Lit Up Reforms — Must Read!
Everything you need to know: News and Highlights
Hello wonderful people!
First, I apologise for the delay of this newsletter. I promise you won’t miss any must-reads, I have listed the very best of both April and May! The publication reforms, we are preparing our best-ever literary treats!
Now, where do we start?
We are very sad to announce that our lovely poetry editor, Tom Conley, will not be with us any longer, but instead, he is set to pursue other wonderful literary paths. But MitcHELL lovers, worry not! He is still a part of our community and will continue his amazing MitcHELL series (which, if you haven’t read yet, I’m telling you, you’re missing on something special) but also with more of his work! We do wish him all the best, and we thank him for all his valuable help and insights he offered us for so long.
— We have a new addition to our team!
And, my God, I could not have been happier!
This beautiful human is not only an extraordinary writer (which, trust me, she is), she’s also one of my favourite people on earth. Welcoming her to the team is an honour, and I feel blessed to be able to have such exquisite editors to take care of your lovely words, and precious tales you trust us with. We aspire to not only provide you with the highest quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction on Medium, but also with the most talented editors possible to help with the creative process.
Please, welcome her to the community!
Here are some of the incredible collaborations between Chris and Lit Up to date, and don’t forget to follow and check her profile for more splendid reads
I will be personally taking care of your lovely poems from now on. I have so much in mind, I can hardly restrain my excitement!
- A tiny change: Subtitle your drafts with the poetic form you have used (free verse, sonnet, etc) so I can also double-check them for you, and offer you advice if needed!
Updated Submission Guidelines
Whether you’re already a writer for Lit Up, or you want to be added, please do check our updated submission guidelines. We explain a few things that writers often ask us about, and we make the focus of the publication as explicit as possible in order to facilitate the submission process for both the writers and the publication.
Please, do clap for our submission guidelines so more people can find them!
Here’s the link:
Lit Up asks for your support
As you all know, just like Santa’s busy elves, we have been working non-stop, and we are doing our best to keep this extraordinary community happy and inspired. The last couple of years have been a huge commitment to readers and writers in terms of time and expertise extended and, like many other Medium publications, we’ve realised we can’t keep to those levels without some support, and so we’d like to introduce you to our Patreon page.
Supporting the publication allows us to focus on contests and anthologies, editing, and the support of artists for covers, run workshops and promote our writers’ works through interviews and reviews, promotions across social media platforms and through Lit Up.
Please visit and donate if you can, and see what even the smallest help offered can give you in return.
Click on the button below to support us:
Some of our news and future plans:
Lit Up has a new official image to adorn our banners!
Do you all love it as much as we do? This splendid image has the signature of the magnificent Kaori Nagata, and we adore it! There is nothing we love more than to collaborate with artists like Kaori and to present to you such beautiful results.
Feel free to follow Kaori on Instagram and to support her work, she truly is one of my favourite artists to date!
Lit Up Audio
Lit Up is planning to offer audio recordings for selected tales every week!
We are still in the process of making this happen so please stay tuned for the next newsletter!
If you have previous experience in doing readings or would like to do the reading for some of the Lit Up’s selections, please send us a sample at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel so you can stay up to date!
Opening New Writer Requests
The form is now open and available to receive your wonderful submissions!
We can’t wait!
Lit Up Poetry Workshops
I am personally taking care of a new literary treat: Poetry workshops!
If you are interested in participating please respond under this post!
(Workshops for prose are in our future plans as well if we manage to get enough participation and support)
Blog Posts on Writing
Lit Up will offer writing guidance through blogs and videos!
Reviews and Essays on Literature!
Lit Up will offer reviews on books published by Lit Up writers and Patreon supporters, and essays on writing. Stay tuned, more info coming soon!
Author, publisher, and agent interviews coming soon on Lit Up!
Social Media Accounts
Make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and our brand-new Instagram account! We will be promoting your work there!
Don’t hesitate to tag us when you share your Lit Up-published tales so we can repost, retweet, and share!
On Instagram, we will be sharing selected quotes from your wonderful tales!
