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TESTIMONIALS & PUBLISHINGS

Below is a selection of testimonials and recently published stories and essays....

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Erin Rose Belair, "Just Details," Southern Indiana Review, 2021

"This process works. We got a story published that I've been trying to get placed for years. Submission has always felt like throwing darts, and I'm never quite sure what will stick. But, Submitit has a proven methodology. It boils down a lifetime of reading and getting familiar with journals. It places your story with the most likely to publish and highest ranking journals and keeps track of the entire process for you. This way we writers can get back to what we do best; writing. And if you run your story through their editing process, I assure you it will come out far better on the other side."

Erin Rose Belair received her MFA at Boise State University, where she wrote her first collection of short stories, Vinegar. Stories from this collection have won awards and been published with Glimmer Train, Narrative, Greensboro Review, Juked, and more. She just finished her first novel, The Only Road Home. She lives and writes in Laguna Beach, California.

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Nicholas French, "Silverfish," The Summerset Review, 2022

"I feel very lucky to have discovered Submitit. Erik’s support, positivity and keen eye for detail have proved invaluable in getting my short story published. He has enormously simplified the submission process. Submitting to journals had previously struck me as daunting, but with Erik’s help, the entire process ended up being straightforward and enjoyable. So thank you, Erik, for your sage advice and generous support."

Nicholas French is from Reading, England. He is a Biology teacher, lives in Milan, and writes every morning before work. "Silverfish" was his first published short story.

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Jessy Easton, "How Did We End Up Back Here?" Rappahannock Review, 2022

“By leaving the painstaking submission process up to Submitit I was able to focus solely on the writing. What a dream! Erik was extremely organized and communicative and he saved me hours of agonizing over journal research and pitch emails. I’m thrilled to have my essay published so quickly with a journal I am excited about. I highly recommend passing the torch to Submitit so you can get back to writing! I will definitely be using this service again.”

Jessy Easton was raised in the Mojave Desert of California, and now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She holds a BA in Communications from Vanguard University of Southern California. Jessy’s writing has been published in Beacon Quarterly, Entropy Magazine, and Good River Review.

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Dvora Rabino, "Waiting for My Turn," Five on the Fifth, 2021

"So pleased with Submit It Now. I gave Erik three pieces so far to edit and submit on my behalf. He was prompt, responsive, cordial, and a pleasure to work with. His comments and suggestions improved my essays and stories immensely. His copy-edits were impeccable. And he placed all three of my pieces within three months. He totally knows his stuff, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the process and results!"

A recovering media lawyer, Dvora Wolff Rabino has been published in The Ignatian Literary Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Lascaux Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and Steam Ticket. One of her essays won Inscape's annual Editor's Choice award, and she has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology.

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John Van Wagner, "And He Will Prepare a Banquet," October Hill Magazine, 2021

"If you're  an aspiring writer wandering in the publishing desert and need some sparkling water, look no further than Submitit. Erik Klass offers a unique service that's in various parts coach, editor and docent. A writer who actually loves to read the work of others, he's also a businessman with an intense interest in promoting that work, using a unique algorithmic approach to unlock the impenetrable mechanisms of publishing. A thoughtful and thorough advocate, Erik knows how to encourage a writer without misleading. Engaging with Erik will help you reimagine the direction of your writing. And may well get you in print."

John Van Wagner lives and writes in New Jersey.

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H S Derkin, "How You Learn to Drive Truck," Charge Magazine, 2021

“If you're looking for some where/how/when guidance when it comes to submitting your work—personal care kind of guidance, turnkey kind of guidance, and "Hey by the way, I wouldn't say that in my bio" kind of guidance—you could not do any better than Submitit and its amazing (algo) rhythm method. It's fookin' brilliant.”

H S Derkin is retired and lives in Northern Michigan with his wife. Submitit helped him publish "How You Learn to Drive Truck" in Charge Magazine in 2021. The Fabulist, an online journal, published his short piece "Previous Pilgrims" in 2020. “Proper Preparation” won first Prize in a contest by Delizon Publishers in 2013.

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Erik Harper Klass, "The Pilgrim of Łódź," New England Review, 2020

Yes, the owner of the company is also a happy client! "I use the same algorithm for my own work that I use for my clients. And, I'm happy to say, it works for me too." You can read more about this here

Erik Harper Klass has published stories in Europe and North America. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including New England Review, Yemassee, Summerset Review, Slippery Elm, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and he has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. He writes in Los Angeles, CA.

