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.)

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Get the best of contemporary short fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and poetry with your own subscription to The Florida Review. Or see our Gift Subscription link to share great literature with friends, family, and fellow literati. We depend on our community of dedicated readers, as we are a self-sustaining publication.

In your cover letter, please make sure to include full address and email, as well as specifying if you'd like to start with the current issue (otherwise, your subscription will begin with the next issue). In addition, please note information for any gift subscriptions.

Please note this rate does not apply to libraries or institutions.
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Give the gift of reading to your friends, family, and fellow literati. An especially good option if you've published work with us you'd like to share.
$4.00 - 6.00
Reading less expensive back issues is a great way for prospective Florida Review authors to get familiar with what we publish and see whether your work might fit. Because we want to support all our prospective writers, we're offering a special rate (through Submittalbe only) on back issues--just $4.00 for a single issue or $6.00 for a double issue, with tax, shipping, and handling included! That's a great rate for 150 to 275 pages of great fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, and poetry!

Choose from the back issues at our website: https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/backissues.php. (Please note that if we sell out of a particular issue, we will ask to substitute a similar one.)

Back issues are also a great way to introduce students to cutting-edge contemporary writing. To order multiple copies of one issue, please use our order form at The Florida Review website. https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/subscriptions.php

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.

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 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.  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).  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!


The Florida Review seeks reviews of recent (published within the past two years) books, especially those published by small literary and university presses. Length: 500-1000 words.

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!
$3.00
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!
$25.00

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.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2018. Final judge: fiction writer Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American: Stories (2017), as well as short fiction in publications and anthologies such as Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, and Norton's Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America. He is on the faculty at Northwestern University.

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.