On 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.
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.
As 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.
CW editors team
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.
Happy New Year!
Thank you for helping CW magazine grow and sending in your stories and essays in 2015. We have enjoyed another year of working on the magazine and the website, bringing you stories from all over the world by intercultural writers—both beginners and veterans.
We have open submissions for the foreseeable future in Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Novelettes, Novel excerpts, Personal Essays & Memoirs.
For poetry, submissions close on the 31st of March, so hurry and send in your poems. We hope to publish the first poems on CW Magazine’s pages in the beginning of summer.
Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting and make sure your submission qualifies for our publication (Note: poetry guidelines are on a separate page). We hope to read your work soon.
All the best for 2016 and keep writing,
Our eighth edition contains an eclectic mix of literature in this edition, including an interview with award-winning editor and writer Tara L. Masih. Two personal essays by Christine Stoddard and Paul Sohar—as distinct as can be in terms of voice and content. We also bring you fiction by Turkish-American Adnan Adam Onart and British-Irish Clive Collins.