Newtown Literary

Newtown Literary Newtown Literary is a semi-annual literary journal publishing fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry with a Queens, NY focus. Newtown Literary is a semi-annual literary journal published in electronic and paper formats.

We look for fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry that go beyond entertainment and storytelling. The pieces we include for publication have struck us on a deeper level. Pieces that juxtapose humor with grief, tell untold love stories, and replace cliché with innovation are examples of works that will find a home in Newtown Literary. Newtown, the journal’s namesake, was one of the origi

We look for fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and poetry that go beyond entertainment and storytelling. The pieces we include for publication have struck us on a deeper level. Pieces that juxtapose humor with grief, tell untold love stories, and replace cliché with innovation are examples of works that will find a home in Newtown Literary. Newtown, the journal’s namesake, was one of the origi

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Collaboration is all about communication.
09/09/2021
8 Tips for Co-Writers to Create an Authentic Voice for Their Book

Collaboration is all about communication.

Writing is often seen as a solitary art form—so when choosing to co-write a book, the process is naturally different than working alone. Rob Keast and Anthony Ianni offer 8 tips to remember when co-writing a book.

How many of these titles will you be checking out this month?
09/07/2021
The Literary Film and TV You Should Stream in September

How many of these titles will you be checking out this month?

Every month, all the major streaming services add a host of newly acquired (or just plain new) shows, movies, and documentaries into their ever-rotating libraries. So what’s a dedicated reader to w…

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury
09/01/2021

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury

Do you agree with Barnes and Noble's list of the 25 most terrifying horror books ever?
08/31/2021
25 of the Most TERRIFYING Horror Books Ever

Do you agree with Barnes and Noble's list of the 25 most terrifying horror books ever?

Literature can be a moving, beautiful artistic experience. Skilled writers can bring us face to face with scenarios and emotions we might never encounter in real life, expanding our understanding of both the universe and our fellow man. It can also scare the living daylights out of us. Horror nov

08/27/2021
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“The Female Body” by Margaret Atwood is a profound essay all about women. Read it and see for yourself!

What is “successful” poetry in your opinion?
08/26/2021
What Makes Successful Poetry?

What is “successful” poetry in your opinion?

What makes poetry successful? Is there a difference between "best" and "best-selling?" A deep dive into the world of poetry.

“When you begin to plot your story, you have decisions to make about where the story is going to take place and you shou...
08/25/2021
World Building for Contemporary Fiction Writers

“When you begin to plot your story, you have decisions to make about where the story is going to take place and you should have a good reason for choosing this location”

Understanding the Impact of the Story World on General Fiction

“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule – a great and interesting story is about...
08/19/2021

“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule – a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.” ~ John Steinbeck

“If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule – a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.” ~ John Steinbeck

An excellent quote from Jenn McKinlay courtesy of Writer’s Digest
08/13/2021

An excellent quote from Jenn McKinlay courtesy of Writer’s Digest

An excellent quote from Jenn McKinlay courtesy of Writer’s Digest

Happy Book Release Day to Joe Okonkwo’s newest work Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck! Order your own copy at the li...
08/12/2021

Happy Book Release Day to Joe Okonkwo’s newest work Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck! Order your own copy at the link below!

https://bit.ly/2V3Ow5l

Happy Book Release Day to Joe Okonkwo’s newest work Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck! Order your own copy at the link below!

https://bit.ly/2V3Ow5l

Happy 72nd birthday to NYC author Jonathan Kellerman!
08/10/2021

Happy 72nd birthday to NYC author Jonathan Kellerman!

Happy 72nd birthday to NYC author Jonathan Kellerman!

This week Writers Digest is looking at the Rondel Double, a 16 line French poetic form.
08/07/2021
Rondel Double: Poetic Forms

This week Writers Digest is looking at the Rondel Double, a 16 line French poetic form.

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rondel double, a 16-line French form.

In ONE WEEK from today Kiss The Scars on The Back of My Neck, a short story collection by Joe Okonkwo comes out! Pre ord...
08/04/2021

In ONE WEEK from today Kiss The Scars on The Back of My Neck, a short story collection by Joe Okonkwo comes out! Pre order your copy at the link below!

https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Scars-Back-My-Neck/dp/1612942032/ref=sr_1_3?crid=21FAZC57HS2KG&dchild=1&keywords=kiss+the+scars+on+the+back+of+my+neck&qid=1610541886&sprefix=kiss+the+scars,aps,161&sr=8-3

In ONE WEEK from today Kiss The Scars on The Back of My Neck, a short story collection by Joe Okonkwo comes out! Pre order your copy at the link below!

https://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Scars-Back-My-Neck/dp/1612942032/ref=sr_1_3?crid=21FAZC57HS2KG&dchild=1&keywords=kiss+the+scars+on+the+back+of+my+neck&qid=1610541886&sprefix=kiss+the+scars,aps,161&sr=8-3

Happy 56th birthday to Korean-American novelist and PEN/Hemingway award winner Chang-Rae Lee!
07/30/2021

Happy 56th birthday to Korean-American novelist and PEN/Hemingway award winner Chang-Rae Lee!

Happy 56th birthday to Korean-American novelist and PEN/Hemingway award winner Chang-Rae Lee!

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because w...
07/27/2021

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise.” ~ Brené Brown

“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise.” ~ Brené Brown

Which do you prefer?
07/20/2021
Ebooks v paper

Which do you prefer?

Which do our brains prefer? Research is forcing us to rethink how we respond to the written word

Always read poetry!
07/20/2021
10 Reasons to Begin Reading Poetry

Always read poetry!

If it's crossed your mind that you might like reading poetry, but you need a little encouragement to begin, this post is for you.

Plot twists for days!
07/17/2021
Plot Twist Story Prompts: Going Too

Plot twists for days!

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character join another character on a trip.

Never be afraid to tell your story.
07/15/2021
Reasons to Tell Your Story

Never be afraid to tell your story.

How Matt Haig’s “Reasons to Stay Alive” helped me openly talk about su***de ideation in my life

“I like having prose replicate the mosaic, the fragments, that make up the human marks on the world” Dana Spiotta speaks...
07/14/2021
Dana Spiotta on Turning to James Joyce for Inspiration and the Power of Cultural Reckonings

“I like having prose replicate the mosaic, the fragments, that make up the human marks on the world” Dana Spiotta speaks when discussing her new novel with Lit Hub.

I think of Dana Spiotta’s novels as paintings or films—figures in a landscape. A rock star wannabe brother and his complicated sister in Stone Arabia; Meadow Mori and her best friend Carrie Wexler,…

“A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the a...
07/12/2021

“A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.” —Pablo Neurda, who was born on this day in 1904

“A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.” —Pablo Neurda, who was born on this day in 1904

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
07/09/2021

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

‘If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.’ ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

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