The Southeast Review accepts regular submissions for publication consideration year-round through Submittable. Our modest reading fee of $3 helps us meet the cost of this service, and all proceeds are directed to a contributor’s fund, which allows us to pay our wonderful contributors. Send us your work here. We look forward to reading your work!


Any breaks, hiatuses, or interruptions to our reading period will be announced here, and are more likely to occur during the summer months. SER does not, under any circumstances, accept work via email. Please note that regular (non-contest) submissions sent through regular postal mail will not be read or returned.


During contest season, entries to our World’s Best Short Short Story, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction competitions may be sent through regular postal mail, though an online option will also be made available.



General Guidelines

In each biannual issue, SER publishes poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and art. We aim to present emerging writers on the same stage as established authors. The best way to determine what we’re looking for is to read what we’ve been publishing. Click here to order a single issue, or better yet become a subscriber and join our reading family. General submission guidelines follow. Please see below for genre specific directives.

  • SER is currently accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and book review submissions. We try to respond to submissions within 2-4 months, but due to our production schedule a response may take up to 6 months. If you have not heard back regarding your submission after six months, you may query the appropriate section editor.

  • SER accepts simultaneous submissions, but we request that you withdraw the submission if your piece is accepted elsewhere. In the case of poetry, only withdraw your entire submission if none of your submitted poems remain available. 

  • All submissions must be typed (poetry single-spaced and prose doubled-spaced) and properly formatted then uploaded to Submittable in a compatible format.

  • Please wait until you receive a reply regarding a submission before you upload the next.

  • SER does not publish work that has been previously published elsewhere. We acquire First North American serial rights, and payment is a complimentary contributor’s copy plus an equitable share of our contributor’s fund.

  • Please see our Contests page for information about our World’s Best Short Short Story, Poetry, and Narrative Nonfiction Contests.

  • Effective December 2019, all submissions are considered for in-print and online publication.


Current students and recent graduates of Florida State University, contest judges, and SER readers and masthead members are not eligible to submit. FSU alumni become eligible to submit once five years have passed since graduation. 

Genre Guidelines


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 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.


The Southeast Review

Department of English

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL 32306

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