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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Guilded Pen, Eleventh Edition, 2022


The Guilded Pen―2022 will mark our 11th Year! This year our theme, chosen by our members,  is New Beginnings. All SDWEG members are invited to submit their short stories, poems, and essays for review and possible acceptance for publishing.


  1. The submission must address this year’s theme of New Beginnings. Remember, a theme is the meaning of the story. (Please read the blog post regarding writing to themes for some helpful tips.) There will be no exceptions.
  2. Up to 3 submissions may be entered; however, the aggregate word count may not exceed 3500 in total;
  3. Submissions must be:
    • Double-spaced,
    • Times New Roman, 12-point font,
    • 1-inch margins on all sides, and
    • A word document with .doc or .docx
  4. No headers or footers, no page numeration, author’s name cannot be shown on any of the pages submitted.
  5. The entry must be edited for spelling, punctuation, verb tense and other grammar issues prior to submission. The author understands that further copyediting may take place after submission is accepted.

If you find you need help with any of the technical aspects of the guidelines or with finding a good person to look over your piece before submitting it, remember that you are member of a group of dedicated writers and editors. Contact a fellow guild member for assistance. If you are unsure who to ask and you have checked the website, PLEASE contact someone on the Board of Directors and they will be more than happy to offer names of prospective writers and/or editors for you to contact.

We hope you will step up to the challenge and submit your short stories, essays, and poetry to this year’s anthology. On a personal note, it’s a great way to add to those publishing credits; and, as our major fundraiser, your contribution will help support the mission of the SDWEG which is: To Support the Writing Arts for Youth and Adults.

So, get writing!

Rivkah Sleeth
Marcia Buompensiero
Managing Editors

If you are not a member and would like to submit your work for consideration, please follow the registration link below before sending your Word document.


ONLY email submissions from Guild Members in good standing will be considered. 

The submission period is open from March 1, 2022 to midnight on  May 20, 2022.

Email submissions to:

Rivkah Sleeth - Editor

Marcia Buompensiero - Editor

Patrick Ross  - Editor

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