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 WordFountain.net.
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 WordFountain.net 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.
Athletes Banned For Steroid Use in Body
A number of athletes have been banned from their sports for misusing steroids and other substances - find out what the consequences of taking illegal substances are.
The British sprinter was banned for two years after he had taken anabolic steroid THG.
Any medals he had won since mid-2002, when he first admitted using THG, were taken from him. He was also asked to pay back any earnings he had made in his athletic career during the time he was taking the drugs.
The American track and field athlete won 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medals at the 2000 Olympics but was later stripped of the titles after admitting to steroid use.
She was also given a two-year ban from track and field competitions by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
The Tour de France cyclist won the race seven years in a row - but had those victories stripped from him after it was found he had been taking drugs to help his performance during this time.
He also received a lifetime ban from competing in all sports which follow the Word Anti-Doping code.
The American sprinter, who won the 100 and 200m at Helsinki in 2005, was banned for 4 years after he had been tested positive for testosterone.
He previously had been give a one-year ban for testing positive for amphetamines.
All of these athletes are prime examples of the risks associated with taking steroids, not only for your health but also your sporting career. It's not worth the risk.
Find out how to say no if you're feeling pressured to take steroids, and how you can improve your sport skills the natural way.