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 Please note that all submissions must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs.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. Visual artists may query via email to learn about submitting art for our consideration.
While our response times may vary, we aim to reply to submissions within 4-12 weeks. Please only submit one piece at a time and wait for our response before sending additional work.
- To be eligible, writers must reside in Northeast Ohio—including
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 $6. All entries will be considered
for regular publication.
- Each entry may include up to three pieces of flash fiction/nonfiction or prose poetry, all
submitted in a single document. Each individual work must be 500 words or fewer. It is acceptable to
mix genres within a submission packet.
- Please note that each individual contest submission sent via
Submittable will incur the $6 fee. While each entry may include up to three
pieces, these pieces must be submitted in a single document within the same
Submittable entry. For example, writers cannot submit one piece of flash
fiction and then ask to submit two more later as part of the same entry.
(Writers may submit more than one packet of entries so long as each individual
submission includes the $6 fee.) Submissions that do not meet these guidelines
may be disqualified.
- Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission to
Gordon Square Review in addition to a
contest entry. Please note, however, that 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.
- All contest entries must be previously unpublished in either
print or online venues, including personal blogs.
- Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you
withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not
be refunded in the event of a withdrawal. If you need to withdraw only a single
piece from a packet of three entries, please leave a note on your submission in
entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be
accepted. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
contest is open to all themes and subject matter. Need some inspiration?
Consider some of the writing prompts found here and here.
winner will each receive $250, publication in Gordon Square Review, promotion through Literary Cleveland’s
channels, and a voucher for one free single-session Literary Cleveland class.
Vouchers are non-transferable, must be used within one year, and are limited
to a value of $50. One finalist will also be published in Gordon Square Review.
- The contest deadline has been extended until April 1, 2018. Gordon Square Review editors will judge. Results will be announced in May 2018.