The Columbia Review only accepts electronic submissions sent to In the subject line, please write “[Poetry / Prose / Essay / Translation] Submission [Fall / Spring] [Year].” Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please submit writing in a Microsoft Word document. We have no preferred file type for art submissions, but at this time, we can only print art in black and white (unless submitting for cover art).

Please submit 3-5 poems (no fewer than 3, please), up to three pieces of flash fiction (each fewer than 1,000 words), one piece of short fiction (fewer than 4,000 words), or up to 5 images. We read essays (<4,000 words) and reviews (<1,500 words), too.

We accept translations so long as the translator has obtained permissions from the author. Our guidelines for translations are the same as those for other genres. We especially encourage translations of poetry to include the departing language in their submission.

We occasionally (though rarely in recent cycles) publish creative work online. If you would like your work to be considered for The Columbia Review Online as well as print publication, please indicate so in the cover letter and we will distribute your submission to both the print and online staff.

We are closed to submissions April 1-September 1 and November 1-January 1. Any submissions received between these dates will be deleted unread.

If you would like to review for The Columbia Review, please send an outline (no more than 600 words) or a complete review (no more than 1500 words) to with “Review Submission” in the subject line. All reviews are subject to editing by the Web Editor and Editorial Board, and the Web Editor is happy to work with reviewers throughout the process.

If you would like The Columbia Review to review your book or slate a catalog of your books (if a publisher) for review, send a query to with “Review Query” in the subject line.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of materials we receive, we cannot respond to every submission or query. We accept or reject almost all pieces within three months of receiving them. If you have not heard back from us within three months, we encourage you to explore other publication options for your piece.

Although we would love to compensate contributors for their work, we are not a paying market, and our staff is made entirely of volunteers.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at the address above. We look forward to reading your work.


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