Our Spring Reading Period is now closed. We’ll be on hiatus over the summer and look forward to reopening to submissions on September 1.
We aim to respond to all submissions within a week, and usually reply within 1-2 days. Currently, we are listed as one of the 25 Fastest Poetry and Fiction Markets on Duotrope. Our editorial team works hard to fully discuss and deliberate over each work while ensuring that our submitters are not left waiting for months on end without a reply. If you have not heard from us within two weeks, you may query.
If you appreciate this writer-friendly policy, please help us by reporting our response time on Duotrope. It only takes a moment, and it helps to honestly and accurately reflect the speed of our editorial process.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please specify them in your cover letter and notify us immediately if your submission is accepted by another magazine.
Please submit up to 5 poems, 3 short stories or nonfiction pieces, or 10 works of visual art at one time. As a general rule, fiction and nonfiction pieces should not exceed 2500 words in length. In addition, if you have received a rejection letter, please wait a week before submitting again.
Current undergraduates may submit their poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or artwork to be considered for a $500 writing scholarship, plus publication. No reading fee is required, and the recipient of the scholarship will be announced in May. Applicants should specify their undergraduate status in their cover letter. Undergraduates who have submitted after September 1, 2018 will be retroactively considered for this scholarship.
We do not accept work reprinted from other magazines. Unfortunately, this includes submissions that have been published on a personal website or blog.
We require First North American Serial Rights. Following publication, all rights revert to the author, but we ask that The Penn Review is credited in subsequent reprints. In addition, we reserve the right to edit submissions in accordance with the rules of our style guide.
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