The Maine Review seeks outstanding contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including works in translation and hybrid forms. We are pleased to publish new, emerging, and established writers, and are committed to supporting representation, innovation, and literary artistry.

We encourage submitters to read what we’ve published, and whatever you send our way, please carefully read our guidelines. Submissions that do not adhere to them may be unread.


We will not publish work that normalizes hatred of any marginalized group or individual, though submitted work may thoughtfully consider subjects of discrimination.

We do not publish academic papers or news writing.


General Guidelines:

  • We accept submissions only through Submittable. Submissions must be previously unpublished in print and online.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. If only part of a submission must be withdrawn, please notify us using Submittable's "message" function.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all backgrounds, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+ writers, BIPOC writers, female-identifying writers, unpublished writers, writers with disabilities, and economically marginalized writers.
  • Please address cover letters to the appropriate genre editor. In prose submissions, please include your word count in your cover letter.
  • We ask that contributors whose work we've published wait at least one year before submitting again.
  • Please send only one submission at a time. We do not accept and cannot refund multiple submissions.
  • Please allow us six months before querying.


Fiction and Nonfiction Formatting:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 1” margins
  • Pages numbered
  • Please include the word count in your cover letter
  • One piece of 3,000 words or fewer (though we will consider longer works of exceptional merit) or three flash pieces no more than 1,000 words each


Poetry Formatting:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Single-spaced (or as you would like the poem to appear online)
  • Pages numbered
  • Maximum three poems, no more than five pages total


Submission Schedule:
We are open for nonfiction, fiction, and poetry submissions from January 1–March 31, May 1–June 30, and September 1–November 30. We frequently open week-long free submission periods, during which general submission periods are paused.

We publish issues biannually in the spring and fall, and nominate for Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and other awards.


Submission Fees:

We are a nonprofit organization and ask writers to pay a $3 fee per submission, of which we receive $1.86. This fee directly supports our authors, editors, and programs, and helps cover Submittable costs. If this submission fee is a barrier, please email info@mainereview.com for a link to a fee-waived submission. No explanation is needed. *Please do not email us your submission.*

All donations are tax-deductible and direct donations of any amount are also welcome at mainereview.com/donate. No matter what you give, we are grateful for your contribution and support of our publication!


Writer Payment:

Fiction and Nonfiction writers receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more.

Poets receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.

$3.00

The Maine Review is dedicated to making contemporary literature accessible and to supporting representation, innovation, and literary artistry. We seek outstanding poetry, including works in translation and hybrid forms, and are pleased to publish new, emerging, and established writers. 

During our Open Submission periods, we offer $3 or $5 Community Supported Literature donations, of which we receive $1.86 or $3.76 respectively. All donations are tax-deductible and are used to pay writers and support our programs.  


 

*Please read our General Guidelines before submitting. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in work being declined unread* 

*We do not accept multiple submissions.*

*We will not publish work that normalizes hatred of any marginalized group or individual, though submitted work may thoughtfully consider subjects of discrimination.* 


 

Poetry Formatting Guidelines:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Single-spaced (or as you would like your poem to appear online)
  • Pages numbered 
  • Maximum 3 poems, no more than 5 pages in total  


 

Payment:  Poets will receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.   

$3.00

The Maine Review is dedicated to making contemporary literature accessible and to supporting representation, innovation, and literary artistry. We seek outstanding contemporary fiction and are pleased to publish new, emerging, and established writers. 

During our Open Submission periods, we offer $3 or $5 Community Supported Literature donations, of which we receive $1.86 or $3.76 respectively. All donations are tax-deductible and are used to pay writers and support our programs.  


*Please read our General Guidelines before submitting. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in work being declined unread* 

*We do not accept multiple submissions.*

*We will not publish work that normalizes hatred of any marginalized group or individual, though submitted work may thoughtfully consider subjects of discrimination.* 


Fiction Formatting Guidelines:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 1” margins
  • Pages numbered
  • Please include word count in your cover letter
  • One piece of 3,000 words or fewer (though we will consider longer works of exceptional merit) or three flash pieces no more than 1,000 words each


Payment:  Fiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. 

$3.00

The Maine Review is dedicated to making contemporary literature accessible and to supporting representation, innovation, and literary artistry. We seek outstanding contemporary nonfiction and are pleased to publish new, emerging, and established writers. 

During our Open Submission periods, we offer $3 or $5 Community Supported Literature donations, of which we receive $1.86 or $3.76 respectively. All donations are tax-deductible and are used to pay writers and support our programs.  

 

*Please read our General Guidelines before submitting. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in work being declined unread* 

*We do not accept multiple submissions.*

*We will not publish work that normalizes hatred of any marginalized group or individual, though submitted work may thoughtfully consider subjects of discrimination.* 


Nonfiction Formatting Guidelines:

  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 1” margins
  • Please include word count in your cover letter
  • One piece of 3,000 words or fewer (though we will consider longer works of exceptional merit) or three flash pieces no more than 1,000 words each.


Payment:  Nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. 

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