Prose writers should submit one story, one longer-form essay, memoir, or immersive journalism (no more than 5000 words typically), or two shorter stories or essays (less than 2000 words).  

Lyric writers should submit up to five poems or micro pieces, no more than ten pages. 

Dramatic writers may submit scripts for stage plays or short films, including TV. We will also consider publishing video of produced scripts. 

Those writing for children and young adults may submit work in any of our categories: prose, lyric, drama. See guidelines in each area for specifics on length and content.

We welcome queries to review books published within the past two years, including works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, hybrid and cross-genre forms, and writing for children and young adults. We are particularly interested in reviews of work that speaks to the current urgencies of race, class, gender, and the environment, as well as titles from independent and university presses. Reviewers should disclose (and preferably not have) conflicts of interests with the author or publisher, including reviewing works released by one’s own press or written by a former or current student, mentor, friend, or colleague. Reviews should be 1,200-1,500 words and generally should focus on a single title, though we occasionally publish reviews addressing multiple titles. “Book Briefs” are 400-500 words reviewing a single title. For formatting requirements and a list of titles available for review, or with queries, contact Book Reviews Editor Lynnell Edwards: 

Our submission period is open and ongoing. Please submit in the category where you think your work best fits. We allow simultaneous submissions, but please access your submission and withdraw it if it is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published material or work currently in press elsewhere. Please do not submit entire book or chapbook manuscripts.