Issue 1: Belonging

Belonging may be present in a moment, a place, or even a person. Our writers take us anywhere, anytime. Our submissions are now closed and we are in the judging process. We are offering a $200 writing prize, to be announced in August. 

Desert rose is a print and online literary magazine uplifting the voices of women of color published biannually. We are now accepting donations and pre-orders. 

 

About our Judges

  JOY FRANCIS   Joy Francis is executive director of  Words of Colour Productions , a creative communications agency for writers of colour - of all genres, co-founder of  Digital Women UK  and  The Black Love Project , co-director of the  Synergi Collaborative Centre  and, in an independent capacity, project manager for the  Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships , a partnership between Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Her diverse career spans journalism, academia, film, literature, strategic communications, PR, and civil rights.

JOY FRANCIS

Joy Francis is executive director of Words of Colour Productions, a creative communications agency for writers of colour - of all genres, co-founder of Digital Women UK and The Black Love Project, co-director of the Synergi Collaborative Centre and, in an independent capacity, project manager for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships, a partnership between Arts Council England and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Her diverse career spans journalism, academia, film, literature, strategic communications, PR, and civil rights.

  FARHANA SHAIKH   Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She edits   The Asian Writer  , an online magazine championing Asian literature and runs the small press  Dahlia Publishing  which publishes regional and diverse writing. Farhana hosts the popular Writers Meet Up Leicester as well as Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing. In 2017, she won Travelex & Penguin’s The Next Great Travel Writer competition and is currently part of Curve’s Cultural Leadership programme.

FARHANA SHAIKH

Farhana Shaikh is a writer and publisher born in Leicester. She edits The Asian Writer, an online magazine championing Asian literature and runs the small press Dahlia Publishing which publishes regional and diverse writing. Farhana hosts the popular Writers Meet Up Leicester as well as Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing. In 2017, she won Travelex & Penguin’s The Next Great Travel Writer competition and is currently part of Curve’s Cultural Leadership programme.

  ERIKA T. WURTH   Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel,  Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend , two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories,  Buckskin Cocaine . Her novel You Who Enter Here is forthcoming from SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing and The Kenyon Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

ERIKA T. WURTH

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. Her novel You Who Enter Here is forthcoming from SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing and The Kenyon Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

  NORA DE HOYOS COMSTOCK   Dr. Comstock is the national and international founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She retired from the President/CEO position but maintains a position on the board. Nora is an entrepreneur, business leader, and pioneer in utilizing social media to build a community for Latinas. She currently leads a business development consultancy known as Comstock Connections and is an elected official serving as Austin Community College Trustee for a 6 year term.

NORA DE HOYOS COMSTOCK

Dr. Comstock is the national and international founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She retired from the President/CEO position but maintains a position on the board. Nora is an entrepreneur, business leader, and pioneer in utilizing social media to build a community for Latinas. She currently leads a business development consultancy known as Comstock Connections and is an elected official serving as Austin Community College Trustee for a 6 year term.

 

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