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A Year in Ink, Vol 7 (Open to Aug 15)

We’re looking for San Diego’s finest writing—stories, poems, creative nonfiction, essays, flash fiction, excerpts from novels or memoirs. Send us your wild, your imaginative, your most heart-felt—the yet-to-be published work you consider your best.

Submissions open now through August 15, 2013!

A Year in Ink, Vol. VII
with special guest editors:

Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Poetry Editor

shadabShadab Zeest Hashmi is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her book Baker of Tarifa won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry InternationalVallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland ReviewThe Adirondack ReviewNew Millennium WritingsRHINO, The Citron Review, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, HubbubUniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry3 Quarks DailySpillway, Sugar Mule and other placesShe has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University as a writer-in-residence. Kohl and Chalk is her new book of poems.

Jim Ruland, Prose Editor

Jim (2)Jim Ruland is a veteran of the Navy, the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome, and the host of the irreverent reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its ninth year. His work has appeared in The Believer, Esquire, Granta, Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, and more, and his book review column, The Floating Library, appears every three weeks in San Diego CityBeat. His next book, Giving the Finger, co-authored with Scott Campbell, Jr. of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, will be published in February of 2014.

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 All work must be previously unpublished.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 help support our volunteer-driven effort. SDWI is a nonprofit organization and we are grateful for your support.

To Submit:

Only online submissions accepted. Attach your pieces (each piece as a separate file) as Word documents (.doc not .docx). Do not include your name (or any identifying information) on these files. Pieces are read blindly. File name(s) should be the name of your piece(s). As pieces are read online, formatting may be altered. If selected to be published, author will have the opportunity to revise formatting before publication. Send your submissions to

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Submissions and reading fee must be received by AUGUST 15TH to be considered.

Questions? Email


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 and Anthology Reading Event Coordinators. For more information, please email