Literary Journal

The Petigru Review – 2015 Submission Guidelines

 The Petigru Review submissions selected for the 2015 edition of TPR will be announced in July.


The Petigru Review-2015 will feature the best writing of SCWW members in three categories: fiction (including flash fiction), creative nonfiction and poetry.
Submissions are closed now for 2015.

The judged competition is open to SCWW members who have paid their dues by March 30, 2015. There is no other entry fee. Please contact Irena Tervo, Membership Chair, at if you have any questions about your membership status. New members are always welcome. See the guideline below.

Each member may submit up to 3000 words of fiction, (a single story cannot be longer than 2500 words), and/or up to 2000 words of nonfiction, and/or 80 lines of poetry. Each member is free to divide up the total word- or line-count in each category among multiple submissions, so long as these length limits are observed when all submissions are added together. Submissions that exceed the length limit in any category or in total will be disqualified.

For example, a member might submit two short stories of 1,500 words each, four nonfiction pieces of 500 words each, and eight 10-line poems. But if that same member exceeded the word count in a category or the poetry line-count, all of his or her submissions would be disqualified.

With the exception of work previously published in The Quill, only unpublished work is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as the author immediately notifies the editor of The Petigru Review when a piece has been accepted elsewhere.

Authors whose work is selected for publication in The Petigru Review-2014 will receive two contributor’s copies. SCWW retains first-time publication rights until the literary anthology is published, at which time publication rights revert to the author. SCWW also solicits authors’ non-exclusive first Internet archival rights for online archiving and e-reader publishing rights.

SCWW reserves the right to edit submissions at the editor’s sole discretion.

Tips: Submit your best efforts. Good writing grabs the judges’ attention. Judges will consider each submission on its merit, not compared to other submissions. Judges look for a manuscript that rises above the mundane, that presents the author’s truth in an evocative manner and shows the human experience at its best or worst. Hook the reader with your first sentence. Take chances. Think beyond the literal and build a world that invites the reader into the story or poem.

Proofreading is important.

Manuscript Formatting:

  1. Only electronic submissions are allowed.
  2. All prose submissions must be formatted as a standard manuscript. Use 12 point Times New Roman font and double spacing between lines. Leave one space after periods. Do not use sections, frames, lines, fancy fonts or other styles or formatting. Use Italics instead of underlining. Use auto-indent for paragraphs, not tab.
  3. Poetry should be spaced and formatted as the poet wishes it to appear in print, including the use of spacing and special characters and fonts.
  4. The title and page number must appear in a header on every page of a submission. The header should have the title left, page number on far right. No lines or fancy fonts.
  5. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s), including in the body of the work.
  6. Each submission package must include one cover sheet listing all submissions that may be downloaded here.
  7. Send a copy of each manuscript as a Microsoft Word attachment (with a “.doc” or “.docx” suffix) to Subject line should say TPR 2015. You may attach multiple submissions to a single email.
  8. In the body of the email include an author biography of up to 100 words. Please attach a high resolution color or black and white photo of yourself, preferably a head shot. These should be JPG or TIFF fomat. If you have a good photo that isn’t a head shot, I can crop it.

All emails with attachments must be sent between April 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015. No early submissions.

Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will be disqualified and the entrant notified.


SCWW also seeks digital images for inclusion in The Petigru Review. Photos may be taken anywhere in the world.

Photos may be submitted during the same period: April 1 through April 30, 2015. Color photos are preferred. Black and white photos are certainly accepted.

The editor looks for artistic images and photos of original art work: drawings, paintings, sculpture, or other media. If the subject of the photo is not the photographer’s, the artist must supply a release form available via email from the editor. Art work on public display is usually exempt from this release as long as the work is part of a composition. Limit of 10 photos per individual. The editor reserves the right to solicit additional photos.

Submit color or black-and-white photos only as attachments to an email. Include in the subject line TPR 2015 Photo and send to Photos must be high resolution JPG or TIFF files, portrait or landscape orientation. Hi-res photos are usually larger than 1 megabyte and can be as high as 10-20 megabytes. Submit only one to three photos per email as most Internet service providers have limits on attachment sizes. Digital art and images of original drawings such as flourishes, line drawings, etc., may also be submitted.

Photos of people whose faces are identifiable will be accepted, providing a model release is obtained for each individual in the picture. If a model release form is required the editor will supply one.

The editor reserves the right to crop photos/images for content. Each photographer will receive a proof copy of his/her submission/s before publication.

Photo submissions are considered separate from the writing competition and will be used on a discretionary basis. No compensation will be paid for photos, except the photographer/artist whose work is chosen for the cover art will receive two contributor’s copies of the issue in which his/her work appears. Photos used will be credited, and photographers/artists will have short bios.

For accepted photos SCWW acquires one time rights, non-exclusive first Internet archival rights and first e-reader rights. Upon publication all other rights revert to the photographer.

Please submit photos as JPG or TIFF attachments to: Put TPR 2015 in the subject line.



Cary_Holladay_smallCary Holladay, a native of Virginia, is the author of seven volumes of fiction, most recently Horse People: Stories. Her awards include an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more at







Jim Minick

 Jim Minick is the author of The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, and winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. Minick has also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven, and he edited All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle. The Virginia College Bookstore Association awarded Burning Heaven the Jefferson Cup for best book of the year for 2008. Minick has won grants, awards, and honors from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association, Southern Environmental Law Center, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Appalachian Writers Association, Appalachian Heritage, Now and Then Magazine, Radford University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His poem “I Dream a Bean” was picked by Claudia Emerson for permanent display at the Tysons Corner/Metrorail Station. He’s also garnered grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Minick’s work has appeared in many publications including Shenandoah, Oxford American, Orion, San Francisco Chronicle, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Conversations with Wendell Berry, The Sun, Appalachian Journal, Bay Journal News, and Wind, and for thirteen years, he wrote a monthly column for The Roanoke Times. Currently, he is a core faculty member teaching creative nonfiction in Converse College’s low-residency MFA program. He is also pursuing an MFA in fiction from UNC-Greensboro, where he is The Fred Chappell Fellow and Fiction Editor for The Greensboro Review.


Jason Ockert

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, his debut novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches.  Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, the Atlantic Monthly Fiction Contest, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, he was also a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Million Writers Award.  His work has appeared in journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, and McSweeney’s.  He teaches writing at Coastal Carolina University.







Lilah Hegnauer lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches online creative writing workshops for the University of Virginia. She was the 2013-2014 Amy Clampitt Poet in Residence in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has also taught poetry workshops and American Literature at Sweet Briar College, James Madison University, and the UVA Young Writers Workshop. Her second book of poetry, Pantry, won the Hub City Press New Southern Voices Poetry Award selected by D.A. Powell, and was published in February, 2014. She is also the author of Dark Under Kiganda Stars (Ausable Press 2005).



Malaika Favorite is a visual artist and writer.  Poetry publications: Dreaming at the Manor, Finishing Line Press 2014 and Illuminated Manuscript, by New Orleans Poetry Journal Press, 1991.  Her poetry, fiction, and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals  including: you say. say and Hell strung and crooked (Uphook Press), Pen International, Hurricane Blues, Drumvoices review, Uncommon Place, Xavier Review, The Maple Leaf Rag, Visions International, Louisiana Literature, Louisiana English Journal, Big Muddy, and Art Papers.