Julie Marie Wade

New Mother

You cannot go back.  Leah had sketched the words on every scrap of paper, every grocery list, even the coupons she handed over at the store, the newspapers she bound with string and set out for recycling.  They, too, bore her new mantra beneath the bylines—four words from a soft-tipped ...
"IMG_7554 Vincent Van Gogh. 1853-1890. Paris. Chaumes de Cordeville à Auvers sur Oise. 1890. Paris Orsay." by jean louis mazieres is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Louvre at Twelve Miles an Hour

In fall 1985, I was sitting on a bench at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam staring at his View of Auvers, 1890. There were tears in my eyes, causing a young woman seated next to me to whisper to me, “It’s wonderful to see a man so moved by ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Dustin Grinnell

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Dustin Grinnell

Dustin Grinnell is a writer based in Boston. His creative nonfiction and fiction combines medicine and the humanities and has appeared in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Perspectives in Biology & Medicine, New Scientist, Hektoen International, Ars Medica, The Awakenings Review, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of ...
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Enya 4-Ever

Everyone has embarrassing dating stories. Some of us just have more than others. I have enough for an entire book. Among the highlights: following a break-up with my high school girlfriend, the first girl I asked out in college was a lesbian. In fact, my entire college dating resume involved ...
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2020 Discards: A Miscarriage Story

“I’m thinking about making a sourdough starter.” I said this in front of my mom in hopes that she would make the sourdough starter and then share some with me. Just like millions of other people spending the majority of my time at home since the pandemic started, I thought ...,_Arkansas.jpg


If you’re ever on the campus of the University of Minnesota, peek over the Washington Avenue Bridge. It’s about 70 feet down to the Mississippi. When I studied American poetry there, it would occasionally come up that the great John Berryman had ended his life by jumping off that bridge ...

What is College For?

A few days ago, I received a group email sent to the surviving members of my undergraduate college class announcing—boasting—that the class gift from our sixtieth reunion had been the primary contribution for a golf training facility at Rutgers University. A photograph of the plaque honoring our support accompanied the ...
"Lay Brothers' Refectory" by tj.blackwell is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


Last year I sat in a room darkened by automatic shades where collections of pixels were cast over my head to the wall-swallowing screen in front of me. I think there were nine of us in total, not counting John, charting the spectrum of sleep deprivation when we took our ...

Election 2020: A Lyric Essay

A black reverend represents Georgia and for white fucks, this is yet another loss for the Confederacy. After all, the senator’s surname features the root word “war.” The whitelash was as predictable as Brady’s MAGA cap. In the wake of the Grand Antebellum Party’s collapse, a young white man harvested ...
"Fogged" by Premnath Thirumalaisamy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Rejection Letter for My Traumatic Brain Injury

Dear Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.): Thank you for applying to the position of ‘what happened on Susan’s way home on May 5’ here at The Rest of Susan’s Life, Inc. We do really appreciate that you considered us, when we know there are a lot of places taking applications. We ...
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Disfigured, 1995

He sits stooped in bed, scowling. “I look like a corpse.” Robert’s face and neck are disfigured from surgery and radiation. His body is bruised and bone skinny. A tracheostomy tube juts from his neck, a feeding tube from his belly. It is cancer; too many cigarettes for too many ...
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Phantom Teeth

Using Zoom while living under the Covid-19 quarantine caused me to face something that I don’t face most of the time: my face. There it was, always looking back at me from my laptop screen. Even when I’m brushing my teeth or shaving, I only scan portions of it to ...
English: Cover illustration by Francis Cugat (1893–1981). Published by Charles Scribner's Sons., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Why The Great Gatsby Fails and The Things They Carried Succeeds: War and Love in the Eleventh Grade Classroom

I know from teaching literature to teenagers for a generation that this latest bunch are not naturally romantic, and so the earnest attitude that typifies modernist American literature can be a tough sell. The raw poignant cynicism of the current pop cultural rights of passage, like Breaking Bad or Orange ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Jeffrey H. MacLachlan

