Submission Guidelines

We are currently open for submissions. We are accepting submissions for Vol. IX from September 15-December 15, 2015!

For our new volume, the theme is IX Lives. Echoing the mercurial nature of this life we live, IX Lives is a study in identity and transformation, encompassing the power we have to take control of our destiny and reshape our lives. To learn more about the theme, visit our Submittable page.

We encourage new, emerging, and established writers to submit their IX Lives-inspired work, as long it follows these guidelines:

We accept:

  • Fiction. Short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts not in excess of 5,000 words, or up to three pieces of flash fiction, 750 words or fewer. Pieces that exceed this limit will NOT be read.
  • Nonfiction. Memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction, again not to exceed the 5,000 word limit.
  • Poetry. Up to three poems of any form and in traditional or experimental styles.
  • Stage & Screen. One-act plays, scenes, or short film and screenplay excerpts not in excess of 10 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.
  • Comics. We are looking for complete short comics, no more than two pages per piece, with three pieces per submission.
  • Art & Photography. Five pieces per submission with appropriate credit lines.

Additional information:

  • As of 2015, the Southern California Review will ONLY accept ONLINE SUBMISSIONS through our Submittable page.
  • Please submit ONLY previously unpublished work. Previously published work will not be considered, including work that has been published online.
  • Cover letters should contain ALL relevant contact information.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but make note of this in your cover letter and notify us IMMEDIATELY if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not send more than one piece of any genre at one time.
  • Please wait until we have responded to your first piece before sending another.

Author retains copyright, but is asked to cite appearance in the Southern California Review if the work is republished elsewhere.