Pearl S. Buck Online Literary Journal – Volume 2, Issue No. 2, Fall 2017
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.
Make sure your subject matter and language are suitable to be published by this Pearl S. Buck Writing Center.
Theme – The theme of each issue will be chosen from those found in Pearl S. Buck’s own writing.
Our Fall 2017 issue’s theme is Justice and Mercy. We see a host of possible avenues for writing about justice and mercy — the lack of either virtue OR the presence of either virtue. We include both sides of this theme, for, in Anne Kaler’s words: “If there were perfect justice, we would not need mercy. If there were perfect mercy, we would not need justice.”
“Yet somehow our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members”. – from My Several Worlds: A Personal Record (1954)
“You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.” – from To My Daughters, With Love (1967)
Please review your entry to be sure it fits within the stated theme.
Deadline / Number of Entries / Length Limits
Deadline is October 15st for the Fall issue.
Email the 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 .
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.
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 within 48 hours 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan E. Wagner – Poetry at email@example.com
Linda Donaldson – Memoirs and Essays at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following four 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 by November 1st.