Submission Guidelines


Thinking of submitting to New England Review?
We accept new submissions from September 1 through May 31; we read submissions all year long.

What we’re looking for.
We welcome fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for our website—work that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web. Please send only one submission at a time per genre; additional manuscripts will be returned unread.

What you get.
Payment for published work is $20 per page (with thanks to a grant from the NEA), $100 for cover art, two copies of the issue in which the work appears, and a one-year subscription.

For online publication in NER Digital, payment is $50 and a one-year subscription to the print magazine.

Your cover letter—just the facts.
Your cover letter should provide contact information and state the genre and title of the submission, as well as any salient information about you—e.g., previous publications, never before published—or about your piece.

Paper or Internet?
All genres are encouraged to submit through Submittable, our online submissions portal. The small fee we charge for online submissions ($3 prose, $2 poetry, $2 NER Digital) helps to support New England Review in its mission to publish writers at all stages of their careers. Fees are waived for current subscribers to the magazine.

Please see the Submittable link for more details on how to submit online.

To check on the status of an existing subscription, send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.

Paper submissions are accepted in all categories except NER Digital, cover art, and artwork for the website, though response time tends to be longer for paper submissions. Paper submissions must be postmarked between September 1 and May 31 or will be returned unread. Please do not send your only copy, as we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged manuscripts.

Submissions may be addressed to Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry Editor, New England Review, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Translations should be addressed to the editor of the appropriate genre. Other genres of work that don’t fit neatly into one of the above categories (such as drama) should be addressed simply to Editor.

Enclose a letter-size self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for our reply only. If you would like your manuscript returned, enclose an SASE that is large enough and carries enough US postage to return your manuscript and our reply. Overseas contributors may include an email address for reply instead of an SASE.

After twelve weeks have passed, you may query as to the status of your submission; e-mail queries are preferred, but you may also query by mail (include SASE) or phone: 802-443-5075.

Fiction: We are looking for short stories, short shorts, novellas, novel excerpts, and translations. The word limit is 20,000. Please send only one piece at a time, unless the pieces are very short (under 1,000 words). We will consider simultaneous submissions in fiction. Please make it clear that it is a simultaneous submission and withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We attempt to respond to fiction submissions within twelve weeks. We accept fiction submissions online and on paper.

Poetry: We are looking for long and short poems, including translations. Please send no more than six poems at once. We accept simultaneous submissions in poetry. Please make it clear that it is a simultaneous submission and withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We respond to poetry submissions within twelve weeks; online submissions generally get a quicker response, as they don’t need to be mailed back and forth between editors. We accept poetry submissions online and on paper.

Nonfiction & Other: We are looking for a broad range of nonfiction, as well as screenplays, dramatic works, and works in translation. Among the types of nonfiction NER publishes are interpretive and personal essays, critical reassessments, cultural criticism (art, film, etc.), “Letters from Abroad,” and “Letters from American Places.” We will consider simultaneous submissions in nonfiction, as long as you make it clear that it is a simultaneous submission and withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We attempt to respond to all prose submissions within twelve weeks. We accept nonfiction submissions online and on paper.

NER Digital: NER Digital is New England Review’s online project dedicated to original creative writing for the web. Our current series—“Confluences”—presents writers’ encounters with other works of art in any media. We are seeking brief essays, 500 to 1000 words, in response to a book, play, poem, film, painting, sculpture, building, or other work of art. Put yourself in the picture and fashion your essay around an actual autobiographical encounter with this work of art. Along with your submission, include a one-line writers’ bio and your current mailing address. Please also submit an image of or link to the artwork you are discussing. (Please note that the artwork will only be reproduced on our website if we are able to secure permission from the copyright holder.) We accept NER Digital submissions only online.

Are you an artist?
Cover Art: We are looking for striking artwork in any genre (painting, photo, sculpture, etc.) that will reproduce well as cover art. We strongly favor abstraction. The cover will be printed in full-color, full bleed, with the magazine’s logo in overprint and will be reproduced on the magazine’s website and electronic publications. The size of the printed cover is 6.75 inches wide by 9.75 inches, tall so the image may need to be adjusted to fit the trim size. If your work is selected for use on our cover, we will ask you to grant us one-time use of your image. You will also need to provide a high-resolution scan of the artwork (300 dpi), at least 7 by 10 inches, for print-quality reproduction.

When submitting images, please include a cover letter that states the title, date, size, and materials used in the image. Feel free to provide any other information about your artwork as well. Low-res images are acceptable for submissions, as long as high-res images can be provided when necessary. We accept cover art submissions only through our online system.

Artwork for the Website: We are seeking digital images of artwork to accompany content that we post online from the print magazine, as well as from our NER Digital series. We favor abstraction over illustration, but we are interested in artwork from all media that will reproduce well online. The image may be used in its entirety, or a detail may be selected.

If your work is chosen we will ask you to grant us the right to post the image on our website, as well as in social media promotions. We will acknowledge your name and title of the work when it is posted, and if appropriate include a link for further information about your work. In addition, you will receive a copy of the current issue of New England Review.

Please visit us at to see some samples of images used on our website.