How do we explain this one? We have not yet even issued the “call” for contributions to our annual Summer Fiction issue and we already have a half-dozen pieces submitted in the last week.

Before we do explain, let us first issue the official call: The U.S. 1 Summer Fiction issue will be published Wednesday, July 27, and 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 central New Jersey.

As always we need to emphasize that the Summer Fiction issue is not a contest, a point we have made almost as often as Barack Obama has claimed he was born in the U.S.A. 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: Poems that are really prose just broken arbitrarily into lines. Submissions from school children, who often have other outlets for their creative writing. Stories that are really non-fiction articles. This is the time when we urge the writers’ imagination to take flight, not their reporting skills.

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, mail them to 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540, or fax them to 609-452-0033. Please include your full name, address, daytime phone number, and a brief biography. Our deadline: Friday, June 17.

That’s the call for submissions. Now the explanation for how some of those people may have jumped the gun. The fact is that the call has been on our homepage — www.princetoninfo.com — for the last week or so. Visitors to the homepage got a summary of what appears above and a convenient link to the archived version of last year’s issue.

Sometimes circumstances give princetoninfo a leg up. Last week, just as we were delivering our print edition, Princeton University announced an intriguing panel on U.S. foreign policy considerations, post Osama Bin Laden. It was scheduled for Monday, May 9, so announcing it in our May 11 edition would do no good. We posted it on the home page, along with links to the biographies of the panelists.

On page 28 of this issue, you can read Simon Saltzman’s review of the new play at McCarter, “Sleeping Beauty Wakes.” By the time this print edition reaches you, our homepage will include a “Critics’ Corner,” with links to Saltzman’s review, as well as to the reviews of other publications. And, of course, you can add your own thoughts about the play by posting a comment at the bottom of Saltzman’s U.S. 1 review.

#b#Letter to the Editor: WW Arts Success#/b#

In a very short time the West Windsor Arts Center has emerged as a thriving cultural destination. Here’s proof: 1,000 celebrants at the Art Center’s opening; a standing-room audience of 200 at the premiere of the Glen Acres documentary, calling for a second showing; more than 250 people at a recent art opening, then 80 people at a related gallery talk; and 175 young adults engaged in an “open mic” evening. These are just a few of the events that brought out enthusiastic attendees.

The success of the West Windsor Arts Council’s mission is due to the support of the community and the hard work of our many volunteers and dedicated staff members. However, the commitment for continued success is never over. For this reason, the West Windsor Arts Council announces the start of the Annual Fund 2011 campaign.

Your support will allow us to continue to present an appealing menu of cultural experiences. Please visit www.westwindsorarts.org for more information, or call 609-716-1931. Your donation will make a difference.

Eduardo Garcia, Executive Director

Ruth Kusner Potts, Trustee

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