by Madeleine White
You can see our new issue and all previous issues on our magazines page.
Published and Coming Up:
July kicks off with Holly King’s fabulous Monday Moments page. Out on the 5 July this page celebrates creative movement, including music and dance. Some wonderful contributions from writer and artist Iesha Denize (see image), artist Emmanuel Oreyeni and Studio3 Arts among others.
Eithne Cullen’s Thoughtful Tuesdays is out on 13 July and explores the impact we have on our environment.
Contributions come from oceans activist Emily Penn, and renowned wildlife artist Martin Aveling. There is also a new Ecosmith comic strip by David Cullen.
Thursday Connectors, on the 22 July, connects with students (school and university) to see how they have been affected by Covid. This includes mental health perspectives.
Our regular Friday Features include our usual mixture of writing support as well as something to make you think. We kick off with a wonderful piece by US writer Jaye Viner around indoctrination and how faith perspectives can change from childhood as we grow into adults. Other fabulous contributions for the month include: a piece on publishing responsibility by University of Derby student Chandni Maugi, a look at writing and mental health by author and speaker Eche Egbuonu and a feature from best-selling author Frances Quinn on her shift from journalism to novelist. In the last feature of July, Charlotte Baker looks at grief and how free writing can be used as part of a healing process.
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.
July’s interviews include our Issue 9 lead: writer and actor Emma Dennis-Edwards, entrepreneur and writer Fulbahar Begum, our very own Holly King and poet Cynthia Miller. The Showcase continues to be populated by the suggestions and brilliant creative work that comes through our submissions process. Our Showcase editor for July is Iesha Denize who has found a wonderful array of work to keep us entertained. Our Writer Of The Month is the late poet Jenny Grant. The posthumous tribute is written by fellow Barking Foxes founder Mary Walsh and will be published on Monday 26 July.
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, here’s to a wonderfully creative July – 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 170 other countries.
In Issue 9 we are showcasing writer/actor Emma Dennis-Edwards and in September’s Issue 10 we will be speaking to National Poetry Competition winner and Welsh School teacher, Marvin Thompson .
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 = ‘Keep Going: Creating With Perseverance And Courage’
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org: 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 bringing you some wonderful pages around ‘Transformation: Releasing And Reshaping’, this season’s theme, in our online Write On! Extra pages.