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Becky Tuch, "Summer of the Sharks," Inscape Journal (BYU), 2022

We are honored to have placed one of Becky's stories in a literary journal. She is the Queen of lit mags! Thanks for giving us a try, Becky!

Becky Tuch is a fiction and nonfiction writer, based in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been honored with awards and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Somerville, MA Arts Council, Moment Magazine, Briar Cliff Review and more. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues including Salon, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Virginia Quarterly Review online, Tikkun Magazine, Gulf Coast, Post Road, Salt Hill, Literary Mama and Best of the Net. Learn more at www.BeckyTuch.com.

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Erin Rose Belair, "Baby Calls It Home," Green Hills Literary Lantern, 2021

This is the first piece of Erin's that Submitit helped to get published. See above for her testimonial.

Erin Rose Belair received her MFA at Boise State University, where she wrote her first collection of short stories, Vinegar. Stories from this collection have won awards and been published with Glimmer Train, Narrative, Greensboro Review, Juked, and more. She just finished her first novel, The Only Road Home. She lives and writes in Laguna Beach, California.

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Richard Georges, "The Birth of Venus," Litbreak Magazine, 2022

Richard Georges is an author of essays, stories, and three collections of poetry. His work has appeared in Prelude, Smartish Pace, The Poetry Review, WILDNESS, Wasafiri, The White Review and elsewhere. He is the current Poet Laureate of the Virgin Islands, and his most recent book, Epiphaneia (Out-Spoken, 2019) won the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean literature.

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Chuck Parsons, "Spiritual Counsel," Fiction on the Web, 2022

“I was very pleased with the way in which Submitit successfully guided me through the labyrinth of seeking publication for my short story in a literary magazine. First, Erik gave me good counsel when editing the story and shaped the text into proper condition for publication. Then, he activated his computer algorithm which selected twenty relevant publisher matches. Presto, within a week, a publisher accepted my story, which is to appear in two months. This was an exhilarating breakthrough moment for an unpublished writer like me.”

Chuck Parsons was a personal injury lawyer for fifty years who marveled at his client’s flaws and fantasies while he represented them. Now retired, in his twilight years, he’s writing about them. He lives peacefully in Washington D.C., with his wife and his two nearby grown children and his four grandsons. This was his first published short story.

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Linda Strange, "Retention," Glass Mountain, 2022

"Erik did what he said he could do! My piece was accepted in the first round of his submissions by a journal that I would not have known to submit to on my own. He and Christine did all the grunt work, sparing me the tedious hours of researching and submitting and keeping me informed on how everything was going. Erik was also a great editor, thoughtful and encouraging. I felt very supported using this service, like I really had someone on my side. I would recommend the Submitit team to any writer seeking to get pieces placed. It's worth every penny."

Linda Strange is a writer and teacher of English as a Second Language in an inner-city public school in Waterbury, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared in Freshwater Literary Journal and Pangyrus and in her own current events blog, Strange Countries. www.lindastrange.com. She lives between two streams with her English husband and a silver Himalayan called Quince.

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Jessy Easton, "The Things We Leave Out," Good River Review, 2022

“By leaving the painstaking submission process up to Submitit I was able to focus solely on the writing. What a dream! Erik was extremely organized and communicative and he saved me hours of agonizing over journal research and pitch emails. I’m thrilled to have my essay published so quickly with a journal I am excited about. I highly recommend passing the torch to Submitit so you can get back to writing! I will definitely be using this service again.”

Jessy Easton was raised in the Mojave Desert of California, and now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She holds a BA in Communications from Vanguard University of Southern California. Jessy’s writing has been published in Beacon Quarterly and Entropy Magazine.

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Deborah Mooney Harris, "The Best a Woman Can Hope For," Five on the Fifth, 2022

I’m so pleased to have found Erik. He’s a real pro: responsive, knowledgeable and super prompt. A fellow writer, he’s helped me do my best work and get it read by the right journals. What a gift it is to leave the bewildering business of submitting to him so I can focus on my writing!

Deborah Mooney Harris received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Dissent Magazine and The Southampton Review. She teaches creative writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Hudson River Community Education in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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Dvora Rabino, "The Girl with the Song in Her Mouth," The Writing Disorder, 2022

See Dvora's testimonial above.

