This is an email from "It's a Mild Case" and Now I Must Move Forward, a newsletter by A Cornered Gurl.
ACG Newsletter #2
Hello, everyone! It’s time to give you a bit of an update of the goings-on in A Cornered Gurl. We are growing at a fast pace and it does my heart good to see our numbers, strength in writing, connectivity, and heart’s work blossom as they have over the last few months. There have been a few changes and will be a few more throughout the year. One of the changes is an update on June 05, 2020, to our Submission Guidelines. Please review them and reacquaint yourselves with them so you will be on-par with the publication upon submitting your drafts.
Secondly, many of you are familiar with one of our main focuses here which is in fact, our younger writers. For the last four years, I have been collaborating, building, learning, and growing with Medium’s younger writers, ages 15–25. Due to a number of upcoming enhancements, outside publication (away from Medium), and the intense work it takes to interact, approve, teach & assist, and gain permission from some parents, the new age range for Young Minds of Medium is 18–25. Thus, anyone being added to A Cornered Gurl from this point forward will need to be at least eighteen years of age. There is no maximum age limit for our other contributors — bring that wisdom, beautiful people.
Now that we have gotten the business part of this letter out of the way, let’s get into the meat of it, shall we? We have had two big challenges recently, both in the month of May. The first was the Young Minds of Medium What Do You Miss Most During This Pandemic call. We had eight submissions, all of them can be found by clicking our Young Minds tab here in ACG. Here are a few I wish to highlight:
Anto Rin: The Last Homecoming
Bebongchu Atemkeng: Two Sides of Silence
Ameaka: The Joy of Touch
The next challenge was the Haiku Heaven or A Haven challenge of which twenty-four submissions were received. If you would like to view them all, please click on the Community tab here in ACG. I will highlight a few here:
Sylph Hemery: Heaven’s Whisper
Ngang God’swill N.: Of Kin and Forever
Naika: I Am Home
Lori Kovach Petrie: Haven = Friend
We have a few new writers hitting us with some heavy poetry and I wish to take a moment to shine a little light on them as well: Afiyah The Poet, Rebellion, Deb Ewing, Virus, Melinda A Smith, Hands and Railroads and Rage, Mickey Mobley, I Want a Love With . . ., Alex Hanna, Pack of Wolves, and Jui Chawan, Abyssal.
Curiosity Culture learns to write again and shares a nonfiction piece with us entitled I’ll Write Again. Eventually. Christie Alex Costello, MBA shares a heartfelt piece with us about seeing racial inequality through her eyes and how it has impacted her with A Black Man, A Bad Cop, and What I Saw Through My Blue Eyes.
In our fiction category, Lita Tiara tells us of things that sometimes do not go one’s way in A Proposal, Ezer agyin gets lyrical for us in his piece Abstractions, I am in the middle of a serial fiction piece I’ve dubbed Family Owned, and Elizabeth Helmich reminds us of the love we can gain from adopting a four-legged friend who can change us forever in Untrainable.
Thank you for being here with us. I am hopeful that ACG will be here for many more years. We do this for all of you who we are grateful for and love. This community is a welcoming one and I am in awe every time I sit down to do some work on and in this publication.
Finally, A Cornered Gurl released its first issue of our literary magazine aptly titled Quintessence: A Literary Magazine of Featured Medium Writers. It is currently hosted via Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. We are truly proud of this first issue and I look forward to getting the next issue released next spring.
How about a little music, hmm? Gladys Knight & The Pips: Save the Overtime (For Me)