Great Lakes Review publishes fiction and poetry from and about the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, both in print annually and on a rolling basis digitally. We celebrate the diversity of experiences within the region and wish to publish work that truly showcases every nuance, nook, cranny, and person who either calls the Great Lakes home or who has been impacted by the region. If that’s you, send us your best work.  

 

 Please submit a single short, flash, or micro story of up to 2,000 words. Be certain your manuscript is:

  • Submitted in 12-point Times New Roman Font
  • Paginated
  • Double-spaced
  • Submitted without identifying information of any kind on the submission itself
  • Submitted with your title as your filename (your work will be deleted immediately if this isn't done)
  • Unpublished elsewhere, in any format

Other submission requirements:

  • Be certain that either you are or have been a resident of the Great Lakes Region of The United States or Canada or that the manuscript you're submitting involves the Great Lakes region of either the United States or Canada. GLR is a regional journal; therefore, the regional connection must be apparent.
  • Be certain to include a Submission Statement of 3-5 sentences explaining either your connection to the Great Lakes or your work's connection to the Great Lakes. Just to be clear, you can have been a resident of the Great Lakes and submit work that doesn't necessarily have to do with the region, or you can be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes but submit work where the Great Lakes is integral to the work. In short, you cannot be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes and submit work that has nothing to do with the Great Lakes. The Submission Statements will tell the editors whether or not to proceed considering your submission, so, please, take time to ensure the connection to the region is explicit. 

Still more submission information:  

  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We will consider only one submission in a single genre per reading period.
  • We require first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website and social media platforms. All other rights are retained by the author.

 Please submit a single nonfiction piece of up to 2,000 words. Be certain your manuscript is:
 

  • Submitted in 12-point Times New Roman Font
  • Paginated
  • Double-spaced
  • Submitted without identifying information of any kind on the submission itself
  • Submitted with your title as your filename (your work will be deleted immediately if this isn't done)
  • Unpublished elsewhere, in any format

 Other submission requirements:
 

  • Be certain that either you are or have been a resident of the Great Lakes Region of The United States or Canada or that the manuscript you're submitting involves the Great Lakes region of either the United States or Canada. GLR is a regional journal; therefore, the regional connection must be apparent.
  • Be certain to include a Submission Statement of 3-5 sentences explaining either your connection to the Great Lakes or your work's connection to the Great Lakes. Just to be clear, you can have been a resident of the Great Lakes and submit work that doesn't necessarily have to do with the region, or you can be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes but submit work where the Great Lakes is integral to the work. In short, you cannot be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes and submit work that has nothing to do with the Great Lakes. The Submission Statements will tell the editors whether or not to proceed considering your submission, so, please, take time to ensure the connection to the region is explicit. 

 Still more submission information:  
 

  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We will consider only one submission in a single genre per reading period.
  • We require first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website and social media platforms. All other rights are retained by the author.


 Please submit up to five poems in a single document. Be certain your work is:

  • Submitted in 12-point Times New Roman Font
  • Left Justified (We love experimental forms but they're near impossible to format properly through WordPress)
  • Paginated
  • Submitted without identifying information of any kind on the submission itself
  • Submitted with your title(s) as your filename (your work will be deleted immediately if this isn't done) 
  • Unpublished elsewhere, in any format

Other submission requirements:

  • Be certain that either you are or have been a resident of the Great Lakes Region of The United States or Canada or that the manuscript you're submitting involves the Great Lakes region of either the United States or Canada. GLR is a regional journal; therefore, the regional connection must be apparent.
  • Be certain to include a Submission Statement of 3-5 sentences explaining either your connection to the Great Lakes or your work's connection to the Great Lakes. Just to be clear, you can have been a resident of the Great Lakes and submit work that doesn't necessarily have to do with the region, or you can be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes but submit work where the Great Lakes is integral to the work. In short, you cannot be from somewhere other than the Great Lakes and submit work that has nothing to do with the Great Lakes. The Submission Statements will tell the editors whether or not to proceed considering your submission, so, please, take time to ensure the connection to the region is explicit. 

Still more submission information:  

  • We accept simultaneous submissions but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • We will consider only one submission within a single genre per reading period.
  • We require first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website and social media platforms. All other rights are retained by the author.

Single Photos

  • Please submit up to three individual photos taken in the Great Lakes region. In your submission statement, you may wish to clarify where and when your photos were taken.
  • We may publish accepted photos on their own or alongside pieces of fiction or poetry from other contributors.
  • Photos can be black and white or color. While we will not edit or retouch your photos, they will be converted to sRGB before publication.
  • High-resolution images are not needed while submitting, but please submit photos that are at least 1200 pixels wide or tall. We will collect your high-resolution photos upon acceptance.
  • We suggest an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9. Square (1:1) and panoramic images are not ideal.
  • Please submit photos that have not been published elsewhere, including a personal blog, social media, Flickr, etc.

 If you've been previously published by Great Lakes Review, please update us about what has been happening in your writing career, including new publications, awards, fellowships, etc. We will share your update on our social media and, when appropriate, on our website.

Please submit your update in third-person and include your Twitter handle if you have one. 

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