The name Cherry Tree honors George Washington who, in 1782, gifted “the College at Chester” 50 guineas, consented to serve on its Board, and gave the educational institution permission to use his name. In the American imagination, George Washington is a figure who has come to represent both truth-telling and mythmaking. The famous story of the cherry tree—I can’t tell a lie, Pa; you know I can’t tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.—reminds us that there is truth even in invention, that even apocrypha can convey the facts of life.
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Recent Awards Received
“Given to These Proclivities, By God,” Vievee Francis (from Issue 2) was included in Best American Poetry 2017.
Cherry Tree welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade between August 1 and October 1. We only consider original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.
Payment is $20 per contributor and two contributor’s copies.
Submissions are only accepted via Submittable. Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting online:
* Please familiarize yourself with the mission statement of Cherry Tree before submitting.
* If your work has been published in a previous issue of Cherry Tree, please wait 2 years before submitting work here again. For example, if you were published in issue 3, please wait to submit again until we are reading work for issue 5.
* All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author’s name and contact information on the first page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.
* Writers may only submit once to each genre per reading period. Please wait until the next reading period before sending a new submission to a genre for which you have already submitted work, even if you have already received a response.
* Please send no more than seven poems or twenty-five pages of prose. Poems should be uploaded as a single file.
* We prefer to receive submissions in .DOC or .RTF format.
* Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.
Simultaneous submissions should be clearly marked as such in the comments section and in your cover letter.
If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us by adding a note to your submission in Submittable. We will happily consider the remaining work in your original submission.
* Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the “Writer Name” field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name.
* Use the comments section to enter a cover letter, then click submit.
* After clicking the submit button, you will be able to review your information and confirm. You can log in at any time to view your account and previous submissions.
Once submissions have been sent to Cherry Tree, the works are considered final. We will not be using Submittable’s submission editing feature.
* Allow up to 3 months for a reply. If more than 3 months have passed since your submission, you may query managing editor Lindsay Lusby at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please, note: current students and those who have graduated from Washington College in the past four years are not eligible to submit work to Cherry Tree.
* Further queries may also be directed to managing editor Lindsay Lusby (email@example.com).
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