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Encouraging Young Readers and Writers

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NewPages maintains two guides where young readers and writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests: Publications for Young Writers and Writing Contests for Young Writers. Both of these are ad-free resources regularly updated with carefully vetted content, and “young” can be from K to college undergraduate. As long as there is clearly “dedicated” space to a young age group, we will consider listing it here.

Please share these with any young creatives in your lives and with adults who want to encourage youth in the creative arts – parents, teachers, community organization leaders, librarians, etc.

If you know of any great resources for youth that we do not have listed, please contact us. We love to keep these resources alive and growing!

Join Iron City Magazine for Release of Issue 6


Iron City Magazine celebrates the launch of Issue 6! This will be a virtual event featuring readings, art, and a live Q&A.

Join friends, contributors, and editors of Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated as they present work from the latest issue.

Iron City Magazine highlights voices of often silenced writers and artists.

Iron City Magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This publication is made possible by the generous grant awards from the Ibis Foundation of Arizona and AZ Humanities.

Enjoy this virtual launch on Iron City Magazine’s YouTube channel.

Read for ANMLY

ANMLY is currently looking for a new fiction reader. This volunteer position asks for two or three hours of your time per week. The publication tends to focus on work that is experimental and innovative.

Applications are open until November 15. Email the editors to apply.

Rick Campbell – Virtual Reading and Q&A

Join Frostburg Center for Literary Arts for a reading and Q&A with Rick Campbell. Tomorrow night, October 1, at 7:00PM EST, Campbell will open the 15th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival. You can watch this reading at YouTube, and can set yourself a reminder now so you don’t miss out.

Campbell’s newest book is Provenance (Blue Horse Press.) Other titles include Gunshot, Peacock, Dog (Madville Publishing); The History of Steel (All Nations Press); Dixmont, (Autumn House Press and Black Bay Books); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech UP) which won the Walt McDonald Prize; and A Day’s Work (State Street Press).

The reading will take place at this URL.

Looking Back at Hong Kong Reading

Next month, The Massachusetts Review will co-host an event for Looking Back at Hong Kong: An Anthology of Writing and Art forthcoming from co-host Cart Noodles Press. This reading and panel discussion will feature Nicolette Wong, Xu Xi, Sharon Yam, Yeung Chak Yan, and Q.M. Zhang.

These writers “who have called Hong Kong home will come together to read from their work and reflect on the profound changes and subtle transitions that have transpired in Hong Kong, both in recent times and over the past decades.”

The online event will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 8PM EDT. Learn more and register here.

Able Muse Authors Reading with Drury, Espaillat, & White

Able Muse is hosting another reading with three of its authors on September 17, 2021. Are you enjoying their reading series so far? Don’t forget that these readings are being held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. You do have to register in order to participate.

Featured authors are John Philip Drury whose book Sea Level Rising: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015; Rhina P. Espaillat whose book And After All: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2019; and Gail White whose Asperity Street: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015.

Jennifer Reeser will act as host. Reeser’s collection Indigenous was published by Able Muse Press in 2019 and she has another collection forthcoming from the press in 2021/22 titled Strong Feather.

If you’ve missed out on any of these readings, don’t forget you can watch them on Able Muse’s official YouTube Channel.

BLR’s Picks

Did you know Bellevue Literary Review has an “Our Picks” section? Here, the editors have compiled the pieces of writing that have stuck with them and remain vivid years later. They say, “These stories, essays, and poems are particularly engaging and thought-provoking—the writing smart and alive—and deserving of another turn in the spotlight.”

The picks are introduced by the editor who explains what it is that spoke to them, and the pieces are linked in full. If you want to read the whole issue, no worries—the issue numbers are given as well.

Event :: Tinted Tales. reading across cultures

Screenshot of Tint Journal's flier for their Spring 2021 Virtual Tinted Tales Reading
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English as a second language literary magazine Tint Journal will be hosting a virtual reading “Tinted Tales: reading across cultures” on Saturday, May 22 at 7PM (CEST). This international, multicultural, and cross-genre event will be broadcast live from many parts of the world via Tint Journal’s YouTube Channel.

The event will be moderated by Lisa Schantl (Editor-in-Chief) and Matthew Monroy (prose editor). Tint authors Catia Dawood, Satvik Gupta, Marlene Lahmer, Héctor Muiños, Chourouq Nasri, and Iva Ticic will be taking the virtual stage along with spoken word artist Seher Hashmi who successfully applied to an open slot.

