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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!


Wed Oct 22, 2014, 7:15 AM
Parody. We all appreciate it, we all use it at one time or another. The following journal contains parody.

Parody: made possible by the innovative 'dick laser' in the 14th century.

Lasers aside, I think it is time to address the growing zombie horde at your back window. And I think I have just the solution. Clearly, zombies have no sense of humor, have a lack of balance and only die when the brain is destroyed. They're really only good at synchronized dancing when it comes down to it. We can use this to our advantage deviantART. We can use this to defend ourselves. With locks, bricks, baseball bats and pencils on paper we can drive them back. We need to make them laugh. We will write #zombedyhaiku.

#zombedyhaiku: made possible by blood and ice cream.

It was on t-shirts and in English class I learned about haiku and refrigerators: I was initially taught haiku have 3 lines of 17 syllables, or 5-7-5, and in Japanese, where haiku consist of seventeen onji (which are not syllables), this is somewhat true. But last I checked my knowledge of the Japanese language consists of hello and city names. My apologies to people clicking on links that seem relevant but are really there to break up text. Like the gif's of parodies, it's distracting. And amusing.

Is it wrong I don't know who to root for?

But by staying on topic and educating ourselves we can come to find out how haiku operate: one: haiku consist of seventeen Japanese onji, not English syllables; two: haiku can be written on a number of topics in English; and three: haiku are a type of fixed form unlike any westernized poetry form.

But eventually someone counter-tops these facts with the idea that 5-7-5 is just how haiku are popularly written in English and those who write haiku without counting syllables run up and into a wall. Presumably in the kitchen. In bed.

And what was a good-intentioned and educational reply that a haiku that doesn't follow Japanese form is essentially an aphorism, which is an observation that contains a general truth written concisely, becomes someone on a forum furnishing their fervor in misunderstood euphonic concoctions, insisting a word's enunciation be potentially prenunciated "love-ah-lee" and not "love-lee" for syllable count. We've all been there. And what does the internet tell this person?

Truthiness. And flamey bits.

Oh, the thinks we thought to think of to tell them are not being thought because haiku can be about nature or they can become skynet self-aware, though sometimes they won't make sense. Refrigerator. The loose moral being, like lawnmowers, we can all follow our dreams and kill zombies and write haiku any way you prefer.

Now is not a simpler time (the zombies used to go slow in my day). We now keep our lasers in our pants. We use parody to satirize arguments from afar. We still follow our dreams. We still mow our lawns. We will write #zombedyhaiku.

This is me being serious business: Contribute a haiku about how you would combat the growing zombie horde and post it to deviantART somewhere, anywhere and tag it so others can find it: #zombedyhaiku. Then spread the word. Can you do it?

Dear members of the literature community,

Live-Love-Write is proud to announce a new lineup of programs and projects for the fall season. Please join us to participate in fun challenges, get to know your fellow dA writers, gain a year-long critique partner, win prizes, and more!

New Programs

:bulletorange: Whose Chapter Is It, Anyway? :bulletorange:

Our first new addition to the lineup! Participants will be given a prompt written by staff and take turns writing the next chapter of the story. The final completed novel will be published in The Quotebook, and writers will earn voted titles. This is meant to be a strong community effort, so hopefully we'll get to know each other very well. Registration for this program is now open here and will end on October 31st. The length of time devoted to each story depends on how many writers sign up, but our current hopeful estimate is a month or two. Find more details in the forum.

:bulletyellow: Dodecathlon :bulletyellow:

One contest? Bring it on. A tournament? Even better! A year long competition of monthly contests, with each contest's winners competing in the last month for a grand prize? Mind blown! I hope? Find more details in the forum. The current contest ends on November 8th.

Continuing Programs

:bulletred: The Quotebook :bulletred:

Our magazine that never quite got started is now under production. A pilot issue is slated for release on deviantART at the end of October; subsequent issues will be released on a quarterly basis. To submit your piece for consideration, please link us in a comment on the Quotebook forum. All questions and comments should be directed to the forum as well.

:bulletgreen: Synergy :bulletgreen:

Can't get critiques? Need someone to bounce your ideas off of? Want a fellow author to participate in group events with? Synergy, our pet partner project, is back on track to provide you with all of the above. Participants will be assigned in pairs who will serve as critique partners until the session ends. The October and November sign up session has been extended to the 23rd. Partner lists will be posted on the 25th. Further explanation of the Synergy program can be found here.

:bulletblue: Socratic Circle :bulletblue:

Our weekend chatroom will meet every Saturday night to discuss favorite literature and current writing projects. Please see the Socratic Circle forum to check each week's Circle meeting times.

:bulletblack: The Fount :bulletblack:

Due to the inexplicable amount of effort it takes to produce Fount lists, updates will be released on the first of each month. To submit your favorite books, comic books, video games, movies, or any other work of fiction for recommendation, please comment on the Fount forum.

