Archive for ‘Maryland Literary Journals’

October 4, 2014

MWA at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The MWA will be present and participating in the 8th Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. Stop by and say hello, or check out MWA President Lalita Noronha in the “Ask an Editor” panel.

For more information on the festival and program, visit the Frostburg University website.


September 25, 2014

MWA at the Baltimore Book Festival

The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the Baltimore Book Festival, will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2014. The festival features celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, exhibitors, booksellers, live music, food and more. The Baltimore Book Festival will take place September 26-28, 2014.

The MWA’s booth will feature the work of member authors whose books will be available for sale and signings. Also stop by for a flyer announcing general submission guidelines for the MWA-sponsored writing contest. The MWA’s President and Vice President, Lalita Noronha and Holly Morse-Ellington, will also participate in the programs cited below at the City Lit Stage:

Sept 26th, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Free Friday Feedback
Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.
Check guidelines for receiving feedback.

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer
The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?
Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.
Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-
Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

September 28, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Lit & Art
Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

Hope to see you there.

December 19, 2012

Free Poetry Contest

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, in partnership with the Little Patuxent Review, is inviting Maryland poets to enter a free poetry contest. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m.

The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and will be displayed at the Pratt’s Central Library in downtown Baltimore. The winning poem will also be read at the CityLit Project’s CityLit Festival in April, 2013. Runners-up may be also considered for publication in Little Patuxent Review.

Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older. Poems can be submitted by e-mail as attached Microsoft Word documents to or by mail to:

Poetry Contest
Periodicals Department
Pratt Library
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484

For a complete list of rules, visit the Pratt’s contest page

November 5, 2012

The Delmarva Review Opens Submission Period for 2013 Issue

The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submission period for the 2013 issue, from November 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Writers interested in submitting short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the sixth edition should consult the Review’s website for guidelines at

The Review selects original literary prose and poetry for publication in a print and digital edition. All writers are welcome. The literary review encourages great story-telling and moving poetry. Its standards are for memorable prose and poetry exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions. A submission link is on the “Guidelines” page of the website.

The current issue, Volume 5, was published in October and contains literary prose and poetry from 27 writers in nine states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries. Seventy percent are from the Chesapeake and Delmarva Peninsula, giving an important voice to authors throughout the region.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), a nonprofit organization supporting writers and the literary arts in the tristate Delmarva region.

Single issues of the Review are $12 each. Two-year subscriptions are $20. An order form is available on the website:, or by writing: The Delmarva Review, P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663. A digital edition of Volume 5, for Kindle and other reading devices, is available at

July 17, 2012

Loch Raven Review Summer 2012 Issue Features Original, Translated Poetry

The Summer 2012 issue of Loch Raven Review features poems by 21 poets, two of which are translations from the original French. Featured poets include Terry Collett, Rachel Frankel, Len Krisak, Rick Mullin, J.R. Solonche, and Mary L. Westcott. The issue also features fiction by Marje A. Dyck, James Hanley, Raud Kennedy, and Todd Outcalt, and book reviews by Dan Cuddy and Barrett Warner.

The issue is available free on the LRR website along with links to past issues and publications by Loch Raven Press. Submissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Submission guidelines can be found here.

March 31, 2012

New Literary Journal Focuses on the “Mostly True”

A new online literary journal called 3QR: The Three Quarter Review will feature stories, poems, and essays that “allow writers to stretch out a bit,” according to 3QR’s editor, Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson.

“It’s not your typical journal,” says Cavanaugh Simpson, a long-time friend of the Baltimore chapter as a lecturer in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and as a member of the editorial board of The Baltimore Review. “We bypass battles over literary categories, featuring ‘mostly true stories.'”

The name of the online journal is a reference to its requirement that submissions be “at least 75% true.”

The inaugural issue of 3QR features fiction by Stephen Dixon, poems by Marilyn L. Taylor, and an essay by Cavanaugh Simpson. The contents are available free in their entirety on the 3QR website. The journal is billed as a “three-year experiment.”

Authors are invited to submit to 3QR on an ongoing basis. Prose submissions should be no more than 3,000 words, and poets may submit up to three poems at a time.

They’ll take the author’s word on the percentage of fictional content, though.

February 25, 2012

Baltimore Review, Connections, Little Patuxent Review Open for Submissions

Three of Maryland’s premier literary magazines are currently seeking submissions for upcoming issues:

  • The Baltimore Review: running a submission contest for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions for its summer issue, which is on the theme of “Heat.” Editors will select first-, second-, and third-place winners from all three categories. There is a $10 entry fee. Deadline is May 30. Details here.
  • Connections: accepting poetry, prose, essays, and black and white photography for its next issue. Deadline is March 17. Details here.
  • Little Patuxent Review: accepting poetry, prose, art, and photography for its summer issue, on the theme of “Audacity.” Deadline is March 1. Details here.

Be sure to put these dates on your calendar, and good luck with your submissions!

January 7, 2012

Little Patuxent Review Co-Sponsors Poetry Contest with Pratt Library

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Little Patuxent Review (LPR), a biannual print journal devoted to literature and the arts. One of the highlights: to celebrate National Poetry Month in April, LPR is co-sponsoring a poetry contest with Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library and the CityLit Project.

According to LPR editor and MWA member Laura Shovan, the winning poem will be published in LPR, prominently displayed in a show window at the Pratt Central Library during National Poetry Month, and featured in a reading at the 2012 CityLit Festival in April. The full contest rules are available on the Pratt website here.

LPR’s Winter 2012 issue, on the theme of “Social Justice,” will launch on January 28, 2012 with a reading at 2:00 p.m. at Oliver’s Carriage House in Columbia. The issue, which had a record-breaking number of submissions from writers, poets and artists from around the country, features the art of Theaster Gates and and interviews with Tony Medina, poet, activist and professor at Howard University, and American Book Award winner Martin Espada.

The issue also includes work by MWA members Ann Bracken, Melinda Bennington, Kathleen Hellen, Patricia Jakovich VanAmburg, and Jill-Ann Stolley.

Social Justice readings will also take place at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda on March 3 and a special partnership reading with the Enoch Pratt Library Contest winner at the CityLit Festival on April 14. Copies of the issue will be available at local booksellers in Howard County and online for $10 per issue. Subscriptions and student discounts are also available; find out more here.

Submissions for LPR’s Summer 2012 issue, on the theme of “Audacity,” opened on December 1. Poetry, prose, and artwork will be accepted through March 1 through LPR’s online submission system. See the submission guidelines here.

Submissions for LPR’s Winter 2013 issue, “Doubt,” will open August 1.