The Florida Review welcomes submissions. Please submit no more than one piece of fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative, review, or digital story at a time. Poets and visual artists may submit up to (but no more than) five poems or artworks as a single submission.


Please look carefully at all of our submissions categories, as  they are numerous. Make sure to choose the one you intend--whether it be  for one of our contests, for the print Florida Review, or for Aquifer:  The Florida Review Online. Submit your manuscript and cover letter  using the appropriate link. (You will also find genre-specific  guidelines in each link.) We strive to respond in 3 to 6 months, though  sometimes it takes us 8 months. Please note that your work will be  considered in the genre to which it's submitted. Submissions in our  general categories will NOT be considered as contest submissions, even  if the contest is referenced in your cover letter.


We are happy to announce that, starting in 2017, we will be awarding modest annual prizes to one non-contest-winner "staff pick" author in each of the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative, and digital story. These will be modest awards of $50.00 each, but we hope they will show our good faith toward all those who submit to The Florida Review and Aquifer. We are a struggling nonprofit organization, but we know how hard our writers work, and we want you to have the possibility of payment.


For more information about submissions, please see our website.


We no longer accept general submissions via USPS mail. (We will,  however, continue to accept visual art, chapbook, and contest  submissions via USPS mail, as well as from those without internet  access, such as prisoners.)


You may add a subscription at the time of your submission at a special submitter discount price. If you wish to subscribe to The Florida Review without submitting, please visit us here

A Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Graphic Narrative Chapbook Award in honor of  writer, teacher, editor Jeanne M. Leiby, former editor of The Florida  Review and Southern Review. Submit a long story or essay, several short  stories or essays, a flash prose collection, or graphic narrative (black  & white). Please identify the genre and whether the submission is a single piece or a collection in your cover letter. Length limit: approximately 45 pages double-spaced, standard font and size.
Please note that, for collections of multiple shorter pieces, it is acceptable for some of them to have been previously published. However, we prefer that at least some of the work be unpublished so that we may offer journal publication to non-winners.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2019. Final judge: To Be Announced
FIRST-PLACE PRIZE: chapbook publication and $1,000
2ND PLACE: Tuition to Sanibel Island Writers Conference.  


All submissions considered for publication in The Florida Review and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.
Blind read: Please do not put your name, address, or identifying information  on the manuscript--only on the cover letter.

 

Thank you for sending your work to Aquifer. Please submit original artwork here. We are now accepting submissions of 1 to 10 pieces and will publish between 1 and 5 works by an artist at one time. Here are some examples of the types of work we publish (scroll down for Visual Art) https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/.

Please see our separate category for submissions for our print magazine cover.

Artwork in any media will be considered, but please note for video work that we also have a separate submission category for Digital Stories and will be introducing Short Film soon. 

Please note that:
  • Collaborative works are accepted.
  • Works produced within the last three years are preferred, although works made at any time before submission can be entered.
Submissions should:
  • Be 2.0 MBs
  • Use one of these file types: jpeg, gif, tiff, png, mp4
  • Include an artist statement of 150-200 words
In your cover letter please include a link to your personal website/online portfolio if you have one, as well as a brief bio, and let us know how you found out about Aquifer.

We consider black and white art for interior pages and color (or black and white) art for covers. Artists may submit up to four works for consideration.

We ask your understanding that we often hold onto visual art submissions for quite some time. Because we only print two issues and one chapbook a year in print--and because the moods and themes of these are often determined by the content--we like to keep even older submissions on hand in case there's a match. We don't mean to keep anyone hanging, and we understand that you will be submitting your work elsewhere as well. If you don't want us to continue to hold onto your submission, please withdraw it. And please know that eventually you will hear from us.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a  subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter  rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to  consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that  our submission fee drops to $1.00 for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!

Aquifer is our new online literary supplement to The Florida Review print edition. As with the print magazine, we consider literary fiction that takes many different approaches, from experimental to minimalist to psychologically-nuanced realism. We have published flash fiction, short-shorts, and very long, sustained narratives. There's no set page limit, but a novella or story over 21 pages would need to be exceptionally strong to merit so many pages in an issue.

