New England Review welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for our website. 

For translations, please confirm that translation rights are available. We only accept writing that has not been published previously, whether in print or on the web. Please send only one submission at a time per genre.

Poetry and Prose: Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 and March 1 to May 31
NER Digital: Varies, see below
Artwork: Year-round

Simultaneous submissions are accepted in all genres, but please be sure to withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Send only one submission at a time per genre. We attempt to respond to submissions within twelve weeks.

We welcome and encourage submissions from writers of every nationality, race, religion, and gender, including writers who have never been affiliated with an MFA program and whose perspectives are often underrepresented in the literary world.

Your cover letter should state the genre and title(s) of the submission, as well as anything else you would like the  editors to know about you or your work. A pitch for the work, or an interpretation of its themes, is unnecessary and discouraged.

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We are looking for striking artwork in any genre (painting, photo, sculpture, etc.) that will reproduce well as cover art. We strongly favor abstraction. The cover will be printed in full-color, full bleed, with the magazine’s logo in overprint and will be reproduced on the magazine’s website and electronic publications. The size of the printed cover is 9.75 by 6.75 inches, so the image may need to be adjusted to fit the trim size. If your work is selected for use on our cover, we will ask you to grant us one-time use of your image. You will also need to provide a high-resolution scan of the artwork (300 dpi), at least 10 by 7 inches, for print-quality reproduction.

When submitting images, please include a cover letter that states the title, date, size, and materials used in the images. You can submit up to four images at a time. Feel free to provide any other information about your artwork as well. Low-res images are acceptable for submissions, as long as high-res images can be provided when necessary.

We are building a digital portfolio of artwork to accompany both the content that we reproduce online from our print magazine and to accompany our ongoing digital series. We'd welcome the chance to include your work in an active pool of talented artists from which we regularly choose images. 

We favor abstraction over illustration, but we are interested in artwork from all media that will reproduce well online. The image may be used in its entirety, or a detail may be selected.
If your work is chosen for publication we will ask you to grant us the right to post the image on our website, as well as in social media promotions. We will acknowledge your name and title of the work when it is posted, and if appropriate include a link for further information about your work. In addition, you will receive a copy of the current issue of New England Review

Please visit us at to see some samples of images used on our website.

New England Review is assembling a special section on new writing from Cuba, in English translation, for an upcoming issue. We are looking for poetry, fiction, and essays, with a preference for works by authors currently living in Cuba. Acceptable length is one page to 8,000 words for prose, or up to six poems.

Works can be submitted by translators or writers. Before submitting, translators should first determine whether English-language rights are available for first serial U.S. and electronic publication. We will not be able to consider writing not already translated into English.

We will begin reviewing submissions in September 2018, but works can be submitted from now until March 1, 2019.

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