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The Submissions Window forVistas & Byways - Issue 10 - Fall 2020 is Closed!
Submission Guidelines-updated 6-15-20
Vistas & Byways invites members of the OLLI at SF State community to submit original written work for publication. All work received within a submission period will be reviewed by our Editorial Board and considered for publication in the next issue of the magazine. Decisions of the Board are final.
In order to submit to Vistas & Byways, you must be a current OLLI at SF State member. After we receive your submission(s), if your membership needs to be renewed, you WILL be contacted by an OLLI at SF State staff member.
Prose and Poetry:
NOTE: You can submit up to five pieces (in any genre or combination of genres).
Literary Word Limits:
NOTE: It’s important to note that there are TWO types of photographic submissions, both types on the special photographic theme of Bay Area Neighborhoods but reviewed and displayed differently:
Cover Photo Contest:
The V&B staff will select the cover photo from photographs submitted to the Bay Area Byways Section or to Banner and Accent Photos.
In this section, we welcome works not only by but about OLLI at SF State members or instructors, including OLLI classes, book reviews, interviews and profiles of creative projects or programs.
The contents of Vistas & Byways will NOT be submitted for copyright protection to the U.S. Copyright Office. Contributors who wish to secure copyright protection for their work are responsible for filing for such copyright before submitting their work. Neither the Editorial Board nor Vistas & Byways assume any responsibility for loss or damages to individual authors for copyright infringement of literary or artistic work displayed in the magazine.
Vistas & Byways is staffed solely by volunteers who are members of the OLLI at SF State program. Since staff members are also participants in writing classes at OLLI at SF State, some of their own works may be included in Vistas & Byways.
Submissions for the Spring 2021 issue of Vistas & Byways will be accepted February 1 through February 28, 2021.
Submissions received after the deadline will NOT be considered for publication.
Photographic Submissions (To Be Displayed in the Bay Area Byways Section):
Banner and Accent Photos (To Be Displayed as Background Photos Anywhere in the Magazine):
If you are a first-time contributor, please include all of the following information:
If you are a repeat contributor, the bio, picture and contact information on file will be used unless you specify that you want to update them.
Where to Submit:
Submissions and all other information should be emailed to:
NOTE: Vistas & Byways accepts simultaneous submissions and previously published works as long as you inform us.
If your piece or pieces are accepted, you will be informed by email. In that acceptance email, there will be a link to the following certification statement:
"I certify that this is an original piece of literary work, or photography created by me. I grant the Editorial Board of Vistas & Byways permission to publish my work and agree that I will receive no payment. A modest amount of editing of the work by a member of the Editorial Board is acceptable. I understand that my work will be published in the upcoming issue."