Welcome to the Solon Center for Research and Publishing first issue of Insights Literary/Art Journal. Stories from authors published and unpublished will debut here. Original art will accompany the stories.

Most literary journals don’t have much art. We believe combining the two is the best way to make each medium come to life, which enhances the viewer’s/reader’s experience.

We’ll host contests, working with Gallery Fukurou, of Rockland, Maine and the Maine publisher Polar Bear & Company.

ISSUE 1 includes six short stories with art from COASTAL MAINE IN WORDS AND ART and other books, sutras of philosophical dimensions, a memoir from a boat builder’s WINTER APPRENTICE, two children’s poems, and two Maine based serialized novels of intrigue and insights.


We invite you to submit short stories centered around a photographic art piece.

  • The monthly 300-800 word contest allows you to write about anything you wish as long as the artwork is your central focus. Due by the 22nd of each month. GO HERE.
  • The monthly 800-1,200 word story contest is our climate change challenge. The evidence is in, we are in a climate crisis. We welcome your stories inspired by an art piece that revolve around a climate issue and a solution to that issue. Due by the 27th of every month. GO HERE

This month’s short story writers highlighted:

The first chapters of novels:

Enjoy reading. We hope the stories and art inspire your creativity.

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