Boro literary journal seeks stories, poems

If you live in Queens and you have a short story or a poem, the Newtown Literary wants to read your work.
Several Queens writers are launching the borough’s first literary journal, called the Newtown Literary after the former name of Elmhurst, one of the towns incorporated into Queens County when it officially became a borough of New York City in 1898.

“Other New York boroughs, especially Manhattan and Brooklyn, have opportunities for their writers to get their work out there,” said Tim Frederick, founding editor of Newtown Literary. “We see the journal as a vehicle to bring Queens to the forefront of the New York City literary world. There’s a lot of great poetry and prose being written in this borough that just isn’t getting read.”

The first issue of the Newtown Literary is scheduled to be published sometime in the fall and will be released in both hard copy and ebook format. The editorial board is accepting submissions until Aug. 4. Entries may include short fiction, essays, memoirs, poetry and book reviews. Any length will be considered and up to five poems can be submitted at once. Those submitting work should include their Queens connections in their cover letters. Queens residency is not a requirement. Submissions must be unpublished and the Newtown Literay will retain First North American Serial Rights upon acceptance, which will be reverted back to the contributor when the journal is published.

Those interested in submitting works for the journal, visit and click on “Submit Your Work Here”. There is a $3 fee per submission. You may also submit hard copies of any work to Newtown Literary at 91-31 Lamont Ave. #2D, Elmhurst, NY 11373.

Every contributor who is selected to take part in the journal will be given two copies when the issue is published and be invited to read their work at the launch of the issue.

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