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Guest Room Journal Spring 2021 Lineup

Updated: Jan 25

Guest Room Journal, a unique quarterly print journal in response to the pandemic, soon to be available from most major online retailers and direct from us. Ask for it in your local bookstore!

Winter 2020 Issue Coming Soon!


"Tell Me a Story From Your Life" (Memoir/true stories))

Most Exalted (aka Cooter Rasputin), Kelli Hansel Haywood, Douglas Imbrogno, Lara Lillibridge, Maria Manilla, Ann Pancake

"Bringing the Light" (Inspiring Essays/Guidance)

Andréa Fekete, Doug Van Gundy, Rajia Hassib, Bill Lynch, Sassa Wilkes

"Becoming" (Interviews)

poet Ron Houchin, artist Chet Lowther, Retired Maj. Richard Ojeda

Look Closer (Poetry)

Ace Boggess, Stan Bumgardner, Pauletta Hansel, Jodi McMillian, Mary Moore

Wooden Nickels (Humor)

Mission Statement

To uplift. To inspire. Guest Room Journal publishes intelligent commentary, inspiring personal narratives, interviews, humor, and quality poetry. During a time when inspiration, rational thought, and connection is needed most, the Guest Room is a space for well-crafted content that’s healthy for its readers professionally, emotionally, and intellectually. Guests of the journal include new and returning contributors with pieces perpetuating our best human traits: ingenuity, humor, creativity, and most importantly, hope, in an era when social distancing means many rely on “social” media for information and contact, as it permeates our culture with toxic tribalism, outrage, extremism, and misinformation. 

We all can move closer to becoming our best selves, whatever that looks like for each of us in this moment. Guest Room Press is where writers become. Guest Room Journal is where we all become. 

Guest Room Journal includes five sections:

Bringing the Light (Inspiring essays/guidance)

essays by critical thinkers and creatives exploring views based in knowledge, lived experience and/or research. Every topic and life-stage explored here: parenting, creativity, art, divorce, career, loss, health, spirituality, illness, mysticism, aging, addiction, dating, and coping with the many personal fall-outs of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Becoming (Interviews)

the editor interviews Guest creatives, entrepreneurs, and experts in their fields. Want professional and creative inspiration? Find it here.

Tell Me a Story from Your Life (Memoir)

Guests share intimate narratives from their own lives and memoir excerpts. Emphasizes growth and wisdom through lived experience, describes those real-life moments deserving of close observation.

Wooden Nickels (humor) That old saying, “don’t accept any wooden nickels, kid” applies here. Don’t listen to us. We’re completely full of it. Okay, not always, like a broken clock is right when the early bird catches the fish he taught the man to catch or whatever.

Look Closer (poetry)

High quality poetry of an uplifting nature from established poets and emerging voices, poetry on seeing beauty and life inside ourselves and in our surround.

Submission Guidelines

Seeking one-time contributors and returning Guests. Pitch me a series or interview. Seeking mostly narrative essays, memoir excerpts, and flash memoir. Prose maximum 2,500-ish words (no minimum). Seeking written interviews with artists, experts, professionals, and leaders. Poetry of an uplifting nature. Humor. Photography for cover use. Previously published pieces accepted. This is a startup. I currently pay one contributor’s copy and a 30% discount on subsequent copies (+ shipping). I hope to keep my press afloat with the proceeds and someday be able to pay contributors (and maybe even myself).

Reach out with questions. Send submissions and brief bio in MS Word format or pasted into body of email to publisher@guestroompress.com

Want to Support the Journal?

Buy a print subscription or single issues mailed to you direct from the editor, or order online from most major online retailers. Ask for it at your local bookstore. We offer discounts on bulk purchases.

Thanks for your interest. Hope to hear from you soon!

Andréa Fekete, Guest Room Press CEO, Editor-in-Chief

Guest Room Press is a member of the Independent Book Publisher's Association

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