general reading period
September 1 – March 31. Submissions sent at other times will go unread. However, during contest periods we do not accept standard submissions in the contest genre. For example, during our fiction and poetry contest that runs from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, we do not accept standard fiction or poetry submissions. Nonfiction submissions are welcomed, but those poets and fiction writers wishing to be considered for publication during this time should submit to the contest!
Click on this link to use our online submission system.
Note about fees: As of September 1, 2018, Sycamore Review charges a $3 submission fee for all submissions except Art. After much consideration, we have added this small fee to help cover the cost of Submittable, to ensure that each of our contributors is paid and that future contributors will be paid, and to help our staff stay on top of submissions. In the 2017-2018 submission year, Sycamore Review received nearly three times the number of submissions we normally do. We are really excited about new opportunities this will provide and appreciate your support. – Our Editor in Chief
At this time we are not able to accept outside interviews, previously published works (except for translations) or genre pieces (conventional science fiction, romance, horror, etc.). Unless explicitly asked by an editor, submit no more than twice per year.
As of August 15 2010, Sycamore Review accepts ONLY online submissions. Mailed submissions will be discarded. In our online submissions system, follow the instructions for creating an account (if this is your first time submitting to SR), and upload your piece.
Submissions are limited to one work at a time for fiction and non-fiction, and no more than five poems, which should be included in a single document. Please submit a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file and include a cover letter in the comments section. We’d like to know a little bit about you and your work.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but request prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw your submission through Submittable if this is the case. If you wish to withdraw a single poem, please let us know which poem or poems are unavailable using the note feature on Submittable.
Sycamore Review does not publish creative work by any student currently attending Purdue University. Former students should wait one calendar year before submitting.
For general questions, please email our Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org or write via post to Sycamore Review, Purdue University, Department of English, 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Rights & Payment
Purdue University acquires first-time North American rights, including electronic rights, for work published in Sycamore Review. After publication, all rights revert to the author. For unsolicited printed work, Sycamore Review pays each contributor two copies, and $50 per short story or non-fiction piece, or $25 per poem.
We’re looking for a wide-ranging diversity of style, content, and vision. Strike us with the complexity of the mundane. Enchant us with the unreal made real. We equally enjoy realist and speculative work. The most important thing is to tell us a story that matters, that haunts or lingers, that reveals us in a new light.
– Audrey Hollis and Shannon Campbell, Fiction Editors
We’re seeking poems that honor, complicate, and disrupt their own predicaments—work that takes us rigorously towards tension and unknowing, little acts of discovery where the poems know more than the writer. In that, our reading is beholden to no aesthetic boundaries. If its mechanisms labor to move the poem towards its true stakes, we’re in. Emily Dickinson might have said all this best: “And then a Plank in Reason, broke.” Any plank will do, but your poem needs to bring us right to that point where the foot breaks through the floorboard.
– Emma DePanise, Kate O’Donoghue & Aiya Sakr, Poetry Editors
Rather than adhering to particular aesthetic style or approach, we seek to publish thoughtful work that pushes into the unknown with an aim toward surprise and discovery for writer and reader alike.
– Carly Rae Zent, Non-Fiction Editor