Submission Guidelines for PSB Literary Journal – Vol. 5, No. 2 Winter 2020

Submission Guidelines

Pearl S. Buck Online Literary Journal Volume 5 Issue No. 2, Winter 2020

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 Center.

ThemeThe theme of each issue will be chosen from those found in Pearl S. Bucks own writing.

Our Winter 2020 issue’s theme is from the Emily Dickenson poem Tell it Slant.

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind —

This theme is a prime example, in this era of social distancing, of emotional distancing. Your editors think this theme will spark examples in all writing genres – memoir, essay, short story, poetry, flash fiction, mystery and even dystopian worlds. We welcome your submissions!

Review your entry to be sure it fits within the stated theme.

Deadline / Number of Entries / Length Limits

Deadline is November 30th for the Winter 2020 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.

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

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 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.

Editors

Dr. Anne K. Kaler – Fiction and Nonfiction at akkaler@verizon.net

Susan E. Wagner – Poetry at swagner001@gmail.com

Linda Donaldson – Memoirs and Essays at lindadonaldson@verizon.net

Judges

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 December 15th.