The Study: Issue #37 — It's Okay

Don't be so hard on yourself.

It’s Okay

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It’s okay you only wrote 100 words today.

It’s okay you couldn’t get out of bed until 2.

It’s okay you haven’t finished reading a book in a year.

It’s okay you haven’t written anything all week—you’re still a writer.

It’s okay you don’t want to talk to anyone just yet.

It’s okay there aren’t enough hours in the day.

It’s okay you spent all weekend bingeing on Netflix and potato chips.

It’s okay you’re not as productive now as you were four months ago.

This will pass. We will find normal again.

It’s okay.

Links and Headlines

Wattpad data breach exposes account info for millions of users” by Lawrence Abrams | Bleeping Computer

An author bought his own book to get higher on bestseller lists. Is that fair? by David Barnett | The Guardian

The Changing World and Your Writing” by Jessica Faust | Bookends Literary Agency

Write Your ‘Leaving New York’ Essay With Our Handy Chart” | Electric Literature


A section devoted to current submission opportunities without submission fees.

Poetica Magazine — poetry/prose centered on the personal Jewish experience | Deadline: August 15

Sleetmagazine — short/flash fiction, poetry related to current events (pandemic, BLM, election, etc) | Deadline: August 15

FLEAS ON THE DOG — short fiction/non-fiction up to 5000 words | Deadline: August 30

Luna Station Quarterly — circus-themed short fiction | Deadline: August 22

Mysterion — speculative short fiction | Deadline: July 31

Girls Right the World — poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme | Deadline: December 31

Storm Cellar — Prose, poetry, art, images. See website for themes and details | Deadline: Rolling

34 Orchard — Short fiction, poetry | Deadline: July 31

Blueline Magazine — poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature's shaping influence | Deadline: November 30

The Awakenings Review — poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art about personal experience with mental illness | Deadline: Rolling

The Absurdist — funny/strange flash fiction | Deadline: Rolling

CHILLFILTR — short fiction, personal essays, poetry, memoirs | Deadline: Rolling

Red Planet Magazine — Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, visual arts | Deadline: Rolling

Borrowed Solace: Fall 2020 Issue (Theme: Mysticism) — fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art & photography | Deadline: July 31

About Place Journal — creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, hybrid work, video and artwork | Open for Submissions: June 1 | Deadline: August 1

Northwest Review — Translation, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, graphic narrative | Deadline: Unclear

Volney Road Review — poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction | Deadline: August 1st

Scrivener Tip of the Week — Document Icons

Document Icons are the little images next to a document’s name in the Binder. They make it much easier to find a desired document at a glance. To add/change the icon associated with a particular document:

  1. Select the document in the Binder.

  2. Navigate to Documents > Change Icon

  3. Select a new icon from the menu.

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