Submission Guidelines

Pine Hills Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We are interested in quality work, no matter the genre, form, or style. Hybrid and experimental works are especially encouraged.

Our regular reading period is September 1–April 30. Submissions sent to us out of the reading period will not be considered.

We publish work as features on our front page, usually on Wednesday afternoons at 4:20pm. We don’t publish or use the word “issues.” The work lives on in our archives page thereafter. We get the word out on our social media accounts, and send work out to the best of anthologies.

We publish unpublished work. We do not consider previously published work. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication.

We usually work with a 7- to 9-month lead time for publishing our features. We let contributors know ahead of time when their work will be published.

Limit the times you have submitted to 2 times each reading period. This also applies if we encourage you to send more work in the future.

We do not offer payment for work.

We encourage female and nonbinary writers, as well as BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers, to submit their work.

Send all work and a cover letter with contact information and a third-person bio, attached as a single Word file. Please don’t send multiple files. The reason we ask this is it helps when we are downloading submissions and discussing them at our meetings.

Poetry submissions should include no more than six poems total; again, combine all poems into one document as a single submission with a cover letter/bio. 

Nonfiction and fiction submissions should be no more than 3,000 words.

Hybrid or cross-genre work or visual work or excerpts from larger projects should also be no more than 3,000 words total. If there are visual elements or are sending visual work, attach as jpeg in your email or paste it into your Word file.

Specify “genre name here submission your name here” for both email subject and name of the Word attachment.

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To learn more about Pine Hills Review, our editorial preferences, our submissions process, and our general vibe:

Other Guidelines, Tips, Frequently Asked Questions

We do accept simultaneous submissions. We ask that you email us immediately if your submission or part of your submission has been accepted somewhere else. Please do this in the same email thread as your submission.

In fact, keep all correspondence about a specific submission as part of the same email thread. Any follow-ups or withdrawals from a submission should be as a reply to the same email thread. This makes communication much more efficient and clear.

Our response time varies. We respond, on average, about 4-8 weeks within receiving submissions. We may respond in a shorter or longer time than that time period. Please do wait 8 weeks before querying about submission status, and please do this in the same email thread as the submission.

To encourage a diversity of voices, we limit the times our writers have contributed to two times. That may change in the future.

After acceptance, we ask for a photo or image with publication as well as a contributor’s bio. One feature we’ve recently added is including audio recordings of readings of pieces by the authors. This is optional, but if this is something an author is willing to do, we will include it with the feature. See these features for examples.

If an author’s work appears in a collection or anthology, we ask that you include us in the acknowledgements because it’s the cool thing to do. 

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