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Founded in 1892 by the teacher and critic William Peterfield Trent, the Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly. Many of the twentieth century’s great writers, including T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Wallace Stevens, Saul Bellow, Katherine Anne Porter, Marianne Moore, and Ezra Pound, have appeared in the magazine. SR also has a long tradition of cultivating emerging talent: we published excerpts of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor’s first novels, and the early poetry of Robert Penn Warren, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, and Christian Wiman. “Whatever the new literature turns out to be,” wrote editor Allen Tate in 1944, “it will be the privilege of the Sewanee Review to print its share of it, to comment on it, and to try to understand it.” The mission remains unchanged.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $3.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1892

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to fiction submissions through 31 May 2024* (approx. 11 days from now). 27

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Unknown payment Pays occasionally, unknown rates.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to nonfiction submissions through 31 May 2024* (approx. 11 days from now). 7

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Review ReviewUp to 10,000 words.
Essay EssayUp to 10,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Unknown payment Pays occasionally, unknown rates.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open Fee-based

Dates:

Open to poetry submissions through 31 May 2024* (approx. 11 days from now). 37

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 6 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Unknown payment Pays occasionally, unknown rates.
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


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The Sewanee Review Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the Extremely Challenging Nonfiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the Extremely Challenging Poetry Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 493 reports from 400 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported2 min | 75.0 mean avg | 73.0 median | 266 max days (31.7 std dev)
Responses94.32 %
Acceptances0.20 % of submissions accepted (266.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 0.25 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections94.12 % (76.8 avg. days per rejection) | 18.8 % personal, 57.1 % form, 24.1 % unspecified
Non-Responses5.68 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals5.68 % (37.3 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending168 responses are pending (1 min | 57.6 mean avg | 51.0 median | 261 max days waiting | 49.2 std dev) from 167 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

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The editors will try to make a decision within 90 days. (34.5 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 90 days.)
The most common submission fee paid: USD $3.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged within one day.
Most recent response reported was received on 01 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 10 Mar 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 06 May 2024
Last Audited: 28 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 09 Sep 2005

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