Letter From the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Pen in Hand, January 2016

Dear Members,

Happy New Year!

Welcome to first edition of Maryland Writers’ Association online literary and art publication!

I could not be more excited to serve as Editor in Chief. Creating this magazine, reading the submissions, and putting together the very first online magazine was a thrilling experience.  Thank you so much for the enthusiastic, warm welcome!

This inaugural edition was theme-based, centered on New Year’s Resolutions, and focused on flash fiction, micro poetry, and post card art.  Thank you to all who submitted work; the energy, passion, creativity, and talents of the Maryland Writers’ Association community were impressive and evident.  I encourage all of you to write, create, and submit.

Sections of the magazine are divided into Categories, located under Content. Be sure to check out the Author Interviews, the Letter from MWA’s President, Lalita Noronha, the Craft article, and of course, our member submissions!

As I send this to publication, we are buried under mountains of snow. I hope you all stay warm and safe. I, for one, am already dreaming of Spring, which is when the next edition will be published.  The deadline for the April edition is February 15, and submissions are accepted beginning February 1., 2016. I look forward to reading your work.

Whether you are an emerging writer, an established author, submitting for the first time, or are previously published, I hope you consider submitting to Pen in Hand.

Happy Creating!


Kirsten (Kit) O’Neill,

Editor in Chief,
Pen in Hand


The 2015-2016 Maryland Writers’ Association Contest is Now Open!
MWA’s Contest is open to Member and Non-Members.
I hope you consider entering!