Gordon Square Review Submissions

Regular submissions for Gordon Square Review will open for submissions February 1, 2023 and close for submissions April 1, 2023.

Gordon Square Review pays a modest honorarium for accepted work ($25 per accepted prose piece and $10 per accepted poem). 

Gordon Square Review requests that all work submitted for publication be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs and social media accounts. 

Gordon Square Review welcomes simultaneous submissions. We ask that you withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere. If your work is accepted elsewhere, and after you have withdrawn the accepted submission, you may resubmit to us during the same reading period.

Gordon Square Review encourages writers to submit poetry, fiction, or flash creative nonfiction. For genre specific guidelines, please see below. 

  • Poetry Submission. Only include one poem in your submission. We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission
  • Fiction Submission. Only include one story in your submission. The word limit is 7,500 words (if fewer than 7,500 words, that is okay). We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission
  • Flash Creative Nonfiction Submission. Only include one story or essay in your submission. The word limit is 1,000 words (if fewer than 1,000 words, that is okay). We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission.


Literary Cleveland is accepting applications for spring 2024 Amplify Fellowships. This is a paid four-month program that provides two local writers with the funding, resources, mentorship, and support to each create a literary project for their community. 

These community projects may include but are not limited to: learning opportunities, publishing opportunities, site-specific events, community gatherings, and literature-in-public-places projects. We are especially interested programs that engage with underrepresented groups and that do so in innovative ways. See specific examples from past Amplify Projects or from the O, Miami festival

Fellows will gain experience in literary programming, event planning, communications, and community outreach. The fellowship is hybrid with most of the work taking place remotely as well as routine in-person meetings with staff approximately once a week.  

This opportunity is intended for members of historically underrepresented groups in the writing and publishing industry. Our goal is to 1) provide writers on the margins with pathways to become arts leaders in the region, and 2) pilot innovative new program models for communities that have been historically underserved.


 — 10-15 hours per week commitment from February-May 2024 (16 weeks approximately 200 hours total)

 — Design and execute an original literary project that benefits the community 

 — Attend regular meetings with Literary Cleveland staff

 — Attend additional Literary Cleveland events and programming as part of the community



 — Applicants must be over 18 

 — Applicants must live in Northeast Ohio 

 — Project must be completed by May 24, 2024



 — $8,000.00 paid in monthly installments of $2,000.00 each

 — Free one-year Literary Cleveland membership 



 — December 11, 2023.


Applications will be reviewed by past Amplify Fellows and Interns and will be scored based on impact (who will this support and how?), innovation (how does it break new ground?), and feasibility (how accomplishable is it?). Applicants will be selected by mid-January 2024 and will begin working with Literary Cleveland in early February 2024. 



Attend a free info session on Thursday, November 16 from 5-6pm via Zoom to learn more about the Amplify Fellowship program. Literary Cleveland staff will 1) explain how the Amplify Fellowship program works; 2) give an overview of the application process; and 3) provide tips for creating competitive applications. This session will be recorded and will be available for viewing afterwards.

2023 Literary Cleveland Job Posting
Literary Cleveland is a nonprofit community of writers committed to bringing people into the world of words by providing educational writing opportunities at all levels, promoting new and existing literature of the highest quality, and advancing Northeast Ohio as a vital center of diverse voices and visions.


Literary Cleveland is accepting applications for a Part-time Marketing Coordinator. Applicants must reside in the Northeast Ohio area. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


The Part-Time Marketing Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the marketing content calendar, drafting weekly newsletter communications, designing and scheduling social media posts, and monitoring social media activity. Key goals for the position are to help increase participation in Literary Cleveland programs and to build awareness of the organization and our accomplishments. The position requires strong visual design and written communication experience as well as planning, prioritization, and time management skills. There may be opportunities for growth in the position over time. The Marketing Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Program Director.



  • $18-20/hour depending on experience
  • Approximately 20 hours per week on average
  • Flexible Monday-Thursday work schedule with holidays and paid time off 
  • A mix of in-person and remote work with some evenings and weekends required 


  • Support the Executive Director in developing, implementing, and evaluating marketing strategy to advance the awareness and impact of Literary Cleveland programs 
  • Maintain content calendar for newsletter, email, and social media marketing 
  • Draft and send weekly email newsletter and email communications 
  • Create and manage social media content, monitor social media activity, respond to inquiries on social platforms 
  • Design images for newsletter, social media, and print marketing
  • Assist in photographing programs and events as needed
  • Participate in staff meetings to help plan marketing strategy
  • Note: The balance of time spent on these responsibilities fluctuates throughout the year

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous marketing, communication, and/or social media experience
  • Experience with design software (Photoshop, InDesign, or Canva), social media platforms, newsletter marketing (Constant Contact or equivalent), Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom web conferencing
  • Clear visual design aesthetic
  • Strong scheduling, self-direction, prioritization, and time-management skills
  • Proven writing and interpersonal skills
  • Photography skills and experience are a plus
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to social justice and equity
  • Previous experience in related fields such as writing, literature, arts or education is a plus
  • Applicants must reside in the Northeast Ohio area

Note: don't reject yourself! Even if you don't meet all of the preferred qualifications you are still encouraged to apply. 

Hiring Process

  • Applications will be reviewed through December 1
  • Potential start date of January 8, 2024


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