The Maine Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Maine Review publishes twice yearly.  Our next reading period for fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions will be August 1 to September 30, 2017 for Issue 4.2, Spring 2018.  We will also be reading for our Annual Prose Contest (Fiction and Nonfiction) in this issue, with a grand prize of $1000.  

All submissions must be done via Submittable.  We do not accept submissions by mail or by email.  Submissions by an author's agent must be made via the author's Submittable account.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please tell us if it is a simultaneous submission, and notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.

We do not consider previously published work.  This includes work that has appeared in blogs, online, and in any print media.

We allow only one submission per author per open submission period.  Please do not mix genres in the same submission.

We encourage you to mention in your submission cover letter any major publications or awards and any association or past correspondence with The Maine Review staff, advisors or guest editors. 

We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but submissions must be in English.

The average response time for submissions is between 1 and 6 months.  Check your Submittable account for current status. 

Past contributors and contest winners, please wait two years from the date of your publication to resubmit work.

Upon publication, The Maine Review pays $0.03 per word for fiction and nonfiction, and $50.00 per poem in addition to a complimentary copy of the journal that features your work.

We host two contests per year, a Fall Poetry contest and a Spring Prose contest.  Each publishes the 3 finalists and pays $1000 to the winner.  

We encourage you to read a copy of The Maine Review prior to submitting, and to subscribe to The Maine Review.