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 Lit Review Submissions Deadline Nov. 30!

CWC members may submit one or two pieces, published or unpublished, for the 2018 issue of the CWC Literary Review.


Works meeting the guidelines below and determined by a panel of 3 reading blindly to show a threshold of quality and interest will be selected for this page-limited issue.

A $10 fee covers one or two pieces submitted by one member.

Email subject line: Put “CWC Lit-Review” in the subject line of your submission email.

Body of email:

  • Author’s name, email address, and branch affiliatio

  • Give submission title(s), its/their word count(s), and genre(s).

  • Include and complete the following statement: “I, (name here) own and convey the right to publish this/these work(s) (title(s) here) for this one-time publication in the CWC Literary Review.”

  • Attach submission(s). If 2 submissions, 2 separate attachments.

Submission content (Nonconforming work will not be considered):

  • A maximum of two submissions per member, same email, separate attachments

  • Prose of 2500 or fewer words: fiction, memoir, essay, or excerpts (if the submission can be seen as a complete story.)

  • Poetry of 30 lines or fewer.


  • Work will not be considered until the $10 fee is received.
  • Use Paypal OR pay by check to:

CWC Central Treasury

California Writers Club

Box 201 Danville, CA 945

Details at the California Writers Club website: