Optimist Review High School Program

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Wren’s Nest Optimist Review High School Publishing Program

The Optimist Review Program is an opportunity for Atlanta-area high school students to produce a fancy schmancy literary journal. We’ve been at it for ten years now.

(7 Years Good Luck, Summer 2016)


Each summer, a handful of student-editors are invited to the Wren’s Nest twice a week to learn the ropes of the print industry from professionals. In the past, we’ve hosted writers from Atlanta Magazine and Creative Loafing. We’ve also sent our editors to visit Paste Magazine, Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN.


The Wren's Nest Optimist Review at the AJC

Meanwhile, their peers from all over Metro-Atlanta toil away and submit their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art for consideration.

The editors then pick the best of the submissions and create a handsome literary journal to put it in.

After several months of delightfully exhausting work, the Optimist Review editors release their journal at the Decatur Book Festival, complete with a literary salon release party. In 2014, our editors released the smart-looking Un(en)titled.
Sound like this is for you?

If you’re looking to be one of the all-powerful student editors, we can’t wait to receive your editor application sometime on or before May 24, 2016. See “Applications and Forms” below.

If you’d rather have your work published in our journal, use the submission cover sheet (also below) when you send in your short stories, essays, poetry, and artwork by June 26, 2016, please.

Note — while there are submission and application deadlines, it’s never too early to send things our way. Hop to!

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Applications and Forms

Editor Application

Submission Cover Sheet


• Want to help spread the word? Promotional Program Flyer (click here to download a PDF file).

Contact Information

Got questions? Talk to Kalin.

• Send editor applications to kalin@wrensnest.org.

• Send submissions to submissions@wrensnest.org.

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