Poetry, Prose, and Dramatic Writing/Screenplays: Submission Guidelines


The Santa Fe Literary Review invites mailed, previously unpublished submissions of creative nonfiction, dramatic writing/screenplay, fiction, and poetry. SFLR aims to promote a diverse range of writers and artists, and to present a wide variety of stories, styles, and cultural perspectives. We’re especially committed to promoting voices that aren’t always empowered in the publishing world, so if you’re a writer of color, an Indigenous person, a female, a member of the LGBTQIAPK+ community, a disabled person, a trauma survivor, or anyone else frequently silenced or ignored by the modern media, please submit to SFLR. We care about sharing your voice with the world.

The SFLR submission period opens on June 1, 2021, and closes on November 1, 2021. We select work for the next year’s issue each November, and notify writers and artists of our decisions by December 25. If you’ve submitted work and have not heard a reply by January 1, feel free to email sflr(at)sfcc.edu to request an update.

SFLR’s suggested theme for 2021 is “Resilience: Adaptation, Empathy, and Hope,” to be interpreted literally, metaphorically, or somewhere in between.

Submission Guidelines:

SFLR has begun accepting emailed submissions only. To submit, address your email to the appropriate editor:

Poetry: sflrpoetry(at)gmail.com

Creative Non-Fiction: sflrcnf(at)gmail.com

Fiction and Dramatic Writing: sflrfiction(at)gmail.com

In the subject line, write “SFLR Submission 2022” plus the title(s) of your submission. In the body of the email, paste your submission—please do not attach files. Paste your bio and/or cover letter at the bottom of your email, beneath your submission itself. Word limit per prose submission is 2000 words per submission period; poets may submit up to five poems per submission period. Dramatic writing should not exceed ten double-spaced pages; we encourage submissions of full-length works or standalone scenes. Please format your submission for twelve-point font or similar, to ensure legibility.

Because of the risk of viruses, we regret that emails containing files attached will not be read. If you’re submitting something with special formatting that cannot be reproduced in the body of an email, please write to sflr(at)sfcc.edu for submission instructions.

SFLR accepts simultaneous submissions, but please email sflr(at)sfcc.edu if your work is selected elsewhere. We do not accept writing that’s been previously published.

SFLR Contributors receive two copies of the magazine and are invited to read at the annual SFLR reception, hosted on campus each fall. The SFLR is dedicated to sharing the contributions of SFCC students, Santa Feans, and writers from around the world.

Questions? Call (505) 428-1903 or email sflr(at)sfcc.edu