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For matters of spelling and usage, consult the The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition; and Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. Unsolicited submissions should be original double-spaced typescripts mailed to the editor at 735 University Avenue, Sewanee TN 37383-1000. Electronic submissions are not acceptable. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be supplied for reply. Rejected submissions without sufficient return postage will be discarded. No responsibility can be assumed for loss or damage. Only unpublished original work (no translations) can be considered.

Queries are suitable for essays (7500 words or less) and reviews (unsolicited reviews are rarely accepted). Send fiction and poetry without writing in advance. Poems (40 lines or less) should not exceed 4 per submission; stories (5000-7500 words; no short short-stories, please) should be sent individually. For each poem published, roughly 250 poems are considered here; for each story, 150 stories.

The average time to reply to a submission is four to six weeks. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. When you have sent one submission, please do not send another before you have received a reply to the first. Unsolicited works should not be submitted between June 1st and August 31st. A response to any submission received during that period may be greatly delayed.


The Sewanee Review awards five prizes annually to the best short fiction, poetry, essay, criticism, and book reviewing of the previous year. The Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry is presented annually to established poets. Winners of these awards are determined by the board of editors and a prize committee; one cannot apply for any of them.

For information about literary magazines see the current editions of the International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, Literary Market Place, Magazine Industry Market Place, and Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory.

The Sewanee Review is America’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly. Only original work representing depth of knowledge and skill of expression is published here. We urge you to read at least one issue of the magazine before submitting any work.

Thank you for your interest in the Sewanee Review.

The Sewanee Review

Volume: 124 (2016)
Frequency: Quarterly
Print ISSN: 0037-3052
Online ISSN: 1934-421X