Thank you to all of our 2018 submitters! Portland Review will be accepting submissions again in the summer of 2019. To receive updates by email, please click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Portland Review has been publishing exceptional prose, poetry, and art since 1956. For over sixty years, Portland Review has promoted the works of emerging writers and artists alongside the works of well-established authors. It is the editors' mission to publish unique voices and quality writing, and to communicate the multitudes of Portland by promoting the voices of those often pushed out of the literary mainstay. Before submitting, we encourage you check out our past print issues and online content, to familiarize yourself with Portland Review's history and to get an idea of the writing and art that interests us.
To submit, please delete any identifying information from your manuscript (unless it is necessary to the content of your nonfiction). Please also include a word count in your cover letter, and indicate whether your work is a simultaneous submission. All work will be considered for publication in our upcoming print issue as well as on our website. If you prefer to be considered for print only or web publication only, please specify in your cover letter.
Please note Portland Review does not accept previously published material. Portland Review accepts simultaneous submissions, but please immediately withdraw your work via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. If one work out of a collection of poems or images needs to be withdrawn but the other works in the collection are still available, message us via Submittable with the title of the withdrawn piece.
Unless the editors have solicited work from you directly, we ask all students of Portland State University's creative writing programs to wait four years after graduating before submitting their creative works to Portland Review.
Portland Review compensates all print contributors with one copy of the issue in which their work appears, and offers contributors additional copies at a discounted rate.
By submitting your work to Portland Review, you confirm that you hold full copyright on all work submitted and agree to allow Portland Review print and distribution rights for both print and online publication. All rights to the piece(s) revert to the authors and artists upon publication, although we kindly request that you credit Portland Review as the initial publisher should the piece(s) be reprinted elsewhere. You also permit the editors of Portland Review to edit your work, within reason. Authors and artists will be contacted regarding edits prior to publication.
All submissions are read between October and November, so you can expect to hear back from us then. Thank you for contributing. We look forward to reading your work!
Reviews of books or collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction between 800 and 2,000 words are welcome. Please only submit reviews of books that were published in the current year or are scheduled to be published in following year (e.g. If it's 2019, submit reviews for books published in 2019 or scheduled to be published in 2020). We are especially interested in reviews of books by debut authors.