Jeffrey H. MacLachlan also has recent work in New Ohio Review, Columbia Journal, the minnesota review, among others. He teaches literature at Georgia College & State University. He can be followed on Twitter @jeffmack. Eckleburg: What captures your interest most in your work, now, as a reader of your work? ...
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If a Tree Falls in the Forest It Will Always Make a Sound

A tall, lush, evergreen forest. The sound of an airplane flying overhead. Bird calls echoing through the forest. Moss sleeves on tree branches. Moss coats on trunks. Massive ferns at their feet. A long dirt trail. The sound of boots walking on the path. Maple leaves scattered all over. The ...
Forget It | Recommended by Mercury-Marvin Sunderland

Forget It | Recommended by Mercury-Marvin Sunderland

Forget It by Anastacia Renee Anastacia Renee is a wonderful queer Black woman poet from Seattle who I had the great pleasure of being briefly mentored by in high school. Her work focuses on experimental poetry that uses symbols such / as \ this __ (.) She uses these methods ...
SELFIE INTERVIEW | Mercury-Marvin Sunderland

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Mercury-Marvin Sunderland

Mercury-Marvin Sunderland (he/him) is a transgender autistic gay man with Borderline Personality Disorder. He's from Seattle and currently attends the Evergreen State College. He's been published by University of Amsterdam's Writer's Block, UC Davis' Open Ceilings, UC Riverside's Santa Ana River Review, UC Santa Barbara's Spectrum, and The New School's ...
Milkman | Recommended by Kevin Grauke

Milkman | Recommended by Kevin Grauke

Milkman by Anna Burns I love a novel that expects you to immerse yourself fully into its world, especially when it's nothing like your own, as this one does.  I also love a novel with a voice so strong that it temporarily takes control of your thoughts like a virus ...

Submit Your Fiction, Essays & Poetry

We currently accept previously unpublished and polished prose up to 8,000 words year round, unless announced otherwise.  We accept essays and poetry, too. No multiple submissions but simultaneous is fine as long as you withdraw the submission asap through the submissions system. During the summer and winter months, we run our Writers Are Readers, Too, fundraiser when submissions are open only to subscribers. During the fall and spring, we open submissions for regular, unsolicited submissions. Submit 

WRITING WORKSHOPS | Fiction, Poetry, Essays & More

Writing Workshops

The Novel Workshop

The Novel: From Start to Finish

Create Unforgettable Characters. Unforgettable characters are the heart of an unforgettable narrative. Using a number of guided structural and narrative explorations, you will explore your characters and ask your characters ...
[Em]Powering the Self Workshop: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Hybrid Narratives

[Em]Powering the Self Workshop: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Hybrid Narratives

Welcome to the "Evolving Origins Workshop." In this course you will explore how progressive experiences with cultures, both your own and others, inform your writing voice. You'll add additional "writing ...
Magic Realism Workshop

Magic Realism Writing Workshop

Magic Realism is the sweet spot between realism and the fantastic. In this course, you will read short works and excerpts from foundational magic realism authors such as Virginia Woolf, ...
The Undead Workshop: Coming Soon...

The Undead Workshop: Coming Soon…

We will read and view excerpts of undead works such as Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Day of the Dead, The Walking Dead and more ...
30 Stories in 30 Days Workshop

30 Stories in 30 Days Workshop

In "30 Stories in 30 Days" you will write, write and write some more using favorite writing prompts by published authors and expert writing instructors. In this course, you will ...
Short Story Workshop

The Short Story Workshop

In this course we will study what constructs the world of the short story: pain, happiness, fear, love, desire, anger, and menace. You will write your characters, settings and scenes ...
Short Short Story Workshop

Short Short Story Workshop

This workshop explores the tricky art of writing and editing short short fiction (flash fiction), or stories under 1,000 words. Writers of short short fiction face the unique challenge of ...
Historical Fiction Writing Workshop

Historical Fiction Writing Workshop

The course objective is to prepare writers, of all levels, with the skills necessary to complete a historical fiction — short story or novel chapter. We will explore a variety ...
Alessandro Sicioldr Bianchi

Breaking Books: How to Get Started as a Book Reviewer

This course will walk students through the basics of writing, pitching, and publishing book reviews. We will discuss the many ways book reviews are valuable for literary citizenship, networking, and ...

