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BLESSED BY THE HUSTLE GODS: Ms. Michel Moore

URBAN LITERARY INFLUENCER

First and foremost, I’d like to count this as one of my many blessings. Small miracles happen each and every day. You just have to pay attention, be open to receiving them. Being allowed to participate in what has easily become one of the “monthly must-read” magazines in the literary industry is one of those small miracles. If by chance this is your first time grabbing a copy of this publication, please don’t let it be your last. I have every issue in my library and so should you. Okay now, that being said, let me get on to these questions. I swear I feel so damn V.I.P. right about now. (smile)


Before we get to the great literary events that you plan, give us a brief history lesson on exactly who Ms. Michel Moore is.


Well, I come from humble beginnings. No, no, I’m just joking. Actually, I was born and raised in Detroit, home of the legendary Motown. Matter of fact, the Motown Museum is not too far from my childhood dwelling as well as Aretha Franklin’s father’s church. So, I was surrounded by a rich African American landscape of history.


My father died two days after my fifth birthday, leaving my mother, my older brother Dwayne, my paternal grandmother, and me. If you ask them, I was a lil bit crazy from birth, so to speak. Or if we’re being politically correct, let’s label me as being eccentric before my time. I always marched to the beat of a much different drum. (smile)



Different huh? They say most intelligent folk are.


Okay, intelligent. Yeah, I’ll take that. Although I grew up in what most would consider “the hood,” my life was pretty much charmed. Well, what I felt was charmed. There were no big struggles. I went to Catholic school most of my learning days. I didn’t have many, no let me strike that, any friends in my neighborhood. The three that I did have moved away when I was about 10, maybe 11. After that, I pretty much was on my own. I would often retreat to my room and disappear into books. My love for reading developed early on. Just like each wide-eyed youngin that worshiped a great story, those Scholastic Books Boxes would be on deck every few months. I had my own individual box. When I got the list, I’d check almost everything. And my mother never once held me up on the money. Matter of fact, shout out to my mother, Ella Fletcher, for always supporting my dreams no matter how big or small. Dang, sorry for begging for that new piano, which she purchased when I swore to God, the Easter Bunny, and on Santa Claus’ life that I wanted to take lessons and become a concert pianist. Yeah, damn decades later, Baldwin Piano still sitting in her living room.


Read the full article in this month's issue of Intellectual Ink Magazine: June 2022 - Kindle edition by S Gray, Erick , Stokes, Haikeem, Moore, Ms Michel. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. Follow Urban Literary Convention (@urbanliteraryconvention) • Instagram photos and videos



THE 2022 DETROIT HUSTLE & GRIND URBAN LITERARY CONVENTION just ended and this weekend Intellectual Ink intends to bring you a first-hand account from a few good folks in attendance. Click Here to read about last year's event. Hustle & Grind Urban Literary Convention (intellectualink.com)


 

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JULY WRITING CONTEST


Bellevue Literary Review – Goldenberg Prize for Fiction – $20 fee

Deadline: July 15, 2020

“The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. … First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of BLR. Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2023 issue of BLR. … The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction. While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories.”

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!

  • Prestige—#27 in Pushcart ranking

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Nimrod International Journal – Francine Ringold Award for New Writers – $12 fee

Deadline: July 15, 2022

“The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.” $500 prize and publication in the spring issue of Nimrod. “Honorable Mentions will also be published and paid at our standard publication rates. … Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication. Open onlFriendly to emergingy to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications…” Submit up to 5,000 words.

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!

  • Eligibility restriction—less competition

  • Flag-bearer—open to international submissions

  • Prestige—#117 in Pushcart ranking

2022 F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest – $0-$15 fee

Deadline: July 30, 2022

“Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, are eligible. … no restrictions on subject matter.” Submit up to 4,000 words. “First prize is $500 and an invitation to speak briefly about the story at the 26th annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in October 2022. … Two runner-up prizes of $100 each. … The winning entries will be available online.”

Reasons to submit:

  • Blind submissions are fine submissions!

  • Friendly to emerging writers

  • Regional restriction—less competition

  • Share the wealth—multiple prizes

 




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