Harriot West’s two Haibun collections
Harriot writes: “I loved reading the recent profile of Gretchen Clark and just want to add my praise for her classes and say that I owe her a huge thanks. Both my award-winning collections of haibun (Into the Light and Shades of Absence) came about from suggestions she made way back when—as early as 2008 if my record keeping is accurate! Thanks to her and all the other instructors who have inspired me along the way.”
Sharry Wright’s poem “Looking In” published in Rattle
Sharry Wright’s poem “Looking In” was just featured in Rattle. Sharry’s poem draws inspiration from both Kim Addonizio and from a critique workshop with instructor Barbara Henning. Read "Looking In" »
Rosemary Tantra Bensko receives silver medal for her novel “Floating on Secrets”
Instructor Rosemary Tantra Bensko’s novel “Floating on Secrets” just received a silver medal in Romance from the eLit Book Awards. This contest recognizes achievements in literature published through national and international publishing houses. Buy "Floating on Secrets" »
Misha Penton publishes her poem “A Thousand Rockets” in About Place Journals
Misha Penton’s prose poem and audio voice-scape “A Thousand Rockets” is published in About Place Journal’s May issue. The poem was developed in a prose poem course with instructor Barbara Henning. Read "A Thousand Rockets" »
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.
Jellyfish Review is looking for fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid works for their special issue “Just Like the River.” This issue is strictly featuring writers of color, with a preference towards writing that is fiery, direct, and charged. Submissions should be under 1,000 words and are due by September 1st. All published writers will receive $25 payment!
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.
3Elements Literary Review is accepting literature that combines the following 3 elements: “trapeze, pinprick, calico.” The journal is open to submissions from all genres, and enjoys works that are experimental and creative. Submissions are due August 31st.
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