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Launched only a few years ago, The Literary Review is on its way to establishing itself as a CWC institution — a juried collection of superior poems, stories, fiction, and nonfiction by members of the California Writers Club.

Here’s the 2021 Literary Review.

The Bulletin is an electronic newsletter keeping our members informed about branch activities, updates on achievements of the state organization, and messages from our officers. It is published three times a year and sent to each member via email. To read a pdf of the current issue click here or on the image at left, and here for Flipbook format.”

Launched only a few years ago, The Literary Review is on its way to establishing itself as a CWC institution — a juried collection of superior poems, stories, fiction, and nonfiction by members of the California Writers Club.

Submissions for 2019 open on September 1, 2018.

The Bulletin is an electronic newsletter keeping our members informed about branch activities, updates on achievements of the state organization, and messages from our officers. It is published three times a year and sent to each member via email. To read a pdf of the current issue click here or on the image at left, and here for Flipbook format.”

Literary Review

Launched only a few years ago, The Literary Review is on its way to establishing itself as a CWC institution — a juried collection of superior poems, stories, fiction, and nonfiction by members of the California Writers Club.

Here’s the 2021 Literary Review.

2022 California Writers Club Literary Review Submission Guidelines


The submission window for 2022 is open from November 15, 2021 to January 31, 2022.


Welcome to the 2022 California Writers Club Literary Review. The Literary Review is an annual collection of the best poetry and prose submitted by our members. It is meant to represent our best writing as a club. This year, we will limit submissions to two poems or one short piece of prose (fiction or non-fiction.) The work must be original and unpublished. To be considered, the piece has to be free of spelling and grammar errors and in the prescribed format. In some years, more than half the submission did not meet this requirement. Historically, as few as 10% of the submissions were published. We want to publish as many excellent pieces as possible, but that depends on you.

The best stories and poems go through several drafts. They are edited, read, and edited again. Please remember, even a great story will be rejected if the submission does not follow the guidelines. Read and follow the submission guidelines. Have someone in your branch (a published writer, an editor, or a writing teacher) read it to make sure the writing is the quality required for publication and that you are following our guidelines for format and proof reading. The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) pages have helpful information. See the FAQ below or here (as a pdf).

This year submissions will open November 15, 2021, and close January 31, 2022. Our aim is to see the Literary Review in members’ hands by the end of June. Five months might seem like a long time, but the Review will go through a formal process that is time intense. 

First, the Literary Review managers will screen for format, and they will do a quick review of each submission to determine if the writing appears ready to be judged, meaning the writing is strong and there are no substantial spelling or grammar errors. Pieces considered not ready for publication will be marked so and returned. The Editor-in-Chief may give an author the option to resubmit if there is time before the deadline. Submissions which do not comply with the guidelines will be returned. 

Submissions that pass the screening will be sent to multiple people to be read, scored, and judged in a blind review. Poetry will be judged by poets. These readers do not know the author’s name or the branch the piece comes from. 

Pieces will be accepted or rejected based on the judges’ scoring. (See the FAQ.) Accepted pieces go to a pool of editors for minor corrections or suggested edits. The edited pieces, then go to a designer of book interiors. Separately, a cover is designed. The designs will be approved before galley copies are printed for a team of proof readers to review. Final copies will be printed and mailed in June. 

The FAQ sheets show the rubrics or expectations and grading guidelines judges will use so authors can see how that process works. Remember, this is not a checklist of how to write and acceptance is not guaranteed even when in format and error free. The quality of the writing, use of language, and the poem or story’s impact on a reader all have a bearing.  

Our goal is to create an annual collection of excellent poems and short pieces of fiction or nonfiction. We want pieces that are entertaining, funny, emotional, changeling, and thought provoking. Most of all, we want examples of great writing. Remember, write, edit, have others review, finalize, format, and proof. When the piece is ready, send us your best work. The only limit for this year’s publication is the quality of the pieces submitted by our members. 

Enjoy the journey,

—Roger Lubeck, State President
Elisabeth Tuck, Literary Review Managing Editor for Prose
— Anita Holmes, Literary Review Managing Editor for Poetry

FAQ

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1. Only current members of CWC may submit to the Literary Review?

  • Not currently a member? To join please go to calwriters.org/membership and apply to join. You may submit and if your membership completes before the  close of submissions your piece will be considered. 

