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Kelsey Review

The Kelsey Review, Mercer County Community College's county-wide literary journal, is published each Fall. Submissions are accepted between January 31 and May 31 each year via our online submissions system. Contributors are notified of acceptance 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 Upload as a high-quality jpeg.

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.

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

  • Except for art and poetry, the Review generally only accepts one item per author.
  • 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.
  • All rights are retained by the author/contributor.
  • The Kelsey Review uses art in the following sizes: half page, full page, and cover/centerfold (double page size).
  • Along with the current publication, a digital archive of past Kelsey Review editions remains available online.
  • Each year we nominate up to six published items for the Pushcart Prize. See for more information.

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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.

Kelsey Review latest edition  FALL 2023 online edition


FALL 2022    online edition
FALL 2021    online edition
FALL 2020    online edition
FALL 2019    online edition   print version
FALL 2018    online edition   print version
 FALL 2017 online edition
 SUMMER 2017 online edition
 SPRING 2017 online edition
 WINTER 2016 online edition
 FALL 2016 online edition

2015* / 2014* / 2013* / 2012*
2011 / 2010 / 2009

* View these editions in an innovative turn-page digital format.

News Announcement  [1/16/19]
Latest Edition of Kelsey Review Now Available at Local Libraries and Online

Kelsey Review reading event
From online to real time: Contributors share their works at periodic readings hosted by Kelsey Review.