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, essays, brief excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings, and cartoons. According to Mercer County Community College English faculty members Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Johnson, who are editing the Kelsey Review this year, 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.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2006. Fiction and essays should be limited to 2,000 words. Poetry should be limited to no more than six pieces. Material can be on any topic; however, in celebration of The Kelsey Review’s 25th year, work specifically regarding life in New Jersey and Mercer County is particularly sought. No submissions should be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere, or have been previously published.

Journal selections are made by a five-person editorial board composed of Ed Carmien and Holly-Katharine Johnson; 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. All those who submit material will be notified about a month after the deadline regarding inclusion in the journal.

Carmien and Johnson encourage all area writers and artists to submit their work. “Whether you are widely published or have been hiding your work for years, here’s a chance to share your talent with your neighbors. And if you are a secret writer and wonder whether you actually have any talent, we’ll let you know. We may even send you specific suggestions, unless, of course, you ask us not to,” Johnson said.

Typed, double-spaced manuscripts should be sent to The Editors, The Kelsey Review, Mercer County Community College, PO Box B, Trenton, NJ 08690. (The editorial board requests hard copy submissions rather than e-mail.) A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be enclosed. Published annually in September, The Kelsey Review is distributed free at libraries and bookstores.

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.

For more information please contact Holly-Katharine Johnson at (609) 586-4800 ext. 3594 or e-mail

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