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Neon Door

Neon Door is the first truly immersive literary exhibit. The name is derived from the founder’s favorite childhood manga Doraemon, in which exists a pink door that allows you to travel anywhere instantaneously simply by stepping across its threshold, from your bedroom to the classroom, or from the closet to outer space, as long as you are able to imagine the other side. At Neon Door, we believe in art’s power to open doors, manifest worlds, transport and transcend.

Open the door. Come on in. Join us.


Submissions are open now through September 1, 2021.
Send us your literary utterance, your emotional nudity, in the form of prose, poetry, visual arts, songs, soundscapes, for a chance to be featured in this unique immersive literary exhibit.

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Our process

In traditional publishing, there is often a hierarchy of editors. When a piece gets chosen by one editor, it usually moves on to the editorial board, and the editor-in-chief makes the final call. More often than not, the piece won’t make it to the final stage. Neon Door is a team of working artists, writers, mothers, and professionals who have all been through this brutal process in finding homes for our own work. We know how hard it is to find just one editor who connects with a piece, let alone having to convince an entire team. We do not pretend to have unanimous taste. In fact, our team works because we are all so different from each other. Our editors in their genres have complete autonomy over what to accept/reject. In that sense, we are a truly collaborative team. At Neon Door, there is no editor-in-chief.

We want to empower our editors for many reasons, one of which is that this project would not be possible without them. For each exhibit, editors are allotted a set amount to offer and commission artists, starting with $25 for an image, $50 for a poem, and $75 for prose. However, the offer may be more due to a variety of factors, including experience, the amount of submissions we receive for a particular exhibit, etc.

As much as we want to empower our editors, we also want to encourage artists to know their worth—you may make a counter offer. We cannot promise that we’ll accept it, but we may, and you should try. As writers and artists ourselves, we have had to learn to advocate for our work, and we want to empower you to do so. We look forward to reading your work!


Abbigail N. Rosewood was born in Vietnam, where she lived until the age of twelve. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Her debut novel, IF I HAD TWO LIVES, has been hailed as “a tale of staggering artistry” by the Los Angeles Review of Books and “a lyrical, exquisitely written novel” by the New York Journal of Books. The New Yorker called it “a dangerous fantasy world’ that ‘double haunts the novel.” Her short fiction and essays can be found at Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Catapult, The Southampton Review, The Brooklyn Review, Columbia Journal, The Adroit Journal, DiaCritics, among others. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best American Short Story 2020.

An excerpt from IF I HAD TWO LIVES won first place in the Writers Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest, and an excerpt from Abbigail’s second novel-in-progress was a finalist in the 49th New Millennium Writings Award, and the Sunspot Culmination Award. Find her at

Managing Director
Ali Battey is a versatile project manager, graphic designer, and writer with a background in print production and book design. She is the production manager at Julie Ink, a digital marketing agency for professional authors, and 82 Stories, an early-stage book publishing venture. She has produced the Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Books print editions, and has managed dozens of custom books, websites, and email newsletters for a diverse group of authors.

Marketing Director
Julie Trelstad is a publishing professional with diverse editorial, business, marketing, and digital book production experience. She’s the creative director of Julie Ink, a digital marketing agency for professional authors, and 82 Stories, an early-stage book publishing venture.

Prior to this Julie was the Director of Digital Rights at Writers House, a literary agency. She founded the Plain White Press, which was acquired by Fox Chapel Publishing in 2010. Prior to that she spent 15 years as an acquiring editor at Sterling, John Wiley & Sons, Readers Digest and Taunton Press, primarily acquiring books on the subjects of architecture, home design, construction, and general how-to.

Creative Director
Brooke David is a Creative Director working in the intersection of art, media, and immersive technology.
Over the course of her career, she has worked on projects from ideation through execution that brings new solutions and perspectives to much-loved campaigns and new immersive exhibitions, engaging both loyal fans and new audiences. Her collaborators include The New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Pop Sugar, Wall Street Journal, Soho House, Museum of Sex, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Fiction Editor
Dan-Tran Cong-Huyen is a writer from San Francisco, CA living in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California San Diego with a BA in Literature and Writing, where she received the Sherley Williams Memorial Award in Literary Arts, and recently earned an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Award in Creative Writing and was co-Editor-in-Chief of The Brooklyn Review. In fiction, she seeks prose that is odd, or cerebral, or heartfelt, or curious about the world, but most importantly, loves the feeling of coming into contact with a mind that is entirely of its own essence.

