South 85 Journal accepts Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry submission during our open submission period from January 15 to April 15 and contest submissions for the Julia Peterkin Literary Award in Poetry and Flash Fiction from June 1 to August 15.

We accept blog submissions and book reviews year-round. 

We only consider Blog submission which center on literary interests including writing process, publishing, MFA programs and writing conferences, or discussions on craft. Please do not send term papers, promotional material, or how to articles. The latter will be declined without consideration. 

We consider Book reviews that focus on literary fiction, literary nonfiction or poetry collections. 


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We are currently accepting poetry submissions for the Summer Issue of South 85 Journal. Please follow these guidelines:

  •  Send manuscript as an attachment.
  •  You may submit up to 4 poems and up to 8 pages. List poem titles in subject line. 
  • Please send only one submission per category (poetry, fiction, and non-fiction) during each reading period. You are welcome to submit to more than one category.
  • We accept all styles and forms of poetry and are open to new, fresh voices. However, we do encourage you to read archives of South 85 Journal and acquaint yourself with the material we publish before submitting your work.
  • Type should be no smaller than 12-pt. font. Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica or Goudy, and refrain from script or “flowery” lettering.
  • Multiple works should be submitted as a single document, with page breaks and titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins.
  • Submissions should be saved in Word or Rich Text format.
  • Number pages consecutively, and use margins of at least one inch.
  • Place your name and email address in an upper corner of the first page.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If a particular poem is accepted elsewhere, inform us immediately by adding a note to your submission in Submittable.  If you would like to withdraw your entire submission, you can do so through Submittable.
  • Response time is 1-4 months depending on when a submission is received.
     

South 85 Journal does not publish work which has been previously published either in print or online. Our reply time is typically six to eight weeks. We acquire exclusive first-time Internet rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. Works are also archived online. We are unable to pay for submissions. We ask that whenever an author reprints the work that first appeared in our pages, South 85 Journal be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.

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Fiction submissions should be between 2000 and 5000 words. Please include the  word count in an upper corner of the first page. For fiction that is  under 850, please consider submitting during our yearly flash fiction  contest.

Please send only one submission per category (Poetry, Fiction, and  Non-Fiction) during each reading period.  You are welcome to submit to  multiple categories.


We will publish flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts, provided they can stand on their own. We do not  publish genre fiction or children’s stories.We encourage you to read  archives of South 85 Journal and acquaint yourself with the material we publish before submitting your work.

Type should be no smaller than 12-pt. font. Please use standard fonts  such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica or Goudy, and refrain from  script or “flowery” lettering.

Submissions should be saved in Word or Rich Text format.

Number pages consecutively, double space, and use margins of at least one inch.

Place your name, email address, and word count in an upper corner of the first page.

We accept simultaneous submissions. If it is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work via Submittable.

Please include a professional bio of 50 words or fewer written in the third person with your cover letter.

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We are currently accepting Nonfiction submissions for the summer issue of South 85 Journal. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Send manuscript as an attachment. 
  • Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 6,000 words. Please include the word count in an upper corner of the first page.
  • Please send only one submission per category (poetry, fiction, and non-fiction) during each reading period. You are welcome to submit to multiple categories.
  • We seek to publish non-fiction essays that give a new perspective, make undiscovered connections, or show us something new. We appreciate the innovation of form and content that challenges our perception of the craft as well as wit and humor. Above all, be honest with us, about your content and yourself. We encourage you to read archives of South 85 Journal and acquaint yourself with the material we publish before submitting your work.
  • Please refrain from submitting academic articles.
  • Type should be no smaller than 12-pt. font. Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica or Goudy, and refrain from script or “flowery” lettering.
  • Submissions should be saved in Word or Rich Text format.
  • Number pages consecutively, double space, and use margins of at least one inch.
  • Place your name, email address, and word count in an upper corner of the first page.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions.  If it is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission via Submittable.

South 85 Journal does not publish work which has been previously published either in print or online. Our reply time is typically six to eight weeks. We acquire exclusive first-time Internet rights only. All other rights revert to the author at publication, but we offer formal, written reassignments upon request. Works are also archived online. We are unable to pay for submissions. We ask that whenever an author reprints the work that first appeared in our pages, South 85 Journal be given acknowledgment for the specific work(s) involved.

South 85 Journal is welcomes articles about writing and the writing life. 

  • Articles should be non-fiction essays about writing or the writing life.  
  • Limit your thoughts to 500-1500 words and use a conversational style. For examples,
    see past posts at http://south85journal.com/blog/.
  • South 85 Journal publishes reviews of upcoming and newly released poetry collections and books of fiction and nonfiction in its journal and blog.
  • Book reviews should range from 750-1200 words
  • Send your article or book review as an attachment. Work pasted into the body of the cover letter will not be considered.
  • Type should be no smaller than 12-pt. font. Please use standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica or Goudy, and refrain from script or “flowery” lettering.
  • Submissions should be saved in Word format.
  • Number pages consecutively, and use margins of at least one inch.
  • Include a brief cover letter and include a contributor’s note of no more than 50 words that tells the reader about you and your literary background. Feel free to include other publications in which your work has appeared.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, however, if your work is under consideration elsewhere, please be sure to inform us in your cover letter. If it is accepted elsewhere, withdraw your submission through Submittable immediately.
  • Do not use this form to submit poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, which are accepted during our general submission period. 

South 85 Journal does not publish work which has been previously published either in print or online. Our reply time is typically six to eight weeks.  

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