by Madeleine White
As the night’s draw in and, despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, we feel ourselves hurtling towards a rather bleak midwinter. However, I’m glad to report that our ‘Writing With Wonder – The World Through Children’s Eyes,’ will continue to bring comfort and inspiration till January.
This new theme is not just about children’s writing. It also challenges us to see the world and our surroundings in a new way, using our creativity to engage and see things others might miss. It culminates in a new print edition in January, with an exclusive interview with Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of children’s and young adult fiction. Please do start submitting on this theme now. More information on how to do so below.
I do hope you’ve been enjoying the print edition/ e-zine, Issue 10 of Write ON!. With our Wilbur Smith Exclusive and Marvin Thompson interview, this latest edition is available in libraries throughout Exeter, east London and Essex and can also be accessed digitally. Our link to the digital version can be found here. (See our magazines page for all previous issues)
Our second edition of Write On! Audio was shared at the end of October and has been well received. This episode of Write On! Audio, the new podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere,’ includes a Listener Contribution around Black History Month from artist And writer Iesha Denize, an interview with fantasy icon Ben Aaronovitch and Matt Wixey’s Reasons to Be Cheerful, drawn from Holly King’s Monday Moments.
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Published And Coming Up
We kick off November with Monday Moments on the first. Through historical fact, hear-say and poetry and with support from Syd Moore, L.M Towton and Claire Buss, Holly celebrates ‘Wonderful Witches.’
Eithne Cullen’s Thoughtful Tuesdays is out on 9 November and features memories of the Barking Annual Fair by Vic Howard, illustrated by this wonderful painting, along with poetry and literary delights from other new contributors!
Diya Padiyar, a teen from Goa, brings us new perspectives as this month’s Showcase editor. In this dark month, she celebrates light, with writing around Diwali, features contributions around Remembrance Day, and introduces a group of young female writers from around the world: The Girlhood Storytellers. She is looking for pictures and writing that celebrate light and colour for a showcase later in the month – so do send in your work!
In Thursday Connectors, Farzana Hakim shares childhood memories, drawn from international and more home-grown contributions also. I believe one of these includes being rescued by ‘Ghostbusters’… If you’re as intrigued as I am, make sure you check out her page on 18 November!
Our regular Friday Features include our usual mixture of writing support as well as something to make you think. November includes a pieces including climate fiction, by expert Dan Bloom. We also see author Joe Dodd introducing us to a set of writing rules that have worked for him. We’re also delighted to be featuring Pen to Print regular Ian Ayris on ‘Writing With Courage.’
Saturday Spotlight, at the end of the month, features new launches from traditional publishers, small presses as well as indie authors. Do send us through information on your new release, if you have one coming up, we’d love to hear from you.
Our weekly Sunday Interviews showcase a range of talent. Arinola Araba talks about the launch of her memoir this coming Sunday. We’re also featuring interviews with Micky Mayhew and Sunday Times bestseller Sue Moorcroft.
Finally… do check out our ‘Writer Of The Month’ Claire Buss on 29 November. Work from this award-winning indie writer and poet (who also happens to be our very own Deputy Editor!) is introduced by Matt Wixey.
I do hope all this gets you to put pen to paper. And don’t forget, we also welcome other creative work, including illustrations. For now, here’s to being inspired by a glorious autumn. 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 encouraging 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.
With the launch of Write On! Audio, the new podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ an engaged, global Write On! readership can take part in a new kind of journey – that of listeners. The podcast connects emerging and established writers to each other, the publishing industry and a wider audience in an audio celebration of diversity, originality and excellence!
In Issue 10 showcases National Poetry Competition winner and Welsh School teacher, Marvin Thompson. You can see all our issues on our magazines page. Physical copies of issue 10 have been 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. So far more than 50,000 of you have engaged with us online, as readers and contributors, from the UK, but also 176 other countries.
Out 22nd January, Issue 11 will feature children’s and YA author, Frances Hardinge.
Write On! accepts written pieces (prose, poetry, essays, opinion), video or spoken extracts/ snapshots, illustrations and artwork. Due to an unprecedented number of interview and fetaures submissions, the interview and features submissions slots are now closed until December 2021. This will allow us to catch up with ourselves! However, please do continue to get in touch with your other work. If you have a features idea, you may be interested in recording it. Do get in touch to discuss, if this appeals!
Depending on content and theme, your work will be featured in one of the following ways:
Monday Moments – Stories and experiences drawn from myriad perspectives. Fresh and engaging a real ‘magazine’ feel. (1st Monday 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)
Write On! Audio, the new podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ connects emerging and established writers to each other and the industry. There is an opportunity to submit to our Listener Contribution Slot, as well as record your creative work and any tips and feature idea so you might have as well. See our pilot episode for tips on ‘how to’. (Monthly)
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:
- 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.
- Write On! Audio Listener Contribution Slot. See our pilot episode for tips on ‘how to’. Listener Contributions should not be longer than six minutes and should include an introduction to you.
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, ‘Writing With Wonder: The World Through Children’s Eyes’ any time between now and early January.)
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 sharing some wonderful work around ‘Writing with Wonder: The World Through Children’s Eyes’ this season’s theme, in our online Write On! Extra pages and our newly launched Write On! Audio podcast.