Fall 2019 Issue in Progress

Thank you to all who submitted work for the fall 2019 issue of Smoky Quartz. The editors are now in the process of reading and selecting work. Any work submitted after September 15th, 2019 will be considered for future issues.

Also, the Smoky Quartz site will be undergoing an update to a new format with new features in the next few weeks. During that time, the site will not be accessible. But we will send an announcement once it is online again.

Thank you again!

The editors

Spring 2019 Issue

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers. ~ May Sarton


Leaving its two-year hibernation behind, Smoky Quartz celebrates its return with a poetry-packed Spring 2019 issue. Twenty-three poems contributed by eleven poets take us from formal to free verse with stops at 7-Eleven, a wood pile and Hades. Flowers are bountiful and migrating birds are back. The issue also features a photo essay and photographic art.

Click here to start reading.

Our heartfelt thanks to the many writers and poets who submitted their work for this issue. We continue to be impressed with the quality of writing here in New Hampshire.

And don’t forget, Smoky Quartz is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2019 issue. Submission deadline is September 15. We look forward to reading your best work.


The Editors,
Deni Dickler, Sara Miller,
Deborah Murphy, Louise Werden

Open for Submissions

The spring 2019 issue of Smoky Quartz is in process and will be published in May.

Smoky Quartz is now open for submissions for the fall 2019 issue. Please submit poetry, prose, and artwork by September 15th. 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

Call for Submissions

Smoky Quartz is open for submissions from October 1, 2018 – January 15, 2019 for the Spring 2019 issue. Work received after January 15th will be considered for an upcoming issue. We welcome submissions from new, emerging, and established writers and artists. Please send us your best work!

Please click here to submit.

We look forward to your submissions!

The editors, Smoky Quartz

Spring 2017 Issue

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

—Sara Teasdale


Welcome to the spring 2017 issue of Smoky Quartz. Thank you to our contributors who shared their beautiful prose, poetry, and artwork. We hope you enjoy this issue.

You can view the cover page and table of contents here.


The editors,

Sara Miller, Deborah Murphy, Tina Rapp, and Linda Thomas

Fall 2016 Issue

Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.

—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Autumn”


Welcome to the fall 2016 issue of Smoky Quartz. Many thanks to the talented writers and artists who have shared their work in this issue. We hope you enjoy the rich and varied sights and sounds of their prose, poetry, and artwork.

You can view the cover page and table of contents here.

The editors


Spring 2016 Issue

Spring has arrived in New Hampshire with its potpourri of green shoots in gardens, early blossoms, and longer days of light. And the latest issue of Smoky Quartz—another beautiful spring collection—is now online. Many thanks to the writers and artists who’ve shared their poetry, prose, and artwork to create this issue.

We dedicate this issue in memory of Gail Hersey, a member of the Monadnock Writers’ Group, who is remembered by a friend for her “personal warmth, and her wonderful, unique writing.” Gail’s poem, Kintsugi, appeared in the fall 2015 issue of Smoky Quartz.

We hope you enjoy this issue, and the coming days of summer.

You can view the cover page and table of contents here.

The editors