Monday, 8 August 2011

What's The Big Announcement? A NEW WEBSITE!



You heard rightly, poppets. Underneath The Juniper Tree has moved to a bigger cemetery and we want you to join us. We are celebrating our brand new site with a giveaway, but you have to mosey on over to our new site to find out the details and how to enter. The prize is worth its weight in toes, I assure you.

See you all there! Click here to be swept over to our new abyss.





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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Blast from the Past - Rats Edition Winner!



Due to our AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT tomorrow and our GIVEAWAY!!!! We are announcing the winner today.

We got in some gruesomely gory submissions for you, chatz, and we were so impressed. Thank you for your inspiration!

Now. Our winner of our Blast from the Past: Rats Edition contest is......

Tonja Drecker! With her submission Invasion of the Rats. Aptly named, Tonja! And congratulations. Below is an excerpt from her creepily creative story:

We never saw them at all. They were much, much too sly. They stuck to the shadows, but we saw their bright eyes. And at night, after Mom had tucked me in bed, I could hear them scratching over my head.

To read the rest of this taunting tale you'll have to come back and check out our September Issue.

Just a reminder that we are accepting short story (2000 word max), poetry, limerick and art submissions all the time. Feeling creative? Send it our way! And don't forget to read all about our Submissions & Guidelines. Send us your creepiest, crawliest tales to junipertreelit@gmail.com


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Sunday Poetry: The Old Man of the Cape - Edward Lear & Ken Lamug



There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary Ape;
Till the Ape one dark night, set the house on a light,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.


The Old Man of the Cape
Written by Edward Lear
Illustrated by Ken Lamug

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

New Challenge - 11 Word Story



We really want to challenge you this time. Write us a story, something haunting, creepy, scary, spooky, slithering. But you can only use 11 words. Do not distress! You can do this.

The girl tried to stand, but her leg wasn't there anymore.
Being invisible was the best thing of all, until it wasn't.
While eating the pages, Tex didn't see the 'T' with teeth.


Guidelines

The story must be 11 words in length, no more, no fewer. Not eleventy, not eleventeen, 11 words. ELEVEN!!!

Please send your entries to junipertreelit@gmail.com and put "11 Word Story" in the subject line or else your email will be eaten by the Spamster and never found again.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, August 20. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 22.

For the name of your document please put your story/artwork name, underscore and your name. Ex: ToesForEating_MarjorieMerle.doc

You can submit your work as a Word document or stick it directly in the email to junipertreelit@gmail.com and please forgive us in advance if we don't write back to you immediately. Tex is fairly anal about reading and viewing everything we get. With your submission please tell us a little bit about yourself and please send us your website if you have one. If you don't have one, get one. They are free, you know.

For the rest of the guidelines and what should not be submitted, go to our Submissions & Guidelines page.







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Friday, 5 August 2011

Drill - Evan Heasman

Drill


There was a young girl from seville
Who would run around with a drill
People would say
"She just wants to play"
Unaware her intent is to kill

Drill

Written & illustrated by Evan Heasman



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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Blast from the Past: Rats Edition - TWO DAYS LEFT!

I can hear your pens scratching away. Two days until the deadline. Quickly, poppets, quickly!






In under 500 words, write us a piece inspired by this photo. Your piece can be poetry or a short story as long as it is under 500 words. If you can think of other creative ways to be inspired by this photo, go ahead and surprise us! The winner (or winners) of the challenge will be featured in the September issue!

Deadline for submission: Saturday, August 6. The winners will be announced Monday, August 8.

With your submission please put in the subject line "Blast from the Past - Rats Edition". 
For the name of your document please put your story/artwork name, underscore and your name. Ex: ToesForEating_MarjorieMerle.doc

You can submit your work as a Word document or stick it directly in the email to junipertreelit@gmail.com and please forgive us in advance if we don't write back to you immediately. Tex is fairly anal about reading and viewing everything we get. With your submission please tell us a little bit about yourself and please send us your website if you have one. If you don't have one, get one. They are free, you know.

For the rest of the guidelines and what should not be submitted, go to our Submissions & Guidelines page.

We look forward to your creative mind-doodles!


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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Toe Eaters - Ken Lamug

Friends. This is what will happen to you if you do not get your submissions in on time. Don't say I didn't warn you.


Toe Eaters


When it’s dark, all the little kids wonder
For the critters, they go out and plunder
They seek out at night, to have a good bite
All The toes that stick out of their covers

Toe Eaters
Written & illustrated by Ken Lamug


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Monday, 1 August 2011

August Issue

Hello everyone! It's been a flurry of activity getting everyone's pieces clothed, brushed, fed and shoved into  our August issue but we did it. Thank you to all the lovely people who put all their sweat and mostly blood into this issue. Thank you again to our Murder of Editors for taking their time to dissect each word. Thanks Tex for restraining of scaring off any contributors with your unappetizing diet.

My pleasure, darling.

Drum roll please!

Drrrrrrrummm roooollllllllllll

The August issue!










UPDATE: To download a PDF of the issue, visit our bookshelf at http://issuu.com/underneaththejunipertree. Open the publication and underneath the issue is an option to download or print the issue. 

