Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines


Sonora Review accepts submissions in flash prose, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

  • Fall 2019 Contest: September 21 – November 15 (see here for details)
  • Spring 2020 Contest: February 3 – March 27 (details forthcoming)
  • General submissions: ongoing
    • We are currently reading general submissions through October 25, 2019

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We only accept original/unpublished work.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individual poems by leaving a message on the submission manager (Submittable) stating the title of the poem(s) to be withdrawn. Please do not email us with withdrawal notifications.

Submission fee

There is a reading fee for general and contest submissions. 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 year. 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We welcome previously unpublished work from writers of all backgrounds and identities, including people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, members of religious minorities, people outside the United States, and all others whom traditional publishing has historically excluded. We believe your stories are valid stories (regardless of whether it centers issues related to being part of a marginalized group), and we want to consider your work!

We gladly accept unsolicited book reviews or interviews.

Submission requirements

PROSE (Fiction / Nonfiction) 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.