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.


Fairy Tale Review: Currently seeking themed submissions for The Charcoal Issue (see site for full guidelines). Single pieces must be no more than 8,000 words. You may submit up to three flash pieces, each under 1,000 words. No reading fee. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

Devil’s Lake: A literary journal published twice annually by graduate students at the University of Wisconsin. Prose submissions must be no longer than 4,500 words. Has interest in flash fiction and collaborative pieces. No reading fee. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017.

The Oddville Press: Seeks to publish work that is serious, thoughtful, creative, and compelling. Considers work by both established and emerging writers. No reading fee. Rolling submissions.



HOOT: A literary magazine that publishes pieces on postcards. (Yep, you read that right.) HOOT is looking for prose pieces of no more than 150 words. Accepts creative nonfiction, memoirs, and book reviews. Reading fee is $2 for up to two pieces of work. Rolling submissions.

The Journal: The award-winning literary journal of Ohio State University. The Journal publishes nonfiction essays of no more than 6,000 words. Currently seeking essays from marginalized voices. No reading fee. Rolling submissions.

Gone Lawn: Seeking to publish “sincere, well-written, imaginative, unusual and/or innovative works that enchant and transport.” Gone Lawn has no word limit, but asks that if you submit more than one piece, they’re all under 1,000 words. No reading fee. Rolling submissions.



Harbinger Asylum: A publication of Transcendent Zero Press that reflects a blending of communities. Seeks to publish variety, namely those who are serious with the craft and those who are honest. May submit 3 to 5 poems. No reading fee. Deadline for the Spring issue is March 15, 2017.

Sixth Finch: An online journal of poetry and art that takes pride in bringing the work to a wide audience. May submit up to eight poems. No reading fee. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

New World Wrting: Am online journal that started as Mississippi Review: Online in 1995. Publishes work upon acceptance. Accepts poems of any length. No reading fee. 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



Writing: As Told by Published Authors


It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

–Robert Benchley

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


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

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

–Gustave Flaubert


People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.

–Harlan Ellison


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.

  • Four Line Poem: The poem may be on any subject, but must follow a 1/5/5/9 syllable count. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Entry fee is $10. Deadline for submissions is February 21, 2017.

  • The 2017 Gulf Coast Prizes: The Gulf Coast is currently seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for their 2017 prizes. The grand prize winner of each genre will receive $1,500. Entry fee is $23. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.

  • Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest’s 86th annual writing competition is now open for submissions! Choose from any of nine available categories. Grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash and an interview with Writer’s Digest. Deadline for submissions is May 5, 2017.


This Week’s Prompts



You’re scouring through books on a public library shelf, looking for one or two to take home and read over the weekend. On the bottom shelf, you see a dusty book that appears to have an intricate binding. You pull it off the shelf, never having heard of the title, and open to a page towards the end of the book. A note falls out. What does it say? (Don’t forget to give the book a name!)

Writing Opportunities

Champlain College students have been writing their ideas and voicing their opinions on Odyssey since June 2016 and the Champlain Odyssey community is always looking for new voices! We welcome anyone who has an opinion to bring to the table, anyone who has a passion, anyone who wants to be heard.

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What Can You Write?

Content Creators at Odyssey write about a variety of topics. Everyone has their own passions, and Odyssey is a place where you can display your voice. Check out some previous work from Champlain writers:

Visit the Champlain Odyssey Community page to check out a complete list of the work. You can request to join here.

Upcoming Events


There are no events currently happening on campus.

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