This is the Solon Center for Research and Publishing‘s first issue of Insights Literary/Art Journal. Stories from authors published and unpublished will debut here. Original art will accompany the stories. The journal will be published online bimonthly.

“Most literary journals don’t have much art. We believe combining the two is the best way to make each medium come to life, which enhances the viewer’s/reader’s experience,” read the press release.

The Solon Center will host contests, working with Gallery Fukurou, of Rockland, Maine and the Maine publisher Polar Bear & Company.

ISSUE 1 includes six short stories with art from COASTAL MAINE IN WORDS AND ART and other books, sutras of philosophical dimensions, a memoir from a boat builder’s WINTER APPRENTICE, two children’s poems, and two Maine based serialized novels of intrigue and insights.

BIMONTHLY CONTESTS: Submit short stories centered around a photographic art piece.

  • This bimonthly contest, 300- 800 words, allows you to write about anything you wish – as long as the artwork is your central focus. Due by the 22nd before the next publication. So, for this May issue the deadline is June 22. GO HERE.
  • The bimonthly 800-1,200 word story contest is our climate change challenge. The evidence is in, we are in a climate crisis. Stories have to be inspired by an art piece that revolves around a climate issue and a solution to that issue. Due by the 26th before the next publication. So, for this May issue the deadline is June 26th. GO HERE.

This bimonthly short story writers highlighted:

The first chapters of novels:

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