For those of you who didn’t know this, Duotrope’s Digest, “a free writers’ resource listing over 2800 current Fiction and Poetry publications,” has a theme and deadline calendar found here:

It’s a great compilation of upcoming publication submission deadlines, dealines for contests, which, by the way, Duotrope only lists “contests that don’t charge entry/reading fees,” and a listing of mag themes, if applicable.  You can also subscribe to this information using the site’s RSS 2.0 feeds.

There are more than 50 mags listed with today and tomorrow deadlines for both poetry and fiction.  Many mags look for art submissions, too!  So if you want to submit your work or have work that fits with certain themes, check out Duotrope’s Theme and Deadline Calendar ASAP and see how much easier keeping track of submission deadlines can be. 

If you knew about this, great!  We here at HRR hope you’re using it!!!

Happy January 31 and Happy Submitting!


Rock n' Skull - Flip Folder, all copyrights iScream

In my unending quest for that right job, I came across iScream, a division of Mines Press in Westchester County, NY.  The concept behind iSream is 3D and flip designs using “lenticular technology” on stationery, school supplies, etc. 

What caught my attention: the collections.  In addition to a Marvel collection (which, by the way, highlights The Punisher–a Marvel comic/character you don’t see too much on school paraphenialia, but one that teens, in particular, like), there is a tattoo line.  Well, of course, I had to blog about it!

iScream’s tattoo collection is a good idea with lots of potential.  This line sports bookmarks, folders, cards, journals, memo pads, etc. highlighting basic flash tattoo designs like hearts, roses, skulls, and eagles with live free, love, and be proud messages.  Okay, good start. 

Thinking “out of the box” a little more

Now let’s step it up a notch with more fine art tattoos on their school supplies that hold these same strong messages.  Or mix it up a bit with flash and fine art to reach a broader range of buyers. 

And it would be great if they revamped the Web site.  Let’s see more of that “lenticular technology,” which according to the site “is a way of using different kinds of lenses to create depth (3-D) in an image or to flip from one image to another” on more pages than the homepage.  Hey, let’s see it on more products (kudos to Mines Press for manufacturing their stuff locally). 

And wouldn’t it be great if they took that whole iScream idea “out of the box”?  Look at all the meanings of the words “i” and “scream” and run with some of those variations.  Hey, don’t get me wrong, I love the Fat Albert rendition of  “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice scream,” but it would be nice to see that evolve into other creative tag lines.


Punisher Extreme Green - 3D Bookmark, copyright Marvel, design iScream

Well, there you have it, a look at tattoos (and The Punisher) through another “lens,” if you will, through  

Check it out, and let us know what you think!


Issue cover photo by Christine Klocek-Lim

Christine Klocek-Lim, editor of Autumn Sky Poetry, an online poetry journal, and one of HRR’s June issue poets has compiled a wonderful issue of ekphrastic poetry inspired by some incredible artwork–both from famous and emerging artists.

The mix for this issue, which is Autumn Sky Poetry’s first to include artwork besides the vibrant and moving photographs of the editor in past issues, takes readers through many emotions, incorporating not only an array of artistic styles but also both free and formal verse as well as a contrapuntal poetic highlight.

According to Klocek-Lim, “Within a few months I committed myself to creating an issue that celebrated the fusion of poetry and art.”  And celebrate it does as each collaboration tugs at us a bit, reminding us of what’s here and who’s gone.

Check it at, and let us know what you think.

Great job, Christine!