Joan Connor publishes “One Last Shout” in Story Circle
Congratulations to Joan Connor, who published her poem “One Last Shout” in Story Circle Network’s True Words journal. Joan wrote the poem in Susan Vespoli’s Writing Circles, and credits Susan for her great poetry prompts. Well done to both!
John Johnson publishes “Grandma’s Rosary Beads” in Boston Literary Magazine
Congratulations to John Johnson, whose poem “Grandma’s Rosary Beads” appears in the November issue of Boston Literary Magazine. John wrote his poem, alongside many other published works, alongside Susan Vespoli in her Writing Circles courses. Well done to the both of you! Read John's poem here »
Misha Penton publishes “Under the Boards” in Apex and Abyss
Congratulations to Misha Penton, whose evocative and highly visual prose poem “Under the Boards” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Abyss & Apex. Misha developed the poem alongside instructor Barbara Henning. Congratulations to Misha and Barbara! Read Under the Boards here »
Giulietta Nardone publishes new self-help guide “Feel More Alive! 30 Brilliant Ways To Reignite Your Inner Spark”
Struggling to find creativity? Instructor Giulietta Nardone has a fix: her new self-help book “Feel More Alive! 30 Brilliant Ways To Reignite Your Inner Spark.” Congratulations on your new publication, Julie! Learn more about Julie's book »
Joanna Kania publishes poem in “Singing in the Dark”
Congratulations to Joanna Kania, whose poem was included in the global anthology Singing in the Dark. Collected and published through Penguin Press, Singing in the Dark seeks light in the midst of lockdown. Joanna credits Barbara Henning, Jonathan McClure, and Anya Achtenberg for her success. Congratulations, Joanna! Learn more about Singing in the Dark »
Instructor Jack Smith publishes novel “If Winter Comes”
Congratulations to instructor Jack Smith, who just published his novel If Winter Comes. Published by Serving House Press, If Winter Comes is Jack’s fifth novel. Buy Jack's novel here: »
David Mills publishes “Villainhelle” in Boog City
Congratulations to instructor David Mills, whose experimental poem “Villainhelle” was published in Boog City. David’s poem experiments with the villanelle form, adding an additional through-line and stanza. Read Villainhelle here »
John Johnson publishes “Wrestling with Tomatoes”
Congratulations to John Johnson, whose poem “Wrestling with Tomatoes” was published in The Daily Drunk. John’s poem draws inspiration from 1980’s pop culture, and was written recently in Susan Vespoli’s Writing Circles. Congratulations to both! Read John's poem here »
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Clerestory Magazine, a journal dedicated to spirituality and the human experience, is currently open for submissions. Each publication centers around a certain theme of the human narrative; its current issue concerns Faith, and future issues are planned for Community, Ecology, etc. Stories should be first pitched via Clerestory’s website; all published works receive adequate payment. Take a look at their mission and submissions page!
Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts seeks spiritual fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for their biannual publication. Based out of Northeastern University, Pensive seeks to broaden its readers’ understanding of the human spirit: its depth, endlessness, and timeless relationship to the arts. Check out their submission page for more information.
Moxy Magazine is currently open for submissions. The journal seeks content related to creative nonfiction, including personal essays, critical theory, and travel writing. All submissions must conform to standard British English, and submissions will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks. Take a look at this great CNF project in the U.K.!
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!
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