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.

Authors are asked include a statement of up to 100 words that describes their connections to the Chippewa Valley, as well as a traditional writer bio that highlights personal information and writing credentials.

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 2018.

Submission Fees: By submitting to Barstow & Grand, you are joining the community of writers connected to the Chippewa Valley. As such, submitters are asked to make a small ($3.00) contribution to that community. All money raised through submission fees and issue sales will be used in conjunction with the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to benefit local writers in various ways, including future issues of the magazine, craft talks and readings, and other high-impact educational opportunities, which are free and open to the public.

If you would like to further support our mission, please consider ordering an issue for $10! If you do so, we will waive the submission fee, and we promise we will use the additional dollars to benefit writers associated with the Chippewa Valley.

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.

Authors are asked include a statement of up to 100 words that describes their connections to the Chippewa Valley, as well as a traditional writer bio that highlights personal information and writing credentials.

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 2018.

Submission Fees: By submitting to Barstow & Grand, you are joining the community of writers connected to the Chippewa Valley. As such, submitters are asked to make a small ($3.00) contribution to that community. All money raised through submission fees and issue sales will be used in conjunction with the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild to benefit local writers in various ways, including future issues of the magazine, craft talks and readings, and other high-impact educational opportunities, which are free and open to the public.

If you would like to further support our mission, please consider ordering an issue for $10! If you do so, we will waive the submission fee, and we promise we will use the additional dollars to benefit writers associated with the Chippewa Valley.

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, Mary Mack, David McGlynn), please submit no more than 10 double-spaced pages.  For our poetry workshop (Dasha Kelly Hamilton), 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