Community Highlights

Susan Vespoli Receives 2 Nominations

November 22, 2022

Congratulations to our instructor Susan Vespoli, who received two nominations this week. Her poem “Before I Knew Adam Had Died” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by New Verse News. Her collection Cactus as Bad Boy was nominated for the Eric Hoffer Award by Kelsay Books.

Donnaldson Brown Publishes in Months to Years

November 14, 2022

Congratulations to Donnaldson Brown, whose short story “Being Human, What Do You Know?” was published in Months to Years. Donnaldson wrote her piece alongside instructor Rudri Patel. 

Catherine Kelley Publishes “Faded: An English Teacher Contemplates Her Love Life” in The Bookends Review

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to Catherine Kelley, whose short story “Faded: An English Teacher Contemplates Her Love Life” was published in The Bookends Review. Catherine wrote this story alongside instructor Barbara Henning. 

Nancy Napier Publishes “How to Hit the Wall and Come Back” in Psychology Today

November 9, 2022

Congratulations to Nancy Napier, whose essay “When You Need a New Mantra” was published in Psychology Today. Be present, be patient, and accept what your mind offers.

Rozanne Charbonneau Nominated for Pushcart

October 18, 2022

Congratulations to Rozanne Charbonneau, whose short story “The Train to Modena: Suzanna’s Story” was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Rozanne worked on this story alongside instructor Giulietta Nardone.

Susan Vespoli Publishes “Letter to My Son’s Too Short Life” in Anti-Heroin Chic

October 7, 2022

Congratulations to Susan Vespoli, whose poem “Letter to My Son’s Too Short Life” was published in Anti-Heroin Chic.

Susan Vespoli Publishes in The Fieldstone Review

October 3, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem “I Want Sugar Again; Stupor” was published in The Fieldstone Review.

Susan Vespoli Publishes in New Verse News

October 3, 2022

Congratulations to instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem “Police Violence in Reverse” was published in New Verse News. 

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Delmarva Review

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.

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Open for Submissions: Write City Magazine

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 Gelato a Day Keeps the Tantrums Away

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.

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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.

Rolling Submissions: Quarantine Collection

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’s “Inner Spaces”

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.

Quarterly Journal: 3Elements Literary Review

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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