Welcome to thecommononline.org

The Common makes its digital debut! We’re a new literary magazine based at Amherst College. Our mission is to publish literature and art that embody a modern sense of place.

We’re hip and old school, local and foreign, sensible and experimental. Everything you want in a lit mag. Did I mention we publish pictures? In addition to a hand-picked group of stories, essays, and poems by emerging and established writers, each issue will have a suite of four-color images—oddities from archives and new, swank stuff from galleries.

Prepare to be amazed at the quality and variety headed your way.

Sign up to receive our e-updates and we’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop, including how and when to subscribe and submit.

In the meantime, check out our sample issue. If you like what you see, become a charter subscriber and get the early-bird special on subscriptions for 2011.

Please note that our website is a work in progress. We’ll be making changes to the design and adding features in the coming months. Thanks for visiting and come back often!

Welcome to thecommononline.org

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FAQ: Weekly Writes Vol. 6

Q: What if I’m busy and can’t work on the week’s prompts? Will they expire? A: No. While we hope that writing every week is part of your program experience, we understand that life gets in the way. The prompts are yours to download and keep, so you can start writing whenever you have time.