by Madeleine White
And we’re already in August. Heatwaves, drought, holiday chaos – but also a bit of time to relax and enjoy ourselves as well as maybe even getting some writing done! For me personally, it’s been an important time as I launched my debut poetry collection The Horse And The Girl and am loving seeing it being read an enjoyed. It’s made me feel connected to my creative writing again, rather than just wearing my Editor’s hat!
This touches on our theme for this summer, Worlds Apart. Because, being apart from aspects of who we really are, also makes us think about how to bring things together. Write On! has built much of its audience in the digital sphere, but as we start meeting people in person again, through events that have resumed – or simply just socialising – I can honestly say how we connect truly transcends the physical. However, we mustn’t forget the tremendous positives ot the digital world offer us. One of these was supporting Eithne Cullen’s interview with Louis de Bernières on Zoom a couple of weeks ago. You’ll see the fruits of our labour in our next issue, out on September 14.
We’ll be bringing you extracts of the interview itself on Write On! Audio at the end of September and are working on the rest of issue 14 as we speak. I am, as ever, blown away by the quality of your work and submissions. We have a special eight-pager this time, provided by Write Back Youth Storytellers. Our Roots explores being a teenager through the last few decades, with creative responses given by the group. And, of course, we have all our usual suspects, too! In the meantime here’s the cover to give you a flavour.
Our theme Worlds Apart sees us focus on different geographies, but also the world unseen in our theme: Life, death, barriers of class, culture and geography and also, how we move past these to find some togetherness. And, as ever, I invite you to experience this with us at Pen to Print, through the Extra and Audio editions of Write On! – starting or continuing your writing journey with us. You will have noticed that we have launched our Audio ‘Bite-Size’, which brings you something new each week, from writers tips to listeners contributions, we want to get you inspired and contributing!
In the meantime, Write On! Issue 13 is now available in print and online.
Issue 13 is based on Mind Your Language: Words And How We Use Them and explores how we make what we have to say count, by using our words in person and on the page. Edition highlights include Farzana Hakim’s conversation with Patrice Lawrence MBE, London-based activist, campaigner and YA author extraordinaire.
I’m so proud of the partnerships we have built and the connections we have forged. We are working with organisations such as the Royal Society Of Literature, The London Library, The Wilbur And Niso Smith Foundation, Bloomsbury and Penguin to bring you the best of what’s out there.
Our Write On! Extra page Editor’s are having well deserved rest in August. However, our usual fare of Showcase, Features, Interviews and our new release round up Spotlight are still running, so please do keep checking in!
Write On! Audio, the podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’
August’s Write On! Audio, the podcast ‘For Writers Everywhere’ includes: Writing Tips from Andreas Loizu (Tues 2 August), a Listener Contribution from Carole Pluckrose (Tues 9 August) . The ‘Showcase’ is presented by Amber Hall (Tues 16 August) and as ever a fabulous interview, this time with audio dramatist and sci-fi writer, Emily Inkpen, at the end of the month.
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Published And Coming Up
Our page editor’s are on a break in August but do check out past pages on the links below:
New Pages for August:
The first Showcase of the month is Wednesday 3rd with our weekly Showcases are being compiled by Amber Hall in August. Look out for some fabulous writing drawn from your submissions.
Our weekly Sunday Interviews showcase a range of talent. The August Write On! Extra line-up includes Society Of Authors award-winners, novelist Jane Fraser and poet Daniella Fearon and a narrative interview with Catherine Coe from All Stories.
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!
I do hope all this gets you to put pen to paper. And don’t forget, we also welcome other creative work, including illustrations. I wish you a wonderful August!
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.
OUT NOW, Write On! Issue 13 includes our lead interview with Patrice Lawrence but lots of other wonderful creative work, including this fabulous image by artist and writer Michelle Sutton.
You can see all our issues on our magazines page. Physical copies of issue 13 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 to 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 Books and The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. So far, more than 83,000 of you have engaged with us online, as readers and contributors, from the UK, but also 197 other countries.
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 features submissions, we are planning for both from July 2022 onwards. 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. (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 out 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, 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:
- 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) that 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 – Please feel free to submit to the overarching theme, ‘Worlds Apart’ until the end of August. After that we’ll be looking for submissions around ‘Home.’ )
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 'World's Apart' This season’s theme is shared through the online Write On! Extra pages and the Write On! Audio podcast.