Our Winter Reading Period is now open. We’ll be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork from January 20 to February 24, and will be reopening to submissions after a brief hiatus for our Spring Reading Period from March 10 to April 21.
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.
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 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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