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Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections from Southwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1915

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

We have published fiction in widely varying styles. We prefer stories of character development, of psychological penetration, to those depending chiefly on plot. We have no specific requirements as to subject matter.

Dates:
Open to fiction submissions through 31 May 2020 (200.3 days from now). 9
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 8,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) Token payment (under 1 US cent per word).
Submissions:
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Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Articles published by the Southwest Review embrace almost every area of adult interest: contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, literary criticism, art, music, and the theatre. Material should be presented in a fashion suited to a quarterly that is not journalistic and not terribly overloaded with academic apparatus or jargon. It should not be too specialized, after the manner of papers that appear in "learned journals" of different fields of study.

Dates:
Open to nonfiction submissions through 31 May 2020 (200.3 days from now). 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Literature/Books (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Music (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Performing Arts (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Politics/Political Science, Society/Culture (General, Social issues), Visual Arts (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Article Article3,500 - 7,000 words.
Essay Essay3,500 - 7,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) Token payment (under 1 US cent per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open Fee-based

It is hard to describe the Southwest Review’s preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: We demand very high quality in our poems; we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme.

Dates:
Open to poetry submissions through 31 May 2020 (200.3 days from now). 5
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms, including: Experimental poetry, Formal verse.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 6 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under US$5 per poem) Token payment (under US$5 per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Southwest Review Submission Statistics

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The David Nathan Meyerson Fiction Prize Charges fees for all submissions
The Morton Marr Poetry Prize Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2019
Last Checked: 11 Nov 2019 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 12 Jun 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 11 Feb 2006

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