:bulletpurple: Writing Prompt :bulletpurple:

I solemnly swear that the prompt shall be updated every ten days. The new prompt has been released, so if you're looking to vent some creative steam and score a feature, check it out!


Dodecathlon: First contest ends on November 8th

Synergy registration: October 11-23

Whose Chapter registration: October 18-31

Quotebook: First release on October 31st

Socratic Circle: Meets every Saturday night

Fount: Next installment on November 1st

Writing Prompt: Released every ten days

Questions and comments? Leave them on this page!

Here's to a great year, everyone!
Our original journal can be found here. It states the aims of TheKnow more fully.

Database Round-Ups:
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven | Twelve | Thirteen | Fourteen | Fifteen | Sixteen | Seventeen

The Database Index can be found here.

Hello and welcome to TheKnow Database Round-Up 18 ^^ Thanks so much to everyone who has become a member, started watching or submitted to the database since last time! :w00t:


Firstly, TheKnow has received another request.

SelahDeNoctiluca states:


NaNoWriMo is coming up, and I'm debating the idea of making this year's novel about a teen who leaves her Christian faith, or something similar. I want to know if there are any watchers who have any experience with this, or leaving faith/having a crisis of faith in general. If this is what I write about, I want to do it right.


If you think you can help, please contact the requester 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 (or to answer someone else's request), but it would be lovely if you joined in!

The Database

Here are the latest submissions to the database:

Travel and Home

Third Culture Kid: nightshade-keyblade is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). A TCK is defined as "a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture" by sociologist Ruth Hill Useem. Adults who were TCKs in their childhood are known as Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs). An example of an ATCK would be President Barack Obama.

Third Culture Kids may come from a variety of backgrounds and families. Examples of TCKs might include military/army brats, children whose parents are personnel of multinational corporations (e.g. Apache, Coca-Cola), children whose parents belong to the diplomatic corps of a nation (e.g. the State Department of the USA, the French Embassy in Italy), or the children of missionaries/religious workers. Many of them will have attended international schools as a result, although some may be home-schooled depending on the nature of their parents' work.

The submitter’s mother is Tunisian and his father is half-French, half-Tunisian. His father worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO), an intergovernmental organisation and agency of the UN. As such, his elder sister and himself were both born in Manila, Philippines. His family has lived in Laos, the Philippines, Egypt, and France, while his sisters and himself have studied and lived between England and France. They have attended international schools in Egypt and his eldest sister attended university in Canada.

He can answer questions on the life of an expatriate, international schools, and/or children who might have lived outside of their home country

Skills and Work

United Nations Kid: nightshade-keyblade’s father and grandfather both worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO), a specialised agency of the UN. His siblings have worked or had work experience for the UN. His eldest sister worked for UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland while his elder sister and he both had work experience with UNESCO in Paris, France.

He has knowledge and understanding of the UN and its agencies and functions and is available to help with anyone who might have questions concerning the UN. He can also direct users to useful sources of information concerning the UN.

If any of those subjects would be useful for your writing research, please contact the submitter directly by sending him a note. If you want to make a submission to the database yourself, the information is on our profile.


If the database or requests system helps you in writing something, we would like to put the finished article in our favourites. So, if you post your piece on dA and would like it to feature in our collection, please send us a link! We’re thinking about featuring the stories in our journals too.

Watching TheKnow

A note for anyone passing by: we understand some people may not want their details permanently on show in the database, but may feel comfortable talking to requesters privately via note. In that case, please consider watching TheKnow so you can keep an eye on the journals and what’s being looked for.

More Journal Entries

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.

Pre-NaNo Chat Event happening in #CRLiterature! Come on and join us! 

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4 deviants said :eager: :heart:

New to Literature on dA?

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!

Pie Master


Affiliation Policy

If you would like your group to affiliate with CRLiterature, please inform us WHY you want to affiliate with us, otherwise we will reject your request. We only affiliate with the following:

:bulletgreen: Official deviantART groups
:bulletgreen: Established groups for the literature community.
:bulletgreen: Groups that encourage critique sharing
:bulletgreen: Groups that share news

We will not accept the following:

:bulletred: New groups with no information what the group is about
:bulletred: Groups for other art forms

Newest Members



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RadishStick Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi, I'm just wondering what the process is for submitting deviations (or offering them) to this group. :)
GrimFace242 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014   Writer
We don't allow submissions to the group.  We request Literature Daily Deviations to our gallery as well as projecteducate Literature Week submissions.  The only gallery folder we have open for submissions is our News Article folder.
RadishStick Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Ok, thanks for the information. :)
Ywander Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Writer
Just out of curiosity: what does the CR in CRLiterature stand for?
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Writer
Community Relations. :)
Ywander Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Writer
AAahhh, ok! Thanks! I like it here. I want to be more active in the literary community and this looks like a great place to start!
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Writer
You're welcome! I'm glad you do! :D This is the perfect place to start.
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.
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