In each biannual issue, SER publishes the finest poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, interviews, and art. We aim to present emerging writers on the same stage as established authors—we seek quality work for our quality publication. The best way to determine what we’re looking for is to read what we’ve been publishing. Click here to order a single issue, or better yet become a subscriber and join our reading family. General submission guidelines follow; further instructions pertinent to each genre can be found by following the links below.

  • SER is currently accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and book review submissions. We try to respond to submissions within 2-4 months, but due to our production schedule a response may take up to 6 months. If you have not heard back regarding your submission after six months, you may query the appropriate section editor.
  • SER accepts simultaneous submissions, but we request that you withdraw the submission if your piece is accepted elsewhere. In the case of poetry, only withdraw your entire submission if all your submitted poems are no longer available. To withdraw a single poem, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration.
  • Please wait until you receive a reply regarding a submission before you upload the next.
  • SER does not publish work that has been previously published elsewhere. We acquire First North American serial rights, and payment is two contributor’s copies.
  • Please see our Contests page for information about our World’s Best Short Short Story, Poetry, and Narrative Nonfiction Contests.


For National Poetry Month, The Southeast Review is holding its first inaugural Editors’ Choice Digital Chapbook Prize for Emerging Writers, judged by editors, Dorothy Chan and Alex Quinlan. 

The winner of this prize receives: 

  1. Digital publication of their chapbook 
  2. A publicity campaign through The Southeast Review website and social media 
  3. In-print publication of selections from the winning work
  4. An interview published in an upcoming print edition of the journal. 

The judges will also write a foreword to the winning chapbook! 

Chapbooks are a significant milestone for emerging poets, and we’re ecstatic not only to read your work but to introduce fresh, new voices! Thank you for considering The Southeast Review as a home for your poetry, and best of luck! 

ABOUT THE JUDGES: 

Dorothy Chan is the author of Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, April 2018) and Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017).  She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Visit her website at dorothypoetry.com. She wants poems that push her up against the wall (with her permission) and know what to do from there — poems of passion that run with the moment and let her feel and think and taste. 

Dorothy’s favorite chapbooks: Inside My Electric City, Caylin Capra-Thomas (YesYes Books, 2016); The Fallen Bird of the Fields, Norman Dubie (Zone 3 Press, 2010); Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, Elizabeth Alexander and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Sleepy Hollow Chapbook Series, Slapering Hol Press, 2008); Reservoir, Taneum Bambrick (Yemassee, 2018); Who Are the Tribes, Terrance Hayes  (Pilot Books, 2011);  Kissing the Sphinx, Chen Chen (Two of Cups Press, 2015); and I’m looking forward to TV Girls by Dana Diehl (New Delta Review, 2018). 

Alex Quinlan is the editor of The Southeast Review. His poetry, criticism, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Pleiades, Tampa Review, Scout: Poetry in Review, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and elsewhere. He wants poems that let their images do their thinking, lyrics with a narrative flair, work that begins in subjective experience but enlarges to include the shared world, and thereby illuminates both.

Alex’s favorite chapbooks: A Thousand Ars Poeticas, Ruth Baumann (Sixth Finch, 2018); Kaveh Akbar, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017); Tiana Clark, Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016); Danez Smith, black movie (Button Poetry, 2015); Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Lace & Pyrite (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014); Ocean Vuong, No (YesYes, 2013).

DEADLINE: May 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be announced June 1, 2018

ENTRY FEE: $10 

AWARD: Winner receives $100 + Online Chapbook Publication + Publicity Campaign that includes the Emerging Writer’s Spotlight on The Southeast Review website + Interview and selection of poems from the chapbook published in the upcoming print edition of The Southeast Review + a set of 2018 limited edition SER broadsides + a one-year subscription to The Southeast Review.

Honorable Mention(s) receive a set of 2018 limited edition SER broadsides and a one-year subscription to The Southeast Review.

SUBMIT:  https://southeastreview.submittable.com/submit

GUIDELINES: We only accept submissions online. Our digital chapbook submission period runs April 2 through May 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Chapbook manuscripts must be 25 pages max. (not including cover page, table of contents, and acknowledgements page) submitted in .docx, .doc, or PDF formats. Please include only one poem per page.

Manuscripts should be single-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman (or equivalent) font with 1-inch  margins. 

Submissions are read blind. Please do not include your name or bio in the manuscript. This includes both the title page and text. You may provide a bio on the Submittable form, but this is optional. 

Please include a title page that includes ONLY the title of your manuscript. 

Poems may be previously published in journals, but the manuscript as a whole cannot be previously published. Please include publication information in the acknowledgements page.  

Simultaneous submissions are allowed and even encouraged! If your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately.

Manuscript revisions are not permitted once the manuscript is submitted.

Multiple submissions by the same author are allowed. But each new submission must be uploaded separately, with a separate entry fee for each. 

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to any poet who does not yet have a full-length book published or under contract. Former and current students, friends, family, and colleagues of the judges are ineligible to submit. Former and current interns and masthead of The Southeast Review are also ineligible. 

RESPONSE TIME: The winner and honorable mentions will be announced June 1, 2018. 

QUESTIONS? Please email us at southeastreview@gmail.com

Best of luck, and Happy National Poetry Month!

Dorothy + Alex 

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Please submit only one essay at any given time. You may submit essays of up to 7500 words, but know that space is limited in the journal and we most often accept work between 2000 and 6000 words. 

We only consider previously unpublished work. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online. Do not submit book manuscripts, academic essays, or reviews.

Please include a cover letter via the Submittable page. On this letter include word count, your contact information, and a short biographical note.

We only accept submissions online via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via email. All responses will be provided via email.

We accept simultaneous submissions so if work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece immediately.

We have recently joined the paying market and are happy to be able to provide our contributors some remuneration for their work. 

We read all year round and due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot respond personally to every submission.

All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Plain Text (.txt) formats.

Please prepare your submission in letter size format, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times, Garamond, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best). Please use minimal document and font styling in your submission.

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Please submit one short story at a time. Refrain from sending a second story until a response has been received for the first. Our preferred length ranges from 1000 words to 7000 words. 

We only consider previously unpublished work. Please don't submit previously published material, or material scheduled to be published elsewhere, including other journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or online. 

Please include a cover letter with the word count of the submission, your contact information, and a short biographical note.

We only accept submissions online via Submittable. All responses will be provided via email. While we accept and encourage simultaneous submissions, we ask that writers notify us immediately if their submitted piece has been accepted elsewhere.

We have recently joined the paying market and are happy to be able to provide our contributors some remuneration for their work. 

We read all year round; due to the high volume of submissions, we cannot respond personally to every submission.

All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Plain Text (.txt) formats. Please prepare your submission in letter size format, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times New Roman) and font size (12 point is best). 

$3.00
$3.00
Please submit no more than 5 single-spaced poems at a time (with a maximum of 15 pages total per submission). Save all poems in one document before submitting. All files must be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Plain Text (.txt) formats.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. However, if any poem (one or multiple) included as part of your submission file is selected for publication elsewhere, please add a note on your submission with us.

Include a cover letter containing the titles of the poems and a short biographical note.
 
We do not accept previously published work, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online.

We do not accept submissions via email.