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Call for Submissions: Snow, Ice & Sleet Edition

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

"Ice Storm (31)" by Llima Orosa, via  Flickr  and courtesy a  Creative Commons license . 

"Ice Storm (31)" by Llima Orosa, via Flickr and courtesy a Creative Commons license

We're gearing up for our third edition of KaPow! And what better topic for winter than the weather? 

Your next challenge is to write something — anything — about winter.  You could write a short story about a Saint Bernard on a rescue mission in the Alps. You could write a poem praising the brisk air and glittery snowflakes of December. Make a series of memes making fun of people who can’t handle the cold. Consider writing a personal essay about a holiday memory or the best snowball fight you were ever in. 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 Just put “SUBMISSION: Snow, Ice & Sleet” 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! Snow, Ice & Sleet Edition, scheduled for late winter 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). 

Buy a previous issue of KaPow! We're currently selling both the Poem-A-Thon Edition and the Superhero Edition. 

Best of the 'Burgh Party: A Collaborative Poem

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

We had a great time meeting everyone and typing poems to order at Pittsburgh Magazine's Best of the 'Burgh Party last night. Here is the Exquisite Corpse you helped us write. Thank you to everyone who participated. It has been edited slightly.

Space Dog!

Space Dog!

An Effort Collaborative

The dog shot into space on a ship called
A Happiness Gained Without Effort

Silly lips tried alternate grass dreaming blows!
And the cows came home!
And the wicked man embraced science!
He shouted toward the sky EUREKA!

Now there was nothing left to do but impart to the next generation truths horrible and unspeakable
Will occur tonight but they are they memories that
Will be extraordinary not ordinary or maybe just a fluke?
Like his head, round as a coconut?

A head always in the clouds, rarely in the ground
A smile attached, bright as a sun
Teeth like Hines Ward, impossibly shining
One tooth grew an elephant’s trunk, picked crocuses, symbol
Of a community’s collective eye squinting into the distance

Superhero! Writing Prompt Part 1

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Image from page 310 of "The golden fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles" (1921). Used via  The Commons  on Flickr.

Image from page 310 of "The golden fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles" (1921). Used via The Commons on Flickr.

We're going to be doing something a little different this time. See here for our call for submissions for the next issue of Kapow! This is going to have a superhero theme, and we'll be using that idea as the basis for the work we'll be putting up on the blog over the summer.

To wit: our first prompt is going to be in a couple of parts. Today, in part 1, we'll be starting with the idea of creating a superhero. You can make one up out of whole cloth, or you can base him/her/them on yourself, as presumably, you are a solid jumping off point for your own imagination.


  • Appearance
  • Superpowers
  • Weaknesses
  • Origin Story
  • Time Period
  • Any other pertinent information to make your superhero yours.

And of course, what is a superhero without a nemesis? One cannot fight the whole world, surely. So create someone or something to give your hero some pushback. It makes things way more interesting. Use the same considerations in creating your nemesis. It's no fun matching wits with a cardboard cut-out.

Use this as a starting point. Next week, we'll work on creating the plot for your story. This week, work on creating your characters and where you want them to do battle (of whatever stripe). We'll make them do stuff next time. Have fun!