New Release!

Jerry's Profile and Other Stories is a great new collection of short stories based in Nigerian culture from the author Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu. The collection is vast and varied with vibrant characters and interesting situations. Support a wonderful artist and a small press buy purchasing your copy today. Visit our shop to purchase your copy. 

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Written in the first person narrative technique, Jerry’s Profile tells the story of a young woman who drinks her own urine by way of alternative medication. Her husband repulses her for this and disengages himself from her and flees unceremoniously. The woman, sad and bitter, relocates far away and remarries, abandoning their only son Jerry, who is raised by an uncle. From his uncle, poor Jerry learns the truth of the cause of his parents’ separation and searches far and wide to reunite with them. While his father is never heard of again, he gets to know about his mother – in a most bizarre, tragic and humiliating way! 

The Embattled Kindredas its title suggests, is a story of a kindred battered by all manner of misfortunes brought about by natural retribution because their ancestors had engaged lucratively in slave trade and in all sorts of illegal trading.

This Female Circumcision! A semi-literate man insists on having his baby girl circumcised because he fears she may grow up to be morally loose if the surgery is not done. His wife, a graduate, objects vehemently. The man has his way eventually, and the result proves catastrophic. 

The Sculptor  James Ibe, a chronic bachelor, is a weird and gifted sculptor and fine artist, who places his many works, including busts and figurines, all over his apartment. He soon learns that beyond house decoration, the images serve even greater purposes.

Biafra tells a story of a young, ambitious man born on the day the defunct Biafra seceded from Nigeria. For this coincidence, he earns for himself the nickname, Biafra. His mother dies from a rabid dog’s bite and his father, a mason, falls off a high scaffold and becomes paraplegic. Biafra passes through unemployment and all manner of hard times before getting reprieve provided by his winning a US Visa lottery, and gaining a visa afterwards. His plans to relocate to the United States are however, thwarted by his village god, who insists on him remaining home in the village and being its custodian for a period of twenty years. Some part of this story is told both in the present and past tense in order to make it socially realistic. 

The Portrait of a Man Josiah Ibekwe, a Christian, battles his heathen kinsmen. He and his family are ostracised and suffer emotionally for a protracted period until happy circumstances surrounding his beautiful first daughter gives him a renewed portrait, which alters drastically, his estranged kinsmen’s low opinion of him. 

Matters Arising A professor of botany discovers to his dismay, that the palm wine tapped by his kinsman, which has lost its previous good taste and high quality, is not the tapper’s fault, after all. Climate change is responsible, perhaps.

Temptations Rosemary is infected by an incurable body odour and is taunted openly for it by hard-hearted neighbours. Tempted to take her own life, she’s rescued most mysteriously. After this, a new beginning, so rewarding, comes her away.

Not My Dog!  An old dog belonging to an aged, skilled hunter is about to be sacrificed for the funeral of its owner, who just died. A grandson of the hunter,  a young university undergraduate , who’s  well aware of the worldwide campaign against cruelty to animals, has other ideas and tries to save the poor dog.

Confusion!  is a tragedy of a one-act school drama that is scripted to end in the death of one of the thespians. Confusion sets in when indeed, the thespian, a promising girl named Kate, dies in real life at the end of the drama.

A Visit to the Dead tells a story of Abel Okoro, a civil service retiree and habitual drunk, who offends the spirit of the dead by pouring libations on the wrong grave at a cemetery. He pays dearly for his mistake. 

The Rainmaker There’s severe drought in the land, a punishment from the gods. A rainmaker succeeds in bringing down the rains, but pays a huge price for it. 

Update to Submission Guidelines

Hello friends,

We are sorry to announce that we will no longer be accepting works of non-fiction for either the Review or for stand alone electronic publication. 

However, we are still very much accepting submissions in fiction and poetry. Short works and small collections of poetry are always needed for publication in the Mason J. Review. Works in the Science Fiction/ Speculative Fiction genre are very much desired. 

Thank you all for your understanding and we can't wait to see what you've written! 

Thank you

We would like to take a brief moment and say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all the support our readers, submitters, and investors. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for believing in us and for your continued support! Together we make the world a little bit brighter. 

Our Editing Service is Now Accepting Clients

Here at the Mason J Press not only do we publish some really great works, but we also edit some really great works. Currently we have slots open in all word limit categories. So if you've been writing that novel, or novella, or just a short piece but don't have anyone to edit; look no further.

