Literary Magazine Submit/Submission Guidelines

For the submission guidelines I chose to analyze, I used the same literary magazines as I did for the magazine about pages: The Baltimore Review, The Blood Orange Review, The Cimarron Review, The RavensPerch, and World Literature Today. The submission page contains guidelines for how to format, organize, and submit their own work as an aspiring writer to be featured in the magazine after it has been approved. It also serves several other purposes as well that are mentioned as part of the page. The overreaching purpose of the submission page is to communicate to the readers how to send their work into the magazine so that it is sent to the right place and covers all of the requirements so that they have a chance to be a featured writer in the magazine.

The majority of the literary magazines submission pages that I read included some mention of a fee that the writer who is submitting their work must pay in order for their work to be accepted and reviewed for entry. The fee ranges in price but tends to be fairly reasonable such as $2 for The Blood Orange Review and $5 for The RavensPerch. The reason for the payment can be to cover the costs of the review and editing, to support the growth of the magazine or as in The RavensPerch, the “reading/administration fee helps defray the cost of maintaining a high-quality electronic platform” since it is an online literary magazine.

Besides the fee, submissions are monitored so that only the works that contain the proper word length or page length restrictions will be accepted for review. It is most common for the submission guidelines to include the maximum word limit for the submission in the instructions for submission. Submissions that exceed the allowed word count will not be considered for inclusion in the magazine. The word count limit is perhaps put into place so that the magazine can publish in a timely manner whereas submissions that are very long will take more time to edit and prepare. The restriction allows for the magazine to keep up its publications and allow more writers to have their chance. Although there are word and page limits the specific works being submitted, there seems to be no limit to the number of times that a writer can submit their work. Simultaneous submissions were mentioned in all the submissions guidelines as being allowed and welcomed. This allows for a greater chance for a writer to be selected for publication as well because though some of their work might not make it, they can have other work being considered as well.

The guidelines are usually separated into submission type so as to direct the reader to the proper set of instructions that pertain to the type of work they are submitting. This is most generally done by designating a section to submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and sometimes illustrations. This is either done subtly by paragraph and sequencing or explicitly through the use of headings and subheadings, as well as bold font and other textual tools such as underling and italicizing text, such as in The RavensPerch, or World Literature Today. The division between the types of works being submitted contain an excerpt of the time frame the reader can expect the magazine to have reviewed their piece and make a decision about its acceptance. This can vary depending on the type of work submitted. The submission page includes instructions on how to submit their work, but it also includes vital requirements that they must meet if they want their work to be reviewed.


The Cimarron Review:

The RavensPerch:

World Literature Today:

The Baltimore Review:

The Blood Orange Review: