What We Publish

The Southeast Review publishes poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and art in each biannual issue as well as on SER Online, in addition to online book reviews and interviews. We pride ourselves on presenting emerging writers alongside well-established ones.

We accept submissions for publication consideration year-round. Our modest reading fee of $3 helps us meet the cost of this service, and all proceeds are directed to our contributor’s fund. Every submission is considered for both biannual and online publication.

To determine what we’re looking for, please read the works we’ve published. Click here to order a single biannual issue, here to become a subscriber, and here to read the latest from SER Online.

Please see our Contests page for information on our annual poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art contests.

We look forward to reading your work!

Overall Guidelines

We try to respond to submissions within 2-4 months, but it may take up to 6 months. If you haven’t heard from us after 6 months, you may query the appropriate section editor.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your piece via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere.

Please wait until you receive a reply regarding a submission before you submit a new piece.

We do not publish work that has been previously published elsewhere.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 a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work will appear.

Current students and recent graduates of Florida State University, contest judges, and SER readers and masthead members are not eligible to submit. FSU graduates become eligible to submit once 5 years have passed since graduation.

Our poetry contest began in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at Florida State University who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues today in his memory.

Please send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total. Include no more than one poem per page. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.

Rosebud Ben-Oni will judge. The winner will receive $500, and winners and finalists will be notified by Spring 2022 and published in our biannual issue. Read more about the contest and judge here. 

Only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted poems remain available. To withdraw a single poem, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration. (Please notify us via Submittable only.)

In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s creative writing program, founded this contest to celebrate micro fiction. Submissions had 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, we continue holding the contest in Stern’s memory, with a modern master of the short-short story judging the entries annually.

Please send up to three short-short stories per submission. Each short-short should be no more than 500 words. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.

Robert Olen Butler will judge. The winner will receive $500, and winners and finalists will be notified by Spring 2022 and published in our biannual issue. Read more about the contest and judge here.

Only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted short-shorts remain available. To withdraw a single short-short, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration. (Please notify us via Submittable only.)

Our nonfiction contest was established in honor of Dr. Ned Stuckey-French, whose legacy will last as one of service to the literary community, his students, hospital workers’ unions, and beyond. His spirit of selfless service is a model we aspire to, and his unflinching dedication to truth and its telling inspires the nonfiction we publish and produce.

We seek submissions in this vein: nonfiction that prods and pressures expectations; that speaks to the personal against the powerful; and that prioritizes soul, heart, and service. Please send essays up to 10 pages. Do not include personal identification information within your submissions.

Anjali Enjeti will judge. The winner will receive $500, and winners and finalists will be notified by Spring 2022 and published in our biannual issue. Read more about the contest and judge here.

2020 was the inaugural year of our art contest, and we are thrilled to continue it in tandem with our journal’s goal of drawing attention to and supporting the work of a wide variety of artists and art forms.

We welcome art submissions in all art genres: drawing, painting, illustration, photography, comics, video art, and so on—if you can name it, we’re interested. Artists should aim to send in a portfolio of 5 to 8 of their best works. These works can be previously advertised or published in other journals or previously exhibited in galleries. Each artist should submit no more than one portfolio per contest year.

Ming Ying Hong will judge. The winner will receive $500, and winners and finalists will be notified by Spring 2022 and published in our biannual issue or online. Read more about the contest and judge here.

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Please submit no more than 5 single-spaced poems at a time, with a maximum of 15  pages per total submission. Place all poems in one document. 

Only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted poems remain available. To withdraw a single poem, please add a note to your submission with the title you would like to remove from consideration. (Please notify us via Submittable only, not email.)

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Please submit one double-spaced short story of up to 7500 words. 

We rarely publish short-shorts outside of our World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest. If you do plan to submit short-shorts, however, please send no more than five per submission. We don’t publish novellas and will only consider novel excerpts if they work as stand-alone stories.

Please submit one double-spaced creative nonfiction piece of up to 7500  words. 

We’re open to a variety of forms, including memoir, travel writing, and personal essay. We don’t, however, publish academic or research writing.

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

Send us a brief pitch or complete interview for consideration. We particularly welcome interviewers and writers from historically marginalized groups.

General submissions to the Southeast Review are free year-round to persons who are currently incarcerated; contest fees are also waived. 

If you are submitting on behalf of someone else, please provide your contact information in the fields below, as well as any additional information we might need to contact the person whose work you're submitting. 

Specific guidelines for submissions in any genre can be found on our main page. 


Note: Should a person who is currently incarcerated wish to submit directly, rather than through a liaison, we accept submissions by mail. Please provide them with the following mailing address: 

Southeast Review 

English Department. Williams Bldg. 

Florida State University 

Tallahassee, FL 32306

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