On YouTube, we will be posting readings and some of the workshops! Please subscribe to our channel :)
(Click on the icons above to find our accounts)
And last but not least, even though we have delayed horribly the launch of our official magazine, we hope that, with your support, we will be ready to fly this summer!
Note: we have also decided that submissions to our official magazine will be free as well after all! Goodies, goodies, literary treats — I’m so excited (yes, again!)
Now, I know this may sound like an exaggeration and that you’ll think that every editor on earth would have said the same thing but hear me out: the following stories ARE NOT TO BE MISSED! To prove you I’m not exaggerating, I’ve provided the links below — decide for yourself. I’m certain, you won’t want to stop reading!
Also, tell us about your favourite reads by responding to our newsletters. The tales you loved will be considered for audio recordings! Give our writers a chance, you won’t regret it! :) :)
Stephen M. Tomic — In the Morning of the Night
Dale E. Lehman — Not Quite a Ghost Story
Darby Hudson — Building a World with Words
Michael Stang — All Men in the Attic
Stephen M. Tomic — Ballad of the Dawn
Stephen Miller — Peanut
Mateen Manek — Looking Through the Looking Glass
E.D. Martin — Noah’s RV
Tammy Patton — Forever Child
Steve B Howard — Jackey’s Mafia Pizza
DiAmaya Dawn — Warlocks and Witches
Chris Drew — Arielle
Daphne K Moore — Sex Ed
Stephen M. Tomic — Dungeon Life
Marcos Wagner — Ulysses On The Pacific Ocean
Benjamin Davis — Are we Living in a Kurt Vonnegut Novel?
Austin Lack — Quiet Crashing
Tien Skye — Love. War.
Sheyla Ayn — The Toll Cat
Rhonda Krol — A Distraction from Life
Violet James — Atop The Hill
Jef Littlejohn — Old Wars And Jingle of Coins
Dan Foster — Poppy
DiAmaya Dawn — Anna
Elizabeth Helmich — The Dandelion Hour
Annie Caldwell — Things My Other Selves Will Never Know
V. Plut — The Poets & The Coyote
Oscar Hjelmstedt — The Last of the Bisons
T.S. Narkissa Luna — Tree Of Time
Rev Dr Sparky — Named After God
Anna Rozwadowska — Pleasure
Erika Burkhalter — Reflections
Mari Ilona — Shirley
Terijo — you
Emma Briggs — Peace on the Front Line and Pest
Wild Flower — Life is Poetry
Rex Charger — My Lifeline, My Love
Kay McKnight — Opposite Day
Stephen Schatzl — A Tingle in Time
Eric Sorensen — Tiger Stripes
Stephen M. Tomic — Chandeliers & Nooses
Justin Deming — In Death
Stephen Leatherdale — Into the Twilight
Stephen M. Tomic — One of the Dead
Amy Kitcher — Gift ideas for fantasy writers
The View From Mars — FOR RENT: Safe+Clean Night Unit (8pm-8am) on 52nd Flr
E.D. Martin — One Version of Forever Love
Austin Lack — Vintage
Justin Deming — Invasion
Jef Littlejohn — Women Are Born Bodies of Water
DiAmaya Dawn — A Day in the Sun
Jef Littlejohn — A Clamor of Winged Things
Chris Drew — For What It’s Worth
Justin Deming — The Showman
Anna Rozwadowska — Drops
Jocelyn Villarreal — Alive
Rev Dr Sparky — Smoke and Mirrors
Annie Caldwell — Stop Harassing me
Ecem Yucel — Sink or swim
DiAmaya Dawn — On Pointe
Ashley Capes — Ho, Ho Tinkerbell
Zev — Wear Only Your Golden Masks Tonight
James Jordan — Song of Winter Past
Sravani Saha — The Dust Of My Void
Stephen M. Tomic — Tomorrow
Zev — Tocsin of a toxic selfish ㅤ with Rihanna’s vocal in mind
Mari Ilona — Domesticity
Erika Burkhalter — Goddess
Jk Mansi — Words Unspoken
Wild Flower — Today, I am
Natalie Frank, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) — Something Wicked . . .
Eric Sorensen — Maybe
Emma Briggs — Sun shower