Soundings Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Soundings Review  is now closed for submissions.

We have 2 reading periods: September 1 through December 1 and March 1 through June 1.

We offer $25 for each piece of prose we accept and $10 for each poem, payable on publication.

Soundings Review welcomes submissions of high quality Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and writing for Children’s & Young Adults. We are open to different styles and voices, but are passionate about accessibility and depth. By this, we mean that work should, on the first read, create a connection with a reader; on additional readings, spurred on by that connection, readers should continue to find increased understanding and pleasure in reading the work.The poetry we prefer moves us, with ending lines that make us breathless, and vivid language that changes us.

Our only taboo: hate literature, which includes all the “isms” that stereotype or disrespect others including pornography or gratuitous violence.

For prose (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Children’s & Young Adult) we rarely accept pieces over 5,000 words. Much of what we do accept is between 3,000 and 4,000 words, and we also enjoy reading pieces under 1,000 words. Submissions should be in standard manuscript format; this includes double-spacing and 12 point Times Roman font.

Poetry: We prefer poems, including prose poetry, under 40 lines although we will occasionally accept longer ones. Submit up to three poems per submission. Submissions should be in standard manuscript format with 12 point Times New Roman font. Poems may be single-spaced.

For all submissions:

§  Previously unpublished work only.

§  One submission at a time. Please wait for our response before submitting more material.

§  Standard manuscript format; double-spaced and 12 point Times Roman font. Poems may be single-spaced.

§  Please make sure that your work is proofed and polished.

§  Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work becomes unavailable please withdraw your submission as soon as possible.

§  We only accept submissions online via Submittable. The fee is $3 per submission.

Rights: We ask for first North American serial rights and also one-time anthology reprint rights should we wish to include the work in an anthology that follows publication of your work. Should we wish to include any part or all of your work online, we will ask for permission. We do reserve the right to include your name, bio, and title of the work we publish in any Whidbey Island Writers Association publicity, including print and online media. Except for these rights, copyright reverts to author.

Response time: We intend to respond within three months, but we all are volunteers, and we like to read each submission carefully. If you haven’t heard from us in three months, feel free to contact the editor.

Author Payment: $25 per prose piece and $10 per poem, payable on publication. You will also receive two contributor copies of the issue in which your work appears.