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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Guilded Pen, twelfth Edition, 2023

“traversing life”

The Guilded Pen―2023 will mark our 12th Year! This year our theme is Traversing Life.

Traversing simply means to move or travel through. Life is the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change. For some, it is all about happiness, building a family, and leading life as it is. For some, it is about accumulating wealth, and for others, it is all about love.

The work accepted for the 2023 Anthology will explore/explain/have fun with those ever evolving, constantly changing trips we take as we traverse life.

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 Traversing Life. Remember, a theme is the meaning of the story. If you are unsure of what it means to write using a theme, this blog from Grammarly may help. In addition, this blog post from 2022 provides additional information regarding how a theme may be reflected in short story, poetry, or essay form. There will be no exceptions.
  2. Up to 3 submissions may be entered; however, the aggregate word count may not exceed 3,500 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.
  6. In the document title, include Short Story,  Memoir, or Essay after the name of the title. Poetry should be obvious so this additional label is not necessary for poetry submissions.

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 also welcome members to join the anthology production team. If you are willing to review submissions, design the interior or the cover of the book, proofread the submissions, feel free to add your name to this volunteer worksheet.

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!

Tamara Merrill
Managing Editor

If you are not a member and would like to submit your work for consideration, please follow the link below to join the Guild.

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

The submission period is open from APRIL 1, 2023,  to midnight on  June 1, 2023.

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Tamara Merrill - Managing Editor

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