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Featured Client: Lucille Lang Day

We are thrilled to introduce our most recent Featured Client, Lucille Lang Day! By title, Lucille is a poet, short story writer, essayist, and book author—but most of all, she is a masterful storyteller. Her poetry exhibits the same narrative power as her prose, creating vivid situations inhabited by remarkably human characters. The interpersonal relationships she describes touch on a wide range of emotions that spring up between family members, spouses, and friends, lending much of her work a therapeutic quality. As a result, her pieces have appeared in many well-read journals, including Atlanta Review, Cincinnati Review, Hudson Review, and others. Watch her short video to hear about her process and her experience with Writer’s Relief.

In Lucille Lang Day’s Own Words

For five and a half years, I’ve been a Writer’s Relief client, and during this time, I’ve made tremendous strides in getting my work published.

I started writing and publishing more than 40 years ago—in 1972. Before hooking up with Writer’s Relief, I’d published several poetry books, as well as many individual poems in literary magazines and anthologies. However, getting my creative prose out into the world had proved to be more difficult. At the time I started working with Writer’s Relief, I’d published only one short story and three personal essays.

Thanks to Writer’s Relief, all that has changed. I now have a short story collection almost ready to submit to publishers, and more than half of the stories have appeared in literary magazines. Best of all, my memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, came out in 2012, and eight of the sixteen chapters had been published as personal essays in literary magazines. One of them was published twice, one won the Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction, and one was cited as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays.

In addition to helping me publish my prose, Writer’s Relief has helped me find many new markets for my poetry. Working with them has been both fruitful and fun. I feel that the staff members are now my friends, and I highly recommend them to all writers who need help with the business side of writing.

About Lucille Lang Day

Lucille Lang Day’s memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. She has also published a children’s book, Chain Letter, and eight poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently The Curvature of Blue. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in such magazines and anthologies as Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati ReviewThe Hudson Review, Passages North, Poet LoreThe Threepenny Review, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, and New Poets of the American West. She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her M.A. in zoology and Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, writer Richard Michael Levine.

Visit Lucille’s website and follow her on Twitter!

Lit Mag Spotlight: Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction

This month’s Lit Mag Spotlight is honored to shine on Creative Nonfiction! This groundbreaking magazine publishes some of the best (you guessed it!) nonfiction in the world, and they’ve taken time out of their busy schedule to tell Writer’s Relief a little about themselves. Read about their ideal essay, what they think widens the scope…Continue Reading

Lit Mag Spotlight: Harpur Palate


Our Lit Mag Spotlight is shining its literary light on Harpur Palate! Their lovely staff took the time to talk to Writer’s Relief about what makes them swoon, what makes them tick, and what makes them “them.” As always: Enjoy! CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by February 28 to enter to win…Continue Reading

Tell Your True Story: Six Tips To Help You Publish A Personal Essay

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Writing a true story (a personal essay) is a personal experience—and as such, what matters most is your experience of your writing and your satisfaction with the work you’ve done. We all have an important story to tell. But if you’d like to see your personal essay published in a literary journal, here are a few…Continue Reading

How To Write Fiction Based On Real Life

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Writing fiction from real-life experiences isn’t as easy as it sounds. Fiction writers—writers of short stories and novels—must know when to use real-life details and when those details don’t work well in prose. Putting your real life in writing can be inspiring, but it can be dangerous too. Creating Fiction From Personal Experiences: Life is…Continue Reading

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