Call to Writers and Artists for 7th Edition of County Lines Literary Journal

Winning photograph by Patricia Joynes graces the cover of the FCAC Writers Guild's 2019 edition of County Lines Literary Journal. Source: Donna Campbell Smith
Winning photograph by Patricia Joynes graces the cover of the FCAC Writers Guild's 2019 edition of County Lines Literary Journal. Source: Donna Campbell Smith

By Donna Campbell Smith

County Lines Literary Journal is an annual literary journal compiled by the Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild. They are calling for entries of prose/poetry and art for their seventh edition to be published for 2020.

There are no restrictions on age or residence of persons submitting. In the past there have been writers and artists from all over North Carolina and Southeastern states.

County Lines Literary Journal is accepting

  • poetry
  • short or flash fiction
  • essay
  • creative non-fiction

They will not accept work containing erotica, violence, hate, political editorial, or excessive profanity.

Art and photography submissions are also being accepted, including color entries for the journal’s cover contest.

Submissions selected will be published with one-time rights. Contributors chosen for publication will receive one complimentary copy of the journal.

Be sure to adhere to these guidelines for your submission. Entries not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2019. Send questions via email.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry — no more than 30 lines per poem, single spaced. You may submit up to five poems.

Prose — no more than 1,500 words or five double-spaced pages per entry. Limited to three entries per author.

All poetry/prose submissions must be in Word Documents, prose double-spaced, poetry single spaced, and be emailed as attachments to  Please include a short writer’s bio.

Type your name, address, phone number, word count (line count for poems), and your email address in the upper left-hand corner of the first page of your manuscripts, and your name and title of submission in the header of each page.

Art and Photography Submissions

For County Lines Literary Journal, the Writers Guild is also accepting art, vertical or portrait format, which if included in the journal will be printed in black-and-white. High resolution digital copies of the digital files should be emailed to Five entry limit per artist.

Color Art may be submitted for the cover art competition ($25 prize), vertical or portrait. The cover should reflect the journal title, County Lines. Submit as digital jpeg in full color of at least 300 dpi as an attachment to the same email. Five entry limit per artist.

About the Writers Guild

The Writers Guild is part of the Franklin County Arts Council, based in Louisburg, North Carolina. Information is online at

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Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009). All her books are available at or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at