Archive for ‘Pen in Hand’

December 4, 2015

Letter from the Editor

Dear Fellow Writers and Artists,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you!  I have a Bachelor of Art in Photography from the University of Delaware, and I am a current graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Lesley University (fiction). I am a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBI), and the Maryland Writer’s Association. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as editor for Pen in Hand.

The mission of the Maryland Writer’s Association (MWA) is to provide support for emerging and established writers in all genres and disciplines. With that focus,  Pen in Hand will be morphing, transitioning from a newsletter to a premiere literary and art journal devoted to the craft, art, and business of writing.  The primary purpose of Pen in Hand is to provide members and contest winners of the MWA a publishing platform. Artists who are members of the MWA are also welcome to submit black and white photographs to showcase their visual work. Pen in Hand will be published quarterly, and to maximize opportunities for publishing, there may even be special runs and mini-publications sprinkled throughout the year!

 

The Deadline for Submission is  firm, as follows:

Time: 11:59 p.m.

Dates:

November 15:     January Edition

February 15:        April Edition

April 15:               July Edition

July 15:                 October Edition

Be sure to check the MWA website, MWA Announcements, MWA Twitter, and MWA Facebook for Calls for Submissions. With that being said, I would like to Announce a Call for Submissions!

Pen in Hand will issue its revised edition in the form a mini-publication in January!

Submission for January 2016 Mini -Edition:

Call for Flash Fiction, Micro-Poetry, and Postcard Art

Theme: New Year’s Resolutions

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015

Submission Format:

Fiction/Non-Fiction:  500-700 words

Poetry: 25-150 Words, Prose

Art: 3×5 Black and White Photography

Please read the Pen in Hand Submission Guidelines before submitting!

I look forward to reading your work and viewing your photographs. I wish you and your families a very safe and Happy Holidays!

Regards,

Kirsten O’Neill
PS:

Don’t forget that 2015 -2016 MWA Literary Contest is OPEN! The Contest is open to members and non-members, both in Maryland and out-of-state. Visit the MWA website for contest rules and guidelines.

The MWA Literary CONTEST DEADLINE: February 1, 2016 

 

 

 

 

April 9, 2014

The Conference Preview Edition of Pen in Hand is Out!

The Spring 2014 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is hot off the presses! The issue (PDF) is available for download here.

In this Annual Conference preview issue, you’ll find:

  • Interviews with speakers and agents by Steve Berberich and Carolee Noury
  • Program synopses for all four program tracks
  • Exclusive tips for making the most of your conference experience

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand here. Back issues are also available on the MWA website’s Newsletter Page.

January 27, 2014

The Winter 2014 Issue of Pen in Hand is Hot off the Digital Press!

The Winter 2014 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is hot off the presses! The issue (PDF) is available for download here.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Carolee Noury on what to do before, during and after your practice pitch at the 2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference
  • Shirley J. Brewer and Tom Glenn on writing as trauma therapy
  • E.A. Aymar on Baltimore as the setting for a novel
  • Poems and short stories by Charles Ota Heller, Desiree St. Clair Glass, and Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis
  • Reviews of recent meetings and previews of upcoming speakers at MWA Chapters

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand here. Back issues are also available on the MWA website’s Newsletter Page.

November 25, 2013

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Winter 2014 Pen in Hand!

Submissions are now open for the Winter 2014 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in Late January 2014.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Monday, December 23, 2013. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

October 22, 2013

Fall 2013 Issue of Pen in Hand is Ready for Download!

The Fall 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is hot off the presses! The issue (PDF) is available for download here.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Wilson Wyatt on publishing in the digital age
  • Elizabeth Bastos on writing anxiety
  • Reviews of recent meetings and previews of upcoming speakers at MWA Chapters
  • Poems and short stories by Cathy Wu, Kyleigh E. Parks, Pamela Armstrong, Pete Koziar, Lindsay Stroh, and Andrew McDowell
  • . . . and more!

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand here. Back issues are also available on the MWA website’s Newsletter Page.

August 19, 2013

Submissions Open for Fall Pen in Hand

Submissions are now open for the Fall 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in early October 2013.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Monday, September 16, 2013. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

July 25, 2013

Pen in Hand’s Summer 2013 Issue is Out!

The Summer 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is hot off the presses! The issue (PDF) is available for download here.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Michelle Brosco Christian on career prospects in media writing
  • Carolee Noury on tips for successful professional networking
  • Tom Glenn on naming your characters
  • Reviews of recent meetings and previews of upcoming speakers at MWA Chapters
  • Poems and short stories by Teresa E. Mack, Richard Baldwin Cook, and Michelle Markey Butler
  • . . . and more!

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand here. Back issues are also available on the MWA website’s Newsletter Page.

June 3, 2013

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Pen in Hand’s Summer 2013 Issue

Submissions are now open for the Summer 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in July 2013.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Friday, June 28, 2013. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

April 23, 2013

Hot off the Presses: Pen in Hand’s Spring 2013 Issue

The Spring 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is now available for download! The issue (PDF) is available here.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • An interview with Gaithersburg Book Festival founder Judd Ashman by Larry Matthews
  • Jan Bowman on the perils of writing in the first person
  • Reviews of recent meetings and previews of upcoming speakers at MWA Chapters
  • Poems and short stories by Cathy Leaycraft, Mike Murphy, and Stephen Pohl
  • . . . and more!

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand today! Back issues are also available on the MWA Publications Page.

March 5, 2013

Pen in Hand Spring Issue Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the Spring 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in April 2013.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2013. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!