Submissions

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Our submission period for The McNeese Review is now closed for the Spring 2023 issue. We plan to begin accepting submissions for the 2024 issue from June 1-August 31, 2023. Please note: For the 2024 issue, we will include one scholarly work focused on creative writing pedagogy (more information on this will be posted in the spring).

Boudin, our online home, is currently accepting submissions for our special Halloween edition: It Came from the Swamp, September 1-30. Then (tentatively) from December 1 to May 31 Boudin will be open to submissions of all types to Boudin.

Boudin Halloween Special Edition:

It Came from the Swamp

Give us your Southern Gothic, your hauntings, your lore, and your legends passed down through generations. Make us fear the things that linger in shallow waters, under the cypress trees, and behind curtains of Spanish moss. What are you afraid of? For our Halloween special edition, we are looking for short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that explore horror and legends surrounding the swamp (maximum 7,000 words for fiction/CNF or up to 3 poems). Your pieces should involve the swamp or swamp imagery in some way as a setting or symbol. We will not accept any pieces with gratuitous use of violence or gore. We are looking for the subtle, the creepy, the unsettling. As always, we are particularly interested in seeing work from women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, non-binary writers, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. Submissions for Boudin are free.

Please use our Submittable page and follow the instructions for the appropriate genre of your work. Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions from the same writer within a reading period. Multiple submissions will be rejected immediately unless our editors have specifically requested that the writer submit again.

No material published in The McNeese Review or in Boudin may be reprinted or reproduced, in whole or in part, without the permission of the authors. We ask for ourselves only that The McNeese Review be credited with first publication. All print contributors receive one contributor copy. We are pleased to also offer a $50 honorarium to print contributors within the U.S. Contributors outside of the U.S. will receive two additional author copies in lieu of the honorarium. Contributors to Boudin will receive our thanks and the promise that we’ll promote your work far and wide.

We encourage you to simultaneously submit your work while it’s under consideration at The McNeese Review. If your submission is accepted by another publication, please withdraw it from Submittable. If you would like to withdraw a single poem or piece of flash fiction but keep the others under consideration, please message us on Submittable.

Please only submit original work. If your work borrows from or quotes another writer, please make explicit mention of this with your submission, giving full attribution to any material you’re using from another source.

We look forward to seeing your work!

What We’re Looking For

Fiction

The McNeese Review seeks fiction that jolts, lingers, reinvents, satisfies. We welcome submissions of short fiction up to 6,000 words or flash fiction of no more than three pieces, under 1,000 words each in a single file. Please note: We only accept one submission per writer per open reading period.

Poetry

We’re interested in work that engages us with images and sounds and offers us unexpected examinations of the familiar or the bizarre. We want poems that enliven, restore, and/or provoke. We want poems that, to quote Clifton, “come out of wonder, not out of knowing.”

Nonfiction

We welcome your submission of previously unpublished nonfiction. Send us your flash CNF, your lyric essays, your long-form biomythographies, your literary essays. Send us your genre b(l)ending pieces that defy definition.

In all genres, we are particularly interested in seeing work from women, people of color, LGBTQ writers, non-binary writers, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

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