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TVW 2018 Anthology Submission Guidelines


Prose   Poetry
Fiction: historical fiction, mystery/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult, western, and general/other Types include rhyming poetry, free verse, haiku/senryu, and other forms
Nonfiction: memoir, essay, spiritual/inspirational, and travel Line Count: 26 lines maximum
Word Count: 2,000 words maximum



  • Word document (.doc or .docx), 8 ½ x 11 letter-size page, one-inch margins
  • Times New Roman 12 point font, double space (except for poetry)
  • First Page: center title with word or line count beneath
  • Header (prose only): title in center,  page numbers in top right corner
  • Do not include author’s name in the document.


  • Submissions must be original, unpublished work(s) of a current CWC Tri-Valley Branch member. If an entry is accepted by another publication prior to March 1, 2018, the member must notify the anthology coordinator to withdraw that piece.
  • Author must convey a one-time use authorization for publication.
  • Author retains individual copyright.


  • Submission deadline: March 1, 2018
  • Limited to three per member, each submission must be a separate document.
  • Electronic submissions with Word attachments, and the subject line: TVW 2018 Anthology to
  • In the body of the email: Include the author’s name, email address, telephone number, genre/type, and word count (prose)/# of lines (poetry)
  • Submissions will be acknowledged by email within seven (7) working days.

Submission Policy

Content considered inappropriate by California Writers Club Central Board Policies & Procedures will be declined. This includes pornography, gratuitous obscenity or vulgarity, and political or religious rants or proselytizing.

The Anthology Committee will work with individual members to develop submissions to the highest quality. If the committee declines to publish a submission, or if a member withdraws a submission, that action will be confirmed by electronic mail.

Helpful Tips

The 2018 anthology committee members/editors will focus on several areas when they evaluate the writing selections. You may want to keep these areas in mind as you edit and polish your piece before submission. Happy writing!


Prose   Poetry
Compelling and interesting Compelling and interesting
Evokes emotion in reader Evokes emotion in the reader
Has a sense of tension and/or conflict and resolution Is there “meaning” to the writing, and is that conveyed well?
Consistent POV and verb tense   Is the reader likely to feel and/or visualize the images presented?
Pacing (speed and rhythm) is appropriate for type of writing Are the rhyme and/or rhythm natural and sensible, or artificial and forced?
Good balance of show vs. tell for type of writing Does the poem lead naturally to its conclusion?
Clarity of speaker or proper use of related tags in dialogue Does the poem lead naturally to its conclusion?
Proper spelling, punctuation and grammar (Chicago Manual of Style) Are the line endings/line breaks used effectively?
Sentence fluency/variety and appropriate word choice   Does the word choice enable the poem to reach its intent?
Well drawn, multi-dimensional characters Does the layout enhance and strengthen the writing?
Character’s steps to achieving goal are clear Are spelling and grammar consistent without interrupting the flow of the poem’s language?
Reader connects and/or cares about the main character Does the poet respect language conventions and provide punctuation to aid the reader in understanding of the writing?
Setting is consistent with storyline and characterizations
Multiple senses used in description



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Available at: of the Valley: Word for Word.

Anthology Launch Photos:

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Cover: Voices of the Valley- Encore

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