Maureen was named a 2014 National Book Award Finalist for her poetry collection, This Blue, which the National Book Foundation deemed "an extended love song to the natural world, to the poignant fallibility of contemporary culture, and to the multifoliate possibilities of the poetic voice itself."
New Millennium Writings was founded by prizewinning journalist Don Williams in 1996.
NMW promotes new and emerging writers of poetry, fiction, short-short fiction, and nonfiction by showcasing their works alongside profiles and interviews of famous writers, and through generous awards that have totaled more than $200,000.
If you are new to NMW, here's what people are saying about us...
From Great Writers:
“This is beginning to feel like a beautiful friendship!”
Francisco Cantolan San Francisco, CA
"I cannot overestimate the immense value of winning the NMW award in 2011. I credit your magazine with giving me a second career as a writer."
J. L. Schneider
“'Incoming Wounded' is a powerful poem that rises from the ashes of the personal in an archetypal, universal way. This poem is filled with indelible imagery. The last eight lines are dynamite, heartbreaking, as Tsvetayeva said, 'Bullets that go straight to the heart.' It is a fierce statement for all times.”
American Book Award winner Pamela Uschuk on Maureen O'Brien's prize‑winning poem
“The characters in 'Invasive Species' are larger-than-life and totally compelling; they are so fresh and vividly made that they have merged with my life. I've not read a more inventive story in a long while. This juxtaposition of myth and reality will haunt readers in many lovely ways.”
Novelist Allen Wier, on Jacob Appel's prize‑winning story
“I've followed your fine journal since 2000, when you were kind enough to publish ‘Saroyan's Bookie' (short story). Now I can't stop the characters from emerging. Thanks for hanging in there. Your excellent journal must mean so much to so many writers.”
Larry Hill, 2010 William Saroyan International Prize finalist for Saroyan's Bookie
“Having my story selected for your nonfiction prize helped me build the confidence to keep writing at a time when I really needed it.”
Melanie Hoffert, author of Prairie Silence (memoir)
More Great Writers:
“I found this to be one of the most powerful literary experiences I've ever had. For anyone who gives a whit about writing or the human condition, New Millennium Writings should be required reading.”
Kane S. Latranz, Alibi
“You were my first publication EVER, my poem, ‘Slope of the Land' in your journal. Will never forget that, it kept me going for a long time….”
Susan Tepper, Pulitzer Prize nominee, with co-author Gary Percesepe for What May Have Been: Letters of Jackson Pollock & Dori G.
“NMW will always have a special place in my heart.”
Dorene O'Brien, author of Voices of the Lost and Found
“By the way, I really love NMW. The content is some of the most “rockin' awesome” stuff that isn't shy and crosses boundaries, pushes the envelope, winks at the nun - you know what I mean. I read LOTS of literary journals, and, honestly NMW is up there in my top 5.”
Shela Morrison Gabriola Island, British Columbia
“You're new to me—but not for long.”
V. L. Settle Springfield, MA
“The last page of your last issue was one of the best. I used your short story points in my Creative Writing class. Also congratulations for certain of your writers gaining Breadloaf recognition. Cheers.”
Terrence McGuire Sewell, NJ
From Industry Greats:
“Highly recommended. NMW is one of our favorite journals.”
“Fiction, poetry and nonfiction that will feed your soul”
“The works of the best new authors in fiction, nonfiction and poetry are stunningly presented in each volume.”
“Best Reading for Spring, 2010”
The Montserrat Review
“Just a note on a Saturday afternoon when I'm supposed to be…should be grading freshman themes, but I got sidetracked when I read New Millennium Writings.…Your anthology is most impressive. I'm enjoying the Hemingway article and the story “Catfish” especially, and I plan to treat my creative writing class to your rules of writing on the last page…I think I'll order about 30 copies for my spring classes in poetry writing…”