2. What does it cost to submit to the Literary Review?

  • The fee is $10 per person, which covers one submission.
  • No money will be refunded

3. What is one submission?

  • With no exceptions one submission consists of (choose one): 
    •  One prose piece of no more than 2,500 words (not including title) OR 
    • Two poems of no more than 50 lines each (not including titles.) 
  • No previously published pieces will be accepted, with the exceptions of being published in a branch newsletter or on a blog post and nowhere else.

4. What are the submission categories and lengths excluding titles?

  • Prose: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, essay, humor: 2,500 words maximum
  • Poetry: 50 lines per poem maximum

    Please Note: The word “LITERARY” in the title of our publication refers to the quality of the writing, not genre.

     

5. How are the categories of prose defined?

Following are high-level definitions only. If you are in any doubt about your category, please do some research, read all the material in #5, and refer to the Prose Evaluation Criteria sheet below. (Many thanks to the Tri-Valley Writers Branch for sharing their evaluation criteria sheet for prose.) Submitters are encouraged to research and explore books and websites that discuss elements for the categories.

In general evaluators look for:

  • A compelling story, event, or narration with a beginning, middle, and an end that stirs an emotional response.
  • Tight writing, using action verbs, vivid nouns, limited use of adverbs, and free from wordiness
  • Good flow and smooth transitions between scenes
  • Dialog, if used, that shows the character(s) and is laid out correctly. Grammar rules do not apply in dialog spoken by a character; appropriate punctuation does.
  • Well delineated characters, setting, and tension.
  • Writing demonstrating good command of standard English grammar and punctuation and free from clichés, repetition, and trite descriptions
  • For essays: Clear statement of topic or intent with obvious, explicit, or implied main idea or thesis; a conclusion or revelation that follows from the material presented
  • For memoir: Information or personal experience that supports the topic in a logical fashion; emotional response from the author
  • Authors are encouraged to read their work aloud to themselves to find problems. 
    • Share your work with another skilled author or critique group and solicit written feedback. 
    • Solicit a copy edit, and polish your work before submission. 
    • Grammar and punctuation matter. “Let’s eat Grandma” is very different in meaning to “Let’s eat, Grandma.”

Categories

  • Fiction: Short stories or book excerpts that stand alone. Historical fiction, mystery/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult, western, etc.
  • Nonfiction: History, biography, commentary, instructional, pondering philosophical questions.
  • Memoir: A first-person account of an event in the author’s life. The author’s experience and response are the central focus. 
  • Essay: Clearly states an opinion on a topic, issue, or situation. Types include: 
    • Informative or expository essay seeks to educate the reader. It can compare, contrast, analyze information, or explain how to do something.
    • Personal essay; uses the author’s experience to illustrate a point or come to a conclusion. It can be about a present situation, but the issue, not the author, is the central focus.
    • A narrative essay is a third-person account of an incident or the telling of someone else’s experience.

 

6. What are evaluators looking for?

  • Evaluators are looking for the common elements of good writing in scene, character, story, word selection, grammar, punctuation, style, and flow. Also refer to the Prose Evaluation Criteria sheet below. (Many thanks to the Tri-Valley Writers Branch for sharing their evaluation criteria sheet for poetry.)

POETRY

  • Poetic Technique
    • At least one poetic technique evident—e.g., form, simile, metaphor, assonance, alliteration, strong verbs or ending words, turn or pause.
    • Rhythm, meter, sound, and rhyme, if used, are more natural than contrived.
  • Word Choice and Language Skills
    • Original use of concrete words that express passion, emotion, and poetic image.
    • Proficiency in language compression.
    • Clarity of meaning within two readings.
  • Grammar and Meaning
    • Syntax—word forms, order, and structure—contributes to understanding.
    • Punctuation and capitalization, if used, are consistent and contribute to clarity.
  • Overall Impression
    • Aesthetically pleasing, flows; strives toward universality.
    • Impact and power, compelling ending.
    • Clear speaker’s voice and point of view.

7. Format requirements reduce the corrections the volunteer who does the layout would have to make to 30-40 submissions selected for publication. 

    • Word document (.doc or .docx), 8 ½ x 11 letter-size page, one-inch margins
    • Times New Roman 12 point font, double line space (except for poetry)
    • Center the title on the first page with category and word or line count beneath
    • Do not include author’s name anywhere in the document
    • Pages numbered bottom center in footer
    • Indent all paragraphs using Microsoft: Home, Paragraph, Indentation, Special, First Line, By .5
    • One space after each period.
    • Do not right justify
    • Do not set Word to hyphenate at the end of a line

8. When will I know the status of my submission? Will I receive feedback on my submission?

  • All submitters will be notified by email of the final status of their submissions before the Literary Review is released. 
  • All submissions will receive feedback unless you opt out when submitting. 

