How to Submit

The Schuylkill Valley Journal (SVJ) is both an online and print journal. The online journal is published twice monthly. The print journal is published in the spring and winter. The SVJ publishes poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays and personal reflections. We prefer previously unpublished work though published work is acceptable (indicate where previously published). Simultaneous submissions are OK (please notify us if your work is published elsewhere). All submissions will be considered for both our print and online journals.

All submissions should be sent in .doc or .rtf file format only in Times New Roman 12 point font and single-spaced and should include title, author name, bio (50 words max) and complete text, including any notes regarding previous publication. Files should be titled with the author’s last name and the first 3 words of the title. Files should meet these guidelines or they may go unread.

Poetry: Send 3-5 poems, contact information and bio in the body of an e-mail to the poetry co-editors: Bill Wunder and Bernadette McBride at Please include last name and the words “Poetry Submission” in the subject line. Because of the volume of poetry we receive, we ask that you do not submit poetry through the link below.

Short Stories: 1-2 stories. Flash fiction of approximately 500-750 words (1,000 max); short stories of approximately 3,000-5000 words; however, the preferred length for short stories is around 3,000. We like fiction that tells a story or illuminates a character. We look for original use of language, fresh voices and diversity. We also seek writers who have insights into the mysteries of everyday life, relationships and the world around us. Stories can pose questions and answer them or not; however, they must be well-crafted.

Essays/Articles: Ranging between 750—1,200 words (2000 max) will be considered for publication online. Articles greater than 1,200 words (4,ooo max) will only be considered for print publication. We prefer the following types of material: Articles on Philadelphia, interviews, subjects of a general, literary, or artistic interest, historical perspectives, and personal reflections.

Copyright: By submitting a work to the SVJ, the contributor agrees that the Schuylkill Valley Journal reserves first rights and the right to republish material online. All other rights belong to the contributor. The SVJ does not claim ownership of syndicated material from other sources, and proper credit will be given as necessary. We request the same courtesy from our peers. All rights are similarly reserved by the SVJ.

Payment: The SVJ does not pay contributors. We are a volunteer publication. It would be ideal if we had the funds to pay contributors, but for now, the best we can do is to share your work with our audience, and leave you with a heartfelt and sincere thanks.