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Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource is both a writer's resource magazine and a literary journal. Two times a year, we bring you a motivational kick to get you writing more, publishing more, and living the writer’s life—Georgia style. Plus, with every issue, we showcase short story authors, poets, and artists who call Georgia home. 

Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource digital magazine is made possible by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA). GWA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts and Kennesaw State University.

The editors of Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource are largely volunteers who work as freelance editors in The Exit 271 Studio.

  • Please read our current issue:
https://issuu.com/exit271georgiawritersresource
  • All writers and artists must currently live in Georgia. 
  • All work should be previously unpublished. 
  • Artwork should be no more than three to four years old.

Please read the category guidelines for specific instructions.

YOUR RIGHTS: By submitting your work to Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource, you grant us first serial rights. Since this is a digital publication, we retain the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of time. Furthermore, if we publish an anthology, we like the right to republish your work. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or recognition. You retain all other rights. Once the issue featuring your work has been published, you are free to republish your work as you wish, online and/or in print. Any subsequent publication should note that your work was first published in Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource.

Exit 271: Your Georgia Writers Resource is made possible by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA). GWA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts and Kennesaw State University. GWA encourages and strengthens the proficiencies of Georgia writers in both the creative and business aspects of writing. We do this through meetings, lectures, workshops, conferences, networking, contests, and literary events.

Short Fiction submissions must be from Georgia writers and should be under 4000 words. We like surprises. We like quirkiness. We like stories that engage our fives senses and use strong dialogue. Although, on occasion, we will publish "character sketches," we are looking for short stories that have a good storyline. Something must happen. We prefer to see a character transform in some way. And above all, show us instead of telling us. For more on "show don't tell," please refer to the Editors Pub column on page 28 in Exit 271's winter 2016 issue: http://issuu.com/exit271georgiawritersresource/docs/winter-2016/28.

All work should be previously unpublished. You may submit up to two short stories. Please include the title, word count, page number, and your name in the header of each page of your submission.
Poetry submissions must be from Georgia writers and may be of any length. Long poems will often pose formatting and space issues, but we will do our best to include a long poem if we love it. We not only look at the craft and content of the poem but also the way the poem visually "looks" on the page. We like strong images. We like strong verbs and nouns. We like poems about real life that include all the magic, joy, sadness, madness, and quirkiness of living. We like surprises. We like all our senses to be engaged. Please submit up to three poems. All work should be previously unpublished.

Please include a page number, title of poem, and your name in the header of each page of your submission.

Write an article of approximately 750 to 850 words on how your chosen quote connects to your own writer's path:  your muse, your process, your successes, your failures, or any other topic that plays a key role in your writing life and career. Quirky yet clear and concise articles are good. Humor and surprises are welcomed. The Writer's Path article pays $25.

Write an article that reflects on this quote by Patrick Dennis: “I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”
For The Publisher's Pocket, we want a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry. Perhaps you could Interview a publisher, a literary agent, or an acquisition editor and turn that conversation into a fun and informative article. Perhaps you could research small presses, the big-six publishing houses, university presses, etc. Talk to people. Share your experiences.

Write an article of approximately 750 to 850 words. Clear, concise, and informative articles are winners. Humor and surprises are welcomed. The Publisher's Pocket article pays $25.
Cover Art submissions must be from Georgia artists and may be paintings, drawings, photography, or sculpture. Please submit works that are no more than three to four years old. We prefer lots of color or movement in a work of art. If accepted for our cover, we will ask for a short bio, artist statement, and a paragraph related to the current issue's theme. Please take a look at our winter artist, Melody Croft, on page 42-43 and on the cover: http://issuu.com/exit271georgiawritersresource/docs/winter-2016/42

You may submit up to four jpg images. All artwork should be no more than three to four years old and previously unpublished. Please label your images with your name, the title of the piece, and the date piece was completed. Other information such as size and materials may be recorded in the note section of your submission.