fairs.

SUBMISSION FEE: $5. The submission fee will go toward production costs.

HOW TO SUBMIT:  Ladybook would like blind submissions, so please make sure your name isn’t on the work itself.  Just put the title on the work so Ladybook can match it up to the cover letter when they’re done reading.

Or you can send a printed copy and $5 to:

Ladybones Print Collective
Half-Chap Contest
1564 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Each week, a winner from our Writing Prompt Wednesday submissions will be chosen by Forum staff and featured on the blog.  All winners will receive a free Forum Spring 2014 edition upon its release, and will automatically be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 edition of Forum Magazine!

Whenever you write a poem, story, take a picture, or create a piece of artwork based on these prompts, you can submit it to submissions@forumccsf.org.  In the subject, make sure to write “Writing Prompt Wednesday,” and in the body of the email, please include the writing prompt you used for your piece.

This week’s prompt is:

Untitled

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Each week, a winner from our Writing Prompt Wednesday submissions will be chosen by Forum staff and featured on the blog.  All winners will receive a free Forum Spring 2014 edition upon its release, and will automatically be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 edition of Forum Magazine!

Whenever you write a poem, story, take a picture, or create a piece of artwork based on these prompts, you can submit it to submissions@forumccsf.org.  In the subject, make sure to write “Writing Prompt Wednesday,” and in the body of the email, please include the writing prompt you used for your piece.

This week’s prompt is:

writingprompt

Writing Prompt Wednesday

Each week, a winner from our Writing Prompt Wednesday submissions will be chosen by Forum staff and featured on the blog.  All winners will receive a free Forum Spring 2014 edition upon its release, and will automatically be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 edition of Forum Magazine!

Whenever you write a poem, story, take a picture, or create a piece of artwork based on these prompts, you can submit it to submissions@forumccsf.org.  In the subject, make sure to write “Writing Prompt Wednesday,” and in the body of the email, please include the writing prompt you used for your piece.

This week’s prompt is:

writingprompt

Where You Can Purchase Forum Magazine: Part II

Three more San Francisco bookstores are now carrying the Fall 2013 issue of Forum Magazine!  Check out the list below, and see the full list of locations in the “Buy the Magazine” link above.  Happy reading!

Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA94110
(415) 282-1901

Books Inc.
2275 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-6777

City Lights
1585 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-2020

Writing Prompt Wednesday, and Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

Our own San Francisco native poet would have been 140-years-old today.  Alas, he died at the age of 88, but his poems live on and in celebration of his genius, we’re devoting this week’s Writing Prompt Wednesday contest to his poem “The Road Not Taken.”

Submit your piece inspired by today’s writing prompt to submissions@forumccsf.org and you could win a Spring 2014 issue of Forum Magazine, have your piece featured on the blog and be considered for publication in the Fall 2014 issue!

All you have to do is create a work inspired by the last stanza of one of Frost’s most celebrated works,

Untitled