Submission Guidelines - The Wildwood Literary Review
An on-line publication sponsored by the Wildwood Lifelong Learning Program
Penn Valley, CA 95946. On the web at: www.theWLR.org
The Editorial Board of the Wildwood Literary Review invites residents of Lake Wildwood and other residents of Nevada County to submit original written work for publication on-line. All work submitted will be reviewed and approved for display by the Editorial Board. The decision of the Editorial Board on which material is selected is final and no avenue for reconsideration or appeal is available. Literary work which is not selected for one issue may be re-submitted one time for display in a later issue upon a showing by the author that substantial revision and improvements have been made.
Type of Material Accepted: We encourage authors to submit material that matches the categories we list in the Table of Contents on the Home Page. Those include book reviews of Nevada County authors, essays, memoirs, poetry, and short fiction. The definition for “essays” is very broad; we invite a broad spectrum of writing in this category including personal stories and memoirs, travel reports, opinions, personal views, etc. Be guided by your dictionary’s definition of the word. The Wikipedia web site offers some insight into the type of material that would be considered to be an ‘Essay’. We are seeking your best work as you refine your writing skills. Participation in an organized and recurring form of education or skill development workshop may be helpful to you in meeting our editorial standards.
Length of Material Accepted: We ask that authors restrict the length of work submitted for publication in the Wildwood Literary Review to these limits:
Book Reviews –500 words; Essays – 3,000 words; Memoirs – 3,000words; Poetry - 500 words; Short Fiction –3,000 words;
These limits will provide articles of reasonable length for viewing on the internet pages of the Wildwood Literary Review.All modern word processors have a word counting tool, so these limits should not be burdensome to the creative writing process.
Use of Profanity and Pornography: The Wildwood LiteraryReview is a family oriented web site. We hope it can be used by families to explore the wonders of various types of creative writing. That could include encouraging teen-age children or teen-aged grandchildren to read our published material and gain an appreciation of the literary art form.
The Editorial Board understands that an author may believe that a modest amount of profanity can be used to develop a character in written work, or can be used to express an intensity of emotion about a topic or scene. We ask authors to use common sense in their work submitted for publication. We may accept work thatwould earn a PG 13 rating if it were a movie script. We will not accept work that would earn an X rating. We will claim the prescience cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1964: “We will recognize pornography when we see it.” Such material will not be published.
Procedures to Submit Material: Authors should submit their work to the Editorial Board via e-mail to this address: WildwoodWritersGroup@Gmail.com.
The e-mail should contain this information:
Author’s name; mail address; telephone number; e-mail address; the literary genre of the work; the Title; length of the work in word count; and the reason or stimulus for the submission (for example, consideration for the March 2017 issue). The e-mail should contain this statement:
“I certify that this is an original piece of literary work that has been prepared by me. I grant the Editorial Board of the Wildwood Literary Review permission to publish my work as often as it wishes to do so without payment of any kind to me.”
A modest amount of editing of the work by another person is acceptable. The text of the literary piece can be attached to the e-mail as an attachment.
Format for Material: In order to reduce the amount of paper required and to prolong usefulness of the eyes of the Editorial Board members, we ask authors to follow these formatting standards:
1. Standard 8.5 in. X 11 in. white paper; single side printing; single line spacing.
2. Margins of 1 inch on all 4 sides of the page.
3. 12 point font for the bulk of the text. Headings or footnotes may vary in font size.
4. Clip art, images, sketches, and pictures embedded in the text of the literary material are acceptable. Or, you may send the images as an attachment to the e-mail in .jpg or .gif or .pdf format
The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject work that does not conform to these standards, or to return the work to the author for more formatting if the work otherwise shows merit.
Computer Format: Use standard word processing file formats, such as Microsoft Word .doc or Microsoft Works .wps or the generic .rtf format to submit your work.
Material will not be returned: Literary work submitted to the Editorial Board for review and consideration of publication will not be returned to the author
Copyright protection: The contents of the Wildwood Literary Review will not be submitted for copyright protection to the U.S. Copyright office. Authors submitting material who wish to secure copyright protection for their work are responsible for filing for such copyright before submitting their work to the Editorial Board. Procedures and charges for filing for copyrights are readily available on the internet. Neither the Editorial Board, nor the Lake Wildwood Association assumes any responsibility for loss or damages to individual authors for copyright infringement of literary work displayed herein.
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