We’re accepting Flash Fiction, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash CNF, and Poetry for Series 1 from Nov. 1st, 2018–Dec. 31st, 2018. For more information about what we’re looking for, please see the individual genre guidelines on our Submittable page.
Submission guidelines, Periods, and Terms:
- 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 are moving to a seasonal publishing cycle, which means once we’ve accepted a piece and readied it for publication, we will publish it, but only at one piece per week. They will be organized by these seasons in our archives. This will allow us more time to focus on marketing a single story/poem by a single author.
- 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 month.
- 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.
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 We sadly do not publish genre fiction, but we are open to experimental styles.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.
FLASH CREATIVE NONFICTION
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.