NOTE:

Submitting your writing does not guarantee publication in the Literary Review.

9. Who will read and evaluate submissions?

  • At least 3 experienced evaluators will read each submission without knowing the author or the branch. We try to not send to the branch a piece came from 
  • All evaluators are given guidelines so they have a common understanding of the requirements for selection. These guidelines are part of this document below.
  • Submissions will be judged based on the guidelines for the category the author selects and adherence to the submission guidelines.

     

10. How many submissions are selected for publication?

  • The Literary Review is a print and online publication. 
  • The number of pieces selected depends on quality, length, and production limitations. 

REMEMBER:

The Literary Review seeks the best writing from CWC members, regardless of category.

11. Uh-oh. What if my piece needs editing after I submit it?

    • No changes are allowed once a piece is submitted, and no monies are refunded.

 

12. What content is the Literary Review unable to publish?

  • Per CWC Policies and Procedures, the Literary Review cannot publish: 
    • Religious, political, or any other kind of proselytizing; libelous material; material that infringes on another’s copyright; material that is misogynistic, racist, or bigoted, or material that contains gratuitous vulgarity or obscenity. 
    • Additionally, in this era of sensitivity, the judges and managing editors may request that certain potentially offensive words be amended. 

13. How do I submit to the Literary Review? 

  • Step 1: FIRST carefully read all the available helpful hints in this document, and see the poetry/prose evaluation criteria the judges will use shown at the end of this doc. This document is printable.

     

  • Step 2: Online Form
    • When ready to submit, go here to complete the Literary Review Submission Form
      (a) The form creates a line in a Google doc (like a spreadsheet) with information the managers need
      (b) The Submissions Manager will assign an identifying number for each piece. This number is used to track the piece so that submitters’ names are not exposed to the poetry or prose manager or judges. 
  • Step 3: After completing and submitting the online Submission Form(s), email your piece(s) separately to: SubmitLitReview@calwriters.org Each poem submitted requires a separate submission form.
  • Step 4: Send Your Payment via
    • PayPal OR 
    • Check, to: Literary Review, PO Box 11212, 4682 Chabot Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588

Your submission(s) will not be sent to judges until payment is received. You must ensure your payment is post marked by January 31, 2022, preferably earlier. This year you may not be reminded to send your check. 

14. Remember that you retain the rights to your work.

 

Fiction:  ___ Historical Fiction  ___ Mystery/Suspense  ___ Romance ___ Sci-Fi ___ Fantasy  

  ___ Young Adult  ___Western  ___ Humor 

Nonfiction:  ___ Memoir ___ Essay  

Committee Reviewer:  
Overall Impression: 
___ Compelling and interesting 
___ Evokes emotion in reader
___ Has a sense of tension and/or conflict and resolution
Structure and Technical 
___ Consistent POV and verb tense 
___ Pacing (speed and rhythm) is appropriate for type of writing
___ Good balance of show vs. tell for type of writing
___ Clarity of speaker or proper use of related tags in dialogue
___ Proper spelling, punctuation and grammar (Chicago Manual of Style)
___ Sentence fluency/variety and appropriate word choice
Characters 
___ Well drawn, multi-dimensional characters
___ Character’s steps to achieving goal are clear 
___ Reader connects and/or cares about the main character
Setting 
___ Setting is consistent with storyline and characterizations
___ Multiple senses used in description 
___ Character interacts with environment 
Additional Comments: 
Overall Evaluation:

Key:

Scoring: (use for each line item above) 5 = Excellent; 4 = Good; 3 = Adequate; 2 = Fair; 1 = Poor 

Overall Evaluation: Excellent (Publishable as is); Good (Needs minor work, close to publishable); Adequate (Need to address problem areas); Fair (Shows promise, but needs major revision). Note: all submissions subject to minor grammar/punctuation by final copy editor.

