We accept unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama year round. All work must be previously unpublished. Reply time is 3-6 months. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. All submissions are considered based on quality of writing above all else.
Entire submissions can be withdrawn by logging into the submissions manager. For partial withdrawals (single poems, for example), send an email to email@example.com.
Prose submissions should be double-spaced and page numbered. While we do not have a set word limit, please know that our editors are less likely to choose longer pieces simply because it leaves less room in the journal for other work.
Poetry (up to 5 poems) need not be double-spaced. If submitting online, please be sure all poems are in a single document before uploading.
Drama should appear in standard format. While we do not have a set word limit, please know that our editors are less likely to choose longer pieces simply because it leaves less room in the journal for other work. You are welcome to submit selections of a longer work, though pieces that are able to stand alone work best.
The Louisville Review accepts submissions of previously unpublished poetry from students in grades K-12. We seek writing that looks for fresh ways to recreate scenes and feelings. Honest emotion and original imagery are more important to a poem than rhyming and big topics—such as life, moralizing, and other abstractions. *All Children’s Corner submissions must be accompanied by parental permission to publish if accepted.*
We prefer electronic submissions, but do also accept snail mailed submission as well.
For mailed submissions, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for reply only. Submissions are recycled. Poetry and prose should be submitted in separate envelopes. Mail to:
The Louisville Review
851 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40203
Have any questions you’d like to ask before submitting? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.