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The Santa Fe Literary Review invites mailed, previously unpublished submissions of creative nonfiction, dramatic writing/screenplay, fiction, and poetry.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, 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, 2020, and closes on November 1, 2020. 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@sfcc.edu to request an update.

Our suggested theme for 2020 is “Tapestry: Diversity, Culture, and Common Ground,” to be interpreted literally, metaphorically, or somewhere in between.

Formatting Guidelines:

Please read all SFLR formatting guidelines before submitting.

Only typed, previously unpublished submissions will be read by SFLR staff – kindly double-space prose and dramatic writing. Poetry may be single-spaced.

Please include a cover letter with your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. If you’re emailing your submission, this information should appear at the bottom of your email, beneath your submission.

On/in your submission itself, kindly remove all identifying information, keeping your name and contact information for your cover letter only.

For snail-mailed submissions, please include a SASE – a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope – for our reply. Rejected works submitted without a SASE will receive no response.

Prose writers (fiction and creative non-fiction): Your word limit is 2000 words per submission period. For dramatic writing and screenplay submissions: Please submit a short play or screenplay, or a standalone scene. We encourage you to keep your submission to ten typed pages or under.

Poets, send up to five (5) poems per submission period.

SFLR accepts snail-mailed submissions and emailed submissions (new for 2020).

To email your submission:

Address your email to the appropriate editor:

Creative Non-Fiction: sflrcnf@gmail.com

Fiction and Dramatic Writing: sflrfiction@gmail.com

Poetry: sflrpoetry@gmail.com

In the subject line, write “SFLR Submission 2020” plus the title(s) of your submission. In the body of the email, paste your submission – 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. Please format your submission for 12-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 snail-mail your submission to us instead.

To snail-mail your submission:

Mail SFLR submissions in a 9×12″ envelope, please. We appreciate receiving submissions without folding or paper clips. Staples are fine! Address submissions to the SFLR editor to whom you’re sending work – Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Dramatic Writing/Screenplay or Poetry Editor.

Then, mail or hand-deliver submissions to SFLR, Room 225E, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

Simultaneous submissions to SFLR are okay, but we ask that you email sflr@sfcc.edu if your work is accepted elsewhere.

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@sfcc.edu