Call it a tradition. The U.S. 1 Summer Fiction issue will be published the last Wednesday in July, with submissions due around the second week in June. Once again we look forward to printing original short stories and poetry written by the readers of U.S. 1 newspaper and people who work or live in the central New Jersey region.
As always we need to emphasize that the Summer Fiction issue is not a contest, a point we have made almost as often as Donald trump has tweeted that he won the election in a landslide. We make our selections based not only on readability and literary value but also in part on synergy with other submissions, the number of times the author has been printed before (newcomers are encouraged), and available space.
We are partial to stories or poems that resonate with our readership — the people who toil at offices all around us — or our central New Jersey roots. What we don’t like: Stories that are really non-fiction articles. This is the time when we urge the writers’ imaginations to soar, not their reporting skills. Poems that are really prose just broken arbitrarily into lines. Submissions from school children, who often have other outlets for their creative writing.
For an idea of what we have run in the past visit our website, www.princetoninfo.com, and search the archives for the issues by date. Look at the last issue in July for any year and you will find many examples.
E-mail submissions to fiction @ princetoninfo.com or mail them to 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville NJ 08648. Please include your full name, address, daytime phone number, and -- very important -- a brief biography. More deadline specifics and the date and place of our annual Summer Fiction reception in August will appear in the print and online editions of U.S. 1 Newspaper.