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“The weight of this sad time we must obey,

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say."

― William Shakespeare, King Lear

It was widely circulated on social media that Shakespeare likely composed Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and King Lear in the midst of the Black Death.


Usually this factoid is shared as a challenge for writers to continue producing work in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. No pressure.


Taking its title from the ending of Lear, The WEIGHT is a literary blog for high school students who may similarly find themselves in need of a creative outlet, about the pandemic or anything else. Everyone has something heavy to get off their chest.

We welcome all sorts of creative writing: poetry, slam, flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, hybrid, and whatever else you have. 

See Submission Guidelines.

Content Warnings: Because the topics covered by our writers are ones that weigh upon us, some of these works may activate an upsetting or unpleasant memory or feeling in our readers.