A recovering media lawyer, Dvora Wolff Rabino has been published in The Ignatian Literary Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Lascaux Review, Santa Fe Writers Project, and Steam Ticket. One of her essays won Inscape's annual Editor's Choice award, and she has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology.

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Erin Rose Belair, "I Wish I Had Your Ghost," Marrow Magazine, 2022

This is the third piece of Erin's that Submitit has helped to get published. See above for her testimonial.

Erin Rose Belair received her MFA at Boise State University, where she wrote her first collection of short stories, Vinegar. Stories from this collection have won awards and been published with Glimmer Train, Narrative, Greensboro Review, Juked, and more. She just finished her first novel, The Only Road Home. She lives and writes in Laguna Beach, California.

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P. A. Farrell, "She Sleeps," Litbreak Magazine, 2022

"Once you've written a story and you know it is good, where do you place it? It’s the placement that can be a frustrating and complicated process, even if you carefully read the submission guidelines of magazines either online or published. But, that's where the wonder of Erik Klass of Submitit came to my rescue. Erik has a unique process, where he not only serves as an editor and, in some ways, mentor who encourages and helps improve your writing, but he also has an algorithm that gets to the heart of submission. I have no idea how long it would have taken me to have stories accepted if I didn't have Erik's clear guidance. I, without reservation, suggest you try Erik's service. He cares about writing and writers and he knows how and where to submit your stories."

P. A. Farrell is a licensed psychologist and a former Associate Editor of PW and King Features Syndicate. She has published with McGraw-Hill and Demos Health, writes for a number of publications on Medium.com, and has published several self-help books. She lives on the East Coast, where her passion continues to be writing, photography, and musing about the many times she cheated death as a psychologist.

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Jarvis Coffin, "Water," Jimson Weed (Univ. of Virginia), 2022

“Submitit is an exception in a world dominated today by automated relationships. I took a chance and found real people at the other end of my submission—people interested and invested in my work. Knowledgeable and supportive, Submitit was a key factor in helping me become a published author. They will remain a trusted partner.”

Jarvis Coffin was a media and advertising sales executive for thirty years. He wrote frequently for industry trade journals and was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post’s Media column. Subsequently, Jarvis and his wife owned New Hampshire’s oldest inn, The Hancock Inn, during which time he wrote a popular newsletter for the Inn’s mailing list. Retired from innkeeping, Jarvis writes full-time, mostly essays on rural life and fiction.

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Judy Stanigar, "The Fly in the Soup," Concho River Review, 2022

"To be honest, at first I was very skeptical about Submitit's process and Erik's algorithm. But as a novice short story writer I didn't know where to start my submission journey, though I knew enough about how hard it is to get a short story published. So out of desperation I submitted via Erik. It wasn't a short process, and Erik's cheerleading helped deal with the rejections. At the end of the day to get an acceptance from the first round of submission was super sweet and well worth it. So kudos to Erik and his algorithm."

Judy Stanigar is a psychotherapist who has made the study of the human mind and heart her life-long profession. Her novel The Thing with Feathers is forthcoming from All Things That Matter Press. She lives in Carlsbad, CA, with neither a dog nor a cat, but a husband lurks somewhere in the house.

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David Wayne Stewart, "Unlocking the Oath," Bewildering Stories, 2022

"After throwing darts at journals without success, I decided to try SubmitIt. Erik gave me feedback on flow and formatting, coached me on what publishers look for, and recommended several journals. A few months later, I was a published writer. Thanks SubmitIt!"

David Wayne Stewart is a “professional Canadian” in California, helping Canadian tech clusters and universities bridge into the Bay Area ecosystem. Previously he served as a political officer for the Consulate of Canada in Palo Alto. He is currently the Advisory Board Chair of Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley.

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William Zimmerman, "The Dolphin," The Hash Journal, 2022

William Zimmerman is an actor and playwright by training. He's had two plays produced in Seattle, WA, where he lives with his wife and his cat. "The Dolphin" was his first published short story.

"I hate submitting stories. I wrote a story I didn't think anyone would take due to its subject matter, and Submitit found it a home. The submission process takes forever. You've got to find the right journals, figure out how to submit, get the materials together and keep track of what's next in line and if you've gotten a yes or a no or a bunch of silence. It took my story 12 months to find its home, and if it hadn't been for Submitit, I would have given up and my story would have stayed on my laptop's hard drive, never to go beyond my wife's eyes. Erik also helped me edit the story and gave it the polish it needed. I don't know any editors, and I don't know what literary journals want, but Erik does and he made it happen. Of course, submissions are never a sure thing, but without Submitit, I would still be unpublished."
 

