Featured Artist

Creative Collective: Julie Frayn

Today’s Creative Collective feature is for a very special artist: the homegrown, Canadian queen of saucy-literature-that-parents-might-slap-you-for-reading (not good parents–overprotective ones!): Julie Frayn. I feel she’s the perfect writer to feature for (yesterday’s) Canada Day; the diversity and richness of her writing represents our country so well. When considering how to describe her work–of which I’ve…

Past Artists

Creative Collective: DC Hampton Jacobs

When I first glanced at DC’s work, I was reminded of the gritty, 70s, graffitiesque work of Ralph Bakshi in Wizards or Fire and Ice. Only there was a rawness to DC’s stuff that I couldn’t quite place, and so—definitely interested—I reached out to the artist who had submitted this piece to ask further questions.…

Creative Collective: Luanne Bennett

I’m delighted to share with you today a snippet from Luanne Bennett’s latest work: Crossroad of Bones. I love crossroads—since they’re usually where supernatural forces converge—and I love bones and creepy things so I figured I’d like this novel! And I wasn’t disappointed when I finally got some time to sit down for a read.…

Creative Collective, Year In Review

What started as a curiosity to force myself to read the work other writers (due a commitment of time that I’m poor at allotting—not a lack of interest) turned into a project that reached beyond my wildest expectations. Eleven amazing artists, and not only writers, but creatives of all kinds were showcased last year. For…

Creative Collective: David Antrobus

Getting to know David was one of those ‘six-degrees-of-separation’ encounters. A few months back, I lost a member of my editorial team (to a new career, not the Great Beyond), and found myself in growing and desperate need of an editor. I reached out to my fellow authors, and I was passed David’s name by…

Submission Guidelines

Once per month, I will dedicate an entire post and week-long Facebook advertorial to my over 6000 followers, to promoting someone who isn’t myself : )

I will accept physical (digital), musical or literary art; stuff related to the genres in which I work. If you’re a master of pointillism flower portraits, mine probably isn’t the best platform for submissions. Why do this? What’s my angle? There isn’t one. Just trying to be a nice person–novel idea, that. Anyway here’s a quick checklist before submissions:

  • Work should be clean and error free. Only send me your best. First impressions and all that. I won’t be editing or uploading revisions. What you send is what others see.
  • Work should be in the fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, fem-lit, suspense, paranormal romance (not erotica), epic genres.
  • Original artwork, comics, poetry, short stories around 10K words and under (not novellas), music are all acceptable submissions.
  • Digital art should be under 1MB in size for easy viewing. All files should be under 1MB, ideally. If you have something larger than my contact form prefers, touch base via this form and I’ll reply with an email to which you can send larger files–not listed publicly, on account of spam. 
  • Self-published works and (clean) first drafts are fine.
  • Only submit one creation for consideration.
  • Subject line: “Creative Collective”.
  • Please include a short bio, as well as all of your social media handles, so that my readers and others can share and connect.


And finally, as those artists among you hopefully know, dealing with rejection is part of the creative process. Because this is a personal space, with defined visitor tastes, I will choose the work that I feel will be most appealing to my readers. That’s not a judgment call on you–the artist–or the quality of your work. But curation ultimately comes down to taste. So if you’re new here, I’d suggest looking around, seeing what I like, what my readers like, and determining if your stuff is a good fit. If your creation is accepted, I will email you with a post date that you can share on social media.

Often rejection is simply not knowing your audience, and I want the artists who use this service–which is entirely free of charge and limited only by spots and demand–to feel encouraged, to grow roots and to climb that damnable wall even I’m still scrabbling up after four years. I don’t care if you pass me on that climb; another’s success shouldn’t define our own. We all share in the struggle. We need to work together, especially in this age, toward assisting others in that climb rather than shoving them down.

Take the plunge, and submit. All best for 2017.