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 deemed worthy of publication are published.
With chapters all across the state of South Carolina and members scattered across the country and abroad, 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 rises every year. This is largely because of the excellent writing of our members. And we, the editors, thank you for submitting.
The Petigru Review Senior Editors:
The Petigru Review Associate Editors:
Amber Wheeler Bacon
2016 The Petigru Review Anniversary Issue
In keeping with The Petigru Review‘s view and vision of building up and empowering writers, as well as showcasing the talent of our members and The Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award winners, we are proud to announce a positive Kirkus Review for our 2016 The Petigru Review Anniversary Issue. Kirkus Review is a trusted reviewer in the industry publishing over 10,000 independent and unbiased reviews every year of the most notable books published in the industry, including those by the nation’s top publishers, so we are extremely excited that The Petigru Review scored so favorably.
2016 Pushcart Nominees
Carl DiLorenzo 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:
- Short Fiction – limit 3,000 words.
- Creative Nonfiction – limit 3,000 words.
- Flash Fiction – up to two (2) flash pieces, word count limit 700 words for each.
- Poetry – up to three (3) poems, not to exceed 80 lines in total.
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, except for poetry which can be spaced according to what the author feels is best for the poem.
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.
Rules & Rights
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.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just let us know. And congratulations!
Multiple submissions are welcome and encouraged.
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.
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.
Submitters generally get a response by the late summer. Publication date is late fall of every year.
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:
- Formatting—basic writing stuff here (Did you pay attention to the guidelines?)
- Content—genre, tone, style, content. Do things fit nicely?
- Grammar and word choice—spelling, punctuation, syntax.
- Structure and aesthetics—sequencing, plot lines, interruption(s), flow, back story. Suspense and intrigue often come into play here as well.
- 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?
- Freshness—have we heard this before? Is it too “preachy?” Is there a hidden (or obvious) agenda to the piece? Does it open up something new to the reader?
- 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.
- 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:
- One = Poor
- Two = Fair
- Three = Good
- Four = Very Good
- Five = Excellent
“Give us your best work. Inspire or destroy us. Make us feel something. Surprise us.”