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Results of the First Annual Poem-A-Thon

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Flashbang! Writing Studio is pleased to announce that the First Annual Poem-A-Thon raised a grand total of $2,055 for Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. We thank each and every one of you who submitted a poem to us, bought an issue of KaPow! Poem-A-Thon Edition, showed up at the East End Book Exchange and let us write a poem for you on our old typewriter, raised money alongside us, or donated just out of the goodness of your heart. 

The $2,055 Flashbang! raised will help GPLC provide educational services to over 4500 people in the Pittsburgh Area. Our donation will support: reading, writing, and math education; GED preparation; English as a second language programming; workplace skills development and preparation; family literacy education; a health literacy program; computer skills education; and the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, helping at-risk students in grades K-3. 

There's still time to support the poets of the Poem-A-Thon and send some money to GPLC: issues of KaPow! are $6 each and include all the kick-butt poems we published on the blog during National Poetry Month. And Flashbang! is donating all money from sales of KaPow! to GPLC. Buy your copy today

Call for Submissions: Superheroes

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

"Superhero" by José María Pérez Nuñez. Via  Flickr  and courtesy a  Creative Commons  license. 

"Superhero" by José María Pérez Nuñez. Via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license. 

Now that National Poetry Month is over, we're ready for something new. And seeing as how we're heading into summer blockbuster season and summer blockbusters mean superheroes, we want some superheroes, too. This spring and summer, we'll be publishing writing prompts and writing by YOU on the theme of the heroic.

Your challenge this spring (and summer) is to write something--anything--about superheroes. You could write a short story about a superhero of your own creation. You could write a poem praising your favorite Marvel, DC, or indie superhero. Meme-ify your favorite superhero; make him or her say wildly uncharacteristic things or dig into the truth behind the character's motivations. Consider writing a personal essay about who your favorite (or least favorite) superhero is and how he or she helped you through a difficult time. When you have something you love, be sure to send it to use so we can publish it on the blog

To submit: email your piece as an attachment or pasted into the body of the message to us at Just put “SUBMISSION: Superhero” in the title line, so we know to open it right away! Please include your name, age, and school in your submission. All pieces accepted for publication on the blog will also be considered for publication in KaPow! Superhero Edition, scheduled for fall publication. If your piece is selected, you’ll receive a free copy of the zine (and extra copies are always on sale on our website). Deadline to submit is Thursday October 1, 2015.

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