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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Colored Chalk Issue 5

After a good, long run, we have decided to close our forums in an effort to refocus attention to other sections of the site. Fortunately for you all, we're living in a time where discussion of a favorite topic now has a lot of homes. So we encourage you all to bring your ravenous love for discussion to Chuck's official Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. And, as always, you can still post comments on all News updates. Thank you for your loyalty and passion over the years. These changes will happen June 1.

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Colored Chalk has been rolling strong for four issues, and we want to read more from our Writer's Cult! The theme:

Sins of the Father.

Submissions are open through October 31st, 2008.

Sins of the Father
(inspired by an essay from Will Christopher Baer)

A man's relationship with his father is perhaps one of the most oft-explored subjects throughout literary history. The Father is a powerful literary figure, from the Bible to Beowulf, Hamlet to Star Wars and beyond. As Baer says in the above-linked essay, at a young age, God is the Father and our Father is God. As such, the relationship is a delicate and complex one of love, anger, loyalty, betrayal, honor and deceit.

What does a father teach, and what does he never tell? Let’s explore the father/son dynamic, whether the relationship exists the strong bond of a loving father and son, in the separated and uncrossing minds of the son and absentee father, or in those warm familial/cold jilted moments after you tell your father you love him.

General Submission Guidelines are here.

Please email your stories to by October 31st. Stories may be in any style or genre, up to 1500 words. Acceptable formats are TXT, RTF, Microsoft Word DOC, PDF, and Open Office ODT.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please put any bio/cover letter information that you feel is important in the body of your email.

Please put "Sins of the Father" somewhere in the subject line of your email so that it stands out from spam messages.

Thank you in advance for your submissions.