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.
Upcoming 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.
Simultaneous submissions are fine by us, but please withdraw promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.
For your cover letter, please include a brief third person bio and a list of the poems included in the submission.