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, email the poetry editor at serpoetry@gmail.com 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.


$ 3.00

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We only consider previously unpublished work.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.

$ 3.00
$ 3.00

Please submit only one short story or three short-shorts at any given time. For short stories length is from 2000 words to 7,500 words. For short-short’s length is up to 750 words.

We only consider previously unpublished work i.e. first-ever publication. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online. Please do not submit book manuscripts, academic essays, or reviews.

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. We do not accept submissions via e-mail. All responses will be provided via email.

We accept simultaneous submissions so if work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, please notify us 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, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best). Please use minimal document and font styling in your submission. 

$ 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 email the poetry editor at serpoetry@gmail.com to withdraw the individual poem from your submission. The rest of your submission will be considered in the order it was received.

Include a cover letter containing the titles of the poems, your contact information, and a short biographical note in the designated box.
 
We only consider previously unpublished work i.e. first-ever publication. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online. Please do not submit book manuscripts, academic essays, or reviews.

We do not accept submissions via email.