Freshwater Literary Journal
We are a student-coordinated professional literary journal produced at Asnuntuck Community College since 2000, seeking submissions from the public. We consider poetry, short stories, personal essays, and creative nonfiction, and we publish a wide variety of literary work from people of all backgrounds.
Dates and Deadlines
Current Submission Period: August 15, 2017, to February 15, 2018. Acceptances and rejects will be sent on a rolling basis, no later than the end of March 2018. The new edition will be published in May 2018.
Freshwater accepts submissions of poetry, short stories, personal essays, and creative nonfiction. We seek to publish a wide variety of literary work from people of all backgrounds. We look for new experimental takes on old mediums, as well as more traditional approaches.
To submit, email your entire submission in one attachment. Make sure to include your name in the attachment.
No cover letter needed, but send a brief, one-paragraph bio with mailing address in the body of the e-mail.
Poetry: Three poems maximum, up to 40 lines each.
Prose (fiction or creative nonfiction): One or multiple pieces up to 1,500 words total.
Send to Freshwater@acc.commnet.edu. (No snail-mail submissions, please.)
No previously published material. Simultaneous submissions permissible if you notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Payment is one contributor copy.
(A note to returning submitters: The old submission form is no longer active. Please use the e-mail address below for all submissions.)
Read the 2016 and 2017 editions of Freshwater online here: https://issuu.com/freshwaterliteraryjournal
To order print copies of Freshwater (2005 through 2017 issues are available), send a check payable to Asnuntuck Community College for $10 per copy to John Sheirer, Freshwater Faculty Advisor, Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082.
Freshwater Literary Journal Announces Asnuntuck Community College's 25th Annual
Student Writing Contest
Open to full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year at Connecticut's community colleges and public universities.
(2017-18 — Creative Nonfiction — Judge: TBA)
1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $150
3rd Prize: $100
Three honorable mentions: $50 each
Winning authors will have their work published in the 2018 edition of Asnuntuck’s literary journal Freshwater and will be invited to read at The Annual Freshwater Literary Festival at the college in May 2018.
Entry deadline: January 31, 2018. Decisions made by the end of March.
Rules and Guidelines: Open to full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled during the 2017-18 academic year at Connecticut's community colleges and public universities. Submit up to 3 unpublished essays no longer than 750 words each (with no names on the stories for anonymous judging), along with a separate sheet including name, address, college/university affiliation, e-mail address, brief biographical note, and the titles of essays submitted. Submission and notification made by e-mail only. All submissions will be considered for publication in the 2018 Freshwater Literary Journal. Submit by e-mail (as .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachments) to Freshwater@acc.commnet.edu.