Submit

Great Lakes Review is currently CLOSED to submissions. Submissions will open March 1-31, 2020.

General Guidelines

  • We are currently considering fiction and poetry submissions only. Please do not submit non-fiction, interviews, or artwork.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We will consider only one submission per reading period.
  • Your submission will be considered for both print and online publication.
  • We require first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website and social media platforms. All other rights are retained by the author.
Regional Connection

Be certain that either you are or have been a resident of the Great Lakes Region of the United States or Canada or that the manuscript you’re submitting involves the Great Lakes region of either the United States or Canada. Great Lakes Review is a regional journal; therefore, the regional connection must be apparent.

Just to be clear, you can be a current or past resident of the Great Lakes and submit work that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the region, or you can be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes but submit work in which the Great Lakes is integral to the work. In short, you cannot be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes and submit work that has nothing to do with the Great Lakes.

Submission Statement

With your submission, please include a Submission Statement of three to five sentences explaining either your connection to the Great Lakes or your work’s connection to the Great Lakes. Please do not put explicit identifying information (name, race, gender, sexual orientation, or past publications) in your Submission Statement. We want to judge all submissions on the quality of the writing only. The Submission Statements will dictate whether or not the editors proceed considering your submission, so please take time to ensure your statement is anonymous and the connection to the region is explicit.

Fiction Guidelines

Please submit a single short, flash, or micro story of up to 5,000 words. Your manuscript must be:

  • Written in 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • Paginated
  • Double-spaced
  • Submitted without identifying information of any kind on the manuscript itself, including the file name

Poetry Guidelines

Please submit a single document containing no more than five poems. Your manuscript must be:

  • Written in 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • Paginated
  • Double-spaced
  • Submitted without identifying information of any kind on the manuscript itself, including the file name