Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jane Boruszewski's Writing News / Oasis Journal Submission Guidelines

Past workshop participant Jane Boruszewski, who lives in New York State, passes on the news that she has finished writing and is seeking a publisher for her memoir-based children's novel Escape from Russia, based on her family's harrowing but inspirational experiences when they were exiled from Poland to Russia during the Second World War. Jane's writing has also appeared in Oasis Journal, an annual anthology published by Imago Press of Tucson, Arizona.

Oasis Journal accepts submissions from writers 50 years of age and older, including Canadian citizens. Following are their guidelines (references are to U.S. dollars). If you have further questions or would like to receive an Oasis Journal submission form, please contact Leila Joiner at or phone 520-327-0540.

Submission Guidelines

1) The OASIS Journal is an annual anthology dedicated to older writers. Anyone 50 years of age or older is eligible. New writers are especially encouraged to submit their best material.

2) All submissions selected for publication in OASIS Journal 2008 are automatically entered in our contest for Best Poetry, Best Fiction, and Best Non-Fiction. The winner in each category will receive a prize of $100 and special mention in OASIS Journal 2008. Please read the judges’ bios, which you will find on the next page, along with answers to some of your Frequently Asked Questions. This is a blind contest; all author indentification is removed from the judges’ copies.

3) We accept submissions in poetry, personal essay or memoir, creative nonfiction, and short story. Prose submissions may be 5000 words or less. Three pages of poetry (or 3 single-page poems) counts as one submission.

4) Manuscript Preparation: Prose: Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should appear at the top left-hand corner of your title page. Please include approximate word count and indicate if it is a fiction or non-fiction submission. Your name, title of submission, and page number should appear on the upper right-hand corner of every page following the title page. All submissions must be typed. Prose should be double-spaced. Poetry: Poetry may be single-spaced. You may list your name, address, etc. on a separate cover page, but please include your name on each page of poetry.

5) You may submit as many manuscripts as you wish. A $10.00 reader’s fee must accompany each submission. Make check payable to Imago Press.

6) If you have an original photograph or original artwork that has not been published elsewhere and you think it would enhance your text submission, please enclose a photocopy. The original must be available if chosen for publication. If it is someone else’s original photography or artwork, you must have written permission from the artist to use it.

7) Do not submit manuscripts that have been published elsewhere in magazines or books with a circulation over 500.

8) No manuscripts will be returned. All will be recycled, so don’t send us your only copy. Please do not use staples. Paper clips are okay.

9) Everyone who sends in a submission will receive one complimentary copy of OASIS Journal 2008.

10) Make sure to include a #10 self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) if you want to receive written notification of whether or not your manuscript has been selected for publication. If you send multiple submissions, please send only one (1) SASE. Final selection will not be made until after close of submissions, so don’t expect to be notified before late August 2008. Contest winners will be notified mid-September.

11) Submissions will be accepted May 1, 2008 through July 31, 2008 (postmark). Publication date is November 2008.

12) To purchase a copy of last year’s OASIS Journal 2007, send $13.00 plus $3.00 S&H to Imago Press, 3710 East Edison, Tucson AZ 85716. Make check payable to Imago Press. (Arizona residents add $1.05 sales tax.)

Thanks, Jane, for sharing this information.

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