Panther City Review 2018 Launch on August 18, 2018!

Sleeping Panther Press is happy to announce the launch date for Panther City Review 2018: August 18, 2018 from 4-6pm. 

Funky Town Creative Arts Lounge
1549 N Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76164

Parking is limited to street parking on Main Street or the parking lot behind the Fort Worth Mercado (1500 Main Street), accessed via 14th and 21st Streets.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP on the Facebook Events page:

Many of the contributing writers will be present and will read selections from their works included in the 2018 issue.

About Panther City Review 2018:
Panther City Review is an annually published literary journal by Sleeping Panther Press, based out of Fort Worth, Texas. In this third issue, writers from Texas and beyond share their works reflecting on the theme of wisdom. 

Writers in this issue include:

Paul Bodley*
Rachel Crawford*
Heath Dollar*
Lynda Effertz
Vanessa G. Foster*
Robin Goodpaster
Patrick Harris
D.H. Jonathan
Gary T. McDonald
Zee Mink-Fuller
Mark A. Nobles*
Ken Pardue
Virginia Parrish
Rachel Pilcher*
Donna Walker-Nixon
Jenn Zatopek

Cover Photograph by Rubi Andrade Perez

*Confirmed Attending, will be updated as confirmations come in!

Two signings coming up in the next week...

Sleeping Panther Press is honored to announce that both Heath Dollar (Waylon County: Texas Stories) and Richard J. Gonzales (Deer Dancer) have signings coming up in the next few days!

Heath Dollar signs Waylon County: Texas Stories 
The Published Page Bookstore
10 East Chambers Street,
On the Square
Cleburne, Texas 76031
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Facebook Event Page:

Richard J. Gonzales signs Deer Dancer
314 W. 8th Street
Dallas, Texas  75208
Tuesday, June 26th

Panther City Review 2018 is coming...

The submissions have been read. Those who've been accepted have received notices. Critiques have been sent to those who we hope will re-submit next year.

The good news is, Panther City Review 2018 is coming! Be on the lookout for an announcement in a few weeks as to the launch date.

For those of you who've submitted for the cover photo...well, we had a lot of submissions. It looks like it will be a week or two before the decision is made on that one.

Stay tuned...

Panther City Review 2018 Open for Submissions!
Panther City Review 2018 is now open for submissions! The theme for this issue is "Wisdom." The submission fee is $5 per entry (Poetry may submit up to 5 poems for $5). Please make sure to include the type of entry in the title of your document file (ie- nf=Non-Fiction, ss=Short Story, etc.). Please make sure your file is an editable file (ie- .docx or .rtf).

We are also seeking art for the cover. If you are an artist and interested in submitting for the cover art, please make sure to include a document describing the art you are submitting and how it relates to the theme of "Wisdom." Please make sure that your submission is a vertical image (the journal is printed 5.125" X 8"), and submitted as a .jpg file no smaller than 300 dpi.

Types of Entries: 
  Cover Art (Up to 2 entries and two descriptions per submission, vertical .png or .jpg, at least 
  300 dpi) 
Creative Non-Fiction (up to 4,000 words)
Novel Excerpt (up to 4,000 words)  
Poetry (up to 5 entries may be submitted for one fee of $5)
Short Play/Screenplay (up to 15 pages)
Short Story (up to 4,000 words)   
All submissions chosen for Panther City Review 2018 will receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 issue as well as wholesale discounts on any additional 2018 copies. Any submissions not accepted will receive critique notes as a thank you for your interest. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Pilcher at

The deadline is April 29, 2018, 11:59PM.  

*For an idea of the types of writing we are most likely to accept, please check out past issues of Panther City Review for purchase here.

Writer's Advice for the Holidays from Fort Worth Writer's Boot Camp

From our parent organization, Fort Worth Writer's Boot Camp:

It is often hard to find the time to create during the holidays. Between decorating, making it to at least some of the party invites, and enjoying the season with family, it can be difficult, if not downright impossible to have some quiet time to write. It’s actually okay to slow down a bit and enjoy yourself, but don’t stop writing altogether. Don’t feel guilty about it, either. See it as an opportunity to recharge after your years’ worth of hard work.
Tips to keep your writing on track during the holidays:

Journal. Sometimes you just need to be able to center your mind on the writing tasks at hand. Journaling can be a perfect way to get all of those extra thoughts that come about due to the holidays down on paper, but not distracting you from your writing.
Make the most of the time you do have. If you know you’re going to be at three holiday parties in one week, make sure you’re not spending too much time doing mindless activities, such as scanning social media for the latest bombshell news.
Get up 30 minutes to an hour earlier. Enjoy those quiet times in your house, when it’s dark and cold outside, to get words down. Early morning coffee will get the words flowing pretty quickly.
Don’t “over celebrate” by drinking too much! While it is well known that Hemingway liked to “Write drunk, edit sober” it really doesn’t work well for most writers. Indulge, but make sure you make it home safely and get plenty of rest.
Speaking of rest- don’t be the last one to leave the party! Make your rounds at the holiday parties, but leave at a reasonable time. This will ensure you will be rested well enough to get up and write the next day.
If you have family in town, spend as much time with them as you can. They won’t be around forever, so make the most of the time you have with them. If they’re crazy, then this will just give you opportunity for research on that next book!
Finally, relax. Enjoy your surroundings. Recharge your battery so that you can roll right into 2018 with gusto.

Happy Holidays from Fort Worth Writer’s Boot Camp and Sleeping Panther Press

Book Signings at Fort Worth Restaurant of the Mind in November

Fort Worth Restaurant of the Mind Bookstore in Saginaw, Texas, (524 S. Saginaw Blvd Suite 300
Fort Worth, Texas, 76179) will be hosting two signings for Sleeping Panther Press authors during November. Come out, get an autographed copy, and talk to the authors about their books, their writing process, and their future writing.

Deer Dancer by Richard Gonzales
Saturday, November 4, 2017

For more information on the signing,
check out the Facebook Events page.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

For more information on the signing, 
check out the Facebook Events page.

Waylon County: Texas Stories by Heath Dollar Launches Saturday, October 7, 2017

Join Sleeping Panther Press and author Heath Dollar as we celebrate the launch of Waylon County: Texas Stories, a collection of well-crafted short stories surrounding the people of and from a fictional Texas Hill Country county.

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 4pm-6pm
Funkytown Festival's Creative Arts Lounge
1549 North Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164
The festivities are from 4pm-6pm, with a brief author reading beginning at 4:30pm. Copies will be available for purchase before and after the reading for $15.

Please park either on the street surrounding the building, or across the street behind the Mercado Building (accessible from both 14th and 20th Streets.

RSVP via the Facebook Event Page.

About the Book:
Whether they left home fast or would never dream of leaving, Waylon County is about folks from the heart of the Texas Hill Country. A nine-time bride is faced with a law stopping her from marrying again. A military contractor, fresh from Afghanistan, enters the Wailin’ Biscuit CafĂ© with a comfort monkey on his back, and a bookman descended from Spanish explorers discovers an incredible treasure. Waylon County is Texas itself. It is a place of fable, satire, and the slow drawl of truth.
About the Author:
Heath Dollar is a native Texan, and his family has lived in the state for more than 150 years. His writing has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, among other publications, with his fiction receiving recognition from the Texas Observer. He has lived in both Europe and Asia, and his work as the lyricist and frontman for a blues-rock band was released on a Prague record label. You can read more about and by Heath on his blog at