Thank you for your interest in submitting to Stonecoast Review. We are accepting submissions for our Summer 2017 issue until April 16th. Please review our previous issues and take note of the type of work we publish. We look forward to reviewing your submission!


What We Want:

We welcome writing in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, popular (speculative) fiction, and poetry. We also welcome visual art submissions.

Our goal is to publish innovative, inclusive, and deeply resonant literature that embodies our core values of social and environmental justice, cultural awareness, and international perspectives. We especially want unique, powerful writing that takes chances and brings the reader to entirely unexpected places. With that in mind, we strongly encourage artists from underrepresented communities and cultures to submit.

Genre Specifics:

  • Creative Nonfiction: We seek narrative nonfiction pieces that range from the immersive to the personal, the interstitial to the lyrical. Essays should speak to a larger issue, contain the sublime thread underneath the obvious subject—whether political, philosophical, historical, familial, cultural, known or unknown, quiet or loud. All we ask is that you tell your truths and do so unflinchingly. Please limit submissions to 7,500 words or less.
  • Fiction: We are looking for fresh and original voices in a wide range of fiction. We welcome precise language, strong story components, and endings that are satisfying and unexpected. We value diversity in all areas—in modes of writing, style, and in experience. Stonecoast is one of the leading MFA programs in Popular Fiction, so we at the Stonecoast Review welcome both literary and speculative submissions. Whether your story takes place on Mars or somewhere in Middle America, we want to be transported to your world. Our editors and readers are excited to read romance, fantasy, science fiction, fairy stories, thrillers, historical fiction, magical realism, and everything in between. Please limit submissions to 7,500 words or less.
  • Poetry: We welcome and encourage all types of poetry, from narrative epics to contemporary verse, from the traditional to the experimental. We look for beauty in writing, and want to be transformed by the lines. Please limit submissions to 5 poems, no more than 50 lines each.
  • Visual Art: The Stonecoast Review is looking for artwork to feature in our print journal—either as cover art, or for inclusion among printed literature. We are also looking for artwork to feature on our website. We accept 2D digital images of all forms of fine art—photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, documentation of 3D art, drawings, digital media, installation art, etc. We welcome experimental and unusual art forms. Please send high quality digital images (no larger than 300 dpi) in JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or RAW file format.

Formatting Requirements:

Please submit all written work as .doc attachments, and include a short cover letter in the body of the email message. To facilitate the fairest possible review process, we ask that all work be submitted in standard manuscript format. Include only the title/s and body of the work in the attached document.

All personal information (name, contact information, short third-person bio) should be included only in the body of the message. Your name should not appear anywhere on the attached document. We read only blind submissions. We will AUTOMATICALLY REJECT any work that does not adhere to our formatting policy.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions:

We want only original, previously unpublished work—no reprints, please (except for popular fiction). We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please alert us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

We will accept only one prose submission and one poetry submission (up to five poems) per person at a time. Please wait until you have heard back from us about your submission before submitting new work.


Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time. The Stonecoast Review staff consists of volunteers who are either current Stonecoast MFA students or program graduates. We rely entirely on donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs.


The Stonecoast Review acquires First Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work published in the journal. Rights revert back to the author upon publication.