Dan-Tran is the Development & Marketing Assistant at Poets & Writers, where she was also the 2019-2020 McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow.

Fiction Reader
Caroline Bodian is a writer from New York currently based in northern Portugal. She holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in L.A. Weekly,, New York Magazine, among others, and she's written on a wide range of topics from rehabilitative stand-up comedy to intergenerational pants. She's worked on several long term editorial projects mainly in the health and wellness sector, writing content - in collaboration with health experts - for Meredith Corporation, Boots Pharmacy and healthtech company, Healthily.

She was awarded an honorable mention in Austin's Texas Observer's short story contest judged by Elizabeth McCracken and has been a fiction finalist for The Lighthouse's Lit Fest Emerging Writer fellowship two years in a row. Her fiction has been published in interdisciplinary arts journal, Some Kind of Opening.

She's the communications manager at international children's publishing house, Madeleine Editions.

Non-Fiction Editor
Kenny Ong is an editor from Washington Township, New Jersey. He seeks stories about being an outsider, or in-between worlds. He likes these stories to be in the realm of personal essay, creative nonfiction, lyric essay, memoir and the like, and he values connections from the personal to the political, and/or vice versa. Kenny has a Nonfiction MFA from Columbia. He also edits nonfiction for The Shanghai Literary Review. He lives in Philadelphia.

Poetry Editor
Sarah Cook lives in Oregon, where she works at the intersection of mental health and housing advocacy. Find her in places like Bright Lights Film Journal, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Porkbelly Press, and at She is a fan of Nora Ephron, rocks, and letting bananas ripen a bit longer. Some days, she has good ideas and is so smitten by the idea of them that she leaves it at that.

Multidisciplinary Editor
Mark Chu is an Australian artist who has exhibited work in NYC, Shanghai, Singapore, and Melbourne. Chu’s paintings have been photographed for the New York Times and he has enjoyed portrait sittings with luminaries such as French DJ Laurent Garnier and Australian Graffiti pioneer Tom Gerrrard. His multidisciplinary work extends to scientific research and recordings as a solo pianist with symphony orchestras.

Art Editor
Christopher Impiglia is a writer from Bridgehampton, NY. He also adjuncts and edits art books. His passion for design led him to found the creative studio Counterpoint Literary, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief. He received an MFA in Fiction from The New School and an MA in Medieval History and Archaeology from the University of St Andrews. A Finalist in the 2019 Hemingway Shorts Contest and a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Platte Clove Preserve, his words have appeared in Columbia Journal, Entropy Magazine, and New Critique, among others. Find him @Impigliato.

Geeta Tewari is a writer and human rights lawyer, born in Massachusetts after her parents emigrated from India. She has a BA from Cornell, a JD from Fordham Law School and an MFA from Columbia. Tewari now lives in New York, and teaches at Widener University Delaware Law School. Her work has been published by Granta, New England Review, and other exceptional spaces.

Bruce Craven, a member of the Columbia Business School Executive Education faculty, serves as Director of the Advanced Management Program. He also teaches across the portfolio for executive education and serves as Faculty Director for programs with the French luxury goods company Kering, and for the German business school W.H.U. He teaches workshops in resilience, leadership communication and flexible thinking to senior executives from around the globe. He also teaches his popular MBA and Executive MBA elective Leadership Through Fiction. In 2020, Bruce created a non-synchronous series of leadership lessons in a partnership with Columbia Business School and TIME, as well as teaching a series of live on-line Executive Access classes focused in leadership resilience and communication.

Concurrent with his work in executive education, his book Win or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones, was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2019. He also published a collection of poetry in 2019 with Red Dirt Press. His previous work includes a published novel (Fast Sofa) and the script for the feature film adapted from the novel. He studied politics and literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received his MFA in Writing from Columbia School of the Arts. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Coachella Valley in California. Learn more about his work at

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