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Wilkes-Barre literary magazine Word Fountain now open for submissions until March 31

Wilkes-Barre literary magazine Word Fountain now open for submissions until March 31
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From a press release:

The editors of Word Fountain, the literary magazine of the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, have announced that they are once again open for submissions. The deadline for writers to send in their work is Friday, March 31, with a particular interest in work by local writers from Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding regions.

For issue No. 13, to be released in May, Word Fountain is looking for previously unpublished short fiction, poetry, flash fiction, and even works that blur the lines between those categories. The goal is to pack a lot of variety into about 50 pages, so the editors prefer short pieces of concise language with a compelling voice. There is no theme for this issue, so the topic is up to the authors. See recent issues to get a feel for what has been published in the past as well as what hasn’t been yet; the editors are always open to something new.

We have a strong local and regional audience as well as a growing national and global readership. We like featuring writers from Northeast Pennsylvania along with poets and storytellers from all over the country, and around the globe. We particularly enjoy showcasing new and emerging writers right alongside those with experience and previous publication.

From 2009 to 2014, Word Fountain produced 10 issues, including the commemorative “Flood Issue” of 2012, a collection of creative responses to suffering caused each time the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks, especially in 1972 and more recently in 2011. Copies of that issue and others are still available at the library (71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre), as well as its three branches. Online versions of most of those issues can be found on

Word Fountain came out of its hiatus with a new team of editors and began taking submissions again in February of 2016. It is now published twice a year. Recent issues have printed up to 2,500 copies.

For the complete list of submission guidelines and instructions, visit

  • David J. Bauman

    Thanks for the article!