Editor-in-chief: David J. Bauman

Managing Editor: Sandra Kobos

Associate Editors: Erin L. Mazzoni, and Ainslee Golomb

Proofreaders: Rebecca Schmitt and various Book Elves

Founding Editors: Rachael Goetzke Hughes, Ed Lupico, and Iris Johnston


Word Fountain is the literary magazine of the historic Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. We publish twice each year, so please see our Call for Submissions page for complete guidelines and the dates of our latest submission window.

Our goal for each issue is to print 40 to 60 pages of the strongest writing we can find from both near and far. Based in Northeast Pennsylvania, we aim for a portion of our magazine to reflect some local or regional flavor but, like the library who sponsors us, we are eager to bring the world to our readers. We publish fiction and poetry from writers across the globe as well as in our own back yard.  We aim to feature a broad range of styles from both emerging and established authors in a harmonious but diverse package.

Recent Issues

Winter 2017 (Released on January 5th): 25 writers, seven from here in Pennsylvania, many across the United States, as well as voices from Nigeria to the United Kingdom. Once again we featured several new poets right alongside those with book publications to their names. Printed copies are available at the Osterhout Free Library’s branches, and many other libraries in Luzerne County. To have one shipped to you, just make a small donation ($5 to $10) to the Osterhout (here) and mention in the notes that you would like a copy of the Winter 2017 issue sent to you.

Summer 2016 (Sold Out!): 16 writers, three of whom we were proud to publish for the first time, while six others have book publications to their names. Six had roots in or connections to Northeastern Pennsylvania. Other contributors hailed from places as far as Ontario and Hawaii. Two of these writers are younger than 21. Some were English professors; two were science professors, one retired.


Word Fountain and peopleFrom 2009 to 2014 Word Fountain produced 10 issues including the commemorative “Flood Issue” of 2012, a collection of creative responses to suffering caused each time the Susquehanna River overflowed its banks, especially in 1972 and more recently in 2011.  Copies of that issue, and others are still available at our Franklin Street location, as well as our three branches. Online versions of most of those issues can be found via the archives.

Word Fountain came out of it’s hiatus with a new team of editors, and began taking submissions again in February of 2016, resulting in our new Summer 2016 issue, which you can either have shipped to you via our library’s website (instructions here), or if you are in our area, at one of our library branches. A full online version will be available, including a downloadable PDF, before the next submission period begins on July 15th.


Recent issues, including the commemorative Flood Issue, have printed up to 2,500 copies, and can be shipped anywhere in North America, by going to the library’s donation page (we suggest a 5 to 10 dollar donation), and in the “Notes” box, mention that you would like a copy of the current issue, and or the Flood Issue shipped to you.


All submissions must be done electronically, and should follow our Guidelines and current Call for Submissions.

For other inquiries, please use one of the methods below:

Or Email: wordfountain@luzernelibraries.org

Osterhout Free Library
71 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701