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.

Able Muse: Seeks to published both established and new voices. Accepts two stories per submission with a max of 4000 words per story. Does not accept fantasy, romance, horror, action-adventure, gratuitous violence, or inspirational/sentimental genres. Rolling submissions.

The Journal: Imposes no restrictions or categories on fiction, other than that they do not accept previously published work (both in print and online). Also considers excerpts of novels. Rolling submissions. Must be no longer than 10,000 words.

WILDNESS: Seeks to promote nonfiction that “provokes the unknown.” Submissions should be under 2,500 words and emailed, along with a short bio. Accepts only unpublished works. Rolling submissions.

One Throne Magazine: Showcases the foremost in writing, accepting all genres and styles. Pieces must be 2,500 to 7,500 words. Rolling submissions.

Lines + Stars: Values poetry that is experimental and reverberating. Accepts 3 to 5 five poems submitted in one document. No length limit. Rolling submissions.

Vector: May submit up to 15 pages of poetry, prose poetry, etc. Willing to consider any poems of any style. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016.

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


  • Written? Kitten!: Have trouble staying motivated? Do you love kittens, puppies, and bunnies? This online writing tool provides you with a small box for writing. After every 100, 200, 500, or 1,000 words, a new picture of a fuzzy friend pops up! The animals are designed to be something to look forward to, some motivation for writing those next 100 words.

  • Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences: Ever doubted the importance of the opening sentence of your short story or novel? In this article, author Stephen King talks about the first sentence and how it not only introduces the story, but the author’s voice and style as well.

  • Writing Advice From Nicholas Sparks: Straight from the man himself. Posted right on his website, Sparks offers up information on the craft, the business, and his experience of writing.


Writing: As Told by Published Authors


“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”

–Henry David Thoreau

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

–Sidney Sheldon


“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”

–Ray Bradbury

“Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre


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.

  • 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.

  • Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards: Are short stories your thing? Writer’s Digest is looking for short fiction submissions in a variety of genres. Pieces must be 4,000 words or less. Deadline is November 7, 2016.


This Week’s Prompts


Dystopian novels were all-the-rage a few years back. Ever try writing one? Give it a shot! Create a character, place them in a dystopian society, and craft the plot and their actions around their personality. How would someone small and timid handle it? What about someone big and strong? Let your character write the story.


Grab the closest book. Open it to a random page. Write down the first 10 words you see and put them into a poem. Instead of letting the idea create the words, let the words create the idea.

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.

Room on the Broom Storytime: Looking for something fun to do that’s also writing-related? On Saturday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m., Phoenix Books and City Market are hosting of the children’s book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. After the reading, attendees will be able to make broomsticks out of pretzels, cheese, and chives.

Header image designed by Emma Reed.