Tina Barry’s “Something Amber” Selected for the “Best Small Fictions Anthology”
Congratulations to Tina Barry, whose short story “Something Amber” was selected for The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2020! Check out Beautiful Raft here »
Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World
On October 2nd, instructor Anya Achtenberg will run Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World. This free, multi-genre writing workshop seeks to inspire social change through writing, encouraging radical transformation through radical language. Let’s write a better world, together! Learn more here »
Tobias Vogelstein Wins Budding Authors Award
Tobias Vogelstein recently won first prize for the Budding Authors Award with the Baltimore Jewish Times. Vogelstein’s piece “Community and Connection” explores Jewish theology in the time of coronavirus, as well as the importance of spreading peace and prosperity. Congratulations, Tobias! Read "Community and Connection" here »
Barbara Henning Publishes New Poetry Book “Digigram”
Congratulations to instructor Barbara Henning, whose book of poetry Digigram was published with United Artists Books. A reviewer writes that Digigram “is unrelenting in its collaging of reality, visions, and thought buds. Sometimes diaristic and newsy, this is edgy poetry that moves beyond the tricks of fashion.” Well done, Barbara! Purchase Digigram here: »
Misha Penton publishes prose poem “After the Ball”
Congratulations to Misha Penton, whose prose poem “After the Ball” was published and recorded at Sword & Kettle. We love the way Misha’s prose poem sets the scene, with sparkling language like “chandelier of jasmine” and “sliver of sapphire sky.” Read Misha's prose poem here. »
Margo Perin publishes new book of poetry
Congratulations to our instructor Margo Perin, who just released her latest book of poetry Plexiglass. Plexiglass explores the ironies of the criminal justice system, and it has received praise for its life and ability to “turn empty space to flesh.” Buy Plexiglass here! »
Cheryl Caesar Wins “No-Age” Scholarship
Cheryl Caesar, who won the “no-age” scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center Social Justice workshop, offered by Indolent Books. It will be offered in July 2021, in Provincetown, MA. Congratulations to Cheryl!
Kimberly Lee’s story “Beautiful, Ordinary” gets republished in fresh.ink
Student Kimberly Lee’s flash story “Beautiful, Ordinary” was republished in fresh.ink! The story was originally published in Toasted Cheese as an Editor’s Choice. Says Kimberly: “I wrote ‘Beautiful, Ordinary’ in Barbara Hennings’ 2018 flash fiction class, ‘The Watching Eye.’ Pretty much everything I wrote in her class was published somewhere, and this piece was one of my favorites!” Congratulations, Kimberly! Read "Beautiful, Ordinary" by Kimberly Lee »
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Poets & Writers is offering grants to writers living in Detroit, Houston, or New Orleans. Writers must be black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) and have a writing project that requires external funding. These grants will primarily support online literary events and communities; see more details at their website. Applications are due September 30th!
Something Or Other Publishing has just announced their first annual short story contest. Writers can submit works of flash fiction, literary fiction, or nonfiction in 25 different categories, and all submitted works will be reviewed by both guest judges and public readers. Winners of this exciting competition will receive both cash prizes and an exclusive publishing opportunity from Something Or Other Publishing. Submit your work by October 10th!
Delmarva Review seeks literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with fresh, evocative voices. The journal publishes once a year, making this a highly selective publication. All accepted writers receive a free copy of the journal, alongside publication next to many well-acclaimed writers.
Write City Magazine, a publication out of the Chicago Writer’s Association, seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their upcoming issues. All accepted works receive a small stipend, on top of publication. Be sure to read their submissions guidelines before submitting!
A new travel anthology A Gelato a Day Keeps the Tantrums Away is seeking narrative short story submissions on the theme of family travel. Stories should be of a narrative nature and reflect the wonders, surprises, pitfalls and hilarious moments that can occur when traveling with family members of all shapes, sizes, types and styles. Contributors should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. There is limited room for stories by international writers, who are encouraged to submit. Submissions are due September 30th.
Tongue Tied Mag is regularly seeking poetry and hybrid works. The journal tends to publish new and emerging writers, and prefers works that are literary, innovative, and fresh. Tongue Tied’s editors often work with their poets on feedback and edits, helping new writers put out polished, impressive pieces.
Quarantine Collection was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The journal documents literary responses to both the coronavirus crisis and other creative works produced during quarantine. Emphasis on submissions that are playful or experimental. Open to all genres.
Newfound is accepting submissions for their themed journal “Inner Spaces.” The journal is looking for pieces that investigate intrapersonal experiences and identity development. All genres welcome; submissions are due by December 21st.
Writers.com Courses Starting Soon:
Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.
Essentials of Character Development: How to Create Characters that Move and Breathe and Can’t Stop Talking
Bring your characters to life in this in-depth character development class with Gloria Kempton.
In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction–the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.
Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.
Learn to depart from “what really happened,” and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.
Can you translate the movement of a dance into a poem? What happens when you write a story in the form of a multiple-choice quiz? Learn to take your work in rich and unexpected new directions by subverting and blending genre conventions.
Write out the storm: Join supportive, friendly faces in twice-weekly virtual community writing circles.
Over eight weeks, you’ll develop a solid basis in the fictional elements—protagonist, setting, secondary characters, point of view, plot, and theme—while you develop the outline of your novel. You’ll receive feedback at all stages from your fellow writers and your instructor.
In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.
Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.