Smoky Quartz Call for Submissions

Please send submissions for the spring 2014 issue of Smoky Quartz to by the end of March. Poetry (up to 3 poems, prose (up to 1500 words) or images. Please check submission guidelines at

Issued through Monadnock Writers’ Group, Smoky Quartz is an online journal of literature and art. Writers and artists with strong connections to New Hampshire are welcome to submit. We publish poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In each issue we also publish a diverse selection of art and photography.

Poetry Seminar

Offered by PAM BERNARD

 FREE TEASER CLASS OFFERING  /  Thursday, January 30, 1-4 PM

Sharon Arts Center, Route 123, Sharon, NH

(603) 924-7256

SCHEDULED CLASS: Thursdays, February 6-March 27, 1-4 PM

(MEMOIR/PERSONAL NARRATIVE also offered Thursdays, 9-noon)

Ever wondered how a good poem works, why we struggle to read or write poetry, given the limited word count, and why we search out poetry when a tragedy descends?  What is it about a poem that can transmit wisdom in a way that changes our molecules?  This course will focus on reading and writing poems that transcend mere sentiment.  Building on her successful memoir course, Pam will structure this poetry offering so that the student’s experience is marked by breadth and depth.  Pertinent readings on craft will lead to discussion and examples of well-known poets’ works.  Styles, eras, and movements will be explored in this context.  Writing prompts will be given, and ample time provided for drafting new work.  Finally, the workshop—where students get nurturing, rigorous feedback on poems they submit.  This last segment is not mandatory, for those who are new to being critiqued.  Because the structure is broad and flexible, this class is for all levels of interest and proficiency.  Come to the FREE TEASER CLASS on THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th.  Don’t be shy or reticent in any way.  You will find the atmosphere welcoming and safe, while at the same time challenging.

Endowment Fund Event

A special fundraising event will be held at Delrossi’s Trattoria in Dublin, NH on June 8, 2014 with award-winning poet John Hodgen.

Billy Collins said of poet John Hodgen’s most recent book, “Heaven & Earth Holding Company contains a plentitude of delights. Like little stories told in the night, these poems are clear narratives crossed by mysterious shadows. And Hodgen’s tone occupies a singular place at the intersection of funky wit and true feeling.”

Hodgen’s previous book, Grace, won the 2005 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry from AWP (Associated Writers Programs).  Two earlier books, In My Father’s House, won the Bluestem Award, and Bread Without Sorrow won the Balcones Poetry Prize.

Hodgen, visiting assistant professor of English at Assumption College, is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Foley Poetry Prize, the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the Grolier Prize, an Arvon Foundation Award, and the 2000 Massachusetts Cultural Commission Artist Foundation Grant in Poetry.

He is also member of the Monadnock Pastoral Poets whose collection of poetry, On The Monadnock, was published in China in 2006.

There is limited seating (10) available for a pre-performance, private “Dinner with John.”  E-mail Rodger Martin ( or call (603-525-4715) to reserve a spot.  Seats go quickly. 

NH Pulp Fiction

Call for Submissions:  New Hampshire Pulp Fiction, Deadline Feb. 1, 2014

(contact:  Elaine Isaak  (603) 472-9082 )

For Immediate Release:

As we searched for a theme to round off this first New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series, we thought, what finer way to ride into the proverbial sunset than the venerable Concord Coach, that quintessential vehicle of a by-gone day, carrying New Hampshire’s strength and values out across the nation.  From its starring role on mail and passenger routes by the Wells, Fargo Company, to its local workers and economic impact, from the daring pioneers of the West, to the grand ladies of New England Society, the Concord Coach, manufactured by Abbot-Downing in Concord, NH from 1827 to 1915, is a symbol of the reach of our small state.  Where will the Concord Coach take us next?  That’s for you, our authors, to decide.

Co-edited by Rick Broussard, founder of the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series, and Elaine Isaak, author and editor of Volume IV:  Love Free or Die, this fifth volume will be released in autumn 2014.

  1. Submissions should be 1000 to 8000 words long.  These are not hard limits, if you’ve got a great work.
  2. The Concord Coach must be integral to the story in some fashion—but how you use it is up to you!  Additional New Hampshire connections are encouraged, but not required.
  3. Stories can be any pulp fiction genre including, but not limited to:  Western, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror.  We’ll be looking for a variety of approaches to the theme.
  4. Submissions should include your name, address, phone number and email on the first page.
  5. Follow standard manuscript format:  double-spaced, include page numbers, Times New Roman 12-point preferred.
  6. Payment will be $50 on publication, and two copies of the book.  Anticipated publication date of September 1, 2014.
  7. Submission Deadline: February 1. All rejections/acceptances will be sent by April 1, 2014.
  8. E-mail submissions to:

Four fantasy titles now available as e-books, including “Winning the Gallows Field”

The Henniker Review 2014

The Henniker Review 2014, run by the undergraduate students at New England College, is currently looking for new submissions . If you, or anyone you know, would like to submit a written work or art for this year’s publication, then please see their website:

The deadline for submissions to this year’s Henniker Review is February15th.

Writers’ Night Out

Writers’ Night Out—the first Monday of every month

7 – 9 p.m. at   Brady’s American Grill, 225 Concord Street, Peterborough, NH

Writers’ Night   Out is your chance to meet and   mingle with other writers in the Monadnock Region. Join us for this warm   gathering where you can discuss what you are working on, what you are reading,   where you are submitting your work and more.
Co-sponsored by New   Hampshire Writers’ Project.

To all MWG Members and Friends: Help Us Grow!

Bring a friend to one of our monthly meetings and if they join MWG, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate for the Toadstool Bookshops!
Toadstool bookstore

Membership Benefits:

  • receive ten issues of our monthly newsletter, The Quill, from September through June.
  • may submit a short biography to be posted on the Our Members page of this website.
  • are eligible to read your work during our featured 10-minute-reader spot at our monthly meetings, which are open to the public.
  • may submit your literary events for sharing on both the website and Facebook group.
  • can read your work at our member only read-arounds that MWG holds twice a year, in December and June.
  • may participate in the organization’s planning by serving on the Board of Directors.

You can also encourage them to join our Facebook Group, free!
Monadnock Writers Group