This is an email from Writers: A Challenge, a newsletter by A Cornered Gurl.
We have been through so much with this year — words cannot even begin to describe the roller coaster we’ve all been riding for the last ten-eleven months. For those of you who have grieved this year — we send a prayer, we lend our hearts to you. For those of you who are struggling to make it through each day remaining of this year — we hold you close. You have our love.
As creatives, we know how to make our art work for us and during this daunting season, writers in A Cornered Gurl have not wavered. I am grateful for a community that connects, encourages, and shares openly with each other.
All of you are amazing and I am glad you are here.
There have been so many incredible pieces of poetry (with accompanying artwork from the authors), mesmerizing fiction, intense nonfiction, and dope challenge responses. Here you’ll find some of the work that truly stood out over the last three months.
We have had some amazing challenges, with the most recent being the “Quadrille Your Quarantine” challenge. I’d like to highlight a few responses from this challenge:
Jessica Lee McMillan, Bookended
Stacy Smith, day 44
Paul S Markle, I Dream of Hugs
Dr. Jackie Greenwood, I Miss the World
And our last Young Minds of Medium Challenge, which was “What Are You Looking Foward To in the Year 2021?
Lita Tiara, The Uncharted Utopia
Nour, Blooming Lilac**
I am so proud of this publication and what our writers have done over the course of this hard year. We had 19 writers who have met or exceeded a milestone in A Cornered Gurl and were rewarded for their efforts. The total amount rewarded was $193.01 for this year. Some even decided to take their reward and donate it instead and I personally submitted those donations. The entities are as follows: AARF, The Trevor Project, Sisters of the Road, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Winston-Salem First Church, and Without Borders. Without these amazing hearts, we would not have been able to continue being more than just a publication — but a community publication. You guys rock!
For those of you who may be unaware, A Cornered Gurl published its first issue of our literary magazine in April of this year. Quintessence is available for purchase via Lulu, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a host of other online book retailers. For further information, please click on our tab aptly titled, “Quintessence.” It has been a grand success and it would not have been possible without the support of many Medium users. Thank you! Please be on the lookout for our second issue in the spring of next year.
This road has been a hard one to travel but I am blessed beyond measure to not have to travel it alone. We appreciate each and every one of you and we are thankful for your support of this publication. We look forward to what the new year has in store for us.