Community Highlights

Catherine Kelley Publishes 2 Short Stories

September 12, 2022

Congratulations to Catherine Kelley, who had two short stories published. “A Sandwich for George Orwell” was published in The Frogmore Papers, a print-only journal in the UK. “Little Joe in Trouble Again” was published in East of the Web.

Catherine wrote these stories alongside Barbara Henning in Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story.

Donna Levin Publishes “Type Two Fun, and by the Way, We’re Doomed as a Species” in Audere

September 9, 2022

Congratulations to Donna Levin, whose travel essay “Type Two Fun, and by the Way, We’re Doomed as a Species” was published in Audere Magazine.

Peter Valente Reviews Barbara Henning’s “Digigram”

September 9, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Barbara Henning, who received a fantastic review of her poetry collection Digigram in Talisman. 

Ali Mckenzie-Murdoch Publishes “Moonstruck” in Bright Flash Literary Review

September 7, 2022

Congratulations to Ali McKenzie-Murdoch, whose flash fiction piece “Moonstruck” was published in Bright Flash Literary Review.

Giulietta Nardone Publishes “Wait!” in 101 Words

September 5, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Giulietta Nardone, whose microfiction “Wait!” was published in 101 Words. 

Two Publications by Barbara Henning

September 1, 2022

Congratulations to Barbara Henning, who had two publications come out this week.

Her 16-part poem “Take it Down” was published in The Brooklyn Rail. Read it here.

Barbara also had an interview published with Belladonna. Read it here. 

Rudri Patel Will Speak at AWP in 2023

August 25, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Rudri Patel, who will be speaking at AWP in Seattle, 2023. Her panel is titled “The Intersection of Art and Revenue: Writing for Literary Journals and Mainstream Outlets.” We’re excited to hear it!

Tamara MC Publishes in Two Journals

August 22, 2022

Congratulations to Tamara MC, who published two pieces in different journals. She published in Motherwell an article titled “I was a child bride. It’s time to stop teaching young girls to stay sweet.” Tamara also published “If…” in Journal of Expressive Writing. 

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Publication Opportunities

Drexel’s MFA Program Launches Scholarship for Marginalized Writers

Drexel University’s MFA program in creative writing recently announced a fully funded scholarship for marginalized writers. The goal of the scholarship is to fund writers whose marginalization contributes to the body of work they seek to produce. Drexel defines the term “marginalized” loosely, and seeks to support writers from a variety of backgrounds, including those with disabilities or routine financial hardship. Learn more about the scholarship, and consider applying today!

Pause for Paws

Pause for Paws, a quarterly journal which celebrates love for wild and domesticated animals, is open for submission. The journal welcomes poems by new and established poets. Submissions to the Spring 2022 issue must be sent in the month of February. 

Feeling More Alive

Instructor Giulietta Nardone’s book “Feel More Alive! 30 Brilliant Ways to Reignite Your Inner Spark” is a year old. One way she chose to market the book was to hold a writing contest. The contest will be fun and down to earth, open to writers of all levels. No credentials needed. Creativity welcomed. Judged by a panel of Citrine Publishing authors and editors.

The idea is to read the book, choose a chapter or even a couple, and write a personal essay about Feeling More Alive. Creativity encouraged! Prizes will be art from the book. A print on deep edge canvas ready to hang, a five greeting card gift set or a 144-page writing journal with divider painting on the cover.

Open to those 18 and over. 

Contest closes on February 15, 2022, with notification by the end of March. 

If you need something to get you writing, this contest deadline might be it!

More information on the contest, the rules and where to purchase the book/ebook here.

the rialto

Submit to The Rialto’s 2022 “Nature and Place” Poetry Competition

The Rialto invites poets to submit to their 2022 “Nature and Place” poetry competition. Poets are invited to submit poetry that deals with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge Gillian Clarke.

Poems must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. There is a submission fee of £7 for the first poem and £4 for every subsequent poem. Prize winners will receive the following: 1st prize – £1000, 2nd prize – £500, 3rd prize – £250. 

Learn more below!

trip fiction

Submit to TripFiction’s “Sense of Place” 2021 Contest

TripFiction is looking for fiction or nonfiction for its 2021 “Sense of Place” competition. All submissions should provide a strong sense of geographic location, launching the reader into a completely different part of the world. Submissions are open until November 6th, and the winning prize is £1,000 / US$1,350!

the letters page

Submit Your Best Epistles to “The Letters Page”

Submissions are now open at The Letters Page, a literary journal based out of the University of Nottingham, UK. Writers are encouraged to send creative writing in the form of a letter to The Letters Page by mail. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and all published writers receive a gift subscription to a literary journal or small press. 

Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation

Submit Your 100 Word Story to The César Egido Serrano Foundation

The César Egido Serrano Foundation is now open for submissions to its 100 word story contest. Stories must be submitted by September 30, and can be written in Spanish, English, Arabic, or Hebrew. The winning story will receive $20,000!

a moment of your time

Read Your Story for “A Moment of Your Time” Podcast

The podcast A Moment of Your Time is seeking 1-5 minute recordings of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, centered around “solidarity and hope.” All submitted work should be uplifting and positive. Cheer the world with your voice!

Recent Student Testimonials

Gabriel Padilla – Architecture of the Creative Heart

I absolutely loved this course and I highly recommend it. Mr. Mills is an extremely passionate teacher and has helped my writing immensely.

Tamara Kreutz – Growing Smaller

I really enjoyed this class. It was well-conceptualized and a lot of fun. Tina was very organized, prepared, and pointed in her feedback.

Peggy Capomaggi – The Healing Power of Poetry

Excellent. The course was a great experience. I found the content educational, the participants engaged, and the instructor, Joy Sawyer, extremely interesting and knowledgeable. I was very glad to have taken the course. I wish it had been longer in duration! 

Michelle Bentcliff – The Healing Power of Poetry

This is a healing poetry class on so many levels. Joy is kind, enthusiastic, encouraging and an inspiring teacher who creates a safe space where people can share their innermost feelings. She provided personalized, in-depth and supporting feedback on each person’s poems. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to put their expressions in poems feeling healing in the process.

Emily Barkin – Architecture of the Creative Heart

Outstanding teacher of all things poetry-related. David’s subject knowledge is extensive. It’s thrilling to come away with much more than a cursory understanding of various poetic forms and the confidence to use them in my own work. The lectures were intense and inspiring. I love what I learned and especially loved feeling like writer’s block was no longer a problem. 

Mimi Zhou – Writing Spontaneously

Exactly what I was hoping for—targeted immersion into a specific writer’s tool backed by discussion and in-class exercises. Jesse picked a good slice of a broader topic to focus on for the one-day course and provided excellent exercises to bring her points home. She was friendly and supportive to everyone in the class. Great learning environment!

Tina Siegel – Growing Smaller

Tina was great—her feedback was thorough, thoughtful, and enthusiastic. She did a wonderful job of highlighting strengths and identifying weaknesses in a useful way.

Susan Vespoli – Growing Smaller

Another inspiring workshop taught by Tina Barry. Usually, I don’t write or read fiction, but was able to apply the lessons to my work in prose poetry and CNF. Good tips in story telling and formatting prose pieces. Well-crafted workshop, good examples, lessons. Tina is top notch. Courses Starting Soon:

Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism

September 7, 2022

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

The Ongoing Fiction Workshop

August 31, 2021

Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.

Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction

March 24, 2021

Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.

Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay

September 14, 2022

Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

November 9, 2022

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.