by Madeleine White
From storms to bitter cold, to the warmest day in January in living memory – the first month of 2024 has certainly been full of surprises. I, for one am delighted we are moving into February. It’s not necessarily about warmer climes, but we do get to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day and also, of course, immerse ourselves in the rainbow hues of LGBTQ+ month.
Celebrating love in any form is important. In fact, a new project I am working on, supporting the completion of an autobiography, has reminded me of how powerful words can be in terms of conveying this precious emotion. With their words enveloping us in bear hugs, writers can make all the difference in terms of how we feel about ourselves and others.
With that in mind, writing with purpose around sexuality, gender and wider identity, for example, can be critical when supporting another’s journey. I’m therefore delighted this is something we can offer through our February Showcases. Also, Pen to Print is offering a wonderful Spoken Word live event in Dagenham, so do come along if you are London based.
To celebrate LGBTQ+ Month, I’m delighted to showcase Laura Oh’s fabulous image. Freedom In The Midst Of Oppression has been created especially for Write On! by talented illustrator @bylauraoh. As ever, I do hope that all the wonderful creative work advice, fiction, poetry, prose and audio we bring you through Write On! will inspire you to put pen to paper!
February has our usual pages across our suite of publications. and of course we are looking forwards to preparing issue 20 for you, featuring Kit de Waal, which will be out at the beginning of April. In the meantime Write On! 19 is out now. Our cover star is Paterson Joseph and, sponsored by Dialogue, the issue is built around last season’s theme of ‘Reality And Perspectives.‘ This latest issue is available from libraries, arts organisations and universities up and down the country Alternatively, the digital version and all our back issues can be found on our online magazines page.
February continues with our theme: ‘Beginnings And Endings’ and I very much hope you’ll join us in exploring this creatively. You can see our submissions guidelines here. And, don’t forget, the Pen to Print competitions are live now.
Write On! Audio, The Podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’
Write On! Audio, the podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ is out every Tuesday. Our January scheduling includes: Writers Tips from poet Mab Jobnes and Me and the Listener Contribution comes from Jill Korn The Showcase is brought to you by Niema Bohrayba and the interview comes from publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove.
Created in partnership with the award-winning Alternative Stories podcast, you can find us on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podchaser and many more. Just type pen to print into your browser and look for our logo. Alternatively, find us via our Anchor FM hosting site, which links you to our content on a variety of podcast platforms. Do subscribe! Write On! Audio can be accessed here.
Published And Coming Up
Amber Hall’s January Monday Moments focusses on turning the idea of beginning, middle and end on its head. How writers can be creative with structure and how, although there are structures, we inherently adhere to in some way, we can be literary ‘time travellers’. Out 5 February.
Eithne Cullen’s January Thoughtful Tuesdays looks at beginnings of romances, with thoughts and reflections around first meetings and dating. Out 13 February.
Farzana Hakim’s January Thursday Connectors looks at the ends of relationship, disasters and things that go wrong. This includes grief and also ending relationships with things such as writing. Out 22 February.
February’s Showcases are edited by Niema Bohrayba. Niema draws from our bulging inbox to feature fabulous writers, including old favourites and new voices. Out every Wednesday.
The weekly Friday Features are packed with writing ideas and advice, including Episodic Writing by Emily Inkpen, The Importance of Romance Writing In A Mad World by RNA Chair and best-selling author Sue Moorcroft and Writing Historical Fiction by Mark Butterworth.
Our weekly Sunday Interviews showcase a range of talent. The February line-up includes: David Algar, Maggie Freeman and Sharmaine Lovegrove.
Saturday Spotlight, at the end of the month, features new launches from traditional publishers and small presses, as well as indie authors. Do send us information on your new release. If you have one coming up, we’d love to hear from you!
And, don’t forget, we also welcome other creative work, including illustrations and photographs.
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 to encourage 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. You can find out more about how to get involved as a writer, creative, partner or advertiser through Write On! Together.
Write On! Audio, the podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ connects emerging and established writers to each other, the publishing industry and a wider audience in an audio celebration of diversity, originality and excellence.
Issue 19 is out now and features actor and author Paterson Joseph.
(Issue 20 will be out on 10 April).
Find all our issues on our magazines page. Physical copies of issue 19 are in libraries and other centres that are open across London, Manchester, Kent, Devon, the West Midlands and Essex. Distribution points now include the Universities of Sunderland as well as Dudley and Manchester libraries, Newcastle’s ‘Seven Stories’ writing organisation and the Amelia Scott Centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Take advantage of some great digital advertising opportunities with Write On! and Write On! Extra. Please see our Media Pack for details. You’ll be part of the Write On! family; one that includes The London Library, Dialogue, Hay and The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. So far,nearly 200,000 of you have engaged with us online, as readers and contributors; from the UK, but also from 198 other countries (Google Analytics lists 230 countries).
Write On! accepts written pieces (prose, poetry, essays, opinion), video or spoken extracts/ snapshots, illustrations and artwork. Do remember, if you have a features idea, you may be interested in recording it for Write On! Audio. 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. (First 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 out from east London to encompass the UK and the world at large. (Third Thursday of the month.)
Write On! Features – Essays, opinions and features. In Write On! Extra, we focus on topics relevant to publishing and writing arenas, but also include wider content to encompass thinking and ideas relevant to our times. (Weekly.)
Saturday Spotlight – Spotlight offers a round-up 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 – Out every Tuesday, our 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 ideas you might have. See our pilot episode for tips on ‘how to’. (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:
From January we will be exploring Beginnings And Endings as a theme. Please do submit work around these ideas.
- 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’s best to send your feature/essay ideas through 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 a brief 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) to illustrate your work. For any images/ video content that include you, or someone identifiable, we will need a permissions form. This will be sent to you. 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 our Submit To Write On! page. 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. Please note all submissions are subject to editing, at the Editor’s discretion.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES are based on the overarching theme. For example, it is worth sending in work aimed at the new theme a month before it starts.
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 'Beginnings And Endings'. This season’s theme is shared through the online Write On! Extra pages and the Write On! Audio podcast.