What do you miss? Who do you long for? What lies buried in the past that you wish you could reclaim?

We’re calling this the Wayback Issue, a space where past and present collide, a place to rest in restlessness. Give us your take on wayward youth and liminal adolescence. Throw some light time travel our way. Don’t be afraid to get a little speculative, a little retro, a little sci-fi. Revise history — new endings most welcome. Tell us about your firsts, your lasts, your just-can’t-get-you-out-of-my-heads. 

Show us the dark side of nostalgia, all its risks and rewards. There’s a danger to romanticizing the past, and we’re interested in that too — the ways that wistfulness can poison and uplift in equal measure. Tell us: If you lose yourself to the bygone entirely, can you still find your way back? But also: What don’t you want to go back to? What do you wish could be left behind?

Lay down your burdens, your unwrittens, your words waiting patiently with their hands raised high, willing themselves to be called on. For the next issue of Longleaf, we’ll read it all. Submissions open August 1 – 31.


Part the veil between worlds with us this spooky season: it might still be summer, but Longleaf Review wants your flashy fiends, your micro monsters, your Samhain shorts, your tricks and treats. In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, we’re hosting 13 Nights of Horror, a special horror-themed flash fiction call and will publish one story nightly between October 19 – 31.

The specific: 1 story per writer/submission, 1,000 words or fewer.

The abstract: Dip your toes into the murky depths filled with eldritch horrors. Unearth the ghouls, the secrets, the darkness buried beneath. Listen to the creak of the stair, the scratch of the branch against the window, the breath of the intruder lurking while we sleep. You know what we mean: we want to be scared.

Submissions open August 1 at midnight EDT and are capped at 300, so get those shards of shock nice and ready.

Please note: While we’re definitely looking for the darker side, we will not consider work that features gratuitous violence, torture, or abuse of any kind.


Guidelines

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

  • You can submit work in one category per submission period. We accept poetry, fiction (1 piece 500 – 5,000 words, or 1 – 3 pieces no more than 500 words each), creative nonfiction (1 piece 500 – 5,000 words, or 1 – 3 pieces no more than 500 words each), and hybrid (image-prose and image-poems).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Now!

August 1 – 31


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.

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