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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 2020 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 2020 Literary Review.

2021 California Writers Club Literary Review Submission Guidelines


 The submission window for 2021 is open from December 15, 2020 and extended to April 15, 2021.


Read and follow all submission information carefully.

We’re looking for your best work. Submissions are open to current CWC members and will be accepted from December 15, 2020 and extended until APRIL 15, 2021. Works will be reviewed and selected for possible publication by acquisition editors through a blind judging process, that is, they will not see any information about the author or the author’s branch. Feedback is offered on your submissions this year, but you may opt out of receiving it. Shortly before publication in autumn of 2021, you will be notified by email as to whether your piece will be included in the 2021 Literary Review.

We’re looking for excellent writing. Light themes and humor are always welcome. Unacceptable are pieces that proselytize, are libelous, or contain gratuitous vulgarity. 

Submission categories are:

  • Fiction suggests an invented story which may entertain, deceive, or amuse.

     

  • Nonfiction is content that represents truth and accuracy regarding information, events, or people, and may take the form of a story. Biographies and articles are examples of non-fiction. 

     

  • Memoir is autobiographical, nonfiction story based on event(s) in the author’s memory. It should have an overarching theme, takeaway lesson, or message. Personal narrative, personal essay, and personal statement are subsets of memoir.

     

  • Essay: A formal essay presents an idea, supports, and/or refutes the idea, then gives a conclusion. 

     

  • Poetry: Poets choose words carefully to achieve sensory, emotional, or intellectual effects. Rhyming is not at all necessary. Clarity is. Please understand that lack of punctuation or using an unusually difficult layout may make it impossible for a reader to comprehend the content. 

     

  • Humor uses asides to poke fun at one’s self; states the obvious; exaggerates; makes witty remarks; adds tongue-in-cheek comments; asks a rhetorical question; uses alliteration that doesn’t come at the expense of clarity; lists two straight items (the setup) and adds a third item that is a comedic twist such as the description, “writer, actor, tall person”; etc.! Have fun and don’t hesitate to submit in this category if you’ve written something humorous.

Decide carefully in what category you place your submission. Readers will have the guidelines above regarding categories. 

We accept excerpts from previously published work provided that you hold the copyright, and you indicate the initial source and date when submitting—not on the submission itself. 

If we accept a submission for publication, you give permission for it to appear in our print and online editions.

By submitting, you grant the editors the right to do light editing to correct occasional grammar, spelling, or typing errors, to preserve historical accuracy, and/or to maintain consistency with the Review style guide.

 

Literary Review Submission Guidelines:

When you submit:

A $10 fee covers one or two prose pieces of up to 2,500 words per piece. The limit is two prose pieces.

OR $10 covers one or two poems of up to 50 lines each. Maximum two poems.

 Polish your writing before submitting, read it aloud to yourself, ensure that you have chosen the best verbs and adjectives, that the piece(s) conform to the requirements of the genre you assign it to, and that this is your best work.

Submissions are accepted by email only. The Submission Form below must accompany each piece of writing that you are submitting.

Submission address: SubmitLitReview@calwriters.org

Submission window: December 15, 2020 – April 15, 2021

Subject line of email: CWC Lit Review

Body of email: No need to include anything. The Submission Form contains all the necessary information about you and your work.

Submissions must follow standard publishing industry formatting:

  • MS Word, doc or docx
  • Indented paragraphs, correct formatting of dialog 
  • Pages numbered bottom center in footer
  • No cover sheet 
  • Top center: title of the work, category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, humor) and word or line count
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point
  • Double-spaced lines. One space after each period.
  • One-inch margins around all four sides
  • Do not include your name or branch affiliation in the title or in the body of the work

Payment

Use the Pay Now button below for PayPal 

OR pay by check made out to “California Writers Club” and mail to

CWC Literary Review 
PO Box 201, Danville, CA 94526-0201

Checks must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2021.

Please do not send by certified or registered mail.

No refunds, and no revision of work once it has been submitted.


Literary Review




FAQ

  1. How does one submit to the California Writers Club Literary Review and what is the cost?

Only CWC members may submit. The cost is $10 per submission. One submission consists of either one prose piece of no more than 2,500 words OR two poems of no more than 30 lines each. Every piece must have a separate submission form. This means that when two poems are submitted, separate submission forms should be filled out for each poem. However, all submissions and their respective submission forms can be sent as separate attachments in the same email. 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.

