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Submission For Poetry and Prose Guidelines

You may submit poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction.  All literary submissions must be submitted electronically. 


  • Entrants must be 18 years or older and a resident of Caldwell or Watauga County

or enrolled in a Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute class.

  • All entries must be original work written by the submitter.
  • Any work previously submitted for Branches publication is not eligible for resubmission.
  • Entries are limited to three per person. 

Method of Entry:

  1. All works of poetry or prose must be submitted electronically by attaching the online form and your work submissions to email. account.
  2. In the text of your email, please include all the information from the attached entry form, including the permission statement, OR include an electronic copy of the completed entry form.
  3. All entries must be received by October 7, 2016
  4. You will Adobe Reader to be able to fill out the Submission Form.
  5. To download Adobe Reader free.


For questions about literary submissions, call Jessica Chapman at (828) 726-2624.