Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines


Sonora Review accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

  • Fall Contest: September 24th through November 5th
  • General submissions, reading for our themed issue(s): September 10th through November 5th. Please see our issue preview page for details on what we’re looking for.

The editors aim to respond to manuscripts in a timely fashion, and ask that you wait a minimum of six months to send follow-up inquiries. Please send inquiries by email to and include the phrase “Submissions Inquiry” in your subject line. Please submit only once every six months. Contributors receive two copies of the issue upon publication.

Reprints and simultaneous submissions

We only accept original/unpublished work.

Let us know if you are simultaneously submitting. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you withdraw promptly on Submittable. Poets may withdraw individual poems by leaving a message on the submission manager stating the title of the poem(s) to be withdrawn.

Submission fee

There is a reading fee for each submission. Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate-student volunteers in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. Your payment goes directly towards production of the journal and technology fees.

Editorial practices

Sonora Review’s editorial board and designers get swapped out every two issues. The effect of this ever-evolving nucleus of staffers is a shelfful of motley journal spines, each boasting its own aesthetic. Our hope is that our contributors are as disparate as our taste-testers. If you didn’t get published in 1996, try again; the grumpy alum are long gone.

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews or interviews.

We encourage you to read Sonora Review before submitting, and to visit our contest page for information about our annual contests.

Submission requirements

PROSE (Fiction / Non-Fiction) should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 5,000 words. Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

POETRY (Up to 5 poems per submission) should be typed and submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.

To Submit

Sonora Review accepts online submissions through Submittable.

Please note: With the exception of writers who are incarcerated, we no longer accept print submissions by mail.