Marrysong Essay Contest

Word Fountain, the Literary Magazine of the Osterhout Free Library features local and regional authors alongside poets and story tellers from across the nation and around the globe.

Issue #14 was released on November 2nd at with a launch party and reading at the main branch on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre.

You can pick up copies from one of our branches and select libraries in Luzerne County. You can also have one shipped to you by making a small donation ($5 to $10 recommended) when you click here. Be sure to mention in the notes that you are requesting a copy of Word Fountain to be sent to you!

For past issues and information on how to submit your own work, please visit

A Bit of History

The first issue of Word Fountain was printed in-house at the Osterhout Free Library in 2009. Since then we’ve printed 14 issues total, as part of a new schedule of two issues per year on a spring-summer and fall-winter rotation.

Our first volume since the 2014 hiatus was in the summer of 2016. That issue has since “sold out.” Some copies of our 2011 commemorative “Flood Issue” is still available at our main library.

We now publish both emerging and established writers from all over right alongside the best local and regional poets and storytellers that we can find.

We try to bring the best possible literary magazine to our patrons and give the opportunity for members of our communities to submit their work to be considered for publication with us.

How to Send Us Your Work

Submissions are currently closed but will open again soon. Please see the submission page on to find out how to send us your short stories and poems.

Please look for us on Facebook or Twitter, and feel free to keep track of upcoming live readings on our library’s Events Calendar. 

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