The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is committed to supporting writers.  It is the parent organization of the journal Barstow & Grand.

If you wish to apply for The Priory Writers' Retreat, please visit the appropriate category.

If you wish to submit to Barstow & Grand, please follow the directions under the genre you would like us to consider.

Thank you, and happy writing.

Barstow & Grand invites poetry submissions of 3-5 poems in one document. For poetry submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  •  Use standard margins and font.
  • As submissions will be read blind, please remove your name and other identifying information from the document.
  • Authors wishing to submit both poetry and prose may do so. Each submission must be made separately.

Technical Requirements

Barstow & Grand accepts simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your piece in Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Only submit original work that has not previously been published in any print or electronic form, including personal websites and blogs. We are able to accommodate .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, .TXT, and .PDF file formats.

We request that authors provide a traditional, 3rd person author bio. This will also accompany work selected for publication. 

The selection team will wait until submissions close before making their final decisions. Authors can expect to hear back sometime in July or August of 2020.

Submission Fees: Submission fees have been waived for the duration of the 2020 submission period due to the effects of the corona virus pandemic on the artist community. If you would like to support the journal and its mission, please consider buying a back issue with your submission or offering us a small donation.

Barstow & Grand will consider prose pieces, including fiction, nonfiction, and everything in between, of up to 4000 words. All genres are welcome and will receive full consideration. For prose submissions, please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Use standard margins and a standard font.
  • Double-space your work.
  • As submissions will be read blind, please remove your name and other identifying information from the document.
  • Barstow & Grand will consider up to TWO pieces from each author per submission period. Each piece must be submitted separately.

Technical Requirements

Barstow & Grand accepts simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your piece in Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Only submit original work that has not previously been published in any print or electronic form, including personal websites and blogs. We are able to accommodate .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, .TXT, and .PDF file formats.

We request that authors provide a traditional, 3rd person author bio. This will also accompany work selected for publication. 

The selection team will wait until submissions close before making their final decisions. Authors can expect to hear back sometime in July or August of 2020.

Submission Fees: Submission fees have been waived for the duration of the 2020 submission period due to the effects of the corona virus pandemic on the artist community. If you would like to support the journal and its mission, please consider buying a back issue with your submission or offering us a small donation.

Thank you for applying to The Priory Writers' Retreat, a program of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. Our selection process asks our reviewers to assess both the applicant's writing statement and writing sample in an effort to create a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative community that will allow all participants to grow.

In the following application, you will be asked to provide a 500-word writing statement, as well as upload a writing sample as a single document. For prose workshops (Nickolas Butler, Tessa Fontaine and Peter Geye), please submit no more than 10 double-spaced pages of a single piece (excerpts are fine) or multiple short pieces, if preferred.  For our poetry workshop (Kimberly Blaeser), please submit 3-5 poems. 


By submitting your application, you are acknowledging your interest in participating in a summer retreat at The Priory. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your participation.  Following your confirmation, you will be asked to make a non-refundable payment to reserve your spot.  This retreat is for adults 21 years and older.

Thank you for your application!

Thank you for applying to The Priory Writers' Retreat, a program of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. Our selection process asks our reviewers to assess both the applicant's writing statement and writing sample in an effort to create a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative community that will allow all participants to grow.

In the following application, you will be asked to provide a 500-word writing statement, as well as upload a writing sample as a single document. For prose workshops (Nickolas Butler, Tessa Fontaine and Peter Geye), please submit no more than 10 double-spaced pages of a single piece (excerpts are fine) or multiple short pieces, if preferred.  For our poetry workshop (Kimberly Blaeser), please submit 3-5 poems. 


By submitting your application, you are acknowledging your interest in participating in a summer retreat at The Priory. If accepted, you will be asked to confirm your participation.  Following your confirmation, you will be asked to make a non-refundable payment to reserve your spot.  This retreat is for adults 21 years and older.

Thank you for your application!

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild