South 85 Journal accepts submissions for its Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry categories during its formal reading periods, August 1 - November 1 and February 1 - May 1.  We accept artwork and blog submissions year-round.  Reviews are written on assignment only.  If you are interested in writing a review, please visit this page for more information.
South 85 Journal is seeking visual art for its semi-annual journal.
  • 72dpi / RGB
  • Dimensions: maximum 1024x768
  • JPG, PNG, or GIF
  • Submit up to three files at a time.
  • Please include the artist's last name and the title of the piece in the name of the file.
  • In your cover letter, include your full contact information (name, address, phone, email); the titles, media, and dimensions of your image; whether any of the images have been published previously and, if so, where; a 50-75 word biographic statement; and a 50-75 word art statement with your submission.

South 85 Journal is seeking guest bloggers to contribute to its weekly blog about writing.  

  • Blog entries 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/.
  • Manuscript should be sent 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 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.
  • Include a brief cover letter and include a contributor’s note of no more than 75 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.
  • Please do not submit reviews.  Reviews for our journal and blog are written on assignment.
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.  
Ends on November 1, 2017

We are accepting poetry submissions for the Fall / Winter 2017 issue, which we will release on December 15, 2017.  Guidelines:

  • Manuscript should be sent as an attachment. 
  • You may submit up to 5 poems and up to 10 pages.
  • 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 by adding a note to your submission in Submittable.  If you would like to withdraw your entire submission, you can do so through 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.

Ends on November 1, 2017

We are accepting Non-Fiction submissions for the Fall / Winter 2017 issue, which we will release December 15, 2017.  Guidelines:

  • Manuscript should be sent as an attachment. 
  • Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 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.

Ends on November 1, 2017

South 85 Journal is accepting Fiction submissions for Fall 2016/Winter 2017 and Spring/Summer 2017 Issues.

  • Manuscript should be sent as an attachment. 
  • Fiction submissions should be no longer than 10,000 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 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, however, if your work is under consideration elsewhere, please be sure to inform us in your cover letter. If it is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work through 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.