Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. SwR does not consider work that has been published previously.
Due to the volume of submissions, the editors cannot respond with suggestions or comments.
SwR is published quarterly. Authors receive nominal payment upon publication and five gratis copies of the issue(s) in which their work appears.
Thank you very much for your interest in the Southwest Review. We look forward to reading your work.
Articles published by the Southwest Review engage a wide variety of subjects, including contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, music, art, and language. A great writer, we believe, can make any subject fascinating. We love belletristic essays that look outward as much as inward, and we much prefer a lively human voice to academic jargon. Please submit only one essay per submission period. We do not impose word-count limits, but we almost never publish an essay containing more than 7,000 words.
Southwest Review publishes stories by established, new, and first-time authors written in a wide range of styles. We recommend reading past issues before sending us your work. Please submit only one story per submission period. Stories must be original and previously unpublished. We do not impose word-count limits, but we almost never publish a story containing more than 7,000 words.
It is hard to describe SwR's preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme. Please limit your submission to six poems and submit only one set of poems per submission period.