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Call for Submissions: New Category

2018 has been an impactful year! It’s hard to believe we’re already at the halfway point. Nevertheless, this is a great time for us to pause and examine where we are in this moment. We want to thank everyone for supporting our literary journal. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the generous help of our staff, readers, contributing writers, and supporters. We’re several months away from our seven-year anniversary and this journey has been nothing short of phenomenal.

We have incurred a few changes with regards to our submission guidelines. As such, we are issuing an updated call for submissions. Contributing writers will now receive print copies of our literary journals. Additionally, we are now accepting cover art submissions.

We look forward to continuing with our efforts to bring our readers more of the literary material they enjoy. In addition to our journal, we’re also accepting requests for blog content. We’re looking for interviews, book reviews, guest posts, and author spotlights.

Visit our guidelines on Submittable for more information.

Torrid Literature Journal



Interviews & Book Reviews

Cover art (new category)


Editorial Articles / Guest Posts

Author Spotlight Requests

Interviews & Book Reviews

If you are unfamiliar with our literary journal, please click here to read a free copy of Volume XIV Chaos before you submit. Each volume contains poems, stories, and editorial content.

Stay in touch. Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

All the best,

Alice Saunders | Editor

TL Publishing Group LLC

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Call for Submissions

2016 has been an amazing year! We want to thank everyone for supporting our literary journal, contests, and blog. We know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us but we are back from our brief hiatus and we are excited to share some great news with our readers. We will be releasing Volume XIX and XX of the Torrid Literature Journal before 2016 is over. Each volume contains fresh new poems, stories, and interviews. In Volume XX, the 2016 winners of our annual literary contest will be revealed.

Additionally, we will begin accepting submissions for another anthology of Christian poetry to be published on August 1, 2017 under our Gateway Literature imprint.

As we wrap up 2016 and prepare for 2017, we are issuing an updated call for submissions. Our first volume of the Torrid Literature Journal in 2017 will be a special five-year anniversary edition. Send us your best work.

Torrid Literature Journal (Published Quarterly)



Interviews & Book Reviews

Christian Anthology (Title TBA)  


Editorial Articles / Guest Posts

Author Spotlight Requests

Interviews & Book Reviews

If you are unfamiliar with our publication, please click here to read a free copy of Volume XIV Chaos before you submit.

Stay in touch. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

All the best,

Alice Saunders | Editor

TL Publishing Group LLC

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Flashback Friday: Circle Circle Dot Dot

National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. Today we’re sharing Noah R. Sebek’s short story, “Circle Circle Dot Dot”. This story first appeared in the Torrid Literature Journal Vol. X Lost.

Circle Circle Dot Dot

By Noah R. Sebek

“I now pronounce you man and wife.”

“Are you sure that’s right?” she asked meekly.

“I think so,” he responded. “I think that’s all you really need.”

“Oh. Alright then.” She smiled, looking down at the ring on her finger. “I guess that means we’re married, then?”

“Sure looks like it.” I looked at my left hand, and then the ground. “I hope you’re happy with this, Sally.” Continue reading

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Interview: The Prolific Penman


Would you please tell us about yourself and your work?

My name is Adrian Pearson however, I am known as The Prolific Penman, which means fruitful writer. My style of poetry is love and inspiration.

At what point did you realize this was something you wanted to do?

I realized that I was a poet as I was coming out of a bad battle with depression over the loss of my youngest child at 5½ months. I knew that this was something I wanted to do because it was the only thing that I didn’t have to struggle to do. It seemed like second nature to take my pain and spin it into happiness.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first considered myself a writer the moment I believed and spoke it. I am not trying to be spiritual but it is the truth. Had I not believed in the gift that was given to me and spoke to it as if it were a part of my very soul then poetry would be like so many other things I tried and either let go of or gave up on.

When and where do you write? Do you set writing goals?

I write anywhere for the fact that poetry is a living part of me and almost anything or anyone can inspire me to write. Yes, I set goals for myself when it comes to producing a book or creating a cover but never do I set goals when it comes to writing poetry.

How do you deal with writer’s block? What is your advice on how to overcome it?

If I should feel writers block coming on I always return to the place where I first began writing and that is outdoors where I honed my skills while riding a bike or walking the streets. The only suggestion that I would make is that a person return to the thing that inspired them to write or take a small break and channel their energy into another project until the writer’s block passes.

What is your first book of poetry called? When and where was it published? What is it about?

My first book is called Real Expression of Words Never Heard; The Poet, The Man, The Idea. I had this book pulled and since then it has become two completely separate books: Real Expression of Words Never Heard, which is published with Author House and The Poet, The Man, The Idea is being released as a chapbook before being majorly published.

How did you come up with the title?

Countless things inspire the titles to my books. Many of the titles have come to me while walking or riding my bike or in a dream while I was a sleep.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of this book that you would change? Why?

I did have to go back and change the first book because it wasn’t ready plus it was a test by God to see if I was willing to be obedient to the holy spirit. The reason why was so that He could show me the areas that needed to be improved upon. Looking over my first book showed me that I could become someone great if I kept applying myself to learning and perfecting my skills.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting this book completed and published?

