Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vines, Vignettes, and UnVeilings




The Best of Vine Leaves Anthology 2012 is out! 
I’m excited and proud to be a part of this anthology, 
especially because the journal is unique. 


In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves.
The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object.
The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year.
From the haunting prose of Theresa Milstein and Carrie Mumford, to the controversial and quirky work of H. Edgar Hix and Greg Belliveau, the pathological effects of cigarettes and apple seeds, ice sculptures and mental illness are explored. We meet a lovable old man named Joseph and find out how the good old washing machine can change one’s life. Oh, and how could we forget a mention of the mother with the scissors?
Each vignette merges to create a vivid snapshot in time and place. Prepare for big stories in small spaces, between and beyond the words.
Read one at a time.
Taste them. Savour them. Live them.



When Jessica invited me to submit to the first issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, I didn’t know what a vignette was, but (after some research) that didn’t stop me from writing one.

It wasn’t accepted.

Undaunted, I wrote another.

It was accepted.

I was excited to be a part of the second issue of the online journal in April 2012.  When I read it and appreciated the quality of the chosen pieces, I was proud to have my name amongst such talented writers. I was even prouder when it was chosen for The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2012. 





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Have you ever written a vignette?
Would you submit a poem or vignette to Vine Leaves?


56 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I look forward to reading it when it comes out. I have written a few vignettes and I enjoy the genre, so it will be a double pleasure to read Vine Leaves.

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    1. Shelly, thanks! It's out.

      You've written vignettes? You should submit one during their next submission window.

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  2. Big congrats Theresa! So excited for you and Jessica.

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  3. Congratulations! This project is such a labor of love for Jessica and Dawn.

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    1. Alex, thanks. I can't imagine how many hours Jessica and Dawn put into this journal.

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  4. Hi Theresa .. great to highlight Dawn and Jess' work - and I'm looking forward to reading your contribution in the anthology ... then I'll know what a vignette is ... and is meant to be ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, wonderful that you're buying one. I hope you enjoy it! Have fun with that new ereader.

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  5. Awesome! Congratulations Theresa! Did you get the guest post and stuff from Roxanne? I don't know how well she's been in contacting people.

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    1. Michael, thanks!

      I did get all the stuff from Roxanne. Look very professional! She's been great with contacting me too.

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  6. So glad your work got accepted. I guess I kind of know what a vignette is--maybe I write them on some of my blogs on occasion. I tend to write and not know exactly what you call it.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. Arlee, it's fiction--a scene that invokes emotion rather than a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

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  7. Wonderful! Congrats to you and all the authors included!

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  8. I'm so happy you kept at it and wrote another piece!! I understand how you feel about this anthology. It is so special. Major congrats, Theresa!! (Psst...I got your email about the conference next May. Are you planning on going?)

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    1. SA Larsen, yes, I'm going to the conference in May. I hope you are too!

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  9. Congrats!! That's so wonderful. Hard work really does pay off.

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  10. Congratulations! I am excited for you. :)

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  11. Congratulations, Theresa! I'm so glad I've been able to follow this journal from the start.

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  12. Well done, Theresa.

    I remember vignettes as my first writing assignment for a workshop I attended years ago.

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    1. J.L., thanks! You knew about vignettes way before me!

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  13. Congratulations, Theresa! I can't wait to receive my copy! I'm so inspired by all of your hard work and how it keeps paying off.

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  14. Congratulations on the anthology! That's great, and you deserve to be recognized for your writing, too. I've never written a vignette before, but I think it'd be fun to try. My stories always end up being too long, though.

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    1. Neurotic Workaholic, thanks. The good thing about vignettes is that you concentrate on emotion and scene, so they're a lot easier to keep short.

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  15. It's in print!! I get a print copy!??! YAY!!!! Congratulations lovely Theresa!! I look forward to reading mine!!

    Take care
    x

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  16. Oh wow! Congrats on the win!

    I always like trying out new writing activities, but I tend not to be so big on submitting them. :-)

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    1. Misha, you should. It's a great way to get feedback and feel like you're making progress.

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  17. Woo! Congrats on being persistent and trying again--it paid off! Congrats to you. :)

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    1. Carol, thank you. The theme of my life the last six years is to keep trying!

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  18. Congrats Theresa in being highlighted in the publicity for this book. I was accepted for the first edition, but not for the second. Thereafter, I didn't submit. You know about rejection! In the current market I think it's overpriced. I'll be interested to see how many sell at this high price. Just look at the Australian price, yet our dollar is stronger than the American ATM.

    The vignette is on the curriculum at the school where I tutor English. The Year 8s write one, as do the Year 11s. Very exciting, yet hard not to fall into the short story...

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    1. Denise, the reason it's priced like this is because it's full colour and has art and photography in it as well. It's the cheapest we could possibly make it considering the printing costs. It's very cheap actually. If you go on Amazon and check out the full colour books on there you'll see they sell anywhere between 30-50 dollars.

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  19. That's wonderful, Theresa! I've recently turned to writing flash fiction, but no, I don't think I've written a vignette since I was in school. I'd have to write a bunch of them before I even considered submitting. Good for you for getting that second one accepted.

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    1. Joanne, writing flash fiction is fun. It's something I didn't consider trying even two years ago.

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  20. Congratulations... that's awesome news.

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  21. That's so cool, Theresa! Congrats on your vignette :) I'm too wordy to write flash fiction/shorter pieces myself and am always impressed by those who can do them well!

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    1. Julie, writing flash fiction has definitely help me make each word count.

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  22. Congratulations again, Theresa. Wow, only 2 tries before acceptance. Good for you. A vignette, a slice of life. I'd have to practice to be able to get that one right.

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    1. Victoria, if only my novel manuscripts had the same kind of success rate.

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  23. Congratulations, Theresa!

    I don't think I've ever written a vignette. I mainly write longer pieces.

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    1. Medeia, writing smaller pieces means more gratification sooner. The long ones take long and I still don't have anything large published. Some people love to do both, while others do one or the other. It's interesting what keeps us on our writing journey.

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  24. Congratulations!!! no I've never gone down the vignette road.
    Xx

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    1. Michelle, it was hard for me to do without turning the pieces into short stories, but I got the hang of it. I think.

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  25. Wow, this is awesome!!! I can imagine how thrilled you must be. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Julie, it is exciting. Thanks! I'm waiting for my copy to arrive.

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  26. Congratulations on another writing credit, my friend! Thanks for explaining a Vignette. I think I get it now. Is it like that piece I submitted to REAL WOMEN, REAL STORIES?

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  27. I have never written a vignette, but I'm intrigued! Anyway, congrats on the inclusion-- you are unstoppable!

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  28. Congrads woman! I am so proud of you. I love reading THE journal. You rock woman. (And I know you're chuffed) :-) xoxo

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  29. I submitted to the fourth issue with a poem, but it wasn't accepted. I was a little upset, but I got over it quickly. I'm pretty happy with the way I edited the poem and it was nice to know I submitted something.

    I'm not sure I fully grasp what a vignette is. I'll have to do more research before I try again.

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