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

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

Fall 2020 Issue

“The branches had become so hard that they wounded your hand if you but tried to break a twig. And yet, down under the frozen crusts, at the roots of the trees, the secret of life was still safe, warm as the blood in one’s heart; and the spring would come again! Oh, it would come again!”

~ Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

As we edge toward the conclusion of another year, night comes early and forecasts warn of freezing rain, snow and ice. Those of us in the Granite State know that this is the time to curl up by the fire and read while waiting for spring. Smoky Quartz Fall 2020 is ready for you to enjoy during what may be a “winter of solitude.”

This latest issue of Smoky Quartz includes horror, hard-hitting realism, touching memoir, innovative forms and thoughtful reflections. The editors are pleased to include work by authors whose names are familiar to readers of our journal:  Ann B. Day, Denny Caldwell, Julie A. Dickson, Eric Pinder, and Linda Kulig Magoon. We are also delighted to introduce work by three writers appearing in Smoky Quartz for the first time:  Jamie Alliotts, Taylor Jones, and John Mara. And we are thrilled to feature photographs by Jesseca P. Timmons.

Click here to explore Smoky Quartz Fall 2020.

Our thanks to the many writers and poets and artists who submitted work for this issue. Smoky Quartz is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2021 issue. Please click here for submission guidelinesSubmission deadline is January 24. We look forward to reading your best work.

The Editors,

Deni Dickler, Sara Miller, Deborah Murphy, Louise Werden