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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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 March 1. Please send no more than either five poems or fifteen pages, and use a 12-point font.
  • All manuscripts postmarked outside our submissions period will be recycled unread.



We accept poetry submissions by mail only. Please include your e-mail address or phone number so that we may contact you for acceptance, and enclose an SASE with a Forever stamp affixed to your return envelope for our response. If you would like your manuscript returned with our response, indicate so in your cover letter and attach sufficient postage to your return envelope. Our address is:

The Southern Review
338 Johnston Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Fiction and Nonfiction

We accept prose submissions online and by mail. The online submission form can be found at Please note that there is a $3 service charge for online submissions. This service charge will be waived during University Press Week, November 6-11, 2017. Mail submissions (no charge) should be sent, with SASE, to the address above.

For prose, submit one story or essay. (You may submit both a story and an essay if you wish; please submit them separately.) 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, but we ask that you do not query until the following submissions period has opened.


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