With the release of our second issue, Inkwell Literary Magazine is looking forward to a future filled with creative works that push people to look beyond their circumstances, to think outside the box, and to find joy in everyday life.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of the wonders of the inkwell - so it’s fitting that the theme for our second issue is optimism: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.

Our writers have shared vulnerable, inspiring moments with us and crafted works of hope for our second issue. From stories of love in unlikely places to poems on the comfort of friendship, we hope this issue shows you an optimistic look at the world and a new look at what it means to have hope for the future. We hope you see the sunrise after the storm, the life after death, and the peace after chaos.

“For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7 ASV