Spring 2021 Issue

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.
~ Madeleine M. Kunin

Spring flows out to the world from secret places…

This winter continued a long Covid year that wasn’t easy but always thought-provoking. Our contributors went within and deep. Their poetry, prose and images express something of what they found, unexpected blooms of insight and feeling.

The issue features work by Rae Bastoni, Molly Berard, Alice Christian, April Claggett, Ann B. Day, Diane B. Forman, Jack M. Freedman, Carlene M. Gadapee, Dev Hardikar, Maxwell Irwin, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Carl-Peter Mayer, Nattie O’Sheggzy, Meg J. Petersen, Tracy L. Thompson, Susan Levin Wessels, and Allison Whittenberg. We are grateful to them all!

The Cows
Photograph by Molly Berard

Click here to explore Smoky Quartz Spring 2021.

Our thanks to the many writers and poets and artists who submitted work. We are now accepting submissions for the Fall 2021 issue. Please click here for submission guidelinesSubmission deadline is September 26. We look forward to reading your best work.

~The Editors, Smoky Quartz


The Spring 2021 issue is currently in production and will be published in May. Thank you to everyone who submitted work!

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The Editors, Smoky Quartz

Last Call for Submissions

Last call for submissions for the Spring 2021 issue of Smoky Quartz. Please submit poetry, prose, and artwork by January 24th. Work received after that date will be considered for a future issue.

Please also note that our submissions guidelines have changed; we now accept prose pieces up to 3000 words. You can review our full submission guidelines here:


We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

The Editors, Smoky Quartz