The Southern Review welcomes unsolicited work during our submissions period. We consider fiction, poetry, and essays, including creative nonfiction and literary essays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. We recommend that before submitting work you familiarize yourself with the journal's aesthetic by subscribing.

Submissions Period

  • We accept unsolicited fiction and nonfiction postmarked
    September 1 through December 1.
  • We accept unsolicited poetry postmarked September 1 through February 1.
  • All manuscripts postmarked outside our submissions period will be recycled unread.


We accept submissions by mail only. Please enclose a Forever stamp SASE for our response. If you would like your manuscript returned with our response, indicate so in your cover letter and attach sufficient postage. Our address is:

The Southern Review
338 Johnston Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

For poetry, submit no more than five poems at one time. For prose, submit one story or essay. (You may submit both a story and an essay if you wish; please send them in separate envelopes.) Include your e-mail address and telephone number on the manuscript. International submitters must submit by mail but we will respond by e-mail, so do not enclose an IRC. We rarely publish work that is longer than 8,000 words, though we will consider it.

Please wait until you've heard from us regarding a submission before submitting additional work and submit no more than twice per submissions period.

We normally respond within six months. We ask that you do not query until at least six months have passed.


The Southern Review pays $25 per printed page with a maximum payment of $200 for prose and $125 for poetry, plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription to The Southern Review.