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday Poetry: The Cannibal and His Dog - Dawn Pisturino



The Cannibal and His Dog
Written by Dawn Pisturino 


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Saturday, 30 July 2011

A THRILLING Contest in Collaboration with Literary Asylum and Walden Pond Press!

Ahh, my lovely, fleshy, ripe for the taking friends...


Marjorie is taking a nap so I snuck down from the attic to try this blogging thing for myself. Nom Nom! I like it so far!


So you want something exciting? Something more exciting than we've already given you over the past few months? You greedy toe suckers! That's alright. I'm right there with you. So here you go:


Our devilish friend D.M. Cunningham over at Literary Asylum, in cahoots with Walden Pond Press and yours truly, is hosting a thrilling contest to die for!


Here's the low down: In celebration of the upcoming release of Walden Pond Press' Guys Read: THRILLER (Aug 2011), we want YOU to give us your best opening paragraph (or two) of the most thrilling, terrifying, spooky, creepy, and crazy MG/YA story you can muster.





Contest Rules

1) Submit your best work up to two paragraphs. Anything beyond that will not be read and taken out of the running.
2) Send your submissions in the BODY of the email, not attachments (they will not be opened) to the following emails (either or - no need to do both) LiteraryAsylum@hotmail.com OR junipertreelit@gmail.com.
3) Be sure to put THRILLER contest submission in the RE: Line or it may get overlooked.
4) Deadline is OCTOBER 13th (why? because we like that number) at MIDNIGHT
5) Follow our blogs (links above) and join us on Twitter

@WaldenPondPress
@UndertheJuniper
@JuniperTreeLit
@LiteraryAsylum


6) Most of all, have fun and keep the kids in mind. Let's give them stories that will keep them reading late at night!


Prizes? You ask? Greedy...I like it!


The top writer will receive a copy of GR:THRILLER signed by the ambassador of Children's Lit himself Jon Scieszka. And, your paragraph(s) will appear in an upcoming issue of UTJT. 


WAIT, there is more! The winning writer will be interviewed on the Literary Asylum blog to celebrate your thrilling job well done. Now those are some gruesome prizes!


So hop to it. 


Tex? What are you doing on my computer?


Ummm... researching... exploding brains? OOPS GOTTA GO!






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Blast from the Past: Rats Edition - ONE WEEK LEFT!

You heard right, headless pumpkins, you have only one week to enter your submission for the Blast from the Past: Rats Edition challenge. Haste, friends, haste!




In under 500 words, write us a piece inspired by this photo. Your piece can be poetry or a short story as long as it is under 500 words. If you can think of other creative ways to be inspired by this photo, go ahead and surprise us! The winner (or winners) of the challenge will be featured in the September issue!

Deadline for submission: Saturday, August 6. The winners will be announced Monday, August 8.

With your submission please put in the subject line "Blast from the Past - Rats Edition". 
For the name of your document please put your story/artwork name, underscore and your name. Ex: ToesForEating_MarjorieMerle.doc

You can submit your work as a Word document or stick it directly in the email to junipertreelit@gmail.com and please forgive us in advance if we don't write back to you immediately. Tex is fairly anal about reading and viewing everything we get. With your submission please tell us a little bit about yourself and please send us your website if you have one. If you don't have one, get one. They are free, you know.

For the rest of the guidelines and what should not be submitted, go to our Submissions & Guidelines page.

We look forward to your creative mind-doodles!



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Friday, 29 July 2011

August Issue Sneak Peek: The Unforgiving Tree

Don't miss our tragic take on Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. It will sadden you, yes, but it will also throw you from your chair and pull a cry of victory from your mouth. Join us on August 1st to read this tantalizing tale of turmoil and triumph!





The tree was so angry!
The tree was distraught!
The little boy ought to be caught!
And then tied into a granny knot.



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Thursday, 28 July 2011

August Issue Sneak Peek: The Cover

Friends. We are twitching with excitement over here at Underneath The Juniper Tree. Tex hasn't eaten a toe in days, he's so antsy.

It all tastes of bogweed, mind, when something so thrilling is on its way.


I wholeheartedly agree. So far, each monthly issue has surpassed the last. Yes, we've only had two issues, but that just proves my point. The August issue will certainly be a blast of delight. Sound the trumpets, all!

Here is a sneaky peeky at the cover for the August issue illustrated by Ken Lamug. Would you like to illustrate our next cover? Send us some examples of your work to junipertreelit@gmail.com and tell us a little bit about yourself. Don't be shy, Tex only bites what moves.




Keep sending in the general submissions, friends, our September issue is already a quarter full!

Need to something to keep you busy while you await the August issue? Check out our July issue!




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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Two Gloomy Twins - Byron Bill & Evan Heasman



There were two gloomy twins
Who liked to go for swims
They went for a dip
In a lake of arsenic
Now they're only toothy grins


Two Gloomy Twins
Written by Byron Bill
Illustrated by Evan Heasman



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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Zombiemart - JL Martin




Zombiemart
Written by JL Martin 



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