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About Us

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses WordSmitten is a
proud member
and supporter of CLMP, the


The Department of
Good News/Bad News
The Good News
H. L. Mencken

"If Mencken had never lived, it would have taken a whole army of assorted philosophers, monologists, editors and patrons of the new writing to make up for him. As it was, he not only rallied all the young writers together and imposed his skepticism upon the new generation, but also brought a new and uproarious gift for high comedy into a literature that had never been too quick to laugh."
--Alfred Kazin
The Bad News
"And here too is Mencken, the human being of wildly contradictory impulses: the skeptic who was prey to small superstitions, the dare-all warrior who was a hopeless hypochondriac, the loving husband and generous friend who was, alas, a bigot."

The Diary of H. L. Mencken
--Edited by
Charles A. Fecher


"Just because the microphone in front of you amplifies your voice around the world," said Murrow," is no reason to think we have any more wisdom than we had when our voices could reach only from one end of the bar to the other."
--Edward R. Murrow


"The business man has failed in politics as he has in citizenship. Why? Because politics is business."
--Lincoln Steffens

Tom Wolfe
The Father of New Journalism
On nonfiction:

"I regretted in many ways publishing the book The New Journalism, because in effect it set down a bunch of rules and standards by which non-fiction could be practiced. In a way that undercuts what made it so fresh and original. There were no rules for non-fiction when the New Journalism began. There was a great deal of spontaneity and there was never the sense that it was something to live up to. That was the charm."

On fiction:
"Incidentally, all movements labeled as "new" are doomed. They die very quickly. What was new about it was the utilization of techniques in journalism that had previously been used only in fiction."
-- Tom Wolfe


Kate Sullivan
CEO and Executive Editor

Denise McCabe
Project Editor

Jennifer Tanck
Senior Project Manager Operations

J. J. Marino
Editorial Assistant

Patricia Harris
Executive Assistant

Brenda T. Hall
Associate Editor
and European Correspondent

Round Table Editors
Bill Loewenstein
Shelley Singer


Tiffany Conners

Julie Farin
Danita Feinberg
Wendy R Levine Gross

Heather Havenstein
Wendy Lestina
Adrienne Mand Lewin
Norman Stern

Internship Program
Kate Dehm
Program Coordinator

- Summer '04
Genessa Poth
Theresa O' Shea

- Summer '03
Donna D. Bergen
Ronnie Donaldson
Howard R. Larribee

- Winter '02
Jeff Lansing
Melissa Wilson

- Summer '02
Lissette Vega


Susan Johnson
Jennifer Stephens

Fiction Award Coordinator
Susan Johnson

Louise Domaratius
Tim Ljunggren
Mary McNulty
John Ravenscroft
Maryanne Stahl
Colleen Tripp


WordSmitten Press Room


In-depth reviews of writing conferences, faculty, lodging, dining, and conference caveats.



Bill Carlson
Tucker Hall
Tampa, Florida

Peter Dekom, Esquire
Entertainment Law
Beverly Hills, California

Rhea Law, Esquire
Fowler White et al
Tampa, Florida

Jim Lynch, Vice President
Milpitas, California

Brian Nestor, CEO
Nestor Sales
St. Petersburg, Florida

Janet Roderick
Director, SBDC
Little Rock, Arkansas

Author and 2003 Fiction Judge


An American Poet.
2002 Fiction Judge

Author of PitchCraft
and NYC Agent.


Author of A Brother's Blood (Harper Collins), which was a NY Times Book Review Notable Book of 1996
as well as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection.
2003 Fiction Judge


Word Smitten annual awards for fiction.

The Storycove

The Storycove Flash Fiction Contest awards $150.00 plus publication.

Annual Deadline May 1

TenTen Contest

The Ten Ten (1010) awards $1,010.00 plus publication.
Annual Deadline is July 1

For Virtual Interns with journalism or English
Literature majors.
To apply, email us.

Showcase for published and unpublished writers.


letters, manuscript format, contacting agents, working with editors, book promotion and public relations. The realistic process for getting your book published.

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Welcome to www.wordsmitten.com, where the writing is crisp, the towels are wet, and the wit is dry.

Read our exclusive interviews

Brenda Copeland
Editor at Atria Books

Peter Dekom
Entertainment Attorney

Diana Finch
Literary Agent

Margo Hammond
St. Petersburg Times
Book Editor

Marcela Landres
Editor at Simon and Schuster

Scott Manning
Publicist for Black Hawk Down and other great books

Katharine Sands
Manhattan Agent

Elisabeth Scharlatt
Editor at Algonquin Publishing

Eric Simonoff
Literary Agent

:: Searching for Thisbe ::

Read WSQJ.
What, you're fuzzy about WSQJ? No, it's not an herb, not a wildly growing cousin to tang-kuei, it is Word Smitten's Quarterly Journal where in the Winter 2004 edition, you'll find Thisbe - which is even better than finding wild growing things.

Looking for Thisbe?
Find her here.


This year, we are delighted to welcome a great new addition to our staff. Tim Ljunggren, founder and former editor of Insolent Rudder, joins WordSmitten as our senior online editor. Along with the challenges he faces with WordSmitten, he spends great amounts of his time as husband, father, counselor to the creative spirit in hundreds of individuals, and freelance writer.


