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Gordon Square Review requests that all work submitted for publication be previously unpublished in any print or online venues, including personal blogs and social media accounts.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 If your work is accepted elsewhere, and after you have withdrawn the accepted submission, you may resubmit to us during the same reading period.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.
$10.00

Final Judge: Hanif Abdurraqib

Gordon Square Review is holding a 2023 Nonfiction Contest for Ohio writers. Submit a single nonfiction prose piece up to 3,000 words with a $10 entry fee. The contest winner will receive $500 and publication in Issue 12 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up will be selected for publication. 

The contest opens on February 13, 2023 and closes on April 13, 2023.

Contest Guidelines

  • To be eligible, writers must currently reside in Ohio. Please detail your Ohio residency information in the space provided in the Submittable form.
  • All writer information (name, bio, etc.) will be withheld from contest judges. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name.
  • The fee for each entry is $10. All entries will also be considered for publication.
  • Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs. 
  • Entries must consist of a single nonfiction prose piece up to 3,000 words within a single document. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry. Writers who submit to the prose contest may also submit separately to the poetry contest. 
  • Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry. There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, however, all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal.  
  • All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted (please contact us if this presents accessibility issues). Entry fees are nonrefundable.  
  • The winner will receive $500 and publication in Issue 12 of Gordon Square Review
  • Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions and select finalists to send to the judge, Hanif Abdurraqib, who will decide the contest winner and runner-up. 

The contest opens on February 13, 2023 and closes on April 13, 2023. Results will be announced in May 2023. All writers will be notified prior to the contest results being announced. 

$10.00

Final Judge: Ruth Awad

Gordon Square Review is holding a 2023 Poetry Contest for Ohio writers. Submit a single poem of any length with a $10 entry fee. The contest winner will receive $500 and publication in Issue 12 of Gordon Square Review. One runner-up will be selected for publication. 

The contest opens on February 13, 2023 and closes on April 13, 2023.

Contest Guidelines

  • To be eligible, writers must currently reside in Ohio. Please detail your Ohio residency information in the space provided in the Submittable form.
  • All writer information (name, bio, etc.) will be withheld from contest judges. Please do not include your name or any identifying information anywhere on the document or in the document file name.
  • The fee for each entry is $10. All entries will also be considered for publication.
  • Contest entries must be previously unpublished in either print or online venues, including personal blogs. 
  • Entries must consist of a single poem of any length submitted within a single document. Prose poetry and hybrid works are welcome. Writers may submit more than one entry, but a separate fee is required for each entry. 
  • Writers are welcome to make a separate general submission in addition to a contest entry. There is no need to submit the same writing to both the contest and the general submission pool, however, all contest entries will be considered for publication. The editors will individually notify any contest entrants selected for general publication. Writers who submit to the poetry contest are also welcome to submit separately to the prose contest.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we ask that you withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event of a withdrawal. 
  • All entries must be submitted via Submittable. Print or emailed entries will not be accepted (please contact us if this presents accessibility issues). Entry fees are nonrefundable. 
  • The winner will receive $500 and publication in Issue 12 of Gordon Square Review.
  • Gordon Square Review editors will read submissions and select finalists to send to the judge, Ruth Awad, who will decide the contest winner and runner-up. 
  • Writers with a close personal or professional relationship with the judge (such as current or past students) are not eligible to submit to the contest. 

The contest opens on February 13, 2023 and closes on April 13, 2023. Results will be announced in May 2023. All writers will be notified prior to the contest results being announced. 

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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

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

Thank you for submitting.

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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.

Thank you for submitting. 

$10.00

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

$10.00

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

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$10.00

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.
 

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