Open Call for Submissions

Kathleen Moore Head 1950sWe want you to write for us. What you write is up to you.

The library this journal calls home is in Greenville, Ohio, but you don’t have to be. All that matters is your writing.

Up to this point we’ve published primarily book reviews, as well as essays about libraries, book culture, and reading, and books are certainly still our driving interest. That’s not all we want though. Here’s a full list of what you can submit to us:

♦Personal essays up to 2,500 words.
♦Essays about books, reading, or libraries up to 2,500 words.
♦Flash fiction up to 1,000 words.
♦Short fiction up to 2,500 words.
♦Book reviews. Please query us about the book you intend to write about before sending us the review. Approval of a query is not a guarantee we will accept the final piece. If we publish your review there is a possibility of further such assignments.

To submit a piece of writing, please email us at fourthsycamore (at) The subject line of your email should read [Last Name] [Writing Category] Submission (e.g. Smith Poetry Submission, or Jones Essay Submission). Treat the body of your email as your cover letter. Attach your writing submission as a .doc or .docx file. Include no more than one prose piece or two poems in each submission. Wait to hear back from us before submitting something else. We will respond within four weeks. If we accept your piece, we will request from you a short author bio and your preferred social media links in preparation for publication.

Things we can promise you if you submit a piece of writing to us:

1. We will thoughtfully read your piece.
2. We will respond personally and respectfully as to whether or not we will publish the piece. You will hear from us no matter what.

Things we cannot promise you if you submit a piece of writing to us:

1. Publication. When you submit a piece to us it is with the standard understanding that we may decide it is not a good fit for our journal. A rejection is not a verdict on your skill as a writer, and you are encouraged to submit to us again.
2. Fame. Also, fortune.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted somewhere else. As a general rule we do not accept reprints, but if you are upfront and honest about it and there are extenuating circumstances (you published it only on a small personal blog, the original publisher is now defunct and your piece no longer has a home, etcetera), we’re willing to think it over.

Fourth & Sycamore is not able at this time to pay you for your writing.

We retain the right to proofread and copy edit your work for spelling, punctuation, and basic grammar. Upon your request we will email you a proofread copy for approval before publication.

Fourth & Sycamore is a non-contractual site (meaning you don’t have to sign anything if we publish you), but all the common sense electronic publishing stuff applies. We claim first electronic rights to your piece, and non-exclusive electronic archival rights to host your piece on our site in perpetuity. The copyright on any published piece reverts to the author immediately upon publication. Your writing is your writing.

We look forward to reading your work. Write well, and write true. Put your heart into your writing, follow the above guidelines, and send us your best!

(At the time of publication this post is the exact text of our permanent writing guidelines page, but always check that page for changes before submitting.)

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