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Featured Author : Charley Brindley
If you are a fiction writer, you may enjoy seeing some of the
contests Charley has won. It might give you ideas about entering fiction
|His short stories have been published in;
|Timbrels of God
||The West Wind
||The World Wide Writer
Charley Brindley proves that somebody really does win those
His short stories, novel
chapters and poetry have placed in the following contests;
Texas-wide Writers' Competition -- Second place.
Writers' Annual Contest -- First place.
Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual
Contest -- Second place.
Inspirational Writers Alive Open Competition --
Falls Writer's Workshop Annual Contest -- Second
Brazos Writers Fiction Contest -- First place.
Professional Writers Association -- Third Place, Poetry.
2000 Writing Competition -- Honorable Mention.
World Wide Writer -- Third Place
Enjoy this short fiction sample of his writing.
and the Wheeled Beings
"Hellooooooo, Zerky. Are you
"Yes, I'm here, Glorious Leader. Hold on one
Glorious Leader drummed his first
three foresuckers on the
tabletop and looked around at the others as he
patiently waited one
piatod. Biak shook his upper appendage slowly back and
forth as his
sustenance entrance shaped into a cynical
"There," transmitted Zerky, "got
"One leaf tried to get
"One leaf?" said Glorious Leader. "How are you
"I'm a leaf-blower combined with an
illegal alien, Glorious
"ILLEGAL alien? What
the gimbul are you talking about? Have
the authorities identified
"Oh, no, Glorious Leader. They have these brown
called illegal aliens. They are from a planet called Mexico.
been brainwashed and made to blow leaves around in the street all
"Ah," said Glorious Leader. "Kinda like the
splitkats who scrap
up our slime trails."
"Exactly so . .
. . . . Glorious Leader."
"What happened just now, Zerky?
Was there a break in
"I had to take a
"Oh. Where are you now, what do you
"I'm in front of a large white building. Sign says
"Go inside and see what's
"Yes, sir. Just let me round up a few more
leaves to herd
through the door so I will appear completely
"Good thinking, Zerky." Glorious Leader
scanned around at the
others with his primary eye.
"What is happening?"
humanoids are shaking their fists at me and shouting loud
expressions. I believe these are gestures of friendship
and goodwill. They
seem very impressed with my cloud of leaves."
"Now I'm just coming to a door marked Surgery. There
is a large
red sign blinking: SURGERY IN PROGRESS - DO NOT ENTER. I'll just
inside and see what's up."
Glorious Leader turned to
his First Lieutenant. "What's that
you said, Biak?"
Biak burbled something through his proboscis.
Zerky," said Glorious Leader, "Biak says you might
want to shut off your
blower as an act of supplication."
"Good idea," said Zerky.
"Ah, that's better. I was almost out
of breath anyway."
"HOLY SLAXBURBS," shouted Zerky.
"What is it?"
"I just stepped inside the surgery room and found five
humanoids holding a female down on a table and ripping something out
between her legs!"
"Great Gorb, Zerky. Can you save
"I will try, Glorious Leader. I'm turning my blower
blast. Perhaps I can blow them away from her."
"What's happening, Zerky?"
"WOW! I didn't know I could blow
so hard. The five masked
wrongdoers have been blown out the window. Now
I'll see what they've
done to her."
"Oh, NO! It's worse than I thought. They've pulled
inside-out. I'm just going to turn my blower between her legs and
I can repair the damage."
"Zerky, talk to me.
What's going on?"
"Glorious Leader, I've done it! My
powerful blast of air shoved
a dangling pygmy-human back inside of her. The
woman is yelling and
trying to grab my neck. I believe these are screams of
joy and she wants
to hug me in gratitude. I'm just bowing to her and backing
out of the
room, my job here is finished. It is a wonderful feeling to have
able to come to the aid of a helpless creature and save her life. I
have finally found my calling. Now I must go see what other kind acts
can perform for mistreated humanoids."
Zerky! Your brave performance can only further our
with these primitive beings."
"I am now making my way down
the hall. All the humanoids are
shaking their fists and yelling. They seem
extremely joyous. Some are
even throwing heavy objects to me. These must be
gifts and tribute.
