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.

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.

Arts & Letters: A national literary journal operating out of Georgia College. Accepts fiction submissions of up to 25 pages and flash fiction submissions of up to 1,000 words. Only one piece per submission. Reading fee is $3. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.

Rabbit Catastrophe Press: A biannual print literary journal, Rabbit is the publishing wing of Workhorse Literary Collective. May submit up to one story at a time. No specified word or page length. Reading period opens February 1, 2017.

Eleven Eleven: A biannual literary and arts journal published by the MFA program at California College of the Arts. One submission per reading period. Submissions must be no longer than 7,000 words. Reading period opens January 14, 2017.

Gertrude Press: A nonprofit organization that showcases and develops the creative talents of the LGBTQA+ community. Submissions need not be LGBTQA+ related and Gertrude welcomes writers from all backgrounds. Reading period opens February 1, 2017.

Radar Poetry: An electronic journal publishing work by established and emerging writers. You may submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems. No reading fee. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017.

S/tick: An online magazine that works “with a feminist consciousness that challenges the status quo and says things that are difficult to say may be hard to find a home for.” May submit up to three poems that are, collectively, 200 words or less. Rolling submissions.

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


  • Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Authors: Neil Gaiman answers the important question, the one we’re all wondering: How does one get published?

  • Ten Rules for Writing Fiction: The Guardian provides us with then “rules” to writing fiction from various authors, including never opening a book with weather and doing back exercises.

  • On Terrible Writing Advice from Famous Writers: Danielle Dutton combats the typical “advice from famous authors” piece (ironically like the one above) and calls out the terrible advice that famous writers have given over the years.


Writing: As Told by Published Authors


Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.

–George Orwell

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.

–Hunter S. Thompson


The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

–Robert Benchley

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.

–Virginia Woolf


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.

  • Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest: Seeking essays illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion, specifically the ways they challenge each other and the ways they can work together. Essays must be no longer than 5,000 words. First prize is $10,000 with a runner-up prize of $5,000. Entry fee is $20. Deadline for submissions is December 12, 2016.

  • Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition: Looking for short stories in 1,500 words or less. Winning author is awarded $3,000 cash, publication in Writer’s Digest, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016.


This Week’s Prompts


Care for the winter/holiday festivities? Write a story about them. It can be whatever feeling you want, whatever mood, whatever plot. Come up with a twist. Is it a story about Santa in which the elves turn on him? Is someone watching their family celebrate the holidays through a window because they ran away and are afraid to go home? Simply incorporate the holidays and see what happens.


Imagine your favorite (or least favorite) winter memory. Put yourself back in those shoes and write about the way you felt and the things you heard and saw.

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.
PoJazz: Willard & Maple will be hosting their first PoJazz of the year on Monday, December 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the CCM Gallery Lounge. Come, read or don’t read, hang out, and eat free food. All are welcome to attend!

Winter Tales: Join the Flynn Center for Performing Arts for their 12th annual holiday tradition, filled with cider, cookies, and heartfelt stories and songs. Winter Tales will be playing from December 7 to December 11, 2016. Check the event site for times and tickets.

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