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Christine C., "No Different . . . ," Jimson Weed, 2022

I am immensely grateful to Submitit for finding publications that were most likely to accept my story. This can be an overwhelming task when done on your own, but Submitit did it efficiently and effectively. The editing service is top-notch, and I was very impressed at how quickly Erik and Christine responded to my emails. My story was accepted shortly after beginning the submission process, and I give Submitit a good dose of credit for this. I would definitely use this service again.

 

Christine C. has requested to remain anonymous. 

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John Van Wagner, "Fadeout," Potato Soup Journal, 2021

To read John's testimonial, see above.

John Van Wagner lives and writes in New Jersey. "Fadeout" was his first major publication.

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Jane Van Cantfort, "Morning," Fiction on the Web, 2021

“Getting published in a literary journal was a lifelong dream of mine. After years of rejections, Submitit helped me get there! The algorithm is particularly helpful, but the sensitive and thoughtful copy editing and comments made my stories better. I’m deeply thankful and urge writers to give them a try.”

Jane Van Cantfort has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She has published short stories in a variety of magazines, and her novel Went Away is available on Amazon.

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Christine Williams, "Killing Me Softly," Glint Literary Journal, 2021

"Well this is beyond exciting! I cannot believe that the first journal response we got back was an encouraging one! Thank you so much for your help; I definitely would not have submitted anything at all (maybe ever) if I hadn't found Submitit. Thank you (and OMG!!!!)."

Christine Williams is a communications professional who writes to try and understand the world. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her mom. "Killing Me Softly" was her first published piece of creative nonfiction.

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Philip Kennedy Grant, "Shakedown," Leavings Literary Magazine, 2021

"Wonderful!! Great news. Thank you for your guidance, editorial savvy, and shrewd selection of target journals. Of course I’ll enlist you to send out more of my stories. I am delighted to be working together."

Philip Kennedy-Grant is the former editor of Architecture New Jersey magazine, co-author and editor of AIA New Jersey Guidebook, and a practicing architect and artist.

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Ann Montgomery, "Guéri par miracle," Peatsmoke, 2021

Ann Montgomery has been a midwife for the past twenty years in conflict zones, post-disaster settings, and Canada's Arctic. She has a PhD in Epidemiology that focused on preventing maternal death in low-income countries. When not working, she lives on a sailboat on the ocean with her partner. This would be her first published short story since eighth grade.

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P. A. Farrell, "A Mother's Prayer," Down in the Dirt, 2021

See testimonial above.

P. A. Farrell is a licensed psychologist and a former Associate Editor of PW and King Features Syndicate. She has published with McGraw-Hill and Demos Health, writes for a number of publications on Medium.com, and has published several self-help books. She lives on the East Coast, where her passion continues to be writing, photography, and musing about the many times she cheated death as a psychologist.

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Erik Harper Klass, "The New City," Slippery Elm, 2021

Erik Harper Klass (Submitit's owner) has published stories in Europe and North America. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including New England Review, Summerset Review, Slippery Elm, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and he has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. He writes in Los Angeles, CA.
 

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Rebecca Beck, "Sentinel," Glint Literary Magazine, 2021

What a feeling of vulnerability handing my writing over to another person brings, no matter how extensive their experience. Doing so takes a huge amount of trust. Questions flood me before I hit “send”: Is this person aligned to the kind of writing I savor—a good match to my own sensibilities? Will he or she “get” what I’m striving to attain, even when parts of my work are dense and syrupy and need something I can’t quite put my finger on? I’m happy to write that Erik fit the bill on all fronts. He made the editing process as painless and seamless as possible. His comments reflected his deep dive into the heart of my writing. Reading them, I knew he’d analyzed every word and the intentions behind them. He made thoughtful, creative suggestions on how to draw the thread of my characters and their up-a-tree dilemma closer to the reader. And, as if by serendipity, he called on examples from some of my favorite writers in the world. The fact that he knew them so well helped me know the question of trust was moot.

Recently a marketing director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Rebecca Beck now enjoys the freedom retirement offers for spinning her own yarns. Her work has been published in The Great Smokies Review and 34th Parallel Magazine. She is completing her first novel, Pastoral.