The event will be musically accompanied by Soulparlez, a female-only a cappella ensemble.

Check out the trailer & set your reminders so you don’t miss out on this virtual reading!

Poor Yorick Reading Series: “Family Matters”

skull on black and pink backgroundPoor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovery is continuing their monthly reading series with a virtual open mic and fireside chat!

Cozy up with your favorite beverage and share your poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Stick around for an open discussion between readers and writers.

This month’s theme is about family—the people who get us through bad times and celebrate the good times with us.

The reading will take place on February 25 from 7-9 pm EST and is free to attend on Microsoft Zoom. Find out more at Poor Yorick‘s website.


Tint Journal Hosts Online Reading Event “Tinted Tales”

tinted tales reading event posterEvent Date: October 27, 2020 at 8PM CET; Location: Virtual
“Tinted Tales. reading across cultures” will take place on October 27, 2020 at 8 PM (CET). The reading will be broadcasted via a livestream on Tint Journal’s YouTube. Seven ‘tinted’ writers from all around the world will perform their short stories, essays and poems. Also, Vienna based singer-songwriter Ulli Grill will join our reading with her latest songs. You can find out more about the event here, and watch their video trailer.

EVENT Virtual Fall Reading Series

Have you been keeping up with EVENT Magazine‘s Fall Reading Series? Each week, they’re introducing one writer, along with a video of each author reading their work from the safety of their homes. So far, they’ve featured John Elizabeth Stintzi, Rose Cullis, and Jane Eaton Hamilton.

Stay safe at your own home and check out the videos on EVENT‘s YouTube channel, or via their blog. A great activity for these rainy, cool fall days we now find ourselves in.

Ira Sukrungruang on Listening

This past week, Sundress Publications and A Novel Idea bookstore sponsored Secluded: A Virtual Writing Conference with three days of online talks, readings, and even happy hours. I was able to attend Ira Sukrungruang’s keynote “Writing as Survival,” in which he spoke about the role of writing during times of chaos, uncertainty, and despair. Both a teacher and a father, his insightful honesty provided a sense of grounding. Ira named authors he encourages his students to read, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxanne Gay, and Claudia Rankin, commenting:

Not to say these books will give you an answer, but to me, these books inform me, it insulates me in a community of people who want to talk instead of who to say something – who is refusing to listen. One of the things that I always preach nowadays to my students is that I’d rather you listen to the world at this point before you even open your mouth. But when you open your mouth, and I encourage them to, I encourage you to write, to speak out, to protest peacefully, to go out there and say what’s on your mind, what’s ailing your heart. But I think you also have to listen to what the world is trying to tell you.

The conference was free and recorded for replay here.

Into the Void Introduces #LittleReadings

Online and print literary magazine Into the Void introduces a new series today: #LittleReadings. They contacted past contributors to their journal to submit a video of them reading their work and received an overwhelming response. If you have had work published in their journal, they hope you consider submitting a reading as well.

The first piece in the series is Charlie Scaturro reading his flash fiction piece “Perfect Blue Circles” which was published in their recent issue, #15.

They hope to release a few pieces a week with a weekly roundup newsletter.

Show Lit Mags Some Love

Need something to keep your mind busy? Try a literary magazine. Our Guide to Literary Magazines includes hundreds of options for you to delve into.

Subscribe or order an issue of your favorite print magazine, or filter by online magazines to get quick and easy access to quality writing right on your phone or computer. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with what their editors are looking for, so see who’s currently open for submissions, or make a note of reading periods for those who aren’t accepting work currently.

And if you read something you loved, let the writer know! Drop a note on social media or send them an appreciative email. Stay connected and show support while the world feels a little wild at the moment.

Does Reading Really Improve Your Writing?

reading-and-writing.jpgDoes Reading Really Improve Your Writing?

While our literature professors may have embedded this idea in our heads since middle school, the relationship between reading and writing is not as straightforward as it may seem. Yes, they are obviously closely related. But, it does not mean your interaction with one will affect your skill in the other.

As someone who has written for several organizations, newspapers and magazines for a fair amount of time and can barely get through half a book, I never understood the basis of this concept. And so, trying to decipher it was like a roller coaster ride.