The Great Lakes Review publishes writing from and about the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. We celebrate the diversity of experiences within the region, and work we consider for publication must reflect the area in some way.

Submissions for the print journal are currently CLOSED. We will still consider essays on place of a thousand words or less for our Narrative Map project. Please find us on facebook and twitter @greatlakesrev for future announcements. 

General Guidelines:

Your writing should be carefully proofread and generally error free prior to submission. Also, submissions will only be considered with a brief bio of 100 or fewer words.

Submit multiple pieces of writing individually, but please send us no more than 2 works of prose or five poems per reading period. Failure to do so will result in an automatic rejection.

If your questions aren't answered here, check in with greatlakesrevieweditors@gmail.com or with editor John Counts at johncounts138@gmail.com.

 

Great Lakes Review accepts submissions of short fictions set in or about the Great Lakes region (or written by writers living in the Great Lakes region).

LENGTH: We accept submissions of previously unpublished fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words. The shorter the better. Tell the story as quickly and as fully as possible. 

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Do not send multiple submissions--please wait for our response before sending another.

RIGHTS: We purchase first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for our website. All other rights are retained by the author.


Great Lakes Review accepts submissions of poetry set in or about the Great Lakes region (or written by writers living in the Great Lakes region). 

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Send no more than 3 poems at a time--please wait for our response before sending more.

RIGHTS: We purchase first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for promotional purposes at our website. All other rights are retained by the author.

Great Lakes Review is looking for sharp critical or creative nonfiction essays. They can take the "memoir" form and relate a compelling personal experience. They can be a short piece of critical writing about Midwestern literature, arts or culture. As long as it's captivating, brisk and has something to do with the region, we'll consider it. 

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Do not send multiple submissions--please wait for our response before sending another.

RIGHTS: We purchase first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for promotional purposes at our website. All other rights are retained by the author.

READING PERIOD: Great Lakes Review accepts 10-minute plays set in or about the Great Lakes region (or written by writers living in the Great Lakes region). They should be around 10 pages long and no more than about 2,000 words. 

SIMULTANEOUS & MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask to be informed immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Do not send multiple submissions--please wait for our response before sending another.

RIGHTS: We purchase first North American serial rights and non-exclusive electronic rights for promotional purposes at our website. All other rights are retained by the author.