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#CRLiterature is a hub for all things Literature on deviantART. Run by the Literature Community Volunteers and community members, you should watch us to keep track of goings-on throughout the Literature community.

We post monthly news updates from the Community Volunteers, as well as contests, prompts, and chat events from throughout the community!

The Know Request Journal

Thu Sep 18, 2014, 12:28 AM by SCFrankles:iconscfrankles:
Our original journal can be found here. It states the aims of TheKnow more fully.

Our last Database Round-Up can be found here.

The Database Index can be found here.

TheKnow has received a request from NeroDemetriSephaos, who states:

Hmmm, probably a request that can't be filled, but I am currently researching drug rings and drug lords for my novel, if there is anyone who can help.

If you think you can help, please contact NeroDemetriSephaos directly via note.

And if anyone else is considering making a request for assistance with their writing research, please don’t hesitate. You can make a request at any time—leave a comment on whatever is the current journal or on the group profile, or send us a note. It isn’t necessary to be a member or a watcher to make a request, but it would be lovely if you joined in!


Ye Pirate Tales (Talk Like a Pirate Day!)

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2014, 4:10 PM
“His stories were what frightened people worst of all. Dreadful stories they were--about hanging, and walking the plank, and storms at sea, and the Dry Tortugas, and wild deeds and places on the Spanish Main. By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea, and the language in which he told these stories shocked our plain country people almost as much as the crimes that he described."


Behold me literary feather-bearers, how fair ye in on a week where we celebrate talking like yon pirate? It's time we took the celebrations to a new level and test ye wits in a tourney!

To pit ye writers against each other, we arr asking for your best pirate legend. Give us a tale of mystery, of cunning and wit- be it stupendous or just plain stupid. We're looking for humour and exaggeration, we want intrigue and excitement- do ye think you can do it? Then lets hear ye!

September 19th

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, where people all over the world are encouraged just to do that- speak with the Cornish tones of a pirate. You've all seen enough pirate paraphernalia to know how that goes right?

Make sure you encourage this all over dA, you know you want to :D

The Contest

We're looking for people to create their own pirate legend. Think about the classic tales of captain Blackbeard, Captain Hook, Long John Silver or even the legends of famous ships, places or objects built into the fascinating culture literature has created about pirates- now it's your turn to tell us a tale!


  • Prose only please.

  • Pieces (of literature not of eight) must be no longer than 1600 words.

  • It must be a legend about one thing- be it a person, place, object etc whatever you desire!

  • It can be as outrageous as you like, it can be dark, light-hearted or even ridiculous as long as it's clear when we read it.

  • You can break traditions if you like. The legend can be in any genre but pirates need to feature in some shape or form. You don't need to restrict your pirates to the sea. (That said if you want to stay traditional you're welcome to!)

  • Pieces must be submitted on deviantART as prose (not journals or external sites).
  • Although we've used a bit of the bad cornish pirate in this journal, just be careful if you choose to use this in your piece. Make sure if you insist on doing so you use it correctly and sparingly.

How to submit

You have between now at October 17th to submit your completed piece.

To enter please note Beccalicious with a direct link/thumb to your uploaded deviation.

All entries will be placed in a folder in my favourites


Of course where would there be pirates without booty? So here are the prizes:

 Praevius pirate fantasy chestFirst Prize

:bulletblack: 500 points from Beccalicious 
:bulletblack: 500 points from GuinevereToGwen 
:bulletblack: 12 month sub from SRSmith 

 Praevius pirate fantasy chestSecond Prize

:bulletblack: 200 points from Beccalicious 
:bulletblack: 400 points from xlntwtch 
:bulletblack: 6 month sub from OfOneSoul 

 Praevius pirate fantasy chestHonourable Mentions (X2- subject to change depending on level of entries and prize pool)

:bulletblack: 2 X 50 points from Beccalicious 
:bulletblack: 50 points from @ezradeacon
:bulletblack: 2 X Critiques from CactussKate 
:bulletblack: 3 month sub from CactussKate 

Praevius pirate fantasy chestSpot "taking part" Prizes

:bulletblack: 100 points to be split up randomly by Beccalicious 
:bulletblack: 5 X Critiques from OfOneSoul 
:bulletblack: 3 X Critiques from amour-raven 

Features for all from Beccalicious , OfOneSoul, amour-raven 

If you are feeling particularly generous and want to donate to the prize pool, please let Beccalicious know!


