Written by Ella Peary February 9th, 2023

The Heartland Review: Now Seeking Submissions

The Heartland Review, an imprint of The Heartland Review Press, is an established print publisher of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Since 2000, they’ve published two editions of their journal each year, in the spring and fall. Each issue showcases a wide range of forms and styles from both emerging and established authors. They even save space in each publication for emerging authors and students. Authors published in The Heartland Review range in age from 15 to 80+.

Now through May 1, The Heartland Review is accepting submissions for their Fall 2023 edition. Poets may submit up to three poems of any length. The Heartland Review accepts poems in any style, including traditional forms. Authors of fiction and creative nonfiction may submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words or fewer. The Heartland review also accepts flash writing in both fiction and creative nonfiction. Authors should send only one submission per genre at a time.

Author may also submit fiction and creative nonfiction from May 1 through November 15 for their Spring 2024 issue. But submitting authors should note that The Heartland Review does not accept poetry submissions from May through November, since they read submissions for their Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize during that time.

Authors published in The Heartland Review receive one contributor copy, though submitters should note that they don’t mail contributor copies outside the United States. The Heartland Review also nominates authors published in the journal for The Pushcart Prize.

The Heartland Review accepts submissions online using Submittable, not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw writing published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

The Heartland Review only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Heartland Review, please visit their website here.

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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