by Madeleine White
We’re into September, traditionally seen as the start of autumn, it ushers in a new school term and new life chapters and a new issue of Write On!, of course.
I’d also like to take a moment to reflect on news that has shocked us all at Write On!: how talented poet Gboyega Odubanjo, lost his life a few days ago. A rising star from from Dagenham, we’d featured him in the past and were following his burgeoning career with interest. This sad news has made me think about how difficult the writers’ path is, as well as how isolating it can be. With this in mind, I’d like to explore how we can promote well-being and community within the writing community and would welcome any features with this in mind. See below for submission guidelines.
I’m delighted to share our new issue of Write On! with sci-fi phenomenon Lavie Tidhar gracing our cover – check it out here.
Sponsored by The Margate Bookie, founder Andreas Loizou shares why books are the key to community. And, Michelle Sutton’s ‘Spotlight On Dangerous Books,’ looks at books that have been/are being banned; graced with a thought-provoking Danny Baxter comic strip. Other highlights include, Mary Walsh’s ‘Big Debate,’ exploring how and where Erotica sits in the modern literary world. The Showcase pages feature wonderful writing from you, drawn from the online Write On! Extra and podcast Write On! Audio.
You can pick up a hard copy of issue 18 from libraries, arts organisations and universities up and down the country. If not, the digital version is available here and all our back issues can be found on our online magazines page.
Built around ‘Literary Passions, Guilty Pleasures’ this theme also informs our digital publishing up until the end of the month. From October to the end of December our new season theme is ‘Reality And Perspectives’. We’ll be exploring truth, falsehood, creativity and even AI in an attempt to interpret our world(s). Issues such as imposter syndrome will also be interesting to explore. I do hope it inspires you to put pen to paper. (See submissions guidelines here).
As ever, we look forward to hearing from you – so, new season, new ideas – stay safe and keep writing!
Write On! Audio, The Podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’
Write On! Audio, the podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ is out every Tuesday. Our September scheduling includes: Writers Tips from Priscilla Morris for insight into the writing of her award-winning novel Black Butterflies, including tips on research. The Listener Contribution from Matthew Di Paoli winner of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Adventure Writing Prize, who reads from his novel Holliday. The Showcase is presented by young Northern writer, Thomas Nixon and Palak Tewary’s Interview with Lavie Tidhar is featured at the end of the month.
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
The fabulous illustration below was created especially for Write On! by award-winning artist Laura Oh. Another is featured on Amber’s page.
Amber Hall’s September Monday Moments focusses on Literary Passions And Self-Discovery. How stories allow us to dig deeper into our passions and find out who we are, introducing us to new ideas and passions/pleasures, both good and bad. Out 4 September.
Eithne Cullen’s September Thoughtful Tuesdays looks at our Guilty Pleasures around writing, reaching for the chocolate, for example. Out 12 September.
Farzana Hakim’s September Thursday Connectors explores our favourite books and whether they’ve changed as we get older. Out 21 September.
September’s Showcases are edited by Thomas Nixon, a young writer from Sunderland. Thomas draws from our bulging inbox and also features some fabulous writers from his neck of the woods.
The weekly Friday Features include: Self-Editing vs Hiring an Editor by Dan Cross; Should Children’s Writing Be Sugar-Coated? by Mary Walsh, more on the Margate Bookie by Suzy Lines, Amber Hall on Social Media For Creatives. Finally Juneha Chowdhury explores Sweet Dreams vs Harsh Reality in publishing.
Our weekly Sunday Interviews showcase a range of talent. The September line-up includes Wilbur And Niso Smith Foundation Adventure Writing Prize shortlisters: Natasha Pulley, Emma Styles, Anthony McCarten and Priscilla Morris.
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 18 is out now and features seminal author, Lavie Tidhar.
(Issue 19 will be out on 12 December).
Find all our issues on our magazines page. Physical copies of issue 18 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 Kent, Sunderland and Goldsmiths 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, Hay and The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. So far, 160,000 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:
Up to an including September our theme is Literary Passions and Guilty Pleasures. From October to December we will be exploring Reality And Perspectives. 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 'Literary Passions, Guilty Pleasures'. This season’s theme is shared through the online Write On! Extra pages and the Write On! Audio podcast.