From the desk of the Boortean Ambassador on May 13, 2019

Sozar to everyone that submitted to Alban Lake Publishing’s 14th Drabble Contest, Extra-terrestrial Reincarnation! The Embassy has just sent out all of the acceptance letters . . . The winners and honorable mentions will be posted in the June 2019 “View from the Lake” newsletter along with the theme for the 15th Drabble Contest.

While you’re waiting, why not write a drabble or two or 13 to hone your prose! You can also purchase some awesome books – including a new coloring book with illustrations by Marcia Borell – at our Infinite Realms bookstore!

Humbly Yours,

The Boortean Ambassador

Terrie Leigh Relf


Last Call for Poetry Submissions for Tales for the Moonlit Path’s Demented Mother’s Day Issue

Reaching out to all you wonderfully horrific and demented poets . . .

I still need poems for our upcoming issue! You have until Sunday at the latest to submit. Check out the guidelines here. . .

Here’s to channeling something historical, perhaps!

Your Poetry Editor,


Thank You, Dear Friends of Boort!

While I did make a post on FB about The Embassy being stretched to the Four Corners of the Universe – and Beyond! (or something to that effect . . .), I just wanted to post something here as well. Sozar to everyone that submitted to our 14th contest: Extra-Terrestrial Reincarnation! I’ve chosen the first and second-place winners, along with the honorable mentions, which have been sent to our Fearless Leader. Remember that you are all considered to be winners in our universe! These will be posted in the April “View From the Lake” Newsletter, which will arrive shortly. Meanwhile, you can feast your mind and senses on March’s. 

The Embassy staff will be sending out acceptance letters by the end of the week (or thereabouts . . . you know about that space-time continuum thing better than most). Remember that this is a contest, so if your work hasn’t been accepted for the upcoming issue, you won’t receive a notification.

For future reference, a most-excellent practice is to to submit more than one contest entry – and to read the guidelines as if they were a lifeline and tether while you’re out on a space walk (which they are, theoretically).

Meanwhile, please visit our site for untold turns of inspiration and adventure! So much awaits you at our bookstore . . . we know you can’t just read one!

Humbly Yours,

The Boortean Ambassador

The OB Writers Networking Group – Updates!

Whether you’re already a core member or are considering joining us on Thursdays at Te Mana Cafe, I wanted to let you know about a few updates.

First of all, R.G. Ryan has graciously assumed the position of social director. He has created a private group on Facebook called Write Brained, so check it out!

Secondly, if you have received an “unsubscribe” notice from MailChimp, it’s because you’ve either moved away or haven’t been attending our group. Just cleaning house . . .

Here’s to success with all of your writing goals!



Thank you to everyone who submitted to Tales from the Moonlit Path’s Demented Mother’s Day Issue

Hi Everyone:

Your humble poetry editor is reading your submissions. If you haven’t heard from me yet, you will by the end of the week. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Tales from the Moonlit Path!  

Thank you readers and submitters for supporting our efforts!

Yours in the darkness and the light,


Call for Demented Mother’s Day Poems!

Hi Everyone:

We’re eagerly anticipating the celebration of Mother’s Day here at Tales from the Moonlit Path!  

What could be a more meaningful way to celebrate this holiday than writing tales and poetry – and the more demented the better! Here’s the submission link.

Looking forward to reading your poems . . .

Your Demented Poetry Editor

Terrie Leigh Relf

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for what may transpire should your own mother happen to read your work . . . Mine, alas, did not appreciate my dark side. That said, I will be sending love and appreciation in her memory.



Calls for Submissions!

Hi Everyone:

Just a reminder that the following publications are open for submissions:

Remember . . . Every day is a good day for writing – and submitting!

Sozar! Kendall Evans’ and My Poem Was Nominated for a Rhysling!

I was thrilled to hear that our poem, “Our Minds are Jewels of Uncertainty,” was nominated for this award. It was an honor to be invited to collaborate with Kendall Evans, whose work I hold in high esteem.

Tales from the Moonlit Path Is Accepting Submissions for its Valentine’s Day Issue

Hi Everyone!

To those of you that have already submitted, thank you! I’ll be reading until the end of the month, so you still have 13 days to submit your dark, supernatural poetry for consideration. Here’s the link:

Remember to enjoy the process!


Terrie Leigh Relf

Poetry Editor

Tales from the Moonlit Path Has Returned!

Hi Everyone:

I’m so excited that Tales from the Moonlit Path has returned! Some of you may remember that I was the poetry editor there for several years, and I may have accepted a poem or two from you! That said, I was invited to return as poetry editor! While the site is still in-process, submissions are being accepted. The first issue will be available in time to celebrate Halloween!

Looking forward to reading your work!