Champlain Writer’s Newsletter

Welcome to the Champlain Writer’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.

It’s NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing,” and it happens every November! Starting November 1, participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. It is, without a doubt, a challenge, and we’re already a week in.

Need Some Inspiration?

NaNoWriMo has a NaNo Prep section, featuring everything from NaNo Prep events to community forums to their NaNo Prep resource library. Check these out for a little bit of help:


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.

5×5 Literary Magazine: 5×5 is an online literary magazine that publishes prose pieces that are 500 words or less. Submission deadline is November 30, 2016.

Salt Hill: A literary journal that features outstanding new fiction and published by writers affiliated with Syracuse University. Accepts short stories, flash fiction, and excerpts from novels/novellas. Pieces must be no longer than 30 pages. Submission deadline is April 1, 2017.

New World Writing: An online literary magazine that posts work upon acceptance (i.e. on a continuous basis). New World doesn’t have a specified word-count for submissions, but we suggest looking through archived pieces to get a sense of what they accept.

Lalitamba: A literary journal of “international writings for liberation.” Publishes established and emerging writers. Looking for nonfiction pieces that represent diverse faith/cultures from around the world. Lalitamba doesn’t have a specified word-count, but we suggest looking through archived pieces to get a sense of what they accept.

Parody: Parody Poetry Journal is looking for your parodies of famous or non-famous poems, in any style. Will also accept haikus, limericks, or other pieces that fit with the tone of their journal. Submit up to three poems. Rolling submissions.

The Acentos Review: Publishes poetry by emerging and established LatinX writers. Welcomes submissions in English, Spanish, Portuguese, a combination of two languages, as well as indigenous languages. Submit 3-5 poems with a cover letter. Submission deadline is January 1, 2017.

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



Writing: As Told by Published Authors


If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

–David Brin

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.

–Anton Chekhov


I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.

–Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

–E. L. Doctorow


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.

  • 30 Below Contest: A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. Entrance fee is $24. Deadline is November 9, 2016.

  • Brooklyn Nonfiction Prize: A $500 cash award is given to a Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay, set in Brooklyn and about the writer’s personal experiences. Essays should be no more than 2,500 words (roughly four to ten pages). Entrance is free. Deadline is November 15, 2016.

  • Fall Story Contest: A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a longer work of prose. A second-place prize of $1,000 and publication in Narrative is also awarded. Looking for works with “a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense.” Submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Entrance fee is $24. Deadline is November 30, 2016.


This Week’s Prompts


Every morning the sun comes up, and every night it goes down. A simple, day-to-day constant that we’ve gotten used to. Try your hand at focusing on it. Create a character who lives and breathes by the movement of the sun, relies on it for their day-to-day tasks. Why? What is the importance of the sun for them? Why do they focus so intensely on it?


Take the sun, watch it for as long as you can, and write about what you feel. What do you think when you’re only focus is on the star that overlooks our planet? What happens in your soul when the sun goes down and night starts to settle in?

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 Ireland 217 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.

Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love Book Launch: On Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Jane Sobel Klonsky will be discussing her new book: a captivating collection of photographs that shows the special bond humans have with their older dogs. Admission is $3 per person. Event will be at Phoenix Books in Downtown Burlington.

Header image designed by Emma Reed.