I have three very awesome judges supporting me, who will be looking through your stories with much interest! They're all wonderful, experienced people and I genuinely appreciate the fact they're happy to judge this. They are:

High cakelady of the Red Sea neurotype 
Mad Twelfth mate Memnalar 
Notorious scififlash SRSmith 
And me, booty-lucky-Beccalicious (the treasure not my bum!)

The judges criteria will be looking at:

- How intriguing the tale is.
- the completeness of the story.
- the technical quality of your writing (yes including spelling and grammar).
- How the story fits the initial brief of the contest.

Are you in? Give us an ARR!!

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Stuff Going On!

:star: :star: We are running a Unbirthday Contest - open to prose and poetry! Ends August 19. :star: :star:

News Articles Gallery Folder just opened for easier submission of news articles.

We have a book club! The read for September 2014 is The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Check out our schedule for upcoming books and events, and be sure to read the Book Club FAQ.

Daily Deviations

Suggest a literature Daily Deviation today!

Our lovely Community Volunteers collectively feature a few pieces of literature every day, many from suggestions by the community. Each CV likes to feature certain things more than others, and you can find their suggestion guidelines below!

We don't do fanfiction; please send those suggestions to SingingFlames.

The Book Club chat starts in 20 minutes! 

5 deviants said The book we're discussing this month is Carrie by Stephen King.
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Expose-Lit: Your Literature LifelineWelcome to Expose-Lit, your group home on the web for a variety of tips on how to make the most of your DeviantART Literature experience. We hope to provide everyone with a fresh perspective and to assist wonderful deviants just like you in finding your way within our community. And, we all realize that every writer has their own personality, interests, strengths and weaknesses, so we aim to provide unique pathways into the community for everyone. We are here to help!
Welcome Wagon: Getting to Know You
If you are a new writer to DeviantART, or perhaps trying to discover what the general Literature community has to offer, you find out quickly how vast this community is and can be outright confused by everything that this diverse website offers. With the creation of Expose-Lit, it is our hope to merge together the wonderful Writers Welcome Wagon R
Breaking in to Lit!Introduction
Literature has long been considered one of the closest knit communities on deviantART. As a result, some people find it difficult to "break in" to the Lit crowd. There are rumors of elitism, difficulty in getting exposure, and lack-luster appreciation for the incredible work that goes into writing a good piece of prose or a well structured poem.
If you look at a painting you can see amazing detail, great use of color, and the importance of the subject immediately. You know it came from the artist's imagination and that he or she had to spend hours translating that to a canvas. The tangibility of the work is right in front of you. With writing, it is not quite the same. The effort the author puts into the work can only be appreciated if readers put in their own effort to read the work. The gratification is not instant, which is one reason the lit community is so close knit.
Those who do have large followings often also comment and read quite a lot of work h


This is the team of crazies trying to run this show!

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EricAMBM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Writer
How do I submit here?
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
We're not a general submissions group.  Currently we only request Lit DDs and projecteducate Lit articles.  If you're looking for a group to submit to, I would suggest WritersInk.
EricAMBM Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
ahh ok, thanks!
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
You're welcome.  Let me know if you need any more help finding things.
hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for requesting to feature my poem, "Caitlin!" :heart:
vespera Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
pssst, book club isn't on the "Important Literature Links" ;)
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's at the top, but that's a good point o:
LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Would you possibly consider promoting :iconthewritershaven: contest in a journal?…
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Writer
As of right now, the only way for us to support your news is for you to submit it through our Journal.  Instructions can be found here
LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
ah, thank you very much!
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Writer
You're very welcome.  Any questions, feel free to note or reply.
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WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Let's hypothesize that I have never read anything by Ray Bradbury. Because that would be preposterous. And shameful. Then we can assume that I want to, because who doesn't? Which title would I theoretically best begin with?
Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a personal favorite.
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Photographer
I'll look into it. Thanks Jay!
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Photographer
I will definitely read at least one before the year is out.
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The famous one is Fahrenheit 451, but I personally prefer his short works. I think it somewhat depends on what you're into, he had one hell of a range.
WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Photographer
Is The Martian Chronicles any good?

I like nearly anything mind-bending or intriguing.
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I haven't read it. His prose is consistently beautiful, though.
Memnalar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Don't you love how some people totally ignore this group until they need something?…
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