SMOKY QUARTZ Anthology Release & Reading

SMOKY QUARTZ Anthology Release & Reading

On Sunday, November 13, from 2 – 4 p.m., Monadnock Writers’ Group (MWG) is celebrating the release of the Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology. This event, co-sponsored by the Peterborough Town Library, will be held in the 1833 Room. All are welcome. Come meet the editors, authors, and artists of Smoky Quartz. Listen to a selection of poetry and stories from the anthology, read by the authors, and enjoy a slide show of artwork. Copies will be available for sale. Refreshments will be provided.

MWG published its first issue of Smoky Quartz, an online journal of literature and art, in 2012 at The journal features the work of writers and artists with ties to New Hampshire. Ten years and sixteen issues later, MWG has published the first print edition, the Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology. Featuring cover art by local artist Barbara Danser, the 168-page anthology contains 77 poems, 6 stories, and 24 works of art.

Since 1984, the Monadnock Writers’ Group (MWG) has supported local writers of all genres and levels of achievement. The group’s free monthly speaker series features accomplished writers who share their experiences and expertise with members of MWG and the public. In addition, MWG publishes anthologies in print, and Smoky Quartz, an online journal of literature and art. MWG hosts public readings and informal gatherings to raise awareness of the literary talent in the Monadnock Region.  Learn more at

Anniversary Anthology in Production

The Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology is now in the first stage of production–organizing and formatting the writing and artwork.

We’ve completed sending decision letters to all writers who submitted new work to the anthology. We’ve also contacted writers whose work appears in previous issues of Smoky Quartz for their permission to republish pieces in the anthology.

Our production editor has completed contacting those who submitted new artwork and will also be contacting artists for permission to republish work that appeared in previous issues.

Thank you again to everyone for your submissions. We appreciated the opportunity to consider your work.

The Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology is scheduled for publication this coming fall, 2022. We’ll be holding a release event with the opportunity for contributors to read their work. Please follow the Smoky Quartz News page for updates.

The Editors

Request letters to republish favorite pieces

As mentioned in previous posts, the Smoky Quartz Tenth Anniversary Anthology will include some of the editors’ favorite pieces from past online issues. Over the next few weeks, we will be emailing those of you whose work we would like to republish in the anniversary print edition. You will receive a letter with the title(s) of the work and a release form. This email will be separate from any letter you receive regarding new work that you submitted to the anthology.

If you receive a request from us, you can contact us at with any questions. Please return the release form by the requested date if you’d like your work included.

Past contributors to Smoky Quartz have been an important part of the success of our journal. We thank all of you for your contributions.