PSB Literary Journal Guidelines

Pearl S. Buck Online Literary Journal
Issue No. 2, Fall 2016 Submission Guidelines

Pearl S. Buck Online Literary Journal is a publication of The Writing Center. The journal is part of our ongoing mission to spread the literary legacy of Pearl S. Buck by aiding writers in their development and by giving them opportunities to be published. This call for submissions goes out to past and present PSB Writers Guild members, Writing Center workshop attendees & presenters and PSBVA volunteers. The theme of each issue will be chosen from those found in Pearl S. Bucks own writing. Make sure your subject matter and language are suitable to be published by this Center.


Our second issue’s theme is The Good Earth, The Dying Earth. Including, but not limited to, all aspects of farming – planting and harvesting crops, animal husbandry, forestry, land conservation; and of life on our planet: water, energy sources, environmentalism, and combating drought, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, water contamination, disease and war. Please review your entry to be sure it fits within the stated theme.

Deadline / Number of Entries / Length Limits

Deadline is September 30th for the Fall issue.

Email editors listed below by filling in the Submission Details (as shown below) on page 1 of your story/poem entry. Begin page 2 with your title, but do not repeat your name .

Submission Details (print these four items only on Page 1 of all your submissions)
Word Count
(Begin Page 2 of your story/poem entry with the title only and don’t repeat your name.)

Submissions limited to five (5) poems or flash fiction (300 word limit each), or two (2) pieces of fiction, essay or memoir (5,000 word limit each); or short story (limit 3,000 words). When selecting the contents of the Journal, editors will try to limit entries to only two per author, preferably from different genres. Please accompany each separate submission with your Submission Details cover page.

Submission Format

  1. Format work in Times New Roman 12pt. with 1” left & right margins, singlespaced.
  2. Editors will use the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA Style Sheet to keep the Literary Journal uniform..
  3. Submissions accepted online only. No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
  4. Attach copy in an editable Word .doc file to your email.
  5. Email to the appropriate editor shown below. Submissions will be acknowledged via email.
  6. Keep a record of each submission, to whom sent, the acknowledgement of receipt, any subsequent edited and revised versions, and the final editors’ decision.


Dr. Anne K. Kaler – Fiction and Nonfiction at
Susan E. Wagner – Poetry at
Linda Donaldson – Memoirs and Essays at


The following editors will decide on the entries for each issue: Dr. Anne K. Kaler, Susan E. Wagner, Linda K. Donaldson, and Cynthia L. Louden. Acceptance notifications will be made September 1st for Fall issue.