Announcing: Around the Campfire Literary Journal

In collaboration with Gitty Up Press, Unicorn Cats Publishing Services is proud to present:

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submissions are open to all writers.
  2. Submissions must be 99 words or 99 syllables (see list above).
  3. Submissions must include the theme “fire.”
  4. Submission must be original and not published elsewhere (including personal blogs or social media).
  5. Submissions accepted May 1 through May 31, 2023, ending at midnight.
  6. Writers can submit three entries of one style or a mixture of three different styles.
  7. Submissions are only accepted at:
  8. Accepted submissions will receive email notification by June 30 (no email means submission was not accepted).
  9. Terms of publishing provided upon acceptance. 

Please submit all three (3) submissions in the body of one email. Thank you.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Around the Campfire is a bi-annual publication of quality fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, and poetry in the specific styles of 99 words or 99 syllables (Double Ennead).

The literary journal is published in partnership between Gitty Up Press and Unicorn Cats Publishing Services.

🔥 2023 is the first issue. The debut theme is “fire.” 🔥

The estimated publishing date is October, 2023.

A Double Ennead is a syllabic form created for the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. The site features 99-Word stories, and I thought 99-Syllable poetry would be a great addition.

The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS! Punctuation and rhyme schemes are optional and up to the poet.


“Farewell to Another Year”

frigid morn, Autumn kissed—
quiescent fields glow,
tempered with an aura of seasonal flow
the wheel of the year turns
another month lost

under the sun’s frail rays,
hardwood shadows fade,
while frost browned grasses sing anthems to the wind
naked tree limbs tremble,
upright to the end

death’s undulations voiced
leaves fall… orange rain,
bird requiems pay deference to the dead
another harvest done,
spring dreams fill my head

© Colleen M. Chesebro

About Charli Mills

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

39 thoughts on “Announcing: Around the Campfire Literary Journal

              1. Colleen, I’m sorry if I missed this, but in case I didn’t, do you allow simultaneous submissions or not? And other question: does the word and syllable counts include titles or not? In other words, if I write something that is 94 words, but the title is 5 words, does that count?

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                1. Hi Luanne, each piece must be 99 Words. The title doesn’t count. The double ennead must be 99 syllables. The title doesn’t count. Let me know if you have any other questions. Glad to help.

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                  1. Thank you, Colleen! Can we submit to CLJ and somewhere else as simultaneous submissions or do you prefer we only submit to CLJ and wait to see before submitting elsewhere?

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