Guidelines

Please review our guidelines. It’ll make us super happy (and way more likely to publish your brilliant writing).

  • We accept poetry & fiction (1 piece 500–5,000 words, or 1–3 pieces up to 500 words each), creative nonfiction (1 piece 500 – 5,000 words, or 1–3 pieces up to 500 words each), and hybrid (image-prose and image-poems). Submissions open in 2023.
  • We’ve pledged with VIDA’s #saferLIT campaign. This means we don’t tolerate or accept anti-Semitism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, or stories that in any way perpetuate negative stereotypes.
  • For reviews of fiction and CNF titles, we love a personal feel with a first-person point of view; sharing your connection to the work is welcome but not required. We like a light tone that’s conversational. Aim for 850–1,000 words, including pull quotes. Submissions open year-round.
  • Generally, we only accept unpublished work. However, if you pulled your work because of harassment or bigotry, we’d like to consider it. Please include your work’s publication history with your submission.
  • For interviews, send a Q&A with enticing questions you don’t always see in other similar formats. Have fun and be creative while talking about major themes, topics, connections to other works, and the author’s overall creative process. Aim for 1,500–2,500 words, with optional 250–500 word introduction. Submissions open year-round.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your submission is published elsewhere, please let us know by withdrawing it in Submittable. If you need to withdraw one part of your submission but not the whole thing, send us a message in Submittable.

Submissions open for Reviews & Interviews

See you in 2023 for poetry, fiction, CNF, and hybrid!


FAQs

We party! And then we edit. Accepted pieces may be subject to developmental and/or copy edits. Editing is a collaborative process with the author, and we won’t make any major changes without your approval.

  • If we’ve just accepted your work, please wait 6 months before submitting work to us again. We’ll probably love everything else you write, too, and we want to give everyone a fair shake.
  • If we didn’t accept your work this time, we sincerely hope you’ll send us something new during our next submissions cycle.
  • And if you’ve just completed a volunteer role with us, please wait 6 months before sending us your own work.

We’ll respond within 3 – 4 months. We consider each submission carefully, and this time period ensures that your work gets the attention it deserves.

Please don’t withdraw your submission! We don’t make decisions based on spelling or grammar errors, so no need to worry. If you’ve made a major change to your piece and our submissions window is still open, send us a message through Submittable and we’ll be in touch about next steps.

We only respond to queries sent via email and/or Submittable. Feel free to drop us a line at longleafreview(at)gmail(dot)com.