“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 guidelines. Submission deadline is January 24. We look forward to reading your best work.
Deni Dickler, Sara Miller, Deborah Murphy, Louise Werden
The Fall 2020 issue is currently in production and will be published later in November. Thank you to everyone who submitted work!
The issue will feature work by Jamie Alliotts, Denny Caldwell, Ann B. Day, Julie A. Dickson, Taylor Jones, Linda Kulig Magoon, John Mara, Eric Pinder, and Jesseca P. Timmons.
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“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”
~ Tomie DePaola, NH writer and illustrator of children’s books
September 15, 1934 – March 30, 2020
The spring 2020 issue of Smoky Quartz is hot off the digital press. Whether you are spending extra time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic or taking a break from being an essential worker, curl up in an easy chair, click here, and enjoy reading the journal’s latest collection of poetry and stories. Twenty-three poems, three short stories, and photography from local artist Susan Levin Wessels await you.
Our thanks to the many writers and poets who submitted their work for this issue. Once again, we were blessed with too many excellent submissions to include them all. We encourage each of you to submit work in the future.
Smoky Quartz is now accepting submissions for its fall 2020 issue. For submission guidelines, click here. Submission deadline is September 26. We look forward to reading your best work.
Deni Dickler, Sara Miller,
Deborah Murphy, Louise Werden