Submission Guidelines

Exposition Reviews is currently OPEN for submissions. We will accepting work for our annual issue from September 15 – December 15, 2017.

Our Flash 405 writing competition will resume in Febrary 2018. Stay tuned for the winners of our final 2017 contest with the theme “Blue,” guest-judged by Angels Flight • literary west co-founders and editors David Lott and Michele Raphael.

Wondering what to submit to us? We like to be surprised; we like writing that transports us with strong voices and a sense of place. We like work that’s thoughtful and cathartic, work that embraces conflict and isn’t afraid to take risks. We love pieces that blur the boundaries of genre. To get a better idea of what we look for in submissions, please read our previous issues.


Annual Issue Submissions:

Every issue has a theme from which writers and artists can draw inspiration. We encourage those who submit to think outside the box; we look for stories that fit the theme yet make us think about it in different ways; we want work that satisfies and challenges traditional forms of storytelling.

All work is read and given fair consideration by our editorial staff. Our submission period runs from September–December each year.

The theme for our 2018 annual issue is “Orbit.”

“To be in orbit is to be in motion, set on a constant, circuitous course of action. It brings to mind celestial bodies and the forces of nature, but we can see smaller orbits in our daily lives: the spheres we inhabit and the grooves we wear in the world around us. An orbit is the familiar: that which we seek to find and escape from.

There’s also an inherent tension in the idea that our path can be dictated by the gravitational pull of an Other, whether that’s a planet, a person, or even an idea. It’s a force that draws you in and also keeps you at arm’s length: two entities circling each other with no end in sight.

And yet, an orbit holds the promise of being a part of something bigger than yourself, or of finding a new road to follow. There’s a sense of excitement and adventure—and that’s exactly what we want to see in your work.

We’re looking for stories about the distances we travel, even when we’re standing still. We want to read about the relationships and revolutions of the world and the people in it. Ultimately, we want narratives that are fully realized, pulling us deep into the universe you’ve created with your words and art.”

We encourage new, emerging, and established writers to submit their work, as long it fits within the following guidelines.

We accept:

  • Fiction. Short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts not in excess of 5,000 words, or up to three pieces of flash fiction, 750 words or fewer. Pieces that exceed this limit will NOT be read.
  • Nonfiction. Memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction, again not to exceed the 5,000 word limit.
  • Poetry. Up to three poems of any form and in traditional or experimental styles.
  • Stage & Screen. One-act plays, scenes, or short film and screenplay excerpts not in excess of 10 pages. Please format according to the standard unpublished playwriting or screenwriting format.
  • Experimental Narratives. We love narratives in all forms. Whether it’s digital poetics, a video, or a transmedia, genre-bending piece, if it tells a good story, creates compelling characters, and/or tickles our literary senses, we want it. Consider the limits in our other categories and our online platform for length guidelines.
  • Visual Art & Comics. Up to five pieces of art and/or photography per submission with appropriate credit lines. Comics should be self-contained, up to three pages per piece, with no more than three pieces per submission.

Additional information:

  • As of 2015, Exposition Review will ONLY accept online submissions through our Submittable.
  • Please submit ONLY previously unpublished work. Previously published work will not be considered, including work that has been published online.
  • Cover letters should contain all relevant contact information and a brief bio.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but make note of this in your cover letter and notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not send more than one piece of any genre at one time.
  • Please wait until we have responded to your first piece before sending another.

Author retains copyright, but is asked to cite appearance in Exposition Review if the work is republished elsewhere.

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