Goldfinch Vol. 24 (2021-2022)

Submissions may be returned or rejected if the guidelines for submission are not followed. Reviewing these guidelines is encouraged for all submitters, even those who have submitted in prior years.

Guidelines for submission:

·       You must be a current, standing member of Women Who Write.

·       Word Counts: for both Poetry and Prose—up to 1,800 words per piece.

·       Each member can submit up to 2 Poetry and 2 Prose pieces. The number of pieces selected to be published will be limited to 1 Prose piece and 1 Poem per member.

·       Works must be creative and can be fiction, creative non-fiction, or a mix of genres. Research and reference pieces cannot be accepted. Political pieces cannot be accepted.

·       Works containing quoted/referenced material must include references/bibliography.

·       Works containing photos must include photo credits. Photos may be published in black and white. The Editor cannot guarantee photos will be published.

·       Do not submit a work that has been published previously.

·       All works must be fully edited at the time of submission - changes cannot be accepted.

·       Each submitting author should submit one short biography (submitted as a separate Microsoft Word document – maximum 100 words). Bios should be written in the third person. If no bio is received or the submitted bio is greater than 100 words, the bio from the WWW directory (if available) will be used (edited for length if necessary). Bios submitted outside of this process cannot be accepted.


By submitting your work, you acknowledge that it is your own work and it has not been published previously. You acknowledge that you are a current, standing member of Women Who Write, Inc. You acknowledge that your work may be edited and published in Goldfinch Vol. 24 (2021-2022), which may be published online. The Editor will use the Chicago Manual of Style as a guideline for edits.


·       Each submission must be electronic and in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

·       Each work must have a title.

·       Each work should not include:

a.     headers or footers.

b.     headings placed in the body of the document.

c.      page numbers.

d.     word counts.

·       Each work must be submitted without the author’s name, initials, or identifying information in the text of the Word document. Works are read on a “blind” basis by our designated Readers.

·       Poetry formatting: Times New Roman font in twelve-point and one-inch margins on all sides. Beyond that, any visual format is acceptable, as poets will sometimes play with word placement.

·       Prose formatting: Times New Roman font in twelve-point, double spaced, one-inch margins on all sides.

·       Prose works submitted in all capital letters cannot be accepted.

·       Be sure to spell check your document before submitting.


·       Submissions will be accepted beginning Friday, April 15, 2022.

·       Deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

·       Each member will be informed of her work’s acceptance or rejection on or before Thursday, June 30, 2022.

·       We are working on the date and details for the virtual Goldfinch Launch Party. Information will be communicated as soon as the event is scheduled.

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