The Emerson Review is Emerson College’s oldest literary
magazine, and strives to publish meaningful fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and
artwork each year. We accept submissions between August 1 and February 1 for our annual issue, which is
published in April. 

Submissions are reviewed by our genre editors and general
reading staff, who are all undergraduate students at Emerson College. Expect
a response within two months; we frequently include comments in our decision

Simultaneous submissions for multiple genres are
okay, as long as each submission follows the respective category guidelines. Please note that we will not accept works that have already been published or are set to be published. If applicable, please include any trigger warnings in the header of your submission.

Every contributor receives three complimentary copies of
the issue in which their work appears. Additionally, we will be paying contributors. Amount TBD. We will update this page and notify contributors when the amount is finalized. Unfortunately, due to legality issues, we cannot pay Emerson College students at this time.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Maximum word count: 5,000 words We are looking for fiction pieces that create an emotional connection as well as a meaningful reading experience. We generally do not accept genre fiction (such as romance, sci-fi, or fantasy) unless we are thoroughly impressed. In addition, we also accept flash fiction (fiction pieces that are 300 words or shorter).  

Submit no more than one story or three flash fiction pieces at one time. When submitting flash fiction, please upload each piece individually. We will not accept novel excerpts.

Maximum word count: 5,000 words

We are strong believers in the idea that you don’t have to have had extraordinary experiences to write extraordinary nonfiction. We’re looking for pieces which showcase an understanding of thoughtful storytelling through the lens of reality.  


Submit no more than one personal essay and/or memoir at one time.

We accept all kinds of 2D visual artwork, including photography, paintings, and digital art. All submissions will be considered to print in color in the interior of the book.

Submit no more than 5 pieces per submission
period. Please upload each submission individually at 300 dpi, at least 6" x 9".

Regretfully, we cannot respond to art submissions until March.

We accept all kinds of poems but have a special place in our
hearts for narrative poetry, prose poetry, and form poetry with a contemporary

Submit no more than three poems at a time. We will not take poems that have already been published or are set to be published.
Please upload all poems in the same document.

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