Submissions open February 15 to 25

Dreams. They bleed into our waking hours and make us wonder whether what we dreamed was actually a memory. They carry us around this world and beyond it, unencumbered by the laws of physics. They speak to us, spur us to action or immobilize us. They stick with us. We wonder what they mean.

For our Spring 2021 issue, we want dreams. Haunting, hopeful, strange. Daydreams, nightmares. Realities that feel like dreams, dreams that could almost be reality.

Please read our submission guidelines below then submit using the forms at the bottom of this page.

Submission Period

  • We are currently closed for submissions. We will reopen for DREAM-themed submissions February 15 to 25.
  • You can generally expect a response time of 2-3 months. We consider each submission carefully, and this time period ensures that your work will get the attention it deserves. 

Submission Guidelines

  • For fiction and CNF, you may submit one piece <5,000 words or three flash pieces <1,000 words each. For poetry, you may submit 1-5 poems.
  • We’ll accept only one submission per person, so please do not submit in multiple categories.
  • We only accept submissions via the Google Forms below; please do not email your submission to us.
  • We only accept .docx files, and we like easy-to-read 12-point font.
  • Please include your name, pronouns, and any relevant content warnings on the first page. We prioritize #OwnVoices submissions, so if your work centers the knowledge or experience of a marginalized group, please also include an identity statement on the first page so we know your relationship to that group.
  • We don’t accept reprints unless solicited.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if a piece is published elsewhere. Be sure to formally withdraw the piece(s) via email to with the title and genre of the piece and “WITHDRAW” in the subject line.
  • If your piece is accepted, please wait 6 months before submitting to us again. If it’s not accepted, you’re welcome to resubmit as soon as we open again for submissions.

Submission Terms

  • Accepted pieces may be subject to substantive and/or copy edits. Editing is a collaborative process with the author. We won’t make any major changes without your approval.
  • All authors in the current issue will receive free priority registration for our next Weekend Workshop Intensive.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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