Word Fountain

The Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library



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For issue #13, to be released in May, we are looking for previously unpublished short fiction, poetry, and flash fiction.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.

Winter Release Announcement

Announcing the release of issue #12, Winter 2017.

Join us for our second celebration since the re-launch of Word Fountain this summer. It all takes place on Thursday, January 5th, the first Thursday of the New Year, at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at 6:30 pm. Meet us in the Reading Room for light refreshments and Word Fountain’s first print copies of 2017. Continue reading “Winter Release Announcement”

Featuring Daryl Sznyter

While we are busily working on the upcoming winter issue of Word Fountain (Look for announcements about our release party at the Osterhout, scheduled for January 5th at 6:30 pm!) we’ll continue to share some of the exciting activities and accomplishments of our contributors. That includes writers from previous and upcoming issues. You can also keep up with news on the ground via our Facebook Page here.

Daryl Sznyter

Daryl Sznyter’s piece “How to Fall Asleep and Never Wake Up” appeared in our summer 2016 issue and she’s been quite busy since then. Her poems “Bald Mountain” and “Hawaiian Spring” appeared in the recent Noble Gas Qrtrly and several of her pieces have recently been published in Eunoia Review. In the October edition of Bluestem you can read along as she Continue reading “Featuring Daryl Sznyter”

Winter Issue Update

Making Decisions

The editing team has been very busy reading for the winter issue, and boy did you give us a lot of great stuff to digest. Thank you! In fact, we received more than double the number of submissions Continue reading “Winter Issue Update”

Brian Fanelli’s Book Launch

Brian Fanelli has contributed to several issues of Word Fountain over the years, including our recent summer issue. Since then he’s been a very busy man, Continue reading “Brian Fanelli’s Book Launch”

Blog at

Up ↑