Champlain Publishing Newsletter

Welcome to Champlain Publishing’s newsletter! Each edition features a new selection of places to submit, tools for writers, and prompts (for those suffering from the dreaded writer’s block). Check out the upcoming events to see what’s happening on or around campus.

Where Can I Submit My Work?

Some of the featured magazines accept genres other than what they’re listed under. Check out their full submissions guidelines to see all of the options. Be sure, when submitting, that you carefully read through the submissions guidelines, as well. Many literary magazines are strict about submission format.

Kenyon Review: Devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. Accepts fiction pieces of up to 7,500 words. Submitted work is eligible for both the Kenyon Review magazine and KROnline. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.

The Gettysburg Review: Published by Gettysburg College, this review is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Fiction pieces should be no more than 10,000 words. Reading period is from September 1 through May 31. Charges $3 for online submissions. No fee for submissions through snail mail.

1966 Journal: Seeks to publish creative nonfiction that has a research component. Ranges anywhere from science writing to personal essays that incorporate researched information. Reading period is from August 1 through April 30.

Cardinal Sins: A student-run literary journal, Cardinal Sins has published two issues a year for over 30 years. Rolling submissions. May submit up to two pieces, no more than 3,750 words each.

Off the Coast: A quarterly journal that is arrange much like an anthology. Submit up to three poems. Contributors receive one free copy of the journal and can buy more for half the cover price.

Earthshine: Currently seeking poetry submissions for Volume III. Seeks to publish poems of high literary quality that they believe generate light for their readers. Submissions will close when the volume is full. Accepts submissions through email. Contributors receive two copies.

Not what you’re looking for? No sweat! Check out Poets & Writers list of literary magazines to find one that’s a good fit for you.

Tools For Writers


  • How Being Published by the Big Six F*cked Me Up: A personal story from a published author that talks about how publishing with an imprint of Penguin wasn’t necessarily the best thing for her writing career. A worthwhile read for any writer looking to publish a novel one day. This piece shows the importance of weighing all of your options.

  • 5 Questions Writers Should Ask Potential Agents: Not every writer is at the point where they need an agent. Some writers may never need one. But, in the event that you do, these questions are good to keep on hand and should be expanded on to create your own list.

  • 50 Writing Tips From My 15 Years As An Author: Author Kevin Kruse offers up advice on writing. Not all of the tips are for everyone and you may find some you disagree with. But, as writers, it’s worth it to look at different perspectives and keep an open mind.


Writing: As Told by Published Authors


“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

–Ernest Hemingway

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”

–Somerset Maugham


“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”

–C.J. Cherryh

“Half my life is an act of revision.”

–John Irving


Current Writing Contests

Because we can’t feature every single contest, here’s a more complete list for you to take a look at. This site lists deadlines and provides links to submission guidelines.

  • Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Currently looking for submissions. Entries must be fiction pieces that are 4,000 words or fewer. You can submit to the following categories: Romance, Thriller, Crime, Horror, Science-Fiction, and Young Adult. Winner receives $2,500 cash and a feature in the May/June 2017 issue. Submission deadline is October 14, 2016.

  • Halloween Horror: Love writing chilling horror stories and thrillers? This halloween-based contest is looking for 700 – 7,000 word submissions (suggested length 2,000 – 3,500 words) that have a terrifying theme. Deadline is October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize. All writers will get feedback on their work.

  • Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry and Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction: Every fall, The Madison Review offers publication a $1,000 award for the best (previously unpublished) short story and the best (previously unpublished) group of three poems. Submission deadline is November 1, 2016.


This Week’s Prompts


You’re wandering through the woods, listening to the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet. You trip, fall, and your body rolls across something hard, something unnerving. What is it? Write a character into this situation. Were they looking for something? Going for a walk? Do they live there? Establish the setting even further and give your character a reason to be in the woods.



"'Nature' is what we see—
   The Hill—the Afternoon—
   Squirrel—Eclipse—the Bumble bee—"
                 —Emily Dickinson, Nature is what we see

The seasons are changing. We’re transitioning from summer to fall and the leaves are turning orange. Wander outside during the day. Plant yourself on a hill or under a tree with a journal and a pen. What words come to mind? What feelings? How does fall affect your soul? Write about it.

Upcoming Events


Willard & Maple Meeting: Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the editorial staff of Willard & Maple will be meeting in CCM 201 to do a poetry/prose selection for the next edition. Come for the full meeting, come late, leave early. Stay for what works with your schedule and have a voice about what goes into the next issue.

Chloe Viner Poetry Reading: From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, Chloe Viner will read from her third book, 27 Apples.
Open Mic & Coffee House: Like poetry? Music? Art? Supporting your friends? Head out to Winooski on Sunday, October 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for an open mic night at Scout & Company. Read a poem, enjoy the atmosphere, maybe even grab a cup of coffee.

Header image designed by Emma Reed.