Submission Periods for Volume 44

POETRY: August 1, 2022 -- November 30, 2022

FLASH FICTION: August 2022 and October 2022

SHORT FICTION: TBD

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THE FRANK O'HARA PRIZE, the Worcester County Poetry Association’s annual poetry contest, will open for submissions in early 2023.

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General Guidelines 


Please include a three-sentence, third-person biography with your cover letter.

Multiple submissions: Please submit only once per genre for each volume. Additional submissions will be declined unread. 

Past contributors: Please wait one year after the publication of the issue that includes your work before submitting again. For example, if your work appears in the 2022 issue of TWR, please do not submit again until 2023.

Fees: $3 per submission in Submittable.

  • TWR offers a waived-fee option for BIPOC writers.
  • TWR does not want to miss out on submissions from any writer; if our submission fee is a barrier for you, please email the editor.

Simultaneous submissions: Encouraged! Our response time ranges from one to six months. Please promptly withdraw any pieces that find homes elsewhere. If you have a partial withdrawal (one poem or flash piece out of a batch, for example) please leave us a note in Submittable's "Messages" tab.

Accepted work -- Rights and Payment: The Worcester Review reserves First Publication Rights for all submissions chosen for publication. Accepted work will appear in the print journal and may appear on The Worcester Review's website and in the online archives. Payment will be two copies upon publication (or one copy, if shipping internationally) and a small honorarium. In recent years, the honorarium was $20 for each writer.

Ends on $3.00
$3.00

3 to 5 poems in one document, 7 pages maximum per submission. 

Please begin each poem on a new page.

Please review the general guidelines before submitting. 

3 to 5 poems in one document, 7 pages maximum per submission. 

Please begin each poem on a new page.

Please review the general guidelines before submitting. 

Any number of pieces up to 1200 words (total) maximum per submission.

Please begin each piece on a new page and include titles. 

Titles do not need to be included in the word count. 

Please review the general guidelines before submitting.

Any number of pieces up to 1200 words (total) maximum per submission.

Please begin each piece on a new page and include titles. 

Titles do not need to be included in the word count. 

Please review the general guidelines before submitting.

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