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Mercer County Area Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Kelsey Review; Sponsorships Available


West Windsor, N.J. – Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2016, an arts journal published annually by Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, personal essays, excerpts of novels, art, photography, and cartoons by those who live, work or study in Mercer County.

Fiction and nonfiction should be limited to 4,000 words, and poetry to six pages. Material can be on any topic, but should not have been previously published.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but authors are asked to inform the editors as soon as possible if a piece submitted to Kelsey Review has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

The college uses the online submission system “Submittable,” which can be accessed here. (Submissions are no longer accepted by mail or email.)  Full details on the submission process and criteria for submission are available at on the Kelsey Review webpage here. Online versions of prior years' editions are also available on this webpage.  For additional information or questions, email kelsey.review@mccc.edu.

The deadline for all submissions is May 31.  Decisions will be made by a four-person editorial board in June and July. The board is chaired by MCCC English faculty member and the Review’s new editor, Jacky Vogtman. Contributors will be notified by the end of August.

Kelsey Review will be available online in the fall.  Area residents and groups are encouraged to support the arts in Mercer County by sponsoring Kelsey Review. Sponsorships help to underwrite the publication and distribution costs for this unique literary arts journal. Sponsors will have their logo or other information printed on the front or rear inside cover page. 

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

English faculty member Jacky Vogtman is the new editor for Kelsey Review 2016, an arts journal published annually by Mercer County Community College.

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