The Petigru Review


About The Petigru Review

The South Carolina Writers Association (SCWA), formerly the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop (SCWW), started publishing this journal ten years ago as a forum to give its members a journal in which to publish their best works. Every journal has guest judges who pick only the most polished and promising pieces for publication. Only those works the judges deem worthy are published in each issue.

With chapters all across the state of South Carolina and members scattered throughout several states as well as a few oversees, we have grown since our inception to become a competitor in the small press industry. Since that first publication a decade ago, the caliber of work featured in The Petigru Review has risen every year. This is largely because of the excellent writing of our members.  And we, the editors, thank you for submitting.

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The 2017 Anniversary Issue of The Petigru Review
is now on sale.

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2017 Pushcart Nominees

Skip Shockley for “The Final Curtain”
Amber Wheeler Bacon for “Matching Floor Plans”
Skip Shockley for “Borrowed Rifle”
Kasie Whitener for “Cover Up”

Kim Blum Hyclak for “Slipping”
Kimberly Simms for “Black County Balti”


The Petigru Review – Submission Guidelines

Open reading period: April 1 through May 31 each year.

The Petigru Review will feature four (4) genres:

  • Fiction – word count limit 3,000 words.
  • Creative Nonfiction – word count limit 3,000 words.
  • Flash Fiction – submit up to two (2) flash pieces, word count limit 700 words for each.
  • Poetry – submit up to three (3) poems, not to exceed 80 lines in total.

Manuscript Formatting:

  • The author’s name, address, email, or any identifying features must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s), including in the body of the work.
  • All submissions must follow standard manuscript formatting: 12 point font, Times New Roman font, auto-indents to paragraphs, be double spaced.
  • The title and page number must appear on every page of the submission.

Please include an author biography of up to 100 words in your cover letter.

All submissions must be previously un-published. If you work has appeared in any capacity in print or online (such as self-publishing to blogs, message boards, and/or Facebook or any other place where it can be viewed publicly) we will not be able to accept it.

Each member is free to enter as many categories as he/she chooses. Submissions that exceed the length limit in any category or in total will be disqualified.

Multiple submissions per category are allowed. 

Submissions that exceed length limit in any category will be disqualified.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, simply email us to let us know. And congratulations!

SCWA retains first-time print publication rights until the anthology is published, after which the rights revert back to the author. The Petigru Review also reserves e-book rights for the anthology only. SCWA solicits authors’ non-exclusive first internet archival rights for online archiving.

While we reserve the right to edit a submission, any revisions will be communicated to the author and the author can choose to either accept or reject them. Be aware that refusal to accept edits may result in being denied publication.

The Petigru Review section of the anthology is only open to SCWA members whose membership dues are paid and in good standing. If interested in becoming a member of SCWA, go to our “Join Us” page. New members are always welcome. 

Any entry that fails to comply with any of the guidelines mentioned above or adhere to our manuscript formatting guidelines will be disqualified. If any submission is disqualified then the author forfeits their entry fee to SCWA.


All entries will be read blind. Judges or anyone associated with the judge should not enter to avoid any appearance of favoritism. Moreover, judges are expressly prohibited from commenting on works they might have seen in any capacity previously or for authors for which work(s) they may recognize. If this happens, the judge will be forced to disqualify that submission regardless of the quality of the piece. 

Each entry will be scored in the areas listed below:

  1. Formatting—basic writing stuff here (Did you pay attention to the guidelines?)
  2. Content—genre, tone, style, content. Do things fit nicely?
  3. Grammar and word choice—spelling, punctuation, syntax.
  4. Structure and aesthetics—sequencing, plot lines, interruption(s), flow, back story. Suspense and intrigue often come into play here as well.
  5. Character development—does your character fit your story? Is your protagonist believable? Do they fit their goals, aspirations, personality, background, etc.?  Are your characters complex?
  6. Freshness—have we heard this before? Is it too “preechy?” Is there a hidden (or obvious) agenda to the piece? Does it open up something new to the reader?
  7. Tension—every story needs it. Is there enough: action, change, conflict, tension. Keep in mind that tension can also be acquired through thought-provoking content. We don’t always need sex and emotion to pull a reader into a story.
  8. Craft—we will leave this up to the judge. In a nutshell it comes down to this question: How well do you write?

Scoring will consist of one (1) through five (5) and pieces are scored as follows:

  1. One = Poor
  2. Two = Fair
  3. Three = Good
  4. Four = Very Good
  5. Five = Excellent

Only those entries with the highest score will be chosen for publication.

Best of luck!