Submission Guidelines

A Note From the Editors:

In the aftermath of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, along with countless others this nation has endured over the past decade, Longleaf Review wants to do something a little different for the months of February and March: match contributor donations to organizations against gun violence. We will match up to $250 of your donations to start, for a total of $500, to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

If you’d like to join our financial effort in stopping gun violence, just attach proof of donation to the end of your submission document. For all contributors who submitted before we announced this, you can email us your proof of donation and we will match those too. Once we have reached $250 in donations, we will make our own contribution and email proof of donation to all participating donors who’ve submitted to us.

Your donation won’t guarantee acceptance or a quicker response time, but it is for a worthy cause.  Our submissions remain free, and these donations are completely voluntary. Of course, we understand if you don’t have the funds to donate, but don’t let that stop you. There are other, just as important, actions that you can take to help stop gun violence and advocate for sensible gun reform too. For 30 gun control actions you can take now, visit here.

As always, we look forward to reading your work, and keep writing!

Longleaf Review


Please don’t send us first drafts. Your writing should be polished before submitting for publication. We aren’t grammar jerks; we understand common mistakes happen and that’s why all accepted submissions go through a proofreading and editing process. But if your grammar impedes our understanding, we will reject your work immediately.


We only accept .doc and .docx files. Our review is blind, so refrain from including your name in the file title or within the actual document. The title of your work should be in the top right hand corner along with page numbers, and we prefer Times New Roman 12pt font. Single space or double space is fine.

Submission Periods and Terms

We are open for submissions year round, and will accept one submission per category. Our first issue will be published on January 1st, 2018, after which publication will be once in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. You can expect a response time of 4-12 weeks. 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. We do not accept reprints. 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.


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. 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 at a time for consideration.

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