After many years of accepting both online and postal mail submissions, we are changing over to online-only for general submissions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but our office space is small and many of our editorial staff are not on-site. In addition, although we charge a small fee for online submissions, this option will actually be less expensive for you once you take into account paper, toner, envelopes, and postage on both your submission and your SASE. We hope this will allow us to streamline our reading process and get to your submissions more quickly and consistently.
We will continue to accept snail mail submissions in visual art and for the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award and for the annual Editor’s Award in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Please read an issue of The Florida Review before you send us your work in order to get a feel for the kind of writing we publish. We are looking for innovative, luxuriant, insightful human stories—and for things that might surprise us. We like writing that takes risks, affects us deeply, and yet also meets the highest standards of beautiful language and appropriate syntax.
We do not consider typical genre fiction (sci-fi, romance, action, or fantasy), nor do we publish scholarly essays. Spiritual and political themes and stories of personal loss should be handled with sophistication and a knowledge of contemporary writing in those areas because we don’t publish stereotypical religious odes, political rants, or diary-like entries.
We look for stories and essays in which the mysteries emerge out of human personality and interaction. In other words, character-driven pieces that make us think about our lives in new ways.
There is no word or page limit, though we prefer prose that is between 3 and 25 manuscript pages. We consider novel or memoir excerpts only if they stand alone.
Please submit only one short story or essay at a time. However, we will read up to three short-shorts, as long as the total page count remains under 15 pages.
We’re interested in well-crafted poems that sing and take risks—in style or subject. We’re interested in traditional forms and free verse, any length.
Please submit no more than five poems at one time. We will only read the first five poems that you send.
We look for graphic narratives that show both artistic and literary merit. Currently, we are able to consider black and white only.
Work should be submitted online as a jpeg or pdf file. If you wish to submit via postal mail or other means, please send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we will not open email attachments.
We do not accept unsolicited book reviews or interviews. If you would like to submit a book review or interview, please send a query to email@example.com. We do accept Review Essays via Submittable, but it’s best to be in touch via a query before submitting.
Visual artists are encouraged to submit two-dimensional works in any medium for a color cover or black-and-white spread within the journal. Submissions may be sent as paper photographs, on a CD-ROM, or via web link, or (preferably) via Submittable, but we will not open any e-mail attachments.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a letter and self-addressed stamped envelope through postal mail for any remaining snail-mail submissions. For Submittable submissions, please go into Submittable and withdraw your manuscript there.
New editor’s note as of September 2015: We understand that there has been a long wait for many of you to hear about your submissions. The new staff has been organized to try to read our backlog as efficiently as possible over the next few months. Please withhold further queries about your manuscript’s status until January 2016, to allow us to focus on finding the gems in the backlog.
Submit online here.
For visual art, Editor’s Award, and chapbook submissions ONLY, to submit by U.S. Mail, address submissions to:The Editors [Indicate Genre]