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 Please note that all submissions must be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs.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

Gordon Square Review is announcing our first-ever Free Stamp Flash contest. Named in honor of the ubiquitous Free Stamp sculpture in downtown Cleveland, this contest is for Northeast Ohio writers submitting flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and/or prose poetry entries of 500 words or fewer. 

  • 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 Submittable.

  • All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted. Entry fees are nonrefundable.

  • The contest is open to all themes and subject matter. Need some inspiration? Consider some of the writing prompts found here and here.

  • One 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.