 

Title: 
Type: ____ Rhyming Poetry   ____ Free Verse   ____ Haiku/Senryu    ____ Others    
Committee Reviewer:  
Overall Impression/Quality of Writing: 
___ Compelling and interesting 
___ Evokes emotion in reader
___ Is there “meaning” to the writing, and is that conveyed well?
Development 
___ Is the reader likely to feel and/or visualize the images presented?
___ Are the rhyme and/or rhythm natural and sensible, or artificial and forced?
___ Does the poem lead naturally to its conclusion?
Mechanics 
___ Are the line endings/line breaks used effectively to create emphasis? 
___ Does the word choice enable the poem to reach its intent?
___ Does the layout enhance and strengthen the writing?
___ Are spelling and grammar consistent without interrupting the flow of the poem’s language?
___ Does the poet respect language conventions and / or provide punctuation to aid the reader in understanding of the writing?
Additional Comments: 
Overall Evaluation:

 

Key:

Scoring: (use for each line item above) 5 = Excellent; 4 = Good; 3 = Adequate; 2 = Fair; 1 = Poor 

Overall Evaluation: Excellent (Publishable as is); Good (Needs minor work, close to publishable); Adequate (Need to address problem areas); Fair (Shows promise, but needs major revision). Note: all submissions subject to minor grammar/punctuation by final copy editor.

Submission Guidelines

It is strongly suggested that you read the FAQ information before you submit. The directions presented here are printable.

  • Polish your piece(s) to the best of your ability.
  • Read your piece out loud to yourself to catch spelling, repetition, grammar, weak wording, etc.
  • Ask another author to read your submission and give you written feedback.
  • Have your piece(s) proofread by another individual to catch grammatical and punctuation errors.

You may submit one prose piece of no more than 2,500 words OR 

two poems of no more than 50 lines each. Each poem requires a separate form.

 

The opening date for submissions is November 15, 2021; the closing date is January 31, 2022.

Please carefully read and follow these formatting guidelines for submission. It has been suggested that non-compliance should eliminate submissions. Layout/formatting is emphasized so that the volunteer who does the layout of the publication does not have to re-format 30 – 40 submissions. As one judge last year warned several submitters, “Not knowing how to lay your piece out shows you are inexperienced.”

  • Ensure your name is not on or in your submission
  • Word document (.doc or .docx), 8 ½ x 11 letter-size page, all 4 one-inch margins
  • Times New Roman 12 point font, double line space (except for poetry)
  • Center the title on the first page, not in the header, with category (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, memoir, or humor) and word (prose) or line count (poetry) beneath
  • Pages numbered bottom, center in the footer
  • Indent all paragraphs using Microsoft: Home, Paragraph, Indentation, Special, First Line, By .5
  • One space after each period.
  • Do not right justify
  • Do not set Word to hyphenate at the end of a line

Complete the form below and hit the Submit button

Make the $10 payment (for 1 prose OR 2 poems) via PayPal by clicking the PayPal button or by mailed check within 2 days of submission. Mail checks to: Literary Review, PO Box Pleasanton, CA 94588. Payments must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2022.

If your submission is accepted, it may be subject to light editing in accordance with standard publishing practices and as authorized by the CWC Policies and Procedures.

Email your submission(s) to SubmitLitReview@calwriters.org 

Poets: Each poem requires a separate form


Literary Review




Advertising in the Literary Review

How To Advertise in the 2020 Literary Review

The prestigious Literary Review offers advertisers an opportunity to reach hundreds of writers under one annual publication that every member of the California Writers Club receives as a perk of membership in the CWC.

That’s right. The 2020 Spring/Summer edition of the Literary Review can contain your ad! We are maintaining our low introductory rates for this upcoming issue. While these may change in future editions, we’ve gone as low as we can go to offer you and other writing-related advertisers a huge advertising opportunity at low rates. In fact, the larger the ad, the greater the discount. Everything above a 1” Column-Inch ad gets a 10% or greater discount.

Check out the ad rates on the rate sheet to see examples of space and advertising rates for this great chance to display your ad in the California Writers Club’s publication, the Literary Review.

Advertising may be submitted at any time, year-around, for the next issue as long as it is submitted prior to the deadline for the annual publication in which you want your ad placed.

Deadline for submitting your ad is March 31, 2018 for the 2018 edition.

All ads must be submitted via email to advertisingCWC@gmail.com with an attached jpg file. Checks in the appropriate amounts are to be made out to CWC Central Treasury and mailed to:

HDCWC Advertising Department
20258 Hwy 18 Ste. 430 PMB 281
Apple Valley, CA 92307


The Bulletin

  • The Bulletin is an electronic newsletter keeping our members informed about branch activities, updates on achievements of the state organization, and messages from our officers. It is published three times a year and sent to each member via email. To read a pdf of the current issue click here or on the image above, and here for Flipbook format.”

