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, and nonfiction. 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 in the form of an honorarium from our Contributor's Fund. Contributors accepted for print publication will also receive 2 copies of the issue their work has been selected for.
  • SER is now accepting work for online-only publication as well as the print issues.  If are you interested in having your work considered for online-only publication, please check the appropriate box when submitting. 
  • Please see our Contests page for information about our World’s Best Short- Short Story and Gearhart Poetry Contests.



We are interested in interviews that balance an intimate portrayal of the writer with his, her, or their work. Explore the personal, ask about the nonliterary, evoke a mood. Create context for the work under discussion and then give us a sense of how the writer identifies with a particular tradition or is trying to break away from it. We encourage making connections with contemporary political and historical events so that your conversation opens up to broader audiences.   

In our endeavor to be inclusive and diverse, we particularly welcome ideas from interviewers and writers of historically marginalized groups. Send us a brief pitch or complete interview for consideration.


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

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 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 included as part of your submission file is selected for publication elsewhere, add a note to your submission. (Please do so via Submittable; do not notify us of withdrawals of single poems or entire packets via email.)


Include a cover letter containing the titles of the poems and a short biographical note of two to four sentences.


We do not accept previously published work, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online.


We do not accept submissions via email.

  This contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues to support the production of SER (known by the name Sundog: The Southeast Review during Michael’s tenure) in his memory.

  To enter, send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration, please log in and add a note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw. Nabila Lovelace will judge. One winner (awarded $500) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2019 and will appear in Volume 38.1 (Spring 2020).


Important note: Please send up to three poems in each submission. In this case, you need only pay the submission fee once!  However, if you wish to submit another group of three poems, you will need to pay an additional $16 entry fee.  


About this year's judge:
Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens native, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. She is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYes Books, 2018), her debut book of poetry. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.

In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required to be under 250 words, and the winner received a crate of oranges as well as a check). Stern passed away from cancer in 1996 and though the guidelines and prize have changed since then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.


  To enter the 2016 WBSSSC, send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by the $16 reading fee. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration, please log in and add a note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner (awarded $500) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2019 and will appear in Volume 38.1 (Spring 2020).


Important note: Please send up to three short-short stories in each submission. In this case, you need only pay the submission fee once!  However, if you wish to submit another group of three short-short stories, you will need to pay an additional $16 entry fee.


About this year's judge:

Robert Olen Butler has published sixteen novels and six volumes of short stories, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and three of which—SeverenceIntercourse, and Weegee Stories—are comprised entirely of short-short stories (225 in all). He was the guest editor for The Best Small Fictions 2015, the inaugural volume for this annual series. He has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He was the 2013 recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

The Southeast Review