If you are a writer living in NYC’s borough of Queens, or are from Queens, or have lived in Queens, or have a polished piece of writing — be it fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book review, or essay — that is in one way or another Queens-esque, (“celebrating a diversity of voices and experiences, especially those often not given space,” from the submission guidelines page) now is the time to submit to Queens’ first literary journal: Newtown Literary.
The deadline is February 28, so you’ve got a little time to submit, but don’t put it off long!
As a member of the journal’s editorial board from its inception, I can attest to the quality of work published in the journal and to its positive impact in the borough’s literary community. At the most recent launch party for the third issue (which you can and should buy online or at the Astoria Bookshop for just $10), at least half of the readers who took the stage at Waltz-Astoria mentioned that it was their first time reading their works in public. A couple even said it was either their first publication, or at least their first print publication.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I know firsts like those were huge for me and encouraged me to keep writing. Unless you’re an insane and insanely talented recluse like Emily Dickinson, content to write only for yourself, as a writer you strive for readership and validation. Newtown Literary has given a voice to me (I was published in the first issue) and dozens of other Queens writers like me, and you could be next!
Of course if you’re more of an enthusiast than a creator, I would like to encourage you to make a donation to keep Newtown Literary going. Editor-in-Chief Tim Fredrick not only puts a journal together in print and eBook editions twice a year, but he also organized a young authors contest for kids in Queens and offered classes and workshops for adults. Your donations will help to support all of the above, and will hopefully protect Tim from future migraines, gnashing of teeth, night terrors, ulcers. etc.