I consider it a gift that I grew up with characters, like a next-door neighbor who grew cotton in her back yard and collected the empty soda cans we tossed over the chain link fence. Of course, at the time, my brother, cousins and I just thought her “weird.”
And I’m especially blessed because I was raised independent spirits, like my grandmother, who wore capri pants and plastic flipflops nearly year round – and didn’t take any sass from anyone!
My family and childhood neighbors have all inspired me in different ways, and they definitely deserve credit for my appreciation of characters. So where does a good character go?
Conclave: A Journal of Character. Conclave is an annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose poems; we also print black and white photographs, and excerpts from plays: monologues, scenes, single acts, or one-act plays.
Full disclosure: I am one of the drama editors of Conclave. This is a great opportunity to get your work published in a high quality, respected publication. My copy of the journal is dog-eared and well-worn because I keep re-reading my favorites.
Conclave is open for submissions now. Don’t miss an opportunity to share your favorite character.