“Attend a Girls Write Now reading, participate in a Girls Write Now workshop, or open this book and the result is the same: pure, joyous astonishment. These writers are the real thing, full of swagger and vulnerability simultaneously.” – Emma Straub, mentor, author
After guiding each mentee through so many of the rites of the writer’s life—creation, revision, submission, public presentation—our mentoring program culminates each year with our annual anthology, in which each mentee and mentor has a published piece.
To produce our anthology, we take a step back and ask ourselves, what’s emerged in our weekly pair sessions? In our monthly group workshops? In our public reading series? We discover an organic set of themes exploring who we are alone and with each other, at home and abroad, and how these identities define us as women.
The result is our award-winning literary journal, where we publish a selection of work created each year by our mentees and mentors: the stories that surprise us and stretch our understanding of the world and ourselves.
The Girls Write Now anthology has been recognized as the Outstanding Book of the Year in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and has earned additional honors from the International Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and the New York Book Festival.
Our anthologies have received praise from Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Meg Wolitzer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Christina Baker Kline, Eve Ensler, Isaac Fitzgerald, Emily St. John Mandel, Janet Mock, and countless others. Says People magazine, “It’s hard not to be inspired.”