Novel excerpts will be considered only if they work as stand-alone pieces.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to our print magazine with this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription (normally $20.00). You might want to consider this a discount on your submission--as a subscriber, you will now be given one Aquifer submission for free. It's a damn good deal either way!
We consider literary fiction that takes many different approaches, from experimental to minimalist to psychologically-nuanced realism. We have published flash fiction, short-shorts, and very long, sustained narratives. There's no set page limit, but a novella or story over 21 pages would need to be exceptionally strong to merit so many pages in an issue.

Novel excerpts will be considered only if they work as stand-alone pieces.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that our submission fee drops to $1.00 for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!
Aquifer is our new online literary supplement to The Florida Review print edition. As with the print magazine, we consider literary nonfiction with a range of approaches, from personal essay, to memoir, to literary journalism, to lyric essays. We read short shorts as well as substantially longer work. There isn't a page limit per se, but a manuscript over 21 pages would have to be especially good to merit so much space in an issue. Please do not submit book reviews or interviews in this category. We don't consider scholarly articles, reportage, opinion pieces, or the like.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to our print magazine with this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription (normally $20.00). You might want to consider this a discount on your submission--as a subscriber, you will now be given one Aquifer submission for free. It's a damn good deal either way!
We consider literary nonfiction with a range of approaches, from personal essay, to memoir, to literary journalism, to lyric essays. We read short shorts as well as substantially longer work. There isn't a page limit per se, but a manuscript over 21 pages would have to be especially good to merit so much space in an issue. Please do not submit book reviews or interviews in this category. We don't consider scholarly articles, reportage, opinion pieces, or the like.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that our submission fee drops to $1.00 for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!
Aquifer is our new online literary supplement to The Florida Review print edition. As with the print magazine, we look for clear, strong poems, filled with real people, objects, emotions, and insight. We'll consider formal verse and highly experimental works, but prefer poetry in which form is secondary to content. Poets may submit 1 to 5 poems per submission.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to our print magazine with this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription (normally $20.00). You might want to consider this a discount on your submission--as a subscriber, you will now be given one Aquifer submission for free. It's a damn good deal either way!
We look for clear, strong poems, filled with real people, objects, emotions, and insight. We'll consider formal verse and highly experimental works, but prefer poetry in which form is secondary to content. Poets may submit 1 to 5 poems per submission.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that our submission fee drops to $1.00 for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!

The Florida Review has a tradition of recognizing new art forms--we were one of the first literary magazines to publish graphic narrative, and, before that, to open our pages to creative nonfiction. Now we would like to recognize that digital stories are an art form as well and publish some of the best in our new web magazine, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online.

Submit digital stories, both interactive and non-interactive, for consideration.  For digital stories in a linear format, we are looking for 3-5 minute digital stories that combine images, voiceover narration, and, as appropriate, music, sound effects, and/or video.  Compelling personal narratives concerning a variety of topics will be considered for online publication. While it is fine if these digital stories come out particular coursework or projects, please make sure they are revised for a general audience. We seek work that speaks beyond a particular course context and resonate with wider audiences. Digital stories should be submitted in .MP4 or .MOV format, and authors should include a title screen that lists story title and full author name, as well as a credits screen at the end that lists all image and other content sources unless they are the property of the storyteller (for example, personal photographs). In addition, here you should list any course or project for which the story was originally created.

For interactive digital stories, we can publish interactive narratives that publish to the Web, such as those written using Inklewriter, Twine, etc.  These stories can be fictional or non-fictional.  Please submit the Web link for the story if submitting an interactive narrative for consideration (either within Submittable or within the body of an email sent to Natalie.Underberg-Goode@ucf.edu).  Re-publishing is possible with permission of the original publisher (if applicable).

