by Madeleine White
Another September highlight is, of course, the launch of issue 10 of Write On!, on 15 September. We’ve had requests for the magazine from across the UK. It’s lovely to hear how much you re enjoying it! Until then though, you can still check out issue 9 of Write On! magazine, available through libraries in Exeter, east London and Essex as well as digitally. Our link to the digital version can be found here.
You can see the Issue 10 Media Pack and all previous issues on our magazines page.
Published and Coming Up
September kicks off with a Showcase page by Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation Manager, Georgina Brown, who is this month’s guest editor. She is mixing up our usual submissions on the theme, with extracts and contributions from the Foundation’s shortlisted authors. The prizes will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Holly King’s fabulous Monday Moments page on the sixth, offers a retrospective on a ‘summer of play.’
Eithne Cullen’s Thoughtful Tuesdays is out on 14 September and explores the importance of rest.
In Thursday Connectors, on the 23 September, a recuperating Farzana Hakim, with a little help from yours truly, will be looking at the importance of a changing international literary scene, with contributions from India and Australia.
Our regular Friday Features include our usual mixture of writing support as well as something to make you think. September includes features on writers and money by team member and accountant Palak Tewary. Also, Dee Parkin, secretary of the Crime Writing Association shares her thoughts on crime writing and introduces their new competition.
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, we share our regular pages, including Showcase Friday Features and the Sunday Interviews.
September’s interviews showcase a range of talent. Linked by adventure writing, authors D.V. Bishop, James Swallow, Alex Shaw and Niall Edworthy have enjoyed success in a number of other areas as well. Inspiring stuff!
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 a wonderfully creative September – 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.
So far more than 44,000 of you have engaged with us online, as readers and contributors, from the UK, but also 175 other countries.
In Issue 10 we are showcasing National Poetry Competition winner and Welsh School teacher, Marvin Thompson. Please see the Media Pack for the full features list.
Physical copies of issue 10 will be distributed to libraries and other centers 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. Due to an unprecedented number of interview submissions, the interview submissions slot is now closed until December 2021, so we can catch up with ourselves. However, please do continue to get in touch with your other work. Depending on content and theme, it 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)
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 – ‘Keep Going: Creating With Perseverance And Courage’
(From October – ‘Writing with Wonder: The World Through Children’s Eyes’)
- 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, ‘Keep Going: Creating With Perseverance And Courage’ any time between now and early September.)
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 pages around ‘Keeping Going: Creating With Perseverance And Courage' this season’s theme, in our online Write On! Extra pages.