S4 Episode 3: Resources

In season four, episode three of the podcast, Addey talked all about freelancing. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the resources she mentioned, check them out below.

Why Writing on Medium is Worth it Even if You Don’t Make Thousands of Dollars a Month

Now imagine we are catching up after the Thanksgiving holiday. The topic turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. What are your thoughts about freelancing? Have you tried it out yourself? What burning questions do you have? We’d love to read whatever you have to say! Leave a comment below.

S4 Episode 3: Figuring Out Freelancing

This week on the podcast, Addey is diving into the topic of freelancing. She’ll cover some of the basics of how she started freelancing earlier this year and some tips and tricks she’s learned along the way.

Submissions Update

Hello borrowed solace friends and family! We hope you and yours had an amazing Thanksgiving. Please know that we are incredibly thankful for you and your continued support. Without the amazing authors in our community, we wouldn’t have the journal, and without the supporters who purchase each journal we wouldn’t be able to keep running–so thank you!

In other news, we are extremely excited to announce when submissions will be back open.

Submissions for the spring 2022 issue of borrowed solace will open up next Friday, December 3rd!

We will make the submissions manager available to you in the morning and will post to the blog and all over social media once we are officially open.

If you’re familiar with how our journals work, you’ll know that the spring issue of the journal is not themed, so now’s your time to submit anything and everything to us! We are excited to see those treasures you’ve stashed away for the next open submission period.

Be sure to read the submissions guidelines for your genre as you prepare your work to submit, and don’t forget to check out the podcast for some additional behind-the-scenes tips.

We can’t wait to see what you submit!

S4 Episode 2: Resources

Season four, episode two, of the podcast features the short work “Lady Grief” as read by the author, Melanie Chartoff. “Lady Grief” was published in the fall 2021 journal, Tamed, and it was so fun to hear the work read aloud.

If you’re interested in learning more about the author and her diverse work in writing and acting, here is a bit more about Melanie, including where you can find her online:

Melanie Chartoff’s lust for acting began on the stages of Yale University and Long Wharf Theatre in her hometown New Haven. Working on and off Broadway while studying craft with Stella Adler, singing, dancing, and improv in many schools of thought, she moonlighted as a singing stand-up at the Improv Club.  While guest-starring on television in Los Angeles, she continued honing her comedy chops at the Hollywood Improv and joined the cast of Fridays, ABC’s answer to Saturday Night Live, along with Larry David and Michael Richards.  She’s best known for characters she created there and on Seinfeld, Newhart, Weird Science, Wiseguy, and Rugrats, also familiar from the notorious Andy Kaufman incident, for testifying against George Costanza in the Final Seinfeld, and for playing Grandma Minka in the first animated Chanukah Special for Rugrats and Nickelodeon.

Recently, she’s been published in McSweeney’s, Medium, Entropy, The Jewish Journal, Funny Times, Five on the Fifth, Glint, Entropy, Bluestem, Goats Milk Magazine, Evening Street Press, The Literate Ape, Mused, Jewlarious, Defenestration, Better after 50, Living the Second Act, and five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul (Simon and Schuster). Odd Woman Out: Essays and Stories, her first book, is rated 5 stars on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It intimately exposes the nature of identity in the life of a performing artist, snapshotting the search for a self Chartoff could love, and someone else’s self to love, too, She found and married him seven years ago and became a happy step-mother to his fabulous prefab kids.

She has been teaching “Charismatizing Improvising and Acting” in private classes and online coaching for years. For info and testimonials, go to Her performing website is  

You can find her on Facebook here for Charistmatizing and Melanie Chartoff, or @melaniechartoff & #melaniechartoff elsewhere.

Now, imagine we are preparing for Thanksgiving (can you believe it’s the day after tomorrow?) when the conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. We would love to hear your thoughts–leave a comment below!

S4 Episode 2: Lady Grief

On this episode of the podcast, we have a reading of the short work “Lady Grief” read by the author, Melanie Chartoff. “Lady Grief” was published in the fall 2021 issue of borrowed solace, Tamed, and we are so pleased to present this amazing piece of writing to you in audio form on the podcast.

S4 Episode 1: Resources

In season four, episode one of the podcast, Addey, Nicole, and Amber talked about what it’s like running a literary journal. After taking a peek behind the literary journal curtain, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Imagine we are talking about Thanksgiving plans (can you believe the holiday is next week already?) when the conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. What did you think about the information shared in this episode? Let us know in the comments below!

S4 Episode 1: Behind the Literary Journal Curtain

Welcome to season four! We’re so excited to kick off this new season of the podcast. To start everything off, Addey is joined by the other borrowed solace editors, Nicole McConnell and Amber Porter, to take a deep dive into what it’s like behind the scenes of a literary journal.

Season Four

We are going to be going live with season four of borrowed solace: the podcast next week, and we can’t wait! Get ready for a lot more of all the things you love about the podcast in season four, coming your way soon.

Say “Hello” to Issue 4.2, Tamed!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to let you know that issue 4.2, Tamed, has arrived! This is our ninth edition of the journal (can you believe it?) and is full of wonderful poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We’re excited to share this edition with you, so please snag yourself a copy by clicking on the cover below.

As always, thanks so much for your support over the years. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Important Announcements

The Fall 2021 theme journal tamed will be released this coming Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. We thank the authors and poets for their stunning works. The editors are excited to release the tenth edition of borrowed solace! It has been a lot of work and a lot of fun.

We are working on a collection of the best works published by borrowed solace, it will be an ebook and in print. So please look out for those announcements as you may be featured in this book! Special essays and interviews with the authors/poets/artists are a part of our goal for this book.

We will be coming back with the podcast soon. Stay tuned for new episodes currently in the works of being made by our host and editor Addey. If you want your story or poem read on the podcast, email me us and we will make it happen! Also, if you have an interesting topic or work in publishing, we would like to hear from you as well, you could be featured in an interview on the podcast.

Don’t forget our first edition of borrowed solace is available in print and can be bought from our store.

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