They'll give your work the critical eye it needs. Not only will they edit for grammatical and word usage, but they'll also look at organization, structure, and flow of the work. Consider them your very own personal writing workshop at your disposal.

Services start at $250 and payment is upon submission. All works to be edited will be under contract, and confidentiality. And who knows, maybe they'll like it well enough to send it on to our publisher! Visit our shop to start your editing journey today! 

Coming Fall 2018

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Did you like Starr’s Still?
Or how about Oranges Don’t Grow In Indiana?
Good, because I sure did and there’s good news coming for you in fall of 2018.

John Wolf is working with Mason J Press to create a collection of stories featuring our favorite rough and tumble characters Starr and the unnamed Narrator. Be sure to look for Down the Backroads: Tales of an Unnamed Narrator, available October 1st. 

Now Available!

No Rainbows Without Rain is the introductory collection of poems about trials and joy from the emerging poet Alex Hoffman-Ellis is now available to purchase for your very own enjoyment! For iBook compatible devices, purchase directly through our shop. For Kindle devices, purchase through the Kindle Store. 

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Still looking for submissions!

Hello everyone!

I hope your summers are going quite splendidly. How was that eclipse?! Something else, am I right? We were able to watch it from our backyard. 

Anyways, I'm writing this post to let you all know that we are still taking short story/ poetry submissions for our running Mason J Review. Please send all submissions to submissions@masonjpress.com, letting us know you'd like it to be considered for the Review. 

Thank you! We look forward to reading them!!

Calling all Science Fiction Authors

We are now accepting new submissions to kick off this new year and celebrate a fantastic (but often overlooked) genre: SCIENCE FICTION! Submissions are due by May 31st, 2017!

All accepted submissions will be published in an electronic anthology within the Mason J. Review. All contributing authors will receive a copy.

We're accepting Poetry and Short Fiction ONLY.

It's Here!!!!

ANTHOLOGY AMERICANA

As the Editor in Chief and Owner of Mason J. Press, I would like to announce that the long awaited Anthology Americana is available for your viewing pleasure. To read and ponder on the innovative writings of our contributing authors, simply click HERE. 

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all those that contributed and commend them for their patience in this longer than expected process. Readers, we would also like to thank you.

Please read the works found within this anthology and tell us what you think! Simply email us at submissions@masonjpress.com.

Thank you, and congratulations to our authors!!!!

 

 

Anthology Americana is Coming Soon

There have been some delays in the process of publishing this Anthology (but such is the publication business). We are hopeful to have this done by the end of January! Thank you all for you patience and contributions. Without you, we wouldn't be here. As things progress, we'll be sure to keep you all in the loop. 

Happy New Year!

Anthology Americana Needs Submissions

We're almost to the deadline! We have just a little less than a month to gather all your wonderful submissions and we've only received one! Submitting and publishing with the Anthology means several things. If you are published: YOU WILL BE PAID (a maximum of fifty cents per page up to 50 pages) and it's a great resume/ portfolio builder. Something to note: This an electronic publication only. 

Here are the guidelines:

  • Only submissions of Fiction and Poetry will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be typed and submitted via email (submissions@masonjpress.com) with the subject line : Anthology Americana
  • Submissions cannot exceed a 50 page limit (size 11 font Arial, single spaced)
  • Submissions must comply to the theme of Americana (Wikipedia)

We are so excited to produce this anthology and showcase your work. So submit your work and tell your friends. It's free to submit and the deadline is September 30th. 

Deadline approaching

Deadline is September 30th!

Send submissions to submissions@masonjpress.com

There is only one and a half more months to get your work published in the Anthology Americana! This anthology is look to be filled with works of the ordinarily unsettling life in America.

If you're wondering what that means, Wikipedia quoted The Atlantic defining Americana as "slang for the comforting, middle-class ephemera at your average antique store -- things like needle-pointed pillows, Civil War daguerreotypes, and engraved silverware sets." It need not be antique, and it need not be modern. Write your story, fill up your poem and submit! Published Authors will be paid. Deadline is September 30th. Send submissions to submissions@masonjpress.com. 

 

Anthology Americana Update!

Hello all!

Due to our increased interest in the Anthology Americana, we will be extending the submission deadline to September 30th! So get to writing and tell your friends. If selected you will be paid.

