The Aiming Circle is creating a military-writing community of practice.
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The Aiming Circle is an on-line resource for writer-practitioners of military-themed literary and genre fiction; creative non-fiction; history; poetry; opinion/analysis; and other storytelling. We illuminate potential markets, contests, workshops, and other opportunities for military writers, and provide them concrete tools, tips, and techniques for writing, editing, and publishing their work on time, and on target.

Facilitated by award-winning soldier-poet and humorist Charlie Sherpa (Welcome to FOB Haiku, published in 2015), the Aiming Circle is maintained and managed by Middle West Press LLC. Since launching the Red Bull Rising blog in 2009, Sherpa has assisted and inspired hundreds of service members, veterans, and families in documenting, expressing, and exploring their own military narratives. With your help, we can signal-boost and extend that reach!

Thanks for your interest and support of The Aiming Circle, along with Red Bull Rising and Middle West Press LLC! We look forward to learning and working with you!
Tiers
"Registration Fire!"
$1 or more per month
  • Thanks for your help! You'll get immediate access to our quarterly round-ups of creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, essay-writing and other markets actively seeking writing on military themes!

"Illumination Rounds!"
$3 or more per month
  • You'll get exclusive first-notice and early warning regarding new and emerging markets, resources, calls for submissions, contests, workshops, and other opportunities related to writing and creating on military themes—as soon as they hit our radar!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"High-Explosive Rounds!"
$5 or more per month
  • Once a week via Patreon (and possibly other channels TBD), you'll gain access to short, insightful posts regarding one of the following:
  • "Great Moments in Military Writing"!
  • Hardworking craft essays and how-to tips for military writers!
  • Writing prompts and other creative exercises!
  • Market reports and deadline-ticklers for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and book publishing opportunities on military themes!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"Fire for Effect!"
$25 or more per month
  • You'll receive a free print book every time our partners at Middle West Press LLC publish a military-themed title! (Estimated 1 to 4 titles annually.)
  • Plus, you'll be named in a special thank-you section in each of those titles!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"Steel on Target!"
$50 or more per month
  • You'll have the non-transferrable monthly option to submit an unpublished war poetry manuscript, longform journalistic feature, or creative non-fiction essay (please, no fiction) for a professional editorial assessment, complete with suggestions on where and how you might market the work.
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
Goals
11 of 100 patrons
We'll put in a requisition for an artist to update to our logo. (Right now, it's just a drawing of an M2 Aiming Circle, cut from an old Army field manual. When the new artwork arrives, we'll make sure to share it with our patrons in the form of some cool Aiming Circle merchandise, like stickers, postcards, or even military-style challenge coins!
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The Aiming Circle is an on-line resource for writer-practitioners of military-themed literary and genre fiction; creative non-fiction; history; poetry; opinion/analysis; and other storytelling. We illuminate potential markets, contests, workshops, and other opportunities for military writers, and provide them concrete tools, tips, and techniques for writing, editing, and publishing their work on time, and on target.

Facilitated by award-winning soldier-poet and humorist Charlie Sherpa (Welcome to FOB Haiku, published in 2015), the Aiming Circle is maintained and managed by Middle West Press LLC. Since launching the Red Bull Rising blog in 2009, Sherpa has assisted and inspired hundreds of service members, veterans, and families in documenting, expressing, and exploring their own military narratives. With your help, we can signal-boost and extend that reach!

Thanks for your interest and support of The Aiming Circle, along with Red Bull Rising and Middle West Press LLC! We look forward to learning and working with you!

Recent posts by The Aiming Circle

Tiers
"Registration Fire!"
$1 or more per month
  • Thanks for your help! You'll get immediate access to our quarterly round-ups of creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, essay-writing and other markets actively seeking writing on military themes!

"Illumination Rounds!"
$3 or more per month
  • You'll get exclusive first-notice and early warning regarding new and emerging markets, resources, calls for submissions, contests, workshops, and other opportunities related to writing and creating on military themes—as soon as they hit our radar!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"High-Explosive Rounds!"
$5 or more per month
  • Once a week via Patreon (and possibly other channels TBD), you'll gain access to short, insightful posts regarding one of the following:
  • "Great Moments in Military Writing"!
  • Hardworking craft essays and how-to tips for military writers!
  • Writing prompts and other creative exercises!
  • Market reports and deadline-ticklers for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and book publishing opportunities on military themes!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"Fire for Effect!"
$25 or more per month
  • You'll receive a free print book every time our partners at Middle West Press LLC publish a military-themed title! (Estimated 1 to 4 titles annually.)
  • Plus, you'll be named in a special thank-you section in each of those titles!
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!
"Steel on Target!"
$50 or more per month
  • You'll have the non-transferrable monthly option to submit an unpublished war poetry manuscript, longform journalistic feature, or creative non-fiction essay (please, no fiction) for a professional editorial assessment, complete with suggestions on where and how you might market the work.
  • You'll also receive the benefits of all lower levels!