Kofi Opam

I'm finishing my first book, a collection of essays, and I'd love to meet and chat with other writers in a similar position! I got my MFA in 2021 (COVID grad school) and have been revising since then. Black, queer, surreal, speculative. Love to read all genres, especially horror-infused!

Pronouns: 
They/Them
Location: 
New York, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
BIPOC, Black, Caribbean American, LGBTQ
Languages I write or speak in: 
English

Shiva Bhusal

Pronouns: 
He/Him
Location: 
Bellevue, WA
United States
Washington
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
has a maximum group size of 8.
meets
Monthly.

Spoonie Magazine

Basic Information
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
United States
Contact Information
Sara
Watkins
Editor-in-Chief
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Formats: 
Online
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
Contributor copies only
Year Founded: 
2022
Issues per Year: 
26

Spoonie Magazine publishes art, articles, audio, poetry, prose, video, and hybrid works by disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodiverse individuals (or their loved ones) on related subject matters weekly in their online magazine. All work is considered regardless of the perspective with which it approaches these topics. Their goal is to promote the voices of, and provide a space for, disabled artists and authors in publishing and the arts.

We champion representation and honesty in the creative discussion of disability. Our mission is to share authentic experiences— as happy, sad, inspirational, or frustrating as they may be. These individuals face unique challenges, so we have created an equally unique place specifically for them.

Note that submissions sent from Feb—April and Aug—Oct are simultaneously considered for publication in our print literary journal, Spoonie Journal.

Kaylajane

My name is Kayla-Jane (KJ) and I'm a poet and essayist looking to connect with other writers who are either beginning or experienced in the realm of getting published for their work.

In my essays, I write about the environment, nature, climate change, and social justice. I like to say "I bring awareness to societal issues while sharing my life experience."

I'm also a poetry therapist in training - if anyone is interested in that area of poetry, I would love to connect.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Guelph, ON
Canada
Ontario
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Nature/Environmental, Poetry, Speculative Fiction, Speculative Poetry, Visual Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Reading.

meets
Bi-weekly.

J Brooke

I’m a regularly published essayist (mostly) considering creating a collection (some days) who wishes they were part of a smart contemporary constructively honest writing group (but not always.)

Pronouns: 
They/Them
Location: 
Essex, CT
United States
Connecticut
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Young Adult
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
LGBTQ
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Discussion.

Sunspot Literary Journal

Basic Information
5419 Fairoaks Road
Durham
North Carolina
United States
27712
Contact Information
Laine
Cunningham
Senior Editor
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Translation
Formats: 
Online
Digital
Print
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
Cash
Year Founded: 
2019
Distributors: 
Ingram
Percentage of Unsolicited Submissions Published: 
6% to 10%
Issues per Year: 
4
Circulation: 
Less than 1,000
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
20

Since launching in January of 2019, Sunspot Literary Journal has amplified diverse multinational voices. New works have been published in their original language side-by-side with English translations. Boundaries that exclude meaningful and important works have been broken by accepting extremely long-form pieces, a rarity in publishing today. 

Microfiction, flash fiction, poetry, short stories, plays, scripts, literary works and well-written genre pieces up to novella length are welcome at Sunspot. 

Mark Cantor

A retired engineer just coming to grips with the concept of enjoying writing after half a century of hating it with a passion. Primary school teachers have a hell of a lot to answer for. My writing experience outside academic and professional environments is limited to a few years and involvement in a local writing group.

People tell me I can write, but I am struggling to comprehend an ability that has never before been applied to me. Though sometimes I find myself in a timeless place where rearranging and juggling words, sentences and paragraphs to provide the reader a very specific understanding. I think I enjoy the process, but can a wombat truly enjoy flying?

I think I know an aweful lot and will gladly tell people so, but few have the desire or will to be enlightened. I can visualise a book that tells the world what I think they should know about humanity and how humanity thinks or tries and fails. A book never before needed as much as it is today. Perhaps a pipe dream but I keeps me off the streets.

Location: 
Newcastle, NSW
Australia
New South Wales
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
How I choose to identify myself: 
Australian
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Encouragement, Discussion.

meets
Bi-weekly.

SherryTx

I'm a native Texas who loves travel and would like ultimately to do 'serious' aging in a more indigenious culture and country. I'm literally 82 and operationally active with all from GenZ through my birth-age-group – professionally, and more broadly than that in my S.Austin, Texas 'hood and extended community.

