Winter Quarterly 2024: Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is here to stay. Whether people live in South America or the United States, Europe or China, Africa or India, we will not escape this fact: The climate is changing. Every day, we witness uncontrolled wildfires, more powerful hurricanes, extreme flooding, severe droughts, and rising sea levels.

We must prepare to confront climate change as an existential moment in the 21st century and work as one world for our teens, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Consider these climate events:

  • Heatwaves in Southern Europe, Southern United States, and Mexico
  • Worst wildfire in Canada and a record 45 million acres burned
  • Rising seas and ocean acidification, retreating sea ice and land ice
  • Permafrost thawing, melting glaciers and ice sheets
  • Drying soil affecting agriculture in United States and around the world
  • Warmest World Record: 2023

The theme of the Write Launch Winter Quarterly is the Climate Crisis, and we are looking for submissions in poetry, fiction, essay, and art that explore your experience of, and response to, this crisis. Such exploration could include a poetic response to climate change or a futuristic story about rising seas that destroy a coastal city. Or consider an essay about a nation state whose population has experienced  climate change or a work of art—drawing, painting, or photography—previewing life on Earth in thirty or fifty or eighty years.

We, who are alive today, must grasp the Climate Crisis as an existential moment to face with clarity and resolve, thus preparing  humanity for a world that we ourselves would not recognize at the turn  of the 21st century.

In the Winter 2024 quarterly issue, we are calling for work exploring the theme of the Climate Crisis: causes, impacts, and consequences.

Submissions for the Winter 2024 quarterly are open December 13, 2023, through December 28, 2023, in the following categories: poetry, fiction, essay, and art.

Submissions not specific to the climate crisis theme will be open for previously unpublished work in the following categories: poetry, fiction, book review, and art.

About the Author

Sandra Fluck

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Writer, poet, and educator, Sandra Fluck graduated from U.C.L.A. with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English Literature. She also has a Master of Arts (Religion) from the Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. She has taught English Literature, Creative Writing, English Composition, and Technical Writing in colleges in California and Pennsylvania. Sandra is the creative force behind bookscover2cover and The Write Launch.

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