Published quarterly, the Gettysburg Review considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and essay-reviews from September 1 through May 31. We welcome submissions of full-color graphics year round. We will also stay open through the summer to those who would like to purchase a subscription or single issue with their submission. However, our reading time is typically four to eight months, and so it might be in your interest to wait.
The main criterion for selection is quality, but the best way to determine what might be accepted by the Gettysburg Review is to read what has already been published. Sample copies are available at $15 each; one-year subscriptions are $35. We encourage all potential contributors to become familiar with our publication before submitting.
While we charge a small fee ($3.00) for standard online submissions, we do accept (and love) snail mail submissions, free of charge, excluding postage (of course). Please visit our website for snail mail guidelines.
Should you decide to engage in the practice of simultaneous submissions, indicate that your manuscript is under concurrent consideration, and notify us immediately via notes if said work is accepted elsewhere.
Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches and are always interested in stories, whether more traditional or experimental, that are off-beat, penetrating, and surprising. We do not publish genre fiction—mystery, crime, science fiction, fantasy, and the like—but are certainly not opposed to considering work that self-consciously employs the tropes of formulaic writing for more sophisticated literary ends.
Essays can take any form—creative nonfiction, memoir, biography, autobiography, etcetera. Length typically hovers around twenty-five manuscript pages, but we welcome both shorter and longer essays, not exceeding 10,000 words. Whatever the length, manuscripts should be double-spaced.
Follow guidelines for the genre to which you are submitting and only submit in one genre.