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Looking to submit? We accept the following items.



  • Submit one short story up to 10,000 words or two short-short stories (flash), up to 1,500 words each

  • Kurt Vonnegut Speculative Fiction Prize is open August 1-November 1

  • General Fiction open: November 2-May 1

  • General Fiction closed: May 2-November 1



  • Submit up to five poems per submission

  • James Hearst Poetry Prize is open August 1-November 1

  • General Poetry open: November 2-May 1

  • General Poetry closed: May 2-November 1

Visual Art

  • We accept visual art submissions year-round
  • Please do not submit more than once, and wait to resubmit until your first submission has been responded to
  • We reserve the right to automatically decline multiple submissions
  • We allow only one attachment, so submit several pieces for review in one submission
  • Place all images into a single PDF file

Book Reviews

  • We accept book reviews year-round
  • Submit one review per entry, up to 1,200 words
  • We will prioritize material from NAR contributors and marginalized voices
  • Please include link to press for item reviewed.


About Submitting

The North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in America (founded in 1815) and one of the most respected. We are interested in high-quality poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on any subject; however, we are especially interested in work that addresses contemporary North American concerns and issues, particularly with the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. 


We like stories that start quickly and have a strong narrative arc. Poems that are passionate about subject, language, and image are welcome, whether they are traditional or experimental, whether in formal or free verse (closed or open form). We publish all forms of creative nonfiction, from personal narrative to lyric essay to immersive journalism; we appreciate when an essay moves beyond the personal to tell us something new about the world.


Please submit no more than five poems, one short story, two short-short stories (up to 1,500 words each), or one essay (no more than 10,000 words of prose). We do allow simultaneous submissions, but please access your submission and withdraw it if it is accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published material or work currently in press elsewhere. Please do not submit entire novels, collections of poems or stories, or nonfiction books. Current University of Northern Iowa students are not eligible to submit. We do not accept submissions via email. Please contact us first if you need to submit a hard copy by mail. Submission fees still apply. The NAR does not accept submissions of Artificial Intelligence-generated writing or visual art. We affirm the principles articulated by the Human Artistry Campaign. Currently, the NAR offers to our contributing writers a copy of the print issue their work appears in, along with a contributor's discount for additional copies.


The status of your submission can be checked by logging back into the submission system. We try to report on submissions within five months, but we have a very small staff to read more than ten thousand pieces each year. We do not allow for edits after submitting, instead, please withdraw and resubmit the piece. If your piece is accepted, you will have the opportunity to submit a revised final version at that time. Multiple submissions for contests are allowed, but please wait for a response on general genre submissions before submitting additional work.


We read during the University of Northern Iowa's academic year, and we close during most university breaks. Should your work be accepted for a print issue or online, we ask for first North American serial rights only. Additional copyright information is below. Contact us at with questions.


Rights & Permissions

The author grants First North American Serial Rights and all electronic rights pertaining to works submitted to the North American Review (NAR). After the work is published, copyright automatically reverts to the author.


If the work appears in an anthology by another publisher or a collection of the writer’s own work, the author will use a credit line indicating—by title—that the work “first appeared in the North American Review.”


If the work was published in the United States prior to 1928, it is in the public domain.