Freshwater Literary Journal

Freshwater 2020 Contest

Freshwater Literary Journal is a student-coordinated professional literary journal produced at Asnuntuck Community College since 2000, seeking submissions from the public. We consider poetry, short stories, personal essays, and creative nonfiction, and we publish a wide variety of literary work from students and professional writers across the globe.

Dates and Deadlines

Submission Period: August 15, 2020, to February 15, 2021. Acceptances and rejections will be sent on a rolling basis, no later than the end of March 2021. The new edition will be published in May 2021.

Submission Guidelines

Freshwater accepts submissions of poetry, short stories, personal essays, and creative nonfiction. We seek to publish a wide variety of literary work from people of all backgrounds. We look for new experimental takes on old mediums, as well as more traditional approaches.

To submit, email your entire submission in one attachment. Make sure to include your name in the attachment.

No cover letter needed, but send a brief, one-paragraph, third-person bio with mailing address in the body of the e-mail.

Poetry: Three poems maximum, up to 40 lines each.

Prose: (fiction or nonfiction): One or multiple pieces up to 1,500 words total.

Send to (No snail-mail submissions, please.)

No previously published material. Simultaneous submissions permissible if you notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Payment is one contributor copy.

Read the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 editions of Freshwater online here:

To order print copies of Freshwater (2005 through 2020 issues are available), send a check payable to Asnuntuck Community College for $10 per copy to John Sheirer, Freshwater Faculty Advisor, Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082.


2020-2021 Student Writing Contest

Open to full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled at Connecticut’s community colleges and public universities.

(2020-2021 — Memoir Essays — Judge: TBA)


1st Prize: $100

2nd Prize: $75

3rd Prize: $50

Three honorable mentions: $25 each

Winning authors will have their work published in the 2020 edition of Asnuntuck’s literary journal Freshwater and will be invited to receive their awards at the annual Freshwater Literary Festival at the college in late April or early May 2021.

Entry deadline: February 15, 2021. Decisions made by the end of March.

Rules and Guidelines: Open to full- and part-time undergraduate students enrolled during 2019 or 2020 at Connecticut’s community colleges and/or public universities. Student writers may submit up to three unpublished essays no longer than 1,500 words each. Email the essays in a single .doc, .docx, or .rtf document (with titles but no names on the essays for anonymous judging) to Include an email message with name, address, college affiliation, email address, brief third-person biographical note, and the titles of poems submitted. Essays that do not win prizes will be considered for publication in the 2021 Freshwater Literary Journal.