SMOKY QUARTZ Call for Submissions

The Monadnock Writers’ Group

Call for Submissions
January 15 – March 15, 2022

Special Print Edition

Theme: Transformations

Help us celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Smoky Quartz! We seek poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, art and photography for a special print edition anthology that will include new work along with a selection of pieces from past online issues.

The theme for the Smoky Quartz anthology is Transformations. We invite you to explore wherever this concept leads you: into light, or darkness, or shades in between. We welcome submissions from new, emerging, and established writers and artists with ties to New Hampshire.

Please visit our website for complete submission guidelines:

Fall 2021 Issue Update

The editors of Smoky Quartz have completed the process of reading and selecting work for the Fall 2021 issue. We are in the process of notifying contributors and updating bios. The issue will be published at the end of November. Thank you to everyone who submitted work!

Please note: We are temporarily closed to submissions as we make plans for a 10th anniversary print edition of Smoky Quartz.

Please follow this News page for the Fall 2021 issue announcement, and for more information on the print edition. You can find the Subscribe option at the bottom of the page.

The Editors, Smoky Quartz

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