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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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“If I’m writing or about to write, I think about my book almost all the time except when I’m running or knitting”
03/02/2022
Actually, Not Everything is Writing: Sarah Moss on Why She Likes to Knit and Run

“If I’m writing or about to write, I think about my book almost all the time except when I’m running or knitting”

People say runners must be running away from something. Death or a bad diet are the most common suggestions, and while there might be something in the bad diet—not that mine’s bad, exactly, lots of…

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ~ Ernest Hemin...
02/23/2022

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

What is your favorite horror writing trope?
02/20/2022
21 Popular Horror Tropes for Writers

What is your favorite horror writing trope?

Here are 21 examples of horror tropes for writers to consider and subvert when writing their spooky stories to send chills down the spines of their readers.

Elizabeth Nunez talks of the importance of Black writers.
02/15/2022
Widening the Path: The Importance of Publishing Black Writers

Elizabeth Nunez talks of the importance of Black writers.

Novelist Elizabeth Nunez discusses the historical and contemporary challenges that Black writers face in the publishing industry, and urges publishers to address those challenges by publishing more diverse authors.

Charles Dickens was born on this day in 1812.
02/08/2022

Charles Dickens was born on this day in 1812.

Alan Russell on collaborating in the process of writing a novel.
01/25/2022
Going From Me to We: Collaborating on the Writing of a Novel

Alan Russell on collaborating in the process of writing a novel.

Past experiences taught bestselling author Alan Russell to tread lightly when it came to collaborating on projects. Here, he discusses how the right person and the right story helped him go from a “me” to a “we.”

Writer Rayna White's work is featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary. On our blog today, she writes about how she came...
01/20/2022
From a Newtown Literary contributor: Rayna White

Writer Rayna White's work is featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary. On our blog today, she writes about how she came to write "Disaster Relief," the importance of backstory, and how to make your characters come alive on the page.

Writer Rayna White's short fiction was featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary. For our blog, she writes about the importance of backstory and how to make your characters come alive on the page. Writing “Disaster Relief” was fun. This was the first time I’ve written a short story with a full...

"Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend from Substack as well as up to $15,000 in services"
01/13/2022
Roxane Gay has started a $25,000 writing fellowship—for Substacks.

"Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend from Substack as well as up to $15,000 in services"

Big news for aspiring bloggers everywhere: yesterday, Roxane Gay announced that, in partnership with Substack, she is launching a new writing fellowship for three emerging writers to develop and pu…

It’s been a hard couple of years for all of us. Here’s how to keep going.
01/06/2022
How to Keep Going

It’s been a hard couple of years for all of us. Here’s how to keep going.

The author recalls being pregnant in the early days of the pandemic and asks: How we can continue to create in times of uncertainty?

Less than one week to go! Let's start off 2022 on the right foot!
01/05/2022

Less than one week to go! Let's start off 2022 on the right foot!

Time is running out! You only have until January 10th at midnight to submit for issue 19. What are you waiting for?

www.newtownliterary.org/submit

Ashley Somwaru's poems are featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary (have you purchased your copy yet?). For the blog, ...
01/04/2022
From a Newtown Literary contributor: Ashley Somwaru

Ashley Somwaru's poems are featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary (have you purchased your copy yet?). For the blog, she discusses how and why she writes about the Indo-Caribbean woman's experience, her connection to Queens, and the importance of capturing the unseen or overlooked in her work.

Writer Ashley Somwaru's work was featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary. Ashley is an Indo-Caribbean woman who was born and raised in Queens, New York. where she received an MFA in poetry from Queens College, City College of New York. She published a chapbook in 2021 titled, Urgent \\ Where The M...

Time is running out! You only have until January 10th at midnight to submit for issue 19. What are you waiting for?www.n...
12/30/2021

Time is running out! You only have until January 10th at midnight to submit for issue 19. What are you waiting for?

www.newtownliterary.org/submit

The top checkouts of 2021 from the New York Public Library is out now! How many of the top books of the year did you rea...
12/23/2021
NYPL's Top Checkouts of 2021

The top checkouts of 2021 from the New York Public Library is out now! How many of the top books of the year did you read?

As we say goodbye to 2021, The New York Public Library is continuing its annual tradition of bringing you the most checked out books of the year. Though it has been another challenging year, we have been delighted to welcome book lovers safely back to branches across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten...

Today the literary world lost an icon and a trailblazing feminist. Rest In Peace Gloria Jean Watkins, AKA bell hooks
12/16/2021

Today the literary world lost an icon and a trailblazing feminist. Rest In Peace Gloria Jean Watkins, AKA bell hooks

Everything starts with an idea!
11/30/2021
How To Turn an Idea Into a Chapter Book Series

Everything starts with an idea!

From finding the idea to writing the manuscript and sending it off to agents, author Christine Evans maps out how to turn an idea into a chapter book series.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We here at Newtown Literary are thankful for everyone on our team and all of you who make t...
11/26/2021

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We here at Newtown Literary are thankful for everyone on our team and all of you who make this community possible.

Image used:
"Happy Thanksgiving" by Jill Clardy is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

11/19/2021
The time has come! Submissions are now open for Issue 19! You have until January 10th, 2022 at 11:59pm to submit. Can't ...
11/13/2021

The time has come! Submissions are now open for Issue 19! You have until January 10th, 2022 at 11:59pm to submit. Can't wait to read your submissions!

https://www.newtownliterary.org/submit

Author Jhumpa Lahiri talks about what “Trust” by Domenico  Starnone taught her about the meaning of translation.
11/10/2021
The Book That Taught Me What Translation Was

Author Jhumpa Lahiri talks about what “Trust” by Domenico Starnone taught her about the meaning of translation.

In its attention to substitution, Domenico Starnone’s “Trust” embodies the joy of moving words from one language to another.

Which of these tips will you try out?
11/09/2021
4 Tips for Writing a Story with an Engaging Mystery

Which of these tips will you try out?

Any novel of any genre can have mysterious elements that keeps the reader wanting more. Author Christopher Parker offers 4 tips for writing a story with an engaging mystery.

For new readers of the genre and long time fans alike.
10/27/2021
Where To Buy Manga: Our Complete Guide | Book Riot

For new readers of the genre and long time fans alike.

Are you a new reader and confused about where to buy manga? Here's a primer on how to buy manga in the U.S. and your options for doing so!

"James’ debut novel is a portrait of an overachieving college grad who, despite her degree and perfectionist tendencies,...
10/19/2021
Millennial Unemployment, Television’s Influence on Writing, and Viral Videos: An Interview with Elizabeth Gonzalez James — Split Lip Magazine

"James’ debut novel is a portrait of an overachieving college grad who, despite her degree and perfectionist tendencies, finds herself unemployed and living back at home with her parents in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis."

Millennials get a bad rep—lazy, entitled, addicted to the internet (and themselves). They also came of age and into adulthood during the great recession and have been identified as the first generation to earn less than their parents.

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Two new poems by Stephanie Choi on Electric Literature
“If I’m writing or about to write, I think about my book almost all the time except when I’m running or knitting”
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
What is your favorite horror writing trope?
How many of these authors did you know?
Elizabeth Nunez talks of the importance of Black writers.
Charles Dickens was born on this day in 1812.
It's all about your voice as a writer.
Apply by next Sunday 2/6/22!
Alan Russell on collaborating in the process of writing a novel.
Writer Rayna White's work is featured in issue #18 of Newtown Literary. On our blog today, she writes about how she came to write "Disaster Relief," the importance of backstory, and how to make your characters come alive on the page.
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