Thank you for your interest in submitting to Stonecoast Review. We are accepting submissions for our Winter 2017 issue until October 29th. Please review our previous issues and take note of the types of work we publish. We look forward to reading your submission!


What We Want:

We are looking for innovative and deeply resonant literature. We especially want writers who take chances and bring their readers to entirely unexpected places. With that in mind, we strongly encourage artists from underrepresented communities and cultures to submit their work. Embodying the spirit of the Stonecoast MFA program, we place no limits on the types of stories we’re interested in (including cross-genre pieces), but please label your submission with one of the following categories:

Genre Specifics:

  • Creative Nonfiction: We seek narrative nonfiction pieces ranging from the immersive to the personal, the interstitial to the lyrical. Essays should explore larger issues and contain multiple layers—whether political, philosophical, historical, familial, cultural, known or unknown, quiet or loud. Tell your truths unflinchingly. Please limit submissions to 7,500 words or less.
  • Popular Fiction / Fiction: Stonecoast is one of the nation’s leading MFA programs in Popular Fiction, making the Stonecoast Review an ideal platform for stories containing both literary and speculative elements. Our editors and readers are excited by fantasy, science fiction, fairy stories, thrillers, historical and contemporary fiction, magical realism, slipstream, 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 want poetry that is thought-provoking, bold, funny, sad, and sometimes scary. Please limit submissions to 5 poems, no more than 50 lines each.
  • Dramatic Works: The Stonecoast Review is now considering original, unproduced screenplays and stage plays for publication. We are looking for complete, stand-alone pieces containing dynamic characters and dialogue. Please limit submissions to 15 pages or less.
  • 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-res digital images (no larger than 300 dpi) in .jpg, .png, .gif, or .tif file formats.


Formatting Requirements:

Please submit all written work as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf (for dramatic works) attachments and include a short cover letter in the body of your e-mail. 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 email. Your name should not appear anywhere on the attached document. We only read blind submissions. We will AUTOMATICALLY REJECT any work not adhering to our formatting policy.

Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions:

We want only original, previously unpublished work—no unsolicited reprints, please. 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.


Due to multiple donations from Stonecoast graduates, we are happy to announce that for the first time ever, the editorial staff will provide a complimentary issue of the Stonecoast Review for authors selected for publication! The Stonecoast Review staff consists entirely of volunteers—either current Stonecoast MFA students or program graduates—and we rely entirely on donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. Your continued support will hopefully allow us, at some point in the future, to pay our contributors professional rates.


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.