The Worcester Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

What do editors of The Worcester Review want to read?

In poetry, we seek arresting and original imagery, sound-play, and meaningful line breaks. We want poetry that is not only personal, but also touches something bigger than the individual life of the poet; in other words, poetry that speaks to the human condition. 

In prose, we seek stories that elicit an emotional response. We receive many stories that are  well-written, but if they do not also have resonance, they are not yet ready for publication.

Regular Submissions Periods:

Poetry - October 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019

Fiction - September 2018 and January 2019

 What you can submit:


 POETRY: 3-5 poems. Please submit only once per reading period.


FICTION: Short stories up to 5,000 words. Submit only one story per reading period.

LITERARY ARTICLES: Submit scholarly and critical articles with a New England connection (up to 10 typed, double-spaced pages using MLA guidelines)

 For advice about formatting and preferred styles, please read this page. While some of the advice here is specific to use at TWR, there is also good information about typical typesetting rules and grammar. You can improve your chances of acceptance by carefully following our suggestions.

The Worcester Review reserves First Publication Rights for all submissions chosen for publication. Payment will be two copies upon publication and (when budget allows) a small honorarium. Because we are slow to respond, we encourage simultaneous submissions. Please promptly withdraw any submissions that find homes elsewhere.


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