Gordon Square Review Submissions

Regular submissions for Gordon Square Review will open for submissions August 1, 2022 and close October 1, 2022.

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Gordon Square Review requests that all work submitted for publication be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs and social media accounts.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 If your work is accepted elsewhere, and after you have withdrawn the accepted submission, you may resubmit to us during the same reading period.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 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. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the poem is about, the writing process of the poem, and any context you believe is important to know while reading poem.
  • 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. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story is about, the writing process of the story , and any context you believe is important to know while reading story.
  • 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. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story or essay is about, the writing process of the story or essay, and any context you believe is important to know while reading story or essay.

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

Only include one story in your submission. The word limit is 7,500 words. We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story is about, the writing process of the story , and any context you believe is important to know while reading story.

Thank you for submitting. 

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

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. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story or essay is about, the writing process of the story or essay, and any context you believe is important to know while reading story or essay.

Thank you for submitting.

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

Only include one poem in your submission. We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the poem is about, the writing process of the poem, and any context you believe is important to know while reading poem.

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!

– Gordon Square Review Editorial Team

Prose (Fiction) Guidelines:
Only include one story in your submission. The word limit is 7,500 words. We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story is about, the writing process of the story , and any context you believe is important to know while reading story.

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!

– Gordon Square Review Editorial Team

Prose (Nonfiction) Guidelines:
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. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the story or essay is about, the writing process of the story or essay, and any context you believe is important to know while reading story or essay.

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!

 – Gordon Square Review Editorial Team

Poetry Guidelines:
Only include one poem in your submission. We request that no cover letter or author bio be included in your submission. Instead, please share with Gordon Square Review what the poem is about, the writing process of the poem, and any context you believe is important to know while reading poem.
 

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