by Madeleine White
May is Share A Story Month, and of course, that’s what we like doing at Write On! – for all age groups! We’re delighted to be bringing you some wonderful pages around ‘Transformation: Releasing And Reshaping’, this season’s theme in our online Write On! Extra pages and are also preparing for Issue 9, out June 30. To see our features list and how to get involved check out the Media Pack.
Our lead interview is with the fabulous writer/ actor Emma Dennis-Edwards who tells us why diversity equals excellence, and how she came to write and perform Funeral Flowers, a hugely successful one-woman show based on Gina Moffat, who transformed herself from prisoner to businesswoman.
You can see the e-zine of the designed edition of Issue 8 here and all previous issues on our magazines page.
Published and Coming Up:
May kicks off with Holly King’s fabulous Monday Moments page. Out on the early May Bank Holiday Monday, Holly Explores mystery and mayhem, with fabulous contributions including: award-wining Scottish writer Lyndsay Croal and some wonderful artwork (including this dragon!) by writer/artist Michelle Sutton.
Eithne Cullen’s Thoughtful Tuesdays is out on 11th May and celebrates our National Share A Story Month, using poetry (spoken and written), from all age groups, including the Young People’s Michel Feld Competition winners. Thursday Connectors, on the 22nd, looks towards the holiday season, with travel writing and memories of pre-pandemic holidays.
Our regular Friday Features include our usual mixture of writing support as well as something to make you think. May kicks off with author Josh Gillingham explaining the dangerous trend of Norse mythology being hijacked for far-right political reasons. We’re also delighted to welcome Writers’ And Artists’ Yearbook Editor Alysoun Owen as a guest writer.
Saturday Spotlight at the end of the month features new launches from traditional publishers, small presses as well as indie authors. As usual, throughout the month, our regular pages, including Showcase, Friday Features and the Sunday interview slot continue to be populated by the suggestions and brilliant creative work that comes through our submissions process. Our Showcase editor for May is short story writer Claire Buckle who has found a wonderful array of prose and a little bit of poetry to keep us entertained. May’s Writer Of The Month is the talented author Dagmara Drozdowska. This popular feature will be out Monday 24th.
I do hope all this inspires you to put pen to paper. And don’t forget, we also welcome other creative work, including illustrations. For now, I wish you a happy and productive May – happy writing!
More About Us
Write On! is a quarterly magazine published by Pen to Print and its sister, the online Write On! Extra and has been created around enouraging established and emerging writers to come together around the following ideals: Publishing lies at an intersection of entertainment, information and education and is the method by which we record our shifting culture.
So far, 40,000 of you have engaged with us online, as readers and contributors, from the UK, but also 155 other countries.
Issue 8 saw us celebrating April as poetry month, featuring award-winning poet Jennifer Wong and in Issue 9 we will be showcasing writer/actor Emma Dennis-Edwards.
Physical copies of issue 9 will be distributed to libraries and other centres that are open across east London, Kent , Exeter and Essex. To get more information about Write On! and Write On! Extra and take advantage of some great digital advertising opportunities please see our Media Pack . You’ll be part of the Write On! family; one that includes Penguin and Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook.
Write On! accepts 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 drawn from myriad perspectives. Fresh and engaging a real ‘ magazine’ feel. (1st Monday of the Month)
Thoughtful Tuesdays – Mindfulness, inspiration, poetry, quotes and ideas shared to create leadership and hope to see us through the week. (2nd Tuesday of the Month)
Write On! Showcase – This creative writing showcase includes poetry, short stories, flash fiction and book extracts. Although most will reflect the seasonal theme, some work, such as memoirs or book extracts, offer a non-themed perspectives also. (Weekly)
Thursday Connectors – Everyone and everywhere has different experiences and different ways of dealing with these strange times. This internationally ‘flavoured’ page is all about people and their experiences, connecting us with ideas and ideals reaching outwards from east London to encompass the UK and the world at large. (3rd Thursday of the Month)
Write On! Features – Essays, opinions and features. In Write On! Extra the subject matter focusses on topics that are relevant to publishing and writing arenas, but also includes wider content in order to encompass thinking and ideas relevant to our times. (Weekly)
Saturday Spotlight – Spotlight offers a roundup of indie, traditional and small press releases, bringing readers an overview of what can be found on digital and physical shelves. (Monthly)
Write On! Interviews– This Sunday profile opportunity features writers, publishers, editors agents and other creatives, along with individuals from diverse communities in a number of different occupations. (Weekly)
Please do continue to submit your 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: Season Theme = ‘Transformation: Releasing And Reshaping’
- Creative prose submissions should be between 800 and 1000 words and, if possible, fit the seasonal theme.
- Poetry can be as short as necessary, but no longer than 1000 words.
- Features can be longer, up to 2000 words, but preferably between 1000-1500. It is best to send your feature/ essay ideas though initially, so we can finalise the topic together.
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. and can also be held in reserve until such time as publication opportunities arise, which may well be several months after the initial submission.
(SUBMISSION DEADLINES – Please feel free to submit to the overarching theme, ‘Transformation’ any time between now and mid-June.)
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, therefore the worlds we create don’t just serve us but serve to inspire others as well. 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.
We’re delighted to be bringing you some wonderful pages around ‘Transformation: Releasing And Reshaping’, this season’s theme, in our online Write On! Extra pages.