15th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Family Knots

December is a time when the importance of family is emphasized.  Albeit most families may not be as picture perfect as depicted in movies or in adverts.  That’s the beauty of writing — authors are able to show that beauty lies in the intricacies and flaws of family bonds.

In the past four months, we received a lot of stories about familial relationships — the destruction they can cause and also the strength they can provide when reunited.  We have loved reading all the submissions and publishing our selection.

These stories and poems will offer some relaxing entertainment in these often-stressful festive weeks.  And perhaps an insight into your own intricate and wonderfully flawed family knots.

We wish you all the best this holiday season, whether you are enjoying it with your family or simply just trying to survive through it all.

Happy Holidays!

Cecile, Samir, Sofia & Vanessa

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14th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Love and Loss

The themes of love and loss burn like wildfire in this collection.  Our intercultural authors bring you stories and poems rife with powerful imagery.  These are not romantic notions of love or loss, but the gut-wrenching stuff of everyday life that we are all too familiar with.

We hope you enjoy this collection.
Cecile, Samir, Sofia & Vanessa

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13th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Escapism and Realism

There are moments when news—really bad news—inspires writers and poets, and in that inspiration we read works that are indubitably relevant to our present condition.

On a lighter note, we are excited about publishing a couple of character-driven speculative fictions.

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12th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Elements of Literature

© inna dee via flickr.comOn a dry and windy day in January 2012, Cecile, Samir, Sofia and Vanessa walked out of the notary’s office in Rotterdam, nervous and excited at having registered officially as a foundation. Now more than five years later, we are still up and running and barely managing to cope with the influx of submissions.

We are privileged to meet writers from all over the world with such varied backgrounds.  This edition is long overdue, since our special poetry edition in October.  In these pages you will find, for the first time, poetry intermingled with flash fiction, stories and essays.

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10th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: The Joy of Growth

Our tenth edition contains two new flash fictions, two short stories, a personal essay and an interview with Vyvyan Fox, an upcoming writer whose first publication was here on CWM in our very first edition.

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Open for Drama

Attention Playwrights:

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We are looking for your original work.  CWM is open for drama, so send us your best, polished plays.  Ideally we would like one-act plays, but longer pieces will be considered.

Please read our submission guidelines to make sure we give your submission the critical attention it deserves.

Goodluck!

CW team

Closed for Poetry

Dear Poets,

closed-sign-label_1046-9As of midnight 31st March we are closed for poetry submissions.  Thank you to all who submitted their amazing work to us, we can assure you we didn’t expect to receive such outstanding work.  Because of your trust in our publication, we can now proudly say we look forward to publishing your poems this summer.

To those whose poems weren’t accepted, please still think of us and submit to us again once we are open for poetry.  Like all publications, we had to be selective and the competition was strong.

Stay tuned…

CW editors team

9th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Discovering New Genres

Our ninth edition contains two new flash fictions—Shower Break by Russian Maria Shanina shows us how valuable a mother’s shower time is; and Kuwaiti Haitham Alsarraf exhibits the universal ceremonial repetitiveness for prayer in his vignette Friday Mosque.  In her personal essay Ful and Falafel, Sarah Osman shows the friction that arises from the clash between American and Egyptian culture.  Matt Smith’s short story Faux Pas explores the thin line between expressing opinions and racial discrimination. Plus an interview with Nigerian author Abubakar A. Ibrahim.

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