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Southern California Review 52

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The Southern California Review, MPW's national literary magazine helmed by Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin and run by MPW students, has been publishing fiction and poetry since 1982 and now also publishes creative nonfiction and short dramatic forms. Every annual issue features traditional and experimental work from established and emerging writers in all genres.
FICTION: Note that we tend to lean toward literary fiction, but exceptional genre fiction that fits the theme will be considered.
NONFICTION: Memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction.
POETRY: We accept poems in traditional and experimental styles.

Southern California ReviewUnited States
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GeneralSubgenre: Slipstream.
Open to all/most Genres 


Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Experimental poetry, Formal verse.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Personal, Quirky.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir.

Types & Lengths

EssayUp to 5,000 words.
Narrative NonfictionUp to 5,000 words.
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Novel ExcerptUp to 5,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment per piece.
N NonfictionN No monetary payment per piece.
P PoetryN No monetary payment per piece.

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions

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We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
27 Aug 2008
Last Updated:
02 Feb 2016