Issue 4

We’re looking for your best flash & short fiction (300–1000 words & 1500-5000 words), flash & short creative nonfiction (less than 500 words & 1500–3000 words), and poetry (1-5 pieces). Since the response to our Sir David Attenborough themed issue was so positive, we’ve decided Issue 4 will also have an unofficial-official theme: Aliens. Your work doesn’t have to be inspired by this theme for consideration in the issue though.

How you interpret “Aliens” is up to you, but the work you submit must be literary. This can mean it takes place in space, others the “normal,” or your piece explores what it feels like to be alien—or the other—in an unfamiliar setting. We’d especially like to see some Afrofuturism in our submission queue. Your work may or may not have any extraterrestrials at all. Just have fun with it!

Submission guidelines, Periods, and Terms:

  • We’re open for submissions year round, and we’ll accept only one submission per person, so please do not submit in multiple categories.
  • We don’t accept reprints unless solicited.
  • We only accept .doc and .docx files. We like Times New Roman & 12pt font. Otherwise, it’s all good.
  • We publish four times a year, and you can expect a response time of 3-6 months, sometimes sooner depending on our workload. We consider each submission carefully, and this time period ensures that your work will get the attention it deserves.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if a piece is published elsewhere. Be sure to formally withdraw the piece(s) in Submittable.
  • Accepted submissions may be edited for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We will not make large changes without first providing you with a proof for your review prior to publication.
  • Longleaf Review takes one-time non-exclusive electronic rights and archival rights to your work. At this time we do not mail out contracts. Currently, by submitting to us you are agreeing to the above terms.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t afford to pay for work right now. We are working on that and hope this will change in the future.
  • If your piece is accepted, please wait 6 months before submitting to us again. If it’s not accepted, you’re welcome to resubmit the next submission cycle.
  • We’ve pledged with VIDA’s #saferLIT campaign. We will not tolerate any form of abusive behavior or bigotry in the stories we publish, nor the authors who write them. This means no anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, or stories that in any way perpetuate negative stereotypes.



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We accept literary fiction between 1,500 & 5,000 words in length. Other than word count, we’re looking for well-developed characters, engaging content, and a skillful use of language that surprises and stays with us for days. We sadly do not publish genre fiction, but we are open to experimental styles. Oh, and we like weird. Send us all your weird.


We are looking for short-short fiction between 300 & 1000 words in length. You can submit up to three stories in this category, but please put them all in one word document. These stories must have a beginning, middle, and end. Please don’t send us excerpts from a short story. Character and voice driven pieces with interesting language will get our attention quickest.


We want to read your CNF pieces that are between 1500 & 3000 words in length. We want to travel to the wildernesses you’ve escaped to and be brought back from the edge of the forest. Tell us us your mistakes and what you’ve learned. We want to hear what hurts and heals, what was left unfinished, what was walked away from, and what was impossible to traverse. We love pieces that leave us wondrous and unsettled, refreshed, and slightly afraid. Experimental pieces are welcomed.


Hurston wrote, “I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” In this spirit, Longleaf Review is interested in crisp CNF pieces that are sharp and crack open like a shucked oyster. Work that bursts wide open but can be “held in the palm of your hand” in 500 words or less dazzle us. Stun us with what’s fresh. Give us your raw.


We want poems that move us, kick us in the gut, and send our worlds spinning. These usually have a strong sense of imagery, emotion, and include a surprising use of language and words that resonate with us long after the initial reading. Please send us 1-5 poems (in one submission file) at a time for consideration.