The Eckleburg Workshops: Online Writing Workshops

Eckleburg offers noncredit online writing workshops in fiction, poetry, essays, short stories, the novel and more. The writing workshops are intended for writers who want to focus on craft in an encouraging, professional, diverse environment. 

All writing workshops are work-at-your-own-pace. When you are ready for individualized feedback—developmental edits, line edits and endnotes—submit your work. Our instructors have graduate degrees and professional publication experience in their writing workshop focuses and are happy to meet participants at whatever writing stage and focus participants find themselves. Participants may complete assignments anytime. We are open to English-speaking and writing participants both locally and globally and encourage gender and cultural diversity with a focus on historically marginalized voices.

Our instructors are award-winning and published authors and hold degress from/taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Iowa’s International Writing Program, Johns HopkinsYale, BrownHarvardColumbiaNew SchoolNew York UniversitySUNY, Portland, San Diego State University, New York University, Bennington, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Oregon and more. They live in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Ankara, San Diego, LA and Denver. Several of them are award-winning and with books out. They have been interviewed and published in The Paris Review,  The New YorkerAtlantic Monthly, McSweeney’sThe RumpusThe Nervous BreakdownThe New York Times, Salonand more. What our instructors share is an eye for innovative storytelling with solid narrative structure as well as a focus on personal voice. Learn more about our individual instructors. More Questions? Visit our FAQs Page.


Each work has its own strengths and needs, successes and focus areas. I approach each new work with an eye toward individual voice so that the work can take on a life of its own that focuses on your intentions. Below, you’ll find a link for submission guidelines and submitting your manuscript. As we move through your work, we’ll look at the following:

    • What is the intention for the work, as communicated on the page and as is essential to the main characters?
    • What is the authentic voice of the narrator, and how can this be brought out thoroughly and to the work’s best interest?
    • What is your authentic voice and how can this be coupled with the needs of the narrative voice?
    • Developmentally, how can the character arcs and the overall narrative be brought to fuller realization?
    • Linguistically, how does the cadence, syntax and repetition in language support the overall artistry of the piece? 
    • Mechanically, are the choices being made in the overall best interest of the authentic narrative voice?
    • What can be strengthened from word choice and comma usage?

Thank you for joining us at The Eckleburg Workshops. I promise to honor your hard work and talents.

How intensive is the Eckleburg Writing Workshops schedule?

You will be able to log in and complete the weekly writing prompts, readings, discussion prompts, etc. as it best fits into your schedule, whether you are at home or traveling. The online visual structure of the course makes it easy to read and respond via your desktop, laptop and smartphone.  Submit work for individualized feedback when it is convenient for you and your project.

How do I register for the Eckleburg Writing Workshops?

Begin by clicking on the workshop link you would like to take. Next, click on the CART link and you will be taken to the payment portal where you can pay by credit card or Paypal. You can CANCEL at anytime with a click. 

The Eckleburg Gallery

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About The Eckleburg Gallery

Since 2010, we have been an online, print and pop up gallery space for contemporary and international artists, including event installations in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Boston and more. We seek to share provocative art forms in all media through intimate, intellectual moments in which aesthetics and ideas entwine. We are committed to providing artists an international platform to explore voice, context and form in canvas, sculpture, performance, digital media, intermedia, video, technology and more. We encourage all aesthetics with gender and diversity awareness. 


Send us a link for your online portfolio that includes all the works (at least 3, 10 or more is better) that you would like us to consider. You can also send a 100 to 200 word bio. If accepted, we will request attached, high resolution jpegs of the chosen works. Submit Here. We look forward to viewing your work.