Dear Valued Readers, Our Summer Contest Issue is always a special joy, to celebrate such excellence, diversity, passion, and compassion in writing today, as a counterbalance, and even a saving grace, against the forces that attempt to divide us.

We thank our superb judges:  Terrance Hayes in poetry, Phillip Lopate in nonfiction, and Ann Hood in fiction for their careful selection of winners and finalists.

Special thanks to all who submitted. We received almost double the number of submissions this year, so the choices were especially difficult with such a plethora of fine writing. Read  the Summer issue

New from the SolLit Blog:


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A Writer-Photographer’s Poignant Essay about Smelter Town

By William Crawford

Managing Editor’s Note:  In this piece by William Crawford, his photo of a cemetery in a town devastated by contamination from mining triggers a touching essay about the birth and death of a town and the melancholy words of Tom Rush, a popular folk singer-songwriter from the 1970’s.  The underlying poisoning of the town is a story… Read more »



Misogyny and the Acceptance of Violence Against Women

By Patricia Carrillo

Note from Intern Anita Ballesteros: Patricia Carrillo Collard, in this week’s powerful blog post, snaps the reader to attention.  Patricia challenges us all to look deeper within ourselves with her reflections on societal acceptance of violence against women and marginalization of women as a result of conscious — and subconscious — misogyny. MISOGYNIST — WHO,… Read more »