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A Year in Ink: Volume 8

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Archived Events, Blog | Comments Off on A Year in Ink: Volume 8



A Year in Ink (YII) is an anthology of the creative work of San Diego County writers, published each year by San Diego Writers, Ink. The annual publication represents a sampling of the tangible results of our community’s diligent scribblers.

Volume 8 will include short stories, novel and memoir excerpts, creative nonfiction, satire, flash fiction, and poetry. Anthology authors are a diverse group, young and old, new writers and much-published veterans.

SDWI receives numerous submissions each summer; this year the submissions process will be open the month of July 2014. At the close of the submission period, volunteer first readers evaluate submissions, which then go to the guest editors. A Year in Ink follows a blind submission process; authors are not identified until the selection process ends.

Editors for Volume 8:

deannelsonDean Nelson (Prose):  Dr. Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at PLNU. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston GlobeChristianity TodaySojourners, and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 11 books. He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest, including India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Africa, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile in Tanzania; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; and Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water.  In addition to directing the PLNU journalism program, Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing.

regegainesreg e. gaines (Poetry): This Tony-nominated writer, for the Broadway hit Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk, reg e gaines has facilitated his popular, “Is Poetry Theater?” workshops during various residencies including, The University of Southern California, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Windward School, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Voz Alta Project Gallery, The World Stage, Beyond Baroque, Farleigh Dickinson University, Rosa Parks Performing Arts Academy, Passaic County Community College, Montclair Public Library, and Scratch DJ Academy, which he co-founded with Jam Master Jay and Rob Principe.

Submission Criteria:

Eligibility: To showcase our vibrant, dedicated writing community, publication will be limited to residents of San Diego County. Former San Diego Writers, Ink members who currently live outside the area are also invited to submit. All work must be previously unpublished.

Poetry: Submit up to three poems, single-spaced in generic font. Maximum 35 lines per poem.

Prose: Submit fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir and novel excerpts, double-spaced in generic font. Maximum 3,500 words, no more than two entries.

Flash Fiction: Submit a maximum of three pieces, 1,000 word maximum per flash.

Reading fee: There is no reading fee for current San Diego Writers, Ink members. If you are a resident of San Diego County and NOT a member, we ask $5.00 per entry to SDWI to help support our volunteer-driven effort.  SDWI is a nonprofit organization and we are grateful for your support.

To Submit:


Click on the “BUY NOW” button above to register and then send your files via email to

Do not include your name (or any identifying information) in the file names or in the document itself, but do include your info in the body of your email. Pieces are read blindly. File name(s) should be the name of your piece(s) without the author name. As pieces are read online, formatting may be altered. If selected to be published, author will have the opportunity to revise formatting before publication.

All files should be in .doc format  (not .docx, please).

Submissions and reading fee must be received by July 31st at midnight to be considered. We are not responsible for lost or delayed email so please send early.

Questions? Email

If you are a member, you can register for free but we do ask that you register so that we can be sure that we have all of your contact info and that you are on the list of people planning to send files.  You need only register once.  For nonmembers paying the $5 fee per entry, please select the appropriate level of payment.  Membership is $35 for a year:  sign up now.


Each Anthology can’t happen without the dedicated support of many volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer this year, we are seeking copy editors, first readers, and volunteers for our anthology release in April of 2015. For more information, please email