Writing the first book wasn’t hard but the cover design was a daunting task. Finding a publisher was tricky at first, but had I not paid paved the way for myself by giving the publishers a way to view just what type of poetry I write then I am sure that too would have been quite hard.

What advice would you give to writers who are contemplating writing their first book of poetry?

My advice: simply do not contemplate on doing something. Learn to trust the inner voice that cries out. You can win. Please remember that for every step you take, God has already taken two in front of you. Once you are in line with God’s word and start to operate within your gift all things and people will fall into place.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Nothing is hard about writing for me. It seems to flow like water but the only challenges I face are knowing which poems to publish online and which ones to hold onto for a book.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer is the freedom of self-expression and the ability to create a completely new world from words alone.

Please tell us about your latest book of poetry. What is it called? What is it about?

I have a book that is published with DIP Publishing and it’s tilted: An Outward Expression of My Inward Love. This book is about the love I felt for someone but didn’t quite know how to show it or express it with actions that would make sense, so I jotted down my emotions and every unspoken word in the hopes that she would read and then understand why I told her that I love her.

Can you describe one of your favorite poems that you wrote? Why does this poem stand out more so than the others?

One of the poems that stands out to me is a poem titled “Poetry Is My Mistress”. This poem was inspired by a disagreement I had with the mother of my children. She stated that I spent more time writing, publishing and pushing poetry than I did with her.

Why do you think your readers are going to enjoy your book?

I think people are going to enjoy the life that each poem takes on as well as the fact that everything I write is derived from truthful situations that happened in my life.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

I started off simply posting online and developed a name for myself there first. Once I was established online I moved on to performing, attending networking events and proceeding to tell any stranger that I would meet who I was, what I did, and even showed them how to find me.

What has influenced your development as a writer?

There are plenty of people who have played a role in the helping me develop as writer but the one person who helped give the words I write with such passion, such life, would have to be my son’s mother Stephane Leo. Everything I endured with her gave me the courage to turn all of my mishaps in life into a love story for others to read. Not only did she shape the way I now write poetry but she has also changed my outlook on life.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as a writer? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism came from someone I knew. They stated that I would give up and never see anything I did through. To be truthful anyone who has read my poems before I was known has always had great things to say and have encouraged me to keep going and to seek out others as well as to read other authors who wrote poetry so I could develop my gift. The greatest compliment would have to be receiving an award from The International Who’s Who In Poetry as well as one from the World Poetry Movement.

Do you have any favorite poets or favorite books?

My favorite poet would have to be Maya Angelou and my two favorite books are The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

I had to write a book about my life the title would be The Power of One Choice.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I am not writing I enjoy doing freelance photography.

Are there any noncreative avenues you would like to explore?

I have tried to become so many things before becoming a poet that I would have to say no there aren’t any other noncreative avenues that I would like to explore at this time.

What motto, quote, or saying do you live by? Why?

The quote I live by is: “I did nothing to become good at what I do except honor God in everything I did.” This means that no matter if I am up or down, wrong or right that I will keep my eyes focused on God. I pray and constantly ask Him to show me His plans for my life because I have no clue as to what my purpose is.

Do you have any upcoming projects, tours, events, or announcements that you would like to share with our readers?

I have book called: An outward Express of My Inward Love that I am now promoting and would like to request for your readers to kindly pick up a copy. As well as a chapbook called The Poet, The Man, The Idea is coming soon.

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Can you tell us where people can find you? Website, social media, blog, etc.






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Bloggers Wanted: TL Publishing Blog


We are looking for 3 bloggers who will create literary content for our blog. Successful candidates will be expected to create at least one post per month, although more is encouraged.

This position is unpaid, but bloggers will be listed on the Masthead section of our website. In addition, we will gladly provide letters of recommendation. This position can be fulfilled remotely.

This position is perfect for applicants who enjoy reading and writing blogs, are familiar with the literary community and publishing industry, and have good proofreading skills. Minimum length of participation is 6 months. Please take this into account before applying.


Produce one blog post per month on any of the following topics: TL Publishing news & updates, interviews, book releases and reviews, authors, writing, publishing, editing, and other topics that are of interest to the literary community.

Report directly to the managing editor and provide updates / progress reports as necessary.


Microsoft Word
Familiarity with WordPress (or willingness to learn)
Internet connectivity & email
Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
Copyedit skills are preferred

How to Apply:

Please send an email to jobs@tlpublishing.org with your cover letter and/or resume attached as a Microsoft Word or Adobe .pdf file.

Within your cover letter, please include the following information:

Your name and contact information

Links to your blog, website, and social media sites, if applicable

Links to or the text of at least two writing samples (required)

Also, please include a statement that answers the following questions:

1) Why do you want to join TL Publishing Group’s blog team?

2) What does your blogging / writing experience consist of?

In the subject line of your email please include your name and the title of the position you are applying for.

We will review your application and respond within a reasonable timeframe.

All positions can be fulfilled remotely unless otherwise noted.

Questions? Send an email to jobs@tlpublishing.org.


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