Please ensure that you have the right to use and share online all digital story content before submitting.  Please note that before publishing any work, we will ask for a signed publication agreement that confirms you have acquired permission for use of any visual, auditory, or other work not your own included in your digital story, and that you accept full responsibility for doing so.

We charge a minimal submission fee in order to support the technical aspects of our online publication and to help us maintain a high level of quality submissions.  We know that in an ideal world artists and writers would be the only ones getting paid, but we can't operate without our submitters' and suscribers' support.  We hope that, in return, we will give our artists and writers much-deserved recognition, excellent artistic company, and a gateway to further opportunities.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to our print magazine to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that our submission fee drops to zero for print subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!

Submissions should be experimental works of film or video that are 15 minutes or less and utilize moving images as a means to poetic expression, formal exploration, or abstract and open-ended narratives. Compelling, personal works that push the boundaries of cinematic convention will also be considered for publication.

Submit film or video works as Vimeo or YouTube links and include any passwords required for viewing. Works accepted for publication will require an .MP4 or .MOV file that will be uploaded and hosted on Aquifer’s YouTube channel long term.

There are no requirements for year of completion or premiere status, but please note these videos will be available to the public online for an extended period of time. We recommend entries be works that have completed any intended festival screenings and do not have plans for future distribution.

Please ensure that you have the right to use and share all film and video content before submitting. Please note that before publishing any work, we will ask for a signed publication agreement that confirms you have acquired permission for use of any visual, auditory, or other work not your own included in your film or video, and that you accept full responsibility for doing so.


Aquifer: The Florida Review Online is now accepting submissions of author interviews. Guidelines:

* The author should have at least one full-length book published by a reputable publisher.

* The interview should follow the format on our website. Please note that we can't reformat your interview for you. Please do look at examples on our website.

* We generally publish interviews that run 3,000 to 5,000 words. It's not that we automatically reject anything longer, but please make sure that your interview is shaped and edited, not just a transcription of a long and lovely chat that you had. Interviews should have focus, purpose, and concision.

* You will need to attest to the fact that you have permission from the interviewee to publish the interview and that the author approves the written content. Sometimes we say things in a conversation that we don't want to see online in print. Make sure that your author is happy with the interview in writing. Please provide us with contact information for the author so that we will be able to send the link to the interview once it is published.

* We often like to run a photo of the author along with the interview, so it would be beneficial to indicate in your cover letter whether you could acquire one from the author (and/or provide us with that contact information).


The Florida Review seeks reviews of recent full-length books, especially those published by small literary and university presses. Length: 500-1000 words. Books should have been published in the past two years, and we greatly prefer reviews of full-length books rather than chapbooks.


We also are looking for essay-like reviews in which the reviewer contemplates 2 to 5 books, providing readers with a sense of the merits and focus of each of the books as well as putting those books in conversation with each other, their subject, and/or some aspect of contemporary writing or culture. Length: Up to 4,500 words.


Please note that we do not review books that are self-published. We also seldom publish reviews of books of biography, history, natural sciences, or other reference topics. We are looking for reviews of books with literary merit that might otherwise not receive the attention they deserve.


As of 2017, we will be publishing all our book reviews in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, where they will be accessible to a widespread audience. Longer review essays will be considered for publication in either print or online.


Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a  subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter  rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to  consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that  our submission fee in this category drops to zero for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!

We consider graphic narrative that shows both artistic and literary merit. We prefer work that is character- and story-driven, whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We will consider experimental as well as traditional work in this form, and seek a balance between the quality of the drawings and the words.

We consider graphic narrative submissions for publication both in The Florida Review print magazine and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online. We like to consider them all together so that we can think about which medium would work best for the art and text in each individual comic. If we contact you with an acceptance, we will discuss your preference, and/or you may indicate that in your cover letter.

Please note that you will be given the opportunity to "add on" a subscription to this submission. You will receive a discounted submitter rate of $18.00 for a 1-year subscription). Or you might want to consider this a discount to our subscribers on submissions, meaning that our submission fee drops to $1.00 for subscribers. It's a damn good deal either way!
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