Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

The Sewanee Review accepts unsolicited submissions of original work from Sept 1 to May 31. “Original work” may include fiction (short stories, novel excerpts), poetry, non-fiction (creative non-fiction, memoir), and reviews (a timely review of a recently published book or books). Simultaneous submissions are allowed. We do accept work in translation. These submissions and/or solicitations are subject to the same review policy as standard submissions. We do require that the translator have the rights to translate the author’s work—either from the author or from an author’s estate or rights-holder—and that the translator can provide documentation for said rights if asked. We do not have a standard policy in place for reprints, as those decisions are made on an ad hoc basis.

Preliminary review

All submissions are read by at least two editors on staff from our pool of assistant editors and editorial assistants. Submissions are ranked and then passed on to the managing editor. Those submissions that receive at least two lowest-ranking responses are rejected by the managing editor. Higher-ranked submissions are passed up to the editor and discussed with staff before a final acceptance or rejection is sent.

Type of review

All submissions are read by all staff members with name and other identifying information intact.

Type of revisions process (if any)

Rarely will submissions be returned to an author with a “revise and resubmit” request. Promising work that is ultimately rejected is often accompanied by an encouraging note for the author to submit again.


We strive to read and respond to all submissions within ten weeks.

Type of review for informal pieces 

Informal pieces (for the Review’s blog, not the journal) are primarily generated by the editorial staff, or by the editorial staff in conjunction with contributors to the Review. Other pieces are typically requested directly by the editor. Letters to the editor and other correspondence are welcome but are not published in print or online.