Just a Reminder:

For this anthology we will only be accepting submissions of Fiction and Poetry. Submissions must be typed and submitted via email to submissions@masonjpress.com with the header of Anthology Americana, and cannot exceed a 50 page limit. Published authors will be paid a maximum of fifty cents per page. The finished anthology will be published in ebook format only. Deadline to submit is August 31st, 2015.

We are beyond excitement to present this opportunity to you all. Spread the word to your friends as well! If you have any questions you may contact our Editor via email: caitlinwoelfel@masonjpress.com. 

 

Anthology Americana

Hello! 

This fall, we are happy to announce that we are publishing an anthology. It is a themed anthology in the taste of Americana. For those of you who don't know what that means, we're talking everything "all-american".  This could be historical or contemporary. It doesn't mean it has to be set in America, but it submissions must contain elements of Americana to be considered. For further definition of Americana, Wikipedia has a great synopsis of what we're searching for. Also, because the anthology has a projected publish date close to Halloween, we're looking for elements of creep. Disturb us. 

For this anthology we will only be accepting submissions of Fiction and Poetry. Submissions must be typed and submitted via email to submissions@masonjpress.com with the header of Anthology Americana, and cannot exceed a 50 page limit. Published authors will be paid a maximum of fifty cents per page. The finished anthology will be published in ebook format only. Deadline to submit is August 31st, 2015.

We are beyond excitement to present this opportunity to you all. Spread the word to your friends as well! If you have any questions you may contact our Editor via email: caitlinwoelfel@masonjpress.com. 

Contest Winners!

We are thrilled to announce the final award for the Kick Off the Review Writing Contest goes to John Wolf and his piece titled "Starr's Still".  Our runner up was Jonathan Ogden with his piece "Ixtabay". Both artists will be published in the Mason J. Review. We would also like to give an honorable mention to Kylie Sahota, a student at Battle Ground High School, for submitting EIGHT pieces! Keep up the excellent work.

A big thank you to everyone who participated from the bottom of our hearts. Don't forget you can still submit your work to our literary review! Please submit all work in .doc, .docx, or .pdf to submissions@masonjpress.com. 

Update

Due to the overwhelming submissions, we are unable to pick a top ten. In place, we will be picking one final winner and one runner up to be published in The Mason J. Review. The top winner will also be receiving a handcrafted print publication of their work. We truly are amazed at the outcome of this contest and we thank all of you so much for participating. Keep checking back for our next  contest and keep submitting your work!

Reminder

We would like to remind all of you that we are constantly taking submissions for our Literary Review which will be posted on our blog as a continuous rolling publication. So if you have a piece that you don't necessarily want published in a book length work, submit it to our review. Email submissions in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format to submissions@masonjpress.com 

Thank you!

We just wanted to send out a huge welcome to all of those who participated in our contest! We got some excellent work in and we're excited to share it with all of you. Check back at the end of the month to read our finalists.

Time has almost run out!

Hello, fellow Inklings!

This is just a reminder that there is only three more days remaining for you to submit your wonderful masterpieces to our Kick Off the Review Writing Contest. We would like to quote a passage from Stephen King's book On Writing for a bit of last minute inspiration. 

"Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch once said, 'Murder your darlings,' and he was right."

We want you to push your boundaries and create something you never dreamed of before. We love the new and innovative thoughts we've seen in contemporary literature today, and we think we can push those thoughts even further with your help. 

Here are the guidelines once more:

Deadline to submit: March 1st, 2015 

To kick off our launch, and to give you all a feel for what to expect out of the Mason J. Press and the Review, we're hosting a contest. This is open to all ages and genres (with the exception of erotica and fanfiction). These include but are not limited to Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Technical essays, Personal essays, Memoirs, etc. We encourage Poetry entries to include a collection of poetry to be judged as a whole work. Submissions must be typed and emailed to the submissions@masonjpress.com with the work attached in .pdf or .doc format. Please no submissions longer than 50 pages. 

Our winners will be the top 10 submissions regardless of category. These artists will be featured on our artists page and will have their work edited and published on the Mason J. Review. The number one finalist will receive a handcrafted book with their work published within it. 

If you are a college student or high school student, or even just looking to boost your resume, this is an excellent way to do so!

REMEMBER, ONLY 3 MORE DAYS REMAIN! SEND SUBMISSIONS IN .DOC OR .PDF TO SUBMISSIONS@MASONJPRESS.COM