As a writer and as a teacher who co-runs weekly writing groups where some of the members are looking to submit their work for publication, I’m often on the lookout for approachable literary magazines. I’ve had great experiences working with editors over the years, which is why I enjoy submitting my own work elsewhere from time to time rather than solely placing every idea on my site.

When I saw that Beth Burrell and Rudri Bhatt Patel launched The Sunlight Press, I knew I wanted to publish a piece of mine there. Burrell and Patel describe The Sunlight Press as “a digital literary journal that provides a home to new and established voices. We welcome creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, reviews, photography, and artist reflections on their craft.”

I thought of a half-finished concept in my drafts folder that could fit into their refections on craft section, but I wasn’t sure if it was too crazy to polish and submit. Why “crazy?” Well, read the finished version at The Sunlight Press and you’ll see. It’s called “A Writer’s Frenzied Attempt to Capture Ideas,” and it’s a view into my fears of my poor memory and the many systems I have in place to make sure I remember every potential idea. You might find good methods for capturing your own ideas. Or, you might never look at me the same way again. 🙂

See you there at my first essay for The Sunlight Press. I say “first” because I hope to publish there again!





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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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