Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk is an independent artist collective and literary press based in Redding, Connecticut, producing works that muse on environment, culture, and sustainability. 

About LH

Lime Hawk is an independent artist collective and literary press based in Redding, Connecticut, producing creative works that muse on environment, culture, and sustainability.

Our online journal features new written work, visual art, and film by a diverse and talented group of writers and artists each season. In Winter 2017, we released Issue 11. We welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for publication in forthcoming issues. Please visit our submissions manager for guidelines and to submit your work.

In October 2015, we proudly released our first print publication, Parts Unbound: Narratives of Mental Illness & Health, a collection of eighteen works of creative nonfiction exploring the complexities of psychiatric disorders and the healing power of storytelling.

In June 2017, Lime Hawk’s short documentary Cold Storage, directed by Eddie Shore, premiered at the Provincetown International Film Festival, where it was awarded the distinction of "Best New England Short."

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Lime Hawk represents the metamorphosis of thought, perception, and culture that is vital for our species to endure in an ever-changing world. While the butterfly classically stands as a symbol for transformation, we associate with its less coveted, nocturnal cousin: the moth. The Lime Hawk moth is radiant and intricate, its wings painted in forest greens and earthy browns that blend seamlessly into its environment. It holds its wings in the shape of a Delta, the mathematical symbol of change. Lime Hawk is a testament to our planet’s magnificent nature and creative perseverance.


We accept year-round submissions of original and previously unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art via our submissions manager, Submittable. We welcome collaborations, genre-bending, supplemental audio recordings, and simultaneous submissions. Please make any withdrawls through Submittable.

Our quarterly online journal is a volunteer-run, no fee, no pay market. We require First Serial Rights. Rights automatically revert back to the author upon publication, meaning you can reprint your work wherever and whenever you like.

We will respond to your submission as soon as possible, but please allow us 6 months to review your work.


Editor-in-Chief Ginny Levy founded Lime Hawk as a platform for artists who are passionate about environmentalism, cultural and social exploration, and sustainability. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a background in English literature and cultural anthropology, Ginny completed her MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she also served as an assistant editor for the literary journal Creative Nonfiction. A writer, editor, yoga instructor, and lover of animals and the outdoors, Ginny now lives in the woods of Redding, CT.

Associate Editor / Fiction Editor Matthew Bohn lives in Redding, CT, and is a graduate of the Chatham University MFA program. When he's not reading submissions or helping with a new Lime Hawk project (or watching the Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt works as a paraprofessional and a newspaper adviser at a public high school. He thinks he'll finish his first publishable collection of short stories before pigs can fly. His fiction has appeared online in Stymie and Cactus Heart.

Nonfiction Editor Lorena Williams is a writer, educator, wildland firefighter, and traveler. She has taught English, creative writing, composition, and ESL, but is currently fighting fire for the US Forest Service in Durango, CO. A native of the American West, she writes about rock, sage, and the high desert. Her work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place, The Fourth River, and Touchstone journals, and was awarded Honorable Mention in The Atlantic Student Writing Contest and third place in the Torrey House Press Nonfiction Contest.  In 2013, her chapbook, Relic, was released from Appaloosa Press.

Poetry Editor Sarah Leavens is a writer, teacher, and artist residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Lecturer in Public and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. With a background in nonprofit outreach, community-integrated projects, and nontraditional classroom teaching as well as visual art, she also works as a teaching artist specializing in drawing, painting, bookbinding and book arts, creative writing, and intersections thereof. Her poetry has appeared in LUNCH, The Diverse Arts Press, Corium, and So to Speak, among other places, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. Sarah received an MFA in poetry and nonfiction with specializations in travel writing and pedagogy from Chatham University in 2012, and she was the 2012-2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA. Current projects include pedagogical development (always), a full-length poetry manuscript, being a homeowner, and fostering kittens. 

Art Editor Jess Charest was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. She received her MFA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in Curbside Splendor, Midwestern Gothic and the anthology Flash Fiction Funny, among others. She currently lives in Rapid City, SD, and teaches at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.