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W. C. Hussey, "The Mountains," New World Writing, 2022

W. C. Hussey lives in Seattle. This is his first published story.

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Ann Montgomery, "Papaya Abortion," Long River Review, 2021

Ann Montgomery has been a midwife for the past twenty years in conflict zones, post-disaster settings, and Canada's Arctic. She has a PhD in Epidemiology that focused on preventing maternal death in low-income countries. When not working, she lives on a sailboat on the ocean with her partner. This would be her first published short story since eighth grade.

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H S Derkin, "Drummer," Scarlet Leaf Review, 2022

H S Derkin is retired and lives in Northern Michigan with his wife. Submitit helped him publish "How You Learn to Drive Truck" in Charge Magazine in 2021. The Fabulist, an online journal, published his short piece "Previous Pilgrims" in 2020. “Proper Preparation” won first Prize in a contest by Delizon Publishers in 2013. (See H S's testimonial above.)

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Peter Delacorte, "Surprises and Astonishments," The Opiate, 2022

"I hadn't published a story in nearly a century. Sent one to Erik at Submitit and he used his magic algorithm. Within the space of three days [round two submissions], two journals were knocking at my virtual door. Now my name is shouted from rooftops."

 

Peter Delacorte lives in San Francisco with his wife, Bonnie, and their eccentric dog, Twiggy. He won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Prize for Creative Writing at Princeton University. His novel Time on My Hands was shortlisted for the UK's Arthur C. Clarke Award. He is currently at work on a sequel, No Time to Lose.

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Erik Harper Klass, "A Few Words on Color," Delmarva Review, 2022

Erik Harper Klass (Submitit's owner) has published stories in Europe and North America. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including New England Review, Yemassee, Summerset Review, Slippery Elm, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and he has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. He writes in Los Angeles, CA. And yes, he uses Submitit's algorithm to submit his work!

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Jane VanCantfort, "Little Man," Idle Ink, 2021

Jane Van Cantfort has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. She has published short stories in a variety of magazines, and her novel Went Away is available on Amazon. (See additional publishing credit above.)

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Bob Moses, "The Old Boys' Book Club," Idle Ink, 2021

"We did it! A small step for humankind, I suppose, but a big leap for Bob."

Bob Moses lives in Denver, Colorado. He is a former newspaper publisher.

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DH Singh, "Crown Royal, 1972," New World Writing, 2021

DH Singh lives in Santa Monica. This was DH's first major publication.

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Erik Harper Klass, "The Hand Remembers," Tiny Molecules, 2021

Erik Harper Klass (Submitit's owner) has published stories in Europe and North America. His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including New England Review, Summerset Review, Slippery Elm, and Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and he has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. He writes in Los Angeles, CA.

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TD Storm, "The Hide-Behind," Fiction on the Web, 2021

TD Storm is a teacher/editor/writer, living in Madison, Wisconsin. He has an MFA in Writing from Pacific University, and his work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, Jellyfish Review, and Literary Hub.

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Rita Szollos, "The Follower," Peatsmoke, 2021

Rita Szollos is a public historian, photographer, and writer. She was born in Sweden, into a refugee family, then moved to America, where she grew up on the east coast. She now resides in the California Bay Area with her husband, daughter, an old mutt, a new puppy, and an angry kitty. 

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Liz Kitchens, "Anxiety Speaks Softly and Carries a Big Stick," Quiet Reader, 2022

Liz Kitchen is a writer and blogger. Her blog, Be Brave. Lose the Beige! focuses on women of the Baby Boomer generation. She is a guest contributor for Sixty and Me and Medium and has contributed to Growing Bolder, the Boomer Café, and Vibrant Nation. Liz is the author of Be Brave. Lose the Beige! Coloring Outside the Lines After 60. She writes in Orlando, Florida.

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P. A. Farrell, "Travels by Myself," Scarlet Leaf Review, 2022

P. A. Farrell is a licensed psychologist and a former Associate Editor of PW and King Features Syndicate. She has published with McGraw-Hill and Demos Health, writes for a number of publications on Medium.com, and has published several self-help books. She lives on the East Coast, where her passion continues to be writing, photography, and musing about the many times she cheated death as a psychologist. (See testimonial above.)

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Wendy Garrett, "Lemonade for Sale," Idle Ink, 2021

Wendy Garrett is an emerging writer who came from the theater and dance world. Her storytelling was taught through music as a dancer and later developed as a creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering. She currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she's found writing to be the gift that got her through this crazy year.