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Kelsey Review

  Kelsey Review 2014

Print copies of the latest edition of Kelsey Review are available, free, at libraries and selected bookstores throughout Mercer County.
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Mercer County Area Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Kelsey Review 2015; Sponsorships Available

MCCC’s 2013 Kelsey Review Features Fiction, Poetry and Art by Local Contributors; Free Copies Available at Public Libraries

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The Kelsey Review, Mercer County Community College's county-wide literary journal, is published each September. The deadline for each year’s issue is May 15th. We respond no later than August 15th. The Review solicits contributions from those who live and/or work in the Mercer County area.

Use our ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS system to send us your...    Short Fiction    Length: 4,000 words maximum
Poetry Send no more than six pages
Essays Length: 2,500 words maximum
Black & White Art (suitable for digital scanning)

Writers and artists who appear at Mercer County area events such as poetry readings are also eligible. Organizers of such events should encourage those who work and/or live in the county to submit a short non-fiction critically informed review of the event; the editors will contact the writer/artist to extend an invitation to appear in the Review. We see this as an opportunity to promote such literary and artistic occasions and venues within the county.

We invite proposals for non-fiction articles on any topic relevant to the people, history, businesses, educational institutions, artistic traditions and/or government of Mercer County and the surrounding area. “Creative non-fiction” also falls into this category.

Except for art and poetry, the Review generally only accepts one item per author.

(We no longer accept submissions by mail or email.)

  • All rights are retained by the author. The Kelsey Review remains available online after publication.
  • Payment is in copies (3).
  • Each year we nominate up to six published items for the Pushcart Prize. See for more information.
  • Art: The Kelsey Review uses art in the following sizes: half page, full page, and cover/centerfold (double page size).
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If we accept an item placed elsewhere, it is up to the author to clear any conflicts upon acceptance to KR.

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This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.