Conclave is an literary journal founded in 2008 by a group of writers who met through their participation in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Conclave: A Journal of Character, is an annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, dramatic excerpts, poetry, and photography.

In order to create a permanent home for the writers' community that was formed during the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Semifinalist Valya Dudycz Lupescu and her husband Mark Lupescu created ABNA Books, an online network and showcase of the published and unpublished works of the ABNA writers. is a place for writers to present their work, get the attention of publishers and literary agents, and help each other in the process of publishing and promotion.

Eager to showcase some of the talent already in their ranks, as well as to promote the writing of talented authors around the world, Valya with the help of the other ABNA writers and editors, decided to create Conclave: A Journal of Character. The editor and founder is Valya Dudycz Lupescu of Wolfsword Press. Many of the other editors on Conclave's masthead are from the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Conclave seeks writing that centers around well-crafted fictional characters—complex and authentic: like Leopold Bloom, Huckleberry Finn, Anna Karenina, Hamlet, Miss Havisham, Hannibal Lecter, Hester Prynne, and others. Whether you love them or hate them, these characters are unforgettable and infuse their stories with life beyond the page. Those are the kinds of enduring characters the editors would like to have populate the artfully crafted stories in Conclave.

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