All submissions must be in electronic form. Our preference is an MS Word file uploaded through the form below.
We don't pay so you retain all copyrights. If we publish your work online we may include it in our print annual.
Poetry may be submitted in any length. Please don't submit 100 poems and ask us to pick 3.
Short fiction may be submitted in three formats:
1.very short stories less than 500 words in length
2.short stories less than 1000 words in length
3.Short stories that don’t fit the above should be less than 5000 words.
We also accept longer forms of fiction occasionally.
Non-Fiction is just that so lets see some
Book Reviews should be positive unless the author
is a well-known blowhard. Our mission is to encourage literature not
Non-fiction should be short, (a lot) less than 5000
Any form of art may be submitted with the constraint that
it must be something that can be published in 2 dimensions. It’s hard to
publish sculpture but illustrations together with some intelligent prose
Published works are welcome with proper attribution.
The stories, articles, poems and examples of art have
been presented as PDF files. This is a format that
allows for a much cleaner presentation than would otherwise be available on
the web. If you don’t have an Adobe Reader (used to read a PDF file) on your
computer you can download one from the Adobe website. The files are large and we hope you will be patient when downloading
but we think the beauty of the words deserves a beautiful presentation.
It’s winter. Christmas was white again this year. While a blizzard blinded and buried our neighbors this little corner of New England was protected by what the Meteorologists are calling a “Gravity Wave.” That ominous sounding phenomenon left us with only 8 inches of snow while Boston and the Berkshires received over 20. Our own theory is that Mount Wachusett, a monster at 2006 feet (It’s big for around here) in neighboring Princeton Massachusetts protects us by keeping us in her shadow when the wind blows from a certain direction. During the summer when great thunderheads threaten, the sky (or that part of that can be seen on radar) parts leaving Littleton dry. Those of us in love with the bangs, rumbles in the summer and white drifting dunes of winter occasionally feel deprived. We could have said “gyped” but after publishing Dosha, flight of the Russian Gypsies, we’ve learned to call “Gypsies” Roma and to defend them from disparaging remarks.
It’s also the time of year when we nominate our writers for the Pushcart Prize. This year we are pleased to nominate:
In our Spring issue we’ll hand out our own awards.
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Kitty Glines is a multi facetted artist that uses different mediums to articulate a very intimate voice describing her connectedness with nature. Nature centers her and inspires her creativity. Kitty’s words have defined and described her inspiration for each piece. Her descriptions need not be elaborated on by me.
It does feel appropriate to end this exhibit of her art with an architectural design of a performance space. It is a space that reflects the influence of all her subjects and mediums. The design creates a performance space that will bring the visitor into an environment that honors the natural world, a perfect space to celebrate the art of performance. We all would perform better if the spaces we create were in tune with nature.
Our fiction editor loves Anton Chekhov and despairs the notion that there are no latter day Chekhovs submitting works for his consideration. This is not to say that the work he receives isn’t excellent … it’s just not Chekhov. To that end WHLReview announces a new prize for fiction to be called “the Chekhov Prize.” A google search reveals several other Chekhov prizes with cash. Alas we’re not offering cash. We will look for a bearded bobble-head doll. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the Chekhov Prize logo available. Just click on Chekhov's head.
Our fiction editor Timothy Gager is taking time off to finish a novel. For this issue we welcome Amy Tighe as our guest editor. Amy's taste in literature is different from both Timothy's and Julias. This too has proved to be interesting.
fragments of novels looking for homes (publishers)
Our poetry editor, not wanting to be outdone by our fiction editor is pleased to announce the Gertrude Stein "rose" prize for creativity in poetry. Anyone published in Volume 3 (and beyond) is eligible. We don't have any idea what the prize will consist of - a t-shirt for sure. Perhaps we can find a Plaster of Paris bust of Julius Caesar, put a rose in its mouth and decorate it to look like Gertrude Stein. In the mean time we have T-shirts with the our rose prize logo available. Just click on Gerturde's head.
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by Steve Glines