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Just like that, August is slipping away


I always treasured the month of August, my favorite month tucked away at the end of my favorite season. These last lazy days of summer feel peaceful but also exciting; the anticipation of new beginnings is palpable, whether you're going "back to school" or not. 


For us at Carolina Muse, excitement is in the air for two reasons: 1. our upcoming submission deadline the last day of August and 2. our publication's birthday coming up mid-September! 🎂🎉 


As we look forward to both of these milestones, we'd like to celebrate the value of sharing creative work. Supporting all types of artists and giving their work the love it deserves is the foundation of Carolina Muse. Why should you submit your art? We have a few thoughts...

Why it's important to submit to

a literary & arts magazine✨

One.  Sharing your emotions, experiences, and perspectives with others through art can be freeing & rewarding. While it can feel intimidating to share your art, after taking that first step, many creatives feel empowered and will take on a newfound pride in their work.


Two.  Your work can encourage empathy by widening a reader’s view of the world. Art often reveals the deepest parts of someone's soul & experiences, both positive & negative. Seeing this art exposes readers to another person's raw reality or interpretation of the world, opening them up to an alternate mindset and inviting compassion.


Three.  You’ll join a supportive arts community that promotes & celebrates your work. We will always have our creators' backs! We try our best to support our published creators in their artistic endeavors, even sharing their work to our socials when we can. Not only that, but many creators will become inspired by each other and will start to follow each other in their own artistic journeys. 


Four.  Getting published expands your audience & portfolio. Tack Carolina Muse Literary & Arts Magazine onto your CV😘 Not to mention, the added exposure your work has through our virtual & print magazines.


Five.  It will help support & encourage small arts publications. The larger our submission pool, the better the magazine is for everyone! Plus, it validates our team that we're working toward our mission & building our beloved arts community.


Six.  It can help those going through similar experiences to feel less alone. Similar to the way art drives compassion in those who have different life experiences, art drives human connection & solidarity in those who have similar life experiences. Reading something you relate to is validating and can be life-changing for readers.


Now that you're feeling energized to submit (or flip through your favorite issue🤗):

  • Visit our submission guidelines and submit your creative work (poetry, dance, music, visual art, short stories/scripts) by midnight on Wednesday, August 31st!

  • Check out our latest issue!

  • And, don't forget, we have stickers, designed in-house, to help you show off your CM love!

    • Purchase one for $3, and each additional sticker is just $1! 

NC Events

  • Art on the Greene is taking place September 3-4 in Banner Elk. This art show features quality, hand-made arts & crafts from select regional & national artisans.

  • Festival in the Park is coming up September 16-19 in Charlotte. This music, art, and food festival features "big band music" and the original artwork of many talented artists.

  • Jazz & Inspirational Concert will take place on September 17th in Wilmington. This concert features Jazz, Gospel, and spoken word from award-winning & local artists. 

SC Events

  • Free 1st Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art will take place on September 1st in Columbia. This art museum event features a guided tour of featured art exhibitions, a performance by the Allen University Percussion Ensemble, and end-of-the-night fun with live music, food vendors, and a beer garden.

  • Say What Poetry Open Mic will be September 4th in Greenville. This poetry open mic night will include poetry games, poet spotlights, and open mic slots for local poets. 

  • Dancing on the Cooper takes place September 17th in Charleston. At this dancing event, local bands will perform a variety of hits, including Beach/Shag, Motown, Alternative, Country, Rock, and the greatest hits from the 80s and 90s. 



from our team

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Madison Foster


Annie Earnshaw


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