Submit to the CWC Bulletin

Welcome to CWC’s The Bulletin — our statewide digital news.

In continuing with our coverage for all 22 branches, as editor-in-chief, I’d like to update our submissions process so the least amount of errors and omissions will keep all readers informed.

I’ve added a second set of eyes as a reviewer for content. Her name is Angie Horn and she is also my proofreader. It will be her job to check on submissions and tally up the content including photos that come in from all over the state. Together we can double-check entries and compare notes.

All submissions sent to me at Rusty@RustyLaGrange.com should meet some basic requirements to make our jobs easier.

  • Email Subject lines should include: “CWC Bulletin – “Your Branch Name”
  • Photos must be in jpg format. I convert them to a web-based format.
  • Please provide any captions to identify people in your photos
  • Text is preferred in MSWord Arial 11 point or a standard generic text
  • Please send your news separate from photos so I can place them in The Bulletin without a lot of conversion processes.
  • Never send pages directly from your own branch newsletters. I’m not able to deconstruct PDF content and embedded photos.
  • I will respond with a receipt to all entries received, so if you don’t hear from me, something has happened to it. Send it again or call me.
  • If you miss your deadline, just call me and we’ll discuss it.
  • After The Bulletin is viewed on the web, and you find a major mistake, call me and we’ll see if it can be corrected after the fact.

The Bulletin is published three times a year – March, August, and November.

All news submissions and advertising are due – 28th of February, July, and October.

If you have any questions please send an email to Rusty@RustyLaGrange.com

MAKE A SPASH — STATE-WIDE!!

Want to increase your visibility? Sell your service? Promote your book? Increase speaker engagements? Pump up your web traffic? Or just send a greeting?

Each issue of The Bulletin — published three times a year — reaches close to 2,000 published and aspiring writers, in 22 branches throughout the state. AND it is published here on calwriters.org.

Now we are accepting writing-related advertising from businesses, CWC members, and individuals who wish to reach our target market at reasonable prices.

Four tiers of ads are being offered:

All of the above can be paid for by check as described below, or by PayPal (below).

We will make available one and one only full page vertical ad (7″ x 10″) for $200. First come, first served, and for that reason, arrangement for this ad must be made by check and submitted by postal mail and by email as described below. Advertisers whose ads are received by mail too late to qualify will be notified of their option to buy a 5×7 or smaller ad and their checks will be returned.

All ads submitted must be self-edited, print-ready, and will be published as received.  We reserve the right to decline material deemed inappropriate at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

All ads must be emailed as a jpg file to advertisingcwc@gmail.com.

A physical copy of your ad must be enclosed with the postal mailed payment. Please include your return address, email address, and telephone contact number.

Deadline for advertising submissions for the next issue to be published in  the  Spring (mid-March) is February 28; Summer (mid-August) is July 28, and Winter (mid-November) issue is, October 28.

Deadlines for Branch news submissions ar the same as for advertising.

Capacity for advertising will be determined by the Editor-in-Chief. In case we receive more ads than can be accommodated, advertisers will be notified of the option to reserve space in the next issue.

Space is limited, and appropriate ads will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. A copy of The Bulletin will be emailed to advertisers upon publication Please include your preferred email address along with your ad submission. Questions? Call Bob Isbill at (760) 221-6367.

Checks or money orders for submitted ads must be made payable to CWC Central Treasury and mailed to:

HDCWC
17645 Fisher St.
Victorville, CA 92395

CHECKLIST:

  • Please double-check to be sure you have followed directions closely.
  • Design your ad. You can scan it to a jpeg file and send it to advertisingcwc@gmail.com
  • Then place the hard copy of your ad in an envelope addressed to the Marketing Department. It is okay to fold the copy if you need to do so.
  • Enclose your check made payable to CWC Central Treasury or pay by PayPal on calwriters.org. If you paid by PayPal, please state the amount in your envelope.
  • Either way you pay, we MUST have the hard copy mailed to us along with your email address and phone contact, and please confirm the size of your ad.  (Size isn’t indicated on the scanned copy.)
  • Full page ads purchased by mail only.

2" x 3.5" — $35


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3″ x 5″ — $60


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5″ x 7″ — $90


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