  1. What are the submission categories?

Fiction, memoir, essay, and poetry. Word length for prose is 2,500 words (does not include title) and for poetry 30 lines. Note that although the Literary Review has “literary” in its name, it encourages submissions of genre fiction such as mystery, science fiction, romance, fantasy, and Western as well literary fiction. 

  1. How are these categories defined?

Fiction: Short stories and book excerpts that can stand alone.

Memoir: A first-person account of an event that has happened to the author.

Essay: Informative or expository essay, personal essay, or narrative essay. 

  1. Can you explain some of the differences in the types of essays accepted?

An informative or expository essay seeks to educate the reader about a particular topic or issue. It can compare, contrast, analyze information, or explain how to do something. A personal essay uses the author’s experience to illustrate a point or help the author come to a conclusion. It can be about a present situation, but the issue, not the author, is the central focus unlike a memoir which is about something that happened in the past, and the author or author’s experience or response to an experience is the central focus. A narrative essay is a third-person account of an incident or the telling of someone else’s experience. 

  1. How many submissions are selected for publication? 

The Literary Review is a print publication as well as online. The number of pieces selected for publication depends on quality, length, and production limitations. The Literary Review is looking for the best writing from CWC members regardless of category. In 2019 about 10% of submissions were published.

  1. Who will read my submission?

A team of evaluators will read each submission and discuss it. If there is substantial disagreement among the evaluators, an additional person will be asked to read the submission. All reading teams are given guidelines so that they have a common understanding of the evaluation process. Guidelines vary by category. The submission will be judged based on the guidelines for the category author selects and adherence to the submission rules.

  1. What are evaluators looking for in pieces selected for the Literary Review?

Evaluators are looking for the common elements of good writing in grammar, punctuation, style, and flow in addition to compelling writing that evokes a response in the reader. Below are some suggestions about what evaluators are likely to consider. However, these are only suggestions, not a checklist that guarantees publication. Readers are encouraged to research and explore books and websites that discuss elements for the category in which they intend to submit. 

Short story

  • A compelling story with a beginning, middle, and an end that stirs an emotional response in the reader
  • Well delineated characters and setting
  • Dialog that sounds like it could be spoken by real people (Grammar rules do not apply in dialog.)
  • Tight writing using action verbs, vivid nouns, limited use of adverbs and adjectives and free from wordiness
  • Appropriate handling of point of view
  • Good flow and smooth transitions between scenes
  • Writing demonstrating good command of standard English grammar and punctuation and free from clichés and trite descriptions

Memoir

  • A compelling event with a beginning, middle, end that leaves the reader with an understanding of the event and its emotional impact.
  • Well delineated setting
  • Dialog that sounds like it could be spoken by real people (Grammar rules do not apply in dialog.)
  • Tight writing using action verbs, vivid nouns, limited use of adverbs and adjectives and free from wordiness
  • Good flow and smooth transitions between scenes
  • Writing demonstrating good command of standard English  grammar and punctuation and free from clichés and trite descriptions

Essays 

  • Clear statement of topic or intent with clear explicit or implied main idea or thesis 
  • Information or personal experience that supports the topic in a logical fashion
  • Tight writing using action verbs, vivid nouns, limited use of adverbs and adjectives free from wordiness
  • Writing demonstrating good command of standard English grammar and punctuation and free from clichés and trite descriptions
  • A conclusion or revelation that follows from the material presented

Poetry

  • Clear speaker’s voice and point of view
  • Compression of language
  • Use of simile, metaphor, and images
  • Rhythm and use of sound (rhyme okay, but not required)
  • Conveyance of thought and emotion
  • Form or structure fitting the meaning
  • Skillful use of grammar and word order
  • Compelling ending making a point 
  1. Will authors receive feedback on their submission?

No feedback will be given, but all submitters will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) before the Literary Review is released. Publication in the Literary Review is competitive, not guaranteed. Authors are encouraged to workshop and polish their pieces before submission.

  1. What happens if I realize I need to edit my piece after I submit it?

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

  1. What kind of material does the Literary Review not publish?

CWC Policies and Procedures prevent the Literary Review from publishing religious or political proselytizing, libelous material, material that infringes on another’s copyright, gratuitous vulgarity, or obscenity.

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 at left, 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

Size

3″ x 5″ — $60

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5″ x 7″ — $90

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