We are currently CLOSED to submissions.  

Please check back on September 3rd when we reopen.


We welcome original work from anyone in the literary and artistic communities and accept all forms of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


We accept submissions from January 1 to August 11 and from September 3 to December 31.  Any work submitted during our hiatus period from August 11 to September 3 will be deleted unread.  All submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis and, in addition to our online and print issues, we continually publish new work online.  For inclusion in our upcoming winter and spring issues, submit your work by the deadlines below:

  • Winter Deadline: November 14, 2017.
  • Spring Deadline: February 20, 2018.



  • We accept written submissions in Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • We will review all forms of visual art, including documentation of 3-D, time-based, and site-specific work. Please send images of your artwork in JPG or TIFF formats, and specify the medium (i.e., photography, watercolor, digital, etc.).
  • We accept prose submissions up to 2500 words in length.
  • All submissions are read blind, so please remove names and any other personal information from the title and contents of the document.


Response Time
We aim to respond to all submissions within 1-2 days and are currently 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 a week, 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.


Simultaneous Submissions
We accept simultaneous submissions.  Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted by another magazine.


Multiple Submissions
Please submit up to 5 poems, 3 short stories or nonfiction pieces, or 10 works of visual art at one time.  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, but will consider 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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