Check out our third print edition on ISSUU!

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As we dive head-first into work on our fourth print issue, the time has come to share our third issue with you. In her publisher’s note, Melissa Connolly sums up our feelings about issue number three:

In this, our third printed edition of Windmill, we continue to learn lessons.

Since our staff is an odd amalgamation of MFA students, undergraduate volunteers, and a one-credit publishing studies class, some of those lessons are obvious, and the questions posed along the way are usually voiced in a slightly annoyed tone: Why isn’t Submittable letting me write notes on this piece? Why does the printer keep talking about signatures? Why can’t I add a second line to the title in this InDesign template?

But other lessons are more subtle, and longer lasting: How to find beauty in writing, and how to discuss the merits of different types of work? How to find consensus? How to take disparate pieces and create something whole, something organic, something even—dare I say—beautiful? And perhaps the most important: how to continue to love writing and art and this literary magazine when you’ve spent the last several hours making small windmill-shaped section dividers for the book that should have been at the printer last week?

This is the part of the unseen work, along with the opportunity to comb through the pages of emerging and established writers line by line, word by word, and work with them on perfecting and publishing their art. Along with these short stories and essays, it is also our charge at Windmill to explore the relationship between creativity and art through our narrative features and interviews. In this issue, we learn about poet and teacher Jane Wong’s craft and highlight a selection of her poems. We also hear from vibrant personalities who visited us at Hofstra this year, including renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp, who shared her thoughts on the creative habit, and the illustrative John McPhee, who discussed the painstaking process of writing, and rewriting.

We even spend some time with our founding editor, Kelly McMasters, who normally writes this letter, but stepped away from much of the day-to-day process of putting this book together this year to tend to the publication of another: This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, an essay collection she edited with Margot Kahn. In this issue’s Faculty Spotlight, we see Kelly through the eyes of her MFA student, Lily Vu, and consider the twin crafts of creative non-fiction and editing.

Much of our fiction has a distinctly dark and dystopian feel to it, led off with the familiar-yet-postapocalyptic world that colors previous Windmill contributor Heather Whited’s “Things Read by Moonlight,” and the darkly real suburbia in Matthew McGevna’s chilling “The First Few Steps.” It’s in the nonfiction that we feel the immediacy of the natural world, the poetry of the every day—our hometown, the nature we surround ourselves with—whether in Jen Fitzgerald’s meditation on loss and solitude in “Shuttle Launch” or through Akiko Busch’s memory essay “Home in Seven Acts.”

And so the art we chose for this collection reflected the frenetic nature of our written selections: homey yet unfamiliar, beautiful but with dark and foreboding shadows. The otherworldly tulips of the cover, Russian Red Really by Bear Kosik, illustrate this sensibility––natural, yet false; something so familiar and every day that seems just a little off, in a way we cannot quite define. Perhaps this, then, the collected works of friends new and old, of writers and artists, is in its entirety a reflection of our times—the shadows that line the unfamiliar road, the acknowledgment of a work- in-progress, the promise of tomorrow, the beauty of the everyday moment. In days both dark and light, perhaps that is all we can hope for. Perhaps that is what art and writing provide.

Lessons learned.

Melissa Connolly Publisher

Check it out on ISSUU!

 

Submissions Are Open!: The 2019 Print Issue

It’s that time of year, folks! We are so excited about this year’s print issue of Windmill and we hope that you are too!

For our print issue, we are seeking short stories and essays, both fiction and creative nonfiction, that celebrate strong narrative voice. We strive to showcase both emerging and established writers. Our print issues are not themed and submissions should be 5,000 words or less. Longer pieces are judged at a higher standard. Additionally, please note that we are not accepting poetry submissions at this time.

Submissions are live now, and we are accepting submissions until April 1, 2019.


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Submissions Are Open!

Writers, readers, fans all alike––

Submissions are officially open! We are accepting works of fiction and nonfiction between 1,500-2,500 words for our online issue. Our theme for the period is Holiday, and we will be looking for pieces that center around this theme.

Here at Windmill, we do not typically accept poetry, but you can head on over to our sister site, AMP!, if that’s where your specialty lies.

Our submissions are open until November 9th, and though it may seem like the deadline is a long way off, it’ll be here before you know it! We can’t wait to see what you have to offer this season!

 

The Print Edition Is Here!

After a long semester and an even longer summer, we’re so proud to announce that our print edition is here! Keep an eye out for the digital copy of this edition––it will be posted to our website in a few short weeks!

We’d like to thank our brilliant authors and our wonderful artists for their dedication to this edition. Through selection, editing, formatting, and (finally) printing, they’ve been with us through and through, and they’ve truly made this year’s print edition spectacular.

Above are pictured two of our fantastic authors, Matthew McGevna (left) and Elizabeth Trueblood (right.) We’ll be sharing links to their social pages, along with our other contributors, very soon!

Many thanks,

The Windmill Staff

 

Submissions Open TOMORROW!

Phew, it’s certainly been a day since we’ve mentioned submissions, hasn’t it? Well, I’m happy to announce that the wait is finally over! We’re so excited to inform you that submissions open tomorrow, October 24th, for our Winter Online Issue: Holiday!

We accept submissions of fiction and nonfiction. Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions in the range of 1500-2500 words. At this time we are not accepting poetry; head on over to our sister site, AMP!, to submit poetry.

Submissions are open, starting tomorrow, through November 9th. Our central theme for this period is HolidayWhat does a holiday mean to you? We want to read your best fiction and nonfiction––it’s time to put pen to paper!