Submissions

Collage of carnivorous plants, woman standing underneath. Text reads Longleaf Review, Issue 3 | Summer 2018
Cover design & artist: Corey Kolb

Subs Open For Issue 3 Until May 1st, 2018

What we do want? Only your best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. And also anything Sir David Attenborough inspired, of course.

Grammar

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.

Formatting

We only accept .doc and .docx files. We like Times New Roman & 12pt font. Otherwise, it’s all good.

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.

If your piece is accepted, please wait 6 months before submitting to us again. If it is not accepted, you’re welcome to resubmit the next submission cycle.

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.

Please take note that we’ve also pledged with VIDA’s #saferLIT campaign. We will not tolerate any abusive behaviors in our authors, nor will we accept narratives that perpetuate negative stereotypes. You can read more about this pledge here.

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SHORT FICTION

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 We sadly do not publish genre fiction, but we are open to experimental styles.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.

FLASH FICTION

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.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

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.

POETRY

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.