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The Lindenwood Review accepts submissions of original, previously unpublished work from July 1 through November 1 via Submittable (no fee). Submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essays are accepted each year, and a free contest in a specific genre is offered each year. For issue 8, we are offering a Chapter One Contest for first chapters of unpublished novels.

Submissions are welcome from both new and established writers. We look for fiction with believable characters and a vivid story; poetry with original, interesting use of language; well-crafted, honest essays; and mostly, work that moves us as readers and inspires us as writers.

Restrictions:

  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content in university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements.
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines.

Guidelines for Fiction, Poetry, and Personal Essays:

  • Work may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1 (no fee).
  • Writers may submit in multiple genres.
  • A maximum of one short story, one personal essay, and five poems may be submitted each year.
  • Maximum submission length for each genre is 20 pages.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Double-space fiction and essay; single-space poetry. Use a standard font size and style.
  • Include your name and email address at the top of each submission document. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Include a brief third-person bio with each submission. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Work that is not accepted for publication will be noted as Declined on Submittable. No rejection emails will be sent, so please check Submittable for submission status. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email. All decisions will be made by February 1.
  • Writers accepted for publication receive two contributor copies of The Lindenwood Review.

Guidelines for the Issue 8 Chapter One Contest:

  • No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies. Honorable mentions receive publication in issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review and three contributor copies. 
  • First chapters of unpublished novels may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1. Submitted chapters must be the author’s original work and cannot be previously published in print or online.
  • Any genre may be submitted, but please note that we are looking for literary techniques such as effective use of language and fully developed characters within all genres.
  • Maximum submission length is 25 pages. Double-space and use a standard font size and style.
  • Only one novel chapter may be submitted per writer. (Those who submit a novel chapter to our contest may also submit a story, essay, or poems to issue 8 through a separate Submittable entry.)
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you withdraw your submission immediately from Submittable if the chapter is accepted for publication elsewhere or if the full novel is accepted for publication and will appear in print or online before May 2018.
  • In your Submittable entry, list your name exactly as you would like it to appear in The Lindenwood Review if accepted for publication. Include a brief third-person bio, your email, and your mailing address.
  • All decisions will be made by February 1, 2018. Check Submittable for submission status.
  • Issue 8 will be published in spring 2018.

Restrictions:

  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content in university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements.
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines. 

Contact us with any questions at TheLindenwoodReview@lindenwood.edu.

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