I'll just catch them in my powerful blast of air and
circulate them over
my head with the leaves. Now I am bowing to the happy
backing out the front door.
Glorious Leader. You cannot believe what is
happening here on the
"What is it Zerky? What is going on?"
"One of the huge wheeled creatures is gobbling up a line of
He has a large orifice on his side and he is sucking them
right into his
gullet. I'm running around to the front to see if he has
eyes. Ah, yes. He
has two large, square eyes. And there is a sign on
"Read the sign to us, Zerky."
"Downtown Shuttle. First and Main," said Zerky. "I believe this
creature's name. I will now give him the universal gesture of
peace and try
to reason with him."
"What gesture is that?"
"I've seen the humanoids inside the wheeled yellow creatures give
to passers-by who yell and wave to them in response. I believe
it to be a
gesture of friendship and goodwill. I'm just giving it to Mr.
"Please describe this gesture to us, Zerky, so
we may learn how
to make friends with the humanoids also."
"First you lift one of your primary endocarps up in front of
Zerky. All the officers around Glorious Leader's table chose
one of their
endocarps and lifted it.
"Then extend the middle appendage up
while folding the others
down away from it. And then shove it vigorously
into the air several
Glorious Leader and his
officers all made the sign of peace and
friendship to each other. Meanwhile
there was a long pause in the
communications from Earth.
"Zerky?" said Glorious Leader. "Are you there? Have you made
the large wheeled creature?"
Zerky. "I'm just putting myself back together. I
don't believe Mr. Downtown
Shuttle saw me at first, because he ran me
down. But he was nice enough to
back up over me again and allow a
humanoid wearing a cap to lean out his side
window and give me the
friendship gesture. I'm sure the third time he drove
over me was just an
"Perhaps, Zerky, it's time
for a new disguise."
"Oh, yes, Glorious Leader. Your
excellent appearance is exceeded
only by your huge
"Do you see anything nearby that you might
"I'm blowing past a large
building. There's a sign on the front,
it reads; Super Market."
"Go inside, see what this Super Market is all about."
"I'm inside now....Oh NO! It is filled with female humanoids
around by some extremely vicious looking four-wheeled
vehicles. I must
"Zerky, what is
"It's an ugly sight, Glorious Leader. Too
gruesome to endure."
"Tell us, Zerky. Tell us what is
"The terrible four-wheeled creatures are pulling
humanoids up and down these aisles and forcing them to grab
and throw them into their wide-open gullets."
There was a mummer of grunting around Glorious Leader's table,
slobbering and sliming.
"GREAT GORB!" shouted Zerky.
"Glorious Leader, I cannot bare any
more of this horrible feeding frenzy. A
female has just grabbed one of
her offspring and shoved it into the gaping
mouth of a four-wheeled
creature! The child's lower half appears to be
caught in the chrome
teeth of the fiendish monster. He is screaming for his
extricate him and save him from a horrible destiny, but she ignores
pleas and his grasping little hands. She is now taking canned goods
cereal boxes and throwing them into the beast's mouth. I must turn
for a moment."
"ZERKY," shouted Glorious Leader.
"Pull yourself together,
quickly. It is our consensus that you have stumbled
upon the lair of the
Earth's Supreme Beings. You must make all efforts to
the four-wheeled creatures. No matter how repulsive they
may be, you
must find a way to place yourself in their good
"But, Glorious Leader..."
remember your oath."
"You heard that, Glorious
"Not that oath, you numbthorax. The Universal Oath
"Oh, you mean: I swear to uphold The
Glorious Leader's laws,
eradicate all yellow Gunskikeys, bow to all
Winkburbs, except blue ones,
which I will spit slimballs at, and above all,
be nice to almost
"Yes," said Glorious Leader.
"In order for us to maintain the
Prime Directive, you must gain the
confidence of the wheeled Super Market
Glorious Leader, I'll try."
"Look around, what do you
"I see a female thumping melons, and a child eating
from the floor, and, oh, a female is examining packages on a
"See what they are, Zerky."
she's selected one and fed it to the wheeled thing. He
seems to like it
"Can you become one?"
Glorious Leader, I have already. These packages have
pictures of little
humanoids on them. I believe this is the way I will
get to the bottom of
"What are those packages called, Zerky?"