Friday Feed: December 4 is Our FINAL Deadline of 2023!


Happy Friday, readers, writers, and shark fans! We hope you’ve had a wonderful week. Our Editor-in-Chief is still sick, so it’s been a pretty quiet week in the Lit Shark world, but we still have a few important announcements to make. Thanks for reading!

Coming Soon: November’s Poem of the Month Winner & Notebooks!

We’re a little behind with announcing this month’s Poem of the Month winner and possible honorable mentions (again, sick), but we will be announcing on Monday. Stay tuned!

Also coming next week, officially, are our notebooks and writing prompt books! We hope you’re excited about these, because we sure are.

December 4 is Our FINAL CALL for 2023!!

We can’t believe we’re already saying this, but the end of 2023 is upon us, and we’re in the final days of accepting submissions for our final 2023 publications! The deadline is about two weeks away, but because of the holidays looming, we wanted to mention this to you now, so you can plan some submission time in around the festivities.

If you’re interested in being featured in Issue 4 of Lit Shark Magazine, please see our submission page for our submission requirements. Issue 4 is not themed; we’re looking for general submissions, and no, they do NOT have to have a marine life theme. Send us your favorite poems, stories, short plays, and short memoirs that you’d like to find a home before the end of 2024.

If you’re interested in our final Poem of the Month Contest for 2023, please see our submission page for the contest. These poems also do not have to carry a specific theme, but reprints are not accepted at this time. Also, when you submit to the contest, your work will also be considered for Issue 4 of Lit Shark Magazine, so win-win!

Petitions, Petitions, Petitions

If we say “Petitions” three times, can they magically get all the signatures they need and come true?

Most of our work in the last week and a half has been in advocating and supporting conservation efforts, which we are not mad about at all; it’s an important part of why Lit Shark is even here. We have some updates for you, though, and still need your help.

We previously posted about Teahupo’o Reef, which is being targeted for the Paris 2024 Games. If you missed that post, Olympics event planners are proposing to tear out a viewing platform that has been sitting on top of the coral reef at Teahupo’o for more than two decades, which they plan to replace with a much larger and more invasive, metal platform. With all the drilling, piping, polluting, and more that it would take to replace this platform, it would inevitably kill the reef—which would hugely impact the local sealife and the water’s acidity level. This would also hugely hurt the locals as they would lose their source of fish, their income, and even their tourism, as the death of the reef would also break one of the most famous wave systems in the world.

Fortunately, the team trying to stop this from happening reached their goal of 150,000 signatures. Unfortunately, they now need to reach 200,000; it’s unclear why. But if you have time to sign and haven’t yet, we would so appreciate it. You can do that here.

We also shared information and a very emotional post about the XL Bully Dog Ban happening in England and Wales. We don’t have any updates about this right now, but a few of our UK readers are looking into what they most need from those in surrounding countries (thank you for being our investigators, readers!), so we’ll update once we know more.

In the meantime, most petitions regarding the ban have been taken down, but there are a few you can sign. There’s this one from Parliament.UK, this one from, and this other one from


Thank you all for your support, readers, writers, and shark fans.

Happy Writing, Happy Submitting… and Happy Supporting

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