The Worcester Review is accepting submissions of poetry and fiction for Volume 39 to be published in the fall of 2018.

What do editors of The Worcester Review want to read?

"I want rhythm, pace, and cadence in a poem." -- Carle Johnson
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, not cathartic poetry or diary-entries-with-line-breaks, but poetry that speaks to the human condition. 
In prose, we seek stories that are not merely competently written, but 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.

Open Submissions Periods:


April 1 - June 30
October 1 - December 15

April 1 - May 31
October 1 -  November 30

What you can submit:

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

FICTION: Short stories up to 4,000 words. Submit up to two stories per reading period.

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 a small honorarium. In 2017, we were able to pay contributors $16 per accepted poem or short story.

Because we are slow to respond, we encourage simultaneous submissions. Please promptly withdraw any submissions that find homes elsewhere.

Ends in 3 days, 14 hours $3.00
Submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems per submission period

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.