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‘Growing Up Lifespan Vol. 2’ released!

YES! Our biggest anthology ever!

182 writers across 480 pages … all delving into growing up!

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Featuring the poetry, stories and essays of 182 writers: Alex Reece Abbott, Sara Abend-Sims, Edward Ahern, Taryn Alexander, Tobi Alfier, Lynn Aprill, Sandra Arnold, Hilary Ayshford, Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Elaine Barnard, Linda M. Barrett , Amanda Jane Bayliss, Paul Beckman, Dev Berger, Isabelle B.L., Mark Blickley, Paul Bluestein, Paula Bonnell, John Bost, Gabriella Brand, V Bray, Martin Breul, Howard Brown, Glenn A. Bruce, Irene Buckler, D. S. G. Burke, William Butler, Yvonne Campbell, R. C. Capasso, Steve Carr, Jane Carter, Conni Cartlidge, Chuka Susan Chesney, Jan Chronister, Dave Clark, Sharon J. Clark, Peter Clarke, Yvonne Clarke, Michael Coolen, Carolyn Cordon, Luciana Croci, Gareth Culshaw, Mary L. Daurio, Gay Degani, Michelle Dickins, Michael Anthony Dioguardi, Mark Donnelly, Roy Duffield, Madaline Dunn, Marco Etheridge, Amalia Fish, Kate Flannery, Ri Fox, James Freeze, Myrna Garanis, Barbara Geiger, Flemming George, Declan Geraghty, Nod Ghosh, Kaye Gilhooley, Natascha Graham, Sarah Graham, John Grey, Teresa Burns Gunther, Jan Haag, Mark Heathcote, Jack Henry, Theresa Hickey, Ryn Holmes, Rita Hooks, Juliet Horne, Jan Howcroft, Mark Hudson, Valerie Hunter, Barbara Schilling Hurwitz, GP Hyde, Robert Iulo, Heather James, Talya Jankovits, Gregory Jeffers, B. Fulton Jennes, Fiona M. Jones, Katie Jukes, Michaeleen Kelly, Katie Kemple, Gurupreet K. Khalsa, James Kingston, R. J. Kinnarney, Will Kirkham, Nick Knibb, John Kojak, Christine Law, Mike Lee, Larry Lefkowitz, Joan Leotta, Cynthia Leslie-Bole, Cassie Lewis, Mike Lewis-Beck, Ann Liska, LindaAnn LoSchiavo, Lily Mack, S J Mannion, Daniel Santos Marques, Betsy Mars, Jan McCarthy, Thomas M. McDade, Madeline McEwen, Kris McGinnis, Rob McKinnon, Mandy Toczek McPeake, Shaine Melrose, Deborah Meltvedt, Karla Linn Merrifield, Kate Meyer-Currey, Neila Mezynski, Jen Michalski, Karen Mireau, Marsha Mittman, John Moody, Jennifer Moon, Ruth Moss, Colleen Moyne, Julianne Munro, Remngton Murphy, Zack Murphy, A R Neal, Allene Nichols, Kelly Nickie, Rachel O’Cleary, Eamon O’Leary, Amy O’Neil, Carl ‘Papa’ Palmer, Vishaal Pathak, Gary Percesepe, Tracey Peterson, Martin Phillips, Margaret Plaganis, Zachary Pryor, Bonnie Riedinger, Jack Roberts, JA Rose, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Ed Ruzicka, Gerard Sarnat, Stephanie Satie, Silvia Saunders, Claire Schön, Robert Scotellaro, Beatriz Seelaender, Maggie Seren, Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri, Pegi Deitz Shea, Ellen Shelley, Joan Sidney, Virginia Smith, Julia C. Spring, Ró Stack, Adrienne Stevenson, Deb Stewart, Mark Stocker, Rachel Swabey, Mary L. Tabor, Rebecca Hope Terry, Lydia Trethewey, Peggy Trojan, Dion Tsimiklis, Claire Tucker, Lucy Tyrrell, Karissa Venne, Lois Perch Villemaire, Donald R. Vogel, Tricia Waller, Alan Walowitz, Michael Webb, Barbara West, Neal Whitman, Allan J. Wills, Riley Winchester, Terri Pauser Wolf, Melissa E. Wong, McKenzie Wood and Jeffrey Zable

‘Conversations’ has been cancelled …

Conversations Pure Slush Vol. 21 has been cancelled.

Unfortunately, despite the submission period having only recently closed, we have decided to cancel the ‘Conversations’ anthology project.

The original intention was for the anthology to be filled entirely with direct speech, so quoted speech without speech tags.

“I think I’ll just stay home and bake a cake.”

“Well, it’s good you’re finally expanding your social connections.”


I think I’ll just stay home and bake a cake.

Well, it’s good you’re finally expanding your social connections.

Etc …

There are two main reasons why many submissions do not fit the expected parameters.

The first is, the guidelines  were obviously not explicit enough for all submitters.

The second is, there were overly-generous interpretations of these guidelines.

Initially we thought, well, this is not the first time our expectations have been challenged or changed, so let’s continue …

But Pure Slush (and Truth Serum Press) anthologies have always had a theme or a unique structure or both: that’s what we’re known for!

And upon reading more submissions, we realised not only was the anthology not turning out as planned, it didn’t have a unifying theme or structure either.

It was just a group of poems, stories and essays with little or nothing to connect them. Hence the decision to cancel.

We apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused.

Our next submission period opens 15th April 2021 for Friendship Lifespan Vol. 3.