Perusing my extensive literary print library for re-organizational purposes at age 78 prompted me to begin to 'draft' then take formal writig coursework. Simultaneously, I'd hired a delightful Hispanic couple who were both house cleaners AND professional organizers around the same time. I mentioned one of our futre 'projects' would be re-organizing my book collection to them both for display and for actual usage. My Spanish was substantial BUT spotty - meaning I had lots of phrases and palabras -- few complete sentences, but tons of words for things, directions, and happenings. All so far had gone well to that point as they were far more bilingual than was I, and as said, quite delightful and refreshing new additions to my life.

After going over the rest of my cozy-sized home with them, I left to let them 'work' and to take myself to our nearby, well-stocked, public library. Upon return, the home was spotless, the bookcases were also, and very artistically rearranged. They were beautifully color-coded through and through, and for months and months, I could find nary a thing being sought within them.

It was then in creating a re-ordering by genre/author, that I discovered while I loved poetry, I had almost nothing in this genre, but a fortune in "how to write" and "what to write." It had never occured to me to publish, OR to write. I just loved know the how's and what's of it. AND I decided then, I wanted to do a vicarious well-rounded MFA - a by-the-book type though with no need for a degree, and a crash-course in what MFA students do and learn. 

So I have; beginning by signing up the next semester for a poetry class for $256 total in our quite phenomenal Austin Community College (ACC). Austin happens to have 13 colleges and universities within our county, some with branches within our immediate 3 counties in easy driving range.

So, the point, we have a pleoratha of fab, serious professors and teachers of creative writing and their offerings. They tend to overflow adjunctly into ACC - given how good the benefits and welcoming options for curriculum tend to be there, but almost all our major universities here, including the University of Texas, also do have contunuing education offerings for such as me. Easy-peasey, all around. They love us in their classes, and given the average age in Austin ranges from 32-37 years, and ALL our firemen/women, policemen/women, military/vets, and similar can take coursework of their choice probono with availability, we have robust life-experience in our classes, regardless of age. Once in my local favorite memoirist's class on memoir, one stand-up-comic in training was the only one in the class in his 20's. No teens. The other 14 of us included a recruiter, an investor, one start-up CEO, 2 retired military/vets, 1 physician, a journalist, a script doctor, retail workers, various types of consultants, a vetanarian assistant aspiring to vet school, a Spanish teacher, a litrary editor, all sorts who were memoir-aspirants.)

There at ACC during 2017 and 2018 and since, I've taken coursework every semester in some form of creative writing literacy; I joined a substantially talented writers' group; became increasingly active in our Writer's League of Texas (writersleague.org) and began consistently volunteering to help 'host' classes for professional teachers at two university/college locations; and in our annual Agents & Editors Conference which draws globally to our Austin base.

I did not know what to label it yet, but in 2017, I discovered I seemed to have a naturally emerging youth humor voice. Primarly and unexpectedly via somewhat bodacious or lively prompts, vicariously and in classes, I've developed a portfolio so far of 7-10 creative nonfiction personal narratives and essays and one (published) poem. The poem was birthed in one of my ACC classes and culminated in live publication the following year. I was on a good trajectory when the pandemic arrived. Most of my work at this point has turned into humorus musings onto the page of my life from age 3 to 17.

Fortunately, living in Austin was perfect during this strange era as well as before for a writer who fully enjoys the critiquing process of her own work and that of others working to grow a solid toe-hold on pruning, editing, refining, and figuring out what to do with the 'darlings' who are keepers but many not make presence in the work of original intention. I do also have a professional editor in the wings once closer to flight toward new submissions.

So - to the main point: I'd love to find a virtual writing group – really ideally – of mixed genres that has affinity for proactive, positive critiquing, and shared sparking of ideas leaning toward improved literacy, readability, and most importantly, with an excellent, collective sense of humor. Opening veins while writing is never painless, but it is a whole lot less messy and productive in a culture of trust and appreciation of intent - and I suspect that will reside within P&W colleagueshipness.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Austin, TX
United States
Texas
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
Irish American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners.

meets
Bi-weekly.

P. G. Priyam

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Walnut Creek, CA
United States
California
Genres: 
BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Prose Poetry
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
BIPOC, Indian American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
meets for
Workshop, Writing exercises, Accountability partners.

meets
Bi-weekly.

Aimie McAllester

Location: 
ATHENS, TX
United States
Texas
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.

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