Fine Lines Wants to Help!

To All Fine Lines Members and Friends:

Wendy Lundeen is one of our Fine Lines Special Editors. She is a career educator, and her daughter has two boys, Dillon and Tyler, who have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last year, we helped the family purchase a wheelchair accessible van for transportation. Please see the file attachment, which details their current needs. Fine Lines wants to help them again, and we are asking you to assist us. The boys, 7 ½ and 5 years old, are now both in wheelchairs. The family hopes to make a down payment on a handicap-accessible home, across the street from where the boys go to school.

Be gracious in 2011. Thank you.

David Martin
Fine Lines Editor




Mary Anne Radmacher

Write to make
sense of life experiences.
Write to learn
as much as you can
from all the challenges and the joys.
Write because words and ideas are fascinating.
Write because exploring concepts is play.
Write to synthesize these explorations
and make them practical.
Write to become the best version of yourself.
In the process of seeking empowerment . . .
empower others,
write to inspire,
motivate, comfort,
facilitate, discover,
In this scratching,
this making marks,
encourage others
to make their own mark.

The Gift of Five Minutes

My Gift of Five Minutes

Courtney Warren

In five minutes, a man could take a gun and shoot up a mall. In five minutes, a war could begin. In five minutes, a person can die, and in five minutes, thousands of lives can change. A lot can happen in a short amount of time. Things happen in minutes that people spend the rest of their lives wishing they could take back. That’s where my gift comes in.

I wouldn’t give a gift wrapped in a box and tied with a pretty bow. No, I would grant the ability to go back in time and change something we wish we had not done. Think about it. Imagine someone close to you died. Would you go back and use your minutes to tell that person you loved them just one last time? I bet thousands would use their five minutes to try and prevent 9/11 from happening. All it would take is one person at the airport to report the situation to the guards.

Continue reading “The Gift of Five Minutes”

Submission Checklist

Before submitting to Fine Lines, review the style guide below:

  1. Use page numbers
  2. MLA format
  3. spell check
  4. proofread
  5. Times New Roman font, size 12
  6. one space following periods
  7. maintain tenses throughout
  8. obey comma and punctuation rules
  9. follow the MLA rules for numbers
  10. cut wordiness
  11. avoid repetition
  12. use page breaks for new chapters
  13. there, their, they’re
  14. to, too, two
  15. affect, effect
  16. all together, altogether
  17. all ready, already
  18. lie, lay
  19. all pages in one document
  20. send as a file attachment
  21. send photo
  22. copyright information
  23. one-two paragraph autobiography

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Who we are

Fine Lines is a national, quarterly, literary journal devoted to the publication of poetry, prose, and writing across the curriculum. The journal seeks:

  • to provide insights for teachers and students in all disciplines.
  • to encourage discussion of writing in ways that cut across disciplines, definitions, and traditions.
  • to publish contributions by all members of the writing community.

What to submit

We welcome articles on all topics of interest to our readers and reflective writing about interesting life experiences. Our editors encourage a broad variety of approaches, methodologies, and styles. We accept, for example, research articles and practical articles that describe innovative approaches to life’s challenges. We are especially glad to receive articles that encourage stimulating dialog that crosses traditional rhetorical and disciplinary boundaries, forms, and roles. We provide a forum for professional writers and first-time authors.

What we disclaim

The views expressed in the Fine Lines journal are solely those of the authors. Therefore, Fine Lines is not intended to represent any author’s point of view – albeit politically or religiously. Our purpose is to be a vehicle for fine writing.

What we require

  • Submissions must be sent via email, as file attachments, CD-R, or as laser-quality hard copies.
  • If replies are requested, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or mention this in the email submission.
  • Use the latest version of MLA format for all submissions (investigative essays, research articles, nonfiction, etc.).

Where to send

When sending submissions via email, please submit in Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or in Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). Please visit the style guide for more specific information regarding email submissions.

Emailed submissions should be sent to the appropriate email address as follows:

, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Art Gallery, Other Submissions.

Please send snail-mail submissions to:

The Editors
Fine Lines Journal
PO Box 241713
Omaha, NE 68124