All submitted work must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs. We require First North American Serial Rights, and all rights revert to the author on publication.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted at another journal.
While our response times may vary, we aim to reply to submissions within 4-12 weeks. Please only submit one piece at a time and wait for our response before sending additional work.
We encourage submissions from women, writers of color, writers with disability, LGBTQ writers, and previously unpublished writers.
We are currently unable to consider reviews, interviews, academic work, dramatic scripts, or writing for children.
Are you a visual artist? Please query via email if you are interested in submitting art for our consideration.
PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to accept print or email submissions.
To learn more about our preferred aesthetic, please see our editors’ notes.
We consider short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. Please submit one piece of prose up to 5,000 words OR up to three flash pieces of 1,000 words or fewer (attached in a single document). While we don’t shy away from blurred genre lines, please note that our focus and aesthetic is literary. Specify whether your work is fiction or nonfiction and use standard manuscript formatting: double space the document, use one-inch margins, and use a serif font, preferably Times New Roman.
Please limit your submission to three poems attached in a single document. If one of your submitted poems is accepted elsewhere, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission indicating which title(s) should be removed from our consideration.
All general submissions from writers in any geographical location are eligible for our competitive editorial mentorships. No separate application process is required, and writers need not take any additional steps to be considered for a mentorship. Each Gordon Square Review editor will independently choose one piece of writing received during the spring 2018 submission period and work with that writer to revise the piece for publication. Selected writers will be asked to contribute a micro essay about the process. Writers should submit their best, most polished work to Gordon Square Review to improve their chances of being selected for publication or an editorial mentorship.
Northeast Ohio Writer?
Please make a note in your cover letter if you currently live in Northeast Ohio (including the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, or Lorain/Elyria/Oberlin areas) or if you have a strong tie to Northeast Ohio as a past resident, student, etc. --—please elaborate in the cover letter.