Submissions Open!

Word Fountain CoverI have been lucky to work for more than two years for a place that allowed me to edit their literary magazine. That’s right, allowed, as in they paid me. Granted, I still had to get all my library work done too, but it was assumed that I would work on the magazine while on the job. Holy cow! For a while, I was paid for my poetry—at last!

Tomorrow I start a new adventure, as the director of another library in the system, a few miles upstream, but I’ll continue to help to edit Word Fountain as a volunteer editor for as long as they can, or until they don’t need me anymore. And who knows, there may be more literary adventures with the new library. The board seemed very interested in what we did with WF.

In the meantime, this beautiful baby that we brought back from hiatus in 2016 will continue! I can’t wait to see what Ainslee has in store for the cover art this time. You can check out current and past issues at And follow the link below to send your poetry and short fiction for consideration for the Spring/Summer 2018 edition.

As of January 15th, we have begun reading your submissions of poetry and short-short fiction (1500 words) for our Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Please continue reading this page for the complete guidelines for sending your work to us!

We invite emerging and established writers to send us their previously unpublished stories, poems, flash fiction, and mixed genre work. We prefer very short pieces as we seek to pack quality and variety into 40 to 60 pages. We’re looking for concise writing with a strong, human voice.

Read the guidelines. They’re pretty straightforward and simple: Submissions

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