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In This Issue

Daily Column

  Come join the editor Jennifer Barnick as she searches for the Champagne Life....

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Sparkling Wine

Interview with flight attendant Peggy O'Brien-Gould by Dr. Timothy Smith

Feature Italy's Surprising Sparklers: A Guide to Italian Sparkling Wine by Sandy Mitchell

Sparkling Wine Review John Euclid reviews Spanish Cavas
Industry News ...a brief survey of sparkling wine news

First Person

HelloGoodbye Ian E. Detlefsen says hello and George Mentis says goodbye.

Passion ForumDarlene Foster writes about LSU women's hoops

Under the Goldlight—True Tales of Drinking Champagne Felisha Foster revisits New Years 2003

Life Before Ten J. Blake Gordon tackles the nightmare

Art & Literature

The Marcia Reed Virtual Gallery Paintings by Lorraine Smith

Drinker's Poetry Fredrik Bergström and Robert Slattery

Fiction The Garden Keepers by David Sirois

Film in ReviewAnna Luciano opines on a current release; Suzie Sims-Fletcher evaluates a current DVD rental, and John Euclid digs deep in the closet to review a classic movie

Other Goodies

Founder's Page Greeting from Dr. Timothy Smith

Letters to the Editor click for full list

Photo Gallery Click for Pics




Submission Guidelines


The Better Drink accepts unsolicited submissions. All submissions must be mailed hard copy to our P.O. Box (address provided below). All submissions must be typed and double-spaced. We also ask that included with your submission is a cover letter including a brief biography and a brief summary/description of submission. In addition, we also ask that you tell us in your cover letter if your piece can be mailed electronically—hastening the editorial and publishing process for accepted work. Lastly, please include a SASE if you want your piece returned.

Please address as follows:

Attn: State Category (fiction, HelloGoodbye, Passion Forum, etc…)

c/o The Better Drink
P.O. Box 410213
Cambridge, MA 02141

Categories Open for Submission

Feature—Length 5,000 to 10,000 words. We will (unlike other categories) accept a feature based on proposal. However, the piece must be fully completed within three months of acceptance. We are interested in articles revolving around sparkling wine, champagne, or truly inspiring people. The stories may be personal, contemporary, historical, or even philosophical—we are really looking for work that embodies the spirit of the magazine. We have pretty open minds at The Better Drink so be creative. Pays $100.00. Paid upon publishing.

Passion Forum—Length 750 to 1,500 words. Passion Forum is a section dedicated to a person who has found a true passion in their life. We here at The Better Drink both admire and celebrate individuals that have found a true love and self-generated excitement in their life…and for those of us who have not yet found that special something, we think the writers of Passion Forum can inspire us and others to continue searching. Passion Forum must be written in first person, and the author must be writing about their own passion—whether it is knitting, stamp collecting, or growing hot, very hot peppers! Note: for accepted pieces we will be requesting a photo of you, and the photo must be submitted electronically. Pays $35.00. Paid upon publication.

HelloGoodbye—Length 1,000 to 4,000 words. HelloGoodbye is our “full circle” section. By printing side-by-side first person accounts of a union formed and a union lost we hope to illuminate the beauty of being within both sides. It is our belief that people can grow and shine in times of both gain and loss. The loss or gain, however, does not have to be always profound, we welcome lighthearted and humorous stories as well. The point is people come and go in our lives and The Better Drink wants to celebrate life with all its ups and downs. Pays $40.00 for either Hello or Goodbye. Paid upon publication. Note: while photos are not required for HelloGoodbye, we really love them. Please note in your submission if you will be providing any photos or art that would add depth to your piece.

Under the Goldlight—true tales of drinking champagne–Length 1,000—5,000 words. Under the Goldlight is really just what is says…true tales of drinking champagne…or sparkling wine. What we want is a first person account of something that happened to you while having champagne. It can be a “…boy what a night I had” type of thing or a “best moment ever”. Your tale can be funny, sad, ironic, or embarrassing. The only key is that somehow sparkling wine needs to be involved. Pays $40.00. Paid upon publication. Note: we will only accept stories for this column of writers 21 or older. The experience may be about when you were 16; however, we don’t want to publish it unless you are now over 21.

Life Before Ten—Length 750—5,000 words. Life Before Ten is our newest “first person” column. It will be debuting in our Summer Issue (out May 15). We would like a real-life, first person account of something memorable that happened to you before you were ten years old. We believe that one’s childhood is an integral part of one’s adulthood. Taking a look at that time can be funny, sad, or even frightening. The Better Drink strives to celebrate life and the human spirit. We are always searching for new angles to help express and perhaps even foster personal growth. Opening up a forum of childhood memories we believe could be a welcome and enriching…not to mention entertaining…experience for our readers. Pays $35.00. Paid upon publication.

Poetry—Any length. Any style. Just mail us your best. You may submit up to six poems, however, only two poems will be finally accepted. (Note: two poems is the minimum submission.) Pays $20.00. Paid upon publication.

Fiction—Length 1,000 to 10,000 words. We are open to just about all genres (except no pornography or any piece with explicit violence). Pays $50.00. Paid upon publication.

The Marcia Reed Virtual Gallery— The Marcia Reed Virtual Gallery will be a presentation of an artist’s work with a special emphasis on the emerging artist. It is so rare that people ever get to see the art of their times—not to mention regional and still-to-be-represented artists. The Better Drink wants to open up the opportunity for both artists and our readers to share the unique experience of contemporary art. The Virtual Gallery is open to all artists of any age, style, or experience. Presently, we are only able to show visual art: photography, sculpture, painting, drawing etc…. Both galleries and individual artists are welcome to submit, and while we will not directly sell work in our magazine we will provide links and contacts for readers and other interested parties to the accepted artist and/or gallery. The submission guidelines are as follows:

Page 1—Please write a one to two paragraph biography. For accepted artists we will be requesting a photo that must be sent electronically. (It can be included on your CD of slides.)

Page 2—Write your statement of purpose (In non-lingo: tell us what your work is about and why you did it.) The statement of purpose should be one to two paragraphs…however, if you have a real manifesto, please feel free to submit…we really do not have any concrete word limit.

A CD of your slides—we ask for a minimum of twelve slides and a maximum of twenty-five. Typically the show size is twelve. (Note: you can have your traditional slides transferred to CD by just about any local photo shop.) Please send enough postage (including return envelope) so we can return your CD.

Final Reminders

--All pieces must have appropriate envelopes and return postage.

--Do not send us your original anything!!! While we are very careful--things do get lost--so please make copies!!!

--All writing must be typed, double-spaced, and sent hard copy via traditional mail.

--State submission category outside of envelope.

--All submissions must have a brief cover letter, and please tell us in cover letter if your writing can be sent electronically.

Additional Note:

We have a Holiday Issue that comes out November 15, 2005, and we would love holiday related material! If you are interested please include on your cover letter that your piece is holiday themed. Likewise, we also have a Vacation Issue that will be released July 15, 2005, and we would love vacation related material. Please note on your cover letter if your piece, whether fiction or real-life, is vacation related.


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