by Madeleine White
Hello, I’m Madeleine and I’m the Editor of Write On! magazine, a quarterly magazine published by Pen to Print. Write On! is usually distributed directly through libraries and other pubic venues, across east London and parts of Kent, with an accessible online PDF and weekly online features and was created based on the following ideas and ideals:
‘Publishing lies at an intersection of entertainment, information and education and is the method by which we record our shifting culture.’
This March, things truly shifted; COVID-19 moving us all into completely unknown territory and the editorial team decided on a new direction. Our first season (April- July) was an unqualified success with over 10,000 of you engaging as readers and contributors, from he UK, but also 93 other countries!
Write On! 5, Special COVID-19 Edition which is OUT NOW. and has been drawn from the work that was submitted between April and June. Because distribution venues, including libraries, were closed, Write On! 4 was made available digitally. As we continue to face the repercussions of lockdown, Write On! 5 will remain digital (see Media Pack for further details). Please do get in touch to join Penguin and Writers and Artists as advertisers on our home and publishing pages to engage with a new audience!
Government restrictions permitting, we are planning a printed 48-page bumper issue 6 for October which will include issues 4, 5 and 6. So, let me introduce the direction for our new season, inviting you contributions as ever around the themes outlined below.
Introducing Season 2: ‘A Kaleidoscope of Colours’
We are living through a shifting landscape at the moment, this theme explores how we are adapting to the ever-changing, ever-swirling patterns of life.
(SUBMISSION DEADLINES – Please feel free to submit to the overarching theme, ‘A Kaleidoscope of Colours’ any time between now and mid-October. However, if you have an idea for a particular theme, it needs to be submitted as per guidelines outlined below, at least a week before the w/c date.)
THIS WEEK’S THEME: WC 14th September: ‘Reimagining Our World’ – The courage to fire on all cylinders
NEXT WEEK’S THEME: WC 21st September: ‘Invisible Colours’ – The digital world, electric pulses, love, fear, hate; exploring the invisible colours that swirl around our modern lives.
WC 28th September: “If Music Be The Food Of Love…’ – Following on from last week’s theme of invisible colours and forces, we explore one of the most significant, music.
WC 5th October – ‘For Everything there is a Season’: Falling into ‘Fall’, managing the unpredictability of autumn
WC 12th October – ‘Recipes For Success’: From writing 50,000 words to getting that new job or baking a good apple pie – how do you make the necessary ingredients work for you?
We are happy to accept written pieces (prose, poetry, essays, opinion), video or spoken extracts/ snapshots, illustrations and artwork. Depending on content and theme, they will be featured in one of the following days:
Monday Moments – Stories and experiences from the past to inform our future.
Thoughtful Tuesdays – Thought for the day, mindfulness, inspiration, poems, quotes and spiritual ideas shared to create leadership and hope to see us through the week.
Write On! Showcase – This creative writing showcase will include poetry, short stories, flash fiction and book extracts, all reflecting the weekly theme.
Thursday Connectors – How is your country/community coping with the crisis? Everyone and everywhere has different experiences and different ways of dealing with what is happening. Here, we pull these together in one place.
Write On! Features – Essays, opinions and features. In Write On! Extra the subject matter will be extended beyond the current focus of publishing and writing to include content from different sources that are relevant to our times.
Saturday Spotlight – Books are still being launched at the moment, with many publishers too committed to pull back now. Spotlight will therefore offer a roundup of releases, with social media activity being used to showcase the post, as well as inviting other launch tags.
Write On! Interviews– This section usually features writers, publishers, editors and agents. In Write On! Extra this Sunday profile opportunity will also be extended to feature people from diverse communities in a number of different occupations.
Please do continue to submit your creative work! Our aim remains the same: bringing people together to share their experience, strength and hope, as well as having a bit of a laugh!
How To Submit:
Submissions should be between 800 and 1000 words and, if possible, fit the weekly themes. Any contributions should include an image of the writer and any copyright free images you would like us to use ( adhering to our submission guidelines) that illustrate your work. Write On! Extra is also happy to accept video or audio content. Please include contact details and any relevant social media IDs, such as Twitter or Facebook. Submit via email@example.com: adding in the relevant day in the subject line of your email. Further guidance can be found on the themed pages. All submissions are subject to Pen to Print terms and conditions.
We invite local people get in touch, as well as those who have something to say from further afield. We also welcome partnership discussions with organisations wishing to contribute, so the voices of their beneficiaries and teams can be heard. Details will be published on pentoprint.org.
Our culture is shifting at the moment. The worlds we create do not, therefore, just serve us. Make a difference to your community from your own four walls and get creating and writing!
The views and opinions expressed in individual articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Write On! or Pen to Print. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information supplied, Write On! Extra cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information published on any of these pages. All facts and dates are correct at the time of publication.
Through the summer and into the autumn, Write On! Extra will continue to explore our evolving ‘new normal'. We are planning a printed 48-page bumper issue 6 for the end of October, to include issues 4 and 5.