Writing Guidelines

We are now OPEN for submissions to our 2023 issue, with the understanding that you won’t receive a decision until March 2023.

Please send fiction, poetry and nonfiction to hedgeapple@hagerstowncc.edu with the subject “Fiction/Poetry Submission.” Please feel free to include a brief bio written in the third person, pasted into the body of your email, if you’d like. If you choose not to include an author bio in your email, please understand that it be understood that you are choosing not to have one published with your work.

If you are writing for one of our themed issues, please mention the theme in the letter. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please be courteous and withdraw your story/poem from consideration upon acceptance at another venue.

By submitting you are agreeing that if your work is accepted it is open to light general or format editing. On acceptance of your work, you should expect an additional email with a galley of your submission. We encourage you to review this email and respond with either corrections or approval. However, nonresponse will be considered approval as well.

Manuscript Guidelines:

Please use Times New Roman or some similarly legible font, and please label all files with your name and the title of the work. Please simply paste your work into the body of an email or attach a Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) files. Please do not submit PDFs. Please stay under 2,000 words.

Payment and Rights:

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of their work if it is published in print. With deep apologies to our international contributors, we are unable to mail copies outside of the United States at this time.

By sending your work to be considered for publication in our magazine, you are granting us North American serial rights, which means that we will publish the work online and in print, and then the copyright will return to you. If the work is republished, we ask that the Hedge Apple be credited.

Response Times

Our reading period is from January – March 1st, and we won’t send any acceptances or rejections until the reading period is over. If you haven’t heard anything from us by March 15th, don’t be afraid to email us at hedgeapple@hagerstowncc.edu with a clear subject line.