Sunday, November 7, 2010

Clockhouse Review Re-Launch!

Greetings, fellow Clockhousers-

We would like to extend to you an invitation to take part in the relaunch of The Clockhouse Review.

For those unfamiliar with CR, it was a literary journal established almost a decade ago that exclusively featured work by alumni of Goddard College's MFA program in creative writing. Unfortunately, in its first incarnation, CR didn't have a very long run because life got in the way for the editors.

But now CR is making its comeback.

Thanks to the generous support of the Clockhouse Writers Conference and some good words from the ever-faithful Paul Selig, we're assembling a new volume that will serve as the first in a new annual series.

We have a ton of logistics to work out for CR, but we agree that the most important thing is to get the publication up and running. To that end, for this first edition, we are soliciting submissions from folks who've attended CWC during the past few years-and our general rule is this: If you attended, and we're inviting you to submit, then we're pretty much going to include what you send us.

As you're making your choice about what to send, though, please keep in mind that this first issue is intended to be a showcase. Not only will it set the bar for future issues, the college will use it for recruitment purposes for prospective students. As a result, this first issue of CR needs to shine. (Yes, of course ALL issues will need to shine, but as the old cliché goes, we only get one chance to make a first impression.) For that reason, we do reserve the right to ask you to submit something different should we deem it necessary.

In the future, we'll have a more formal process in place to judge submissions blindly. We'll include an outline of that process, along with deadlines, in the first issue. You get a free pass for this first issue, though, as a way to reward you for your past loyalty to and participation in CWC.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions should be original. No previously published work will be accepted.

Simultaneous submissions are not acceptable (because, as we explained, if you send it, the chances are pretty high that we're going to publish it).

Prose writers may submit contributions up to 4,000 words long. Novel excerpts are acceptable so long as they are self-contained. Memoirs, essays, and other works of creative nonfiction are also acceptable. Book reviews and works of literary criticism are not. At this time, we are not able to accept translations, either.

Poets may submit up to three poems.

Short one-act plays or self-contained scenes from a longer play are acceptable.

For graphic narratives, you may submit up to ten pages of artwork so long as the story is self-contained. Graphic art should be submitted as a high-resolution PDF.

Submissions should be sent electronically as Microsoft Word documents.

Submissions should be accompanied by a brief biography.

E-mail submissions to:

Chris Mackowski
Clockhouse Review

Please label the subject line of the e-mail "Clockhouse submission."

Submission deadline in December 15.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you and promoting your work.


Tim Kenyon, MFA '99
Chris Mackowski, MFA '01

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Station of the Word

Choose one of your favorite charities and write a persuasive piece to persuade others to support your charity.
Limit yourself to no more than 250 words and then send your piece to me ( to post here.
You may wish to support Goddard, the Red Cross, a church, the Humane Society, a political party, your local school, the American Cancer Society, or Your Favorite Charity.
Have fun, and please remember to send me the piece to post here!