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Mailed submissions should be typed neatly, double-spaced (for articles and short stories), on white paper. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or include an email address, for reply and will not be returned unless SASE includes sufficient postage. Please do not send a Universal Postal Union coupon for international postage. Mailed submissions should be sent to:

                                                                      Southwest Review
                                                                      P.O. Box 750374
                                                                      Dallas, TX 75275-0374

There is no fee for submissions sent by mail. Online submissions require a $2.00 administrative fee.
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Upon verification of fee receipt, please email your piece(s) to swr@smu.edu specifying essay, fiction, or poetry category in the subject line. Preferred format is a Word document, but we can accept most basic file types. Submissions sent without fee payment will not be processed for reading.

Please address poetry submissions to Greg Brownderville. Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be addressed to Preston Hutcherson.

Regular manuscripts will not be accepted during the summer months of June, July, and August. Contest manuscripts are accepted at any time prior to their entry deadline. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. The Southwest Review does not consider work that has been published previously.

Due to the volume of submissions, the editors cannot respond with suggestions or comments.

Southwest Review is published quarterly. Accepted piece(s) receive nominal payment upon publication and five gratis copies of the issue in which the work appears.

Nonfiction Articles

Articles published by the Southwest Review embrace almost every area of adult interest: contemporary affairs, history, folklore, fiction, poetry, literary criticism, art, music, and the theatre. Material should be presented in a fashion suited to a quarterly that is not journalistic and not terribly overloaded with academic apparatus or jargon. It should not be too specialized, after the manner of papers that appear in "learned journals" of different fields of study. Please submit one essay at a time. Preferred length: 3,500 to 7,000 words.

Fiction

Stories published in Southwest Review include works by established, new, and first-time authors and represent a wide range of styles. We recommend reading past issues before sending us your work. Please submit only one story at a time. Stories must be original and previously unpublished. Please include a cover letter with your name, contact information, and word count. Preferred maximum length: 8,000 words.

Poetry

It is hard to describe the Southwest Review's preference in poetry in a few words. We always suggest that potential contributors read several issues of the magazine to see for themselves what we like. But some things may be said: We demand very high quality in our poems; we accept both traditional and experimental writing; we place no arbitrary limits on length; we have no specific limitations as to theme. Please limit your submission to six poems.