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Manuscript Guidelines 

Written documents must be in Word format (.doc or .docx files). Graphic images must be submitted in jpeg format, minimum resolution of 200 dpi. Selected images will receive requests for a copy in the highest resolution possible. Submissions must have uniform titles—matching filename and document or image title. Submitted poems are limited to 500 words maximum; works of fiction limited to 1500 words maximum.  


Submission Guidelines


*Submitters for the 2023 Fall Youth Call must be currently enrolled in k-12 education or no older than 18 years old. 


Submissions are limited to a maximum of two items of poetry, prose, or art in any combination. Each individual item must be submitted in a separate document. All submitted material must be original and not previously published. Works submitted simultaneously to Penumbra and to other journals are acceptable, providing they are identified as such and Penumbra receives notification immediately upon their acceptance elsewhere.  


*Email submissions are not accepted; please use We do not accept paper submissions, except from writers (such as those who are incarcerated) who do not have access to the internet. Paper submissions must be postmarked by the November 5th, 2023, deadline. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Send hard copies to: 

Penumbra Literary Journal 
One University Circle DBH 264 
Turlock, CA 95382

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