This year’s anthology showcases stories both intimate and universal, and through each piece you can witness not only the talents of our young writers, but also the friendships that bond each mentee and mentor pair.
“I always think of Girls Write Now as an investment in the future of American writers, and the amazing stories and poems in their Anthology prove that the future will be bright beyond our imagining.” – Tayari Jones, author and former board member
We take the strongest, boundary-pushing work each girls writes and collect it each year in our award-winning literary journal. We publish pieces from all of our mentors and mentees, showcasing 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.
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In tune with this year’s curricular theme, New Worlds: the Girls Write Now 2013 Anthology is composed of stories that celebrate the incredible diversity and creative fearlessness of our intergenerational community, showcasing poetry, fiction, memoir and more that surprise us and stretch our understanding of the world and ourselves.
Remix reflects how we write now in the digital age: Skipping, combining and reimagining the work, people and places that inspire us, folding together those moments to create something new.
The 2011 curriculum at Girls Write Now is organized around the idea of Opening Lines, and each chapter of this volume welcomes us with the first line of a mentee’s piece written this season.
Guided by this year’s theme Where We Live, we embraced our surroundings — the intimacy of our bedrooms; stoops and street corners; even beyond our city limits.
The theme Bridging Worlds was chosen this season because that’s precisely what we do through our one-to-one pair meetings, monthly workshops, and large-scale public readings: dissolve the boundaries between generations and genres; span the divide between emotion and expression; and traverse those conveniently kept and dangerously unexplored places “between blindness and sight,” “rejection and desire,” and “loss and love.”
The theme of this year’s season and anthology, Becoming Women, reflects an understanding that growth is both constant and necessary. We are always becoming: women; writers; and together, a community of women writers.