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Flying Island Journal 3.21

Welcome to the Flying Island Journal edition 3.21. Our March edition consists only of poetry as we prepare for National Poetry Month in April!


Natalie Solmer: “My Shame Is the Bowl of Duck’s Blood Soup”
Matthew Miller: “I’ve Tried Everything I Know”
Will Falk: “Snowbanks”
Steve Brammell: “Rainwater Hair”

Upcoming opportunities at the Indiana Writers Center:

IWC is hosting a new virtual event, “Spring into Writing,” a four-genre workshop bundle to help you kick start your writing. You can try out different classes in four different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting. You can also take the classes individually. For more info:

We have a special free event during Spring into Writing, with authors Angela Jackson-Brown and Crystal Wilkinson who will be in conversation about Angela's new book WHEN STARS RAIN DOWN. For more info, check out our website:

FREE! National Poetry Month Spotlight, April 10, Online! “Poetry through Black Women Writers” with Chantel Massey is a 3-hour intensive poetry workshop looking at the work of Black women poets, with focus on themes of reclaiming self and language in a cultivated brave space. For more info, visit the course listing:


Flying Island Journal is still seeking fiction readers to join our staff. Poetry and CNF readers will be notified soon!

We care about representation and are looking to diversify our team and the work we publish.

*What is a reader? A reader is an invaluable member of the editorial team. Readers help read submissions and recommend work for Flying Island to publish.

*What is involved? This volunteer position will take roughly four hours a month. Readers will be assigned between five and ten stories, poems, or essays per month, and will be asked to assess whether each piece is a good fit for publication in Flying Island. Readers closely collaborate with relevant genre editors.

Reader candidate background: Readers will have some experience writing and publishing in the genre for which they are applying. Candidates can demonstrate commitment to the craft of writing in their genre, with priority given to previous IWC workshop students.

How to apply:

-Submit up to one page to, describing your previous writing and editing experience and one or two paragraphs as to why you are the right person for the position. (Resume/CV not necessary)
-Mention any IWC classes you have taken.
-Indicate whether you are applying to be a fiction, poetry, or nonfiction reader.
-Fiction Reader Applications Due: Friday, April 9


Flying Island is the online literary journal of the Indiana Writers Center, accepting submissions from Midwest residents and those with significant ties to the Midwest. What we are looking for:

Fiction: up to 5,000 words
Nonfiction: up to 3,500 words
Poetry: up to three poems, no more than fifty lines each

We only accept submissions through Submittable. Click here to submit your poetry or prose.

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