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How to Get an Article Published in The Blue Nib Magazine by Dave Kavanagh

Many writers begin their publishing journey wanting the big deal, a book contract, a speaking tour, fame, fortune and notoriety. But that’s not the only route to a career in writing. Often starting smaller will take you to where you want to go and when you are just beginning small steps are safer and allow …

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Planner versus Pantser

Face off. Planning versus Pantsing

The Pantser The freedom to create without the confines of a plan. Famous pantsers include such authors as Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and Pierce Brown. Melissa Todd is a compulsive pantser. Do you know what you’re going to write before you’ve written it? I don’t. I can’t plan anything. Well, I can, but I can …

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Ted Hughes

The life and work of Ted Hughes

Born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire in 1930, the landscape of Ted Hughes’s youth would have a massive influence on his later work as a poet. He served in the Royal Air Force before attending Cambridge, where he studied archeology and anthropology, with a particular interest in myths and legends.  He met and married the American poet Sylvia …

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I have an appalling sense of direction. I won’t say that I have no sense of direction because I’ve got a reasonable idea of where I’ve been once I’ve got there, if you catch my drift; it’s just the getting there that proves a little problematic. There are plenty among us who can stride purposefully …

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Issue 39, The Blue Nib New Poets and Writers

GET ALL ACCESS Subscribe today, and included with your subscription is access to all issues and archive plus members entry to the Blue Nib Chapbook Contest Subscribe Now Issue 39 Fiction & Non Fiction Featured Authors Kelli allenRoisin Maguiredavid butlerAda Wofford essaysJohn D. KellyGráinne daly Get The Print Issue Editorial: Dave Kavanagh Managing Editor   Welcome …

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Author Website

13 easy ways to make an Author Website work for you.

How many times have I heard someone say “Author Websites don’t work”?  But the fact is, they do. Successful websites and blogs earn millions in revenue every month. So, if your website is not bringing you sales, change what you’re doing, because your Author Website is a powerful selling tool with the potential to become …

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The Blue Nib Editors

Clara Burghelea Poetry Editor Clara is looking for diverse, under-represented, fresh voices, as well as established ones. She favours works that bend and forge language, pushing it past its formulaic edges. Mostly, she wants to see poetry that blends craft and imagination in an innovative and moving way. Dave Kavanagh Managing Editor Dave looks after …

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Issue 35

Announcing the winners of Chapbook Contest #3
Our Judge, Southlight editor Vivien Jones has selected her winners. We have poems from three very strong voices. This Issue also features equally strong work from Vivien’s choice of nine commended poets.

 Plus poetry from two past CPC winners
Anne Walsh Donnelly and Derek Kennemeyer both feature in this remarkable issue as well as poems from Nathan Fidler, Jeremy N. Marks, L. Shapley Basson, Stephen House, Emma Lee, Mike Griffih and many more.

A Strong Collection of fiction from
Kate Ennals, David Butler, Molly Fennig, Lyn Byrne, Anne Walsh Donnelly, Audrey Molloy & More.

Chapbook II

The Blue Nib magazine awards three emerging writers publication in chapbook form on a semi-annual basis.

We readers are also amply awarded with three fresh new voices in poetry with The Blue Nib Chapbook Volume 2.

I can’t say well enough how very impressed I am with the writing of first-place winner Anne Walsh Donnelly who gives voice to her native Ireland like many of the great Irish masters. Donnelly’s is a rising star to follow.

Second-place winner is Dr. Akshya Pawasker who offers us a distinctly feminine perspective in her pieces. This in no way is meant to imply male readers won’t “get” or enjoy her works. Instead it is to say the acute male reader will gain a greater insight to the female perspective after reading Dr. Pawasker’s poetry.

Bobbie Sparrow rounds out this fine book with her offering, which take us down a different path with each poem. Biblical themes, psychological examinations, historical themes, and rustic ones highlight Sparrow’s writing here.

The Blue Nib is my favorite source for new poetry on the ‘net and chapbooks like this show very well that this imprint is making good headway in the small press world.


Reviewed By Michael Griffith

The Still Room, -Shirley Bell

The Still Room

When I read poetry, which is often these days, I search for that which weds my thoughts and that which reconciles me to my fundamental incompleteness. The Still Room does both. As I was reading this collection of Shirley’s experiences I had a phrase rumbling through my heart that Virgina Woolf offered us: words belong to each other. These do. She skillfully weaves and sings the essence of purposeful observation and she quietly consents. If poetry is written to awaken me from my sleep and to calm the clamor of my most conflicted and sacred moments then the The Still Room is written for me. And all the best writing feels this way and reminds me that purpose is not something you are born with or that someone assigns you; you must find it and hold it and cultivate it and and protect it even through the ridiculous, the corrosive, and fateful. The Still Room is a sweeping reminder that a single interpretation of oneself is an illusion and that our stories mark points of departure not perpetual fixed points of reference. If the task of knowing who you are demands an unmasking and search beyond the perceived separateness of experiences then visit the stories in The Still Room. And then visit them again. See you there.

Melissa Mullvihill

Chapbook Entry

Chapbook I

This is a phenomenal book!

Three emerging poets are showcased with eight poems each. The poets each write with identifiable voices and the first presented, Derek Kannemeyer, manages to use several techniques, rhyme schemes, and poetic devices to make every one of his pieces an event unto itself.
I devoured this book in one sitting but will return to it often to re-read favorites like Kannenmeyer’s incredible work “Boat Woman, Towson” and “Ballade of Becoming American,” Jackie Gorman’s fine poems “The Word ‘No’” and the poignant “Shorn” (which I stopped to re-read twice before moving on, so touching a poem I found it to be), and “The Drying Air” and “Banagher” by Christopher Meehan.
The Blue Nib has put together a book to be experienced and not to be overlooked. Here are three raising talents also not to be missed.


Michael Griffith

Blue Nib Anthology  #1

No one theme or vision gets a one-sided overbalance here. Shirley Bell is a shrewd, careful editor who has given readers a wide array of topics, voices, and themes from The Blue Nib’s twice-monthly website.
Being a buffet of voices, styles, themes, and visions, there may well be a poem or two that won’t appeal to any given reader, but just around the next page is sure to be a favorite. Shirley has chosen carefully-crafted poems from mature writers.
I cherish this collection, and I hope you will enjoy it.

Michael Griffith.

Its Arrived

  List Price: $20.00, £14.95, Euros 16.50 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Black & White on White paper 118 pages Blue Nib Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1999955021 ISBN-10: 1999955021 BISAC: Poetry / General “Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be …

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Gadgets & Gizmos

by Dave Kavanagh.   (Review of Scrivener, ProWritersAid & Natural Reader) Do you use writers aids? Writing is a difficult craft, in its essence it is about a writer producing words and then crafting those words into something unique, beautiful, useful. Our job is to engage readers. There are no apps, no software or hardware …

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