Literary and Art Works Solicited for Mercer County Literary Journal


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible publication in The Kelsey Review, a Mercer County literary magazine. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons.

According to Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Mathews, The Kelsey Review editors and English professors at Mercer County Community College, the major requirements for inclusion are that the material be of high quality and that the writers or artists live or work in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Carmien and Mathews encourage all area writers and artists to submit their work. "We look for work that is surprising and innovative, that takes familiar themes in unusual directions, makes intriguing use of language and description, or invites us into realms we have never visited. Whether you are a first-time author or an old pro, it's the ideas and artistry that matter most."

Journal selections are made by a five-person editorial board composed of Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Mathews; Luray Gross, a published poet who is "Poet in the Schools" for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Ellen Jacko, English teacher at Allentown High School; and Robbie Clipper Sethi, English professor at Rider University, novelist, poet and short story writer.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2007. Responses are made no later than August 15. Fiction must be limited to 4,000 words. Creative non-fiction essays must be limited to 2,500 words. Poetry should be limited to no more than six pieces. No submissions should be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere, or have been previously published.

Send only disposable manuscripts (not the only copy, and no electronic submissions) of poetry and prose and legible copies of art to: The Kelsey Review, Liberal Arts Division, Mercer County Community College, PO Box B, Trenton, NJ 08690. A cover letter should include all contact information including e-mail address and a short biography that begins with your name. A self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope should be enclosed for response. Published annually in September, the Kelsey Review is distributed free at libraries and bookstores.

After work is accepted The Kelsey Review requires an electronic version (MS Word or .RTF file) for scanning. All rights are retained by the author.

Area residents and groups are encouraged to support the arts in Mercer County by sponsoring The Kelsey Review. Sponsors help to underwrite the costs of publishing and distributing this unique literary arts journal. Sponsor names and logos will be included in the inside cover of the next issue. Contact the editors at or call (609) 586-4800 ext. 3594 for more information.

Funding for The Kelsey Review has been 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 for the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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