The Georgia Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Regular Submission Guidelines:

The Georgia Review accepts submissions both online and by post. We do not accept submissions via email. Submissions are free for those who mail them in and those who are current subscribers to The Georgia Review. Subscriptions and online submission fees ensure that we can maintain our pay rate for our writers. 

All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention; we respond within eight months, given our average workload. We do not consider unsolicited manuscripts between May 15 and August 15. Submissions received during that period will not be read.

Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Please let us know in your cover letter if your submission is simultaneously being considered elsewhere, and please let us know immediately if your work is accepted by another publication. Likewise, please notify us if any part of your submission is known to be included in a book already accepted by a publisher (including the anticipated date of book publication).

The Georgia Review does not consider book manuscripts. 

Online submissions require a $3 processing fee, with an exception for current subscribers to The Georgia Review, who may submit online at no cost. Subscribers: Please email to receive a link to submit for free, providing the genre of the work to be submitted and your full name and address (including zip code). To subscribe to The Georgia Review, visit our “Subscriptions” page.

Poetry Submission Guidelines

The Georgia Review publishes multiple pages of poetry by each poet it features. For consideration, send 6-10 pages of poetry or one long poem. Please format as a single document.

Prose Submission Guidelines 

The Georgia Review publishes essays that are capable of creating conversations across a broad range of readers. Please submit only one essay. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Although we are willing to read work of any length, we rarely publish prose works 9000 words or longer.

The Georgia Review publishes literary fiction. Please submit only one story. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Although we are willing to read work of any length, we rarely publish prose works 9000 words or longer.

  •        Please distinguish your entry's genre as "Fiction" or "Essay" in the form's Title section.

Book Review Submission Guidelines

We publish standard reviews (typically 1400-1600 words), which focus on only one book, and essay-reviews (typically 4000-6000 words), which engage with multiple books in order to comment on literature and/or culture beyond the texts at hand.

Reviewers should site the title, author, place of publication and publisher, year, number of pages, and price of the book or books in the review. For example:

Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography. By Stanley Plumly. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. 370 pp. $27.95.

The 2022 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize 

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize is an award for a single poem, to be published in The Georgia Review. The winner will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and an expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia, to give a public reading with the judge.

Annual time frame: Submissions to be considered for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either online from March 1 through May 1 or by regular mail postmarked within the same span of time. The winning poem and author will be announced by August 15, and the poem will appear in the Winter issue of the same year. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.

Entry requirements: No simultaneously submitted work. An entry may include one, two, or three poems, but no more than a total of ten standard pages in 12-point or larger type. Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Current subscribers to The Georgia Review may enter the competition free of charge*; non-subscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry (visit our shop to begin your subscription with Spring 2022) or pay an entry fee of $15 via Submittable.

*Current subscribers (those with an active, paid subscription) should email and provide their name and mailing address in order to receive a link to submit for free. Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed.

Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that provides the submitter’s phone number and email address and confirms that the poem or poems will not be under consideration elsewhere during the judging period, (2) a self-addressed and stamped envelope for announcement of contest winner and notice of whether your work has been selected for publication, and (3) if you are not a current subscriber, a check for either $40 to begin your subscription or $15 to cover your entry fee. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.

Please note that students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Georgia are ineligible for the LWPP. Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of a judge are also ineligible to enter. Previous winners of our contest should wait three years before entering again.

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