literary review

CWC Literary Review Guidance

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UPDATE: June Gillam will be hosting a workshop to help people prepare their submissions at our November 10th 2018 meeting. LINK

Below is some additional guidance about submitting to the CWC Literary Review. See our original post about the Literary Review here.


The California Writers Club is looking for great writing from our members for publication in the 2019 CWC Literary Review.

Submissions are now being accepted in four categories: fiction, poetry, memoir and essay. For guidelines and the required submission form, go to the CWC website, Deadline is November 30, so don’t delay.

This year instead of the traditional Managing Editor, the Literary Review is chaired by four volunteers: Tish Davidson (Fremont Area Writers), Kimberly Edwards (Sacramento), June Gillam (San Joaquin Valley) and CWC President Joyce Krieg. The team points out that even though the publication has “literary” in its title, genre fiction is welcome, as are pieces that are humorous or deal with lighter themes and topics. The emphasis is simply on good writing that entertains, informs or inspires, regardless of style or subject matter.

The CWC Literary Review offers members the opportunity to showcase their work in a high quality, glossy print magazine that is sent through the U.S. mail to some 2,000 fellow CWC members. Publication of the next edition is slated for May or June of 2019.

CWC 2019 Literary Review Submissions Open: Deadline Nov 30, 2018

UPDATE: June Gillam will be hosting a workshop to help prepare submissions at our November 10th 2018 monthly meeting. LINK

BEFORE YOU CLICK THE BELOW LINKS: Note that that this in reference to the Litereary Review, but the information at the top of the page is for The Bulletin. You will have to scroll down to the heading "2019 California Writers Club Literary Review Submission Guidelines" (The link on desktop should bring you there, but does not seem to be working on mobile.)

From the main CWC website:

We’re looking for your best work—fiction, poetry, memoir and essay—for publication in the 2019 California Writers Club Literary Review. Submissions are open to current members of California Writers Club and will be accepted from September 1 through November 30, 2018. Works will be reviewed and selected for possible publication by a panel of acquisition editors through a blind judging process. You will be notified by email as to whether your piece will be included in the 2019 Literary Review shortly before publication in May/June of 2019.

Read the full Submission Guidelines and FAQ I have included a few key points below, but you must read the complete guidelines to ensure your entry is properly submitted.

  • NOTE: Only CWC members in good standing may submit to this literary review
  • Members are limited to a total of three submissions of one prose piece each or two poems per submission. Previously published pieces may be submitted if the author holds the rights to the piece and if previous published credits are noted.
  • New This Year: (for the 2019 review, submissions due November 30,2018) The $10 fee covers ONE prose piece (not two as in previous years). For poetry, two submissions of up to 30 lines each may be made for each $10 payment. Limit of three prose pieces at $10 each, or six poems ($10 for each two poems). Critiques will not be given. We encourage you to workshop and polish your writing before submitting it to the Literary Review. The Submission Form must accompany each piece of writing that you are submitting. Please read the new Literary Review FAQ before submitting.