Please submit no more than 5 single-spaced poems at a time (with a maximum of 15 pages total per submission). Save all poems in one document before submitting. If any poem included as part of your submission file is selected for publication elsewhere, add a note to your submission. (Please do so via Submittable; do not notify us of withdrawals of single poems or entire packets via email.)
Please submit one double-spaced story of up to 7500 words. We rarely publish short-shorts not submitted through our World’s Best Short Short Story Contest; however, should you choose to submit flash fiction, please send no more than five (5) short-shorts per submission. SER does not publish novellas, and will only consider novel excerpts if they also work as stand-alone stories.
Please submit one creative nonfiction piece of up to 7500 words. We are open to a variety of forms of nonfiction, including memoir, travel writing, and the personal essay. SER does not, however, publish academic prose or research writing.
Please submit current (book publication should occur in current calendar year) single-book reviews of 800-1,200 words. SER publishes reviews of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and prefers to review books by emerging writers and smaller presses. Reviews submitted will be considered for both our online companion review section and our print publication. We encourage publicists to send us catalogues and review copies of forthcoming titles. Please email the review editor concerning further book review submission instructions or other inquiries, and feel free to submit reviews at any point during the year.
We are interested in interviews that balance an intimate portrayal of the writer with his, her, or their work. Explore the personal, ask about the nonliterary, evoke a mood. Create context for the work under discussion and then give us a sense of how the writer identifies with a particular tradition or is trying to break away from it. We encourage making connections with contemporary political and historical events so that your conversation opens up to broader audiences.
In our endeavor to be inclusive and diverse, we particularly welcome ideas from interviewers and writers of historically marginalized groups. Send us a brief pitch or complete interview for consideration.
SER is always looking for innovative, original black and white images for our covers. We will also consider submissions of art in any medium to feature within each print issue and in our online companion. Right now, we are especially interested in comics and sequential art. Please query the art editor at firstname.lastname@example.org before sending us a sample of your work.
Send correspondence concerning submissions to the appropriate genre editor. All other questions or comments should be addressed to the editor, Zach Linge.