Typishly is a new online literary journal publishing short stories and poetry submitted by established and emerging writers.
Built for writers, loved by readers
Launched in November 2017, Typishly immediately began receiving accolades. We’ve been called beautiful, stylish, cool, text-y, smart, inspiring, wonderful, eclectic, vivid, visceral, stunning, challenging… and sometimes weird. Our editor is an internationally award-winning creative director who loves discovering exciting new writing talent. Typishly is also a welcoming home to more established writers. Submit your work.
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Will you be nominated for a Pushcart Prize?
On November 1, we’ll be sending three short stories and three poems to the selection team at Pushcart Press to compete for a prestigious Pushcart Prize, “the most honored literary project in America.” Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in their annual collections (there is no paid prize). The writer Rick Moody calls Pushcart “the most creative, the most generous, and the most democratic of any of the annual volumes.” If you’d like your story or poem to be considered for one of the six pieces in our Pushcart nomination package, it must be published in Typishly by the end of October.
5 Editor’s Choice Stories
Here’s a selection of our Editor’s Choice short stories for you to read and share.
Dara Passano does international aid work and is the author of The Guardian UK’s “Confessions of a Humanitarian” series, as well as the satire collection Give Me My Chocolate or the Turtle Dies. Dara’s fiction and commentary have appeared in the Apple Valley Review, Arcturus, Thought Catalog, Crack the Spine, East&West, The Perfume River Anthology and elsewhere.
Shelagh Powers Johnson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. She is an English professor at Bowie State University. Shelagh has been published in Ravishly, Luna Luna Magazine, Night Train, the Grace and Gravity anthologies, Portland Review, apt, Avatar Review, and Clackamas Literary Review, among others.
Steve Gergley studied at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City. His work has appeared in The Fiction Pool.
JoAnna Pollonais is a meditator, a feminist, an adventurer. She has worked as an editor and communication specialist for the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. On the move since 2002—from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to Brussels, Hanoi to Copenhagen, and Kigali to Cairo—she now lives in Brooklyn, where she’s writing a novel.
Mark Thomas was on Canada’s national rowing team and has worked as a commercial painter, banjo instructor and philosophy teacher. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, Thoughtful Dog, 365 Tomorrows, The Literary Hatchet, Blackheart Magazine, Dark Gothic and Commuterlit.
5 Editor’s Choice Poems
Here’s a short selection of our Editor’s Choice poems for you to read and share.
Kate Hoyle is a poet and visual artist who lives in California. Her five poem series, On America, toured the US and South America on exhibit in U2’s Joshua Tree World Tour 2017. “Survival Dreams of Birthday Cake” is a mark of the conversation between the breaking and the incandescent, the trauma and the breath. It is the dialogue of Kate’s inner and outer worlds. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, The AUDACITY and Handwritten.
Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He is a 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominee and received the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize. His collection Backmasking was winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. His latest, Red Clay Journal, is available from FutureCycle Press.
Christopher Watkins is an award-winning songwriter, producer, musician and recording artist. He has released 10 albums under the name Preacher Boy. He is also Senior Writer at Udacity (recently named to MIT’s “50 Smartest Companies” list). His debut poetry volume “Short Houses With Wide Porches” was published by Shady Lane Press (a program of The Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project). His poems have appeared or are appearing in The Massachusetts Review, Redivider, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. He received his MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from The Stonecoast MFA Program at The University of Southern Maine.
Herbert Woodward Martin served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than 30 years. He taught creative writing and African-American literature. Herbert has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). He also edited four books and wrote nine volumes of poetry. His publications include: The Shit-Storm Poems, Pilot Press, 1972, and Escape To The Promised Land, Bottom Dog Press, 2005. Herbert was born in 1933.
Aya Elizabeth is a recent college grad whose obsessions have included black holes, trees, and more recently, jellyfish. Her poetry has appeared in Konch Magazine.
5 Creative Challenge winners
We have a never-ending supply of writing prompts to stimulate your creativity. First lines, last lines, and collections called ‘word salads’. We refresh them every three weeks. Here are a few of the best responses to our creative challenges.
Linda McMullen is a peripatetic American diplomat often found in Africa or Asia. Her short stories will be appearing in Palaver, Enzo Publications, Temptation Press and Panoply.
D. R. James has written poetry collections including Since Everything Is All I’ve Got (March Street) and five chapbooks, most recently Why War and Split-Level. His work has appeared in Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford and Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry. His full-length collection ‘If god were gentle’ appears in December 2017 from Dos Madres Press. James lives in Saugatuck, Michigan, and has been teaching writing, literature, and peace-making at Hope College for 33 years. Visit his Amazon author page.
Joshua Lindenbaum has been published in Five 2 One Magazine, Silhouette Press, Mistake House, Blue Lake Review, 3Elements Review, The Oddville Press and The Write Room.
Jem Patrick Moore is a writer of short fiction from Melbourne, Australia. He divides his time between writing and teaching English. His work explores the kinds of violence that can arise from the banality of everyday life. He currently lives in Sweden.
Timothy Tarkelly lives in Western Kansas, where he works for a non-profit serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence. His poetry has appeared in Paragon Journal, GNU, Haunted Waters Press, Cadaverous Magazine, Whisper and the Roar, Poets & War, Lycan Valley Press, Fourth & Sycamore, and Aphelion. He was an honorable mention for Noir Nation’s Golden Fedora Poetry Prize.
5 of our Most Shared
Our Most Shared (most loved) short stories and poems are being discovered and appreciated by a wide audience on social media. If you see something you like, please share it so others can discover Typishly. Our community of writers is grateful for your support. (By the way, we’ve just jumped onto Twitter @typishly. See you there.)
Simon Nader is a London-based professional actor, director and writer. He is the author of a collected volume of comedic issues-based poetry called The Alphabet According to Several Strange Creatures, and its sequel The Alphabet According to Several Strange Humans.
Ailish Annie James is an English literature graduate who is looking for work in the Welsh countryside. She would like to go to Japan to teach English. Ailish wrote this poem as a special project for Typishly, for which we are grateful.
Natalia Sarkissian lives in Italy where she teaches English and Writing. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing and photographs have appeared in a variety of publications both in Italy and the US. She is currently working on a novel.
John Jay Speredakos is a New York-based professional actor and writer with an MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has appeared on and off-Broadway, in films, TV, and radio dramas for the last few decades, and is a devoted daddy to his daughter, Calliope. More information and photos can be found on IMDb.
Deanna Nese holds an MA in Multicultural Education. She teaches middle school and has published two novels: Shelter in Place (2014) is about four women coming together to raise a child; The Needle’s Eye (2016) is dark fantasy fiction. Her flash fiction has appeared in the VC Reporter.
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