About Books, Ink


We feature stories on all things books with a focus on Fairfield County, Connecticut, and the region. We also publish essays, fiction, and poetry by local writers. 

For readers and writers who enjoy other arts, we share stories about film, food, and local theater. Because we love books, but we do have to eat! And half the movies out there were books first (we'll be sure to let you know which we liked better). And theater? Starts with a dramatic script.

New content is posted every Friday.

How to Submit:

You can email submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the "Submit" feature in the top banner.

Did you find a coffee shop with the comfiest club chairs ever? A local indie we missed? You heard Jennifer Egan is doing a reading? You read the best/worst/kinda sorta okay book, and you really want to talk about it? We want to hear all about it.

We also accept submissions of poetry, fiction, and/or essays.

And you know what? We love photos too! Books, authors, bookstores, libraries—we think these all look swell on camera. So yes, we do accept photography submissions. No matter how many times we post your photo, we give you the photo credit.

What we don't take: politics and porn. There, I said it.

Important stuff you might be wondering about:

  • Who likes to be ignored? We sure don't, so you will receive a response to your submission. Turnaround time is typically no more than one to two weeks.
  • This is a non-paying market.
  • You own the copyright to your work. Books, Ink retains the right to post it.
  • We accept multiple submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere and is no longer available to be posted on our site, please let us know.
  • We accept previously published work. If a credit to a prior publication is required, please let us know.
  • Word count? We accept work in all genres between 150 and 1,000 words (poetry can be shorter).

Our Contributors:

Sally Allen ~ Books, Ink Editor and Founder

Photo by Jessica Collins Photography

In my life, I have won an inheritance and lost it. I have travelled through time and to the other side of the world. I have solved murders, experienced storybook romances, and discovered alternate universes. Which is to say: In my life, I have read. Academic tomes and romance novels, murder mysteries and classic literary fiction. Newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and lots of product labels (but rarely user manuals).

Along the way, I earned a PhD at New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a MA in English Language and Literature. I have taught writing and literature at New York University, Fairfield University, and Sacred Heart University and consulted in the Writing Centers at NYU and Fairfield U. Currently, I am an associate faculty member in Communications at Post University.

As a private consultant, I create and edit written content, lead book group discussions, teach writing workshops, and develop educational curricula. My writing has appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Field Notes, PREP magazine, Patch.com, and The Good Men Project. My writing for HamletHub has earned three Connecticut Press Club awards. I'm also the author of "Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Books Lovers" (November 2015, Griffins Wharf).

You can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Jessica Collins ~ Contributing Editor

A longtime resident of Ridgefield, Conn., Jessica is a lifelong reader who shares stories about books, authors, and her adventures in and around her small town. Her blog, Jessica Collins Photography, showcases her photographs of forgotten places, nature, and anything else that moves and inspires her. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Manhattan College and a M.A. in Sociology from Fordham University. In her spare times, Jessica enjoys seeking out the best coffee joints and enjoying Ridgefield with her husband and three children. She looks forward to sharing her favorite books and the fabulous places she uncovers as she explores her little corner of the world.

You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow her on Twitter @jessicacoffee


Diane Lowman ~ My Life on the Post Road: Essays

Diane Lowman is a single mother of two young adult men, living in Norwalk, Connecticut. In addition to writing about life, she teaches yoga, provides nutritional counseling, and tutors Spanish. She looks forward to writing the next chapter.

Thomas G. Fiffer ~ Westport HamletHub Editor

Thomas G. Fiffer is a graduate of Yale and holds a M.A. in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He posts daily inspiration on his blog Tom Aplomb and provides life coaching, counseling, writing, and editing services, as well as motivational speaking. He is also a featured storyteller with MouseMuse Productions, a contributor for The Good Men Project, and is working on his first novel.

For Books, Ink, Thomas contributes essays, photos, and excerpts from his novel in progress.

Ina Chadwick ~ Contributor, Essays and Memoir

Longtime Westporter Ina Chadwick is an award-winning editorial writer, journalist, and poet who believes in the power of the personal story to exemplify our society's similarities and differences. In 2009, she began live storytelling events, and in 2010, she created MouseMuse Productions to focus on bringing live, spoken word events to cultural, community, and educational organizations who wish to reach out with the power of voices within their own community For more information, visit mousemuse.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Aline Weiller

Aline Weiller ~ Public Relations and Marketing, Essays

Aline Weiller's essays have been published on Books, Ink, Brain, Child Magazine, Role/Reboot, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, Your Teen, and Skirt, among others. She's also the Founder/CEO of Wordsmith, LLC, a public relations firm based in Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and two sons. 


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