Contact J. J. Marino
Editorial Assistant
WordSmitten, LLP

(727) 409-0500 Phone
St. Petersburg, FL 33737-5067



A Southern
haven for beach bums.
Where the writing is crisp, the towels are wet
and the wit is dry.

Started by a group of journalists and authors undergoing media-withdrawal symptoms in 1999,
WordSmitten provides some snappy patter and exclusive interviews for the book publishing industry. We cover the people, the books, and the business of writing.

We're in a business that changes. The online world grows and we hope to grow with it. We now have a radio broadcast of WordSmitten, giving a voice to regional, national, and international authors, editors, and publishing executives. Our WordSmitten Writing Workshops are exciting for us because they are so popular each one is a sold-out event.
Initial missions change, companies find new directions, and in 2007, our WordSmitten group of companies (Native Shore Fiction, The Storycove, and our WSM OnAir) faces today's economic issues with great optimism. We have ideas for the future in spite of and perhaps because of the dot-com watershed, the world in turmoil, and the uncertain times. But, we do believe in stories. We believe in the written word. We are WordSmitten.

Current projects for the company include searching for notable book publishing individuals to interview, creating a new fiction department to showcase new authors (Native Shore Fiction: because everyone is familiar with their own native shore), two fiction competitions, and continuing reports on writing conferences for writers who strive to continually enhance their professional careers.

Founder and Executive Editor
Kate Sullivan created the concept for WordSmitten in 1999 and after completing the business model testing went *live* in February 2001.
A graduate of UCLA, she studied journalism with Jim Howard (formerly associated with the Los Angeles Times), was managing editor of New Look Magazine and in addition to being the Director of Communication for the University of Hawaii's SBDC was a columnist with a Hawaii daily newspaper. Her fiction appears in online and print publications.

Bill Loewenstein who participates in the Word Smitten site says of Kate Sullivan, "She's the kind of person who has poker wit. When she talks, people listen and then she gets them to blow coffee out their noses."

For more than thirty years,
Bill Loewenstein
has been a professional writer and writing teacher living both on the mainland and in the South Pacific. He has a bachelor's in journalism from Michigan State University and a master's in communication from Western Michigan University. He has written for and edited weekly and daily newspapers in the Pacific, served as a foreign correspondent for magazines and newspapers, traveled widely throughout Asia and Indochina, and advised government and non-profit agencies in the United States. He currently teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Baker College and Michigan State University. During the years he lived in the South Pacific he published a widely read island newspaper, and although he now lives on the mainland, Word Smitten's team delights in providing Bill with his own private cyber island within our editorial pages. As soon as he could, Bill Loewenstein left the daily grind of running a newspaper, moved from the islands and found teaching journalism to college students more interesting than standing watch for a Pacific Ocean tsunami. He moved from Hawaii to Michigan in the late 1980s and each winter visits Florida where he writes short stories.

Kate comments, "I take Bill with me to my writing group when he's here on a visit. He then spends the next two days cataloguing our discussions, some rancorous and some unorthodox, politely guised as critiques of short stories. He's not to be trusted which is why I like him. I prefer having friends
who need to be watched."

A novelist and editor,
Shelley Singer
lives in Northern California where she teaches creative writing and for more than a decade has worked with writers as a manuscript consultant and editor. She is the author of twelve published novels and many short stories. The most recent novel is Royal Flush, the sixth Jake Samson-Rosie Vicente mystery, published by Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Co. in 1999.

"Shelley Singer is simply the best. I'm reasonably certain that without her help, my first novel would be buried in my backyard somewhere, rather than going into its third printing. She encouraged me from chapter one to the end, gave me detailed and insightful feedback, and helped me take an amateur draft of a first novel and turn it into a polished manuscript.

Nobody can guarantee you success, but if you're already in the ballpark, Shelley Singer is the coach who can help you hit a home run."
Rick Riordan, triple-award-winning author of Big Red Tequila, The Widower's Two-Step, and
The Last King of Texas

Since 1991, Singer has taught fiction writing at the University of California Extension in Berkeley and San Francisco (Mystery and Suspense Writing) and at Santa Cruz. She holds private workshops as well as one-on-one manuscript consultations, working with writers individually on literary novels and in every genre from memoir, mystery, and science fiction to horror.

Townsend Hall

is a graduate of the Universities of London (BA honors) and Southampton (doctorate). A lecturer in English literature and then a language trainer, she crossed the English Channel and settled with her husband, a musicologist, in deepest rural France. She continued language training in French companies and started producing teaching materials and translating.

Following the acceptance of her first piece of creative writing, a verse play, The Crane, by BBC Radio 3 in 1992, she has continued to produce poetry, short stories, feature articles and a novel (published by Zander E-books, Necklace of Warm Snow, a finalist in the 2003 EPPIE awards). Now a freelance writer and editor, she writes nonfiction, specializing in the environment, sustainable development and issues relating to the European Union. However, she continues to write fiction and has just embarked on a novel set in the seventeenth century. As a British writer living in France she suffered a sense of isolation and so had the idea for the website, Worlds Apart Review, which she co-hosts with another British writer, Valerie Collins, who lives in Spain. Brenda Townsend Hall, Ph.D., lives in France.


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