About The Petigru Review
The South Carolina Writers Association (SCWA), formerly the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop (SCWW), began The Petigru Review ten years ago as a forum to give its members a journal in which to publish their best works. Every edition obtains guest judges who select the most polished pieces for publication.
The Petigru Review Editors:
Editor Adrienne Mathues
Vice Editor Jayne Bowers
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.
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 – 3,000 word limit.
- Creative Nonfiction – 3,000 words limit.
- Flash Fiction – up to two (2) flash pieces, 700 word limit 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 Times New Roman font, auto-indents for paragraphs, and be double spaced, except for poetry which can be spaced according to the author’s choice.
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, but the editors request you inform them if the work is accepted elsewhere.
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 and there are many other benefits besides submitting to the journal.
Any entry that fails to comply with any of the guidelines mentioned above or adhere to our manuscript formatting guidelines will be disqualified.
Submitters generally receive a response by the late summer. Publication date is late fall, during the annual conference.
All entries are read blind. Judges, or anyone associated with the judge may not enter the contest. Judges are prohibited from scoring works they have seen in any capacity previously or for authors 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:
- Grammar and word choice
- Structure and aesthetics
- Character development
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
SEE THE PETIGRU REVIEW JUDGES HERE
2017 Pushcart Nominees
Robert Wallace for “The Disobedience of Love”
Heather Adams for “The Disappearance of Audrey Thorpe”
Allen Guest for “The Space Between”
Michael Lythgoe for “Ash Wednesday at the Headwaters”
Rosemarie Dombrowski for “17 Letters”
Wilma Reitz for “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”