General Submission Guidelines

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 Please note that all submissions must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs.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 7 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 is about 2%. 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 is 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.  

 

Literary Cleveland and the CSU Poetry Center invite writers who have a connection to Northeast Ohio to submit a poem on the theme of identity. Your work will be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival. We will be creating a crowdsourced, collectively written poem that will be performed on video and shared online.

Kamden Hilliard, Anisfield-Wolf Fellow at the CSU Poetry Center, will select lines, phrases, and words from submitted work. The resulting crowdsourced poem will then be performed by local actors for a video recording. The final video piece and accompanying poem will be published on Saturday, March 27, 2021.



Prompt

Sometimes it feels like 2020 took us nowhere. What kind of travelling did we do amid pandemic lockdowns? We went to work, the store, home.

As we begin 2021, the Cleveland Humanities Festival invites you to dream up some writing on the theme of identity. Let's imagine where we will travel this year, and how our identities will shape the world we can participate in, see, or love.

Identity is our skin "in the game," a series of group memberships to hold us down, how we come together. As an example of these identity poetics, read Russell Atkins' "Travel in Ohio," an identity-based journey across the Ohio landscape. Atkins is a Black man, a Clevelander, an Ohioan, a poet, an editor, a mentor, a philosopher, and more. How would you and your identities journey the Ohio landscape? How do your people travel? Where do y'all go?


Travel in Ohio

By the lawns and pale swayings

the long expanse falls up

where the feathery grain

shimmering flows on beneath

the fair front of a day

whose mellow horn's baying around

the barns and the silo

                     now where

the lights hand on the earth's crescent 

there's dim there              fast flown

the height goes in seconds,

the sleekest rush!

before the liquid ascension

as we come to the top —

spills over a mound of blear air

and the commotion of the creek

from which no float's to be sent

kissing farewell

                          lone spinning

(World'd Too Much | 2019 | Cleveland State University Poetry Center)


Optional prompt: Take a line from Atkins' "Travel in Ohio" to begin, end, or sustain your writing. This text will offer one common path to complement our many, diverse journeys through Ohio. Please join the Cleveland Humanities Festival on a journey through your home, your environment, your Cleveland, and your Ohio. Show us how you see things.



Guidelines

  • Submissions are limited to poetry. 
  • Submissions should be less than 1,000 words
  • Submissions are limited to writers with a Northeast Ohio connection. If you currently live in Northeast Ohio (including the Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown, Kent, or Lorain/Elyria/Oberlin areas) or if you have a strong tie to Northeast Ohio as a past resident, student, etc. you are welcome to submit.
  • Previously published submissions are allowed (please indicate whether the piece has been published previously). 
  • If your Submission is selected for inclusion in the poem, you will be acknowledged in a list of contributors.
  • Email info@litcleveland.org with any questions.
  • Deadline to submit: February 8, 2021.



Note: Submissions will be read and selected by Kamden Hilliard, not by Gordon Square Review editors. Responses will be send by the beginning of March at the latest. 



By submitting you agree to the following terms

You understand that you are submitting work for the purpose of having Kamden Hilliard use that content to create a new poem with the material you submit.

You will retain copyright in your submission, but agree that Literary Cleveland and/or Kamden Hilliard may edit, modify, excerpt, publish, adapt or otherwise use parts of your submission in the creation of a new poem and accompanying video.

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