Thank you for submitting to Gordon Square Review

We are pleased to pay a modest honorarium for accepted work ($25 per accepted prose piece and $10 per accepted poem). Please note that all submissions must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs. Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted at another journal. 

While our response times may vary, we are generally able to respond within 8-12 weeks. We will notify all writers who submitted to Issue 5 by mid-November at the latest. Please only submit one piece at a time and wait for our response before sending additional work.

Thank you for submitting your work to Gordon Square Review, a Literary Cleveland publication!

We consider short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works. While we don’t shy away from blurred genre lines, please note that our focus and aesthetic is literary. We are unable to consider reviews, interviews, academic work, dramatic scripts, or writing for children. 

Please submit one piece of prose up to 5,000 words OR up to three flash pieces of 1,000 words or fewer (attached in a single document). We appreciate standard manuscript formatting: double spaced, one-inch margins, and a serif font like Times New Roman.

Thank you for submitting. 


Thank you for submitting your work to Gordon Square Review, a Literary Cleveland publication!


Please limit your submission to three poems attached in a single document. If one of your poems is accepted elsewhere, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission indicating which title(s) should be removed from our consideration. 


Thank you for submitting. 

For $10, a Gordon Square Review editor will read, consider, and respond to your submission within seven days. Submissions must follow our regular submission guidelines.


Please note that paying for a Rapid Response submission will not influence our editors’ decisions in either direction. Instead, Rapid Response is merely a way to ensure writers can cut out the waiting period and receive a decision quickly. Please also note that, like most literary journals, Gordon Square Review receives far more submissions than can be published in an issue. Our acceptance rate for Issue 4 was about 2% for both poetry and prose. While we cannot promise detailed editorial feedback or a critique, in the event of a rejection, we’ll do our best to briefly share why we passed.


Please make sure your email address is up to date within Submittable. If you do not receive an automated confirmation email after making your submission, please contact us at gordonsquarereview@gmail.com with “Rapid Response” in the subject line.


We appreciate the opportunity to read all submitted work, whether that work is sent via free, regular submissions or via Rapid Response. Thank you for your support!


–Laura, Matt, and Ali


Prose Guidelines:
We consider short stories, personal essays, and hybrid prose works up to 5,000 words long. While we don’t shy away from blurred genre lines, please note that our focus and aesthetic is literary. We are unable to consider reviews, interviews, academic work, dramatic scripts, or writing for children. 


Please submit one piece of prose up to 5,000 words OR up to three flash pieces of 1,000 words or fewer (attached in a single document). We appreciate standard manuscript formatting: double spaced, one-inch margins, and a serif font like Times New Roman.

For $10, a Gordon Square Review editor will read, consider, and respond to your submission within seven days. Submissions must follow our regular submission guidelines.


Please note that paying for a Rapid Response submission will not influence our editors’ decisions in either direction. Instead, Rapid Response is merely a way to ensure writers can cut out the waiting period and receive a decision quickly. Please also note that, like most literary journals, Gordon Square Review receives far more submissions than can be published in an issue. Our acceptance rate for Issue 4 was about 2% for both poetry and prose. While we cannot promise detailed editorial feedback or a critique, in the event of a rejection, we’ll do our best to briefly share why we passed.


Please make sure your email address is up to date within Submittable. If you do not receive an automated confirmation email after making your submission, please contact us at gordonsquarereview@gmail.com with “Rapid Response” in the subject line.

We appreciate the opportunity to read all submitted work, whether that work is sent via free, regular submissions or via Rapid Response. Thank you for your support!


–Laura, Matt, and Ali


Poetry Guidelines:
Please limit your submission to three poems attached in a single document. If one of your poems is accepted elsewhere, please use your Submittable account to add a note to your submission indicating which title(s) should be removed from our consideration.  

 

Final Judge: Kisha Nicole Foster
Gordon Square Review is pleased to announce a 2020 Poetry Contest for Northeast Ohio writers. Submit up to three poems of any length with an $8 entry fee. The winner will receive $250, publication in Issue 6 of Gordon Square Review, an invitation to read at the Issue 6 launch party, and a voucher for a free Literary Cleveland class or workshop. One runner-up will also be selected for publication and invited to read at the Issue 6 launch party. The contest opens for entries on January 15, 2020, and the deadline is April 1, 2020.
CONTEST GUIDELINES
· To be eligible, writers must reside in Northeast Ohio—that includes the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, and Lorain areas—or must have a strong previous tie Northeast Ohio. Please note your location (or an explanation of your connection to Northeast Ohio—that you lived or studied here previously, etc.) in your cover letter.
· Contest entries will be read blind. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name. (It is acceptable to include your name/personal information in your cover letter.)
· The fee for each entry is $8. All entries will be also considered for publication.
· Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs.
· Entries may consist of up to three poems of any length submitted within a single document. Prose poetry and hybrid work is welcome. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry.
· Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry. There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, as all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication.
· Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work immediately through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal.
· All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
· The winner will receive $250, publication in Gordon Square Review, promotion through Literary Cleveland’s channels, and a voucher for one Literary Cleveland class or workshop. Vouchers are non-transferrable and must be used within one year.
· Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions blind and select finalists to send to the judge, Kisha Nicole Foster, who will decide the winner and runner-up. Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with the judge (such as current or past students) are not eligible.
· The contest deadline is April 1, 2020. Results will be announced in May 2020.

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