The Kelsey Review is a literary journal published by Mercer County Community College that publishes the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art of writers and artists who live and/or work in the larger Mercer County (NJ) area. Writers and artists who appear at Mercer County area events such as poetry readings are also eligible.Our journal is published once a year in print and online.

Submissions for our next issue open on 1/01/19 and close on 5/15/19.

Except for poetry and art, Kelsey Review generally accepts only one item per author. For inclusion in the print issue, we only accept black and white art/photography. (Any color art/photography accepted will be published online only.)

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as possible if a piece submitted to Kelsey was accepted for publication elsewhere. 

All rights are retained by the author.

Each year we nominate up to six published items for the Pushcart Prize. 

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Please upload no more than 6 pages of poetry as one document (.doc, .docx., or .rtf).

Please upload fiction as a doc, docx, or rtf file.(Approximately 4,000 words maximum.)

Please upload nonfiction as a doc, docx, or rtf file. (Approximately 4,000 words maximum.)
Please upload art/photography as a jpg file.
New for our next issue! We are looking for reviews--reviews of recently published books and reviews of recent literary and/or artistic events (such as poetry readings) in the Mercer County area. Book reviews should have some relation to Mercer County--whether the writer of the review has a connection to the area OR the author of the book has some connection to the area (although it is not necessary that both conditions are met). Reviews should be concise, 1,000 words maximum. Upload as .docx, .doc, or .rtf.
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