- Submissions are accepted from June 1 through November 1 each year. Submissions received before June 1 or after November 1 will not be considered.
- Submissions should be emailed to TheLindenwoodReview@lindenwood.edu.
- Submissions should be attached as a single Word document (.doc or .docx), with the writer’s last name in the document title. We will not consider submissions that have multiple attachments, pdf attachments, or that link to an online document. We do not accept mailed hard copy submissions.
- The email’s subject line must include the genre of the submission (fiction, essay, or poetry).
- Include a brief third-person bio in the body of the email.
- Only one submission should be submitted by each writer per year (one story or one essay or one group of up to five poems). However, a writer may submit to that issue’s free contest (see link at the bottom of this page for contest submission period and contest guidelines) and may also submit a story, essay, or group of poems during that issue’s regular submission period.
- Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. This notification email should include the title and genre of the withdrawn submission (fiction, essay, or poetry).
- We welcome submissions from both new writers and established writers. Please note that current Lindenwood University students and faculty are NOT eligible to submit their work to TLR. LU alumni are eligible to submit.
- 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.
- Follow the format guidellines for the genre of your submission:
- POETRY: Up to five poems may be submitted each year. All poems must be included in a single Word document, with one poem per page. The Word document title should include the writer’s last name, and the subject line of the submission email should include the genre POETRY. Include name and contact info at the top of each poem. Poems should be single-spaced and use a standard size and style font.
- FICTION: One story of up to 20 pages may be submitted each year. Attach the story as a Word document, with the writer’s last name included in the document title. The subject line of the submission email should include the genre FICTION. Include name and contact info on the first page of the story. Page numbers should appear on each page. Stories should be double-spaced and use a standard size and style font.
- ESSAY: One essay of up to 20 pages may be submitted each year. Attach the essay as a Word document, with the writer’s last name included in the document title. The subject line of the submission email should include the genre ESSAY. Include name and contact info on the first page of the essay. Page numbers should appear on each page. Essays should be double-spaced and use a standard size and style font.
The Lindenwood Review is a print journal and is published annually each spring. Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears. If you have any questions, email us at TheLindenwoodReview@lindenwood.edu
For more information about Lindenwood University's MFA Program, with both on-campus and fully online options (no residency requirement), visit us here
Prose Poetry Contest submission guidelines for Issue 6 are available here