We will begin accepting unsolicited poetry, fiction, and essay submissions again in Fall 2017. Writers submitting their work will pay a $3 reading fee.
Submissions should be addressed to The Editors. We accept simultaneous submissions, but we expect you to let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Submit poetry, fiction, and essays separately, as different editors will consider them. Please do not submit a second manuscript if we already have one from you under consideration. With the exception of translations, we do not consider material that has been published elsewhere.
Payment is two copies of the journal in which your work appears. Copyright reverts to author upon publication.
Please do not assume from our name that we are interested in Southern literature or research topics only; any setting or subject matter is acceptable. Consider this comment from our founding editors, printed in SHR’s first issue, back in 1967:
VOLUME 1.1, SPRING 1967
Our appeal to all of you is therefore a simple one: send us scholarly, informal, and creative writings thoughtfully conceived to enrich the mind and stir the heart.
The founding editors set for us a mission: to seek work that enlarges the humanities and, at the same time touches the individual. The macro and the micro. The exterior and the interior. The physical frame and the beating heart.
Please send no more than three poems at a time. Wait until you have received a response regarding your submission before submitting more work to SHR. Translations are encouraged, but please include PDF scans of the original and written permission from the copyright holder (if applicable) for you to publish a translation.
Send only one story per submission. Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, double-spaced. Wait until you have received a response regarding your submission before submitting more work to SHR. Translations are encouraged, but please include PDF scans of the original and written permission from the copyright holder (if applicable) for you to publish a translation.
SHR is interested in all forms of literary essays, all sub-genres of creative nonfiction. We consider memoir, personal essays, lyric essays, flash, research-based essays, literary journalism, travelogues, and any other form of literary nonfiction. Send only one essay per submission. Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, double-spaced (including notes, if necessary).
We honor SHR's legacy by also considering scholarly essays, so long as such essays are directed to a general humanities audience and avoid specialist jargon. For such articles, prepare manuscripts using the MLA Handbook. Translations are encouraged, but please include PDF scans of the original and written permission from the copyright holder (if applicable) for you to publish a translation.
Inquiries regarding the status of your submission should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before reaching out to us, please know that our small, devoted staff receives an overwhelming amount of submissions. We work hard to consider your submissions and to respond to emails as quickly as possible.
Poets may withdraw portions of their submissions by emailing us at email@example.com.
Prose writers may withdraw their submissions manually by logging in to our online submission manager.
Book reviews are published online. SHR is currently not accepting unsolicited book reviews or book review queries. To make a title available to our stable of book reviewers, please send a review copy to:
Managing Editor Southern Humanities Review 9088 Haley Center Auburn University Auburn, AL 36849
JOYCE CAROL OATES LYDIA DAVIS W. H. AUDEN ANDREW HUDGINS LEWIS NORDAN STANLEY PLUMLY HAYDEN CARRUTH ALBERT GOLDBARTH MICHAEL KNIGHT DONALD HALL JUDITH ORTIZ COFER R. T. SMITH JAKE ADAM YORK MARIO VARGAS LLOSA KEVIN WILSON DENISE LEVERTOV NATASHA TRETHEWEY MOLLY ANTOPOL SHARON OLDS JERALD WALKER JULIANNA BAGGOTT NATALIE DIAZ MILLER WILLIAMS G. C. WALDREP