The Petigru Review is closed for submissions. If you are a member of the South Carolina Writers Association, we welcome you to submit to Catfish Stew, our annual anthology. 


Dear Members of SCWA,

You’ve been writing all year. You’ve been sharing your work in workshop, getting feedback, revising, and doing it all over again. What pieces are you most proud of right now? What pieces have come a long way this year? What pieces do you think you’ve finally got right?

Got some pieces in mind? Well, we’d like to see them. We’re taking submissions for Catfish Stew: an SCWA Anthology. We’re looking for the best work produced within our organization this year. We’ve got readers and editors from each region of SCWA to recommend pieces for our annual anthology. Our goal is tell the story of our organization through your work.

Did you know catfish are one of the most diverse kinds of fish? They range in size from the 400 pound Mekong giant catfish to the tiny parasitic candiru. There are armor-plated catfish and “naked” fish with no scales. 

Catfish stew—the dish—is messy, versatile and delicious. You’ll find recipes that use okra, tomatoes and field peas or potatoes, carrots and squash. Some people eat it over rice or sprinkle crumbled soda crackers on top. Regardless of the recipe, it's is always a Southern classic.

As we want this to be a true reflection of the work produced by our members, we’re accepting all genres including novel chapters. Send us your best and we’ll read it.

All Catfish Stew authors will be invited to share their work at a public reading at the 2020 Spring Conference.

We’re accepting member submissions in the following categories: 


Short Fiction (one short story up to 20 pages; or up to 3 flash pieces, totaling 2000 words or less) 

Novel Chapter (up to 20 pages)

Nonfiction (up to 20 pages; or up to 3 flash essays, totaling 2000 words or less)

Poetry (up to 3 poems)

**Please do NOT include your name on your document. We prefer submissions be read blind.**


Submissions open 8/01/19 and close 11/30/19. 

We can’t wait to read your work,

The Editors, Jayne Bowers and Sue CryerThe Editors



SCWA hosts its 2020 Writing Conference on April 24-26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the Vista district of downtown Columbia, SC. This is the official call for proposals. 


Workshop presenters will receive free registration to the conference. 

We're looking for book reviews in every genre.

In addition, we'd love craft and literary essays and essays about the writing life. Look on our site for guidance as to the type of work we publish. 

We look forward to reading your work!

The Petigru Review