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Submission Guidelines

The Georgia Review accepts submissions both online and by post. We do not accept submissions via email. Submissions are free for those who mail them in and those who are current subscribers to The Georgia Review. Subscriptions and online submission fees ensure that we can maintain our pay rate for our writers.

We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts between May 15 and August 15. Submissions received during that period will be returned unread. 
All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention; we respond within eight months, given our average workload.

Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Please let us know in your cover letter if your submission is simultaneously being considered elsewhere, and please let us know immediately if your work is accepted by another publication. Likewise, please notify us if any part of your submission is known to be included in a book already accepted by a publisher (including the anticipated date of book publication).

The Georgia Review does not consider book manuscripts. 

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize—$1,500 & publication for a single poem

Submissions for The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize are accepted March 1 through April 15. Please click here for details.

Fiction

The Georgia Review publishes stories that range from flash fiction to novella-length work. Please submit only one story. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Ordinarily we do not publish novel excerpts, and we discourage authors from submitting these.

Poetry

The Georgia Review publishes multiple pages of poetry by each poet it features. For consideration, submit 6-10 pages of poetry or one long poem. Please format and submit as a single document.

Essays

The Georgia Review publishes essays that are capable of creating conversations across a broad range of readers. Please submit only one essay. Manuscripts must be double-spaced.

Book Reviews

Most of our reviews are solicited by the editors. However, we certainly welcome submissions from outside reviewers, but we request that these submissions not be simultaneous. 

We publish standard reviews (typically 3–5 double-spaced pages), which focus on only one book, and essay-reviews (typically 10-20 double-spaced pages), each of which develops a strong thesis through an engagement with multiple books in order to comment on literature and/or culture beyond the texts at hand.

Visual Art

We publish full-color reproductions of a wide range of artwork: paintings, photography, sculpture, woodcuts, ink drawings, and more. Usually we feature one work each on the front and back cover plus an interior layout of eight to twelve additional works; our preference is for groupings that display an engaging variety within some overall thematic unity. Submissions should include fifteen to twenty images.

Online Submissions

All new work should be sent to our Submittable account.

Online submissions require a $3 processing fee, with an exception for current subscribers to The Georgia Review, who may submit online at no cost. Subscribers: Please email garev@uga.edu to receive a link to submit for free, providing the genre of the work to be submitted and your full name and address (including zip code). 

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Paper Submissions

All paper manuscripts must be accompanied by a postage-paid and self-addressed return envelope. No submission fee is required. Submissions should be addressed to:

The Editors
The Georgia Review 
706A Main Library
320 S. Jackson St.
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-9009

Payment & Copyright

The Georgia Review pays all contributors; the current standard rates are $50 per printed page for prose and $4 per line for poetry. Essay-reviews and standard reviews earn honoraria of $50/printed page. In addition, all contributors receive a one-year subscription to The Georgia Review and a 50% discount on additional copies of that issue. 

The Georgia Review buys first North American serial rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. We ask that whenever an author reprints work that first appeared in our pages, The Georgia Review must be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.