Calls For Submissions News

Short Story Submissions Open

The Upper New Review is accepting your short story submissions from Sept 30 until October 14, 2023.  We are seeking short stories from all across the globe.

That’s right – send us your short stories from anywhere in the world!

Whenever you’re ready, visit our submittable page to submit your short story before the deadline.  Don’t wait! 

We’re looking for long form works between 5000-10,000 words. 

Under special circumstances, we’ll consider works longer than 10,000 words, including the potential for serialization of the work in print or online.

Briefly, we’ll also consider short form works between 1500-5000 words.

Regardless of length, we require proper formatting of the manuscript of your short story.

Also, feel free to check our more detailed submission guidelines.

Upper New Review flower logo with "fiction" used to help increase short story submissions

NEW: Editorial Services available for your Short Story Submissions

There’s more: in addition to expedited response and detailed feedback, as a new feature, we are offering tired editorial services for short story submissions.  These services are optional, available for an additional fee, depending on the tier of editorial service.  We have three options:

  • Basic Editorial Services ($50) includes one round of editorial feedback for revisions on your work.  This does not guarantee publication of your work.
  • Advanced Editorial Services ($100) includes two rounds of editorial feedback for revisions on your work.  This does not guarantee publication of your work.
  • Editorial Coaching ($200) includes two rounds of editorial feedback for revisions on your work, plus a single video call meeting with one of the Upper New Editorial Staff to discuss your edits.  This does not guarantee publication of your work.

You should only choose one of these three editorial services, as they are independent and do not combine.  For example, choosing Basic and Advanced services will not get you three rounds of revisions.

Looking For Inspiration? Try A Sense of Place

Recently, we tasked ourselves with deciding upon as simple a definition of “sense of place” as we could (for the time being, anyway), and here’s what we came up with.  We think finding a sense of place involves the process of figuring out the reality of where you are, and how you perceive that reality, and what your perception of that reality means to you.

Also, if you need some inspiration for your short story writing, you can read more about our take on sense of place.

In other news: Speaking of a sense of place, we’ve decided to hold our first two themed contests and competitions: a global essay contest and a national juried visual arts show, both of which have submission deadlines of November 30.  So, if you or anyone you know is interested in either of these contests, please share the word and consider submitting!

Furthermore, many more details to come about these two contests and others throughout 2024.  Get on our lists to stay up to date!

More short story inspiration: Our video spot!

Last but not least, check out our latest video spot.  Perhaps it will inspire you to write?

We’re working on a few more, and we’d love to know what you think!

By The Upper New Review

The Upper New Review is an environmental literary arts magazine based in the Upper New River basin, which intersects the states of North Carolina and Virginia in the United States of America in present-day North America. We are seeking out place-based creative works from all over the globe.