SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED through Monday, May 10th for our 6th book of local writing. Learn more below.

Write on the DOT is a Dorchester-based community reading series and literary platform coordinated by UMass Boston MFA students to support and promote local writing.

We bring writers and neighbors together to share creative work and grow community.

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Submissions now open through May 10

Write on the DOT is publishing our 6th book of local writing from Dorchester and UMass Boston MFA affiliated writers. Writers of any experience level are encouraged to get published in our community. You can see past books in PDF under the #writelocal page on this website.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Prose (Fiction/Nonfiction/Memoir): up to 3,000 words
  • Flash fiction/memoir: 300-500 words (up to 2 submissions)
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems
  • Translations and original works in all languages are welcome. Translator must have appropriate permissions.
  • Photography/Artwork up to 3 images


  • Microsoft Word (or compatible) or pasted into the email.
  • No PDFs.
  • Photography/Artwork: high-resolution digital images (jpg preferred), related to Dorchester encouraged.

Submission Deadline:

We’ve extended the deadline by one week. All work should be submitted to Matt Shiels by email at by Monday, May 10, 2021.

Words Will Bloom: A Generative, Outdoor Writing Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 2-3PM (rain date: Sunday, April 25, 2-3PM)

Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester (meet on the patio directly behind the clubhouse)

Masks and social distancing required.

Words Will Bloom description: Were there certain words that helped you find hope during the last year? Or words that felt weighted with uncertainty and grief? In this outdoor generative writing workshop we will examine the personal and the collective “pandemic lexicon” and use a collaborative activity to expand on our definitions. Together we will discover new meaning and metaphor to tell our stories. This workshop is free and open to all; no writing experience required. Paper and pens will be available and participants are also encouraged to bring their own. Public restrooms available on site. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing at all times during the workshop. 

Lynn Drew‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in Cape Cod Poetry Review, Glassworks Magazine, Little Patuxent Review, Ocean State Review, Pangyrus, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA from UMass Boston and is an Advisory Board Member with Write on the DOT. She lives with her son and husband in Jamaica Plain.

Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Milk Teeth, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and will be published by Red Hen Press in 2022. Her previous collections include If a Storm (Anhinga Press), winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry); Figuring (Bull City Press); and Hawk Weather (winner the New Women’s Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Society. A recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Fulbright Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center, her recent work appears in The NationPoetry Northwest, Southern Humanities ReviewThe Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor for Salamander Magazine, teaches at Emerson College, and lives with her family in Dorchester, where she runs the poetry and music series Unearthed Song & Poetry and raises chickens.

Revisit our Season 10 Kickoff Reading from October 2020

Write on the DOT’s Season 10 Kickoff Reading on Friday, October 2nd featuring Candelaria Silva-Collins, Sam Cha, Ava Fields, and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram. Get links to the readers’ websites here and learn about this season’s DotWrite21 project here.