The Cincinnati Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | February 1, 2018

In print since 2003, the Cincinnati Review is a well-established journal publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, translations, dramas, artwork, and micro writing. They showcase emerging authors, as well as established poets and writers, such as Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows. Literature published in The Cincinnati Review has been selected for numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best American Fantasy, and Best American Mystery Stories. To get a sense of their aesthetic, you can read selections from the journal online, as well as notes from the editors included in the submission guidelines.

The Cincinnati Review accepts submissions from September 1 through March 1 each year. They usually reply to submissions within six months, but sometimes they take longer to respond. Authors are welcome to query about an unanswered submission after one year.

The Cincinnati Review is produced by editors, faculty, staff, and graduate students at The University of Cincinnati. They don’t accept submissions from anyone affiliated with the University, unless they have been away from the University community for at least two years.

Poets may submit up to five poems, totaling 10 pages or fewer. Authors of fiction may submit up to 40 double-spaced pages. Authors of literary nonfiction may submit up to 20 double-spaced pages. Although most pieces published in the journal adhere to these guidelines, The Cincinnati Review occasionally considers exceptional pieces of greater length. They also accept translations of poetry, up to five poems totaling 10 pages or fewer.

Each week, The Cincinnati Review publishes a selection of micro writing online. Authors may submit up to three pieces of flash writing for this digital edition. Authors of fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid writing may submit pieces 500 words or fewer. Poets may submit poems 32 lines or fewer apiece.

The Cincinnati Review compensates all authors published in the journal for their writing. Poets receive $30 per page, and authors of prose receive $25 per page. Authors of micro writing published online receive a digital copy of the journal.

The Cincinnati Review accepts submissions online, but not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work, including work posted online.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Cincinnati Review, please visit their website at https://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines/.