Word Fountain

The Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library


Word Fountain Editors

We Are Open for Submissions

Submission Call for Spring-Summer, Issue #13

The editors of Word Fountain, the Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library are happy to announce that we are once again open for submissions. We’re starting early this year in order to switch to a spring-summer and fall-winter printing schedule. The deadline for this window is March 31st.

For issue #13, to be released in May, we are looking for previously unpublished short fiction, poetry, and flash fiction. If your work blurs the lines between those categories, we won’t mind at all. We try to pack a lot of variety into about 50 pages, so we prefer short pieces of concise language with a compelling voice. There is no theme for this issue, so the topic is up to you. You can check out our recent issues to get a feel for what we’ve published as well as what we haven’t; we’re always open to something new.

We have a strong local and regional audience as well as a growing national and global readership. We have featured many writers from Northeast Pennsylvania along with poets and story tellers from all over the country, and even as far away as the United Kingdom and Nigeria. We particularly enjoy showcasing new and emerging writers right alongside those with experience and previous publication.

If you have submitted before, please note that our email address for submissions has changed. For the complete list of guidelines and instructions on how to send us your work, please click here to go to our Submissions page.

Changming Yuan, Winter 2017

(“Haunted,” Image by Dylan Silver)

The Irony of a Snag
Changming Yuan

You have long since died
But you will never fall

Standing deadly among leafy growths Continue reading “Changming Yuan, Winter 2017”

Mary Buchinger, Winter 2017

Mary Buchinger

and after begins
the art of subtraction

the digging to find
what was before

cars follow plows
blinking yellow

along temporary-walled
salted paths

but the river practices
addition  lying still

folded into blankets
quiet and absorbing

in this world white Continue reading “Mary Buchinger, Winter 2017”

Marjorie Maddox, Winter 2017

Two Sets of Clerihews by Marjorie Maddox

Literary Clerihews
Marjorie Maddox

has an ear
for lovely sonnets.
He must know phonics!

* * *

Edgar Allan Poe
loves to scare us so
with thumping hearts beneath the floor
and ravens squawking, “Nevermore.”

* * *

Peter Pan
won’t ever be a man.
It’s too much fun to stay Continue reading “Marjorie Maddox, Winter 2017”

Harold Jenkins, Winter 2017

Ora Pro Nobis
Harold Jenkins

Between the worn wooden pews
parishioners in a double row
approach the priest to take Communion
rocking with each step

Fewer every year
thinner, fatter, grayer, balder
fewer baptisms, more funerals Continue reading “Harold Jenkins, Winter 2017”

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