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Mercer County Area Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Kelsey Review 2015; Deadline Extended to May 24


West Windsor, N.J. – Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2015, an arts journal published annually by Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, personal essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons by those who live, work or study in Mercer County.

Fiction should be limited to 4,000 words, non-fiction to 2,500 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.  

This year, the college is introducing a new online submission system.  (Submissions will no longer be accepted by mail or email.)  Full details on the submission process and criteria for submission are available here; the online submission form is available here. Online versions of prior years' editions are also available on this webpage. For additional information or questions, email  kelsey.review@mccc.edu.

English faculty members Jacky Vogtman and Ed Carmien are the co-editors for Kelsey Review.

The deadline for all submissions has been extended to May 24.  Decisions will be made by a four-person editorial board in June and July. The board is co-chaired by MCCC English faculty members Ed Carmien, now in his tenth year with the Review, and new co-editor Jacky Vogtman.  Contributors will be notified by the second week of August.

The 2015 edition of 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.

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