Submission Guidelines

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New England Review welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), and cover art. (See the category descriptions for details.) When submitting work in translation, please indicate whether or not you have obtained translation rights. We accept new submissions between September 1 and May 31; we read submissions all year long.

We’re looking for work that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web. Please send only one submission at a time; additional manuscripts will be returned unread. For work in the print magazine, a contract is sent upon acceptance, and payment is $10 per page ($20 minimum) or $100 for cover art, two copies of the issue in which the work appears, plus a one-year subscription (or renewal) to the magazine. Authors receive pre-publication galleys. NER obtains first serial rights for written works. For NER Digital, payment is a one-year subscription (or renewal) to the print magazine.

Your cover letter should provide contact information and state the genre and title(s) of the submission, as well as anything else you would like the editors to know about you or your work. A pitch for the work, or an interpretation of its themes, is unnecessary and discouraged.

**Any communications pertaining submissions submitted on paper should indicate the approximate date of submission. Communications regarding online submissions should be sent as an emails through the online system or can be sent by email, indicating the date and means of submission. Please note that if an online submission is listed as “in progress” that it is still under consideration.**

Online submissions in all genres are encouraged and can be submitted through Submittable. We are open for online submissions for the print magazine between September 1 and May 31; the submissions period for NER Digital varies. We charge a small fee for online submissions ($3 prose, $2 poetry, $2 NER Digital). This fee, which is waived for current subscribers, helps to support New England Review in its mission to encourage literary innovation and exploration by publishing writers at all stages of their careers. It’s also not much more (and sometimes less) than what you’d pay for postage, paper, and printing. We also think you’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to upload your submission from your own computer. Please see the Submittable link for more details on how to submit online. You can subscribe to NER on our website. To check on the status of your subscription, send us an email and we will respond as soon as possible.

Paper submissions are also accepted in all categories except NER Digital and Cover Art. Paper submissions must be postmarked between September 1 and May 31; any submissions that arrive during the summer will be returned unread (though we do continue to read and respond in the summer months). Never send your only copy, as we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged manuscripts. Please address your submission 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. If you don’t need your manuscript returned, enclose a letter-size self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for our reply only; we recycle unreturned manuscripts. If you would like your manuscript returned, enclose an SASE that is large enough and carries enough U.S. 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 fiction submissions that have been offered simultaneously to other publications, 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 fiction submissions within twelve weeks, though we are not always able to do so. We accept fiction submissions online and on paper.

Poetry: We are looking for long and short poems. Please send no more than six poems at once. We no longer accept simultaneous submissions in poetry. We consistently 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 and dramatic works. Among the types of nonfiction NER publishes are interpretive and personal essays, critical reassessments, interviews, cultural criticism (art, film, etc.), “Letters from Abroad,” and “Letters from American Places.” We will consider nonfiction submissions that have been offered simultaneously to other publications, 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, though we are not always able to do so. 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 new 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.

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.